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review 2020-02-05 17:04
P is for Peril
P is for Peril - Sue Grafton

This was such a good Kinsey Millhone mystery. I loved that I did not see the ending coming until Kinsey finally grasped what really went on. There were so many players in this one that I was wondering who was the murderer. I also liked we get to see Kinsey contemplating a new romantic interest who was not all that he seemed. 


"P is for Peril" has Kinsey employed by an ex-wife of a missing man (Dr. Dowan Purcell). His ex-wife Fiona believes his current wife, Crystal had something to do with things. Crystal has a somewhat shady past as an ex-dancer/stripper but now is a devoted mother to their son. When Kinsey starts investigating she soon realizes that Dr. Purcell had a lot of reasons to want to disappear. With him dealing with his ex-wife and their family, his current's wife's family, and some issues at his job, Purcell could be long gone. Kinsey being Kinsey though quickly starts to realize something is amiss. Along with that, Kinsey comes across to two brothers with her becoming a possible interest to one, Tommy Hevener. 


Kinsey was a little bit off for me in this book, in a good way. She starts to question herself once she starts to realize she is getting so many things wrong along the way with Dr. Purcell's case. She also wonders about getting romantically involved with Tommy. That one was a bit murkier, but Kinsey appears to like it when someone pushes back on her and her attitude. I thought it was interesting to have her involved with someone that wasn't her constantly missing ex or whatever he is, Robert Dietz.


I think it was a nice showcase to show that Kinsey's work at times is mostly lucky guesses. She gets shown as being arrogant and naive at times in this book which we know the fictional Kinsey would hate. 


This one ends a bit differently than other Millhone books though. Usually Grafton ends with an epilogue that ties up the case. However, I liked how she ended this one with you realizing what would come next, without you having it spelled out for you. 

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review 2019-10-28 20:19
Penguins and Moral Peril / Ruby Loren
Penguins and Mortal Peril - Ruby Loren

When the penguin keeper is found dead at the bottom of the penguin pool, zookeeper Madigan Amos is determined to find out what happened to him… even if it means apprehending armed intruders, getting caught in the middle of a terrorist attack, and sparring with a machete wielding murderer.

The police struggle to conclude whether or not the death was accidental, but it’s not the only recent, unexplained happening at Avery Zoo. Since the tragic, avoidable death of a serval, animal rights activists have plagued the zoo. Activists with a reputation for extremism. Do they have something to do with the penguin keeper’s demise?

Madi also has her suspicions about two new zoo employees, but what exactly do they have to do with the goings on? Are they activist spies, or do they have their own scores to settle?



I read this book to fill the Amateur Sleuth square of my 2019 Halloween Bingo Card.

I couldn’t resist buying this book--it had too many things that were irresistible. Penguins, my favourite birds. A zoo setting, when I volunteered in the education department of my local zoo for 17 years. A mystery, and me a fan of that genre. I wasn’t expecting wondrous things, which is good, because this was a serviceable little cozy mystery, but nothing exceptional.

I lent it to a zoo friend, for whom it was a “meh” experience. He is a retired penguin keeper, so maybe he didn’t appreciate that this book’s penguin keeper ended up at the bottom of the pool during the first few pages of the novel. I thought that the author did a pretty fair job of showing the kind of politics and personal interactions that complicate the zoo workplace. She was probably a little kind though. It’s the people who are the vicious ones in the zoo world (but don’t go in with the bears or big cats anyway). The things she was realistic about? The people who put their children right into harm’s way, seemingly not realizing the dangers.

One thing I give full marks for is the beautiful cover. I love it.

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text 2019-10-03 21:20
TBR Thursday
Sorcery of Thorns - Margaret Rogerson
Cold Moon - Alexandra Sokoloff
Tournament of Hearts (The Librarian Gladiator, #1) - Dustin Bilyk
Die on Your Feet - S.G. Wong
Penguins and Mortal Peril - Ruby Loren


Life is chugging along!  I've got to finish The Moonstone and The Book of Speculation, both of which are under way for Halloween Bingo.  Then I've just got 4 books left to go, all of which I've bought.  So Cold Moon, Tournament of Hearts, Die on Your Feet, and Penguins and Mortal Peril are priorities right now.


Also important is Sorcery of Thorns, the newest offering from Margaret Rogerson.  There are 43 people waiting patiently in line for this one at the library, so I feel like I should probably expedite my reading and return it in a timely fashion.


