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review 2017-04-29 03:23
MURDER ON POINTE by C. S. McDonald
Murder On Pointe: A Fiona Quinn Mystery ... Murder On Pointe: A Fiona Quinn Mystery - C.S. McDonald
  A ballerina is murdered during the run of Coppelia. Fiona Quinn, a former ballet student and current kindergarten teacher, sets out to find the murderer.

I enjoyed this book. It was fun. Characters from the First Force series cross over but this is a lighter read then that series. I liked Fiona and Detective Landry. Pittsburgh was featured here and the flavor of the city is captured well. The story was fun even though murder occurs. I was surprised by the ending. Never saw it coming. I look forward to reading more in the series.
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review 2017-04-02 02:25
TONIGHT IN THE RIVERS OF PITTSBURGH by Brian Lee Weakland
Tonight in the Rivers of Pittsburgh - Br... Tonight in the Rivers of Pittsburgh - Brian Lee Weakland
  I loved this book! It's about the governor's car plunging into the Monongahela River from the Fort Pitt Bridge and law enforcement's inability to find his body. There are many story lines but all are connected through the governor and his family.

I loved reading about my hometown. There is a little poetic license taken but not much. I could see where the story was taking place. There were places in the story where I was on the edge of my seat as the action went down. None of the characters was without flaws. All had secrets to hide. I did not like the governor at all. What a jerk! I liked most of the other characters. Some more than others. The story was good. I wanted to know how it was all going work out. I'd also like to know how the one story line ended.

I had this on my shelf for years. I wish I would have read it sooner.
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review 2017-02-08 01:10
SEDUCING MR. DARCY by Gwyn Cready
Seducing Mr. Darcy - Gwyn Cready

This is my favorite book of hers. The geography is correct about Pittsburgh. I loved it! I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is fun and funny! I could not put it down and read it in two days (I had to sleep.) Mr. Darcy is in it and there are twists and turns that keep it lively and rollicking.

Flip gets a massage and is told to think of any book she wants. She tells the masseuse one book but thinks of Pride and Prejudice and ends up there where things go topsy-turvy. Now she must correct her mistake and she takes a visiting professor of Jane Austen with her, to help her talk sense into the characters back then. Add her ex-husband and his current girlfriend and what more could go wrong?

I enjoyed the characters both modern and Austen time. I loved the time travel. The story was so much fun! I also liked Flip's revenge. Could not have happened to a better man. Flip is funny and her interactions with Magnus are a delight. She's not sure whether to kill him or love him.

Let's just say this is a keeper so I don't ruin it for others.

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review 2016-08-11 20:22
The Complete Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs; Pickles to Pittsburgh by Judi Barrett
The Complete Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs; Pickles to Pittsburgh - Ron Barrett,Judi Barrett

I quite enjoyed this book. A lot of you are probably familiar with the movie version of this story. However, I have never seen the movie. So when I saw this book at the library, I had to pick it up. This version of the book contains both Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and its sequel, Pickles to Pittsburgh. I enjoyed both stories. 

 

Judi Barrett has a love for the bizarre and that made this duology fun to read. A lot of it doesn't make sense, there's no logic as to why the weather produces food instead of rain or snow, but it doesn't have to. Chewandswallow is a logic-less city and it's about the "what-ifs" instead of the "whys." She really knows how to tell a goofy tale and I love that it shows how much she had fun writing these books through her writing.

 

The artwork is done by Ron Barrett and it was really lovely to look at. Especially the food "landscapes." I wasn't a huge fan with how he drew people, but that's mostly personal preference. Everything else was stunning and gorgeous and looked so delicious!

 

If you love bizarre, wacky stories, give this children's classic a read. You might enjoy it. I know that I am going to check out the movie and I hope I enjoy it just as much as the book!

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review 2016-03-17 16:13
TO BREW OR NOT TO BREW by Joyce Tremel
To Brew or Not to Brew - Joyce Tremel
  Good cozy mystery set in my hometown. Max is a brew master setting up her own brewpub. Her chef is murdered shortly before opening day. With a dad as a homicide detective she is not about to accept the verdict of an accident so she must find the murderer.

I enjoyed this book very much. Ms. Tremel got the flavor of Pittsburgh and its language right. She incorporated some of the history into the story. I liked Max and Jake, her crush from childhood. They work well together. Max's extended family is all through the book and are fun. Her neighbors are also lots of fun. They are a quirky bunch but truly a Pittsburgh bunch. I look forward to more books in this series.
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