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review 2018-02-20 16:31
Color Me Murder - Krista Davis

 

 

Color Me Murder by Krista Davis debuts as the first installment in the Pen and Ink cozy mystery series.  As an added bonus the front and back covers are colorable.

 

Florrie Fox enjoys working and managing the Color Me Read bookstore.  She takes delight in helping the customers and making them happy with their book finds.  After a long day at work, Florrie loves to unwind with her cat, Peaches and design adult coloring books.  

 

Living in Reston, Virigina, Florrie is looking for a place closer to work. When the owner of the bookstore, Professor John Maxwell offers his empty carriage house rent free, Florrie jumps at the proposition, but she must take residence right away before his "good for nothing" nephew, Delbert takes claim on it.  One morning after opening up the bookstore, Florrie finds Delbert dead and the evidence points to dear, old Professor Maxwell.  Florrie knows he didn't kill his nephew and with paper and pen in hand, Florrie sketches out the clues to free Professor Maxwell.

 

Color Me Murder is a quick, enjoyable read.  The chapters are short and the pages are colorful, sprinkled with a little humor.  The author vividly describes each character and scene. My image of the bookstore is vintage and musty with tables of books in the center aisles and a sliding book ladder.  The characters are lively and well portrayed.  Florrie is my favorite character.  She's giving with a dash of spontaneity.  There are many characters in this cozy mystery, but they're easy to follow and each play an intricate part.  Both the plot and subplot are fast paced, yet smoothly flow into each other.

 

In the future, I'm looking forward to reading more of the Pen and Ink series.  I recommend Color Me Read to cozy mystery lovers or not who love to read book-themed mysteries.

 

Thank you Netgalley and Kensington Books for the ARC.

 

 

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text 2018-02-20 07:27
Catching up on the blog.. and a few random thoughts

Happy February! Can you believe that we are blowing through this month like crazy? I am not ready for February to end and March to roar in. I have been reading as much as I can with the free time that I have managed to carve out this month.

I have spent most of my time this month adventuring with the Emerson family from the Amelia Peabody series. I have read through six of them so far, and just started my seventh. I absolutely ADORE these books. They bring laughter, edge of the seat adventure, crime, archaeology, EGYPT, and MORE!  I am slow in adding them to my "read" list on here. It has been one to do after another this month! 

 

I am working on blasting my reading out of the water this year. In one of my previous blogs, I posted about NetGalley. I am here to report that I have quite a bit of reading ahead of me, and a few from Edelweiss as well. I really MUST stay away from those sites! There are some fantastic books coming out, and I want to read them all! I have created a word document to manage the books that I have, with dates that they must be reviewed by, so as not to lose track of what is on my kindle, and what needs to be picked up off the shelf to read. I have to say that while I have found several that are sure to be best sellers, there have been a few stinkers. Which brings me to one of the questions I want to pose in this blog..

 

How do you tell a publisher that you just could not get into the book? There have four this year that I have not been able to finish. I enjoy reading several different types of books, and subjects - but there have been a few that really need a better editor! While spelling errors and - even sometimes the grammatical errors - can be major distractions, there are just some books that make you scratch your head and wonder why they are being published. 

I have been honest with the publishers. I thank them for the chance to read the ARC, and then tell them why I could not get through the book. But there are many ways to deal with this conundrum. How do you go about letting someone know that you did not enjoy their book?

 

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review 2018-02-20 05:37
Fairy Godmother's Secret
Fables & Fairy Tales to Cross Stitch: French Charm for Your Stitchwork - Véronique Enginger

Fables and Fairy Tales to Cross-stitch is a nicely-produced book of retro themed patterns. Each pattern includes a stitched example and a variety of finishing techniques are demonstrated. Patterns are clearly marked and easy to follow. The designs are stitched with DMC threads, which is convenient and known to most cross-stitchers. Someone decorating a nursery or a crafty grandparent would find this book very useful.  

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text 2018-02-19 23:05
Reading progress update: I've read 77%.
The Crooked Staircase - Dean Koontz Some seriously sick things going on in this book, disturbing horrific and way to realistic
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review 2018-02-19 01:30
How Hard Can It Be? by Allison Pearson
How Hard Can It Be? - Allison Pearson How Hard Can It Be? - Allison Pearson

A special thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This is Pearson's part two of the Kate Reddy series—oh how I've missed you, Kate!  I actually liked this book better than the first, which I think is an anomaly to like the sequel better than the original.

Kate Reddy is re-entering the work force after being at home with her children because her husband, who appears to be suffering an identity crisis, has gone back to school.  To bag the job, she lies about her age.  She is feeling the pressure from the much younger workforce, from her demanding mother, ailing in-laws, her contractor, and from her sullen teenagers.  And to top it all off, her marriage is F-L-A-T, flat.

How hard can it be to face 50, your husband's mid-life crisis, and to restart your career?  Pretty hard I would say, especially when you are shouldering the entire household workload as well because your husband is useless, and you are also feeling strangled not only from your shaping garments, but from your obligations.  

Kate is every woman, whether old or young, as she embarks on this often hilarious journey of self-discovery—she's more than just a career woman, mother, sister, friend, or wife.  She is as smart as she is funny, she is sassy and strong, and above all, resilient.  With every turn of the page, you will be rooting for Kate and wishing she was your friend.

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