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On An Island

Sometimes I have too many wonderful books to read. So much so in fact that I may try to rush through a book just so I can get to run that I THINK is greener in order to make myself slow down I think of myself stranded on an island and I only had sooo many books with me. You know the cruise ship wreck...LOL anyway on my island I am forced to slow and down and enjoy the book I am reading. This trick actually works for today I want you to give us some of your reading tricks for stitcking with a book and enjoying the book as in not just racking up book titles so you have a huge number to list at the end of the year in your book journal.
Now this does not include library books that have a deadline as I have not ever figured a way around the hurry that might require a day or two bfore the book is due back to the library.

Review - Death Plays Poker

Death Plays Poker by Robin Spano is the second book in the “Clare Vengel Undercover” mystery series. Publisher: ECW Press, October 2011

World class poker players are being strangled in their hotel rooms, and undercover cop Clare is given her second big assignment: to pose as a poker player in a major televised tournament, befriend the suspects, and find the killer in their midst. Her cover role? A trust fund princess named Tiffany who thinks the poker tour is a better idea than college. Posing as Tiffany helps Clare infiltrate the tour’s inner circle, but uncovering the truth is harder than ever among people who lie for a living.As more players fall prey to the Poker Choker and Clare’s cover comes under attack, the stakes get even higher: should Clare fold and return to her life as a dull beat cop, or go all in and prove her worth?
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 k…

What is?

What is....

What is your most important topic/rant today? Is it local, , city or state goverment? The recipe that never turns out right for you? A book you read that doesn't quite leave you satisfied? How about a work related issue? Maybe a cleaning solution that doesn't work? Maybe it's people who can't let the issue go or parks a shopping cart in a handicap parking space?
Whatever your topic is tell us about it today?
My small rant is workmen who show up next door to work on a house (roof and inside the house) at 6:30 in the morning and well I might as well get up and out of bed. Now the thing is they pack up and are out of here by noon so you think GREAT one day not so bad only for it to happen again the next morning they stay two hours and are gone again. This keeps happening to me and I am a light sleeper. Can we say grouchy? Would it kill them to wait until 8:00 the duplex next door is empty!!! Anyway that is my small rant....Your turn to rant....


Today it's time talk about our pets. I'll go first (VBG) I have two dogs. Heidi is a dream but she doesn't walk she runs. She is German Shepherd and I have to say could never be an indoor dog. We love her and over our back fence is another dog and a tiny terrior dog they are her playmates and she loves them. They bark and howl and have their own communication together.
Now our indoor dog is lady Mysteri and she is the my best friend. She loves to bark and her and Heidi often bark back and forth to one another. Lady Mystery loves wind and she also liked scrambled eggs. Our whole family adores her and I have to say she makes me a lot calmer than I was before I had her. We go for family walks and sometimes family car rides which is one of her passions and the longer the better. Belly rubs by Frank will bring a smile to her face and of course feeding her (she's my fat Diva) will bring a smile. Now I know the vet will be putting her on a diet she is a corgi and 54 pound…

An Interview with Rochelle Staab

M&M: Rochelle, tell us about your latest book Who Do, Voodoo?
I’d love to! Who Do, Voodoo?features no-nonsense Liz Cooper, a Los Angeles psychologist with a cynical view of the occult. When Liz's friend Robin finds an unusual tarot card tacked to her front door, Liz writes it off as a prank. Robin refuses to ignore the omen—the same card predicted her husband’s death two years earlier. As more cards and darker threats appear, Liz realizes someone dangerous is upping the ante and she turns to old friend and occult expert Nick Garfield for help. Nick introduces Liz into the voodoo community where their search for the origin of the tarot deck leads to the discovery of a murder veiled in a voodoo curse. Robin becomes a suspect, and Liz has to set aside her doubts about the supernatural to unravel otherworldly secrets and clear her friend—or risk being outwitted by a cunning killer.

M&M: What type of writing schedule do you have and how long does it take you to write your books?

Our First Time?

