Begorrathon Song

This is Read Ireland month over @ 746 Books and this band is an Irish worship band from Monaghan, Ireland. Darren Mulligan is the young man singing and the lead singer for the band. I haven’t gotten much reading done these last two weeks, hoping to be able to get back to it. In the meantime I’m sharing this for Ireland month!

I know I shared this song with you before, but bear with me, this is a new version with only strings and recorded live in one take. I LOVE it. I listen over and over. The intensity of Darren while singing this gets me every time! Watch him!

This man and David Crowder are my all time favorite singers. They know the heart of God and can communicate it so well!

Guess what! I’m going to Ireland August 30th for 13 days! My friend Cheryl and I are going! I am so excited! We are doing a CIE tour…

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Back to reading, I actually have three Irish author books started: The Coconut Killings by Patricia Moyes, The House in Paris by Elizabeth Bowen and Foxprints by Patrick McGinley. I had such plans for this months reading, but you know the saying: Best laid plans of mice and men. Life got in the way. Still have 12 days to go, we’ll see what happens…


#begorrathon19   Reading Ireland Month @ 746 Books


It’s Begorrathon Time!


Irish Reading Month , where we celebrate Irish books and culture, has begun over at Cathy’s 746 Books! I’ve picked my books by Irish authors off the shelves and stacked them in my reading room.

  • Felicia’s Journey by William Trevor
  • The Fields by Kevin Maher
  • My Dream of You by Nuala O’Faolain
  • The Heat of the Day by Elizabeth Bowen
  • The House in Paris by Elizabeth Bowen
  • Mary Lavelle by Kate O’Brien
  • Mad Puppetstown by Molly Keane (M.J. Farrell)
  • Loving and Giving by Molly Keane
  • The Gathering by Anne Enright
  • The Coconut Killings, Season of Snows and Sins, Black Widower by Patricia Moyes
  • The Death of a Joyce Scholar, The Death of an Irish Sea Wolf, The Death of an Irish Lover by Bartholomew Gill
  • The Likeness, In the Woods, The Faithful Place by Tana French
  • Tis and Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

I’ve got a few more on the shelves that I didn’t pull off this is enough to choose from for a month. I’ll be lucky to get four read! I’ve got a couple Irish recipes I’m going to try too.

A friend and I are in the process of planning a trip to Ireland hopefully this September! We are going to go with a tour group. I’m excited! We need to hustle and get it booked or they’ll all be full!

Won’t you join us in reading Ireland the month of March! Click the link above!

Coffin, Scarcely Used

by Colin Watson           first published in 1958, reprinted 2018 by Prelude Books

cover128992-mediumIn the respectable seaside town of Flaxborough, the equally respectable councillor Harold Carobleat is laid to rest. Cause of death: pneumonia. 

But he is scarcely cold in his coffin before  Detective Inspector Purbright, affable and annoyingly polite, must turn out again to examine the death of Carobleat’s neighbour, Marcus Gwill, former prop. of the local rag, the Citizen. This time it looks like foul play, unless a surfeit of marshmallows had led the late and rather unlamented Mr Gwill to commit suicide by electrocution. (‘Power without responsibility’, murmurs Purbright.)

How were the dead men connected, both to each other and to a small but select band of other town worthies? Purbright becomes intrigued by a stream of advertisements Gwill was putting in the Citizen, for some very oddly named antique items…

Witty and a little wicked, Colin Watson’s tales offer a mordantly entertaining cast of characters and laugh-out-loud wordplay.

A fun, humorous murder mystery. My favorite kind! A solid plot and fun characters. What more could you ask for?

I enjoyed the the camaraderie between Purbright and Sgt. Love. Several mysteries going at once, some type of shady business going between a group of upright citizens and throw in two murders to boot. One by electrocution and one by poison. It ticks all the boxes!

Thanks to Netgalley and Prelude Books for a free copy of this book with no strings attached for a positive review.

This fulfills the “Set in a small village” category under “Where” in the gold era Just the Facts Notebook @My Reader’s Block.   Also counts for Cloak and Dagger.

