Nov 26, 2016

The Whistler

The WhistlerThe Whistler by John Grisham
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It was great.

Lacy and Hugo work for the Board on Judicial Conduct and most of their cases are pretty mundane. This one is anything but mundane. Judge Claudia McDover is accused of taking bribes from the Catfish Mafia headed by Vonn Dubose (a shadowy figure whose real name is unknown). Greg Myers is making the complaint but he is acting on behalf of a client whose name he doesn't know and is contacted through a middleman Cooley. Among Claudia's many crimes, she helped frame an innocent man and send him to death row because he stood in the way of the Indian Casino.

Evidence is on the thin side until Dubose orders a hit on Lacy and Hugo. Hugo is killed during the staged wreck, but Lacy survives and is determined to get justice for Hugo. The FBI is approached but initially seem uninterested until Sheriff Lyman Gritt contacts Lacy. After Chief Cappel fired Gritt because he was actually trying to solve the case, Gritt took the evidence he had to Lacy, including a bloody paper towel the driver of the truck that hit Lacey and Hugo used. They also had video evidence when the driver of the get away truck stopped at a local store for some ice. With this evidence they are able to identify the driver of the truck and the FBI gets him to flip on his co-conspirators. They also have a video of the truck used in the wreck being stolen.

Now Lacy and the Whistler just have to stay alive long enough for the FBI to arrest everyone.

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Nov 21, 2016

Escape Clause (Virgil Flowers, #9)

Escape Clause (Virgil Flowers, #9)Escape Clause by John Sandford
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Virgil never disappoints he will have you on the edge of your seats with a few laughs along the way. After all he is that Fucking Flowers.

Two rare tigers are kidnapped from the zoo, the kidnappers plan to use them in traditional Chinese medicine. When one of the kidnappers who isn't the brightest tool in the shed leaves his prints on a light bulb at a house they used to stage the kidnapping Peck decides he needs to get rid of him. of course after he kills him he has to kill the guys brother and then the Simonians come to town to avenge their slain family members. So now Virgil has two possibly 3 murders tied to his Tiger case and the death toll is liable to mount before the book ends.

Meanwhile Frankie's sister Sparkle is stirring up trouble and Frankie is caught in the crossfire.

Virgil finally breaks the Tiger case wide open, but as usual he is without backup and even manages to lose his gun, but Peck never saw Virgil coming or rather he never saw the poetic justice Virgil served up coming.

*Long time readers know that Virgil's boss Lucas Davenport is no longer working with the BCA Virgil's new boss is Jon Duncan. Davenport is mentioned a time or two.

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Nov 18, 2016

Autobiography of Mark Twain, Vol. 1

Autobiography of Mark Twain, Vol. 1Autobiography of Mark Twain, Vol. 1 by Mark Twain

Very repetitive and I couldn't get into the way he jumped around from events. It's like being stuck on the front porch listening to one of your elderly relatives ramble on about boring stuff with a few interesting tidbits thrown in.

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Nov 16, 2016

Night Watch (Kendra Michaels, #4)

Night Watch (Kendra Michaels, #4)Night Watch by Iris Johansen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

First off I want to say I love Jessie, and hope to see more of this new character.

The book reveals more about how Kendra gained sight and the Doctor that made it possible. Charles Waldridge is on the run when an investor in his research gets greedy. Unfortunately Dr. Waldridge is abducted and Kendra is possibly the last person to see him alive, one of the other Doctors he was working with Shaw is dead and Biers has disappeared. Kendra goes to Adam Lynch for help in finding Dr. Waldridge.

Together they discover the identity of the mysterious motorcycle rider that saved Kendra from being kidnapped. Jessie is a private eye that Waldridge hired before he disappeared. When Lynch is forced to leave Kendra and go to London after his friend Rye is murdered he hires Jessie to keep Kendra safe. But when Biers turns up and convinces them that Waldridge may be running out of time Kendra comes up with a plan to allow the kidnappers to take her so that Jessie can track them using a GPS chip embedded under Kendra's skin.