Hope all of you who are participating in Bingo are enjoying it as much as I am!




Have a great weekend!  



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review 2019-09-26 14:22
Review: Grave Peril (The Dresden Files #3) by Jim Butcher
Grave Peril - Jim Butcher



An alternative cover edition with a different page count exists here.

Harry Dresden - Wizard

Lost Items Found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment.

Harry Dresden has faced some pretty terrifying foes during his career. Giant scorpions. Oversexed vampires. Psychotic werewolves. It comes with the territory when you're the only professional wizard in the Chicago-area phone book.

But in all Harry's years of supernatural sleuthing, he's never faced anything like this: The spirit world has gone postal. All over Chicago, ghosts are causing trouble - and not just of the door-slamming, boo-shouting variety. These ghosts are tormented, violent, and deadly. Someone - or something - is purposely stirring them up to wreak unearthly havoc. But why? And why do so many of the victims have ties to Harry? If Harry doesn't figure it out soon, he could wind up a ghost himself....



Well DAMN, what a hell of a ride this book was.

I finished the audio last night and I’m still not sure what to think and how to review it.  I also think there is not much that can be said without spoiling it for the few souls that have to read this book series yet.

If you are one of them…. Stop what you’re doing and go get started on this … for real ...l waited way too long to get this series started and wish I would have listened an started it earlier. But at least now I can binge it.

This book started out like the last books with what seems like a case for Harry, but all that changes quickly. There is a lot of things happening and some that I  think will change the rest of the series.

 I still love Harry (more than I should.. I think lol) and how he handles his things and even things that are not him or for him. I think his loyalty to his friends will be the death of him someday … for real that time lol. His sense of humor is just the best, hands down. Way to many times that I laughed out loud looking like a loon in public.

While Murphy is very important to the story, she is not as much in this book as I hoped, but for a reason. I still love her every time she is around. But mostly his friendship to her.

Susan…. Same with her , love her and a lot things are happening with her, that are vital to the story.

Bob …. Bahahahha …. I want my own Bob… for real.

We meet Michael (and his wife) in this book who I also really, really loved, I hope he will remain a big part of the series. He somehow balances Harry out and makes a good counterpart to him.

We also meet Thomas, I think we will see more of him in future book, I have a feeling there is more to him and am curious to see what that is.

The end left me a bit heartbroken and I’m curious to see how things play out for my darlings

Overall, I LOVED this book. We get action, humor, heartbreak, nail-biting suspense all jam packed full in one wonderful epic story.

I listen to the audio and highly recommend them as well if you are an audio fan. James Masters does a terrific job with these books.

Overall I can’t rate it any lower than full 5 ★










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Source: snoopydoosbookreviews.com/index.php/2019/09/26/review-grave-peril-the-dresden-files-3-by-jim-butcher
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text SPOILER ALERT! 2019-06-18 23:42
Adaption Review: The Penultimate Peril


Title: The Penultimate Peril
Show Details: A Series of Unfortunate Events, S3.E5&6
Starring: Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Warburton
Guest Starring: Max Greenfield
Release Date: January 1, 2019
Length: Episode 1 - 55 min

              Episode 2 - 52 min


Favourite character: Klaus

Least Favourite character: Olaf


Mini-review: First of all, who gave Netflix permission to make the Denouement Brothers so attractive?! This was pretty accurate except character changes.


Complaints: So each Baudelaire during their duties as a concierge encounters different people from their past. But they changed who everyone met.



Book: Violet goes to the rooftop sunbathing area and meets Esmé Squalor, Carmelita Spats and a journalist from the Daily Punctilio. 

Show: She meets Esmé, Carmelita and Vice Principle Nero?



Book: Klaus goes up to a floor to take Sir and Charles from their room to the sauna. 

Show: He takes Babs to the sauna to meet her "boyfriend" Jerome Squalor. Klaus overhears their conversation, where Jerome says he's dating Charles, who couldn't come, and Babs says she's dating Miss Bass, who was arrested for bank robbery.



Book: Sunny takes Vice Principle Nero and his teachers to the Indian restaurant and run by Hal. 

Show: She takes Mr. Poe to the Indian restaurant where Larry works. Olaf shows up, challenges Larry to a duel or some such nonsense in the kitchen. Ernest comes in, they tie Larry up and in front of Sunny boil Larry alive in a soup vat.

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