Agatha Christi’s What Mrs. Gillicuddy Saw! Or 4:50 From Paddington

Overview: Mrs. Gillicuddy could’ve sworn that she saw something most unsavory through the windows of her train cabin. But nobody, in a position of authority, believes the old woman. She does have someone she can turn to. Here’s a puzzler for the elderly Miss Marple.

Story Telling: Once again we get a British Manor Mystery.

Dislikes: The grandfather of the Crackenthorpe family was totally wrong in my opinion. All Josiah did, was put a chasm of enmity between his son and his grandchildren. Families shouldn’t be fractured due to minor disagreements, especially disagreements on money. Unless, there’s a betrayal of trust (having an odd taste in art doesn’t count) or it’s a matter of life and death, the family unit should strive to stay together.

Likes: You might disagree with me, but I liked Miss Marple’s solution to investigating the crime.

Favorite Character: That would be Lucy Eyelesbarrow.

Favorite Quote: I’ll let you guess on this origin. “She and Jane had shown them all right!”

Favorite Scene: IT would be the conversation between the Lady Stoddard and Emma Crackenthorpe.

Conclusion: This was a fun book. If I may though, read this book before you read “A is for Arsenic.”

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Christina Pfeiffer & Mary Robson’s Month-By-Month Gardening Pacific Northwest: Oregon, Washington, Lower British Columbia, Northern California

I received this book for the purpose of a fair and honest review.

Overview: Are you living in the pacific northwest? Do you want to have a nice garden? This book might be of some help to you.

Story Telling: This is a reference book. It may be separated by month, but it is still a reference book.

Dislikes: This book does mention the top two poisonous plants–the castor bean and oleander–,but it does leave a gap in your knowledge. Please, do your research on the yew before you plant this tree.

Also, there didn’t seem to be any encouragement to master certain gardening skills. Instead Ms. Pfeiffer and Ms. Robson always advised the reader to seek the advice and help from the universities and the ‘certified’ experts.

Likes: This book does encourage people to try gardening.

Favorite Section: The specialty sections were quite fascinating.

Conclusion: Those gardeners focusing on the edible garden might find this book lacking. It is better suited, on the whole, for the ornamental gardener, as well as the new ones.