MM: Do you have a certain word count or amount of pages you write everyday? As many as I need to in order to meet my deadlines. This usually falls around 5,000.
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Monday, February 29, 2016
MM: Do you have a certain word count or amount of pages you write everyday? As many as I need to in order to meet my deadlines. This usually falls around 5,000.
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Another thing I really like is when cozies tackle serious issues (this was actually a fascinating panel discussion at Malice Domestic several years ago). In this case, elder abuse. I actually wish there could have been more dialogue about it in the story since Lucy was writing about a police program to address the issue.
Sunday, February 21, 2016
Lea Wait's THREAD and GONE, I love hobby mysteries. Especially cross stitch, needlepoint, quilting, sewing and much more. You could I am in heaven and other passions on my reading list.
Jenn McKinlay does pen a bad book or series. Currently I'm enthralled with her library lover's Mystery series. (Full disclosure I love books set in a library and I go way back to Miss. Zukas Library Mysteries. I digress A LIKELY STORY is wonderful. I would have been exhausted after writing this mystery.
Ellen Byron is another author who knows a character or two PLANTATION SHUDDERS is an impressive cozy Cajun country mystery series.
As you can read I have been happily amused, excited, plot twisted and enjoying all of my books.
I also finished coloring three pictures. Two were started a while back and the other one I stayed with until I finished it this weekend.
Home: Laundry was done, I shopped for diabetic socks, Frank needs to see his doctor about a blood pressure script. He also never made it out to give them a blood test so he has THAT to do...that really left a void in my weekend. Well even our weekend as he didn't do too good last night and explains a lot about our weekend.
What I watched: I watched The new season of CROSSING LINES now this is great and I am happy to say that it's worth your time to find it on nextflix.
Watched a rerun of Doc Martin because I wanted some humor this weekend.
Saturday Morning I watched my quilting shows and cross stitched while I watched them. I had to re-watch the first one which is Quilting Arts as I had a few family snafus etc...what I cross stitched on this time is : Little House Needleworks the title of mine is "The Bookshelf" add to this is the fact that I was going to stitch on the scarecrow but I lost my thread number 309 I still can't find it. LOL the chart number is Seventeen. I only have about half of it to go and until I get out of town to buy floss I think I will continue to stitch this one. I mean the other thread might turn up right? LOL
In full disclosure I must confess that I lost two pair of scissors. I know it's probably all together somewhere.
Our weather is beautiful here so we have been walking Pepper, I have to say we saw a dandelion today. My outdoor plants have died but that will wait a while. I did in the past few days put up Easter Cling On to the door and windows. I also have windows open.
Slow but improving more all the time is that Pepper is doing better. She has more sense than her human dad.
Meals: Fish plenty of fish no matter how hard I tried for it not to be a whole weekend of fish. However tonight NO fish not sure just what yet but probably something with hamburger. Like maybe ghoulosh.
Library Trip: Saturday I did drive to the library. I checked out Jacqueline Winspear's, AMONG THE MAD this is an audio book. I also checked out because I was already there to turn books and audio in so I browsed the new book paperback, large type and audio shelves. I found in paperback Victoria Hamilton's NO MALLETS INTENDED.
Another author who doesn't write a bad series. I tell you I have manna from heaven with the books I am able to find.
Oh and speaking of humor I loved BIG BANG THEORY on Thursday Night.
Speaking of murder: In the past few days I watched A PERFECT MURDER. This had Michael Douglas in it. Have seen it several times.
We are also working our way thru WENTWORTH and this is another series that is worth the watch.
I am sure glad today is my day of rest. Although I must add with Frank's blood pressure issues it sure seems like nothing has went according to plan. This will mean a Monday Morning Shuffle of priorities for me.
Here's to hoping your weekend was more productive than mine.
Thursday, February 18, 2016
A lot of people really love this book and I will say it was different from a lot of detective fiction out there. I just felt like it was more of a chore than a pleasure to get through. As for the mystery itself -- it was interesting and certainly had a dramatic reveal.
Hal's arrogance seems a bit over the top but in a way it has to be in order for him to fulfill his role as hero. Action, explosions and mayhem galore.
An extremely fun adventure with wonderfully engrossing descriptions and imagery.
