Four days ago six tiny baby mice appeared in the kitchen here at John’s house in Dearborn. We did our best to feed them (kitten milk replacement formula as instructed) and kept them warm and safe. None of the week old baby mice survived despite all our efforts.
Since I was a young boy I have always loved animals and birds. Especially farm animals and small animals. I cannot bear to see any animal suffer or be mistreated. We were so hopeful that these baby mice would survive and would live out their life with us, cared for and loved.
Here are some photos of the tiny mice.
I’ve spent most of the summer reading murder mysteries by M. C. Beaton, Peter May, and Jacqueline Winspear. I have become a huge fan of all three writers. Each one appeals to me for different reasons, but the one thing they all have in common is the fact that they are all outstanding writers! Brilliant, actually.
I read/listened to all the Hamish Macbeth mysteries over a period of 40 days or so. Then I moved on to Peter May’s Lewis trilogy. I took a break from these beautifully written books only because they are a bit more gritty and graphic than the “cozy” murder mysteries of Beaton and Winspear.
Here is the Lewis trilogy:
I particularly love the cover designs and artwork done for the front covers!
It’s been a while since I posted anything in this Writing Blog. I really haven’t had much of anything to write about. I’m still at an impasse in the studio and decided that I needed inspiration in order to break through the bottleneck. I decided to do what inspires me most—READ!
In May I read nearly all of M.C. Beaton’s Hamish Macbeth murder mysteries. Great stories (except for the last few). The stories are set in the Scottish Highlands. Naturally, I had an intrinsic interest in them. And I have become a devotee of Hamish Macbeth and all things Lochdubh.
Here is the complete listing of the books if you’d like to give them a try. They are “cozy” murder mysteries, not the grisly graphic violent sort. I also listened to all the books on Audible. The name following the title is the reader of that particular book. Shaun Grindell was my favorite and the best reader for the stories.
HAMISH MACBETH MYSTERIES BY M. C. BEATON (Born 1936)
- Death of a Gossip March 1985 Anthony Ferguson
- Death of a Cad February 1987 Anthony Ferguson
- Death of an Outsider November 1988 Shaun Grindell
- Death of a Perfect Wife November 1989 Shaun Grindell
- Death of a Hussy November 1990 Shaun Grindell
- Death of a Snob July 1991 Shaun Grindell
- Death of a Prankster June 1992 Shaun Grindell
- Death of a Greedy Woman April 1993 Shaun Grindell
- Death of a Travelling Man December 1993 Shaun Grindell
- Death of a Charming Man September 1994 Shaun Grindell
- Death of a Nag July 1995 Shaun Grindell
- Death of a Macho Man August 1997 Shaun Grindell
- Death of a Dentist August 1997 Shaun Grindell
- Death of a Scriptwriter June 1998 Shaun Grindell
- Death of an Addict May 1999 Davina Porter
Note: Very bad reviews
- A Highland Christmas November 1999 Graeme Malcolm
- Death of a Dustman March 2001 Graeme Malcolm
- Death of a Celebrity January 2002 Graeme Malcolm
- Death of a Village March 2003 Graeme Malcolm
- Death of a Poison Pen February 2004 Graeme Malcolm
- Death of a Bore February 2005 Graeme Malcolm
- Death of a Dreamer February 2006 Graeme Malcolm
not the best mystery
- Death of a Maid March 2007 Graeme Malcolm
- Death of a Gentle Lady February 2008 Graeme Malcolm
- Death of a Witch March 2009 Graeme Malcolm
NOTE: All the following books got really bad reviews from readers
- Death of a Valentine January 2010 Graeme Malcolm
- Death of a Chimney Sweep March 2011 Graeme Malcolm
Note: Bad reviews
- Death of a Kingfisher March 2012 Graeme Malcolm
- Death of Yesterday April 2013 Graeme Malcolm
- Death of a Policeman February 2014 Graeme Malcolm
- Death of a Liar February 2015 Graeme Malcolm
- Death of a Nurse February 2016 Graeme Malcolm
Here are the front covers of the first two books: