May 24, 2017

Don't Breathe a Word

Don't Breathe a WordDon't Breathe a Word by Jennifer McMahon
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Irritating how it alternated between 15 years ago (narrated by Lisa) and the present (narrated by Phoebe).

Phoebe is dating Sam whose sister went missing 15 years ago. The only clues were the gifts the Fairy King left for Lisa and Sam and Lisa's cousin Evie's weird behavior. Now someone is contacting Sam claiming Lisa is coming back from the land of Fairy. But is the pathetic creature they find really his sister? and what happened to the baby she gave birth too? When Sam and Phoebe uncover the incestuous secrets Sam's Mother and Aunt have been hiding Sam fears for his own child's safety and flees with a pregnant Phoebe. But did Teilo find them and take their baby? or has Phoebe lost her mind?

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May 20, 2017

Against All Odds

Against All OddsAgainst All Odds by Danielle Steel
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Widow Kate Madison's resale shop is taking off and her grown children are embroiled in romances some of which end in disaster, and when her long time friend Liam's wife dies Kate is there to offer comfort.

I didn't like the fact that Liam's wife was apparently his second choice poor woman he was in love with Kate when they were in college but was too young to get married when Kate married Tom, and was engaged to Maureen when Tom died. Then Maureen conveniently gets killed by a drunk driver when she is out with Tom and now he is "free" to be with Kate.

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May 18, 2017

16th Seduction (Women's Murder Club, #16)

16th Seduction (Women's Murder Club, #16)16th Seduction by James Patterson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Joe is hurt in a bomb blast when he is on a date with Lindsay. The bomber confesses to Lindsay, but then recants. The jury finds him not guilty and he turns the table on Lindsay by having Internal Affairs investigate her and suing her for False Arrest. But the mild mannered school teacher isn't what he seems.

Meanwhile Claire has Lindsay looking into a string of suspicious deaths, and the only clue leads to a mental hospital.

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May 16, 2017

Ominous

OminousOminous by Lisa Jackson
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The plot is a little thin. Someone has been kidnapping girls and taking them to a shack miles from nowhere and keeping them as sex slaves. Some of the townspeople think the three girls just ran away from home, or got what they deserve. Shortly after these three girls disappear Kat (Detective Patrick Starr's daughter), Ruth (the Preacher's kid) and Shiloh decide to sneak out one night and drive to a lake in the middle of nowhere to go skinny dipping. Someone starts taking pictures of the naked girls with a flash, they run. The photographer catches Ruth and rapes her (OK, this makes no sense the other girls he took to his shack before raping them so why did he deviate from his pattern?) Shiloh and Kat come back and attack him and the three girls get away. Ruth begs them not to tell anyone and they agree not to Shiloh leaves town shortly afterwards when her Stepfather attacks her.

15 years later Shiloh's Mother dies and Shiloh returns to town to care for her half-sister. Kat is a Detective and Ruth has returned to town as a therapist. Courtney's (one of the original three girls who went missing) body is found after she kills herself with barbed wire to escape from the monster who has held her for 15 years. And another local girl Addie goes missing. Kat convinces Ruth to come forward and everyone tries to discover who attacked her 15 years ago. A mysterious caller on Ruth's crises hotline turns out to be Erin (another one of the original girls who went missing) she escaped when the kidnapper was busy subduing Rachel (the last of the original girls to go missing).

Eventually the kidnapper is found and Addie is rescued.

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May 15, 2017

BOLT® Lithium Max Pet Cordless Hand Vacuum | 2133

I like that Bissell helps pets with the profits.

The hand vac is heavy and the power switch is where I would like to grip the handle, which results in the vacuum being accidentally turned off. It's also to long to use in the car and the wimpy suction doesn't have the power to get the pet hair up. To be fair Fenris' (Great Pyrenees Mix) hair seems to have magical properties light enough to float through the car from the cargo area where he is contained to the front seat and then it sticks like Velcro.My upright vacuum can't seem to pick it up either. The hand vac does as least have a nifty tool that scraps the hair off the seats, with more suction power it would be awesome.

I like that it has a washable filter and that it is easy to empty. The trash container is pretty large the battery goes dead before I even get it half full.

Did great picking up a small spill in the refrigerator.  

