Helen and Teacher

Helen and Teacher
The Story of my Life

Friday, July 5, 2013

Delectable Reading and Good Reads

I am a newcomer to Good Reads, am still getting the hang of it. I actually use lots of social media, and it is a big thing for writers. I have accounts on Twitter, and I seem to gain followers everyday, Facebook, where I have a page as Dr. E’s Doll Museum and belong to several groups, Tumblr, still very new, Pinterest, and LinkedIn. I blog avidly and enjoy meeting people. Good Reads is fascinating, and I get ideas from Google books, where I have my own library. I am a little mystified about how it works, and would welcome any ideas. One of the books I noted on GR is Miranda James out of Circulation, one of her library mysteries featuring Diesel the Maine Coon cat. My sweet Opie was part Maine Coon; you could see it in his ears. I love the cozy mysteries like this; they are delectable as a Viennese truffle from Godiva or Thornton’s English Chocolates. I particularly like those by our friends Margaret Grace and Deb Baker. Monica Ferris’ needlework mysteries, and Diane Mott Davidson’s Goldy Schultz mysteries. She and Hanna Swensen of Joanne Fluke’s series are family. I love the patterns, recipes, and craft tips, and often use them. These women write in the tradition of Barbara Pym, and as mystery writers, follow in the tradition of our own Charlotte Murray Russell, the coziest of all. Of course, there are also Hazel Holt’s books featuring Mrs. Mallory. In many ways, they capture the spirit of Catherine Oliphant, Pymian heroine from my favorite book, Less than Angels.

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