Unfortunately Biers was working for the kidnappers and they remove the chip before Jessie can track them to their hideout. Kendra and Dr. Waldridge make plans to escape on their own and a furious Lynch comes riding to the rescue in the nick of time.

Waldridge is worried about the government taking over his research so the book ends with Jessie and Lynch helping Waldridge disappear.

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Bathroom Remodel ~ The Mirror

 Bed Bath and Beyond had these towels on Clearance plus a friend gave me a 25% off on the entire order coupon, so these nice Slate Bath Towels, Washcloths, and Hand Towels  now have a home in the Master Bath.

 The mirror is framed in the same wood as the vanity and stained to match.

 I really love the mirror.

 It looks perfect with the vanity.

 Having the vanity set back has really opened up the bathroom and it feels so much more spacious. And this sounds odd, but I actually have more room for storage in the new vanity. I am very pleased with it.
If you are willing to wait and have the time then I can't recommend Mercier's Cabinet and Woodworking enough. They do excellent work.

Nov 12, 2016

Double-Booked for Death (Black Cat Bookshop Mystery, #1)

Double-Booked for Death (Black Cat Bookshop Mystery, #1)Double-Booked for Death by Ali Brandon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Darla has inherited her Aunt Dee's bookstore in New York and is holding an autograph signing for a popular author of teen mysteries. When the author is mowed down during a cigarette break Darla suspects foul play. With the help of Hamlet (Aunt Dee's cat), Jake (the ex-cop who lives downstairs) and Reese (Jake's cop friend) Darla starts sleuthing until she uncovers the surprising truth and a confession is forthcoming after a ghostly intervention.

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Nov 10, 2016

President Trump Can Thank The DNC For His Win

The DNC handed Trump the Presidency the day they decided to force Hillary down our throats. It wasn't enough that the Superdelegates (party elites that can overturn the popular vote) announced they were going to vote for her from Day 1 of the primary, although they don't actually cast their votes until the actual nomination at the convention.

Superdelegates  enabled Clinton  to tie Sanders on delegates coming out of the New Hampshire primary even though he decimated her in the popular vote by 22 percentage points.
But the TV media kept touting it as a win for Clinton, even though it really wasn't. But even with the Superdelegates her win wasn't assured so the DNC continued to rig the primary in her favor from not scheduling debates, to scheduling them at times when they knew there would be few viewers and giving Clinton the questions in advance.

Hillary Clinton didn’t win the Democratic primaries through democratic means. Rather, she stole the Democratic presidential nomination through systematic manipulation of the primary process. Over 400 super delegates pledged their support to Clinton before a single person cast a vote, the DNC is led by a Clinton surrogate, and mass consent for Clinton’s coronation was fed to the public through mainstream media outlets owned by wealthy Clinton donors.
The Democratic primaries exhibited a stark disregard for the values endemic to democracy, nearly solidifying an oligarchy in which corporations and wealthy donors use the government as a means to perpetuate their own agendas. These interests circumvented democracy to help Hillary Clinton out-raise Bernie Sanders by over $80 million from Super-PACs. - How DNC Rigged Primaries for Clinton
Even with all that "help" she wasn't doing well in States that normally vote blue. So voter rolls were purged and life long Democratic Party Members who favored Sanders had their party affiliations changed without their consent in States with closed elections.

The first head has rolled after more than 100,000 voters were mistakenly purged from the Brooklyn voter rolls ahead of this week's New York primary, which handed Hillary Clinton a much-needed win over Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. Diane Haslett-Rudiano, the chief clerk of the New York Board of Elections, was suspended "without pay, effective immediately, pending an internal investigation into the administration of the voter rolls in the Borough of Brooklyn," the agency said in a statement, according to the New York Daily News.
Many voters reported being registered as Democrats, only to find that their affiliation had been changed from Democrat to unaffiliated. That meant they couldn't vote in New York's closed primary election, which requires an official registration with one of the major parties.