May 13, 2017

The Black Book by James Patterson (Goodreads Author), David Ellis

The Black BookThe Black Book by James Patterson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Not many books begin with the death of the main character but Patterson pulls it off. The book begins with Patty Harney going to a crime scene where she finds the bodies of her twin brother Detective Billy Harney, his lover Amy Lentini the assistant state's attorney and his partner Detective Kate Fenton. It appears that Kate killed Billy and Amy in a fit of jealous rage and that Billy shot Kate in self defense, but things aren't as they seem. For one thing Billy isn't dead, but he can't remember anything that happened two weeks prior to the shooting.

The rest of the book flips between the past and the present with Billy trying desperately to remember what happened so he can defend himself against the murder charges leveled against him, and the killers are the last people Billy would suspect.

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May 8, 2017

Expecting to Die (To Die, #7)

Expecting to Die (To Die, #7)Expecting to Die by Lisa Jackson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Bianca is at a party where the teens are playing hide and seek. Something large chases her through the woods and she falls in the creek at Reservoir Point and discovers a dead body.

The body turns out to be that of a schoolmate Destiny. Convinced that the Father of the baby Destiny was carrying is the killer Selena and Regan set off to track down the likely teen killer. But before they can Lindsey (another one of Bianca's schoolmates) is run off the road and eventually found dead in her car.

Meanwhile TV reality star Barclay Sphinx has come to town to create a show about Big Foot and at first Bianca is cast in the staring role, to Luke's (Bianca's Father, Regan's ex) dismay when Laura (another schoolmate with big tits) is supposedly chased in the woods by Big Foot, Sphinx decides to make Laura the star of the show. In an attempt to get Bianca back in the starring role Luke hires the local drug dealer (the Preacher's son, Tophman) to kidnap her. But what Luke doesn't know is that Tophman is hanging out with Destiny's killer.

Husband stealing sluts don't fare very well in this book. Marjory Tufts is killed when her Baby Daddy is afraid that Marjory's husband will discover their affair, since the husband is shooting blanks. Michelle dumps Luke for Sphinx and a shot at TV stardom but Sphinx has little use for Michelle once he wraps things up in Grizzly Falls.

Luckily Bianca has inherited her Mother's brains because she is going to need every weapon she can lay her hands on to get away from the two boys, who kidnapped her on Luke's behalf.

Meanwhile Reagan is in the hospital giving birth to Tucker Grayson Santana.

This may be the last Selena Alvarez/Regan Pescoli novel as Regan is considering being a stay at home Mom.

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May 3, 2017

NYPD Red 3 (NYPD Red, #3)

NYPD Red 3 (NYPD Red, #3)NYPD Red 3 by James Patterson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When Hunter Alden's chauffeur (Peter) winds up dead Kylie and Zach are instructed to find the killer pronto and get Hunter's expensive car back to him ASAP. But soon Zach and Kylie realize another crime has been committed Hunter's son Tripp and his friend Lonnie are missing.

When a school maintenance man finds the boys locked in the basement of an abandoned school the kidnapping takes a bizarre turn when Tripp locks the maintenance man and Lonnie up and runs after notifying the police of their whereabouts.

When Tripp finds out about Peter's murder he realizes he "trusted" the wrong person with Hunter's misdeeds and that his Father may be willing to pay to have him killed once he realizes Tripp knows his secret.


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Apr 29, 2017

Dangerous Games

Dangerous GamesDangerous Games by Danielle Steel
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The characters didn't seem very well developed and the book seemed formulaic.

Alix along with her cameraman Ben uncover wrong doing by the Vice-President of the United States. Ben an ex navy seal protects Alix when she receives death threats and a relationship develops between the two long time friends.

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DEEBOT N79

My Mom and Dad love the DEEBOT N78 I got them for Christmas so I was beyond thrilled when ECOVACS asked me to be a product tester for the DEEBOT N79.



We have a mixture of laminate floors, tile and carpet in our house, and we have 4 cats and 2 dogs that continuously shed so keeping the floors clean is a challenge.

