Friday, December 15, 2017

Review: The Road to Jonestown - Jeff Guinn

Jim Jones and the Jonestown suicides remain one of the most horrific cult moments of all time.  I was just a kid at the time and was so horrified by the whole thing.

This book tells the story of Jim Jones from his childhood to the formation of the Peoples Temple in Indiana where it was a positive force for change in race relations and care of the needy.  Then of course, over the years, as it grew, Jones became more and more erratic and unstable.  It shows the progression of the insanity that would culminate in the deaths of 918 people.

This is the best book I have read on the subject and makes the people and their choices more understandable of a terrible story that will hopefully never happen again.

The book is well researched and written.  In fact, almost 20% of the book is end notes.


Monday, December 11, 2017

Review: The Man from the Train by Bill James and Rachel McCarthy James

This was a fascinating book.  Between 1898 and 1912 there were quite a lot of axe murders of entire families throughout the US.  I never knew how many!  The most famous likely being Villisca.  The authors sort through the historical records and discuss the different cases, including if others were convicted of the crimes (many times) and executed.  The compare similarities in methods and signatures of the crimes.  They give opinions of which were connected crimes vs. those that were not - including those of the New Orleans Axe murderer.  It is a fascinating read and they clearly did a huge amount of research on the crimes.  It shocked me how many axe murders there were during the period.  It was shocking.  Of note -- Lizzie Borden was not mentioned. LOL

They even propose who they thought the killer was and make a case.  Of course, we'll never know for sure, but it was a very interesting book.


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Blog: Late November

Good Evening Everyone,

November has been  a busy month. On the upside our tree is up, the books I am going to finish reading and due to write reviews on are done.
Soon I will post reviews of the books I've read this month.
I am still working on my cross stitch projects for Halloween. 

Another plus is that our weather has been in the 70's today now on the downside we have 20 mile an hour winds.

My favorite mystery this month is by Elaine Viets, "CHECKED OUT" is a fabulous cozy mystery. In other words if you have Elaine Viets, mystery to read  life is good. This one part of her Dead-End-Job Mystery Series. 
Okay I'm hope everyone is well, happy and healthy,

If you have a good book you are never alone,
Pamela James

Monday, November 27, 2017

Review: Killman Creek by Rachel Caine

I loved the first book in the series and looked forward to this one.  I enjoyed it even more than the first.  

Gwen Proctor knew it wasn't over after the confrontation with her ex's accomplices in the last book, but now she is determined:  no more running.  Her ex has escaped from prison and she knows the fear will never end until he is dead, so she decides to fight.

Only Melvin Royal is a very sick man and obsessed with the family running from him.  He wants to punish Gwen and torture her and kill her like his victims.  He wants to turn his son into a monster like him.

Gwen's life gets even more difficult when doctored video shows up making her look like a willing accomplice to her serial killer ex-husband, turning her allies and her family against her.

Only she won't give up to save her family.

This books is action packed and dark.  It is about survival and a mother's love and is emotionally a roller coaster with lots of satisfaction rolled in.

This is probably my favorite book of the year.

I will say - this is not a stand alone - it is important to read the first book - Stillhouse Lake - first!


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

review: The Seventh Palgue by James Rollins

Quite an intense, globe-spanning adventure!  A strange plague is unleashed by a man seeking to stop it.  The microbes feed on electrical current and the plague harks back to the plagues of Egypt.  Steeping in history, cultures, animal society and science, the twists come fast and furious as the fast paced story unfolds.  I particularly loved the elephants. :)

Sometimes it felt hard to keep up with the science part -- throw in a dangerous man who idolizes the theories of Nicola Tesla and is planning to use the microbes in a way to make free energy for all.  Best intentions gone horribly wrong.  

It is like fitting the pieces of a puzzle together while running at top speed.


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Scandals all over the place

Every day it seems like there are more and more scandals of men behaving badly.  Weinstein, Moore, Franken, Spacey, Rose -- on and on it goes.

The things that makes me most angry are the - why did they wait questions.  I really don't think that a lot of people understand how much shame these women and in some cases children, experience.
They fear not being believed over the powerful man (and rightfully so).  

Yet for those who come out and talk about how it was an open secret, or they knew and did nothing etc...  They incur my anger more.  Either they tacitly approved of the behavior or did not want to get involved and THUS allowed yet more people (or children) to be victimized.  

Everyday it seems you hear more stories of very inappropriate behavior.  So do these men truly not understand how wrong their behavior was or do they think it was okay because they were "important" or what?  Nobody seems to have just said what the hell are you doing?  How can you possibly think it okay?  Then so many covered it up for years.  It is insane.

So now, people are being suspended and fired (finally).  Careers ruined.  Some make it about politics but truthfully -- sexual harassment and abuse are crimes and these men need to be prosecuted.  Society needs to stop condoning and excusing exploitation by these famous, powerful, rich (whatever) men.  Both women and men need to stop ignoring it around them.  

We all know this is just a few specks on the surface and this stuff is all over and everyone needs to stop making excuses for these predators and call them what they are!


Thursday, November 16, 2017

Review: Remains by Marjorie Swift Doering

Detectives are called to a crime scene where there is a LOT of blood and no body. Not knowing whether the resident is the killer or victim, the investigators have a hard road to follow. The case then drags them into a serial killer investigation. Meanwhile, a psychic inserts herself in the case and tells them where to find the body. Lots of things are not as they seem.

I really liked the characters and story.

Some very very dark characters, lots of games.  Nice bite.


Review: The Road to Jonestown - Jeff Guinn

Jim Jones and the Jonestown suicides remain one of the most horrific cult moments of all time.  I was just a kid at the time and was so ho...