Friday 25 March 2022

Love To Read? Book Reviews with Amber at The Mewton-Clawson Library #196 featuring **Death at Wentwater Court** by Carola Dunn PLUS Friendly Fill-Ins + Photo Fails Blog Hop

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Hello gorgeous library guests 


Welcome to the Mewton-Clawson Library at BBHQ 

Thank mew for joining me in the stacks today and before we begin, can mew send oodles of healing purrs and prayers for Sammy at 15 and Meowing.

We're sending oodles of healing vibes and purrs to him.

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Well, I must say I'm a bit annoyed at Basil for announcing Melvyn's promotion at the library. I'd been looking forward to announcing it today and it was taken away from me on Wednesday's post, anyhoo The B Team apologised and gave me a gift card for Amazon, so all is well in my world again.

Though seriously, I was delighted to promote Melvyn and give him some more responsibility, as he needs to know the library inside out as one day he will be the head librarian and in charge of the library mice plus all the day to day running of M.C.L. aka Mewton-Clawson Library.

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Plus I presented Melvyn with my least favourite book in the library as a token gesture of his elevation in status and I even let him kiss my cheek, that's what a nice employer I am.

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Today the P.A. is also joining in Friday Fill-ins Blog Hop with the pawesome 15 & Meowing and Four-Legged Furballs.
1. I have never been able to _________.

2. I _________ competition.

3. I _________ when spring has sprung.

4. I would like everyone to know _________.

The P.A.'s answers are...

1. I have never been able to knit or crochet. I did manage to cast on and do a few rows a couple years ago, but that's as far as my knitting prowess has gotten! LOL

2. I think healthy competition is good for keeping you motivated and focused.

3. I love seeing all the early flowers bloom when spring has sprung.

4. I would like everyone to know that my hair is so long it's just below my derriere. And no, it's not extensions, it is my own hair.  It's never been this long before, I've worn it in a long plait for many years as I don't like wearing it loose. And right now I can't wait until my lovely hairdresser comes and cuts about 8" off the length.

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Today, as it's the last Friyay of the month, we're also joining in the furrbulous...

So do drop by the marvellous Mudpie's blog at to join in.

Pet Photo Fails  ©BionicBasil®Smooch and the catnip Easter eggs

This blooper of  Smooch was from the 14th of May 2019, he couldn't decide if he wanted to be in the haunted house or have his face smooshed in the catnip Easter eggs, looks like the catnip eggs won! MOL

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Let's see what I've got to show mew this time!

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This week's top book pick is...

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Death at Wentwater Court


Carola Dunn

 Here's a little snippet of the book blurb:      

This first installment of a cozy mystery series transports listeners back to the bygone era of 1923 Britain, where unflappable flapper and fledgling journalist Daisy Dalrymple daringly embarks on her first writing assignment, and promptly stumbles across a corpse.

No stranger to sprawling country estates, wealthy Daisy Dalrymple is breaking new ground in having scandalously traded silver spoon for pen and camera to cover a story for Town and Country magazine. But her planned interviews with the inhabitants of Wentwater Court give way to interrogation after suave Lord Stephen Astwick meets a dire fate on the tranquil skating pond.

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Today I thought I'd mix things up a little and share a book with absolutely NO CATS WHATSOEVER!

I can hear all those sharp intakes of breath, and see the utterly shocked expressions, but fear not I haven't lost all my marbles yet, well maybe a few but not the whole bag!

Anyhoo, a long time ago while perusing Audible I came across this book, and I downloaded it as it seemed like my cup of tea, and finally last week I got around to listening to it and what a rip-roaring cozy mystery.

Set in the 1920s, my favourite era by the way; our leading lady Daisy is a thoroughly modern Miss coming from a titled family, so breaking tradition... well I suppose in those days it was literally smashing tradition for a titled young woman to get a job.

