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Our blog is meant to evoke fun with the magic of myths, folklore, movies and the mayhem of murder and madness. We have to keep it interesting so if you like different genres of movies and books then you're at the right blog. Our authors are a wide range of experts and our readers know what is top of the line in their favorite genres. Sometimes we post recipes that might be fun to try if a culinary author has one in her book that we think is especially yummy or one that Terri and I have created and want to share with you. Enjoy Guest Blogger Alice Duncan's monthly muse on her books and writing mysteries.
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Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Death Plays Poker by Robin Spano is the second book in the “Clare Vengel Undercover” mystery series. Publisher: ECW Press, October 2011
What a ride! Who knew playing poker could be deadly and when a fellow cop becomes a victim, Clare goes undercover and when the stakes are high, so is the killing. What a great story that kept me both intrigued and amused as the game of poker played out in the background. With an interesting cast of suspects leading the way, it was no wonder the killer’s identity escaped me throughout most of this page-turning and engaging mystery. Using each chapter to give us a character’s point of view added to the suspense of this well-played drama. This was a great read and I look forward to Clare’s next undercover assignment.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Monday, November 21, 2011
Skating Over The Line by Joelle Charbonneau is the second book in the “Rebecca Robbins” mystery series. Publisher: Minotaur Books, September 2011
All Rebecca wants is to sell the skating rink and return to Chicago, but when Pop’s friend’s car is stolen, Rebecca reluctantly takes the case, only to find the car ablaze. With a visit from her estranged father and being threatened, Rebecca has her hands full trying to find an arsonist car-thief. What a fun read! This was an enjoyable story from the moment I opened the book and read the first line. The mystery kept me turning the pages and the lovable and eccentric characters of Indian Falls entertained me with their humorous antics and engaging dialogue. I look forward to more adventures with Rebecca and gang in this charming and delightful series.
Monday, November 14, 2011
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
The dancers were great, particularly those who played Daisy, Myrtle and Gatsby. The props and sets were often whimsical and often just plain lovely. The jazz soloists were incredible and except for a couple moments I just didnt get (dancing with curtain only lifted to about the knees and a GREAT but to me not revelevant to the story tap dance), the dancing highly emotional and evocative.
I walked away from the performance in an upbeat mood feeling satisfied. Too bad the show had such a short run - because I really would recommend everyone to go see it.
Flipped Out by Jennie Bentley is the fifth book in the “Do-It-Yourself” cozy mystery series. Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime, October 2011
Avery and Derek’s next renovation project will be part of a reality project with five days to complete the project. Things go astray when the owner’s dead body is found and now the frantic pace to complete their project turns into a frantic pace to find a murderer before the crew leaves town. What a great read. This well-plotted mystery had so many twists that every time I thought I knew who the killer was, another person had a better motive, and yet I didn’t suspect the killer when they were finally revealed. What draws me back to the adventures of Avery and Derek are the relationships with their friends, the ambiance of their coastal town and the warm feeling I get when I’m flipping the pages. The author continues to write a series that is both exciting and entertaining and I look forward to the next book in this enjoyable series.
Monday, November 7, 2011
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Reviewed by Dru Ann Love