Book Review | Anon, Sir, Anon

Anon, Sir, Anon
Rachel Heffington
Publisher:  Ruby Elixir Press
Genre:  Mysteries, Christian fiction
Released:  November 5th, 2015
{blurb}
The 12:55 out of Darlington brought more than Orville Farnham's niece; murder was passenger.
In coming to Whistlcreig, Genevieve Langley expected to find an ailing uncle in need of gentle care.  In reality, her charge is a cantakerous Shakespearean actor with an affinity for fencing and a penchant for placing impossible bets.
When a body shows up in a field near Whistlecreig Manor and Vivi is the only one to recognize the victim, she is unceremoniously baptized into the art of crime-solving: a field in which first impressions are seldom lasting and personal interest knocks at the front door.
Set against the russet backdrop of Northamptonshire fog, Anon, Sir, Anon cuts a cozy path to a chilling crime.
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WARNING: Possible Spoilers 
(though I will do my best not to give ANYTHING away, because it's a mystery)

{The Basics}
Oh dear, oh dear, tut tut.  You don't know how long this post has been in my drafts.  It's embarrassing.  And I have two more reviews waiting in the wings! Gah.  I'll get 'em done.  Eventually.  :]

First of all, I LOVE Rachel Heffington's novels.  But this one probably blows the other one and a half outta the water.  Oh so good!  The humor! The wit!

Mysteries have always been dearly loved by me.  I suppose in part, because I am gullible and easy to surprise. . . but nonetheless, they are quite intriguing and enjoyable.  You agree?
  
Dear Ms. Heffington crafted an excellent tale of murder, fun, and intrigue.  The characters were realistic and well fleshed out.  The relationship between young Vivi and her strange, bachelor uncle was hilarious!  Their wit and constant confrontation never left a dull moment, and you could definitely sense their fondness for each other. 

{Positives}
As mentioned above, the relationship between Vivi and Uncle Farnharm is rather sweet, if not strained at times.  But they definitely care for the other.  Farnham's good friend, Dr. Breen, is rather like another uncle to Vivi, and both men will do whatever is necessary to protect her.

{Negatives}
A porter, when asked where she could find Mr. Farnham's manor, tells her straight out that she's rather ugly.  [I love her reply, "I'm not beautiful, but I am a lady, which is more than most can honestly say." (Chapter 1, p. 7)]

Genevieve (Vivi) is rather snobby and uppity toward a young inspector, though I suppose she had a right to be, simply because he'd just claimed her as a suspect to a murder.

Vivi foolishly enters a man's hotel room, essentially to speak with him and discern his motives.  She later pulls a gun on him.

{Spiritual Content}
Brief mentions of God.  Prayer.  

{Violence}
Remember, this is a mystery!  A murdered woman's face is smashed in. . . Blood, bone, and bruising.  Vivi nearly faints at the sight.

Vivi pulls a gun on a man, who has her pinned to the wall.  (Nothing happens, just tense talk.)

{Language, Alcohol & Drugs}
At least four uses of "d---."  One of "d--nable."  An "Oh, H--l."  Several slang uses of "demmed."

An American woman on the train asks the conductor for a cigarette. . . Dr. Breen speaks of being drunk.  Mention of "need[ing] a smoke."

{Love-y Content}
An old acquaintance of Vivi's, Michael Maynor, comes to visit her uncle's manor.  Vivi leads him to the study (in a darkened hall) and he sticks WAY too close for comfort, causing her to nearly panic as she fumbles to open the door.  Nothing happens.

Michael calls her cute.  Many think her plain, but her close friends know her as sweet and pretty. 
Vivi makes an offish comment, causing Michael to spring to his feet and take her hands.  Later, at one point, Michael jumps up and shoves her against the wall (she had just asked if he murdered a woman. . . Again, nothing happens.)

Two kisses.

{Conclusion}
All in all, this is one of my absolute favorites.  (I hope I didn't give anything away. . .)  I can't wait for the next Vivi & Farnham mystery!!  If you are in need of a good read and love puzzles, I'm sure you'll enjoy this one.  

