I discovered M. L. Longworth’s Verlaque and Bonnet mystery series via Erin, who heard it on NPR’s Crime in the City series: Mystery Writer Weaves Intricate Puzzles In Sleepy French Town. The books are a delightful mix of mystery, travel writing, and memoir.
The 3 books in the series so far—a 4th is due out, and a 5th is in writing—pleased me on multiple levels. The writing and characters are engaging and interesting, full of daily details about food and drink, city life, and poignant regional commentary about Provence and France.
The mysteries are thrilling and exciting, echoing other classics in the genre that showcase a lead investigator and his team of sidekicks—both official and otherwise.
Most of all, since I spent a semester in Aix-en-Provence as a college student, I connected with the regional and linguistic side of the stories as the narrative and descriptions brought back memory after memory, both sensory and geographical. I know these streets! I know these people!
Superbe, Mme Longworth.
The Ultimate Guide to Solving iOS Battery Drain
Great tips on improving battery life for iOS devices. I think several items also applies to any device, like going to Airplane Mode when in an area with poor cellular reception.
Amazingly cool birthday present. Now I’m putting daily. Watch out, y’all.
At first glance I couldn’t tell if this was a joke or a real sport, haha. I’d love to play it someday. Hmm, there’s a course in Tempe, Arizona.
(Via Paul Holze.)
We’ve had this album, Born at the Right Time, on repeat for a few weeks now. The first track alone is worth buying the full album. Play it above for a quick listen. (Note: the Spotify player does require a login. Here’s an alternate version on YouTube.)
Great new music from the current incarnation of a long-time favorite ensemble. We caught The Kingston Trio live in Tucson recently and greatly enjoyed the concert. It was a fun sing-a-long! We were by far the youngest folks in the audience; a lady even approached us during intermission to ask, “How do you even know this music?! You’re too young.”
Our photo page is popular with readers—we are often asked how we made it. In fact, it’s quite easy because it’s the gallery layout is built into WordPress.com, and is also available for self-hosted WordPress with Jetpack.
To help you make your own we put together a short explanation: How we made the photo page.
The Loop Interactive Map
Cool tool for interactive map to take along or plan biking, walking, and exploring “The Loop” in Tucson — and other area trails. (via Tucson Velo).