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#Project365 2021 week 47

Day 326: unusual for me but I was inspired to do a craft with the kids! After seeing all the leaves finally fall last week we went to a sensory walk then made a colour/shape wheel

Day 327: after months of reading, we completed the final Harry Potter book at bedtime

Day 328: Zach’s homework was to make biscuits. Doesn’t every kid love cracking eggs?!

Day 329: Matthew’s dinosaur obsession continues…

Day 330: time to start getting organised for next year!
Day 331: we missed the Christmas tree lighting last year as it was covid cancelled. Nice to return to our first Christmas tradition, feeling festive and it’s not even December!

Day 332: another craft, I’m on a roll…a toilet roll (or two!)

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Fallen Angel, by D.K. Hood

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Jenna Alton and Dave Kane are called to a murder scene at a book convention. The bodies start to appear in rapid succession but the weather proves as bitter an enemy as the killer…
Fallen Angel is the 13th book to feature Kane and Alton. There are no spoilers about events in previous books (I have previously reviewed books 4-12 in the series: The Crying Season, Where Angels Fear, Whisper in the Night, Break the Silence, Her Broken WingsHer Shallow Grave, Promises in the Dark, Be Mine Forever. and Cross My Heart.)
A literary convention is being held at a ski resort, packed with authors, agents and publishers as welll as fans. The weather plays an important role in the plot, almost another character in its own right as the snow changes the landscape and adds an extra dimension to the setting.
The book is written mainly from the third person perspective of the police but there are also chapters showing the victims in thir final moments. Some chapters of the killer’s viewpoint are interspersed and these are written in the first person so we understand the twisted logic behind the deaths. We also are able to anticipate the next kill which increases the tension and anticipation.
The pace is fast as the police team battle against the weather and a single minded killer. However personal considerations are also important to the plot. Jenna and Dave’s relationship hits a major roadblock as another member of the team has some happy family news. I love the relationship side to the main characters and feel a real investment in them getting together after so many books where they’ve teetered on the edge of love.
Fallen Angel is a gripping crime thriller and I look forward to the next book to catch up with the characters again.
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Book: Fallen Angel
Author: D.K. Hood 
Pub Day: Nov  23rd 2021
Buy Links: 
Amazon: https://geni.us/B09CH7LYGFsocial
Apple: http://ow.ly/24vC50FQfGF
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About the Book: 
Hurrying along the dark, snow-covered path, she knows she’s not alone when she hears the light tread of someone behind her. Panic rising in her chest, she picks up the pace. But she doesn’t even have a chance to scream before everything goes black.
When a beautiful young woman is reported missing from her hotel room on the outskirts of Black Rock Falls, Sheriff Jenna Alton and her deputy David Kane are devastated to discover her pale, lifeless body trapped beneath a frozen lake nearby. It’s Jenna who finds the single pearl earring buried in the frosted grass that gives them their first lead.
Just as Jenna has the remaining hotel guests safely back in their rooms, the killer strikes again, and another victim is found in one of the hotel’s lakeside cabins. Next to his bloodied body is a second pearl earring. What does it mean, and why is the killer leaving them for Jenna to find?
Interviewing witnesses, Jenna discovers that both victims were seen arguing with other residents hours before their deaths. Could the murderer be out for revenge, and how many more bodies will follow before they are truly satisfied?
As a blizzard cuts the hotel off from Black Rock Falls, Jenna and her team are trapped with the killer. Then she receives a terrifying call from a teenage girl who thinks the murderer was in her room as she slept. Can Jenna save her from becoming the next victim? And how many more innocent lives will be taken before the snow thaws?
Fans of Lisa Regan, Melinda Leigh and Kendra Elliot will love this gripping and addictive thriller from USA Today bestselling author D.K. Hood. Prepare to stay up all night!
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Author Bio and Social Media 
D.K Hood is THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, USA TODAY, and Amazon Bestselling Author of The Kane and Alton Series. She is a member of International Thriller Writers, Australian Crime Writers Association, and Sisters in Crime Australia.
D.K. lives very quietly with her husband and enjoys her beautiful garden filled with birds and water dragons. The dogs and cats in her stories are reminiscent of her wonderful companions.
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Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/d.k.hood/ 
Website: http://www.dkhood.com/



Sensory craft for autumn: shape and colour wheel

With autumn now well established and the majority of the trees finally losing their leaves, I took the children out to explore the shapes, sounds, colours and textures of the season.

