...it may or may not be final, but it is complete!
An Interesting Read (Date unknown) by William Banks Fortescue (1850-1924) [x]
Following a suggestion from Moonlight Reader, I thought I'd compile a list of online photo editing sites that players can use to mark their cards since Picmonkey no longer has free accounts. Which I rather rudely found out in the middle of Halloween Bingo last year. It's a shame because I really liked Picmonkey. I believe that MR uses the site to make our absolutely gorgeous bingo cards.
I've not been able to find anything I liked quite as much, but here are a few options. Note: outside of the first one, I've not tried any of these. I've only checked to see that they offer a free option and have stickers that are Halloween/Autumn related.
BeFunky - This is the one I settled on after I had to stop using Picmonkey. It's easy to use and has a nice selection of stickers. You can also upload your own graphics to use as stickers. There are free and paid versions. I used a combination of Halloween and Autumn stickers to mark my card last year. Not sure if I'll use the same stickers or choose new ones. Or try one of these other options.
Ribbet - Has free and paid accounts. There's a small selection of Halloween stickers. This one seems to save a copy of the last thing you edited even without an account. I signed up for a free account and it says I can now upload 100 photos.
Fotojet - Has free and paid accounts. There is a small selection of Halloween stickers.
Fotor - Has free and paid accounts. Has a nice selection of Halloween stickers. You can also upload your own images to use as stickers.
Pixlr Express - Free. Doesn't have a Halloween sticker section that I can see, but a few stickers out of some of the other categories would work.
If anyone has more suggestions, please let me know in the comments and I'll edit them in.
A free copy of Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear.
I think if you'd seen any of my previous updates, then you'd know I was going to rate this book highly.
I listened to the Audible Studios production which featured Richard Armitage as narrator. I've said it before about other audiobooks he's narrated, but he's an absolutely fantastic narrator. He has a wide variety of accents and voices and he lends the right amount of gravitas to the non-dialogue parts of the prose. I could honestly listen to him narrate the phone book.
As to the writing itself, it was excellent. This book read like a really good British tv crime drama. In fact, it would make a really good British tv crime drama.
A teenage girl is found wandering the fens, and another teenage girl is found murdered. DI Jackman, DS Evans, and their team begin to investigate, while also investigating a cold case from nearly a decade ago involving a missing little girl.
As Jackman, Evans, and team investigate they have to navigate through many twists and turns as the cases uncover secrets bigger than anyone could have possibly imagined.
The characters are compelling, well written, and likeable, and I loved the Fenlands as a setting.
I highly recommend this book if you like British Crime books.
Two of which I plan on using for Halloween Bingo. They're both books I'd been wanting to read anyway, so if I end up not having the square I have them earmarked for, it's no biggie.
Total for all three books was less than $10. :D
Looks like they're offering exclusive deals and rewards this week. Today's perk is Jack London's White Fang for free. I don't do animal books, so I'll be passing on this one, but just in case someone else is interested.
I'll have to try to remember to check in and see what the other deals are.
Really, really enjoyed this one. I'm so sad I have only one left in the series (so far, at least) to read.