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An exciting week!

Special offer for new Patreons; come and mingle with the cast of one of our radio plays, you get to chat with the actors and ask questions.!

 

Publications;

 

We’re On Our Way: Short story by Sherri Rabinowitz
Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
kind of cool my short story went up in two categories!
#79 in 15-Minute Literature & Fiction Short Reads
#40 in 15-Minute Mystery, Thriller & Suspense Short Reads

 

 

Last time on Chatting With Sherri;

I was so happy to chat with E.D.Brown the creator and star of SIDETRACKED!  We had a lot of fun chatting about acting and creating a film like this and how much it all means to her; http://tobtr.com/11350907 

 

 

 

I was so delighted to chat with the charming Brice Bexter, we talked about his small but pivotal role in the  Miss Fisher movie and working on Good Omens!  We also chatted about all the new independent films he has made and training at The actors Studio ; http://tobtr.com/11350923

 

 

 

It is always a joy to chat with my friend the  award winning author; Lee Murray!  We talked about her adventures at cons, winning great literary honors and her newest books; http://tobtr.com/11366689

 

 

 

 

I had a such a good time talking to rock singer and songwriter ; Ray Dafrico we talked about his music, how he created his music and what he is up to now; http://tobtr.com/11366697

 

 

 

 

 

I had such a good time talking to Mary D Brooks and Steven L Sears about; Xena: Their Courage Changed Our World! Not only are they dear friends but they are two of the most supportive people I know. We talked about how special Xena fandom is, how much good it has done and how it has touched thousands of lives in many different ways ; http://tobtr.com/11366725

A new project I am proudly taking part in; http://xena25years.ausxip.com/chapter-index/

 

Next time on Chatting With Sherri;

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomes author; Joe Spraga on 6/18/19 at 1pm pt; http://tobtr.com/11380975

 

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomes Jacqueline M. Dodd an attorney who advocates for children on 6/20/19 at 1pm pt; http://tobtr.com/11380987

 

 

 

Poetry;

Spirit of a Dandelion Petal

— Sherri Rabinowitz

Such a pretty flower,

It looks like any other,

But when one blows gently,

It flies apart, sensationally!

You want to cry,

It is a tragedy, but no, as you see the petals part,

you give an amazed start!

Because each petal is itself,

an individual,

whole and complete,

a dream like spirit that

flies its own path.

Each petal is an angel of beauty,

Fluttering in its own very short flight,

to freedom.

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Review;

Absent in the SpringAbsent in the Spring by Mary Westmacott
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a very good book, very gripping. I am not sure why this book is under the category of romance, they are gripping, searing personal dramas. Agatha ripped the facade that this woman erected around herself, it is done slowly, plotted very naturally. It so gripping I could not stop reading it, even though it is very disturbing. The desert in the story reminds me of a police integration room with the spotlight centered on the suspect. Except there is no suspect, just a human being stripped bare to find her own inner core. This does not really give any plot points away, it is just my reaction to it, (other then effect of the desert on her,) you need read it to find out what she finds out and how she reacts to it. It certainly made me cry and react. I wonder it if it will do the same to you?

Dorothy L. Sayers: The Complete StoriesDorothy L. Sayers: The Complete Stories by Dorothy L. Sayers
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I enjoyed re-reading this delightful collection.

Of course is The Lord Peter Wimsey stories that I had never read before the first time I read it and the wonderful stories of married life of Harriet and Peter. As always Peter solves all the various puzzles with aplomb.

I had never even heard of the Montague Egg stories. They are adorable. Egg is a traveling wine and spirits salesman who runs into all sorts of mysteries mysteries as he makes his sales calls. “The salesman who will use his brains will spare himself a world of pains,” and with this book he solves very puzzling mysteries.

I’m not really that big a fan of the last group of stories of stand alones, they’re much darker than the Wimseys and the Eggs and they are not my cup of tea but they are very well written of course.

I really like Sayers style, the puzzles are always fun and the humor is full of wit and fun. Great read!

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New Season of Sherri’s Playhouse begins!!!

We have started to rehearse the new season of Sherri’s Playhouse which is always exciting the first play up is; Mabel of the Anzacs, Part 2.

If you are interested in taking a part in one of our shows, please send me a note please.

 

A fun and touching episode with Chris York last week on my Mom’s Birthday made the tops on Blogtalk, that means so much to me.  Thank you all for tuning in to me and Chris talk about his great Dad, Bewitched star Dick York and my Mom.

