The Yule Log Times Three!

An 1848 drawing of St. Nick hauling a Yule log
Seattle Weekly

Each of us has a picture that pops into our minds whenever we hear about the yule log. Whether it’s a log on the fire during Winter Solstice, a decadent dessert, or a cozy mystery. Here are a few items in our collection to celebrate the yule log in its many forms!

For apartment dwellers or those of us without a fire place you can stream your yule log fix! Access Video offers an hour of log burning, with music included, in The Ultimate Yule Log – “the Christmas classic! Instrumental and vocal music set against yule log fireplace footage. Songs include “Silent Night,” “Deck the Halls,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” ”O Come, All Ye Faithful,” “Good King Wenceslas,” and more!” Continue reading “The Yule Log Times Three!”

Adventures in Pet Sitting!

The last months of summer are usually a whirlwind of getting out of town. For some of us that means finding a pet sitter. Maybe it’s a friendly neighbor or a local boarder or maybe it’s you! This August I hung out for two weeks with two adorable cat brothers who act more like dogs than cats! They sneaked into grocery bags and even brought a bat in the house (thank goodness for vaccinations)! My other gig is in a few weeks with two older pups…and I’m starting to wonder what adventures they will bring! Have you had any adventures in pet sitting?

Curiosity Killed the Cat Sitter by Blaize Clement

“Clement’s assured cozy debut introduces an appealing heroine, 32-year-old Dixie Hemingway, who’s given up her stressful job as a sheriff’s deputy in Sarasota, Fla., to become a professional pet sitter. When Dixie calls early one morning on her latest client, a silver-blue Abyssinian named Ghost, she finds a dead man face down in the cat bowl. Continue reading “Adventures in Pet Sitting!”

Mystery Challenge: Cozy Mysteries

~by Lori T.

Are you reading along with the Mystery Challenge? Grab your choice of a hot beverage, a warm throw, a good snack, and a cozy mystery. Cozy Mysteries are for people that prefer a mystery without graphic descriptions of  blood and violence. These type of mysteries are books where the main character or someone close to them discovers the victim and proceeds to solve the crime before the police.

English Cottage Mysteries:

What do a retired English woman, an American transplant, and a missing cousin have in common? They are a few of characters found in the English Cottage Cozy subgenre.

Agatha Raisin, recently retired to the Cotswolds, makes her sleuthing debut in Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death by M.C. Beaton. Aunt Dimity’s Death by Nancy Atherton, on the other hand, stars a recently bereaved transplant from Boston, who inherits a haunted cottage in Cornwall. And Jenn McKinlay moves the mystery to London, with a missing cousin, in Cloche and Dagger.

Click here to find Agatha Raisin and The Quiche of Death in the SPL catalogClick here to find Aunt Dimity’s Death in the SPL catalogClick here to find Cloche and Dagger in the SPL catalogClick here to find Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder in the SPL catalogClick here to find A Spoonful of Murder in the SPL catalog Continue reading “Mystery Challenge: Cozy Mysteries”

Crime: Is Dorothy L. Sayers still worth reading?

Dorothy L. Sayers in her college days.“Is Dorothy L. Sayers still worth reading?” Well I’ve been reading her lately (in anticipation of the Taproot Theatre’s upcoming production of Gaudy Night), and my unsurprising answer is yes, but why? After all, her hero – Edwardian aristocrat Lord Peter Wimsey – seems at first blush to be just the kind of plummy, pompous plutocrat that we’ve lost all taste for. Although Sayers’ works are drenched in the sort of stylish tweedy Englishness that enthralls Downton Abbey fans, they have not one jot of the latter’s sympathy to the plight of those below stairs, siding firmly and unselfconsciously with the snobs. Wimsey’s man Bunter (one of the great butlers) makes Jeeves look like an anarchist, so well does he know his place. Continue reading “Crime: Is Dorothy L. Sayers still worth reading?”