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Mabel Of The Anzacs part 2 re-release!

 

Sherri’s Playhouse presents Mabel of the Anzacs 2 by Mary D. Brooks was broadcast last night, it was edited from the original broadcast, I would like to thank John Alsedek  and Ty Pickett for all the hard work editing and Mary D Brooks and the cast for the patience while we worked on it to make it better. To listen in to part two here is the link; http://tobtr.com/11590221

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomes music producer, song writer and musician Ron Pullman, we had a great chat about music, inspiration and helping others ; http://tobtr.com/11570917

 

 

 

Chatting With Sherri Welcomes back author; Mitzi Szereto, we had a great chat about writing, good books and inspiration; http://tobtr.com/11577213

 

 

 

Thursday on Chatting With Sherri author; Kiel C. Barnekov chats about his book, how he started writing and what inspired this new storytobtr.com/11577217

 

Coming up next week;

Chatting With Sherri welcomes author Herb Stern on Nov. 26th at 1pm pt; http://tobtr.com/11594845

 

 

 

I saw the movie; Harriet, Harriet Tubman was one of my heros growing up here is my review;  https://rismovieblog.wordpress.com/2019/11/23/harriet/ via @wordpressdotcom

 

 

 

Authors who would like to take part in my Book Fair this year please send me a message to let me know. I will need pictures of your books and sell links as well a very short description of each book. No more then three books per author please. Thanks 🙂

 

Downloads top five nominations; You can still vote for best download just go to https://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard and listen to your favorite show. These nominees are not in order, I will not let you know who is the winner till January.

Thank you to all my guests for coming on my show and all my listeners who take the time to check out the different shows. Thank you.

With out further ado, here are the nominees;

Nathan Page (Picture by (c) sam mcadam-cooper )

 

 

 

 

Anthony Sharpe

 

 

 

Dr. Colleen Darnell

 

 

 

Brice Bexter

 

 

 

 

Mary D Brooks and Steven L Sears

 

 

 

 

Dalai Lama on What Matters Most: Conversations on Anger, Compassion, and ActionDalai Lama on What Matters Most: Conversations on Anger, Compassion, and Action by Noriyuki Ueda

When I was in college I studied under a professor who was good friends with His Holiness, so when he came to the US, he spoke to our class. Our class was a senior class so it was tiny, “The Peoples Of India,” and our professor got some amazing speakers. So we were all excited to meet the Dalai Lama, but we thought of it as part of our class and no one was awe struck, as I heard from people who saw him at UCLA later during that same trip.

The man was a kind, with a beautiful smile, a great sense of humor and who explained his religion and the difficulties his people were having with China. He was real, down to earth, extremely knowledgeable and a delight. I really liked him and his brother who was his translator (though His Holiness spoke English very well.) They were both lovely and I have held that meeting as dear all these years later.

This book is a series of questions and answers, it is very interesting and gives a thorough understanding of Buddhism Beliefs for the layman such as myself. I really found it very thorough and interesting. But what I was missing in it was a sense of the person being interviewed. It was not all the dimensions of a brilliant man, and that did disturb me. But I learned a lot and found the little book most enlightening.

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The Chatty Awards nominations are here!!!

Authors who would like to take part in my Book Fair this year please send me a message to let me know. I will need pictures of your books and sell links as well a very short description of each book. No more then three books per author please. Thanks 🙂

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The Chatty Awards nominations are here!!!

Live listens nominations;

Mary D Brooks and Steven L Sears 
Steven L Sears
T J Scott
Anthony SharpeJohn Alsedek of Suspense
Sherri’s Playhouse presents; Never Again  

Sherri’s Playhouse presents Mabel of the Anzacs by Mary D. Brooks

Nathan Page   
Tom Konkle
Robert Trebor
Adrienne Wilkinson

Downloads nominations;

Nathan Page

John Alsedek  of Suspense

Anthony Sharpe

Dr. Colleen Darnell

Brice Bexter

Elizabeth Gracen

Tom Konkle

Brooks Wachtel

Eric Paul Erickson

 

Last time;

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomes back author; Wulf Moon, we had a great time, talking about writing, inspiration and helping other writers on their way to being published;  http://tobtr.com/11509969

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomes actor/writer/director;Eric Paul Erickson, we had a super fun time talking about writing, acting and directing his first film, his first film child.  We talked about how he got into show business, his inspirations and other fun things, listen in; http://tobtr.com/11512967

