Secrets in Death – J.D. Robb

My copy of this book is a trade paperback meaning it’s small enough to fit in my purse. 🙂 It’s printed by St. Martin’s Press, the Paperback division.  Copyright is 2017 and held by Nora Roberts aka J.D. Robb.  It’s a cop driven whodoneit which I like when it’s written well.

Lieutenant Eve Dallas and Detective Peabody (aka Shebody to her beau, EDD Detective Ian McNab) are the main players from the police force, and there’s Raorke, the civilian consultant.  He also happens to very rich and very married to Eve though she doesn’t use his last name when she’s working.  Not sure what that means, but it’s in the book.

The story starts with Eve going to a swank bar to meet a colleague she really doesn’t like that much and during a somewhat testy exchange of why don’t you like me; I don’t like you because.. Eve sees a woman come staggering into the bar from the lower floor, bleeding.  She literally catches the woman before she dies and goes to the floor with her even as she breathes her last.

So begins the mystery of who killed the woman, who turns out to be the gossip queen of a big television studio.  Everyone has a reason to kill, more so than others, so motive is a no-brainer.  The question is, amongst all the people this woman blackmailed and extorted, who actually ended her.

I enjoyed the book immensely.  I’ve actually read most of the series from the very beginning, and the evolution of the Eve character is fun to watch. 🙂 Sex is in the book, but it’s not all that graphic (not compared to many so called “romance” books that are really just soft porn).  It’s also between the loving couple of Eve and Dallas, and it’s part of the story – their story.

This story isn’t your run of the mill mystery.  People really matter.  How they feel, what they’ve been through and the secrets they’ve felt the need to protect despite what it led to – in this case extortion and blackmail.  There’s a great deal of depth and emotion, and I really like that as it makes me care more, makes me relate better, to the characters.

I highly recommend reading this book, but as usual, I don’t advocate taking my advice blindly.  Check out the book yourself.  If it’s not what you like, no worries.  I’m not here to judge, just to share a little bit of my world with you. 🙂

See you all on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!

Pinterest – Obsessive Much?

Yes, I have a Pinterest existence.  I have about a dozen boards, at last count, and they all have at least 5 pins.  Many have lots, lots more.

I just spent the last 30 minutes on Pinterest adding pins mostly to my Travel, Genealogy Research, Cats and Business Development boards.  I think I added at least a dozen pins to each board and would’ve continued had I not forced myself to leave the site!

I can’t seem to help myself!  I get on just to check out a couple of things or to try a pin, and I end up spending anywhere from 15 minutes to an entire hour choosing pins to save, looking at the boards of people I follow and making a short list of pins to try!

Obessed? Could be.  Still, I’ve found a lot of useful information using Pinterest so this is one obsession I’m not going to quit anytime soon. 🙂

See you all on the flipside and don’t forget your towels and sonic screwdrivers!

Crimson Shore – Preston & Child

This book is written by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.  They have written 15 novels featuring Agent A.X.L. Pendergast.   It is published by Grand Central Publishing Copyright 2016.  My copy is a trade paperback with about 395 pages of story in it plus an About The Authors page that is almost a full page.  They have a Facebook page and a website: PrestonChild.com

As I said in a previous post, I had read an earlier book by the pair featuring this FBI agent, and I wasn’t too thrilled with it.  Now, years later however, I am actually liking the guy and his methods of doing things his way – helps when you’re seriously rich I guess.

Anyway, in this book, our erstwhile hero and his assistant/ward, Constance Greene, are asked to look into the theft of an entire collection of wine from the cellar of the former home of a lighthouse keeper – said lighthouse being under the care of the US Coast Guard – but the house not, in Exmouth, Massachusetts.  They find all is not what it seems!

This story is full of lots of wonderful twists, turns and the general sneakiness of good mystery stories.  Agent Pendergast is someone who reminds me of Hercule Poirot, without the accent or the moustache!  He keeps his thoughts close to the vest, asks leading questions of Constance to get her quick mind to work and is quite the showman when he needs to be.

Constance is a shallow person to me so far.  She’s a secondary character who is more sidekick than anything else.  I have only caught glimpses of her backstory in the two books I’ve read so far.  I am looking forward to going back to the beginning and starting this journey the right way.

I highly recommend this book!  It’s lots of fun, and I actually read it in one sitting as I couldn’t set it down even to get some sleep!  As always, don’t take my word for it – peruse the book yourself and decide whether it’s worth reading.  Form your own opinion about it as well.  After all, who am I to tell you what to think and what to feel?  That’s your job.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and screwdriver!