This isn't the first time Haslett-Rudiano has made headlines. According to the Daily News, a building she owned on the Upper West Side of Manhattan was the subject of more than 20 Department of Buildings violations over the years after she'd let it fall into disrepair. The building, which she reportedly bought for $5,000 in 1976, was sold in 2014 for $6.6 million. - The Story of the Great Brooklyn Voter Purge Keeps Getting Weirder, Mother Jones
For a party that is supposed to be against election fraud and voter disenfranchisement they were noticeably silent on the fact that Bernie Sanders' supporters had their votes suppressed in State after State. And Daily Kos banned users who dared to criticize Clinton, or point out the massive voter disenfranchisement that was taking place in the Democratic Primary. How dare we point out that Clinton was having to cheat to win the primary, she was the First Woman blah blah blah, if you didn't back her you were sexist. It couldn't possible be because we were for progressive things like Social and Economic Justice, that we cared about the Environment and that we preferred peaceful solutions to foreign problems. When you totally dismiss half your base and inform them that you don't need them don't be surprised if they don't show up at the polls. And if you are suppose to be a Progressive Party don't be surprised if the voters want a Progressive Candidate. When you anointed the Establishment Candidate over the truly Progressive Candidate exactly why did DemExit shock you, the people who cared about progressive issues felt betrayed.    
But now that the latest leak of DNC emails proves that Sanders supporters have a legitimate right to feel cheated, #DemExit increasingly seems like an appropriate response to a rigged system.
The new leak shows that the DNC never took the Sanders campaign seriously, even when he was winning state after state. Rather than recognize that Sanders was attracting new voters to the party, members of the DNC chose to mock them and close ranks around Clinton. 10 reasons why #DemExit is serious
People that feel cheated don't normally vote for the person who cheated them. Yes, some Bernie supporters did vote for Hillary, but they weren't excited about it. Some choose to vote for her because she was a woman and they were mildly excited about the idea of the first woman President and they wanted to prevent a Trump Presidency, they never worked up the enthusiasm to campaign for her. Others choose to look for a Progressive Candidate that championed the views and issues they held dear and they found Jill Stein, Green Party. Was she an ideal candidate, No. Did she have a real shot at winning, not really (No Media Coverage, not included in the Debates).  I voted for her in hopes that she would get enough votes to break the two party hold on our Nation and I believed that if by some miracle she did win the progressive ideals I hold dear would stand a chance. Jill Stein would have made an awesome President. And before those of you who decided people didn't vote for Hillary was because she was an old woman accuse me of sexism/ageism I will point out that Jill is a WOMAN and is only a few years younger than Clinton. But then that is one of the biggest problems that the DNC and Hillary supporters had, they simply refused to see that it was "THE ISSUES" that were turning people off. Not the fact she was a woman, not her age, but her position ON THE ISSUES, THEY CARED ABOUT.  

I imagine that the biggest majority of voters who were told by the DNC that their votes really didn't matter choose to just stay home. I mean why stand in a long line in the pouring down rain in order to vote for someone you didn't choose to represent you but had forced on you by the party elites in the DNC. Especially when the Hillary supporters kept assuring us over and over again that her win was inevitable, just like they did in the primary. 

Nov 9, 2016

Kill or Be Killed

Kill or Be KilledKill or Be Killed by James Patterson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

To be honest I have only read 3/4 of the book as I have Little Black Dress and will read it at a later date as the library book needs to be returned and I had a ton of library books come in at once.

The Trial was OK
Heist was Great
The Women's War stank

I do like the fact that he combined the bookshots in a hardback book as my library will not get the bookshots in and when he writes bookshots like The Trial that go with a series I follow I feel like I missed something if I don't read them.