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomed back Chris York, we had such a super time today! We talked about his dad, his dad’s friends and a really super and uplifting chat; http://tobtr.com/11245935

 

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomed Rebel physician and author of wtf* is wrong with our health? (*what the food) ; Roberto Tostado. We talked about how eating  is a lifestyle and not just a diet and how he started writing as a kid; http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2019/03/12/chatting-with-sherri

 

 

I welcomed back the always delightful Adrienne Wilkinson! We talked about our childhood adventures, and how we were as kids.  We chatted about her new movie and the Xena retreat and so much  more…  http://tobtr.com/11220635

 

 

I welcomed back two very talented and fun people, Brittney Powell and Tom Konkle! We had so much fun chatting, Brittney and Tom are doing so much, they are both making movies, promoting Trouble Is My Business and poor Brittney was sick. And they won awards for the movie too, it’s a really exciting so tune in; http://tobtr.com/11220629

 

Coming soon;

Chatting With Sherri welcomes back delightful author Lynne Constantine 3/26/19 at 1 pm pt; http://tobtr.com/11251179

 

 

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomes back the multi-talented Julie Sharpe 4/06/19 7 pm pt;  http://tobtr.com/11256149

 

 

 

 

New book review;

 

Towards Zero (Superintendent Battle, #5)Towards Zero by Agatha Christie 
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I can’t believe that I owned this book and I have never read it before. I loved it! It had me looping back and forth between every character in the house. But I never guessed the killer. I think it was a fascinating study in psychology by the great Agatha Christie. The clues were there, the little slips but they seemed so normal that I did not pick them up.

Also I really enjoyed the two romances in the book that were not central to murder, I was happy that Mary had some romance, finally.

Also the man at the beginning of the book who you can’t really figure out what his part in it is till it is revealed. I think he is my favorite character for many reasons that I can’t reveal or it will give it away. But I really, really like him.

Also I find it interesting that Agatha Christie’s view on suicide that she had in The Harley Quin’s short story “The Man From The Sea,” is repeated here. And it really touched me both times, quite beautiful.

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A lot happening!

I  appeared at Condor this weekend, I played Joe Kronus for an audience on Sunday, it was amazing to see their reaction to my play in person.  They liked it, it was so exciting! And they wanted the site to listen to it again!!!

 

 

I have started to cast the new season of Sherri’s Playhouse which is always exciting and challenging, if you are interested in taking part please send me a note please.

 

 

I am also excited to announce that I have a new sponsor for Chatting With Sherri; The Writers & Illustrators of the future provides “a means for new and budding writers to have a chance for their creative efforts to be seen and acknowledged.”

 

 

Coming soon to Chatting With Sherri;

 

 

I am so happy to welcome back the always charming; Adrienne Wilkinson 3/14 19 at 7pm pt ; http://tobtr.com/11220635

 

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomes back; Brittney Powell and Tom Konkle on 3/16/19 at 7pm pt;  http://tobtr.com/11220629

 

 

 

 

 

 

Great chats with;

I had a lovely time chatting with author; Jeff Crawford!  We talked about writing, sequels and how we adjusted to the times ; http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2019/03/05/chatting-with-sherri-welcomes-back-author-jeff-crawford

 

I had a nice chat with author; Martin L. Shoemaker, we talk about writing, books and breaking into writing and find your niche.  Listen in ;  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2019/03/02/chatting-with-sherri 

 

 

I had a great time chatting with my friend award-nominated author; Robin Alexander we chatted about writing, reading, good books, wonderful authors and the influences that brought about her wonderful series;  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2019/02/28/chatting-with-sherri-welcomes-back-award-nominated-author-robin-alexander

I had such a wonderful chat award-winning film-maker; Tom Konkle! We talked about his journey bringing his dream to life.  The importance of black and white films, the wonders of film making and what an interesting journey going to film festivals; http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2019/02/26/chatting-with-sherri-welcomes-back-award-winning-film-maker-tom-konkle

Great Month of Guests for CWS and casting for Sherri’s Playhouse! https://www.patreon.com/posts/great-month-of-25069527?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=postshare

 

 

The Thirteen Problems (Miss Marple, #2)The Thirteen Problems by Agatha Christie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There is something special about this introduction of Agatha Christie’s second great sleuth; Miss Marple. Introduced through a series of short stories that allows you to truly get to know her. Her intelligence, compassion and humor. Her sweet expression belied by her sharp blue eyes as she sits quietly knitting almost forgotten by the others in the room. Even when she says she really had no idea what the solution was, she really did. Some people don’t enjoy reading short stories but I always have. It helps you to learn all the different sides of characters. And it teaches you just what an art the creating of a short story truly is and Agatha Christie was genius at it.