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomes author Brad R Torgersen, we chatted about writing and how he started writing and how this book came about; http://tobtr.com/11515703

 

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomes Award-winning Japanese-American filmmaker, Anita Sugimura Holsapple who was a military brat, who decided to do a documentary to show what PTSD does to our veterans and their families, we talked about her important and very touching film.  Please listen to this important chat; http://tobtr.com/11528223

Chatting With Sherri we welcome back award nominated author and playwright; Robin Alexander, we talked about the new direction she was going into in her writing and the radio play she created for Sherri’s Playhouse; tobtr.com/11528227

Chatting With Sherri welcomes back podcaster;  Jennifer Aldrich; author, performer, and fan of all things in the Phryne Fisher-verse, she has a new podcast about the fans of Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries and what they do and how they really feel about the show, and how it creates friendships. We also talk about her trip to Melbourne to take part in the filming of the movie, how she feels about the Ms Fisher Modern Mysteries and the movie that is due out next year; http://tobtr.com/11537413

Chatting With Sherri welcomes author Rachel Anne Cox and I had so much fun, talking about books, and writing and Miss Fisher, (We are both fans) we chatted about her new book and what inspired it; http://tobtr.com/11541745
Chatting With Sherri welcomes author; Brian Trent we had a great chat about writing, his new book and writing; http://tobtr.com/11541475

 

 

Next Time…

Chatting With Sherri welcomes Hugo nominated editor; Bryan Thomas Schmidt  on 10/22/19 at 1pm pt; http://tobtr.com/11544389

 

 

Movie Review;

Downtown Abbey movie https://rismovieblog.wordpress.com/2019/10/03/downtown-abbey-movie/   

Fan Fiction; 

Generations by Rithebard – Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, Ms Fisher’s MODern Murder Mysteries; https://archiveofourown.org/works/20606039 Chapter 4,Countess Fisher, Guy and Isabelle arrive.

Book Reviews; 

Out on a LimbOut on a Limb by Shirley MacLaine
It’s funny, I have read this book so many times that my copy is dogeared, not by folding down the edge ( I was taught never to do that,) but by being read over and over. I still find it fascinating. I had no idea that some of the people were composites, I always wondered what happened to David. He sort of disappeared in the mountains in the end. I just hoped he made it home alright, I found out later that he was actually several people, so I guess he did.

I know the focus of the book was Shirley and Gerry, (I later found out who he was too, and it was two different men. (at different times.) ) but I found the interaction with Bella Abzug and David much more compelling. And because I was very interested in my own spiritual search when I was in my early twenties, it was my go to book about trance channeling, and other pursuit of spiritual understanding. I was actually in college at the time and my adviser found me reading it a bit worrying, but since I was completely devoted to my education, she put it down to youthful pursuits. Hehehehe.

Well it has been years and I found the romance part a bit difficult to get through. I would have to push myself to read it. Not because of any judgmental feelings but I just wasn’t that interested in that part. (I have had my own life experiences now, so I am not as transfixed as I was when I was a much more innocent 23 year old.) I found some the theories still hold up. And others do not. I still find both David and Bella much more important relationships for Shirley and something that I still learn from. I think that my need to read the book was because of what she had in those friendships and how they were guides (David) and supportive (Bella) to her pursuits and needs. And that is why I gave the book 5 stars. It is the most beautiful part and the part that stands the test of time.

Southern Attraction- The College YearsSouthern Attraction- The College Years by Tracy Kauffman
Southern Attraction-The College Years continues the journey with Heather Brandon and her amazing boyfriend Jake as they go off to college. Heather struggles with insecurities of her past while trying to find a peaceful life. She had dealt with enough heartache to last a lifetime, including losing her parents, and surviving a tornado that ripped apart her new home. She wants Jake to settle down so they can enjoy their life together. Now all she wants to do is live a life of happiness and not worry about the man she loves.

I received the book from the author for an honest review.

The story is very good, the relationship between Jake and Heather showed that you can overcome the obstacles when you believe in each other. PTSD is very real, important and the sufferer’s torment about past happenings, very traumatic. It is also an honest portrayal. It is with knowledge about both the people who suffer from it and those who live with the people who suffer from it and what they go through. It is an important issue that needs to be understood by the public.

