Book Review: The Church Murders by Lisa Reynolds

A wonderful review by James J. Cudney of my book Rory Murphy Mysteries: The Church Murders:

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If you’ve every perused the list of books I’ve read, you’ll quickly notice I tend to read A LOT in certain genres, but I also have very broad ranges and try to sample from them all. When I came across The Church Murders, the first book in the Rory Murphy Mysteries, by Lisa Reynolds, it sounded like a unique story. I know the blogger from reading and reviewing similar books, so I decided to purchase this one on Amazon earlier this month. When I realized it’s only ~60 pages and a short intro to the larger story, I slid it into a very busy October reading schedule and completed it yesterday.

To start with, for the plot and setting alone, I would recommend the book. As the author’s first book in the series, she’s working through a few approaches to get them set where…

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Culture Vulture Express Receives It’s Fourth Sunshine Blogger Award!

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Culture Vulture Express has received it’s fourth Sunshine Blogger Award. Thank you so much to Rylee from Hermits Odysseus for the nomination. Much, much appreciated. Be sure to get out their blog when you get the chance. 🙂

 

 

 

Rylee’s Questions & My Answers

 

What’s the first book you remember reading?

It was a book called A Winter’s Tale by Jenny Dale and it was actually my favourite book from my childhood. It was part of the Puppy Patrol books and had the sweetest dog on the cover.

 

What are you currently reading? Are you enjoying it?

I’m currently reading Father Figure and Academic Curveball (Book 1), both of which are by James J. Cudney. The second I’ve just started and I’m reading between the two of them at the moment. Yes, I am enjoying them. There’s a mystery involved in both books which I like in a book.

 

What fictional world would you choose to live in and why?

I think the world of Hercule Poirot would be interesting. Could be a bit of an amateur sleuth. Marple’s world would be an option too but I got out of a small town and Mary Mead may not always suit me. 🙂

 

What do you think and say when people ask you to choose a favourite book?

Both think and say: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. If they asked a top five that may be tougher as there’s so many!

 

Who are some of your favourite authors? And have you met them in person?

Well there’s a lot! A few would be Oscar Wilde, Evelyn Waugh, Agatha Christie, James Patterson, John Grisham, Mark Billingham, Truman Capote and Olivia Helling. They tend to be the authors I read the most but there’s lots of others I love too. And no, I’ve met none of them! A lot of authors I like too are dead so it’s pretty impossible!

 

Aside from reading and blogging, what do you enjoy doing? What hobbies do you have?

I like listening to music, singing, going to theatre and concerts (when I can afford to!) and watching TV and movies. I love watching Rupaul’s Drag Race and documentaries on everything and anything on YouTube as well as old movies. I love dog-watching when I’m out around town and stuff, “oh there’s another one” and I love to be involved in charity work and activism though I haven’t done nearly enough of either as of yet.

 

Are you an early bird or a night owl? 

I’m a night owl and it kind of makes me an early bird too if that makes sense.

 

What book has been on your TBR the longest?

 

Emma by Jane Austen. Actually I’ve read a few of the Jane Austen’s but I’d like to get through the six of them.

 

What book do you think has had the biggest impact on you?

I have read a couple of true life books and I think because they are real it puts a new spin on it. Because you can’t say it’s sad but it’s only fiction. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote had a huge impact because the fragile nature of life was so put down in print by Capote in such a raw fashion. It was a very harrowing, detailed read but a book written in a very human and raw way.

 

What’s your favourite song (or album) right now?

Gagged by Violet Chachki. Vanguard is my favourite song on the EP.

 

What’s the best compliment you’ve ever gotten?

I get told I’m gentle a lot. Which I think is a good quality so that’s nice to hear.

 

What is your astrological sign and do you agree with what it says about you?

