The Three "R's"

Ramblings, Reflections, Reviews … From the "Pen" of William Land

Author Archive: William Land

Living with Chronic Pain

Since 1994, I have lived with chronic pain due to physical issues. Since birth (1959), I have lived with pain issues. I was born with cerebral palsy; fortunately, it is mild in comparison to what this disability could be. With this condition, I lived my life as fully and as richly as possible. I learned …

Continue reading

Here Comes the Bribe: A Review

HERE COMES THE BRIBE by Mary Dahiem (Bed and Breakfast Mysteries; 5) 5 out of 5 stars Read: January 20, 2017 Review: February 27, 2017 The latest guests at Hillside Manor, a popular bed and breakfast inn, are coming to town to visit family. Innkeeper Judith Flynn is shocked to learn that Rodney Schmuck has …

Continue reading

Assault & Beret: A Review

ASSAULT & BERET by Jenn McKinlay (Hat Shop Mystery; 5) 5 out of 5 stars Read: January 17, 2017 Review: February 27, 2017 Talented milliner Vivian Tremont and her American cousin and partner, Scarlett Parker, leave their beloved shop in London, England behind to travel to Paris, France. Viv is scheduled to teach a hat-making …

Continue reading

The Strange Likeness: A Review

Long-time Judy Bolton fans have been waiting for the publication of this book for many years. This beloved series was cancelled in 1967, following the publication of volume #38 in the series. “The Strange Likeness” was a phantom title until 2012. This best-loved mystery series was written and created by Margaret Sutton. In this first …

Continue reading

The Silence in the Library: A Review

THE SILENCE IN THE LIBRARY by Miranda James (The Cat in the Stacks; 5) 5 out of 5 stars Read: December 14, 2014 Review: February 27, 2017 This review is from a lifetime fan and collector of children’s series books including Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, the Bobbsey Twins, Trixie Belden and their contemporaries. I …

Continue reading

Wedding Cake Murder: A Review

WEDDING CAKE MURDER Read: February 2017 Reviewed: February 27, 2017 Rating: 2 out of 5 stars SPOILER ALERTS This book is boring! For many books, I truly enjoyed the “Hannah Swenson Mysteries” by Joanne Fluke  and found the characters and setting enjoyable (just like returning to visit old friends) and the plots interesting. In recent …

Continue reading

My Favorite Christmas Memories: Judy Bolton and “The Secret of the Musical Tree”

My Favorite Christmas Memories: Judy Bolton and “The Secret of the Musical Tree” by William Land As a life-long fan of children’s series books, I have read many of these novels since I was eight years old. I have thrilled to the adventures of the girl sleuths including Connie Blair, Cherry Ames, Vicki Barr, the …

Continue reading

Why I Need to be Six People!

Life is to be lived, embraced, experienced, enjoyed … but all that we, as human beings, must do, should do and want to do to enrich our lives must fit into 24 hours each day, seven days each week, 365 days each year (excepting for Leap Year – once every four years!). I don’t have …

Continue reading

The Magic of Christmas: the Wish Book

The Magic of Christmas: the Wish Book by William Land When I was a child, the forthcoming excitement of the Christmas season was marked by a huge occasion. This event was the arrival of the Sears Canada (formerly Simpson’s Sears) Christmas catalogue known as the Wish Book in our home. My childhood and young adulthood …

Continue reading

21st Century TV Reboot Planned for Nancy Drew

21st Century TV Reboot Planned for Nancy Drew by William Land Earlier this week, CBS announced a planned television reboot of Nancy Drew – the heroine of various series featuring the intrepid girl detective. As a long-time Nancy Drew fan, my feelings about the proposed Nancy Drew TV series are mixed. Anything that brings Nancy …

Continue reading