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text 2017-03-17 19:00
Friday Reads!
Sleigh Bells in the Snow - Sarah Morgan
Cat Trick - Sofie Kelly
Rick Steves Travel as a Political Act - Rick Steves
The Idle Parent: Why Laid-Back Parents Raise Happier and Healthier Kids - Tom Hodgkinson

Happy St. Patrick's Day to the Irish and Irish diaspora around the world. I can claim Irish heritage via my great-grandmother and great-grandfather who came to the US from Cork.

 

My hubby came back from his TDY and surprised me with volumes 3 and 4 of Saga; he found them at the BX at the base he was TDY and remembered I had picked up one and two. He also bought a crap ton of Italian wine.

 

Tonight and tomorrow is my farewell trip to London with two friends, one of which is leaving to move back to the US. We are staying at a Harry Potter themed B+B, going to see the new Beauty and the Beast movie, do a Harry Potter themed walking tour on Saturday, followed by a little lunch and a little shopping.

 

Here is what I am reading this weekend and into next week:

1. Finish Sleigh Bells in the Snow by Sarah Morgan (print copy from personal shelves)

    I am only continuing with this book because it fits a Pop Sugar prompt. I am definitely not feeling Morgan's writing or the category-length story stretched out to a full book length plot line.

 

2. Cat Trick by Sofie Kelly (Kindle book via OverDrive)

     Another Pop Sugar prompt filler. A quick cozy mystery from an author I read before (another book in the series for Halloween bingo last autumn).

 

3. Travel as a Political Act by Rick Steves (Kindle book via OverDrive)

    Yet another Pop Sugar prompt filler, but I have had this one on my OverDrive wish list for a long time. I admit that if Steves or Samantha Brown had not written this book, I probably wouldn't have given it a second look; but because I like Steves' work on TV, I am looking forward to how he might incorporate politics (international and/or domestic) into the arena of travel.

 

4. The Idle Parent by Tom Hodgkinson (Kindle book via OverDrive)

    One last Pop Sugar prompt filler. My Kindle is going to get quite the work out this week.

 

Also, I have at least three reviews to write, but just not feeling the writing vibes as much as the reading vibes.

 

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review 2017-03-17 16:10
Giveaway & Review – A Ghostly Mortality by Tonya Kappes @tonyakappes11
A Ghostly Mortality: A Ghostly Southern Mystery (Ghostly Southern Mysteries) - Tonya Kappes

 

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MY REVIEW

 

With the tease  at the end of A Ghostly Reunion, I knew I had to have me some more of Emma and her granny in this riproaring Ghost Whispering kind of haunting murder mystery.

 

A plastic Santa had fallen on Emma’s head and now she sees dead people. It’s fitting that she lives and runs a funeral home.

 

This Ghost Whispering sleuth lives in a small town where everyone knows your business and some considered the creepy funeral girl a bit wacky, talking to herself…or at least that’s what they think as she talks to ghosts that no one else can see.

 

Jack Henry is her hot cop sweetie and he jumpstarts her day with a happy feeling.

 

Emma’s seventy seven year old granny rides a moped. I can see her tooling around town in all her glory.

 

Marla and her pet hen.

 

Mable always has a coin for passing children.

 

Her new client? The only reason I saw it coming was the tease in Ghostly Reunion and I love it. I could see the ghost…whispering in her ear, laughing, talking, telling Emma to “get on with it.”

 

Humor, murder, mystery, family situations that made me want to laugh out loud.

 

Warning! Be careful where you read this. You too may be considered nuts for laughing out loud in public.

 

A Ghostly Mortality contains a ton of mystery, laughs and love…the total package for a cozy mystery.

 

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of A Ghostly Mortality by Tonya Kappes.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos 4 Stars

 

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text 2017-03-17 14:14
Friday Reads! 3.17.2017
The Golden Cup - Belva Plain
Rewire: Change Your Brain to Break Bad Habits, Overcome Addictions, Conquer Self-Destructive Behavior - Richard O'Connor

I wasn't ready to leave the world of Evergreen yet, so I'm following my emotions and diving right into the next book,The Golden Cup.  Making this my fiction book for the week ahead.

