The Three "R's"

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

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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2007 Question and Answer Interview: Nancy Drew

2007 QUESTION AND ANSWER INTERVIEW: NANCY DREW by William Land In 2007, I was approached by a reporter from The Hamilton Spectator to answer questions for a feature article she was completing about girl detective, Nancy Drew. The feature was planned to coincide with the release of the new film, “Nancy Drew” starring actor Emma …

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An Nancy Drew Interview for a Newspaper Article

An Nancy Drew Interview for a Newspaper Article by William Land Introduction In June 2007, I was approached by Jennifer Fisher, founder of the Nancy Drew group, NancyDrewSeuths. Jenn had been approached by a newspaper reporter assigned to write a story about Nancy Drew in anticipation of the theatrical film release of the movie, Nancy …

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The Mystery of the Charmed Quilt

The Mystery of the Charmed Quilt by William Land From: March 2013 Last Tuesday, I received a Facebook message from my friend, the prolific quilter Julie Domenico, that I should stay home on Wednesday to await for a courier delivery. I responded by saying that it sounded like a mystery worthy of Nancy Drew. Her …

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