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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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 turning it off, it's a simple matter to turn it on when I am ready to clean and it still charges. 


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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