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New shows for the 7th season!!!

Chatting With Sherri welcomes author and playwright, Mary D. Brooks on 2/2/19 at 6pm pt; http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2019/02/03/chatting-with-sherri-welcomes-back-with-author-and-playwright-mary-d-brooks

 

 

We welcome back the amazing Emmy Winning Producer/Writer/Author Brooks Wachtel on 2/5/19 at 1pm; http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2019/02/05/we-welcome-back-the-amazing-emmy-winning-producerwriterauthor-brooks-wachtel

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomes back TV director TJ Scott on 2/8/19 at 6pm pt; http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2019/02/09/chatting-with-sherri-welcomes-back-tv-director-tj-scott

 

 I had a such a great time chatting with Australia actress/presenter; Kate Lister!  We just chatted away about what she had been up to and about my move to a new flat; http://tobtr.com/11156965

 

 

 

 

Time Passes by Rithebard – Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries; The trap is about to be sprung and never in a prettier setting, and some unexpected romance. https://archiveofourown.org/works/16514432/chapters/41442197 Just the epilogue to go!

 

A Murder Is Announced (Miss Marple, #5)A Murder Is Announced by Agatha Christie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have always loved Miss Marple, her sweetness and kindness radiates from her, but her intelligence and need to find the truth drives her. Have you ever wished that a detective was real, sometimes when there is a horrible crime I hope for a little old lady who really knows what makes the world tick.

This story takes place in a small village that is full of retired people and young relatives and workers staying there too. In the local rag an announcement send all the neighbors running agog to see if what is announced, is true. A murder.

So read about the small village and how Miss Marple and Inspector Craddock solve this baffling who done it.

Agatha Christie as always so many layers that it is like trying to figure out how to re-weave a sweater. Give a go!

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New shows of Chatting With Sherri’s new 7th Season!

Ri by Anja Gruber

 A long, long time ago I wrote a fan fiction story for Star Trek and I created a character called Ri Ratan,  I sent the story to my friend Anja and asked her to do some pictures for it and for Ri she drew me.  Ri became my pen name and the rest is history. (Above is the original sketch.) 

Tomorrow on Chatting With Sherri Welcomes back Australian Actress; Kate Lister  at 6pm pt; http://tobtr.com/11156965

 

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomed back multi-talented; Steven L Sears, we had so much fun chatting about his work, writing and new projects he has coming up.  It was a lot of fun, listen in;    http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2019/01/10/chatting-with-sherri-welcomes-back-multi- 

 

 

Chatting With Sherri chatted with award-winning writer; Wulf Moon, we had a great talk about his journey of writing and finally winning his award from The Writers of The Future.  It is a very touching interview;

 Chatting With Sherri welcomed back part of an amazing writing team; Vicky Wood Knerly, we had so much fun talking about her writing, books and how they work together.  And some of the great stuff that is coming up, tune in;
Update on Time Passes;  The Major is brought into family party and gets a surprise of his own;   https://archiveofourown.org/works/16514432/chapters/41081156

Come, Tell Me How You LiveCome, Tell Me How You Live by Agatha Christie Mallowan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is such a fun book, I read it quickly. I love learning how the archaeology worked back then and the way they explored Syria and how much fun and adventure they had.

Now to start with the tough stuff; If you read books written long ago, one thing you have to learn is to accept that they will be filled with prejudices of the time. I don’t think that Agatha was really prejudiced, she truly loved Syria and the people there, but her way of expressing herself was of that time. If you read her novels you see how they change, they become more understanding, the way she describes people becomes more modern and less prejudiced. I believe that was because of her travels and her love of learning about new people and new things. It is a lesson I learned from traveling with my parents and then on my own, if you travel open-hearted with a sense of adventure, you learn about other people and cultures and you become a more rounded person.

I see a lot of evidence of it in Agatha Christie’s writings. And I really enjoyed seeing the way Syria was way back then before the “IS” got a hold of it, and destroyed it. (which breaks my heart, I kept looking up the sites that Max was working on, to see if they were still there, most had been destroyed or mostly destroyed. His life’s work and the work of four generations of archaeologists destroyed. History does not just belong to one culture, it belongs to everyone, it is part of the historical record of the human species. To destroy it is just utterly heartless. A crime against humanity.