I’m a taurean and while I don’t believe in horoscopes and that I find them extremely interesting to read about. I think there is elements that are true of my personality. I wouldn’t say bull in a china shop but I could be mildly fiery. I like to be calm so I have to kind of shut that fiery element up because it is there. It’s not being false. It just is a part I wish wasn’t there but I know it is. Could be worse though, I could be a raging bull and thankfully I’m not. I read taureans are supposed to be honest and I think I am which can get me into bother at times. We are supposed to have empathy with others which has always being a strong part of who I am. I can’t stand injustice, unfairness, inequality and would never go on the side of someone doing something wrong or have sympathy for them. My empathy lies with someone who is in the firing line, not the one doing the firing ever from the smallest to the biggest situation. They say we’re ambitious, definitely I am and it’s said that we like to get our way. I like to get my point across but getting my way, not really. As long as I’ve had my say, the ball is in their court. They are free to feel what they feel as long as I’m free to feel what I feel too.

 

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To anyone reading this feel free to accept the award for your blog & answer the questions above. Congrats in advance! 🙂

Do You Worry What Others Will Say on Your Choice in Writing? Namely, genres? – Guest Post by, Traci Kenworth…

Wise words here! Do check out this wonderful piece by Traci Kenworth:

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Have you as a writer heard grumbles on your material choices? For instance, if you write horror or romance? Perhaps family members or friends point out that they object to your story or the direction you want to take your career. Does it influence you? Has it made you steer clear of writing such stories? Do you keep what you write secret from church members for fear of being shamed for it? For most of my life, I’ve done this at one time or another. When I was young, eighteen, I made the mistake of admitting that I wrote horror to my pastor’s wife. She was horrified and suggested that I cease writing such stories immediately. It took me many years before I admitted the same to family and friends and here and there, I heard murmurs about writing “that stuff.”

The same kind of reactions come from writing romance…

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Culture Vulture Express Receives It’s Second Awesome Blogger Award!

 

Hello everyone!

 

Culture Vulture Express has received it’s second Awesome Blogger Award. Thank you so much to Mark from Mark Anthony’s Blog for the nomination. Very much appreciated. Be sure to check out their blog when you get time! 🙂

 

The Awesome Blogger Award was originally created by Maggie from Dreaming of Guatemala.

 

 

Mark’s Questions & My Answers

 

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?

 

Depends on the day whether it’s getting in to work in my job of almost nine weeks as a secretary or either sitting chatting with my sister or throwing on an Agatha Christie TV adaptation on days off. Either way I usually first light up a cigarette which is not the most healthy way to start the day! 🙂

 

Your current favorite song?

 

I have lots of favourite songs from the past. I’m 28 now and I often lately can’t keep up with what’s current. I usually think something’s current enough that is five or six years old! I think the most current song I’m listening to at the moment is Burn Rubber by Aquaria because I’m watching season 10 of Rupaul’s Drag Race and she’s one of my favourites in the show alongside The Vixen. There’s an almost current song I’m listening to as well by Shea Coulee ft. Lila Star and The Vixen called Cocky from 2017.

 

Crush from a book or movie? Why?

 

I have tons of crushes! Makes life more fun! A good fantasy is very healthy! But specifically from a book or movie, I’m sure over the years there has been a few but the main one I can think of at the moment is Damon Snow from Olivia Helling’s Damon Snow series. So broodingly dark & handsome and if he was real very sexy I’d imagine! And most importantly a lovely person with a heart of gold!

 

Tell a secret

 

I have quite a few teddies especially dog teddies. They are just too cute & hard to resist!

 

What was the most embarrassing moment that happened to you yesterday?

 

Something embarrassing nearly always happens when you work in reception and have never worked in an office before but I always get through in the end usually with a smile and some sweetness!

 

Why do you think you’re an amazing human being?

 

I’m not amazing but I am a good person. I have good qualities and I think they outweigh my bad qualities by some way. I have compassion for people. I tend to often take peoples’ problems on as my own so I definitely care. I can’t stand prejudice, ignorance and bigotry in all it’s forms. Life is hard enough sometimes without all that shit! I think my heart is basically good. If I can help someone I’m there.

 

3 things from your bucket list

 

  • Live in Brighton, England
  • Get my BA (in literature, writing)
  • Get a stamp on my passport first and foremost!

And I’m saving towards these things at the moment.

 

Look behind you. What did you see first?

