Monday, October 31, 2016

November's Cozy Mysteries from Berkley Publishing

No Jinx today. When I did the book talk, he was laying in puddles of sunshine with the other cats. They're enjoying this week of 80 degrees, as am I. Unfortunately, probably our last one for months. But, Berkley Publishing has books to keep us occupied during the colder weather. Enjoy!

Here's the list of the twelve titles coming out on November 1.

The Good, the Bad, and the Guacamole - Rebecca Adler (2nd Taste of Texas mystery)
Twice Told Tail - Ali Brandon (6th Black Cat Bookshop mystery)
The Chocolate Falcon Fraud - Jo Anna Carl (15th Chocoholic mystery, 1st time in paperback)
The Chocolate Bunny Brouhaha - Jo Anna Carl (16th Chocoholic mystery, hardcover)
Deck the Hallways - Kate Carlisle (4th Fixer-Upper mystery)
We Wish You a Murderous Christmas - Vicki Delany (2nd Year-Round Christmas mystery)
Death at First Sight - Lena Gregory (1st Bay Island Psychic mystery)
A Killer Kebab - Susannah Hardy (3rd Greek to Me mystery)
Hooking for Trouble - Betty Hechtman (11th Crochet mystery)
A Likely Story - Jenn McKinlay (6th Library Lover's mystery, 1st time in paperback)
Better Late Than Never - Jenn McKinlay (7th Library Lover's mystery, hardcover)
Murder on St. Nicholas Avenue - Victoria Thompson (18th Gaslight mystery, 1st time in paperback)

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Ireland - Day 3 - Oct. 6, Bunratty & The Dingle Peninsula

Note from Wednesday's travels - The photos from Liscanor are actually at the Cliffs of Moher. The cliffs were unbelievable, as you can tell in a couple of my photos. But, you really can't see any of parts of the cliffs, and I don't have photos for a strange reason. We had beautiful weather while we were in Ireland, and it was too sunny the day we were there. They had a week of rain before Wednesday, but the sun was so bright it was shining directly into my camera. I'm not going to complain about the lack of photos due to sunshine.

Every evening, Linda and I would sit and go through the guidebooks, pamphlets and maps, and plan our next day. Actually, Linda did almost all of the planning. I was just happy to be in Ireland. And, she did a wonderful job. She picked the Groupon special that found us the villa in Adare. I didn't tell you that we had a place bigger than any apartment I ever lived in. In had three bedrooms, four full baths, a living room, dining room, full kitchen, a sunroom, and a little reading room. Washer/dryer, dishwasher, wine bar, fireplace. So, we'd sit in the evening and plan the next day.

So, poor Kevin. On Thursday, October 6, we did an eleven-hour day on the road, 9-8. Our first stop on the trip was Bunratty Castle and the Folk Park, which included houses with the story behind them as to who might have lived there. One of the houses had been moved from the runway at Shannon Airport (Kevin read that on the flyer, and I didn't believe him until I saw the sign that said that). The castle is still used for those medieval dinners. And, you could go in every room, including up to the top of the castle. Ok. I'll admit I'm scared of heights, and those were steep, curving, well-worn steps. I didn't go up to the top. I stayed in the Great Hall, and listened to the guide while Linda and Kevin climbed to the top. Photos now, and I'll tell you about the Great Hall when we get to those pictures.

The antlers on the wall are from the Great Elk, and they're 10,000 years old. They were found in the bogs of Ireland.

And, the chairs at the table? People have said the lord's wife sat at the lower one. Not true. His secretary sat there, and took notes. That's where he held court and heard complaints. Women were not allowed in the Great Hall. The guide showed us a small window on the second floor. Women could watch from there. And, he also showed us the small holes in the walls for the lord's spies to watch.

After the castle, we did the buildings in the folk park. Check out the doorways. I'm only 4'10 1/2. The doors aren't much taller than I am. And, check out the thatched roofs.


Kevin and the cottage moved from Shannon Airport's runway


From Bunratty, we drove along the Dingle Peninsula, along the "Wild Atlantic Way". (I have lots of photos.) I just love the skies of Ireland.

Are the beehive huts (clochans) monastic huts? These stone huts can be seen on the Dingle Peninsula, but nothing I could find actually gives the age. I've seen everything from 8th-12th century. On the Skellig Islands, they were built for dwellings by monks. There's actually little information I could verify. However, the cross is at the site. Notice again the doorways in comparison to my height.

Just along the road

Check the door to the cave

The next pictures are from Dingle.

We ended our day by at Adare where we went to Pat Collins Bar for dinner. For me, fish and chips. (Have I said I love Irish pubs?)