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Recommended ages: 16+
My rating:


Thanks for reading, y'all!  I'm going to do my best to be faithful in posting more.  Hopefully, I can get my A+A post up for tomorrow and pick up the Names again.  I'm so grateful for you, my lovelies!

Hope your day is full of blessings!  Fairfarren, for now.

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A + A Fri--Er, Saturday!

So, after a near three-week break. . .
A+A is back!!

. . . aaaaaand on a Saturday.  I promise you, guys, I had this pretty much completed and waiting in the drafts yesterday, but due to work and an awesome night out with a friend--obviously, it wasn't published on the day it was supposed to be.  Ah well.  I do hope this brings you some laughs.  If so, then I will have accomplished my mission. :]



AWKWARD
  • Snoring kitties.
  • Going line dancing for the first time! (This could also go in the "awesome" section, I suppose, but fits better here. . .) So much fun, but also a bit awkward, especially if you do not know any of the steps.  You kinda have to jump in, and that is so not my personality.  xD
  • Getting a haircut, and the lady asks, "Are you sure?"  O_o  "Um, ye-e-ess. . .?" (Ended up with several inches off. But it was time, and I would rather it be short and healthy, than long and skimpy.)
  • Doing P90X for two weeks straight, after a long month break, and sore ALL OVER.
  • Attempting to hold back a sneeze, while ringing up a customer at the registers, and FAILING.  Let's just say the sound was akin to that of a baby elephant. . . The lady customer was very gracious and laughed with me.
  • Trying to put mascara on and one of your sisters keeps laughing at the supposed face you make while doing so.  *le sigh* -_- Can't be helped! 
  • Home alone when an unfamiliar car pulls in the drive and you're still in your pajama shorts and over-sized Captain America t-shirt. . . You RUN upstairs, throw on a pair of jeans, and RUN back down to greet your great-aunt who stopped by with a b-day gift for your mum. :]
  • Going through three pens during a church service, all within 5-10 minutes, before finding one that works.
  • Discussing bloodlines with a friend. . .


AWESOME
  • The theater for Beyond the Mask finally tipped!!! Turns out the auditorium we had SOLD OUT, and we were able to move to a bigger one.  The film was AMAZING. I would definitely recommend! Also, great news: It is going mainstream June 5th! due to the incredible amount of tickets sold nation-wide and the revenue brought in.
  • Singing Barbie songs with your sisters. 
  • Oh, the accuracy:
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  • PIZZA.
  • Going to the theaters for Cinderella!!!
  • Meeting a friend at the library to talk poems and stories. 
  • Going to the movies with a good friend: Dreamwork's Home!
  • Working inventory with your sisters at LifeWay, and finishing your first day in record time! Woohoo! Those scanner things are AMAZING.
  • The newest STAR WARS trailer. Clicky here to see.  See, you must. 
  • This quote:  "I pray because the need flows out of me all the time, waking and sleeping.  It doesn't change God, it changes me."  (C.S. Lewis)

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Thanks for reading, lovelies!  Happy weekend.

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What's in a Name?

I'm back! 

I can't thank you enough, dear friends, for all of your prayers regarding my grandfather.  While he is not out of the woods yet, we officially have a plan.  And God is in control.  I hope to have a more detailed update soon, as well as a couple book reviews and bloggy normal-ness.  With that said, don't forget to visit, ya hear?  :]

Meanwhile, here's a pair of names for you to mull over.  I'm still working on another set of twin names, so stay tuned!  By the way, any other requests?

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Zoran
Gender:  Masculine
Usage:  Croatian, Serbian, Slovene, Macedonian
Pronunciation:  (possibly) zor-AHN, ZOR-ahn

Meaning & History
Masculine form of Zora, which comes from a South and West Slavic word meaning "dawn, aurora."










Nika
Gender:  Feminine
Usage:  Russian
Pronunciation:  NEE-kah

Meaning & History
Russian short form of Veronika (and other names ending in nika), cognate of Veronica, which is the Latin alteration of Berenice (ultimately meaning "bringing victory"), the spelling influenced by the ecclesiastical Latin phrase vera icon meaning "true image."







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Hope you have a lovely week, dearies!

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