Leota Foreman, RN by Peggy Gaddis is a 1957 Arcadia House publication.
Anyone who has read my profile knows I like to collect old paperbacks. These boLeota Foreman, RN by Peggy Gaddis is a 1957 Arcadia House publication.
Anyone who has read my profile knows I like to collect old paperbacks. These books are probably not worth anything monetarily, but are books that out of print, and ones I find unique and are perhaps a little like finding buried treasure. I’ve discovered some real gems from time to time. However, I rarely find a time in my review schedule to read them.
So, due to various circumstances, I have decided to stop adding more books to the collection, at least for the foreseeable future. ( My book collection might make poor little Marie Kondo curl up in a fetal position and suck her thumb) While my little hobby is on hiatus, I am going to stick to the only 2019 New Year’s resolution I made this year, and that is to start reading books in my collection a lot more often.
This is the first book I’ve managed to squeeze in, so far. This is a 1957 medical/nurse story, which are still very popular with collectors. They are long, long, long out of print, of course. However, one can still find copies of them on Ebay and Amazon marketplace, as well as some used bookstores online.
Leota Foreman is an RN living in New York City. After losing a patient and depressed by the cold, bitter NY winter, she makes the spur of the moment decision to take a vacation in Florida. ( She doesn't give her employer notice of any kind and apparently money is of no concern)
She decides to stop in a small town of Poinsettia, to soak up some rays and enjoy the scenery. But, right away she bumps into the town doctor who appears to have zero bedside manner. However, there is a very nice man in town, a lawyer, named Mitch, who has offered to show her around. He eventually introduces Leota to an elderly lady dying of cancer who now needs more round the clock care. Although Leota left New York to get away from such scenes, as a nurse, she feels she should help if she can.
Little does she know that her life is about to change radically as she becomes embroiled in a messy family situation where high drama ensues. This story itself isn’t really all that bad. There are cancer experiments that failed, and a contested will which inspired a little legal drama. But, all the ‘Insta-love’ was off the charts, and some of it was super creepy, especially by today’s standards.
But, at the time this book was written, no one would have thought a thing of it, and most likely thought it was romantic. !!! The drama was absolutely over the top with an evil femme fatale and lots of high- handed dialogue. Some cool words like- ‘Zounds’, ‘Golly’, and ‘Jeepers’- were endearingly nostalgic.
This book was price stamped at 50 cents back in 1957 and is 128 pages in length. However, the print is very, very tiny.
A slightly rare paperback that is probably only interesting to me. However, any other collectors of medical/nurse paperback can find a few of copies available on Amazon, although they look to be reissued- listed as copyright 1962. ...more
By now everyone knows I collect vintage paperbacks. A few months back, I lucked across a pretty large batch of vintage 'nurse/doctor' novels that areBy now everyone knows I collect vintage paperbacks. A few months back, I lucked across a pretty large batch of vintage 'nurse/doctor' novels that are mostly hard to find or out of print. Some of these are romance novels, some are more focused on the medical drama. This one sounded like it might be a mystery, so I thought I'd check it out.
This book was published in 1962. You have to keep that mind because a lot of the information is flat out wrong, but may have been common misconceptions back then. On the other hand, I was shocked that the author had the guts to address some of the subjects raised in this book at all. It had to have been a pretty controversial move back in 1962 even if the author stayed firmly on the conservative side of the issues at hand. Still, there was the portrayal of desperation that leads people to make dangerous choices. The mystery would have been good, except the motive led to more misconceptions and outright falsehoods about certain medical conditons that would not hold water, even back then. I did end up with an appreciation for the advances made since then, even if treatments are still similiar. The greatest improvement being that we are more informed, allowing people with these medical conditons to enjoy normal lives- mostly stigma free. I think this book was probably ahead of its time, especially for the targeted market, but definitely didn't stand the test of time. Very dated....more
The Mistress of Mellyn by Victoria Holt is a 1960 publication.
