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review 2017-04-20 16:35
Holly Garden, PI: Red is for Rookie Handcuffed in Texas Series Book 1 - Anne Greene

Red is for Rookie by Anne Greene
Was happy to learn I had won a copy of this book to read. Sounded like a good one and I was right.
Starts out with Holly and she and her best friend Matt, who are both PI's are watching over the night at the Meet and Greet Valentine's event that her mother had planned.
Something goes terribly wrong and Matt is kidnapped. Holly finds the clues and pieces it all together after talking with a few hands full of people. There are so many to name but so easy to keep track of.
With the help of God and her friends, family and suspects and cops she hopes to find the missing piece to the puzzle.
Lots of action, bit of romance, finding clues and where to look for them and especially like the rules noted as they resemble ones from Gibbs NCIS TV show. Very entertaining story and can see another to make this a saga series. The door is open for all that and more.
I was given the book by the author via Book Fun (The Book Club Network) and this is my honest review.

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review 2017-04-09 17:21
Travels with my Aunt
Travels With My Aunt - Graham Greene

Travels with my Aunt is a fun and enjoyable read about Henry Pulling, a retired bank manager somewhere in his fifties, and how his life gets turned upside down when he meets his Aunt Augusta at his moher´s funeral. All of a sudden Henry´s boring dahlia-filled suburban life is turned into a life of travels with his unconventional aunt, shady characters, pot and the CIA.

 

Don´t expect an action packed book, because this novel is all about the characters and their relationships with each other. And Graham Greene surely knows how to write some compelling characters. Aunt Augusta could have told her stories for hours, I wouldn´t have cared.

The book is devided into two parts and as much as I enjoyed the first part of the book, Henry coming to grips with his aunt and (more or less) failing at it, I didn´t like the second part that much. The whole South America story has been too unbelievable for my taste and it felt like there hasn´t been a proper conclusion to the story. Besides the little problem that

I had a huge dislike for Mr. Visconti. Aunt Augusta deserved someone better.

(spoiler show)

 

My favorite quote by Aunt Augusta:

 

"I have never planned anything illegal in my life" Aunt Augusta said. "How could I plan anything of the kind when I have never read any of the laws and have no idea what they are?"

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text 2017-04-08 07:35
Reading progress update: I've read 29 out of 262 pages.
Travels With My Aunt - Graham Greene

"They´ve taken away the urn," I said. "They think my mother´s ashes are marijuana. [...]"

 

 

This is brilliant. Thirty pages into the story and I´m constantly smiling and chuckling. And oh my, Aunt Augusta´s funeral story left me speechless :D.  

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text 2017-04-07 23:00
Tim Pigott-Smith
Travels With My Aunt - Graham Greene

I just learned of the passing of Tim Pigott-Smith. :(

 

He was a fine actor and I always looked out for audiobooks he narrated as he had a great way with voices.

 

The first audiobook I had of his was Graham Greene's Travels with My Aunt and it is only a fitting tribute that I should repeat that listening experience this weekend.

 

The re-read, or re-listen, is on!

 

(Oh, and Lillelara may have helped with the re-read decision, too ;) )

 

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text 2017-04-07 21:10
Reading progress update: I've read 11 out of 262 pages.
Travels With My Aunt - Graham Greene

I bought myself a 12 month book subscription by the Willoughby book club and yesterday the first book has arrived. And I had to start it right away because

  • I don´t know which book they send me and I love surprises
  • it´s my first book by Graham Greene and I´m super excited about it
  • BrokenTune really liked this book and based on her review it seems like this is going to be a good read.

 

So far I have read two chapters and Aunt Augusta seems to be quite a character.

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