Papergang #61 (April)
I'm pretty sure this is April...at least, that's what I wrote on the booklet. One of the Papergang boxes is held up in the UK (shipping issues). I always get these late being as I live on the other side of the pond, so I wasn't totally panicked about it. I'm 95% positive this is April's box.
This box is from stationery company Ohh Deer. We've had a few straight months of geometric designs, I wonder if they're "in" artistically. I'm not really en vogue with the contemporary art market. Anyways, I do love stationery and other office supply type things, so this box makes me happy usually. Sometimes...if I don't love items, I send them as a gift to my penpals. Does that make me look good or bad? Hmm...
I have not read any part of this series (the Phryne Fisher series) in order. I have some on my kindle (with the 1920s illustration type covers), some paperback (with the TV tie in covers, which I actually like) and one audiobook.
I'll be honest, some of the books I like quite well and some I don't love as much. I suppose it's because I started the TV series first so I'm quite in love with the actors portrayals. The books are different with the characterization and storylines. For instance, the romances that Miss Fisher has are vastly different and Dot's whole personality is different. The mysteries are much more fleshed out in the books, which can be thrilling. This particular book has some interesting sub-plots that don't make it into the TV show.
Also of note, Greenwood has done so much research into food, clothing, and lifestyle. At times, it veers into the cozy-extra detailed that I despise but overall, I enjoy Greenwood's writing and style.
This book takes place in Queenscliff, while Miss Fisher is on vacation with her family. There's a murder, missing gold, a movie shoot plagued with problems, a hair snatcher, and a group of surrealists.
Am I catching up? Sorta! I need to charge my camera to take more photos (of books and boxes) but I need to clean my kitchen more. There are shades of importance!
Luckily, I'm home for the next few weeks (working from) since there's a bit of a Covid-19 outbreak in town. It comes in waves and I'm just trying to stay away from it all. Usually when I wake up with a migraine, my first thought is: "Oh god...it's the 'rona!" It's always a migraine.
Anyways, this month's box is called "Expert's Choice" and is meant to be the 'crème de la crème.' I thought the choices were quite lovely and I kept all of them. There was not a bag this month, but there was a "beauty item" included.
There is usually a $5 or $10 off the next beauty purchase. This one was $10 off the next $40+ beauty purchase between 5/28 and 7/30.
I actually took a lot of detailed notes for this book, which is nice because it's been awhile since I read it. I've already read a few books since then, so it's not as fresh in my mind. I had not heard of this story, this woman, or this book. For some reason, I assumed there was a mafia connection (there isn't...that's another case).
There are black and white photos in the book. I have a photo of them, the photos are on the same paper as the print. Sometimes there's a glossy insert but this isn't the case here.
The book is split into several sections, which makes it easy to split into short bursts if you find it gruesome. The author, Glenn Puit, interviewed Brookey Lee West in 2003. Puit has written other books, including two on cases I'm familiar with (the Kathy Valentine poisoning was one) and two I'm not.
This might be one of my favorite Macy's boxes. It had quite a few luxe items and items that I always need more of.
There were seven items and a makeup bag. There isn't always a bag (sometimes there's little items like pill containers, mirrors, or rollers). The bag is a nice quality. I've kept it aside for Christmas present wrapping. Does that make any sense? I thought it would look festive in that manner.
There's always a booklet that talks about the products, which is nice. The card with a percentage off is always attached to the back of the booklet. This month's theme is "Red Carpet Insp."