I do have to admit that this was a hard book for me to read, the characters were so distant. I know that angst is compelling but there should be some relief, some comic moments. Humor is always a good way for people to survive torment. It is why there is always humor in a thriller, the audience can only take so much. It would make so much easier for the reader.

I do recommend the book, it is a well done depiction of people who love each other, finding their way.

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Sherri’s Playhouse is back!

Sherri’s Playhouse presents a very short tiny play called Dowry! It was originally for an under 10 minute play writing contest. But it was so personal and special I decided to do it on Sherri’s Playhouse. It is a very short re-imagining of the founding of my family in the US. It was a very personal project and I am very interested in chatting with my cast about bringing the stories of my Grandma to life; http://tobtr.com/11417347  Tonight I presented on  Sherri’s Playhouse a very short tiny play called Dowry ; http://tobtr.com/11422435

I chatted with some wonderful guests;

Chatting With Sherri welcomes author; Joe Spraga, we had a fun chat about writing and inspiration; http://tobtr.com/11380975

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomes Jacqueline M. Dodd an attorney who advocates for children, we had a great talk about how she helps others and how it all started; http://tobtr.com/11380987

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomes back; Shaquita Smith, we talked about her new films, and how she loves to direct and write films and where she gets her inspiration  ; http://tobtr.com/11388623

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomes Writers of the Future winner; Carrie Callahan.  We had a lovely chat about her story and how she felt winning the Writers of The Future award;    http://tobtr.com/11388679

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomes back author; Kaaron Warren, we chatted about writing and what books we love. It was a lot of fun ; http://tobtr.com/11397401

Chatting With Sherri welcomes author; Crystal Westman, we chatted about her new book which is about a woman’s epic journey.  It sounded great ; http://tobtr.com/11404721 

And coming up;

Chatting With Sherri welcomes back award nominated author; RM Alexander  7/20/19 2pm pt;  http://tobtr.com/11417381

Chatting With Sherri welcomes author; A L Walker on 7/21/19 at 4pm pt; http://tobtr.com/11404693

Your Tweets earned 6,113 impressions over the last week;
For my show with Mary D Brooks and  Steven L Sears about; Xena Their Courage Changed Our World!
My chat with the talented young actor; Brice Bexter who plays Captain Templeton in Miss Fisher & the Crypt of Tears!
My chat with actor and author; Robert Trebor about his acting career and his new book; The Haircut Who Would Be King.
Reviews:

The Enchanted AprilThe Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really needed to re-read this charming fairy tale of love. Four very diverse women come together to escape London in the a very dark and dreary winter, and their domestically difficult situations. Two young wives who feel separated and unloved by their husbands. A middle aged woman who felt old and elderly before her time and as though she belonged in the Victorian world and not the modern world of the 1920’s. A titled, amazingly beautiful, over petted and utterly miserable young woman who felt that love being taken from her once she wanted nothing to do with it again.

All four are vibrant intelligent women who are just waiting for adventure and maybe if they are lucky love. So they escape in spring to Italy, to a beautiful small castle on a hill. Full of flowers and beauty. And there they all go through their own inner growth. I won’t tell you how it works out for them but each of them surprise themselves and each other.

 

The Secret of Chimneys (Superintendent Battle, #1)The Secret of Chimneys by Agatha Christie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have read this before a long time ago but to be very honest the only thing I remembered was Lady Eileen “Bundle” Brent and her father Lord Caterham. So re-reading it I find that I am much more intrigued by really the lead of the story; Anthony Cade, British-educated adventurer, down on his luck when the novel opens; 32 years old, and 14 years since he was last in England. He is really very interesting, smart, kind, funny, a decent guy. Yet he is a man of action, he can climb trees, fight bad guys and protect people. Sort of a down to earth swashbuckler, with a good heart.

The novel starts when Anthony is working as a tour guide in South Africa and runs into an old friend, James McGrath, a Canadian an old friend from school days. He has a really adventurous time and saved two people so he has two things he has to do in London, but he love to hunt gold so he asks his old buddy Anthony to do it. I won’t tell you the intricacies of the script I don’t want to spoil it for you.

Meanwhile back in good old London is a towering self important bore of a politician; The Honourable George Lomax, of the Foreign Office. He has brow beat poor Lord Caterham into having people down to his country estate Chimneys. It is a place that has seen a lot of history but all he wants is peace and quiet to work on his hobbies. Well it is not going to happen it is arranged. Poor Bill Eversleigh, who works for George Lomax and is one of the house party, he is an old friend of Bundles but he is in love with; Virginia Revel, cousin of George Lomax, daughter of a peer, society beauty and young widow of Timothy Revel, former British envoy to Herzoslovakia; she is 27 years old. Well she doesn’t want to go either but George pushes her to go so she makes the best of it.