Day 1- I unpacked it and put the side sweepers on (very easy to do) and started charging it. I also put the app on my phone. It recommends charging for 4 hours before your first use. Once it was charged I gave it a test run in the family room (carpet) kitchen/dining room and entry hall (laminate). It did great picked up LOTS of cat and dog hair and my floors were very clean afterwards. The DEEBOT is very easy to empty and the filters are easy to clean, they even provide you with a special tool to clean the filters and roller.



Day 2 - I cleaned the Master Bedroom (carpet) while I got dressed for the day. It did a fantastic job, it was even able to go under the bed where my normal vacumn can't go. The one small problem was it couldn't get under the foot-board and it kept getting stuck, but it would beep to let me know and it was a simple matter to help it get unstuck.  One of the cleaning options is to have it just clean around the edge of a room and this is fantastic it gets the dirt around the baseboards that my normal vacumn cleaner misses. It also didn't seem to know how to go back to the docking station from the bedroom, but it was a simple matter to guide it with the remote and once it got back to the family room where the docking station is, it had no problem with the home command. I can't believe how much cat hair it picked up and how it manages to fit so much into the compartment. I also vacuumed the study (carpet) I love the way it can go under Bo's desk and get all the cat hair out from under there.

Day 3- I used it in the bathroom on the tile floors and again it did a fantastic job on the places it could get. I have very small bathrooms so there were a few places that it was unable to go.

I am so pleased with it. It is very quiet you can barely hear it so I can use it whenever I want and no one complains. It is so quiet you can even watch TV or listen to music while you vacumn the room. It does a great job picking up pet hair and other dirt that has gotten down in your carpet. The side sweepers ensure that the floor along your baseboards is also cleaned and due to it's small size it can go under beds and desk where upright vacuums can't reach. I love everything about it and would be hard pressed to pick a favorite aspect it's everything you could want in a vacumn quiet and efficient. 

I use the DEEBOT about 3 times a week to clean the entire house and it keeps my floors super clean. I use the Spot Option every day to pick up the cardboard from the cat scratcher that my cat shreds, it's super easy to direct it to the spot I want cleaned and let it do it's thing.

The cats are reserving judgement but they don't seem too bothered by it.


We have discovered one small problem. The switch to send it automatically vacuuming is on the top next to the blue light you see in this photograph. Little Chimera has stepped on it a time or two and turned it on. For most people this wouldn't be a problem, who wouldn't mind getting an extra floor cleaning, but I worry about cords being left out or the cat's toys getting stuck in it. I solved the problem by corralling it with the baby gate.

~Alasandra

Apr 26, 2017

Treason at Lisson Grove (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt, #26)

Treason at Lisson Grove (Charlotte & Thomas Pitt, #26)Treason at Lisson Grove by Anne Perry
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When Pitt believes he sees a man slit an informants throat he followers him all the way to France with his partner Gower by his side. But as things don't add up and Pitt reviews what actually happened he quickly realizes that Gower can't be trusted. Attempting to hide his mistrust of Gower Pitt attempts to return to England leaving Gower to continue their stakeout. But Gower realizes Pitt is on to him and attempts to murder him on the return journey.

Arriving in England Pitt is dismayed to learn that Narraway has been accused of embezzlement and relived of duty, and that Charlotte realizing that Narraway's dismissal threatens Pitts livelihood and life has accompanied him to Ireland in hopes of clearing his name.

Allying himself with Stoker (the one man in Special Branch he can still trust) Pitt attempts to uncover the terrorist plot and save Narraway. Luckily Narraway has already returned to England and with his help they realize that Queen Victoria is in danger. Narraway, Charlotte and Vespasia go to Queen Victoria and Pitt heads to Special Branch to uncover the traitors in their mist and discovers the traitors reach to the very top of the chain of command.

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Apr 21, 2017

Kinsey and Me: Stories

Kinsey and Me: StoriesKinsey and Me: Stories by Sue Grafton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The first half of the book is short stories about Kinsey and last half are short stories about the author mainly dealing with her alcoholic Mother's death.

