Saturday, October 21, 2017

The Sketchy Reader October Letters Revealed

I hope you're having a wonderful Saturday, My Lovelies!  

I want to reveal October's letters from The Sketchy Reader.  These letters are available in my Etsy Store.

The Indie Next List Selection letter is about Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore.  

My Favorite Books Selection letter is about Water for Elephants.

Each letter is addressed to the recipient and includes discussion questions and other happy surprises of the ephemera variety.  I host book discussions for each book on the fifteenth of the following month on my Facebook Page, so these books will be discussed November 15th.

If you have a book nerd who'd enjoy this subscription, please share or order a subscription for him or her today!  Happy snail mail is fun!!!

Until next time...

Happy reading!
Ricki Jill

Friday, October 20, 2017

Nancy Drew Mystery Stories: The Hidden Staircase

Happy Literary Friday, My Lovelies!  Today is the third installment of Nancy Drew Mystery Stories, and I hope y'all are enjoying these posts as much as I've enjoyed writing them.

It was fun re-reading this as an adult because I know why the child version of me loved it: This book has the trifecta of creepy ghosts, costumes in the attic, and several secret passageways and hidden staircases. 

Basically this story is about Nancy's friend, Helen Corning, and a mysterious haunting of Helen's great-grandmother's estate, Twin Elms.  I've never lived in a house with a name, and it seems as if many of the houses in Nancy Drew Mystery Stories have names!  Helen and her Aunt Rosemary ask Nancy to visit Twin Elms for a few days and solve the mystery of the ghost.  Furniture moves, music plays, and the ghost has sticky fingers because he's stealing jewelry and silver.  Nancy is torn about whether or not to take on the case because Nancy's father Carson could be in danger.  One of the landowners selling to the railroad didn't get his signature notarized, so a conman convinced him to "disappear for a bit" in order to extort more money from the railroad.  The conman's name is Nathan Gomber, and he's the one who "warns" Nancy about impending danger to Drew due to his legal services to the railroad.  According to Gomber, the landowners feel cheated by the railroad and their counsel, Carson Drew.  Gomber is a busy, nasty criminal, and he's been harassing Helen's great-grandmother Miss Flora to sell Twin Elms!

Some of the details I loved about this book are the masks the ghost wears (I can remember I was particularly scared by the gorilla in the window).  Nancy has a date with Dirk the tennis player to a play and then a dance. (Where did this guy come from and where's Ned?)  I also enjoyed the old fashioned food and ways meals were served.  So delightfully formal!  I should take out my sherbet glasses and serve grapefruit slices in them like Helen Gruen serves fruit to the Drews....why the heck not?  One of the desserts served in the book is "floating islands" which is a French dessert made popular by Julia Child.  You can see one and read the recipe HERE.

Next week is the last Friday in October (where has October gone?), and it will also be the last Friday of my Nancy Drew Mystery Stories series.  I'm saving the scariest one for last, so I hope you won't miss it!

Until next time...

Happy reading!
Ricki Jill