Sally’s Cafe & Bookstore Christmas Update – Agnes Mae Graham, Lucinda E. Clarke and Christoph Fischer

My thanks to those of you in the bookstore who have let me know your updates and news. I will feature your updates as they come in and also work my way through the bookstore finding new reviews and sharing them. Contact me on if your book in the store has a great new review we can showcase.
sallys-cafe-and-bookstore-updateThe first update is for the My Vibrating Vertebrae by Agnes Mae Graham. Published by Christopher Graham in collaboration with his sister, in tribute to their mother.  Since its promotion here when released it has some more excellent reviews. It would make a wonderful gift for lovers of poetry and history.


About the book
We all have dreams, loves and hopes; but what if you are a girl growing up in 20th century Northern Ireland before, during and after the ‘Troubles’?

From the poetic thoughts of our Mother, we get a sense of what it was like, ranging from humour, sadness, wistful thinking and sometimes just downright nonsensical, these are the words of one such girl.

The most recent reviews.

A charming book that reflects a woman’s life and times in verse…and humour. Rosie and Willie had me chuckling, especially as I can see just where Willie is coming from! The poems are written from an Irish perspective, but there is much a Yorkshirewoman can recognise.
The verses about the Troubles made me think. I could feel the pain in the words. “What matters is the depth of God’s sighs.”

There are memories that I seem to remember through my own mother and grandmothers’ tales, of a time now gone and a world awakening before a young woman’s eyes.
And the story of the Old, Old Man had me in tears.

I’m so glad I bought this little gem. I say gem because it truly is. The Irish poems will have you bouncing to rhyme inside before you erupt with laughter. My favourites are, Rosie and Willie, Nonsense Rhyme, and The Operation.

I mention the humorous poetry first because they provide a nice balance between the more serious poems that focus upon Ireland’s troubled times that give pause to reflect.

A most excellent and well-balanced presentation.

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We all love fairy tales… Prince meets Princess, Evil Queen thwarts their romance, but it all ends happily ever after!  Well perhaps not…..Unhappily Ever After by Lucinda E. Clarke may change your mind.


About the Book.

Fairyland is in chaos. It is nearly time for the Grand Royal Annual Ball and Cinderella, has had enough of Prince Charming and desperate to get a divorce – as long as she can continue to enjoy her current standard of living. Harold and Snow White quarrel over his philandering and her refusal to go where every woman has gone before. Augustus also has a problem, his wife Sleeping Beauty is making up for lot time, producing 28 children, and he can’t meet the household bills. There is a dearth of suitable princes for the available spinster princesses and the annual festivities are held for that very reason.

There is friction between Ermintrude the Fairy godmother by Royal Appointment and Featherduster who favours the proletariat. Into all this turmoil, the Green Giant arrives, sent by the ‘Party’ to ferment an uprising among the downtrodden peasants who appear quite happy as they are and not interested in anything he has to say – unless he can provide them with TV sets. A non-politically correct tale much closer to the truth than anything you have ever seen on the movies.

The most recent review for Unhappily Ever After

Perfect Intermingling on November 21, 2016

Unhappily Ever After, where the plot’s made up and the rules don’t matter…ahaha. Three Kings. Three Queens. Ill pairings and unsettled unhappiness all around…Until Queen Cinderella decides to hatch a plot.

The Good: The satire and wit were in the spotlight, Clarke writing wonderfully between a casual narrative and an upright, proper story. I cringed a few times, expecting a bit of overwhelming crass from a few characters (who shall be left unnamed; I think you’ll know them when you see them), and yet, I was relieved that the raunch stayed at bare minimum. And was still sort of funny.

The Bad: I can’t really say. I don’t remember anything ‘bad’ about it.

The Overall: If you want gritty, over-the-top action, a story that rushes you through the exposition, and one that takes itself far too seriously, you will be disappointed. Clarke understands the narrative of this story very well, and thus, the pacing and narrative takes itself about as seriously as the original Batman. However, Clarke does great at keeping all the terms and concepts inside of a Fairytale Land, even down to explaining why there’s a TV in every palace. This book was great, and is worth the read.

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Also by Lucinda E. Clark


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And finally a cosy murder mystery to curl up by the fire with …. The Body in the Snow by Christoph Fischer which was released at the end of September.


About the book.

Fading celebrity Bebe Bollinger is on the wrong side of fifty and dreaming of a return to the limelight. When a TV show offers the chance of a comeback, Bebe grabs it with both hands – not even a lazy agent, her embarrassing daughter, irritating neighbours or a catastrophic snowfall will derail her moment of glory. But when a body is found in her sleepy Welsh hamlet, scandal threatens.

Detective Sergeant Beth Cooper has a string of unsolved cases to her name. Her girlfriend left her and she’s a fish out of water in rural West Wales. Things couldn’t get much worse – until the case of the Body in The Snow lands in her lap.

Can Beth solve the case and save her career and can Bebe make her comeback? All will be revealed in this light-hearted, cosy murder mystery by best-selling and award winning historical and crime fiction novelist Christoph Fischer.

The most recent reviews

on November 16, 2016

If you like a murder mystery that will keep you turning the pages and guessing until the end, you will love, love, LOVE this one!

Despite the central character’s many faults, she’s very engaging – I found myself hating her one minute and cheering her on the next! That the author is able to elicit such emotions in a reader shows true skill. I would have loved to see more of Dora, but that’s my personal opinion and it didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the story one bit.
All in all, a fabulous read!

This is a beautifully written book, with well crafted characters. Beth, the lead police officer, investigates the murder of a young woman, who is found dead in the snow. Beth is not the perfect police officer, but in spite of her flaws, she is persistent in her aim to find the killer. Her friendship with Bebe, a singer and suspect, is not best practice, but from both sides it is rather endearing.

There are only three houses in the hamlet where the murder is committed and they are cut off by heavy falls of snow. Bebe, Dora and Ian and Christine have chosen to live in this isolated hamlet for various reasons.

The reader doesn’t have to deal with gory details of the murder. The key to this book is the puzzle of who was where, when and what could be the possible motive to kill the victim. Alongside the investigation is Bebe’s determination to arrange a comeback for her singing career, in spite of her inefficient manager.

I really enjoyed this book and would certainly recommend it highly.

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Also by Christoph Fischer


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Thanks for dropping in and I hope you have found a book that you like in this selection. They would all make great gifts. Please help spread the word and don’t forget, if you have been promoted this year on the blog and are in the bookshop, let me know if you have a recent review or a new book released that I have missed.  Thanks Sally

39 thoughts on “Sally’s Cafe & Bookstore Christmas Update – Agnes Mae Graham, Lucinda E. Clarke and Christoph Fischer

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  2. You have selected a symphony of books here, Sally, Poetic, historic and sad in one, silly fairytale meandering in another, and a serious murder whodoneit in the third. They all sound marvelously written and well worth a serious read. Love the reviews too. Thanks for giving us some great gift-read suggestions.

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  3. Reblogged this on TINA FRISCO and commented:
    Books featured today in Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore are Unhappily Ever After by Lucinda E. Clarke, The Body in the Snow by Christoph Fischer, and My Vibrating Vertebrae by Agnes Mae Graham ~ published posthumously by her two children, Christopher and Lorna Graham. Sally’s bookstore is a cornucopia of excellent reading material and a great place to begin one’s holiday shopping. All we need now is the virtual café to round out our reading pleasure with a frothy latté or cappuccino, garnished this holiday season with a minty candy cane 🙂

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