Throwback Thursday # 9 – The Benefits of Death

Posted September 9, 2021 by elzaread in Throwback Thursday / 18 Comments

Greetings Humans! It’s a beautiful, sun shining day here in South Africa and we are looking forward to a weekend filled with sunshine and springy vibes. But before we can have weekend, we first need to get through Thursday. Not better way than with a Throwback Thursday post!

  • The Chocolate Lady’s #Throwback Thursday takes place on the Thursday before the first Saturday of every month. Yes, there is a linky and it will remain open until she uploads the new one. Thank Goodness. My first and last sometimes gets very confused. 
  • Your post must highlight one of your previously published book reviews and Davida encourages other participants to do the same. 
  • Add the link to your post and remember to link back to The Chocolate Lady’s Book Blog And do not forget to #ThrowbackThursday!
We tend to not always play by the rules, but we do try our best to at least be part of the game.
Our Throwback Thursday book for today, was my Mommy’s very first Netgalley review book. This book was read and reviewed on her previous blog and she thought she was the cat’s whiskers for getting book from Netgalley. We still feel like we are the cat’s whiskers when we get Netgalley books.My Mommy isn’t very active on Netgalley, she can really do better. But then we will have to ask the Good Lord above for longer days and weeks. “So many books, so little time.”


Title: The Benefits of Death
Author: Roderic Jeffries
Published by: Endeavour Press
Publication date: 24 June 2016
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers / General Fiction
Pages: 176 (kindle)
ISBN: 9781534893436 
Description: There is no love lost between Charles Leithan and his wife, but with inheritance money at stake, neither will instigate divorce. So when she goes missing, the police are convinced he’s responsible. Endeavourpress
Rating: 3 Stars
Recommend to: Cozy mystery readers and fans of Midsomer Murders

One sentence blurb: “Disappearance of unpleasant English female dog fancier puts hubby on spot; law asks lots of questions” 


What will you consider as fair? In Charles Leithan’s opinion, life definitely was not fair. He has been unhappily married for years to a woman who is vastly known as a graceless woman and rather a female dog. Ironically, she spends her days (and Charles’ money) on the pedigree dogs she breeds and shows. And then the bitch disappears. (I’m talking about the leader of the doggie pack here, but the wife goes missing as well).    
As always, I have asked her a couple of questions regarding the review:
  1. When was this review first published? – 04 July 2016
  2. Did you have any idea what you were doing? – I tried. Took me hours.
  3. Will you re-write this review? – Probably no.
  4. Did you tweak this review? – Nope, then I would have needed to rewrite it completely. But I completely forgot about the one sentence blurb. I think I need to start using that again!
  5. Will you re-read the book? – I will rather read more books by this author.
  6. Will you recommend others to read this review? – You are most welcome.




We love to combine Throwback Thursday with  Books from the Backlog, hosted by Carole’s Random Life of Books.  Two birds with one stone. Sorting out the blog reviews, plus sorting out our TBR pile.
Books from the Backlog is a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread.  If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks.
The 9th book on her newly organized TBR pile is:

With only a yellowing photograph in hand, a young man — also named Jonathan Safran Foer — sets out to find the woman who may or may not have saved his grandfather from the Nazis. Accompanied by an old man haunted by memories of the war; an amorous dog named Sammy Davis, Junior, Junior; and the unforgettable Alex, a young Ukrainian translator who speaks in a sublimely butchered English, Jonathan is led on a quixotic journey over a devastated landscape and into an unexpected past.




My Mommy loved Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close written by the same author, so I believe this one will be a sure win for us. One of these days we will get to it. Have you read it? Any thoughts you would like to share with us?



Please remember to link your Throwback Thursday and your Books from the Backlog up to the two lovely hosts and share your books with us too!
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18 responses to “Throwback Thursday # 9 – The Benefits of Death

  1. I loved Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close! I didn't read Everything Is Illuminated but I did see the movie and really liked it.

    I'm glad spring is just around the corner! Fall is starting to happen here except for today with some high temps.

  2. I'm distinctly in the minority on this one but I really didn't like Everything is Illuminated! Everyone I knew adored it but I just didn't get it. I hope you read it because I'd be curious to see your thoughts! I love the one sentence blurbs. A great idea!

    • Hi Katherine, oh dear….. We do tend to enjoy similar books! But okay, let me still give this one a fair try and I will let you know.

      Think I'll have to get back to using the one sentence blurbs.

    • Glad to hear you've enjoyed Incredibly loud as well!

      I don't know why I stopped doing the one sentence blurb, think I'll start using it again for reviews.

    • Incredibly Loud was one of those books I started reading on my kindle and loved it so much I went to the bookshop to go and buy it. It's a book can definitely associate with you. ♥️