The Stone Monkey – Jeffery Deaver

Look Ma, it’s a book review!  Yes, snarkiness is allowed on my blog. 🙂

I finally finished this book and now, I want to share my thoughts on it with you!

This book was published by Pocket Books which is a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc. in 2002.  It is dedicated to all the folks we Americans lost on Sept. 11, 2001.

This is one of the books featuring Lincoln Rhyme.  Ever since the movie version of The Bone Collector, Denzel Washington is who I think of as Lincoln Rhyme.  In his dialogue in the book, I hear Denzel’s voice. 🙂  It makes the book more interesting to me, I think.

Anyway, in this book, Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are hunting down a snakehead, a Chinese man who smuggles humans to America.  This particular guy has been named The Ghost and is wanted by authorities in China and Anerica, as well as a couple of other countries, for crimes ranging from human trafficking to murder.  They are joined by faithful colleagues from the FBI, the local NYPD and two newcomers: Alan Coe of INS and Sonny Li, a Chinese policeman from Fuzhou, China who has followed The Ghost all the way from China to the US to arrest him for several deaths in his own backyard.

The book is rich with sights, sounds, feelings and thoughts which Jeffery Deaver excels at!  he draws you into the book by building a three dimensional world out of just words.  Words full of deliciousness such as how Dellray dresses and speaks, how Amelia Sachs drivers her sports car and how Lincoln Rhyme feels ghost pains in places that no longer have feeling.

You feel for the poor families being tracked by the Ghost, by the loss of the elderly grandfather of one of the families and loathe The Ghost as he thinks of what he wants to do, not only to the families but also the woman he call Yindao.

There are lots of twists and turns, misdirection and Chinese wisdom in this wonderful story, and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes criminal drama, Jeffery Deaver and/or Lincoln Rhyme.

I never give away too much of the plot or the ending so if you want to read the book based on what I have shared, fantastic!  Let me know how you liked it, or didn’t.  If you want to know more about the story before you actually read it, check out Jeffery Deaver’s official site: Jeffery Deaver-Official Site.

See you on the flipside my friends and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!  The spice must flow!!

Sharing a Blog

I read blogs as often as I can.  I have email notifications set up so I can read them in my email feed rather than jumping around to all the blog sites they come from – I just don’t have the kind of time any more.  Anyway, I am a long time reader and admirer of J. Money the blogger of Budgets Are Sexy. Just the name of the blog is enough to make you want to take a peek – yeah?

Well not too long ago (like February of this year), he posted an entry with the title: Why I Am Obsessed With Cemeteries.  If that title doesn’t just reach out and grab your attention, I don’t know what would.

Reading the title had me wondering what cemeteries had to do with building wealth and learning about finances.  So, I clicked on the link and read the whole thing through in one sitting – something I don’t do normally.  As usual, the entry was well written, amusing and witty as well as full of interesting things.

After reading the entry, I did something I do very very rarely: I contacted J. Money via email and asked him for permission to share his blog entry.  I don’t usually share other people’s blog entries because most of them I just hit “Like” and other people can go to the entry on their own.  This time, it was different.  I was so taken by the entry I had to share the link via my own blog in the hopes all my readers and anyone who wanders past, would go read the entry for themselves.

The title of the entry again is: Why I Am Obsessed With Cemeteries. If you like this entry please, let me and J. Money know!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and screwdriver!

 

Stephen King – End of Watch

First off, let me say how much of a fangirl I am of Stephen King’s writing.  I can’t say of the man because I have never actually met him, but his writing – OMG!!  I discovered Mr. King in the fall of 1984.  I was in school and found his book, IT, in the school library.  It was a hardcover without a dust jacket.  It was gray all over with IT in red letting that looked almost slashed into the cover.  I was intrigued as I had not read a horror story before – the book cover gave no clue what genre it was and I didn’t bother to look at the inside of the book.

Anyway, I started reading the book, and I couldn’t put it down.  I read it far past my bedtime, I read it during lunch at school and even in some of my classes when I got my work done early.  It took me three days to read the entire book and from then on, I was hooked.  My second book by him was Carrie as I wanted to start from the beginning.

Now, almost 34 years later, I am still a major fan of his work, and the most recent book of his I have read is called End of Watch.

From the moment I opened the book and began to read, I was hooked.  Just like with It, I couldn’t put the book down!  Unlike IT, it took me less than 24 hours to read it from cover to cover. I was disappointed not to see the Dear Reader missive I’ve gotten used to seeing at the end of the book – there was Author’s Note instead.  Ah well, things do change….

End of Watch is related to two other books written by Mr, King: Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers.  It brings the story thread full circle in fact, and the ending is one you should definitely get to.

