Archive for August, 2021

The Dain Curse by Dashiell Hammett has been on my radar for as long as I can remember. My brother had a paperback of it when I was growing up and I have always remembered it and thought back to it when the title and the author’s name popped up through the years. So when I saw it turn up as a recommendation on my Kindle, I figured it was about time I read it. The Dain Curse is a classic detective novel from the 1920’s which defined what would become the crime noir genre in books and movies for years to come. I love the period, and the crisp taught writing (although shockingly reflective of its time when read with modern sensibilities) – but I loved every minute of it.

About The Dain Curse by Dashiell Hammett:

“Dashiell Hammett virtually invented the hardboiled crime novel, and his creation the Continental Op is a short, squat, and utterly unsentimental tank of a private detective. Miss Gabrielle Dain Leggett is young, wealthy, and a devotee of morphine and religious cults. She has an unfortunate effect on the people around her: they have a habit of dying violently. Is Gabrielle the victim of a family curse? Or is the truth about her weirder and infinitely more dangerous? The Dain Curse is one of the Continental Op’s most bizarre cases, and a tautly crafted masterpiece of suspense.”

The Dain Curse by Dashiell Hammett is available from Amazon and fine booksellers everywhere.

Add bourbon, or bacon for that matter, to just about anything and it will make it better instantly. Should said bourbon be as fine as Old Rip Van Winkle, then you have something totally out of this world. Lucky for us there is such a treat: the Handmade Bourbon Balls from the fine folks at Pappy & Company.

About Pappy & Company’s Handmade Bourbon Balls:

“Have you ever heard something described as a little drop of heaven? If not, that just means you’ve never been properly introduced to the bourbon ball. Although we can’t take credit for the brilliant idea to combine bourbon and chocolate, we can say we’ve taken it upon ourselves to perfect that magical combination. And darn if we think we haven’t done just that. Handmade locally in Louisville, KY by the Sugar Mama’s Bake Shop, our bourbon balls are made with Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year. Although if you are going to buy a box for a friend, we should warn you that you should probably get one for yourself too.”

Find Pappy & Company’s Handmade Bourbon Balls.

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When I turned my attention to reading summer novels I did a few searches and one author kept popping up for best summer reads: Elin Hilderbrand. I had heard of Ms. Hilderbrand but had never read any of her books. Ms.Hilderbrand has made a career, and a huge following of devoted readers, by pretty much delivering a summer novel every year. So I figured, how could a million Elvis fans be wrong? So I started with 28 Summers, which even by the titled promised to be the perfect “beach read.” Not the type of book I am usually drawn to, 28 Summers was just what I thought it was going to be and once I convinced myself to give in to the genre, I found it to be a enjoyable diversion.

About 28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand:

“When Mallory Blessing’s son, Link, receives deathbed instructions from his mother to call a number on a slip of paper in her desk drawer, he’s not sure what to expect. But he certainly does not expect Jake McCloud to answer. It’s the late spring of 2020 and Jake’s wife, Ursula DeGournsey, is the frontrunner in the upcoming Presidential election. There must be a mistake, Link thinks. How do Mallory and Jake know each other? Flash back to the sweet summer of 1993: Mallory has just inherited a beachfront cottage on Nantucket from her aunt, and she agrees to host her brother’s bachelor party. Cooper’s friend from college, Jake McCloud, attends, and Jake and Mallory form a bond that will persevere—through marriage, children, and Ursula’s stratospheric political rise—until Mallory learns she’s dying.”

28 Summers by Elin Hilderbrand is available from Amazon and fine booksellers everywhere.

I love the simple elegance of the Peugeot Black Olivier Pepper Mill I found from the fine folks at San Francisco’s March.

About the Peugeot Black Olivier Pepper Mill:

“Peugeot Paris has been making mills since the 1840s and defines the classic, timeless pepper mill shape. This model has the U-Select grinding system for precision grinding; a double helix shaped row of teeth to guide and hold the peppercorns/salt granules for the perfect grind. Its patented treatment protects the steel from corrosion and wear. This mill has a beech wood body with a black lacquer finish. Made in France.”

Find the Peugeot Black Olivier Pepper Mill from March.

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I love popping over to see what the fine folks at Rifle Paper Co. are doing. Today, when I checked out their site, I was treated to their Dog Days of Summer Art Print – which I thought was perfect timing as we start August.

About the Dog Days of Summer Art Print (and all their prints) from Rifle Paper Co.:

“Wake up your walls or shelves with our illustrated art prints, which are created from original gouache paintings.”

See the Dog Days of Summer Art Print from Rifle Paper Co.

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