Posts Tagged ‘cozy mystery’

Mystery Book Recommendations for a Good Night In

Sunday, May 1st, 2016

A rainy night, an open fire, a cozy lounge chair and a glass of good wine — these are almost the perfect mix of ingredients for a fantastic night in. The only thing missing is a good mystery book to curl up with, one so gripping that each time you finish a page you say the next one will be the last before you sleep, only to find yourself still reading when dawn breaks many hours later.

There is something about this genre that captures us. Perhaps it is the escape into a safe thrill, or the allure of the inherently good detective fighting for justice…or the moral ambiguity of the same as they fight against themselves as much as the bad guy. Whatever the reason, the twist and turns of these four mystery books will be sure to have you captivated, long after your eyes are heavy and you know you should have slept hours ago. You’d better warn your boss that you’re going to be coming in late tomorrow. (more…)

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HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

Saturday, February 13th, 2016

Valentine stuffed (640x427) LOVE YOUR PET!

MAKE IT A SPECIAL DAY FOR THEM TOO!

BUT – REMEMBER –  NO  Chocolate for any of your  four-legged best friends.

 But an extra treat would be quite devine.

Spunky and the Fabulous Felines wish you all a very Happy Valentines Day.

PS – We have a special surprise planned for our mom – Dr. Hannah Richards – and it is not a new murder mystery for us to solve  –

at least not today.

But you never know what tomorrow may bring….

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DOGS HAVE FEELINGS TOO!

Sunday, February 7th, 2016

puppy running  .Hi, Ms. Spunky here.

I want to talk to you about doggie feelings.

Dogs have feelings?  Of course they do.

Plus we not only understand our own feelings we also understand yours!

When Dr. Richards is sad, I put a paw on her leg or nuzzle my nose against her arm. I might even hop into her lap. Dr. Richards has always known that I know when she needs some extra love, but recently she actually found an article that tells her why. Researchers in Hungary have confirmed that canines understand humans’ feelings. They trained a dozen brave dogs to sit still long enough to be placed in an MRI scanner – personally, I start to wiggle just thinking about it – but these dogs tolerated it and the scientists discovered how similar a dog’s brain is to that of a human.

While the dogs were in the scanner, they listened to 200 everyday people noises as well as noise made by dogs. The scientists then looked at what parts of their brains lit up. Apparently, a little patch of our brains is devoted to figuring out emotions. The dogs’ brains light up when they hear happy barks or giggles and it doesn’t respond to sad growls or whines. 

They then put headphones on each dog and let them listen to three types of sounds: human voices, dog sounds and environmental noises, such as a hammer hitting a nail or a phone ringing. The team then looked to see which parts of the brain responded.

Just like humans, the dogs have a little patch of neurons that light up when they hear voices of their own species — other dogs barking, growling or whining. Plus they also have a region located in the same place as people (near the ears) that is sensitive to emotional tones in both human and dog voices.

No wonder Dr. Richards and I love each other so much. I bet our brains light up at the same time! Plus a good doggie detective like me knows a person’s voice tone might just be the final clue that breask a case wide open.

Details of the study were published in the journal Current Biology in February 2014. You can also watch a video of the dogs in the scanner.

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Mystery Book Reviews: The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency Series

Sunday, January 3rd, 2016

The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency book cover The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series is one of my favorite comfort reads. The unhurried, peaceful nature of these stories makes you want to curl up on a comfy chair and drink a glass of bush tea. Never had bush tea? Well, once you meet Mma Ramotswe and her assistant Mma Makutsi, you’ll know all about it.

By the way, “Mma” is the term used to address women in Botswana, Africa. For example, down here in Alabama, it is a sign of respect when young people call me Miss Holly. In Botswana, I would be called Mma Holly.

What? You have never heard of an African detective? Well, then you are certainly in for a delightful adventure when you meet Precious Ramotswe. She is not only precious in nature, but that is also her real name. (more…)

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Dinner with a Detective: Miss Marple vs. Hercule Poirot

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Miss Marple vs Hercule Poirot Dame Agatha Christie…what a lady! The world’s foremost mystery writer of all time, Agatha Christie’s books have been translated in over 40 languages and have sold over two billion copies.

Listen to this: She wrote 78 mystery novels, 19 plays, over 100 short stories, 2 books of poetry, a children’s book, and 2 autobiographies. Whew! I am tired simply typing her résumé. Somehow, she also managed to write an additional 6 romance novels (under the name of Mary Westmacott).

In fact, Christie managed to write an average of two novels a year through most of her life. Only the Bible and Shakespeare have outsold her. How did she find the time? No, really, how did she do it? I sure would like a touch of her magic. Was it her pure love of writing or absolute dedication to her craft? (more…)

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Cats vs. Dogs: Name Their Main Differences!

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

cats vs dogs Hi, Spunky here –

This morning, my cat buddy Fearless and I were having one of our well known debates. This one was about the differences between cats and dogs. Since we are pals, we do not debate if a cat or a dog is the superior species. We believe if a cat or dog is given the right human, then either one can supply a great outpouring of love and affection. Which, as you know, is our primary job on this planet. For us it isn’t about which is the better species, it’s about the differences between them. (more…)

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