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review 2018-01-18 19:05
Dogs & Killers Run Amok in Twofer Murder by Lauren Carr @TheMysteryLadie @iReadBookTours
Twofer Murder - Lauren Carr
Lauren’s latest novel contains the main characters from her three successful series: Mac Faraday, Lovers in Crime, and Thorny Rose mysteries. ​
 

Twofer Murder by Lauren Carr

Book Details

Book Title:  Twofer Murder by Lauren Carr
Category:  Adult fiction, 400 pages
Genre:  Mystery
Publisher:  Acorn Book Services
Release date:  November 17, 2017
Available for review in:  Print, ebook (mobi, ePub, PDF)  & audiobook  (Audible)
Will send books:  USA & Canada
Tour dates:  Dec 4, 2017 to Jan 19, 2018

 

Content Rating:  PG + M (Please be aware that TWOFER MURDER is a murder mystery. There are depictions of murder and some violence–though easy on the gore contents. No f-words but there may be some mild profanity, and mild religious expletives such as “damn”, “hell” and “Oh God!”. Some depictions of brief sexual content (kissing). No drug use or underage drinking among the protagonists.)
 

MY REVIEW

 

Hi guys. Good to be back with ya. Who’s gonna get murdered in this adventure? Hi Gnarly, good to see you too. What kind of shenanigans are you and your cohorts getting up to? Let’s pull up a chair, pour a cuppa and have a chat at Spencer Manor in Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. We won’t be staying long, so don’t get too comfortable.

 

Mac and Archie’s dialogue about the fishing trip had me cracking up from the opening pages and I knew I was in for one hell of a good time. Lauren Carr has created a cast of characters that are complex and fully developed, with large personalities. Even the dogs, have distinct, strong personalities.

 

The sexes are splitting up, the guys going fishing and the gals are spending the weekend at a murder mystery writers seminar. Neither trip will go as planned and there is plenty of murder and mystery to go around.

 

The dialogue is witty and hilarious.

“Boy, we’re not even there yet and I can feel the male bonding happening already,” David muttered under his breath.

“I’m warning all of you,” Mac said, “anyone who starts crying gets shot.”

Boys will be boys, even when they are grown men.

The incidents with the cheese puffs is a mystery in itself. Gnarly is a kleptomaniac, so he is a prime suspect.

 

I couldn’t control myself when Storm…and, of course, Gnarly thinks everything is hunky dory. He’s an instigator, creating mischief and he feels okay about it. His antics have me laughing out loud. So much fun, so many laughs.

 

The babysitter for the tarantula, Monique, has to cancel, so she goes with ladies. After all, even a spider enjoys a vacation.

 

I love Sarah. One hundred and ten pounds soaking wet, can kick some ass, and has the heart of a vice cop. She can clean up good, but prefers the rough and tumble. I can relate to her.

 

These ladies can hold their own, but when Dallas finally figured out who the lounge singer, Natalie Drumond was, she knew there would be murder. It didn’t go quite the way she thought.

 

And the fishermen…This fishing tale  is a whopper.  And this is so good, I can’t say anything more about it. It’s just too good to spoil it for you.

 

Jessica and Nate spend a lot of time texting each other. I can see her…and it…happening, unreeling like a film in my mind. I can even see Cameron…Now, that’s some great writing, bringing the action in vivid detail to a realistic standard.

 

So much going on. The mysteries, with long lists of suspects, kept me guessing. My brain got tired of trying to unravel them, so I quickly flipped through the pages to let the characters wrap it up for me.

 

I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Twofer Murder by Lauren Carr.

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review 2018-01-18 18:40
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty #LianeMoriarty
Big Little Lies - Liane Moriarty

A mind blowing surprise. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty surpassed all my expectations!

 

I won a print copy and the Blu Ray DVD of the HBO series from Beth Fish Reads and HBO. Thanks so much for the great giveaway.

 

Big Little Lies

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MY REVIEW

 

I won a print copy and a Blu Ray DVD of the HBO series of Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. I haven’t watched the DVD yet, but I can hardly wait.

 

I was totally blown away by Big Little Lies. I thought I would enjoy reading it, but I had no idea I would laugh my way through my anticipation of who will die and who will be the one who did it.

 

The characters run the gamut, from overpowering to meek. Their personalities are big, even those who try to stay in the background. The women could be my friends and by the time I got done reading I felt like they were.

 

Big Little Lies is really about the ladies, and I use that term loosely. I must say that Madeline is my favorite. If you ever need a friend who is loyal and true, Madeline fits the bill. Her mouth is big, but so is her heart, and she backs down to no one.

 

I was quickly drawn in and flipped the pages as fast as I could read them.

 

All I can say about Liane Moriarty is…she is now on my radar and I will be looking for more of her work.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos 5 Stars

 

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review 2018-01-18 13:14
Uwiklani Tom Pokusa - Laurelin Paige

„Uwikłani. Pokusa” to pierwszy tom cyklu powieści erotycznych autorstwa Laurelin Paiże. Główną bohaterką opowieści jest Alayna Withers. Młoda kobieta jest barmanką w nocnym klubie, uwielbia tam pracować, ale liczy na awans na stanowisko menadżera i w tym celu właśnie zdobyła dyplom z zakresu marketingu na prestiżowej uczelni.

