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Friday, April 26, 2019

The Friday 5ive- Post-Easter Edition

The Friday 5ive

The Friday Five is a post about five things that caught my attention this week.

1) Sunday was Easter, and we had a lovely pre-Easter dinner on Saturday at our apartment. It was great to sit down together and enjoy each other's company, good food and a lovely wine. And my family surprised me with a sweet Easter basket! Anna painted the basket (she is very creative), and Monica was tasked with shopping with Scott to pick out some beautiful gifts from Lily Pulitzer. (Nice job Monica!)
My pretty Easter basket

2) I went to see the Broadway revival of Kiss Me, Kate, starring the incomparable Kelli O'Hara. I've seen her in several shows- The King and I, South Pacific and The Bridges of Madison County, (which was my favorite). She was marvelous as always, and I have to say that Will Chase, who played her ex-husband and current co-star and director, was absolutely fantastic. I saw him in The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Something Rotten! and he gets better each time. The ensemble performance of Too Darn Hot, led by Corbon Bleu and James T. Lane, blew the roof off the house. They will be performing that song on Tuesday's Today Show, and you're going to want to see it. The website for the show is here.

3) This week I attended a book signing for Alafair Burke's latest suspense novel, The Better Sister, at Barnes & Noble on the Upper East Side. I read this timely, twisty mystery in one sitting. Burke read from the prologue of the book, and then spoke and took questions. I didn't realize that she has written 18 books (five of them with the legendary Mary Higgins Clark). My review of The Better Sister is here. It's a must-read for suspense fans. 

4) Today is a rainy, gloomy day in NYC, so this cheery sign that I saw on the exterior of the Church of the Epiphany is a good reminder that if I want sunshine today, I'm gonna have to be it.

5)  I'm halfway through Lisa Scottoline's newest suspense novel, Someone Knows, and it is as good as Adriana Trigiani has been saying. I've read several of Scottoline's stand-alone mysteries and each one is better than the last. This one is about four people who as teens are involved in a tragic incident that haunts them twenty years later. She really nails the mind of teenagers, and how they often can't comprehend that the decisions they make have long-lasting consequences. Put this one on your list too, mystery fans. Read more about it at Lisa Scottoline's website here.

What caught your eye this week? Let me know in comments.


  1. Your Easter basket looks so fun! I think you have some wonderful daughters-in-law.

  2. This is going to sound silly but I always assumed Alafair Burke was a man