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Thursday, November 26, 2015
The book is filled with literary quotes involving tea and lovely illustrations.
If you love tea, (which I CERTAINLY do!) it is definitely worth checking out!
The case he is investigating involves the suspicious deaths (likely murders) of Dead Beat Dads and the connection to what seems like an innocuous blog. As the investigation ramps up, Ed sets himself up as a target and with the help of a crack team of cops, the bait is taken.
I really enjoyed this story. The cop work was solid and the demands of his position were interesting. I liked that he was not a lone gun cop - he worked with his team to get deeper into the web. He was smart and anticipated. I like smart police stories and this one really worked.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
After this revelation, the mystery deepens as she tries to understand what has happened, regain her memories and recover her life.
This was a very eerie, gothic tale. As a reader, I, like Georgina, wondered what was happening and if, it was a delusion as the doctor insisted. Her aloneness and fright were palpable at times.
The story unfolds slowly, with the roots of the mystery in the past. Parts of the story are told in epistolary style with letters from the past helping her fill in the gaps and piece together what had happened. Very engaging.
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She told Kinsey that her ex-husband cheated with her best friend. That their divorce agreement was unacceptable because he got to keep the artwork. There is a painting she wants back and her ex-husband doesn't know that the painting is worth more than he could imagine. The artwork came with the house, sat in the basement for years.
Kinsey takes the case because what the woman really wants is information on a son she gave up for adoption years ago and her ex-husband doesn't even know exsist.
This pulls at Kinsey's heartstrings even if the son is an ex-con.
Something in Kinsey's gut tells her that something isn't right. Soon she starts to find out clue by clue why it's not right.
Then there is Henry her landlord, neighbor and all around best friend. He is digging up his yard because there is a draught and his water bills keep going up. He wants to do his part by conserving water not wasting it. What's more is the new neighbors are helpless and he has taken them under his wing. Kinsey thinks they are pests an she would love to swat them.
All of this is more than enough to deal with but then there is the past to set straight as Kinsey doesn't need the bad karma. You see one of the partners in firm she started out in has died. The IRS wants the some missing paperwork on an old case.
The widow and Kinsey go through some of the things and Kinsey ends up with an old bankers box that the detective kept for no good reason. In a hidden compartment he has a manila envelope that holds secrets and needs to be returned to the person it was meant for which mean Kinsey follows the past. in doing so she accidentally trips over the present and soon she learns that Ned Lowe, he is a dead woman's husband, he was involved in a lawsuit years ago, what about the picture of a little girl sitting on her mother's lap and what does any of this have to do with a detective they thought committed suicide?
More questions less answers and soon this whodunit turns into a revelation that is coded and needs to be deciphered. Henry gets the honor and loves every minute of it, at least that is truth when he is not worrying about his lawn and the neighbors next door.
Step by step, the pieces begin the fall into place.
Not before Kinsey has a few nightmares and learns more about love, human nature and murder than she ever wanted to know.
X by Sue Grafton is the best one yet and I will say that I was sleep deprived for a few days.
Let's add in this review that if there was a book of Sue's that could be read as a standalone this is the one.
Pamela James I give one *********** out of ten.
Thursday, November 5, 2015
When she's not typing on her laptop or feeding her fat cat Betty, Cindy enjoys taking long walks with her cute hubby John. A native Vermonter who hates snow, Cindy divides her time between the south and the north. Most of the year you'll find her in South Carolina. But come summer she'll be on the porch of her lakeside shack in Vermont.
Cindy's favorite travel destinations are all in Europe, her favorite TV show is The Big Bang Theory, her favorite movie is Moonstruck, and her favorite color is orange. Cindy dislikes vacuuming, traffic, and lima beans.