Normally this news would be enough but it's been years since Biscuit has seen her sister Glaze, however Glaze is coming early to help preparing for not only the wedding but to visit her sister.
Marmalade is the library cat and is he first to find the body. The body of Harlan Schneider, Marmalade wasn't thrilled to find the body on his watch. The only body should have been the mouse but while Marmalade was busy moving in for the kill someone had killed a human.
Biscuit came to the library and found Harlan's body. Apparent that he was murdered did dampen an otherwise perfect day. To Biscuit the murder seemed personal because of the knife through Harlan's heart.
Everyone in Martinsville has their theories as to why the nature photographer was in the library after closing hours. How did he get in and if he had a key who gave the key to him and why would they do that especially since not many keys are given out to anyone.
As time goes on and Glaze arrives Biscuit is happy to have something besides murder to think about and there is a lot to do to keep her mind off of the murder. Not before few people in law enforcement who seem to be relentless with their questions to Biscuit and other staff, friends and every time Biscuit thinks she can put thoughts of murder aside there is always a knock on the door to remind her that murder is on everyone's mind.
Biscuit show Glaze what has changed since she last lived there. Not to mention there are no secret in Martinsville so everyone Glaze meets already knew she was coming, that she is Biscuits sister and they greet her with open arms.
At first Glaze is a little taken aback but soon warms to the small town residents. Little does everyone know there is a secret about Glaze nobody know and soon the reason why she is a bit of a nomad becomes evident.
Marmalade is busy loving Biscuit and Glaze. Glaze he has given the nickname Wide Lap needs lots of Marmalade strokes she works through her secret and the horror that becomes clear to Marmalade he must protect his small family. He knows Human Bob will do his part but Marmalade is on the prowl.
Marmalade tries to let the sisters know who is outside, where some of the clues are but Marmalade is a little frustrated he can't get his point across to the sisters.
Little by little we learn the past might have a lot to do with the present and why the murder might have happened. The past also is part of what haunts Glaze and why she must stay moving along every few months or years.
As the women sew curtains and discuss the wedding plans, they also fill their tummies with a part of their past that is cozy for their stomachs and their souls. Biscuit always and I mean always has soup. if not once a day then twice a day. Soup hold the key to her happiness.
Glaze loves milkshakes and must have milkshakes to comfort her soul. They have been like this since their childhood. Other foods might be great for gathering with others but the women rarely defer from their meal traditions.
ORANGE as MARMALADE is such a feline feel good mystery and Fran Stewart knows what the reader wants in their mysteries. They want real characters, setting, pets who are family and plots that unravel slowly like a pot of soup left to simmer but the excitement of that page turning milkshake of is meant to satisfy to the last sip.
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Jordon has always wanted a peek inside Summerlea Estate. Lisa Troy, Chadwick's assistant has reported back to Jordan that all three of them are invited for dinner.
The only problem is that Vera insists on taking Uncle Kevin and where Uncle Kevin goes so does trouble. He is a Kelley and the other two Uncles always said that Kevin used up all of the Kelley good luck. The other two have to rely on skill and charm.
Upon arriving at the Summerlea Estate, Jordon has a feeling of elation and dread. There is a butler to greet them, there is the woman whom Jordan spoke with Miss. Lisa Troy. Jordan likes Lisa but is less than thrilled when she meets Chadwick, he is nothing like what she she imagined the heir to Summerlea to be and what is worse she finds herself wishing she could shake the feeling of dread.
Vera is impressed with the collection. Uncle Kevin is taking in all the antiques Jordan is almost certain Uncle Kevin has a not so nice motive. The meal was perfect and uncle Kevin ate with restrained gusto.
They leave with the books that Vera paid a lot of money but she wasn't taken in because they might have cost her more elsewhere.
They leave Summerlea, and the next morning comes. The shock is that Chadwick has died from a fall on the grand staircase.
The fall happened shortly after Jordan, Vera and Uncle Kevin left the house. What is more interesting is the picture shown in the paper is nothing like Chadwick Kauffman, there are more surprises.
The visit by the police left Vera more than upset, Jordan finds she had a lot to deal with all at once. First Uncle Kevin is in the wind since he is not fond of the police and they are usually less than fond of him. Mostly any crime he commits is a mere infraction.
Tyler Dekker works for the police department and is Jordan's boyfriend, he has overlooked a lot due to Jordan's family.
