My Take on…Two Novels by Wendy Jones

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I was gifted the book The Thoughts and Happenings of Wilfred Price Purveyor of Superior Funerals by Wendy Jones. I thought to myself, what an odd book to give someone. Is this about funerals? How morbid!

The book, however, is not about funerals persay. It is about the life of a young man who happens to be an undertaker. Wilfred Price. Wilfred is an interesting young man. A very likable chap really. The book is based around the one mistake he makes, by asking a young woman to marry him and then deciding he has made a mistake. So before things get out of hand, Wilfred decides to take back his proposal. Of course, things are not as simple as that and so the story continues.

The book is set in 1920’s England. In a quaint village where everyone knows everyone and everyone wants to know everything. It is hard to keep secrets in such a place. Although there are secrets being kept, which will lead to complicate Wilfred’s life.

The book is well written. I can “see” the village and the characters very clearly. The book is amusing, funny, serious, mysterious, etc… A nice read.

I enjoyed The Thoughts and Happenings of Wilfred Price Purveyor of Superior Funerals very much. So much so that I ordered the next book, that finishes Wilfred’s journey, before I had even finished the first. The next book, The World is a Wedding, takes right off from where we left off with Wilfred and the other characters. It really is a must read or however will one know what happens to Wilfred. The World is a Wedding is full of new adventures and surprises. It was not a disappointment and left the reader with a complete feeling at the end.

I would recommentd The Thoughts and Happenings of Wilfred Price Purveyor of Superior Funerals and The World is a Wedding. I would also suggest getting both. One does not want to be left hanging at the end after all.

As always, Happy Reading!

My Take on Magpie Murders

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Like a good mystery? Why not give Magpie Murders a try. It is full of surprises and written in a way unlike I have ever seen before.

Anthony Horowitz, author of Magpie Murders, has an unusual concept in writing a murder within a murder. A two-for-one if you will. The novel, Magpie Murders, is written by the character Alan Conway in the book. The manuscript of Magpie Murders is given to editor Susan Ryeland to read. That is where the reader begins the book, seeing it through Susan’s eyes. Then, just as the reader is engrossed in the who-done-it, the manuscript ends and Susan is in search of the missing chapters and finds herself in a mystery of her own.

I found it an interesting way to write a book and was intrigued by this style. It left the reader yearning to solve one mystery only to start another and then come back to finish the first mystery. I also liked the setting, a small town in England. The suspects all knew each other or were connected in some way.

So, if looking for a new twist on who-done-its, why not give Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz a try. It will be sure to entertain and challenge with more than one mystery under it’s cover. Happy Reading!

My Take on Dear Mr. Blueberry

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A good children’s book must have a good story, a good lesson, good art, and be interesting enough to read over and over again without getting sick of it. One such book that I will never tire of is Dear Mr. Blueberry by Simon James. A perfect book to read to your children or grandchildren over summer break.

I was introduced to this book many years ago when I took my children to story-time at the aquarium. It was a great book for the aquarium to read as it is written about whales. The story is so cute and unique to most children’s books as it is written in letter form from Emily to her teacher Mr. Blueberry. Emily writes to Mr. Blueberry, as school is not in, and asks him questions of whales, as she has found one in her pond,and Mr. Blueberry replies back to her in letter form.

So, if you know of a child interested in whales or things of the ocean, give Dear Mr. Blueberry a try. It is a good story with all the must haves of a children’s book and will hold an adult interested as well. Yours sincerely…..