Then Anthony and Virgina meet under difficult conditions, again don’t want to give the plot away but they become friend very quickly to protect Virgin who may be in more trouble then she realized.

Well they meet at the beautiful country estate and of course there is murder, mayhem, love, betrayal and general confusion, very entertainingly done. There are some super big surprises in this one. Definitely worth a read.

The Seven Dials MysteryThe Seven Dials Mystery by Agatha Christie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In the last days of renting the estate Chimneys, Sir Oswald and Lady Coote host a party including Gerry Wade, Jimmy Thesiger, Ronny Devereux, Bill Eversleigh and Rupert “Pongo” Bateman, Sir Oswald’s secretary. Gerry Wade has a bad habit of oversleeping. The others plan a joke on Gerald by placing eight alarm clocks in his room and timing them to go off at intervals the next morning. The alarms are heard but Wade is not awake. The poor young man died.

Lord Caterham and his daughter Lady Eileen “Bundle” Brent move back into Chimneys. The coroner gives a verdict of Death by Misadventure for Gerry. Bundle, who adores Bill Eversleigh, puzzles over this event. She is not thrilled to find out that Gerry died in her room; she finds an unfinished letter from Gerry to Loraine dated the day before he died. He asks Loraine to forget about that Seven Dials business. She is even more puzzled and wonders if this Seven Dials business is the reason for the death of Gerry. So Bundle goes off to London to see Bill. She drives a car just like Phryne Fisher’s and with the same speed and skill and on the way, a man steps out of a hedge and into the road. Bundle misses him but he collapses anyway, muttering about “Seven Dials…Tell… Jimmy Thesiger.” Then he dies.

The next day Bundle reaches London and gets Jimmy’s address from Bill. She tells Loraine Wade and Jimmy of Ronny’s death. Bundle tells the other two of the warning letter that George Lomax received. Lomax is hosting a house party the following week at his house at Wyvern Abbey; Jimmy and Bundle get themselves invited by very different but clever means.

Bundle visits Superintendent Battle at Scotland Yard; he is being very mysterious but he does hint to Bundle that Bill knows something about Seven Dials. According to Bill, Seven Dials is a seedy nightclub and gambling den and Bundle insists he takes her there. In the club, Bundle recognizes the doorman as a footman from Chimneys. Bundle returns to the Seven Dials club and questions Alfred, the footman. He tells her that he left Chimneys for far higher wages offered by Mosgorovsky, owner of the club. Further, Mosgorovsky sends a replacement for Alfred at Chimneys, John Bauer. Alfred takes her into a secret room with a table and seven chairs. She hides in a cupboard in the room and witnesses a meeting. They wear masks with eye slits and clock faces on the hoods, each clock showing a different time. The only clue to identity is that one woman has a mole on her exposed shoulder blade.

Bundle and Jimmy arrive at Wyvern Abbey and are introduced to the Cootes, Sir Stanley Digby the Air Minister, Terence O’Rourke, and the Hungarian Countess Radzky. Superintendent Battle is there, disguised as a waiter, which Bundle finds very amusing but he is as formidable as ever. Bill Eversleigh is there as staff of Mr Lomax. Jimmy and Bill agree to keep watch, changing over at 3.00 am. Bundle and Loraine are both told to let the boys handle it, with the result they both find ways to sneak in. Really, Bill should know better!!!

Bundle, acting alone, changes her clothes and climbs down the ivy outside her room. She runs into Superintendent Battle, on his own watch outside, he tells her that he is aware of everything she has found out and to leave the lady with the mole alone. He persuades her to go back. She does so, and then checks on Jimmy in the hall. Finding him gone, she goes to Bill’s bedroom but finds that she has erred and is in the Countess’s empty room. Bundle hears a tremendous struggle in the library, and two gunshots. Apparently the bad guy fought with Jimmy and shot him as he escaped.