The main bad guy in this book is Brady Hartsfield, a major psycho if ever there was one.  The good guys are Retired Detective Bill Hodges, Holly Gibney with some help from Jerome Robinson.  Mr. King has fleshed out these characters so well you loathe the bad guy and really dig the good guys.  I actually cried about one of them, and I don’t usually cry over fictional characters so kuddos to you Mr. King.

Brady is a mass murderer who killed 8 people with a car and injured quite a few more in the first book to introduce him.  Holly stops him from killing hundreds more using a bomb by smacking him in the head with a sock containing ball bearings – big ones.  In this book, Brady has learned how to leave his wasted body and “ride” along inside of other people’s brains.  He’s also learned a lot about mind control and hypnosis.  Combining all this, he plans to kill a whole lot more people – kids mostly – and not get blamed for it.  He is the “prince of suicide” after all.

Bill has retired from the police force since Brady was captured, survived a heart attack and opened up a detective agency with Holly.  Now, he’s been told he has pancreatic cancer, and it’s pretty bad.  Once people who survived Brady’s rampage with the car begin committing suicide, he thinks of Brady right away.  He puts off treatment of his condition until he finds a way to stop the once perceived brain dead man with the help of Holly and Jerome.

The story is often fast paced with heart pounding action Mr. King is wonderful at creating!  The feasibility of what he proposes could happen is what is more frightening than anything else in the book.  Violence is a bit graphic but not unduly so – be fair warned.  The book, as a whole, is happily fantastic and well worth reading!

As usual, don’t take my word for it.  Read it, or not, as you wish.  I know there are some people out there who don’t like Mr. King’s writing (oh say it isn’t so!!), and that’s their prerogative.  I’m not a literary expert or anything and even if I was, you should make up your own mind and not follow what everyone else thinks.  You can miss out on a lot of fun experiences that way.

Thus ends my review, I’ll see you all on the flipside.  Don’t forget your towels or your sonic screwdriver – someone may need a bureau made at them! 🙂

As Promised – Peacock Project

I actually finished this project several days ago, but I had so much other stuff going on I didn’t have time to sit down to write a post until now.

This piece was originally supposed to be for an accent pillow.  I found the pattern in a vintage pattern book circa 1915 – The Priscilla Filet Crochet Book No. 2 in fact.  The pattern called for size 300 thread which I had no clue about so, I used what I had.  The piece is now 47 inches wide by 55 inches tall.  I am selling it on Etsy too –

https://www.etsy.com/listing/588687694/filet-crocheted-peacock

If the above link doesn’t work, please let me know.  So far, it’s working.

That’s it for now folks, more to come, so see you on the flipside.  Enjoy and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!

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Fullmetal Alchemist(2017)

Apparently, I’m a sucker for subtitles no matter what language the movie is in. This one is in Japanese – I think. I have only caught bits and pieces of the anime this movie is based on, but I know my sons enjoyed it – might still enjoy it; I’ll have to ask.

Anyway, this is a live action film from Netflix based on the anime by the same name.  The site doesn’t give much information about the film such as who plays whom and whatnot so, I’m going to guess.  Ryosuke Yamada must play Edward while Dean Fujioka is Alphonse, his brother.  That’s all I’m going to guess at because I’m not sure which are female names and which are male names.

In this film which is full of lots of fun action and some great special effects, is about two brothers living in something like a Communist country.  The uniforms are reminiscent of Communist Russian uniforms with some slight modification and the color is blue.  The state controls who is allowed to practive alchemy and who is not based on how “useful” their abilities are.

The movie opens with the two brothers as little boys,  Their mom is killed, and the boys are wrecked, Alphonse more than Edward.  They were already training to be alchemists like their absent father so they decide to bring Mom back with alchemy.  Something goes horribly wrong, and the movie fast forwards.  You learn fairly quickly that Al’s spirit is stuck inside a suit of armor while Ed is missing an arm and a leg – he has metal prosthesis instead.

The main plot of the movie is the pair finding the Philosopher’s Stone so Ed can get Al’s body back.  It ends up not being as simple as it sounds.

I enjoyed this movie, most likely because I’ve not really scene the anime.  People who have panned the movie just because.  I’m more of a realist – nobody is going to do an anime just in live action.  The animes are full of things you can’t do with live actors and cameras – not even with CGI.  I like the movie just as it stands, no comparison to the anime.

I do wish they’d done more with Al but the interaction with him and Ed as well as others in the show was still good.

