Louise Penny & The Brutal Telling

The Brutal Telling (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #5)The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Louise Penny doesn't disappoint with this book in the Three Pines series. She amazingly weaves so many threads of the story into a tapestry, relating a tale about the death of "the hermit" in the woods. As always, I enjoy her cleverness, wit, and her ability to write with beauty as she relates a complex and entertaining story. A wonderful story. A gripping read.

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Truth Like the Sun

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• Share the title & author


I just started Truth Like the Sun by Jim Lynch.  Set in Seattle during the World's Fair in 1962, it brings back memories of when my parents traveled across the country to attend the World's Fair there. I have the sterling silver space needle charm on my bracelet to prove it! Here's a tease:

"This is when and where it begins, with all the dreamers champagne-drunk and stumbling on the head of a needle."

A captivating opening sentence, don't you think?

What are you reading this week?


LaLa's Simple Shawl ~ WIP

 Lailah says, "Hello! She won't play with me. She just keeps knitting and reading yesterday...and the day before...and the day before that...."
Here’s how it works:
Show off what you’re making. Post a photo of a project you’re in the middle of….as much or as little of it as you want. Crochet, knit, sewing, quilting, you name it. Add the link to your project..." 

 So I've just started LaLa's Simple Shawl for our prayer shawl ministry at church. You can find the pattern at  Of course, I am not at all able to follow the pattern exactly. So, I've adjusted how many rows of this and how many repeats of that, but basically it is the LaLa Shawl.
 It is a combination of stockinette, garter, and lace rows. You can see the st and garter with the center increases. I am now starting the first lace row. Lace row = fancy name for a row of YO and K2tog. I leave you with a view of a planter on our deck.

Happy knitting, reading, crocheting!


WWW Wednesdays

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?
I am currently reading a mystery,  The Brutal Telling, by Louise Penny and an atmospheric story of learning and knowing,  Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier
The last book I read is Dearie: The Remarkable of Life of Julia Child by Bob Spitz.
The next book that I plan to read is Alice Munro: Writing Her Lives: A Biography by Robert Thacker. I checked it out via Over Drive and have it waiting on my Nook.

Teaser ~ The Brutal Telling

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• Share the title & author


My Teaser is from The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny:

" 'All of them? Even the children?' The fireplace sputtered and crackled and swallowed his gasp. 'Slaughtered?' " 

This definitely gave me pause because I do not typically read books with violence. Because I am slowly reading through Louise Penny's "Three Pines" novels, I decided to forge ahead. Penny's writing is so engaging with flashes of humor that I pace myself through her books so they last a bit longer. Of course, the story of the most recent murder in the village of Three Pines further develops information about the residents as we meet new characters, as well.

Have you read any Louise Penny? 


Unusual Creatures by Chevalier

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
*Post it at 

Remarkable Creatures
by Tracy Chevalier
page 56

"We needed fossils. I wanted to go out too, even with the cold, but I was stuck indoors, juggling baby about to stop his crying. He was such a squally little thing it was hard to like him. The only thing that shut him up was when I held him tight and jiggled him and sang 
"Don't Let Me Die An Old Maid" over and over."


A book with characters who are fossil hunters? I know! Strange topic? Maybe. This book is about the writing, the descriptions of a harsh setting that somehow draws my curiosity in what could possibly be happening in this story. The characters are sharply defined. As I realize that I am interested in this quiet, rather plodding, account of the people in an unappealing setting with unusual, muddy attitudes, I wonder where on earth this story is leading. At this point, it seems to be about the lives of people doing what they do and that common humanity which exists in each of us.



Wendy Tote

 I am joining Kristine at for "Work In Progress Wednesday" with the purse I am currently knitting. After finishing the quick crochet hat , I moved on to the "Wendy Tote".

 So here I am in 90+ degree weather drawn to creating felted bags!! And, that's what I am doing in the AC and with a fan running. The purple is the beautiful Cascade Heathers and has gorgeous strands of blue  twisted with the purple. The black is Cascade 220. I may be switching to the dark blue when I use all of the black. Given the size of this bag, I would call it a purse rather than a tote. The free pattern is available at This is an easy, cute pattern. I haven't decided whether I will add the flowers to the bag. If I do, I think I'll make it removable. It depends on how anxious I am to felt and finish!

What on you making on this hot summer day?


Finished and Beginning

I'm joining the "Fibers on Friday" posting at and the "Book Beginnings" at

I crocheted this sweet baby hat in a six months size for my friend's newborn granddaughter using "I Love This Yarn" and a size H hook. This is a fast and easy pattern for a cute, little gift available for free at 


My book beginning is from Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier:

"Lightening has struck me all my life. Just once was it real. I shouldn't remember it, for I was little more than a baby. But I do remember."

This story could go in so many different directions given that dramatic opening. How the author incorporates this particular event is unfolding as I read so I do not yet know the form of it. The writing, however, is another of Chevalier's atmospheric pieces where the mood carries the reader into a misty beach front world of many possibilities. I find it to be dream-like and beckoning. This work of fiction is about Mary Anning, an acquaintance of Jane Austen who is a renowned fossil collector in the late 19th century.



Another Ravelry Swap ~ For Kicks!

First, a package from a July swap and now an early package for an August swap! How fun!
 Regan sent all of these goodies for "Stuff For Your Head" on Ravelry. I know!! Crazy!!
Lailah looks a bit suspicious, wondering if I'm going to eat the duck and cranberry treats my swap partner sent. I didn't! Lailah loves them, of course!! Thanks to Regan for all the gifts!


Ravelry Swap ~ Too Many Cooks!

Many thanks to her for the loaded Magic Ball!

As I began to unwind the Lion Brand "Hometown USA" yarn, a yellow scrubbie was the first item to pop out.

She used a Red Hat theme with towels and hot pot that she sewed and crocheted. I appreciate the time she took to personalize my gifts . The purple "Silk Bamboo" yarn by Patons  will make a lovely scarf. Now I have some new kitchen items too: a spoon rest, a small pan for cooking one egg, a cute chicken timer, coaster, scrub brush, and oven mitt.

Many thanks to Nakisha for the very thoughtful gifts.


The Expats

The Expats by Chris Pavone

My Rating: 5/5

Cleverly developed tale of deceit and con jobs

Non-linear time format that imparts a sense of urgency to the story line

Interesting, multifaceted characters

Unexpected twists and turns that pique interest

Very satisfying read!