 

My nonfiction will be Rewire  - Change Your Brain to Break Bad Habits , Overcome Addictions, Conquer Self Destructive Behavior.  I love reading about how to change- I believe strongly in our ability to and that it's an ongoing process in our lives, from a personal and spiritual standpoint.  I enjoy reading the science behind it. 

 

 

This is what I will be reading this weekend. My other plans? The weather is going to be meh. So I will be cooking vegetarian burgers with my boyfriend and family Saturday night, watching Rebels (cuz it's the Maul and Obiwan showdown!!! Round 2!!)  and we might visit a local museum after our religious meeting on Sunday.

 

Enjoy your weekend! 

 

Happy reading! 

 

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review 2017-03-16 17:20
$100 GC Giveaway & Review for A Fine Year For Murder by Lauren Carr @TheMysteryLadie @iReadBookTours
A Fine Year for Murder - Lauren Carr

A Fine Year For Murder is not my first foray into Lauren Carr’s Thorny Rose Mystery series and I am sure it will not be the last.

 

That being said…let’s get to the good part. Keep on reading for my review and the great giveaway at the end of the post.

 

 

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MY REVIEW

 

A Fine Year For Murder by Lauren Carr is part of an ongoing mystery series that has many recurring characters, both human and animal, that I have grown to love.

 

These Thorny Rose mysteries stand alone, but you won’t want to miss any of them.

 

Jessica kicks, punches and scratches her new husband during her nightmares.

 

She is haunted…until Dallas Walker, an investigative journalist, helps her discover what has been causing her nightmares and refuses to allow her rest until she has the answers.

 

Nigel is a virtual butler. I love how Lauren Carr keeps her characters and their lives up to date, allowing them to grow and develop along with the world around them.

 

Newman is a lazy basset hound that likes to eat in the recliner while binge watching TV. LOL But he is not the only critter that has a special and humorous relationship with his human counterparts.

 

Mysteries, murder, danger, and memories that threatens their lives keeps the action and suspense at a high level and even when the answers are found, it left me wanting more.

 

I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of A Fine Year For Murder by Lauren Carr.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos  4 Stars

 

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review 2017-03-14 04:46
Puns and Death
Dead, Bath, and Beyond: A Victoria Square Mystery - Laurie Cass,Lorraine Bartlett

This was a fun read. It was light and silly and kinda Lifetime-y movie at times, but I enjoyed it. 

 

Dead, Bath, and Beyond follows amateur detective Katie as she tries to figure out who killed her former boss and planted his body in the bathtub of her friends' Bed and Breakfast. Along the way, she must juggle her struggle to balance her priorities in life, a new manicurist next door who's fumes are stinking up her shop, and a messy love life. 

 

There's a lot to like about this book. The characters for the most part are lovable and relatable. I particularly felt sympathetic to Katie's struggles with her boyfriend since I had some relationship troubles myself while reading it. She's kind of a frustrating protagonist at times, like you want to shake her and be like "stop being so stupid!", but it was in a relatable way. It was the kind of stupid you'd expect from an amateur detective. She's actually very smart in other ways. I also liked Ray. He was pretty funny. 

 

The plot was also pretty solid, which was impressive since there was a lot going on. At the end it all wrapped up nice and neat, which I was pretty impressed by. Bartlett builds everything up well and it has a solid foundation. I didn't feel cheated by the reveal of who-done-it in the end and I actually was able to keep up with most of the clues, which I enjoyed. 

 

There were some faults to the story. The story got a little melodramatic sometimes. Like, it felt like a Lifetime movie. There was also a lot going on in it and I feel some of the plot points got in the way. Like, there's the murder, there's the new nail lady, there's Katie's personal problems, there's her relationship problems, etc. I feel like if one of those elements had been taken out, the story itself would have been a lot tighter and more enjoyable. There were also so many characters that some did come across as shallow, giving kind of an impression of "why are you in this story?". So it just needed some trimming down I think.

 

Final rating: 3 out of 5 stars. It's a fun read and I'd be happy to read it again while on vacation.

 

Final thought: The cats were the best part. 

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