Bill goes to Jimmy’s London flat. Ronny Devereux’s executors have sent him a letter written by Ronny, and Bill is amazed. Jimmy rings up Bundle and Loraine and tells them to meet him and Bill at the Seven Dials club, Bill’s story being “the biggest scoop of the century.” Loraine reports that there is something wrong with Bill. They find him unconscious in the car. Then someone knocks Bundle unconscious. She comes round in Bill’s arms, where she stays comfortably cuddled in his arms, with her eyes closed, as Bill finally tells her how he feels about her, thinking her unconscious.

And that is all I am going to tell you. Because that would be spoilers of what is really going on in this rather wild plot. It is a fun tale, it sort of reminds me of the first Tommy and Tuppence story. I highly recommend it.

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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.

To check out my poetry and more; https://www.flapperpress.com/blog/writing-submissions-may-2019?fbclid=IwAR0aX1lOMAdPkzeoPN__4oye7gFl0WzibZPR9xmmfvls37bNIwEAv_xNP7A

 

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 publications, reviews and interviews!!!!

My first e-short story; We’re On Our Way: by Sherri Rabinowitz  its on pre-order right now!


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

 

I had a wonderful review on Audible; https://www.audible.com/pd/Entering-My-Second-Half-Audiobook/B07BQKH18S?asin=B07BQKH18S

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomed back photographer; Michael Strider! We chatted about his start in photography, Rock and Roll and chatted with one of his famous friends, listen in; http://tobtr.com/11326721

 

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomed actor and author; Robert Trebor!  We chatted his beginnings as an actor, Xena and Hercules, and his new book; The Haircut Who Would Be King , listen in; http://tobtr.com/11329667

 

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomed artist Vytautas Vasiliauskas! We talked about his winning the Writers and Illustrators of the Future Award, his art and what inspires him, listen in ; http://tobtr.com/11349527

 

 

Coming Soon to Chatting With Sherri!

We welcome back creator, star of SIDETRACKED; E.D.Brown on 6/01/19 at 7pm pt; http://tobtr.com/11350907 

 

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomes talented actor; Brice Bexter on 06/04/19 to 7pm pt; http://tobtr.com/11350923

 

 

Hear My Voice

—Sherri Rabinowitz

Hear my voice!

I cry out;

Die to be heard;

Drowned out by the

Reasoned and unreasonable;

Male and female;

Demanding I change my thoughts

To their own;

I am denied my voice!

My creativity!

My feelings!

Myself!

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Reviews;

Postern of Fate (Tommy and Tuppence, #5)Postern of Fate by Agatha Christie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed reading this book, when I first read it I had no idea that it was her very last book. I love the glimpses of her real childhood. It is a fun book with some thoughts that fits today’s world quite well, which is very sad, it means after 40 years the world is still in the same mess it has always been in. Which is basically what she talks about in the book. Oh, and I don’t agree with the reviewers of the time, it is not at all boring or banal.

I love that even in old age that Tommy and Tuppence are very much the same. And I love it all started with sorting out books from moving into a new place, and deciding what to keep and what to give away. I related to that because I had a similar thing happen to me recently. It is a really good mystery, very much worthy of the Queen of Crime and I highly recommend it.

 

 

 

 

 

By the Pricking of My Thumbs by Agatha Christie

I haveBy the Pricking of My Thumbs (Tommy and Tuppence, #4) read this before and enjoyed it, but recently I saw a movie of it, they added Miss Marple and changed the characters so that they were almost unrecognizable as our Tommy and Tuppence. Since there were first rate actors in it (whom I truly respect a lot,) I gave it a chance but it didn’t just disappoint me, it truly upset me.

So I decided to read it again, and it was just as fun and delightful as I remembered it. First of all Tommy and Tuppence though more mature were still true to their basic core of being in love and a team. I loved that. And she made a point that just because you became older didn’t mean you didn’t passionately love your life partner. I loved that too! Tuppence, as Tommy called her was still a terrier and went after what she was investigating with true vigor. She was brilliant, though she got herself in real trouble, even then she handled it all superbly.

Tommy was still a steady, reliable fellow, who not only respected his wife and but adored her. When she doesn’t come home, he pulls out everything he has in bag of tricks to find her. And of course faithful Albert is there, with his chicken dinners. Albert actually came up with an important lead.

I can’t really tell you more but it was lovely. I actually stayed up to 3 am last night to finish it, because I had forgotten parts (it’s been a while) and wanted to finish it before I went to bed.

