Gilkey is a thief and con-man who steals rare books (and more) because he thinks he deserves them. Sanders is his nemesis, a rare book dealer, who isGilkey is a thief and con-man who steals rare books (and more) because he thinks he deserves them. Sanders is his nemesis, a rare book dealer, who is determined to see him imprisoned. Allison Hoover Bartlett is the one who pulls their stories together into this book. This book is about crime so don't be mislead by the title; this isn't a man who loves books. This is about a criminal and how he commits his crimes.
I found Bartlett's writing style very engaging, and I appreciated the introduction to the world of rare books. I love books, but for the stories, not for the status or the rare printing, so it isn't a topic I knew well. However, I am interested in the psychology of crime and Gilkey is a fascinating case study.
I wish Bartlett had taken the step of consulting with a professional in the area of psychiatry/psychology because this was worth exploring. At one point in the book she thought about such a consultation, but she never pursued it.
It's almost time for the annual Fat Pig competition and Lord Emsworth is certain that the Empress of Blandings will take the title for the third yearIt's almost time for the annual Fat Pig competition and Lord Emsworth is certain that the Empress of Blandings will take the title for the third year in a row. However, Sir Gregory Parsloe has found a new sow at the last minute which will make this a very tight race. Seeing that Parsloe is capable of all manner of dirty tricks, Lord Emsworth's brother, Gally, sets up a plan to guard the Empress and her title. Then the pig stealing begins.
Meanwhile, there are all manner of romantic entanglements taking place amongst the guests. People become engaged to the people they don't really love. Engagements are canceled. Couples run away in the night. All the while, Lady Constance disapproves of it all. Basically an average week at Blandings.
As always, Wodehouse's dialogue is spot on. I laughed out loud on numerous occasions. There were surprisingly few people pretending to be somebody they weren't in this book. Only one imposter. But the pig story and misguided love stories were very much Wodehouse and very enjoyable....more
A wonderful collection of some of Erma Bombeck's most popular columns. From 1965 through her final column in 1996 this book is filled with her warm, wA wonderful collection of some of Erma Bombeck's most popular columns. From 1965 through her final column in 1996 this book is filled with her warm, witty, touching, and inspiring words. The book closes with letters written to her family after her death, some of the words spoken at her funeral, and touching tributes from those who knew her.
I laughed a lot, some times I cried, sometimes I laughed so hard that I cried, and I enjoyed every word. The columns from the 60's and 70's reflect their time, but they provide insights nevertheless - seriously what person doesn't still struggle with a washing machine that eats socks. This book is one I will absolutely re-read. ...more
Angie is being forced by developers to close her bake shop, and she's having a hard time finding a new space in the little town she loves. Then tragedAngie is being forced by developers to close her bake shop, and she's having a hard time finding a new space in the little town she loves. Then tragedy strikes, a friend is killed, and Angie finds herself the new owner of a Victorian mansion. Although it gives her a new space for her bakery, it also gives her motive for murder. With the help of her friends Angie sets out to find the real culprit.
I'm of two minds about this book. The murder was quite easy to solve. I knew who did it even before it happened, and the clues became even more obvious as the book progressed. There was a fairly small pool of potential murderers. The red herrings didn't really leave me guessing. Also, Angie seemed so clueless at times that I had to roll my eyes. Plus all of the smaller mysteries weren't wrapped up at the end; though Whiting made it clear those mysteries would be addressed in a later book I really prefer my mysteries tied up neatly in one volume. At the same time I loved the settings - the small town, the bakery, the Victorian. It was all very cosy. Additionally, I enjoyed meeting all of the sisters who had a close bond and all seem to be rather creative spirits. Sadly one of the most interesting characters was the murder victim. Nevertheless, while the mystery was lacking the book in general was fun. I will definitely look in to the next in the series. ...more
Back in Ballybucklebo following the Christmas festivities the New Year is starting out poorly for Dr. Barry Laverty. The love of his life, Patricia, hBack in Ballybucklebo following the Christmas festivities the New Year is starting out poorly for Dr. Barry Laverty. The love of his life, Patricia, has broken off their relationship, and he's sure he will never recover and never love again. This starts a crisis for him of worrying if being a small town doctor might not be the right life choice for him. Meanwhile, Dr. O'Reily is continuing his growing relationship with Kitty. There are all of the normal stories of medical events and Bertie Bishop is once again up to no good.
While I enjoyed the book in general, I would have preferred to have a few more medical stories thrown in. Bits of the book really dragged for me. There was an unpleasantly graphic pheasant hunt that went on for way too long, there was a lot of time devoted to Barry starting sailing again, and then a very long horse race. Also, the whole scheme with Bertie Bishop and the horse took up way too much space. I love to see Bertie loose money and have his schemes thwarted, but this time it just felt like the entire plot carried on forever with no end in sight. Not the best of the series, but I do look forward to the next. ...more