Sunday Post/Mailbox Monday 9/12/21: Updates and A Busy Blog Week

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.


Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists….



Hello and happy weekend. I hope this post finds you well. This week flew right by. It’s because I was off work and enjoying myself. I managed to read and review two books while I was off. I even changed my blog header and profile pic to match with flower photos I took myself.
I also made time to bake homemade chocolate chip cookies for my daughter to bring to her co-workers last week. She got me the Ghost Adventures potholder for Mother’s Day this year. It’s one of our shows we like to watch together. It says “there are things in this kitchen you will never understand”. 🙂




Onto more bookish updates…

Recently on the blog:
Since I was off work for two weeks I had time to actually blog and read two books. Both were NetGalley books so win win with chipping away at my shelf there.

Neon Gods: A Scorchingly Hot Modern Retelling of Hades and Persephone (Dark Olympus Book 1) by Katee Robert


Knit of the Living Dead (A Knit and Nibble Mystery Book 6) by Peggy Ehrhart
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Also of note, there’s still time to enter the giveaway of Sarana and the Dark King by Ivy Keating and a $10 Amazon E-Gift Card. Follow the link for details.

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In My Mailbox: (both from Amazon Prime reads)

After having read and enjoying Knit of the Living Dead I grabbed a copy of the first book in the series, Murder, She Knit (A Knit and Nibble Mystery Book 1).


The Haunting of Brynn Wilder by Wendy Webb

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Watching:
I think I turned on the tv maybe twice this week since I was off and spent my time reading instead or being outdoors. We did watch the new episode of the new AHS season on Thursday night, which is really good. I like the New England setting.

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Crochet:
I’ll post pics next week. Hint: It’s Nightmare Before Christmas related.


I’ll close with a few pics of our day trip to the sunflower maze and antiquing this past week.


We found an old church that has been turned into an antiques shop, both cool and creepy. I just KNOW there’s paranormal activity there at night.


This painting of E.A.P. instantly caught my eye, it’s beautiful.



The sunflower fields. It was a beautiful sunny day for it and the drive out there is scenic. There was plenty of room to maintain social distancing so we felt comfortable.





That’s all for now. Enjoy your week ahead and happy reading. Let me know in the comments what you’re up to.



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Knit of the Living Dead (A Knit & Nibble Mystery Book 6) by Peggy Ehrhart



source: free review copy via NetGalley/ Kensington Books
title: Knit of the Living Dead (A Knit & Nibble Mystery Book 6)
author: Peggy Ehrhart
genre: cozy mystery
published: August 2020
pages: 171
first line: Pamela Paterson was feeling unimaginative.
rated: 3 1/2 out of 5 stars



Blurb:
When a spooky celebration in Arborville, New Jersey conjures real scares, can Pamela and the Knit and Nibble Club sink their teeth into a bone-chilling mystery that just won’t rest in peace?

Among the countless revelers at the town’s much-anticipated Halloween parade, a woman dressed as Little Bo Peep is the only one making people scream bloody murder. In a scene straight out of a horror movie, the Knit and Nibblers find the nursery rhyme character dead with thick strands of yarn looped around her neck. Pamela and her best friend, Bettina, are set on pinning down who wanted the woman gone forever, but it’ll take every trick they can muster to catch the culprit without becoming the next poor souls to join Little Bo Peep’s dark, endless sleep . . .


My thoughts:
Knit of the Living Dead is book 6 in Peggy Ehrhart’s Knit and Nibble mystery series. Okay, first off, how cute is the cover? This one is set in the fictional town of Arborville, New Jersey. Without giving too much away there’s a knitting group, a yarn blogger, a Halloween murder, a set of friends who play mystery sleuths and plenty of mention of cozy comfort foods. What more could you want from a cozy mystery?

As the story begins, friends Pamela, Bettina and Nell and are dressed up on Halloween night attending the town’s parade down Arborville Avenue which ends with a bonfire in the park. During the festivities a body is discovered nearby behind trees. The victim is dressed as Bo-Peep. Not too satisfied with the local police investigation, the ladies decide to do some investigating of their own. As the story flows there’s a few people who seem suspect and I didn’t guess who dunnit it until the author revealed it.