Our first time:

I am curious so I thought I would ask the question: Aside from Nancy Drew or Agatha Christie and the same goes for Sherlock Holmes I am going to ask you what is the first cozy mystery you read?
I know that mine was DEATH ON DEMAND by Carolyn Hart and I was hooked. I never looked back and I can credit Carolyn with the fact that I became a mystery author. Her books inspired me and I have to say Phylis Whitney also inspired me as she wrote several articles and books on writing and I loved them so did Slyvia Barrack and this year I am going to go back reread these books., I remember the excitement I had with the thought of writing my first mystery. I remember the first blank page that combined terror and excitement.
There are not enough blogs to go into the writing detours my life had taken but those first years were so important and those first books were more important. I couldn't have though back before the Carolyn Hart days that I could write a book. I pretty much tau…

Review - Skating Over the Line

Skating Over The Line by Joelle Charbonneau is the second book in the “Rebecca Robbins” mystery series. Publisher: Minotaur Books, September 2011

Rebecca Robbins is desperate to sell her inherited roller-skating rink in small-town Indian Falls, and—finally—she has a buyer. She can’t wait to head back to Chicago, especially now that her long delinquent father has blown back into town, but Lionel, her veterinarian boyfriend, thinks she should stay put. Also, the gang at the Senior Center wants her to track down the thief who’s been hot-wiring rusted-out classic cars. Unable to resist, Rebecca soon has the Sheriff’s Deputy threatening to arrest her for obstruction, and strange but scary men threatening her life. Then cars start exploding, with people in them, and Rebecca’s father goes missing. With the help of Pop, her Elvis-impersonating grandfather, Rebecca must find the pyromaniac car thief and put a stop to him—before he stops her first.
All Rebecca wants is to sell the skating rink a…

Kindle or Nook?

Okay so far we haven't mentioned kindles on our blog or any other ereaders etc...but today I am thinking about them so thought I would have everyone weigh in on this topic. Tell me what you have and why you chose yours? There are all types of these readers out there so I am curious about which suits you and why you wanted to buy the one you did? Are you still happy with it? Tell us about font and background? How many books have you read on the let's say for this blog Kindle? What was the first book you put on your reader? How long did it take you to learn your way around it?
That is today's topic and I hope you will tell me about yours so when the time comes I can make an informed decession.
In reading,

Cross Stitcher's Day

Cross Stitchers Day:

Last week our Creative Cross Stitch Group (and if you are interested in joining you can find ous on yahoogroups), had our first November 1st SAL (Stitch Along)  stitch in day. It was a lot of fun and I enjoyed my cross stitch immensely that because in Parsons I really do not have anyone to talk about cross stitch with let alone cross stitch with anyone. Our town is a quilting town and these quilting groups make some lovely quilts but alas I am not a quilter. Love them immensely but I do not quilt.
Anyway for our cross stitch buddies on the list I thought I might ask what you are stitching and how many of us are Christmas stitching? How many days a week do you stitch and have you ever taught anyone else to cross stitch?
Do you have a face to face cross stitch group that you stitch with? What about cross stitch buddies? What was the last pattern you bought? What was the last fabby and floss you bought? Tell us your cross stitch themes?
Mine are mostly Noir and retro the…

Review - A Veiled Deception by Annette Blair

Maddie Cutler goes home to CT for her sister's impending wedding.  But at a party in their family home, a woman is murdered.  And her baby sister is the suspect.  Then she finds another talent she has besides fashion design - sometimes the vintage clothes talk to her.  And visions of the past, along with support of family and friends, she learns the keys to the crime lay in the past.  Very fun read, with loads of great fashion quotes and descriptions.  Then there are the interesting and fun characters.  I loved this book and look forward to more in the series

Washington Ballet's The Great Gatsby at the Kennedy Center

I really enjoyed this performance.  I think it is a story that translates very well to Ballet.  And thanks to a generous doantion, TWB now has live music again - which was great.  I do enjoy good jazz after all.The costumes of course I loved as well - fringe, sequins, handkerchief hemlines.  How can they not be fun?

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.