However the day becomes much worse when Tyler breaks up with Jordan by text. Claiming that their worlds are too different. It never bothered him that much before.
The day becomes worse as Vera and Jordan are assigned a police car outside the Van Alst estate. Also when Jordan leaves the house there are unmarked police cars following her everywhere.
It's clear that help isn't exactly knocking on the door. One uncle is on his honeymoon, the other is out of town. However she still has the Kelley antique shop and their apartment above the shop which means she has access to cars, disguises, this includes wigs. It also means she can return to her childhood room to think an regroup.
The police detectives search Vera's home including Jordan's room. Long story short someone is trying to frame them for murder. Because that is exactly what has happened to Chadwick Kauffman and what is more apparent is the police detectives are only interested in Vera, finding Kevin and Jordan.
Then there is the fact that Charles the butler isn't a butler, Miss. Lisa Troy isn't who she claimed to be and the more Jordan researches the more she knows she needs investigative help.
The clues are many...pictures, murder weapon, does it all lead back to Summerlea? Is there someone who is making it personal for one of them
The Marsh Madness by Victoria Abbott, is absolutely another gem in this series. I have to say this is my type of story to lose sleep over and I can't wait for the next book in the series.
if you are stressed keep calm and read The Marsh Madness, it will be sure to make your bad day brighten. Plan to lose sleep and settle in with a cozy drink.
I have left out a lot of excitement but this is because there is happily many more characters and plot that will amaze, amuse and I couldn't fit every page into this review.
Definitely a real page turner.
Thursday, February 11, 2016
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
I am in heaven with these two books. Wait it gets better because I also picked up books on tape. I have the Fifth Witness by Michael Connelly, this is art of the Lincoln Lawyer Series. I have to say I am happily cross stitching and I love this idea. I finished the first scarecrow this way and I am on the second scarecrow.
Another plus is that my husband who doesn't read fiction (not even my books), is listing along with me. However, since he doesn't stitch sooner or later he falls asleep.
It's just nice not to have the television blaring because that is his thing he watches television all the time. Currently the offices are a mess. Another story for another day.
I also picked up V is for Vengeance by Sue Grafton for the audio in the car. Now that was great trip but I did have to return the Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith which is also J.K. Rawlings.
Anyway this has become humorous because twice now I have had to return it before I finished the book because someone else wants to read it. The front desk person can't understand why I haven't finished it yet because she couldn't put it down.
Anyway this brings me to last night's visit. I got a call yesterday from one of the ladies and Career of Evil is in so I went to pick it up and of course once again the conversation flowed to the fact if someone else wants to read it I must return it and not recheck the book out. I said well I probably won't finish it and will have to recheck. Again we rehashed that she couldn't put it down. I told her I ha four books going, one on the kindle, one in the bathroom, one in the bedroom and one in the living room. She told me that was crazy. I understand as she reads one book at a time.
I told her that I review books and so I must do it this way. That it's not a problem because most are in different genres. She thinks I am crazy. LOL
Either way the book will be rechecked out and I am very happy she found that she loves this series. I love the series but I do have obligations. One of which is that I must also return the audio books on time and the other books. Plus authors expect their books read and so as you can see this is very humorous.
Anyway I use my library a lot and love all the ladies who work there. I really love to read and I love cross stitch.
I couldn't afford to buy all the books I want to read. Of course we all try to buy the books and our grocery Country Mart always seems to have several cozy authors. Some of which I do not read but it's nice to support a store that does this, I love winning books,
I love books that authors send to me and I love buying books. I will be using audio library at the local library more and more as that actually takes care two of my loves.
I do need to try to make he coloring class this week while the sun is going to be out and shine.
Okay now maybe I will post a review today.
It is actually hard to do justice in my summary to all of the interesting elements in this story and the complexity of Baxley's life. I really enjoyed this book and its characters. Best one so far this year!
Friday, February 5, 2016
Only he is being kept away and no one seems too anxious to fix it and get him back home. Missing the Princess, he tries to find his own way back, making friends with a dragon and rat along the way. If he doesn't find his way back, a sorceress will make sure she weds the king and he will never be back and the Princess will be sent away. Only to fight the sorceress, Ambrosia, he needs the help of the friends he has made.
A light, fun tale.