Stacy Tomaszewski

Reading Interests: 
Mysteries, YA literature, Poetry
What I'm Reading Now: 
I'm re-reading the Nero Wolfe Mysteries!

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Having Tea
The first day of Spring is just around the corner, and as the days get longer and the weather more temperate, my mind always wanders toward afternoon tea. There's something about a table laden with sandwiches and cakes and a nice pot of steaming tea, surrounded by well-liked companions, that brings out the best in just about everyone. How Do I Make the Tea? The first question that many people have when they are embarking on the journey to "true" English tea is "how do I brew my tea?" This a controversial subject and has no easy answer, but my...Read more...
Jane Austen Mysteries
Nine Series: The Louisa May Alcott Mysteries by Anna Maclean Start with: Louisa and the Missing Heiress American novelist Alcott finds herself thrust into various mysteries in this cozy series. The Jane Austen Series by Stephanie Barron Start with: Jane and the Unpleasantness at Scargrave Manor Stephanie Barron's Jane Austen is a sharp-witted, keen observer of human nature -- a perfect detective. Sometimes on her own, and sometimes in the company of the dashing and mysterious Lord Harold Trowbridge, Jane solves mysteries while keeping up her duties as a spinster sister and aunt. The Nellie Bly Series by Carol McCleary...Read more...
The portrait in question-Somewhere in Time
Richard Matheson , who was born on February 20, 1926, was a prolific writer who is best remembered for his horror fiction. His oeuvre encompasses so much more, however. He wrote episodes of television shows like The Twilight Zone and Star Trek, romance, sci-fi, metaphysical speculation and, yes, horror. Below is a little sampling of Mathesons's work. Does any of it appeal to you? The book Bid Time Return was later re-titled Somewhere In Time to associate it with the film adaptation. A playwright staying in an old hotel falls in love with the portrait of an actress who starred...Read more...
How to Cook a Wolf
Reading about food is, judging from the number of "gastronomical memoirs" and fully-illustrated cookbooks on the market, a pleasurable pastime shared by a great many people. I love reading about other people's experiences with food and eating, and have read prolifically on the subject. No matter how much I read, though, I always come back to M(ary) F(rances) K(ennedy) Fisher. I first discovered Fisher (like many other 70's foodie kids) as a child reading through my mom's cookbook shelf. She had the entire Time-Life Books' Foods of the World series (and the companion recipes). [I was particularly drawn to the...Read more...
Hallowe'en Party
It can sometimes be hard to get in the Halloween Spirit these days, what with busy schedules, long commutes, and other more pressing commitments. A spooky mystery is just the thing to get you in the mood, and the San Jose Public Library is your one-stop shop for all things Halloween! Classic Hallowe'en Party by Agatha Christie When she is a guest at a party where a child is murdered in the apple-bobbing bucket, mystery writer Ariadne Oliver turns to her friend Hercule Poirot for answers. Also, check out the film version of the same story--starring David Suchet as Poirot...Read more...
Country Churchtyards
Eudora Welty, who died on this day in 2001, was born in Jackson, Mississippi in 1909. She is best known as a writer of novels and short stories, but she was also an accomplished photographer, essayist, and book reviewer. Here's a little taste of her work... Photography Eudora Welty Photographs Country Churchyards Fiction (a short selection) Th e Collected Stories of Eudora Welty ​ ​​ The Optimist's Daughter (winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, 1973) Delta Wedding A Curtain of Green The Robber Bridegroom Nonfiction Writer's Eye: Collected Book Reviews The Eye of the Story: Collected Essays and Reviews...Read more...
The Woman Who Married a Bear
In honor of Independence Day, here is one mystery for each of the states! Try to read every one... Alabama Susan Wittig Albert The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree The Depression-era women of a Darling, Alabama, garden club get to the bottom of a mysterious buried treasure and a young woman's murder. Alaska John Straley ​ The Woman Who Married a Bear In Sitka, Alaska, the bizarre death of a big-game hunter years before is investigated by Cecil Younger, who uncovers a many-layered mystery involving the folklore and mythology of the local Tlingit Indians. Arizona Tony Hillerman The Blessing...Read more...
A Caribbean Mystery by Agatha Christie
Summer is a time to sit on the beach and soak up the warm sun in some exotic locale. Even if you can't travel the world this summer, you can vicariously visit paradise with one of these mystery/thrillers! A Caribbean Mystery Agatha Christie Miss Jane Marple, on vacation at a tropical island resort in the Caribbean -- courtesy of her nephew Raymond, stumbles upon a mystery involving an old photograph and a forgotten murder. While you're reading Agatha Christie, try Evil Under the Sun -- a Hercule Poirot mystery set at a seaside hotel in the south of England. Sunbathing...Read more...
Wuthering Heights
Remember: some of these titles are available in more than one format and/or language! Murasaki Shikibu Tale of Genji (c1021) Regarded by some as the first novel, this epic of the royal court is set during the Heian period. It explores relationships and intrigue among various generations of courtiers. Ann Radcliffe Mysteries of Udolpho (1794) An orphaned girl, in love with a good man, is pursued by an evil count. This classic features all the hallmarks of gothic fiction: a dreary castle, intrigue, danger, and romance. Jane Austen Persuasion (1818) Eight years after being persuaded to end her engagement by...Read more...
A Walk in the Woods
Now that Summer is upon us, it's time to start thinking about enjoying the great outdoors! We are lucky--living in Northern California -- to be near some of the choicest hiking in the country. Check out one of these books for instruction or inspiration! This is just a sampling--we have many, many more where these came from! ...and don't forget: some of these books are also available in multiple formats. General Information for Hikers and Backpackers Eyewitness Companions: Backpacking & Hiking by Karen Berger Hiking & Backpacking: A Complete Illustrated Guide by Buck Tilton ​ Staying Safe, Sound, and Found!...Read more...