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text 2018-11-09 00:06
24 Tasks: Door 4 - Diwali - Task # 4
The Penelopiad - Margaret Atwood
Heidi - Johanna Spyri
Ladies of Letters - New and Old - Lou Wakefield,Carole Hayman
The Deceased Miss Blackwell and her Not-So-Imaginary Friends - K.N. Parker,K.N. Parker
Juliet Takes a Breath - Gabby Rivera
A Talent for Murder: A Novel - Andrew Wilson
Geisha, a Life - Rande Brown,Mineko Iwasaki

This task was hard.

 

And because I'm clearly lacking books that feature women holding flowers, I had to stretch my interpretation of the task. And by stretch I mean, stopping just short of a post-modern expressive dance interpretation of what can be understood as woman holding a flower. 

It would not have been a pretty sight.

So, count yourselves lucky to not have to see it.

 

Anyway, I have listed my covers above and there are a few more than five, just in case some should not work...

 

So, we have one actual cover with a woman holding flowers. Atwood to the rescue. 

Then we have a girl holding flowers - Heidi. Still close enough, I guess.

Then we have a Vera of Ladies of Letters sporting a buttonhole flower. 

The Deceased Miss Blackwell on top the grave is holding a rose. 

Juliet has a flower-shaped earring.

A flower in a hat on the cover of A Talent for Murder, and finally...

Flowers in hair on the cover of Geisha, a Life.

 

I had to wade through more than 2500 covers on my combined shelves to even get the ones I listed. Seriously, this was a hard task.

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review 2018-11-08 22:08
Murder at Monticello
Murder at Monticello - Wendy Wray,Sneaky Pie Brown,Rita Mae Brown

Book 3. I know I am reading out of order, but I read as I am able to obtain. I borrowed this in both hardcover and audio format. I was listening to the story as I was driving and reading when I was at home. Harry is divorced from Fair and he is trying to win her back and tells her all that has been happening since he has been out of her life. She is working in the post office and taking care of her animals. She and Mrs. H and Big Mim are all interested in what is happening up at Thomas Jefferson's House - Monticello. A body is found in a pit being dug on the property in the slave houses. After the body is found, the sheriff is called and the remains are researched to find out who the man is and why he was buried under the fireplace. In the research, the researcher is killed for something that he found out. Now the race is on for Harry, Mrs. H and Cooper to find out who murdered him. 

 

I enjoyed this story. I have never been to Monticello, but it is on my bucket list. We try to go someplace different with the teens before they are on their own and exploring. 

 

 

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review 2018-11-08 01:11
Santa Clawed
Santa Clawed - Sneaky Pie Brown,Rita Mae Brown

Fair Harristeen and Harry Harristeen are back together. It is Christmas and she still has the farm and 2 cats and 1 dog. You meet the Brothers of Love who are men who have been in trouble for something and are doing penance with the "Catholic" Brothers by earning monies to help sick children and helping them go to the other side while praying by their side. 

 

Harry and her friend find one of the Brothers dead with his throat cut at the tree lot and this starts a progression to find out who is murdering the Brothers. 

 

I had to spend most of the day in the car driving today, so I used to audio to listen and then book to read while I sat waiting for my kids to come out of their activities. I had read this book some time ago and so after awhile, I started remembering the story. Good story close to Christmas. I am trying to read holiday stories around the holiday. 

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review 2018-11-07 12:49
Blownup in Paradise by Deborah Brown (Paradise Series Book 14)
Blownup in Paradise - Deborah Brown

I am loving the Paradise Series and when ever I pick up a new instalment I can only begin to wonder what mischief Madison and Fab are going to get up to or get involved in. Blownup in Paradise see the girls get involved in their most explosive adventure yet, both literally and figuratively – boats are blown up, dock are on fire and the girls must contend with being on the right side of the law now and not go rouge.

 

There is never a dull moment for Madison and Fab and the cottages with their host of eclectic residents has its own share of drama as usual. This series is filled with a host of characters that you have come to love as you would your own family and you just help but get involved with the antics they all get involved in. The little tid-bit at the end (not a cliffhanger) has left me patiently waiting for the next book to come out!

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review 2018-11-07 12:19
Malibu Hills Murder (A Zuma SEALs Novel (Malibu Adventure Series) Book 1) by Deborah Brown
Malibu Hills Murder (A Zuma SEALs Novel (Malibu Adventure Series Book 1)) - Deborah Brown

I have loved Deborah Brown’s Paradise Series and I couldn’t wait to get reading this new series featuring the hunky Zach Lazarro, who we first met at the beginning of the Paradise Series. The Malibu Hill series all about Zach and his business Zuma Seals Investigations, he has up sticks from the Florida Keys to Malibu and set up ZSI with his old Navy Seals mates. 

Whilst on a job for a high paying client tracking the wife for signs of cheating, the wife ends up dead and the fingers start to point to one of his team mates as the suspect! With twists and turn that I never saw coming this short novel really set up the scene for the rest of the series. This is a different take for Ms Browns book whose previous characters are female, feminine, gun toting investigators in the Florida Keys to an all masculine and hunky ex-Seal group. The characters are introduced in such a way that I felt like I have known them for a while, and I cant wait to read more in this series.

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