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review 2017-05-27 22:32
Review: Nothing But Trouble (PJ Sugar #1) by Susan May Warren
Nothing but Trouble - Susan May Warren

I borrowed this book from OverDrive after finishing that huge book because I needed something much lighter in tone and in subject matter. The book had some first-book syndrome going on in the beginning; lots of backstory and info-dumping. However, the first scene in the book hooked me and I settled into the story and in PJ's head fairly quickly. Once she was back in her hometown and the murder took place, then things got interesting - more than enough to have me borrowing the second book in the series. There is a hints at a love triangle, but at the end PJ decides on neither of the men and wants to work on herself. PJ is lovable, good-hearted without being overly weird like most cozy mystery amateur sleuths, but damn is she impulsive at times. She also had a lot of character development going on in this book; it is almost like it is part mystery, part chick lit. There is a lot of Christianity in this book, but it is authentic to PJ's character and never feels preachy - it is PJ who kept reminding herself of biblical verses to help her think through and calm down in some low points while investigating the murder. I even like the recurring side characters and they helped in world building as well as added to the plotline. Looking forward to reading book two next month.

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review 2017-05-27 21:24
Nice Work If You Can Get It, Celia Imrie
Nice Work (If You Can Get It) - Celia Imrie

I enjoyed this book although it took a while to get into the story. I received this book for free and voluntarily chose to review it. My problem was keeping all the characters sorted. There were so many characters. This story did have a lot of action and interesting things going on. And although there were a lot of characters, they seemed to weave altogether. So this was part fun, part action and interaction and a real interesting ending.

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text 2017-05-27 19:18
Reading progress update: I've read 10 out of 320 pages.
Vigilante by Marv Wolfman Vol. 1 - Marv Wolfman

obviously this is a re-read for me...and how wonderful it is to revisit the first 11 issues of Vigilante without digging out the original comics I have stashed away! Vig got graphic-noveled; I'm still stunned that they bothered, but hopefully he'll find a new audience. I'm the old audience, going back yet again. this first chapter in the career of Vigilante is about as normal as things ever were. so hopefully there'll be more Volumes, for when things really get out of control.

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text 2017-05-27 19:12
Reading progress update: I've read 168 out of 459 pages.
Nocturnal Animals: Previously published as Tony and Susan - Austin Wright

the structure of this novel has me wondering how they dealt with the material when they made the film version. maybe I'll have to see it. hm. as far as what the book offers, it's a "novel within a novel" approach, and as a reader fully hooked, I congratulate the author on making me feel so much for Tony and his family, even though I know they are a fiction within a fiction. then there's Susan--what's her deal? and why has Edward shoved his creepy book into her life? I'm really enjoying the layers...great read so far.

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review 2017-05-27 17:19
Death at Victoria Dock by Kerry Greenwood
Death at Victoria Dock: A Phryne Fisher Mystery (Phryne Fisher Mysteries (Paperback)) (Paperback) - Common - By (author) Kerry Greenwood

Driving home late one night, Phryne Fisher is surprised when someone shoots out her windscreen. When she alights she finds a pretty young man with an anarchist tattoo dying on the tarmac just outside the dock gates. He bleeds to death in her arms, and all over her silk shirt.

Enraged by the loss of the clothing, the damage to her car, and this senseless waste of human life, Phryne promises to find out who is responsible. But she doesn't yet know how deeply into the mire she'll have to go: bank robbery, tattoo parlours, pubs, spiritualist halls, and anarchists.

Along this path, Phryne meets Peter, a scarred but delectable wharfie who begins to unfold the mystery of who would need a machine gun in Melbourne. But when someone kidnaps her cherished companion, Dot, Phryne will stop at nothing to retrieve her.


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I was introduced to the lovely Phryne Fisher book series by the TV series. However, I just must point out that, despite liking the books my heart has been captivated by the TV series and I deeply, very deeply miss Detective Inspector Jack Robinson in this book. Now, he doesn't have a prominent role in the book series that have in the TV series and that is regrettable. At least that's how I feel.
 
Now, how about this book? I did enjoy reading this cozy mystery series. I quite like Phryne Fisher and those around her; her adopted daughters Jane and Ruth, and Bert and Cec that are working for her. And of course Dot, her assistant, and friend. In this book, we are also introduced to Hugh Collins who is playing a large part in Dot's life in the TV series. It will be interesting to see the book's version of their relationship. I did feel that the book's story was familiar, it has probably been made into an episode, but I didn't mind it because it was quite entertaining to read the book. Although I found the missing young girl a bit more interesting to read about than the dead anarchist. Not, that the storyline was uninteresting. I was just more intrigued by the lost girl and the secret she knew. 
 
All and all, a nice interesting story and I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the books I have yet to read in this series!
 
I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a free copy through NetGalley for an honest review!
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