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Apr 17, 2017

Mississippi Blood (Penn Cage, #6)

Mississippi Blood (Penn Cage, #6)Mississippi Blood by Greg Iles
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I am totally disgusted with Penn Cage. Caitlyn isn't even cold in the ground yet and Greg Iles already has him hooking up with Tee. Who brings nothing to the plot, how many authors do you need in one book. Can't help but think the only reason Iles killed Caitlyn (reporter and Penn's fiancee) off is so he could put Tee (famous author and Penn's hookup) in the book and Tee is a horrible replacement, I can't stand her and I hope we don't see her in future books. I mean sneaking into a grieving man's bedroom and forcing yourself on him is beyond slutty behavior. Not to mention walking into the bathroom when he is in the shower and his daughter is downstairs. Thanks to Tee this has turned into one Trashy book. And if having Penn hook up with a virtual stranger while his daughter, Mia and his Mother are sleeping in the same house isn't bad enough we also learn that Penn has been fantasizing about Mia ( a girl young enough to be his daughter)

The book starts with Tom in prison fixing to go on trial for Viola's murder. On the way back from visiting him Penn is threatened by two VK bikers, who are delivering a message from Snake. Penn kills one of them and Tim (the bodyguard) kills the other. In retaliation for their deaths acid is thrown in Keisha Harvin's face (the reporter living in Caitlin's house). As a result Keisha's former teacher (Tee) comes down and moves into Penn's house.

They discover the woman, Dolores "Dee" St. Denis, the Double Eagles raped and then killed her husband in front of her. Delores is so light skinned the Double Eagles thought she was white and killed her husband because he married a white woman. She can identify Snake and after her former Mother-in-law is attacked she meets with the FBI.

Tom's trial is going badly and Quentin doesn't seem to be putting up much of a defense. Penn can't be there as he has to babysit Annie, so his friend Rusty calls him on the phone and he listens to the trail by phone and keeps up to date via Rusty's text (really dumb I don't see what the purpose is of not having Penn at the trial). Everyone also seems to have forgotten that Jimmy Revels survived. His survival was revealed in The Bone Tree when Jimmy and Swan's grandson came to Henry's funeral, along with Swan.

Eventually Penn is able to attend the trial in person. We learn of Tom Cage's service in Korea, we also learn that Viola changed her will shortly before her death and left a large sum of money to Henry Sexton. Her sister Cora Revels, witnessed it but Cora and Lincoln destroyed the will in order to get the inheritance they felt they deserved. We also learn that Sonny Thornfield and Snake were at Viola's house the night she died and Will Devine agrees to testify that they took his truck in exchange for the FBI putting him and his family into witness protection. But Snake finds a way to kill Will on the witness stand, at the one day of the trail Annie was allowed to attend.

Shaken up by Will's murder on the witness stand Penn and his family are taken by surprised when they are ambushed on the way home with the goal of kidnapping Annie. The bodyguards are taken out by the VK with nonlethal bullets, Penn is also injured and the VK manage to grab Annie. Mia jumps in the van with them in an effort to rescue Annie, but just when it looks as if the girls will be taken Walt Garrity steps into the path of the van and shoots the driver. Unfortunately he is unable to get out of the way of the van and dies.

The jury is ready to find Tom Cage not guilty when he changes his plea to guilty and goes to prison. Tom reveals to Penn that Snake knows that Peggy was at Viola's house the night she died and that if Tom doesn't take the fall for Snake he will frame Peggy. We also learn that Sheriff Billy Byrd is in contact with Snake and is helping him.

Lincoln finds Snake and talks Penn into going with him to kill Snake. Snake is killed, Lincoln is injured and Wilma Deen (the woman who threw acid in Keisha's face) is refusing to testify to her knowledge of Snake killing Viola now that she is safe.

I suspect that this is no longer a trilogy and that another book will be coming soon


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Apr 11, 2017

Bone Box (Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus, #24)

Bone Box (Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus, #24)Bone Box by Faye Kellerman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Confusion reigns in this book is the victim male (Lawrence) or female (Lorraine). Was she/he killed because they were transgender? These are just some of the questions that arise when Rina stumbles on a corpse while hiking on Bogat trail alone. Soon more questions are added to the list as more bodies are found and suspects multiply.

With multiple victims and multiple killers one is left to wonder if Decker will be able to put ALL the criminals away.

Not only does Decker have "the kid" Tyler McAdams helping him, Marge and Will deliver a witness to his doorstep, Chris Donatti and Scott Oliver take turns babysitting Rina and the kid and grandkids make cameo appearances.

I probably enjoyed catching up with the old characters from previous books more than I actually enjoyed the plot.