The plotting is excellent, the characters are fabulous, and the narrator really captures the essence of the times, which I know for some could be off-putting, but if mew like Hercule Poiret or Jeeves and Wooster for example, this is definitely one to try. Or mew could just read it if mew don't like audiobooks. I really enjoyed the narration, I felt it really brought the story and characters to life.

If mew're looking for a cozy mystery series with absolutely no cats whatsoever, I can't recommend this enough and there are 23 in the series to date, which for me is totally wonderful as mew know how much I like a long series. 

But this is the best part, if mew have an audible membership mew can listen to the entire series for free as part of your membership, EPICALLY EPIC! (It is included in my subscription in the UK, whether it is in other countries I don't know but do check.)

I'm already on book three, that's how much I'm enjoying it, a really top paw cozy mystery series.

Audio version: 6 hrs 38 mins
Paperback: 192 pages
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Ratings of:

Death at Wentwater Court

Overall Enjoyment

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Other Fun Blog Hops to Join in Today

         Catblogosphere        Feline Friday        Nature Friday        Flashback Friday     Friendship Friday       

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I really hope mew enjoy the book as much as I did if mew decide to read it.

It's time for me to say BFN or bye-for-now as mew know the drill, so many books, so little time and I'll be back next week with another specially paw-picked book just for mew, and don't forget that all my previous reviews can be found on my Book Review page.

Until next time...

Keep calm and read more books


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  1. Admit it Amber, you can be quite a sweetie letting Melvyn kiss you on the cheek!
    I had waist length hair until I broke my leg. I kept getting it caught in my crutches so tied it back, but that was almost as uncomfortable so I had it all cut off. It felt really weird after a lifetime of long hair. Over the years I have gradually had more cut off and now I have it very short.
    Smooch, that is a very cute fail! Another great review, Amber.

  2. Love your fill-ins and a great book review as always, Amber.

    My hair was short for years and years and now I'm letting it grow. Want a bob if I can. So far so good.

    1. I have never been able to stand liars and thieves.
    2. I love competition. It's healthy and pushes you to excel.
    3. I smile all the time when spring has sprung.
    4. I would like everyone to know my husband is my best friend and the love of my life.

    Thank you for joining the Feline Friday Blog Hop.

    Have a purrfect Feline Friday and weekend. Scritches to all the kitties and a hug to mom. ♥

  3. smooch....dood....thatz what we callz multee taskin yur holly dayz :) two funnee buddy :) 3♥♥

    N pleez ta tell de PA... de food servizz gurl canna croWshayz ore knitz either....her TRIED ta lurn...but just dinna quite get it ;) ☺☺

  4. At one time, my hair reached the floor when I sat cross-legged.
    Ahh, those were the days!

  5. Ahahaha Smooch's photo made me laugh! Good answers, and we are purring here for Sammy too.

  6. First off, thank you for the purrs and prayers for my sweet boy. He is holding his own, but still not out of the woods yet. Amber, how sweet of you to let Melvyn kiss you on the cheek. Glad you got rid of that book too. Nice review, but no cats in it? What was the author thinking? Very cute blooper too. And thank you to the PA for participating in the fill-ins, great answers. I wish my hair could get that long- I bet you could donate the cutting to a place that makes wigs. XO

  7. Now that photo of Smooch is classic. How many felines can represent two holidays at once and do it so well (and add catnip in the mix). Bravo!
    Purrs & Head Bonks,

  8. great smooch! Love your fill-ins! And I'll be looking for your book pick in our Library! Cheers!

  9. That was a fun post and congrats Melvyn and that was a fun one Smooch. Hey, we enjoyed your fill-in answers too. Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  10. You kitties and the library are always so fun! And thank you for joining in on the Friendly Fill-Ins! I can relate to your #1 so much. I really enjoy drawing, but I am horrendous with anything to do with yarn or any textiles. My mom and sister are great with this stuff, though, so when I need something made or patched, I hit them up for it. Purrs!

  11. Love the photo of the kitties with the unloved book! Happy Friday to you! :-)


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