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The Women's War by James Patterson

The Women's WarThe Women's War by James Patterson
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Predictable plot and having a horse burned alive added nothing to it. Soldier's family is killed while they are off killing bad guys and their families. Soldier retires from the military and goes after the bad guy, with the help of their friends. Soldier is responsible for a horse being burned alive before finally killing the bad guy. Soldier goes home and starts a life. Only twist is the soldier and her friends are women.

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Nov 8, 2016

Perdido Vineyards

We went to Perdido Vineyards for our anniversary back in June and had a wonderful time. It's rustic, but the staff is friendly and very informative about the history behind the vineyard and wine making in general.

This is the  ELBERTA MAY WINE and was my favorite. If you are near Mobile, Alabama I would definitely suggest a visit. Pack a picnic lunch (there aren't any nearby restaurants)  and you will be all set for a fun day.

Nov 7, 2016

Heist by James Patterson (Goodreads Author), Rees Jones

HeistHeist by James Patterson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am not really a fan of his bookshots, but this short story gets everything right.

When a soldier comes home physically damaged and the health system refuses to pay for an experimental treatment in America that might give him his life back, his best friend, his wife and his younger brother decide to pull a diamond heist.

Unfortunately they steal diamonds from a mobster who is determined to hunt the trio down.

Detective Hill is days away from early retirement with dreams of starting a chain of gyms in his head when he takes the case and follows the trio to Amsterdam. And then the story takes and unexpected turn.

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Nov 4, 2016

The Trial (Women's Murder Club #15.5)

The Trial (Women's Murder Club #15.5)The Trial by James Patterson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When the Kingfisher is captured, he threatens the judge, jury, DA and anyone else he considers a threat including Lindsey Boxer, but his wife and her Father have plans to bring the Kingfisher down for good.

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Nov 3, 2016

The Obsidian Chamber (Pendergast #16)

The Obsidian ChamberThe Obsidian Chamber by Douglas Preston
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Not as good as some of the previous books, but still a good read.

We learn right away who Pendergast spotted in Exmouth as the book begins with Diogenes drugging Proctor and leading him on a wild goose chase to Africa after arranging for Mrs Trask to be away from the Riverside Manner caring for her sick sister. This allows Diogenes to court Constance who has retreated to the basement after Pendergast's death. Diogenes eventually convinces Constance to leave with him and they travel to Diogenes' private island in Florida after Diogenes acquires the cauda equina needed to restore Constance to health.

Meanwhile Pendergast escapes from the drug smugglers who fished him out of the Atlantic and were holding him hostage. We also learn more about Pendergast's past as part of an elite Ghost squad and why Longstreet (H) protects him. With H's help Pendergast starts tracking Diogenes and Constance. Once they are found Pendergast wants to go to the island with H to kill Diogenes, but H wants to take an entire strike team. Pendergast sets out on his own, while H arranges the strike team.

Pendergast gets there in time to rescue Constance from Flavia who has been hiding on the island in hopes of killing Constance and winning Diogenes' love. Diogenes has been crushed by Constance's revelation that she has been toying with him. Pendergast plans to kill Diogenes, but Constance pleads for him and states that there is a kernel of good in Diogenes and that he should be given a chance to nurture it, and brings up Pendergast part in ruining Diogenes life as a child. Realizing the strike team is about to arrive Pendergast works to get Diogenes and Constance off the island. Thanks to Diogenes blowing up his "curiosities" and Flavia attacking the FBI enough chaos erupts for the threesome to make their way to where Pendergast has hidden a kayak. Before they can escape Longstreet confronts them, he attempts to kill Diogenes, but Constance and Pendergast plead for his life and he is allowed to escape, but Longstreet informs Pendergast he is through with him.

Once they return to Riverside Manner Constance confronts Pendergast about his feelings for her, but when he refuses to become her lover, she makes plans to go live with her son and the monks in Delhi. Proctor returns home.

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