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Apr 2, 2017

Micro by Michael Crichton, Richard Preston

MicroMicro by Michael Crichton
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This book seemed rather disjointed which I guess is what happens when the original author dies and the book is "finished" by someone else.

The book begins when Eric supposedly drowns after sending his brother (Peter) a text telling him not to come to Oahu. Peter along with the rest of the students of course come to Oahu anyway. Peter soon discovers that Eric's girlfriend Alyson played a role in his drowning. After enlisting the aid of one of the students back in Cambridge to hack Alyson's phone Peter learns that Alyson was operating on Vin Drake's orders and plots to expose them (Instead of going to the police like an intelligent individual would have done). Peter exposes Alyson and Vin to a room full of students and Vin immediately rushes the students to the machine that shrinks things including people after setting off an alarm that clears the building. (OK, after hearing someone confess to murder I really wouldn't be inclined to follow them deeper into a building when everyone else is rushing outside). At this point Alyson gets cold feet, apparently killing your boyfriend because you are in love with the CEO (who has a girlfriend) is OK, but killing his brother and a bunch of other students isn't. But after helping the students escape from the building she then decides that she needs to get rid of them and dumps them in the forest where Mother Nature can take care of them.

Meanwhile the police are investigating the death of a P.I. and the men he was working for. They were killed by tiny robots.

After facing various hazards Jenny Linn drowns after Danny Minot lets go of her, Amar Sing and Peter are shot by Vin Drake's men, Erika was killed by a Mynah Bird, Rick Hutter, Karen King and Danny Minot are the only survivors to reach Tantalus where they discover Ben. Danny sneaks off from everyone and calls Vin Drake for help (why would you call someone who had been trying to kill you????) Vin arranges to meet Danny, Danny steals a plane from Ben and flies to meet Vin, but is killed by a bat, on his way to the meeting. Vin goes to Tantalus and sets fire to Ben's hideout. Ben helps Rick and Karen escape in the two remaining planes before he is consumed by the fire. Eric resurfaces and takes Rick and Karen to the machine where they can regain their regular size but they are attacked by robots and have a final showdown with Vin before the police arrive.

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Essential Oils Every Day: Nature's Most Powerful Plant Medicines for Health, Healing & Happiness

Essential Oils Every Day: Nature's Most Powerful Plant Medicines for Health, Healing & HappinessEssential Oils Every Day: Nature's Most Powerful Plant Medicines for Health, Healing & Happiness by Hope Gillerman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Some good information on blending different oils.

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Mar 28, 2017

X (Kinsey Millhone, #24)

X (Kinsey Millhone, #24)X by Sue Grafton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Now that she is independently wealthy Kinsey mainly seems to be investigating things to please herself. The one paying case she took, she wound up getting stiffed.

When Kinsey discovers a list of women's names in Pete Wolinsky's personal affects and someone claiming to be from the IRS starts hassling Ruth (Pete's wife) about expenses dating back to Pete's time at Byrd-Shine Kinsey is forced not only to investigate the matter but to reevaluate her opinion about Pete, hot on the trail of a serial killer Kinsey almost becomes his prey.

The neighbors from hell are hiding more than a penchant for taking advantage of Henry, it will be up to Kinsey to send them packing.

Ed has settled into both Henry and Kinsey's homes and has both totally under his paw.

Kinsey tries her hand at marital advice and the couple actually do listen to her.

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More Research on Using Essential Oils

Essential Oils for a Clean and Healthy Home: 200+ Amazing Household Uses for Tea Tree Oil, Peppermint Oil, Lavender Oil, and MoreEssential Oils for a Clean and Healthy Home: 200+ Amazing Household Uses for Tea Tree Oil, Peppermint Oil, Lavender Oil, and More by Kasey Schwartz
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Some useful recipes in it.




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My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Not much to it.

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Mar 24, 2017

The Theory of Death (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, #23)

The Theory of Death (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, #23)The Theory of Death by Faye Kellerman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

(Tyler)McAdams is back staying with the Deckers and soon makes himself useful when he accompanies Peter to a suspected suicide. Not long after they start trying to figure out why Eli would kill himself one of his teachers winds up dead in what appears to be a similar manner. Peter quickly determines that Belfort was murdered, now he and Tyler just have to figure out why. In between trying to solve the murder Tyler has to study for finals (law school) and he finds love in the most unlikely place.