Review - Flipped Out by Jenny Bentley

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 her hunky handyman boyfriend Derek Ellis are renovating another house in Waterfield, Maine. But it’s not just any house. It belongs to local news anchor Tony “the Tiger” Micelli—and it’s a quaint cottage with limitless possibilities. Even more exciting is that the makeover is going to be filmed as part of a home renovation TV show.  Unfortunately the road to cable TV fame is a bumpy one: this DIY spins into a DOA when Tony’s corpse is found at the cottage, flat on his back and not from natural causes. Turns out there were a few people who wanted Tony dead, and that the murderer might have his sights set on a few more Waterfield residents. That means it’s up to Avery to nail the killer. Before someone yells “Cut!” and it’s all over.
Avery and Derek’s next renovation project will be part of a reality project with five days to complete the pr…

Books, Books, Books

Books Books Books:

So while Oklahoma was having earthquakes last weekend my husband was visiting our daughter and grandchildren. He stopped by half price books in Olathe and picked me up these gems.
DON'T DRINK THE WATER by Susan Rogers Cooper
THE BODY IN THE BONFIRE by Katherine Hall Page
DIPPED, STRIPPED and DEAD by Elise Hyatt
SCARED STIFF by Annelise Ryan all of them for 3.00 or under.....
I was surprised that he chose so many but every year I try (don't always succeed) to have some books for when I am snowed or iced in which of course can always happen from Oct thru April in Kansas.
Anyway I had sent him to search out some writing books but he never bought any of those...
Which is my topic today as in for our authors on this list and in cozyarmchair what writing books have helped ? My coblogger Terri sent me links to free writing books and I am going to be reading some of them. I will have to take breaks but that is okay and I am very thankful…



I love a great fall scene and today I have chili in the crockpot because our leaves changed color (finally) and it's cold outside with a high of 48 today. I love a good book, chili and a great fall scene.
What is your favorite fall scene? Does the season find you reading more books as we become cooler and do more inside entertainment?
Do you have a favorite fall meal and do you ever reread a book or series?
Okay I am off to see what other mischief I can create. I might light a pumpkin candle...I have to write today so I don't want to do any baking that is longer than thirty minutes. So far the cooking channel hasn't come up with a thirty minute baking show but if they do I am there.

Happy Reading and good scents,

Review - The Devil's Puzzle

The Devil’s Puzzle by Clare O’Donohue is the fourth book in the “Someday Quilts” mystery series. Publisher: Plume, September 2011
Nell and the Someday quilters undertake their first cold case in a series that continues to bewitch.
After their quilting retreat upstate, the Someday Quilts ladies return to Archers Rest to prepare for the town’s big anniversary celebration. But their plans are unexpectedly derailed by the discovery of a human skeleton in Nell’s grandmother’s backyard. When a menacing wave of shattered windows, defaced graves, and threats to prominent citizens follows, fears fly that the town’s bygone history of witchcraft has been reawakened. Shockingly, Nell’s grandmother becomes the prime suspect, and the ladies must solve the mystery and clear her good name–even if it means putting Nell’s own life in danger.
When a dead body is found in Eleanor’s backyard, Nell, our amateur sleuth, is on the case where secrets buried deep are about to be exposed. Concerns for her grandmot…

Good Morning!

Good Morning,
Well it's November so it's time to winterize your reading list. I guess what I meant to ask is...."Do you stock pile mysteries/books so that if there is a blizzard like what happened to (Mare and our other cozy friends) then you have a bunch of your favorite books on hand to read? See to me this situation is different than just having a tbr pile because the tbr pile is great but when I'm in a blizzard (I live in Kansas si it's happened) I start climbing the walls and I need a book that will make me forget the weather outside. I also don't go to the library as often when we start receiving snow and ice so I do have a tbr pile and my weather crisis pile. Some of the authors that I must have in my weather crisis pile are Emily Brightwell, Nancy Atherton and Kate Kingsbury as I really like to read historical mysteries. Amanda Matetsky doesn't write fast enough to suit me. LOL BUT this year I am adding Rhys Bowen's books and Lorraine Bartlett a…