Everyone knows I am a huge fan of these old Gothic suspense novels and love to collectThe Mistress of Mellyn by Victoria Holt is a 1960 publication.
Everyone knows I am a huge fan of these old Gothic suspense novels and love to collect the old paperbacks.Those covers are just fantastic!!
Victoria Holt’s name is nearly synonymous with this genre and she was quite prolific.
As such, I’m still hunting down some of her harder to find books and haven’t come close to reading all of her novels. So, it’s fun to pull one of these off the shelf and lose myself in a different time, despite the datedness of some of these stories.
They are often a representation of a simpler time, in the days when the suspense was more reliant on atmosphere and dialogue, and the romance was about as chaste as it comes.
Holt’s books may be true the era of time in which she sets her stories, the women of the day having little opportunity and often at the mercy of men, but her heroines are rarely ‘too stupid to live’, or present themselves as the proverbial ‘damsel in distress’.
Her writing style is still quite effective and can create a strong sense of unease, even for the most jaded modern reader.
However, this book is, more or less, a poor man’s Jane Eyre. The old mansion, the governess, the gruff master of the house, the mystery surrounding his wife’s death, and the relationship that begins to develop between the master and the governess. All of these are classic Gothic mystery elements, but, this plot was just too familiar and Holt was quite capable of more originality than this.
But, to be fair, the ending was a lot more sinister than Jane Eyre, as there is a legitimate murder mystery and our heroine is in genuine danger which for its day was probably a little shocking. It was not an unpleasant read, but it wasn’t the best of Holt’s repertoire. 3 stars...more
Murder for Christmas by Francis Duncan is a 2015 Vintage Digital publication. (Originally published in 1949)
A ‘Dickensian’ Christmas tradition gone hMurder for Christmas by Francis Duncan is a 2015 Vintage Digital publication. (Originally published in 1949)
A ‘Dickensian’ Christmas tradition gone horribly awry.
This story is billed as a classic Christmas mystery, but in all honesty, I’d never heard of Francis Duncan or this book until about a month ago. I was intrigued, especially since I have no problem finding holiday romances, but struggle to find a Christmas mystery that isn’t a part of a very long running series. As it turns out, this is an excellent holiday mystery and is exactly the type of book I'd been looking for!
Mordecai Tremaine has been invited to spend Christmas with at Benedict Grame’s country retreat. He accepts the invitation with no small amount of eagerness, due to an almost prophetic assurance within his own mind that he might get a chance to use his newly acquired and highly praised detecting skills.
Sure enough, by Christmas morning a murder has taken place and Tremaine is commissioned by local law enforcement to help them solve the crime.
With a house full of guests, all having exhibited odd behavior, or have clear and obvious motives, Tremaine has his work cut out for him.
It’s Christmas, and love is in the air, starting with Tremaine's honest admission that he enjoys romantic fiction. However, he gets more than his share of lover’s conflicts while staying at the country estate, including secret affairs, forbidden love and love triangles, all pointing to possible motives for murder.
This story is a classic representation of a proper British mystery. I’m glad I stumbled across this little gem and hope to find the other books in this series, as well.
Although the plot moves slowly at times, and the excitement level is rather low key, with the characterization taking center stage, I was always engaged in the story and found the all the characters and their pasts to be very interesting.
There were several possible motives, and hidden agendas among the gathered guests, which kept me in the dark until the last chapter. With many of these older mysteries, it is easier to spot the killer early on, but it is still fun to watch the way the author fits all the pieces together. But, this one was very clever and sly, and I honestly couldn't be sure who the murderer was.
I ended up enjoying this novel more than I would have imagined. This is a perfect mystery to curl up with on a cold winter night!!
Although this is a classic novel, you won’t have any trouble finding it, since it is now available in digital format. (If your library offers ‘Hoopla’ you can check it out now, with no hold time!)