Now to the fun part; I loved her humor, how she made fun of herself and everyone else. The glimpse of the marriage between her and Max. The beauty of the places she went to, the marigolds, the wonderful clothes of the Kurd women, the sweetness of the people, the crazy scrapes the workers got into. The great descriptions of the archaeology at the time. (I have a lesser degree in archaeology and it was one of the reasons I really, really wanted to read this book, that plus my love of Agatha and my curiosity about Max.) The way the finds were split between the expositions and the people of the country they were in. Pretty fair really. (Not like the old days in the 1800’s where people just took stuff for their universities and museums without the permission of the country or the people. ) It is a fascinating read and I highly recommend it.

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I would like to thank all my remarkable guests, amazing playwrights and extraordinary actors.

Thank you to all of you wonderful listeners of my shows Chatting With Sherri and Sherri’s Playhouse.  It has been a remarkable year, with remarkable guests and exciting plays with extraordinary actors. We had such an amazing amount of downloads that it blew all our minds. Thank you all!There are co-winners of The Chatty this year, Miss Fishers Murder Mysteries producers Deb Cox and Fiona Eagger and Mary D Brooks! Chris York , Julie Sharpe & Anthony J Sharpe, Gregg Oppenheimer & Steven L Sears did extraordinarily well;

 

 

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomes back multi-talented; Steven L Sears on 1/10/19 at 1pm pt; http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2019/01/10/chatting-with-sherri-welcomes-back-multi-talented-steven-l-sears

 

 

A story of a little girl’s adventure; https://www.flapperpress.com/blog/hiding

 

 

 

 

The Ghost Girls; A story of such brave women, though they were dying they fought for the safety of others;   

Time Passes by Rithebard – Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries;  Phryne and Jack finds something important in the storage locker, and Prudence is called in to help out.  https://archiveofourown.org/works/16514432/chapters/40707221

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Last Shows of the Season and The Chatty!!!

The winner of the live listens; for The Chatty is;

Lee Murray and Dan Rabarts

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to them both, I had a great time chatting with authors Lee Murray and Dan Rabarts! We talked about their books and collaboration, about their great play; The Thief’s Tale and how they felt listening to it come to life and so much more, listen in;  http://tobtr.com/10973931

 

 

 

Top Downloads that are coming up! But its up to you, I am giving you a bit more time I am going to give the award in January! So download your favorites and check in next month to see who wins!!!

Chris York

 

 

 Anthony and Julie Sharpe 

 

 

 

Steven L Sears  

 

Mary Brooks  
Gregg Oppenheimer
Miss Fisher producers

Today I chatted with author; Eve Wing about her writing and how she came about writing her novel, we had a great time.  It was the last show of the year, and I announced  The Live Listen Chatty Award!!!  http://tobtr.com/11103381

I’d like to thank everyone who listened live to our season finale of Sherri’s Playhouse; Mabel of the Anzacs! You can still listen here to the archive;

Two new 4 star ratings for my novel Murder Inc.!

 

 

 

 

New Review;

Hercule Poirot's Christmas (Hercule Poirot, #20)

Hercule Poirot’s Christmas by Agatha Christie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It’s funny how despite the fact you have read a novel before, if you have seen an adaption on TV it overrides the memory of the written word. This is not the first time that my memory of the series has wiped out my memory of the book.

Though I loved the adaption with David Suchet, I love the novel more. It’s richer, has more characters and they are all quite different then the people in the adaption. (I do recommend the TV adaption though it is exquisitely done and perfect for this time of year, despite the murder.)

The characters of David and Hilda were taken out of the show completely which is really sad because I really like them a lot. They are really interesting and there is a lot there that to adds to the tension and the plot.

Also I love that the romance that lights up again between Alfred and Lydia, so sweet.

I knew who the murderer was of course from my first read and the adaption but it was done in such a way that I questioned my memory till Poirot revealed it.

Superb novel, love Dame Agatha as always.

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Agatha ChristieAgatha Christie by Gillian Gill
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this very much, an interesting thoughtful portrait of a very complex lady who wanted no one, to really know what was going on inside her mind. Can’t blame her really.

I found the insights very striking and unlike some of the reviews I did not at all find it at all boring. It was very interesting, indeed.

I thought how she used the Mary Westmacott novels to explain the inner working of Agatha’s mind quite well though out and it was not the first time, Agatha’s own daughter said if you really wanted to understand her mother, you need to read the Mary Westmacott novels.

While I didn’t at mind that the author Gillian Gill, gave the plot-lines and outcomes in those stories since I have not read them and don’t mind spoilers, I was stunned that she gave way not only the plot-lines but the murderers in Agatha’s mysteries. I am a huge Christie fan, which is why I read this and yet I have to admit I have not read all her books, and for her to give away the killer, not in one book, but in several books was shocking, and quite disappointing.

Otherwise an excellent biography.

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