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review 2018-05-22 16:55
Dialing Dreams (Sweethearts and Jazz #1) by Jessica Eissfeldt
Dialing Dreams: A short story - Jessica Eissfeldt

Belinda Thompson has always wanted to be a singer and trained to do so, but when her mom died she left the care of Belinda's ailing father to Belinda. So Belinda does her duty and tends to her father and works as a telephone operator for a hotel at night. Nick Hart, a crooner who is making a name for himself in the jazz genre, calls the hotel one night and "meets" Belinda. Belinda hates her job and is no mood for drunk prank calls. Nick calls again, this time sober and they began courting over the phone. Nick and Belinda meet and he thinks she has what it takes to be on stage and in the studio. 

 

Nick was a fine hero, but Belinda sucked. She got on my last nerve with her passive-aggressiveness. Thankfully this was a short story. The pictures did not need to be in there - yes, the author had pictures showing what happened in the story...that I just read. Such unnecessary padding. I won't continue with the series.

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review 2018-05-21 01:46
MAGIC IN THE WIND by CHRISTINE FEEHAN
Magic in the Wind - Christine Feehan

I am reading this as part of the anthology Lover Beware

After reading some of this series, I already knew about this couple - the first sister Sarah and Damon. The story itself was okay. 3 stars.

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review 2018-05-21 00:47
SIDESWIPED by KIM HARRISON
Sideswiped - Kim Harrison

I am sitting here trying to think about what I want to say about the story. It was confusing, tried to be heartbreaking, really geared toward young adults. I like this author but I'm not sure I'll like this series. So, I'm going to stop here until/if I change my mind.

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review 2018-05-20 22:51
ZOMBIE BITE by KAREN CHANCE
Zombie's Bite - Karen Chance
Prequel to Dory's story. There's not much mention of her dad until the end. Lots of chasing and running with some fight scenes between people and reptiles. Okay.

 

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review 2018-05-20 15:46
PARDON MY GHOULISH LAUGHTER by Fredric Brown
Pardon My Ghoulish Laughter - Donald E Westlake,Fredric Brown

 

PARDON MY GHOULISH LAUGHER is a collection of mystery stories from the detective pulps. Most of these tales were originally written back in the 1940's. What fun!

 

All of these stories have the possibility of being supernatural tales, but all end up having a perfectly reasonable explanation. What's fun is the getting to the explanation! I enjoyed every single tale here, but I think my favorites were:

 

TWICE KILLED CORPSE- which had a nice little twist as well as a hero that wanted to be a detective.

 

PARDON MY GHOULISH LAUGHTER- which had a lead character that reminded me of Jimmy Olsen. (I'm showing my age here!)

 

DEATH IS A WHITE RABBIT- which was a strange little tale with a remote hint of Dr. Moreau and his experiments. These things never go well.

 

This book was a boatload of fun and reminded me of my pre-teen and early teen years when I read these types of collections. The old Ellery Queen's and Alfred Hitchcock's were always a source of entertainment, but somehow I missed Frederic Brown back then. With this collection and NIGHTMARES AND GEEZENSTACKS, (which I listened to last year), Mr. Brown has made made my list of memorable and witty short story writers. I'll be on the lookout for anything else of his I can get my hands on.

 

*I received this book as a gift from my friend Tigus, at Booklikes, with no strings attached. Thank you once again, sir! *

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