Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Dusty Pages Review: The Painted Dragon

When a priceless painting is stolen, our dauntless heroines Sophie and Lil find themselves faced with forgery, trickery and deceit on all sides!

Be amazed as the brave duo pit their wits against this perilous puzzle! Marvel at their cunning plan to unmask the villain and prove themselves detectives to be reckoned with – no matter what dangers lie ahead . . .

It’s their most perilous adventure yet!

I really enjoyed returning to the world of Sophie and Lil, and of course Sinclair's department store. It was great to have a new mystery but all the old gang back together to solve it. Sophie and Lil's gang of friends traverses social groups which makes some of their grand plans possible. It was a very quick read for me, because I couldn't put it down.

This is the third book in this series, with a fourth due out in October (-pouts- I want it now) and there are still a thousand unanswered questions. I want to learn more about the mysterious Baron - the recurring bad guy of the piece, like Moriarty to Holmes, and what his connection to Sophie is. We get a little more in this book but its nagging at my brain. Sophie needs to get off her butt and do some detecting. I moan because I care. ~ sigh

The only problem I had with the book is the changed the spine (grumbles) and now my three books don't match. Of course this isn't the authors fault. It was just something I noticed because its one of my pet peeves.

I still give it

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Dusty Pages Review: Pop Goes The Weasel

A man's body is found in an empty house. His heart has been cut out and delivered to his wife and children.
He is the first victim, and Detective Inspector Helen Grace knows he will not be the last. But why would a happily married man be this far from home in the dead of night?
The media call it Jack the Ripper in reverse: a serial killer preying on family men who lead hidden double lives.
Helen can sense the fury behind the murders. But what she cannot possibly predict is how volatile this killer is - or what is waiting for her at the end of the chase...

The second Helen Grace novel is as well written and captivating as the first. They often say that sequels are never as good as the first but in this case there is no one I think out there that could say that about this book.

I was happy to see the lives of the characters from the first book continuing, coming to terms with the trauma they all went through. I was increasingly behind the heroine even though she comes off sometimes as hard and unforgiving. She's a woman in a male dominated field and showing weakness is an instant career killer.

Once again I did not guess the killer before the cops - which I loved. I like to be completely in the dark with these sorts of books, if I can work it out before a third of the way through I get bored waiting for the character to catch up. I am eager to read the next installment in this series to see how things develop further. And I would love to see a certain reporter  Emilia Garanita *cough* Bitch *cough* get what she deserves.

I give it

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Valentines 2017

Valentine's Day, is celebrated on February 14 every year. Originally a christian feast day honoring one or more early saints named Valentine.

Several stories of marytrdom are connected to February 14. The most popular of which is of Saint Valentine of Rome, who was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry as the emporer thought they should only love Rome. According to legend, during his imprisonment, Saint Valentine healed the daughter of his jailer and before his execution, wrote her a letter signed " From Your Valentine". A monocur that is still used on cards today.

While the custom of sending cards, flowers, chocolates and other gifts originated in the UK, it spread throughout the Anglosphere in the 19th century. In the later 20th and early 21st centuries, these customs spread to other countries, but their effect has been more limited than those of Hallowe'en, or than aspects of Christmas.

Let's take a look at Valentine's in a few different places.


In the United States, about 190 million Valentine's Day cards are sent each year, not including the hundreds of millions of cards school children exchange.


Valentine's Day celebrations did not catch on in India until around 1992. It was spread due to the programs in commercial TV channels, such as MTV, dedicated radio programs and love letter competitions, in addition to an economical liberalization that allowed the explosion of the valentine card industry. In modern times, Hindu and Islamic traditionalists have considered the holiday to be cultural contamination from the West and religious leaders have asked their followers to shun the holiday. Despite this though, Valentine's Day becomes increasingly popular.


The holiday was first introduced in 1936 and was aimed at foreigners residing in the country. However it later transformed to become an event where only women give chocolate to men and Japanese chocolate companies make half their annual sales during this time. In the 1980's a successful campaign launched March 14th as a "Reply day" where men are expected to return the favour to those who gave them chocolate on Valentines Day. It was later named "White Day" for the colour of the chocolates being offered.


In Denmark and Norway, although February 14 is known as Valentinsdag, it is not celebrated to a large extent, but is largely imported from American culture, and some people take time to eat a romantic dinner with their partner, to send a card to a secret love or give a red rose to their loved one.