See the movie, or don’t see the movie.  I believe everyone should do as they like instead of what the critics say.  Me, I’m not a critic, I just like movies, and I like telling people about them.  I’ve enjoyed movies that movie critics said were not worth wasting my time on – who are they to know what I like or don’t like.  Whom am I to know what you do, or don’t like.  Have fun and have a great time doing whatever you like!

See you on the flipside movie watchers and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!

Bright(2017)

This is a Netflix created and produced movie starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton.  I read all the bad reviews about the movie from the news stories, they even went so far as to say it was the worst film of 2017.  How did they come to this conclusion – money.  It didn’t make a lot of money from people wanting to see it before it came out and from other factors I know nothing about.  These stories said it was Will’s worst movie to date even.  Thing was, none of these reporters thought to ask what people thought – real people like you and me.

On Facebook, not long after the show aired in December 2017, lots of people were posting about how good it was.  They liked the revamping of the Orc story as well as the great way Elves were portrayed.  With the good and the bad reviews in mind, I decided to watch the show myself – I’ve always hated to be told what to do.

Will Smith is Officer Daryl Ward, a father and a husband.  He’s also just recovered from being shot by a gang member because his partner didn’t have his back.  It’s something he’s still having issues with.

Joel Edgerton is Officer Nick Jakoby, an unblooded Orc, and the partner whose mistake got Officer Ward shot.

This movie addresses racism in a roundabout way as well as being pretty tongue-in-cheek about a lot of other issues our society is dealing with now.

The story is about the partners coming upon the scene of a horrendous attack, finding a girl mounted on a wall, still alive and *gasp* a magic wand.

In this world, a magic wand is a weapon of mass destruction – only a Bright, a mage, can handle it, and they are considered criminals who are usually terminated on the spot.  If anyone besides a Bright handles the wand, it goes off like a massive energy wave killing anyone in its path – vaporizes them.

Anyway, Will reports the finding of the wand and then, he and his partner find themselves running from the law, from gang members, from demented Elves and from this world’s version of the FBI, all with the injured girl who is an Elf and a Bright.

I think people should see this movie if only so they can thumb their noses at the critics.  In my humble opinion this was not one of Will Smith’s worst movies, it’s not one of his best either but hey, it’s paying his bills. 🙂  I enjoyed the movie itself though some parts were just plain silly – the rest made up for it.

See you on the flipside my friends and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!

 

Lindsay-Darkly Dreaming Dexter

What can I say, sometimes only the dark will do.  I am a big fan of the show and was sad when it ended so, I went looking for the books that inspired the show.  I’m disappointed to see so few have been written and hope more are on the way.  I guess we’ll see.

By the way, as I write this, I have a couple of guys doing some carpentry work close to my window and one of them is singing horribly off key.  I can only hear it when the saw is off so here’s to the saw running a lot!  I can handle that better than the horrible singing.

Anyway, this book was everything I’d hope for: the birth of Dexter and his Dark Passenger!  It gives you the great back story with just the right amount of flare and twisted darkness.  Imagine how a police officer, sworn to do his duty yet tired of seeing all his hard work thrown out by corrupt people within the system that is supposed to support him in his efforts to punish those who are threats to society for their crimes.  Then, imagine this same officer, tired off constantly losing and almost at his wits end, adopting a little orphan – a witness to a horrific murder and victim of the aftermath.  This self same orphan who, as he grows older, is found out by his law and order adopted dad to be a threat to society in the making.  What do you do?

If you watched even one episode of Dexter, you know what this poor yet honorable man did, and I, for one, think it was a great idea the writer had.  If you look at the incredible Hannibal Lecter character – he is finesse and polish, refined and educated – and a cannibal who is very select about whom he devours.  Dexter is a serial killer with only one type of victim – fellow killers.  You have to love the irony!

The author has made Dexter believable and interesting – a bit of dark humor in the thoughts running through his head as he gives the reader his inner dialogue.  He is as charming as he can be, admits he’s not as “human” seeming as everyone else, but he’s appealing just the same.

The book plot isn’t just about Dexter killing someone – oh no.  There is a story here, a purpose behind what he does.  He is a Blood Splatter Specialist and he assists his police officer adopted sister with her cases – when she needs him.  The book starts with a murder, one committed by Dexter, and then moves on to more murders – not Dexter’s handiwork but oh so close!!  It takes both Dexter and his sister, Deborah, to figure out the murderer….and I will not spoil the ending for you!

This book, as you can tell, is one I highly recommend even if you’ve either never seen the show or, don’t like the show for whatever reason. 🙂  I’m working on getting the next one in the series.

That’s it for now my friends, see you on the flipside and remember, please, your towel and sonic screwdriver!