This is book 6 in the series and while this one reads as a stand-alone I would have liked to read the first book to get more of a feel for these characters. I ended up downloading book 1 Murder, She Knit. I haven’t read it yet but I know it will make a fun cozy read one of these evenings. It’s available on Amazon Prime reads if you’re interested.


Knit of the Living Dead was a quick and easy read and I would recommend it to fan of cozy mysteries revolving around knitting. I don’t knit, I crochet but the knitting group in the story Knit and Nibble sounds like fun and I enjoyed the descriptions of the yarns and the stitches etc.

I could also envision the Autumn setting and all the good food mentioned was making me hungry. The book ends with knitting instructions for a Halloween tote as well as a couple of simple recipes for a few of the goodies featured in the story.

“Though fall had been lovely so far, with the afternoon sun still warm despite its autumnal angle, the air had a golden tinge and laves had begun to turn. Halfway up the block, one particular tree glowed luminous scarlet.” -Knit of the Living Dead by Peggy Ehrhart, 11% Kindle



“Before anyone could start eating, butter had to be passed for the mashed potatoes. Once she’d sculpted a little hollow into the peak of her mashed potatoes and slipped in a pat of butter, Pamela picked up her own fork. The cubes of beef, seared to a rich brown, were bathed in a gravy whose russet hue hinted at the red wine and tomato paste that had supplemented pan drippings of beef broth. Here and there among the beef cubes was a chunk of carrot, a mushroom slice, or a glossy little pearl onion.”-Knit of the Living Dead, 55% Kindle


Visit the author’s website and check out her blog where she posts about her love of knitting, crochet, thrifting and estate sales. https://peggyehrhart.com/category/yarn-mania/

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Disclaimer: This review is my honest opinion. I did not receive any kind of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. I received a free review copy of Knit of the Living Dead (A Knit and Nibble Mystery Book 6) via NetGalley/ Kensington Books. I am under no obligation to write a positive review. If you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive a small affiliate commission.

Sunday Post/Mailbox Monday 10/14/18: Book Updates, Crochet, Baking Etc.

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog…

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists….

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Good morning everyone, October is in full blast around here and I’ve been enjoying the nice Fall days as much as I can. I have finally accepted the fact that summer is gone for now and cooler weather has arrived. I like all the pretty colors Autumn brings so it has been nice. I took the picture above yesterday while we were out walking.

On the Blog…

Mailbox Monday:
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Creatures of Want and Ruin by Molly Tanzer arrived recently. It has a strange and interesting premise and this is not an author I had ever heard of before.

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Sunday Post: 10/29/17 Autumn, updates and crochet

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The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and things we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog…

Happy Sunday everyone. It is a rainy one here in Jersey with flash flood alerts for later today. I got my errands run yesterday early so today I can just lounge at home in my pj’s and relax. I also bought my Halloween costume, which was really putting a few things together to wear. We are dressing up at work as our “future selves”, so I got what I thought I would look like in my 80’s, white wig and head kerchief included. It should be interesting. Are you dressing up for Halloween?

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Top Ten Tuesday 10/10/17: Ten Books With Fall/Autumn Covers/Themes

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Happy Tuesday everyone. This week’s TTT theme is Fall. This is my favorite season so this list was alot of fun to come up with. I am definitely a seasonal reader. I won’t read summer themed books in the winter or wintery books in the summer etc. I read with the seasons. I really enjoy Autumn, the vibrant colors, the cooler weather, pumpkin and apple picking, Halloween, Thanksgiving… it’s a cozy time in general. Here’s my list:

October 10: Ten Books With Fall/Autumn Covers/Themes (If the cover screams fall to you, or the books give off a feeling of being Fallish)

 

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1. The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson. My copy is well read. I like the way she wrote about nature.

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2. Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales and Poems This one has a permanent spot on my shelves and The Telltale Heart is a favorite so is The Raven. Poe’s dramatic and intense stories and poems make for perfect Fall reading.

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