 

I’m at work so the work radio that is currently playing LeAnn Rimes Can’t Fight The Moonlight. I was a kid when the movie that came from Coyote Ugly was out. The years are flying by quicker than I wish them to! 🙂

 

What motivational message would you tell yourself if you were a different person?

 

I’d tell myself:

Take each day at a time, not to take heed of the poisonous people out there and you as you is OK.

 

What are your thoughts about blog designing? Do you find it hard to do it? How do you know if it’s “the one” already?

 

The design of Culture Vulture Express hasn’t changed since it was launched 5 years ago except possibly minor little changes. I did put a bit work into it at the start and I was pleased with the result but I’m more interested in the content part of the blog so I don’t think too much about it. I feel if I changed it now it wouldn’t feel as much like Culture Vulture Express anymore.

To be honest it’s so long ago that I put up the design I’ve forgotten how to do it but WordPress made it easy at the time! 🙂

 

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Culture Vulture Express Turns 5!

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On the 10th of August this year, Culture Vulture Express turned 5!

 

It is so wonderful to get to this milestone and I feel like the years have just flew by! Over the next year I plan to continue doing a little bit of everything as Culture Vulture Express has always prided itself on and I hope everyone continues to enjoy reading and finding interesting the output on here.

 

This blog for me has never been a chore. It is one of the things I am most proud of. Some people scoff at blogging but I have found it a very enriching and liberating experience. I want to take this opportunity to thank all my followers on here and anyone who has took time to go through one of my articles or even part of it. I appreciate all your support more than I could ever put into words. Thank you for supporting my baby! 🙂

Culture Vulture Express Receives It’s Second Real Neat Blog Award!

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Culture Vulture Express has got a second Real Neat Blog Award from Mark at markanthonysblog. Thanks so much Mark. 🙂

 

 

Answers

 

1. Benedict Cumberbatch or Tom Hanks?

Both great actors but I have a bit of a crush on Benedict so I’m going to say him! 🙂

 

2. If you could go back in time, where would you go?

The 60s because it was a time of so much social change beginning and I love the music and the clothes.

 

3. Hot or cold weather?

Cold weather, not freezing but cooler weather. I’m Irish, I’m not used to the sun! 🙂

 

4. Things that remind you of your childhood?

Furbies, tamagotchis, Pokemon, Rugrats, troll dolls, Toy Story, Tellytubbies, Cindy doll, Barbie, Polly Pocket.

 

5. What show are you currently watching?

I’m catching up on the Rupaul’s Drag Race seasons gradually. I hadn’t watched the show and then I started watching season 6 because I became a fan of Courtney Act in Celebrity Big Brother in the UK and I got hooked and now I’m going through the seasons.

 

6. Favourite blogger(s)? and why.

Everyone’s blog that I follow because you’re all amazing! 🙂

 

7. What subjects are your most and least favourite?

Well when I was at school my favourite was English because I always loved reading and writing. My least favourite was Maths. I was never any good at them and a close second for least would have been PE. I quite liked hockey and tennis but the rest especially the fitness tests, no.

 

Feel free to use the same questions and comment below if you would like to be a nominee and take part. 🙂

 

 

Writing Links…6/11/18

Where Genres Collide

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Writing Links…6/11/18

Traci Kenworth

 

Fantasy/Dystopian/UF/Paranormal/SF:

  1. http://storitorigrace.blogspot.com/2018/06/questions-for-cohen-silhouette.html “Since Beautiful People has ended for the time being I thought I’d try reviving character interviews on the blog so I can talk about my books a little bit. This is Cohen Makovsky and he’s the main character of my Adult Science-Fiction novel Silhouette. He had his own Beautiful People, but I need to get to know him even more. XD Let me tell you a bit about him.”
  2. https://legendsofwindemere.com/2018/06/09/there-is-a-sliver-of-light-in-the-future/ “Speaking of anxiety, this week has been a rough one.  Sunday was fun with ‘Deadpool 2’ and Cheesecake Factory, but the weekdays were emotionally brutal.  Aside from some personal stuff, two reviews vanished on me.  One from Warlord of the Forgotten Ageand another from War of Nytefall: Loyalty.  Those are two books that can’t afford to lose any reviews and I don’t have any explanation for it. …

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