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The Encyclopedia of Crystals, Herbs, and New Age Elements: An A to Z Guide to New Age Elements and How to Use Them

The Encyclopedia of Crystals, Herbs, and New Age Elements: An A to Z Guide to New Age Elements and How to Use ThemThe Encyclopedia of Crystals, Herbs, and New Age Elements: An A to Z Guide to New Age Elements and How to Use Them by Adams Media
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Enjoyed it, especially the section on crystals.

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Essential Oils for Beginners: The Guide to Get Started with Essential Oils and Aromatherapy

Essential Oils for Beginners: The Guide to Get Started with Essential Oils and AromatherapyEssential Oils for Beginners: The Guide to Get Started with Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Althea Press
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Lots of useful information.

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Mar 20, 2017

Heartbreak Hotel (Alex Delaware #32)

Heartbreak Hotel (Alex Delaware #32)Heartbreak Hotel by Jonathan Kellerman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When Thalia contacts Alex about becoming his patient even though she is close to 100 he pays a visit to her suite at the Aventura hotel, where she has lived for a number of years. When she is murdered shortly after his visit Milo takes the case and he and Alex are sucked into Thalia's checkered past as a Mob Boss' Doll and an ancient ruby heist, that wasn't what it seemed.

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Mar 13, 2017

W is for Wasted (Kinsey Millhone, #23)

W is for Wasted (Kinsey Millhone, #23)W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Kinsey becomes embroiled in two cases that appear to be unrelated and then take an interesting turn. First she is asked to identify the body of a homeless man who was found with her name in his pocket. Only problem is Kinsey doesn't know the guy. She soon discovers that Terrance Dace is her "cousin" and he left her half a million dollars, as well as some medical files.

When Dietz shows up trying to collect on money he is owed by P.I. Pete Wolinsky, Kinsey offers to help him unravel the last case he was working on. Imagine her surprise when she discovers that Wolinsky's murder is related to the medical files Dace stole.

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Mar 6, 2017

Humans, Bow Down

Humans, Bow DownHumans, Bow Down by James Patterson
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Cheap rip off of the Robopocalypse, series by Daniel H. Wilson and Terminator. Six aka Sixie and Sarah Jane runs around with her best friend Dubs going to Thrill Kill movies and stealing Hu-Bot cars, because life is so awful for the humans on the reservation. Woe is me and don't ask me how old these juvenile delinquents are because the time line is hard to pin down. According to one time line MikkyBo gives they have been around for 3 decades putting them in their 30s which really doesn't compute. Another time line would have them around 16 or 17 which makes more sense. And are they the main characters not sure as soon the Hu-Bot MikkyBo (who is 7) takes center stage. So Six and Dubs steal a hu-bot car and Detective MikkyBo is sent to track them down and finds them at a drag race with a bunch of other kids from the reservation the Bots who are suppose to be under Mikky's command but who do not listen to her start killing all the kids. Six, Dubs and Trip (Dubs' cousin) escape and Mikky sets out to track them down. Dubs is killed and Mikky is decapitated so what does Six do, cart Mikky to her Grandpa JJ (who created the Hu-bots) so he can repair Mikky. He repairs and reprograms Mikky to fight the Hu-bots and off we go to save the world from the Hu-bot premier who wants to exterminate all the humans.

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Mar 2, 2017

Echoes in Death (In Death, #44)

Echoes in Death (In Death, #44)Echoes in Death by J.D. Robb
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When Daphne Strazza stumbles in front of Roarke's car one dark winter night Eve become embroiled in a case where the line between victim and killer is blurred. She soon stumbles on similar cases where couples are attacked in their homes and the wife is repeatedly raped while her husband watches, but the Strazza's are the first time the assailant kills. Slowly Eve comes to see the face behind the devil that attacked Daphne and as always Eve will seek justice.