The Butterfly

by James M. Cain

IMG_3524In this story of incest and mistaken identity set in the coal-mining hills of Appalachia, a man estranged from his family for many years finds himself fatally attracted to his daughter when he meets her for the first time as a grown woman. This edition includes an introduction by Cain describing how he arrived at the idea for this novel and several others.

The Butterfly by James M. Cain was first published in 1946. It takes place among the hills and hollers of West Virginia coal country. Cain uses his favorite form of narration, the first person confessional, in relating this unusual tale of deceit, incest and murder.

“Hard, lean, nicely weighted. The pitch is just right and the pace is the Cain pace, sustained and pressing, like a hound on scent.”  
~Saturday Review of Literature

I picked this up because it was set in Appalachia, my ancestors on mom’s side were Appalachians. Although this book is set around the border of Kentucky and West Virginia and we are from East Tennessee. Cain was known as a ‘hardboiled’ American writer and wrote several big books, The Postman Always Rings Twice, Double Indemnity and Mildred Pierce. All of these made into movies, which I’ve seen. I had never read one of his novels though. A short book at 120 pages, I thought it would be a good introduction. Although with incest being the main subject you wouldn’t know that this book is listed as a mystery! It does have elements of mystery and murder.

The Preface by Cain was interesting and he states that he basically started working on this book in 1922 when he made a trip down to the Big Sandy area along the Kentucky-WVA state-line to work in the mines and study the area and utilize its ‘beautiful bleak ugliness’ for the locale of a novel dealing with mine wars. After years of working on notes, story outlines etc. and getting sidetracked by other projects he finally published this little novel in 1947.

After reading the preface and reviews of his work, I was excited to start. I have to say though that I was highly disappointed! I read it in one day. It kept me turning the page, I think more because of the subject matter and the hint that all was not as it seemed, than anything, but in the end when I closed the book I felt let down. Maybe the writing was good and it was the subject matter that was not very satisfying. The mountain people didn’t come across to me at all sympathetic and the locale wasn’t brought vivid in my mind. I grew up with Grandma’s insinuations that incest was a problem in the back mountain country among the ‘hillbilly’s’. Maybe the portrayal was dead on and there is no redeeming quality to the characters or this tale. I really don’t know what to think or say. There is deceit, moonshining, and murder. The incest part wasn’t really ‘foul’ or overdone by any means. Not sure if I’d tell you to read it or not. BUT, I’d be real interested in your thoughts on it if you did read it!!

Have you read anything by Cain and what did you think?

There is a movie made from this book starring Pia Zadora and Stacy Keach available to stream on Amazon and a BBC radio drama of it too – you can listen here.


Counting this towards Cloak and Dagger!

Bout of Books Day Six

The challenge for today is Book Spine Poetry. Stack books together with the titles forming a sentence or short poetry. Great fun! Here are my pictures. I did two!

The old fox deceiv’d the small widow in the woods.

The rector’s daughter (is) testing the current on Thursday afternoons on Sarpy Creek.

Great idea Kay!

Bout of Books Day 5

I haven’t been very good at keeping current or updating with this challenge. I have participated in two things on Instagram, describe myself in six words and Spine Rainbow.

And I can’t find the In Six Words! I must not have done it right. Instagram is fairly a new thing for me. And obviously Bout of Books is too!

I’ve read two books and am halfway through my third. I’d like to get four read for this week. Read Maigret Meets a Milord and The Butterfly and am reading Death in Springtime now.

Today’s challenge is to write a headline for the plot of a book you love or hate. I’m doing one for each of the books read and the one I’m reading.

American Girl Kidnapped in Italy! Norwegian Friend Tossed to the Side of the Road!
Death in Springtime by Magdelan Nabb

Incest, Mistaken Identity and Murder in Small Appalachian Town!
The Butterfly by James M. Cain

Murder on the Towpath of a French Canal Solved by Inspector Maigret!
Maigret Meets a Milord by George Simenon

Check out what other people submitted here.