Review: Parlour Games for Modern Families – Myfanwy Jones and Spiri Tsintziras

Parlour Games for Modern Families

Myfanwy Jones & Spiri Tsintziras

Scribe Publications

ISBN: 9781921844416

RRP$ 24.99

 

Description:

Reviving the tradition of indoor family games, this guide invites mental stimulation, silliness, and laughter back into the household. From games of logic, memory, and wordplay to rough-and-tumble activities and even simple recipes, this collection takes the environment into consideration, only requiring items easily found around the home, such as a deck of cards, a dictionary, an hour glass, dice, or paper and pen. The featured games are organized thematically and cross-referenced for age-appropriateness. Concise rules and instructions are included, outlining games that will challenge and stimulate, last all night, or fill the empty half-hour before dinner. Ideal for a wide age range, this guide brings back long-forgotten pastimes, guaranteeing entertainment for all.

 

My View:

What a lovely trip down memory lane revisiting so may childhood games. In particular I liked the section on card games – it has been so long since I have played cards that I am a bit fuzzy on the rules and it is so helpful to have something “concrete” in front of you when playing. Now if this had only included a “How to Play Mah-jong” it would be perfect! 😊

 

Post Script: Betting Blind – Lily Gardner

Betting Blind

Betting Blind

Lennox Cooper #2

Lily Gardner

Diversion Books

ISBN: 9781626819559

 

Description:

For Lennox Cooper, helping out a friend means gambling with her life.

 

In the rainy city of Portland, Matilda Bauer has been blackmailing her parole officer, Fulin Chen. Just when Fulin’s ready to come clean, Matilda disappears. Bad news for Fulin, because once Matilda is arrested for breaking parole she’ll show the photos she has on him and end his career. Fulin turns to his longtime friend and poker buddy, Lennox Cooper, P.I., to help him find the beautiful blonde con-woman.

 

A former cop, Lennox knows how it feels to live and breathe the police life—and to be thrown out of it. She’ll do anything to help her friend avoid a similar fate. But three days later Lennox finds Matilda dead, in what looks like a sex game gone terribly wrong. Fulin Chen is the lead suspect. Lennox’s search for Matilda, however, causes her to begin turning over rocks, finding that her past lies under many of them—not to mention deadly threats. Matilda Bauer had no shortage of enemies, though, and Lennox will have to sift through the many blackmail victims and jilted lovers to find the real killer.

 

 

My View:

I loved the first book in this series A Bitch Called Hope (for the uninitiated the tiles of Lily’s books are referring to card playing terms) and this was even more enjoyable and exciting. In this book Lennox Cooper PI continues her Friday night poker playing ways. Lennox takes more than few risks and gets involved in a nasty and dangerous investigation – again I loved this fast paced narrative. I loved the protagonist; Lennox – the gusty, resourceful PI, and Fulin Chen her friend and client and the camaraderie of the Friday night poker players, so authentic.

 

This is a read in one sitting kind of book.  The pages almost turn themselves over! I loved the complex storyline, the list of many suspects that is whittled away by hard work, investigation and a process of elimination; all scenarios that are explored as Lennox digs deeper to try and solve this case.

 

My only issue with this read…I read the last page and couldn’t believe there was no more!  I was totally engaged in this narrative and now it looks like I have to wait a year for the next installment.  Not fair Ms Gardner. Type faster.  🙂

 

PS This can be read as a standalone but I strongly recommend reading A Bitch Called Hope first -if you love a gusty female protagonist in a fast paced book!