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Feb 23, 2017

Born of Vengeance (The League: Nemesis Rising #10)

Born of VengeanceBorn of Vengeance by Sherrilyn Kenyon
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

OK, rehashing the same plot over and over gets OLD. Recap of Born of Defiance (The League, #7), Born of Betrayal (The League, #8) and Born of Legend (The League, #9) this is Bastien's story. Bastien is reunited with Ember and discovers they had a son (Florian) together. Meets his half-brother Xander (who he grows to like) and discovers that his brother Quin survived the massacre and has been kept imprisoned in a hole in the ground (literally) leads a rescue team only to discover that Quin is perfectly happy in the hole in the ground with his wife (a political activist he meet in the hole in the ground) and really isn't that grateful to be rescued. Overthrows Barnabas and claims the throne of Kirovar with Ember as his Queen.

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Feb 20, 2017

Shadowed Souls

Shadowed SoulsShadowed Souls by Jim Butcher
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A collection of short stories I mainly read it because of Cold Case by Jim Butcher. Molly is on a mission for Mab to collect the tribute from the Miksani. She teams up with the Warden Carlos and soon sparks start to fly. After rescuing the Miksani children from "the Others" she starts to get romantic with Carlos only to discover that as The Lady of Winter she will never be able to make love with a mortal again. Mab agrees to stay with Carlos until other Wardens can come heal him and Molly sets off to collect the horrifying tribute. The children Mab needs to train as soldiers.

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Feb 16, 2017

Feb 13, 2017

Pascagoula River Wildlife Management Area (Parker Lake) in Mississippi #Kayaking #ParkerLake



Native Azalea (Flame Azalea)



Dogwood

This is the second time we have had the kayaks out since we got them for Christmas. The weather was perfect February 12, 2017. Technically it's still winter but someone forgot to tell the plants and weather that, not only did we have a lovely sunny day in the 70s but we had native azaleas and dogwoods to enjoy.

We explored both the North and the South ends of the lake, due to heavy rainfall a few days ago,  the current was probably a little stronger than usual. We picked a good time to go as we had the lake mostly to ourselves. I didn't spot any wildlife but the wildflowers more than made up for that.

Feb 11, 2017

Restaurant Review ~ Patio 44




Patio 44 has fast become one of my favorite restaurants on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Located on Main Street in Biloxi it's close to the beach. And the patio is a relaxing spot to sit and enjoy the day. I was seated next to their outdoor heater and water fountain.

We started the meal with the delicious bread they serve and added the Blue Crab Fondue which was deliciously warm and cheesy. I choose the Goat Cheese Chicken Salad Sandwich with fries for my meal. It was divine and Bo seemed pretty happy with his Shrimp Poboy. Good food reasonably priced and excellent service make this a great choice for lunch.

Feb 8, 2017

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

Leaving TimeLeaving Time by Jodi Picoult
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Achingly poignant  Leaving Time  is about Jenna's search for her Mother (Alice) who disappeared when she was three (10 years ago) and the lost souls she gets to help her on her mission. Interspersed with diary entries from Alice we meet Virgil the Detective turned PI who was called to the Elephant Sanctuary when Neevie (employee of the sanctuary) was supposedly trampled to death by an elephant, and the pressure he was under to close the case without really investigating it. Virgil has been haunted by Alice's disappearance and the mystery of what really happened at the Elephant Sanctuary that night. We learn about Serenity the psychic who has lost her gift and is down on her luck, when 13 year old Jenna shows up at her door asking for help. Together the threesome track down clues to what really happened that night at the Elephant Sanctuary, until Serenity finds the final clue that brings Alice back to confront her past.

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Feb 7, 2017

Improvements

Perfectionist tendencies cropping up. After looking at this for a couple of weeks I decided the bottom looked a little bare.


So I added a few things to give it more balance.

Feb 3, 2017

V is for Vengeance (Kinsey Millhone, #22)

V is for Vengeance (Kinsey Millhone, #22)V is for Vengeance by Sue Grafton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When Kinsey turns a shoplifter (Audrey) in she doesn't expect to get embroiled in a murder, but when the shoplifter supposedly commits suicide days after her arrest her clueless fiance hires Kinsey to dig into Audrey's past.

Kinsey turns up a shoplifting ring run by the mob, and finds dirt on a dirty cop from her past. With help from Dante she manages to stick it to the dirty cop by turning evidence over to Diana Alvarez, the cut throat reporter who will do anything for a story.

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Jan 30, 2017