I spent quite a few hours last weekend reading this book.
The Ladies of Garrison Gardens is the second in a series of light southern mystery reads by Louise Schaffer.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, even though I was disappointed with the ending. It was too evident that the ending left an opening for the next book in the series.
True to my suspicion, the author's web site states that her third novel was just accepted by the publisher and will be out in the fall of 2007. I wish it was not so far away. By that time I will have forgotten all about this series!
In the meantime, I need to go back to the library and get novel #1, called The Three Miss Margarets. Evidently the three Miss Margarets have a secret which is revealed in book #1. I need to find out what that secret was.
If anyone else has read this book, do you know what happened to Grady, Peggy Garrison's son? He was mentioned once and then nothing. He must have died, otherwise he would have inherited the estate. I probably should have read the other novel first. On second thought, don't tell me what happened to him. It may spoil my reading of the first novel.
It may interest some of you that the author, Louise Shaffer, played Rae Woodard on "Ryan's Hope" from 1977 to 1984. Since I was never home during weekdays, I had never heard of Miss Shaffer.
I also got one of Celestine Sibley's books. My library did not have any of her books so I ordered one through the Interlibrary loan program. This book came to me all the way from Alabama and it only took 4 days.
Are you all familiar with the Interlibrary loan program?
Basically if you want a book that your library does not have, they will get it from another library for you. At my library there is no cost. I love to use it because I feel like my tax dollars are directly benefiting me (for a change).
So far I have only skimmed through The Celestine Sibley Sampler, which is a collection of her finest works. I am finding it enjoyable and looking forward to the weekend when I can lie under my quilt-in-progress and read for a few hours.
Interesting that most of you are thinking around the 100 mark for the cookie cutters. I was thinking more in the 200 range, but that's just a guess. I really have never counted them, but I will this weekend.
I am so glad you stopped by to visit my garden. I garden in lower northern Michigan (zone 5) in far less than ideal conditions. I have too many pine trees, too much shade, too many rocks, herds of hosta-munching deer and rabbits who think my lilly buds are gourmet appetizers. I am by no means an expert in horticulture or garden design--just an amateur with a shovel and a passion. My garden changes daily during the summer and I will be updating frequently.
During the winter months, I blog about my favorite cold-weather hobby--quilting and just my everyday musings.
I hope you enjoy your visit, and that you will come back soon.