 

Alayna jest nie tylko inteligentna, wyróżnia ją także nieprzeciętna uroda. Paradoksalnie jest to jedna z przyczyn, które sprawiają, iż młoda kobieta bardzo często pakuje się w kłopoty popadając w obsesję na punkcie niewłaściwych mężczyzn. Nasza bohaterka postanawia więc unikać głębszych relacji, aby dzięki temu trzymać się z daleka od tego typu tarapatów.

 

Pewnego wieczoru w lokalu, gdzie pracuje Alayna pojawia się młody, bogaty, niesamowicie przystojny i ogromnie tajemniczy mężczyzna… Jak okazuje się nieco później jest to nowy właściciel klubu niejaki Hudson Price.

 

W ten sposób rozpoczyna się burzliwa i przepełniona namiętnością znajomość tych dwojga. W historii tej nie chodzi jednak tylko o fizyczny pociąg bohaterów. Autorka nakreśliła oboje jako osoby z różnymi problemami i mimo zewnętrznej pewności siebie w gruncie rzeczy zagubione życiowo.

 

Hudson nie wierzy, że mógłby naprawdę pokochać Alaynę, ona natomiast nie daje wiary temu, iż ten mężczyzna nie potrafi pokochać nikogo, a jedynie manipuluje napotkanymi na swej drodze kobietami.

 

Układ, na który oboje się decydują, szczegółów dowiecie się z lektury, coraz bardziej zacieśnia ich relacje, do czego oboje nie chcą się przyznać nawet przed samymi sobą, ponieważ budzi to w obojgu pewnego rodzaju lęk.

 

W gruncie rzeczy jest to opowieść o ludzkich lękach i traumach, które nawet pomimo upływu czasu nie przestają rzutować na wiele aspektów życia bohaterów. Autorka utkała słowami również bardzo plastyczną opowieść o fascynacji i pożądaniu. Chociaż nie stroni ona od odważnych opisów aktów seksualnych nie są one ani zbyt wulgarne, ani przesłodzone, co jest według mnie dużym atutem tej książki.

 

Jeśli intryguje Was jak potoczą się losy Alayny i Hudsona oraz na lekturę historii z nutką pikanterii zajrzyjcie do pierwszego tomu „Uwikłanych”.

 

 

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review 2018-01-18 01:44
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Special Libraries: A Survival Guide - Toby Pearlstein,James M Matarazzo

 

I have like 90% of my reading for one class done.   Not gonna worry about the rest for now.   Onto my seven hundred page monster for my next class - and by that I mean the class that comes next chronologically in the week. 

 

Monday/online only with a face-to-face next Monday?   Done.

 

Programming is Tuesday in the morning and then archives Tuesday afternoon.   I'm going to sleep in a half hour but should have more of starting out with Python done by then.   I'm also going to turn some skeins into balls while I do this. 

 

Onto the actual book.   

 

Boring.   So dry.   

 

And yet, the actual ways that special libraries work is fascinating.   Sometimes there's no way to go 'hey, statistics, and holy cheeseballs we need more statistics stat' without being dry - or 'hey, lol, so many less special libraries now so good luck getting those jobs!!!!1!!!' without being a bit alarmist.   

 

Necessary work, but comparing it to the archives reading on how James Joyce estate liked suing the shit out of everyone, or how Pinochet was a complete bastard and archives helped, or how the US government was a complete bastard about surveillance and Puerto Rico and how archives helped, or how Iraq's archival material was stolen, and hey, can they have that shit back so it can help them?   It was just a matter of taking a deep breath, going, 'hey, guess what, you need to know this,' and forcing myself to finish.   Yes, forcing myself, and this is a four star.   Because as boring as this might have been, it was eye opening, necessary, and incredibly well written.   Could this have been, say, funnier?   Sure.   It could have, but it would have undercut a lot of the importance.   And the authors did go for humor, when it proved their point, when it was necessary, and when it didn't undercut their point.  

 

I honestly can't see anyone writing this and balancing the needs and doing it better.   So knocking off one star, because I didn't connect with the material as much as I'd hoped, and giving it four stars for being the necessary book it had to be. 

 

And hey, I'm almost 100% sure that I'm not supposed to be on a special libraries track based on this book - but that's not a dig at special libraries or librarians.   They do essential work.  I'm just not suited to a corporate library, which says more about the fact that they have needs, I have a certain personality and, hey, their needs and my personality have conflicts.   Other people have different personalities - not better, or worse, just different - that would make them go 'oh, hells yes, this is for me'.  

 

But I'm also almost 100% sure that I will get vital knowledge from this class, based on this book, and I'm going to put that to good use when I end up where I need to be!

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review 2018-01-17 22:15
Captured (Novus Prime #1) by Kelex
Captured (Novus Prime Book 1) - Kelex

Quick fun no-brainer read. Not very detailed, which is a bummer. Mpreg got me by surprise and hate to love progressed too quickly for my liking, but I did enjoy the book and would love to read the second one. 

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