Central to NowhereCentral to Nowhere by D.J. Blackmore
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

D.J. Blackmore’s; “CENTRAL TO NOWHERE” is a wonderful read created around a remote Australian station made which made me wish I could see it in person.

Ivy was hoping she to make a fresh start and turn herself into an experienced cowhand. Her new boss Adam O’Rourke despite how ill-suited she was found himself drawn to her against his will.

There is a lot of pain in this novel. Its about broken families, broken pasts and Alzheimer’s breaking a once strong mind.

Very intense but a good read, I had to read it in bits because some of it was intense but it is a heart filled book.

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Incredible guests this month, and Condor!

I will be appearing at Condor this weekend, if you’re in San Diego stop by and say hi 🙂  CONDOR CON: FEB 22-24 2019; THE LONGEST RUNNING FANTASY & SCIENCE FICTION CONVENTION IN SAN DIEGO; https://www.condorcon.org/speaker/sherri-rabinowitiz/

Chatting With Sherri welcomes back award-winning film-maker; Tom Konkle on 2/26/19 at 1pm pt; http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2019/02/26/chatting-with-sherri-welcomes-back-award-winning-film-maker-tom-konkle

Chatting With Sherri welcomed back award-winning author; Lee Murray today, we had so much fun, talking about old movies, writing, her newest novel and helping others, listen in;  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2019/02/19/chatting-with-sherri-welcomes-back-award-winning-author-lee-murray

Chatting With Sherri welcomes back author and playwright; Gregg Oppenheimer, we chatted about the play performing for the Actor Fund on Desi’s birthday March 2nd!  It’s a wonderful play for a great cause we also talked about the show, his dad, writing and how he feels about directing it, listen in;   

 

Chatting With Sherri we welcome back TV director TJ Scott, we chatted about all his many different works, the man never stops!  He has three photography books and he directed, Star Trek Discovery, Directing and Executive Producing Departure with Christopher Plummer (one of my all time favorite actors,)  he directed, Frontier starring Jason Momoa and Vwars!  He is fun and interesting, and except for my cold I had a great time;   

 

Chatting With Sherri welcomed author and playwright, Mary D. Brooks,  we caught up about Mabel of the Anzacs radio play part two and her upcoming novella “Enemy at the Gate,” “Xena: Their Courage Changed Our World” and her upcoming book “Blood Ties.” ; http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2019/02/03/chatting-with-sherri-welcomes-back-with-author-and-playwright-mary-d-brooks

 

 

We welcomed back the amazing Emmy Winning Producer/Writer/Author Brooks Wachtel! We chatted about his new book, his wonderful current book and his film career.  He told me about the way he started in the business, his wonderful work that won him an Emmy for animation. ;    http://www.blogtalkradio.com/rithebard/2019/02/05/we-welcome-back-the-amazing-emmy-winning-producerwriterauthor-brooks-wachtel

 

 

 

 

 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

 

 

Great Guests in my Birthday Month https://www.patreon.com/posts/great-guests-in-24565105?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=postshare

 

The end of the series; Time Passes by Rithebard – Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries; The family has a party to celebrate the end of the case, and there is a whole lot to celebrate! https://archiveofourown.org/works/16514432/chapters/41682197

 

Five Little Pigs (Hercule Poirot, #25)Five Little Pigs by Agatha Christie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Five Little Pigs is one of my favorite stories. I first saw the David Suchet version on TV, and just fell in love with it because though it takes place in the 1930’s, the action of the piece takes place in one of my favorite eras the 1920’s. It is a fascinating look at how people see a catastrophic event differently.

There are differences of course between the book and the show. The name of daughter is different and several other little things, especially the way it ends but essentially it is the same story. I find how she has the same story again and again and again, 5 times really, and each is different because each person who tells it is different and see is in their own way.

I also find it fascinating how an open and closed case changes when you listen to the personal versions because you see things that of course the lawyers would never have even have thought to ask of each witness. And several incredibly important facts are not apart of the trial.

I won’t tell any more because I don’t want to give away the plot. But I can see why this was one of Agatha Christie’s favorites. Such a complex and intricate plot. Brilliant.

Partners in Crime (Tommy and Tuppence #2)Partners in Crime by Agatha Christie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I do not have an accurate count of how many times I have read this wonderful romp. It is my go to book for a troubled heart. I really defy anyone who is down in the mouth, to read one of the short stories in this and not to be touched or smiling at the antics of Tuppence and Tommy. One of my favorites.

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