There is something ever so satisfying about stomping through rustling crunchy leaves. We seem to have had little rain this autumn so they have not mulched down into a squelchy layer, instead mantaining their shape and crispness.

The riot of colour is starting to dull as the older leaves are now decidedly brown but the top ones are bright yellow with orange and red tones.

We took our time looking for the different shape and leaves, collecting some to take home. I then created a colour and shape wheel to show some of the diversity of the season.


I hope to try this activity again in summer using brightly coloured petals.
What is your favourite season?

Death on a Winter’s Day, by Verity Bright

Lasy Eleanor Swift heads to Scotland for Christmas with her entire staff. But the festivities don’t last long before a body is discovered and Eleanor finds herself with a new investigation…
Death on a Winter’s Day is the 8th book to feature the irrepressible Lady Swift and her endlessly patient butler Clifford. I enjoyed being reunited with Eleanor’s staff as they did not appear in the last book.
A loud and brash American guest is found dead at the dinner table with a knife sticking from his back. Eleanor’s friend and host is the chief suspect for the disdainful and possibly incompetent police inspector. She is determined to find the real killer but is she putting herself in danger once again?
There are plenty of characters to suspect and an old castle full of swords, axes and daggers as potential murder weapons. The pace of the plot moves quite quickly as the investigation ensues and red herrings give the story twists to keep us guessing.
Ellie and Clifford stick rigidly to their respectful friendship with a wry humour and avuncular tone that shows their true caring nature towards each other. The writing is light hearted as always and the relationship between them really shines throughout the plot. I feared that Ellie’s romance with Hugh would be put on hold due to the relocation of the plot to Scotland but, never fear, he arrives!
Death on a Winter’s Day is a hugely entertaining historical cosy murder mystery. It has a wonderful classical feel whilst also having a gentle humour throughout.
I have previously reviewed the first 7 books in the series: A Very English MurderDeath at the DanceA Witness to Murder, Murder in the Snow, Mystery by the Sea, Murder at the Fair and A Lesson In Murder.


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Book Description:
Christmas at the castle with holly, handmade gifts, snowflakes and… is that a body under the tree? Someone call Lady Swift!
Winter, 1921. Lady Eleanor Swift, amateur sleuth and reluctant lady of the manor, has been invited to spend Christmas in Scotland, at the beautiful castle of her dear friends Baron and Baroness Ashley. Even her favourite companion, master of mischief Gladstone the bulldog, is coming along to share a slice of turkey. As snow begins to fall outside, the rather mismatched group are cozy by the roaring fire, sharing a tipple over a plate of Mrs Trotman’s famous mince pies.
But after what was supposed to be a fun party game, Mr Eugene Randall is found dead at the feast. A somewhat unpopular business associate of the Baron’s from across the pond, it seems Mr Randall has certainly upset somebody. Was it what he said about Scottish whisky?
The killer must be in the castle… and when the Baron is arrested, Baroness Ashley begs Eleanor to investigate. Determined not to let her friend down, Eleanor sets about questioning the remaining partygoers.
All too swiftly, someone else is found dead, having apparently fallen from a high balcony. As if one murder wasn’t enough to put a twist in the tinsel! Eleanor knows she’s skating on thin ice now. And when she discovers a hidden document that points the finger of suspicion at the unlikeliest of suspects, she realises there’s more to the story. Can Eleanor catch the killer before it’s time for Christmas dinner?
The perfect cozy mystery to curl up with this winter! Fans of Agatha Christie, T.E. Kinsey and Lee Strauss are in for a festive treat.
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Author Bio:
Verity Bright is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing partnership that has spanned a quarter of a century. Starting out writing high-end travel articles and books, they published everything from self-improvement to humour, before embarking on their first historical mystery. They are the authors of the fabulous Lady Eleanor Swift Mystery series, set in the 1920s.
Buy Link:
Amazon: https://bit.ly/3qOZpoS
Audio Links:
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