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review 2018-02-24 13:41
Mother's Day
A Catered Mother's Day (A Mystery With R... A Catered Mother's Day (A Mystery With Recipes Book 11) - Isis Crawford

Libby and Bernie are working on making items for Mother's Day for fathers and children to bring home to their wives and mothers. In the midst of all this, Ellen, Bernie's oldest friend, decides that even though Bernie was joking, she was going to pretend to be kidnapped and then calls Bernie terrified and wanting her help. When Libby and Bernie show up at the motel where she had hidden, there is a dead body on the bed of her room and she wants them to do something. While they argue with each other, Ellen listening through the door of the bathroom takes off. Then the police show up while they are chasing her and she is in more trouble and so are Bernie and Libby. The sons of Ellen show up and ask her to help their mother and find out who really did murder the man found in the bed of the room Ellen was staying in. 

 

This story was better, but I don't know if it was because I was listening to the audio, as well as reading it, or if it was just better because it was later than the first in the series. I have been reading the books out of order. 

 

I have also been reading the books when listening to the audio isn't able to happen (noisy places or libraries) and listening to the audio when reading is not an option (driving the car or knitting or crocheting). I find that this helps me get through more books and my daughters have been enjoying some of the books I have been "reading" because they are usually in the car with me when I am playing the audio. 

 

 

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review 2018-02-23 21:04
Reading progress update: I've read 59 out of 220 pages.
Public Library and Other Stories - Ali Smith

This is my first Ali Smith and I'm enjoying it so much. I loved the first story about a disabled woman stuck inside a train. I have problems walking myself (muscle weakness), so I really appreciated the fact Smith had a disabled character. I hardly ever read a novel or short story with one. Does anyone know of any? The next two weren't as good, but I enjoyed them and they've cemented my love of the author. I must confess, Broken Tune, that I skipped to the end to read And so on. After you said how good it was, I had to read it and yes, it was excellent.

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review 2018-02-23 13:12
Murder She Wrote, Continuation
Murder, She Wrote: Aloha Betrayed - Donald Bain,Jessica Fletcher

When this show first appeared on tv, my mom loved the show and watched it religiously. Eventually, I started watching it, too and enjoyed it. I wasn't as religious about watching it (between work, school and homework there wasn't time) and so would watch whenever I could. Then it was on Netflix and I would watch a few episodes at a time to catch up. Then one day in a library, I saw the books, not all of them, just some. I borrowed one here or there. 

 

I found this originally as an audiobook and borrowed it, but didn't get very far and gave up. I found it again as a Kindle book and regular book and borrowed it so that I could read it to fill in the Reading around the USA mysteries. It took care of Hawaii (I know there are many out there, but this worked, too). 

 

Jessica Fletcher has arrived in Maui, HI to co-teach a class with a famous retired detective, Mike Kane. On her arrival, she finds another person she has been asked to find and meet, Mala, a friend of Seth Haslitt's granddaughter. On the first night, Jessica is going to a luau and looks for Mala there but meets, Bob and his wife, Elaine, Professor Luzon and his wife, Honi and his graduate assistant, Grace. Just before she leaves, Grace tells Jessica that Mala was at the luau, but that she was arguing with someone. Jessica also overhears some men talking about getting rid of a woman if she continues to cause trouble. 

 

She is told about Mala's death by Mike and they begin to look into the death of Mala because while the officials are calling it an accident, they don't believe it was an accident. 

 

I did enjoy this story and was glad that I finally got a chance to read it. 

 

 

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review 2018-02-22 21:58
The Cruel Prince / Holly Black
The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air) - Holly Black

Holly Black is my latest author crush. It helps that many of her books feature the Fae and Fae characters are one of my favourite things.

The Cruel Prince was one of those books that I asked my public library to order and then fidgeted while I waited for it to arrive and to be catalogued. It was worth the wait, in my opinion. It may be a young adult book, but that didn’t prevent me from enjoying it too.

I like Black’s version of the Fae—they don’t play nice, they aren’t always fond of mortals, and there are rules that both sides have to follow. Jude is a mortal girl, living in the Fae world, trying to fit in despite the sneers of her contemporaries at school. She and her mortal sister are picked on and disparaged by the princes and princesses of the Realm of Faerie. And, of course, there’s a boy—Prince Cardan, the cruel prince of the title—who captures her imagination, though maybe not in a good way. Jude decides that if she can’t be accepted by playing nice, perhaps she can scheme and plot her way to a protected position in her adopted world and she proves to be highly adept at it.

It’s pretty obvious where this story will be heading in the second book—Jude & Cardan obviously have some chemistry, despite the rather evil trick on Cardan that Jude indulges in. However, it’s not immediately clear how Black is going to change these passionate enemies into a couple. Now I just wish there wasn’t a whole year to wait for the next installment.

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text 2018-02-22 20:07
TBR Thursday: February 22, 2018

Instead of doing a Friday reading post, I'm going to combine my "reading/listening" section with a haul post & call it "TBR Thursday," which means that I will be using the TBR tag!

 

Haul/Inbox:

 

It's a mystery week!

 

 

1. F is For Fugitive by Sue Grafton: I'm looking forward to continuing with the Kinsey Milhone series! 2. Poison in the Pen by Patricia Wentworth: this one will satisfy Chapter 6 - Serpents in Eden - of Detection Club bingo. 3. Trent's Last Case by E.C. Bentley: Chapter 2 - The Birth of the Golden Age - of Detection Club Bingo. 4. Death Comes to Cambers by E.R. Punshon: Chapter 7 - Murder at the Manor - of Detection Club Bingo. 5. Death on the Cherwell: Chapter 11 - Education, Education, Education - of Detection Club Bingo.

 

Read/Outbox:

 

I had a solid reading week, finishing 5 books! I finished the Adventure Quilt and gifted it at the party, so I've taken a bit of a break from sewing/stitching.

 

 

Bluebird, Bluebird was my favorite of the five, and was one of my favorite reads of the year. The others were all solid reads, and E is for Evidence is my favorite Kinsey Millhone so far.

 

Reading/listening:

 

I'm still listening to Crooked House, Crooked House, although, as I mentioned above, my audiobook consumption has pretty much ground to a halt. I've also made some progress in A World Undone, and will be continuing to work on that one.

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