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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.
Plus you won't want to miss our book reviews, author interviews or our guest bloggers. So grab your favorite beverage then join us for some magic and mayhem! The good news is that you don't have to leave the house or your comfy chair. We have something for everyone's taste and every month we have a different topic for our bloggers: ones we feel that might be useful in your own writing and reader points of view. Not to mention, life in general. So join us and be sure to have a notebook handy as your to-be-read pile will grow as you add books, recipes, movies and t.v. series you won't want to miss. Not to mention folktales, myths or ideas you may wish to explore. Be careful what you wish for because on mayhemandmagic2 you just might find it.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
I kept wondering how this was billed as a Dr. Priestly book when for the first 3/4, he barely appears, but his explanation of events was very interesting and then I could see his appeal.
I enjoyed the book, but the pace seemed very slow and it took me a while to finish, because I think I just needed bits of breaks yet NOT because I wasn't enjoying it - it is hard to explain.
In all, I did enjoy it and found it satisfying but more sedate maybe...
Monday, June 20, 2016
This was a fast, suspenseful read. I did figure out who The Cutter was pretty early on, but that was okay, I wanted to find out how things were going to play out.
I also loved how as a result of her injuries she gained a paranormal ability to see/hear/know the last thoughts of someone who had died. I nice twist and played well in the story without being too much WooWoo...
My biggest gripe was I disagreed with a lot of the choices she was making which were putting herself in more danger IMHO.
Have a wonderful and beautiful birthday. This place couldn't run smoothly without you.
There aren't enough words in the dictionary to describe you. One word might be "Magical" as that is what you do supply the magic with hints of mayhem.
Take a big bite out of your birthday and enjoy it.
Friday, June 17, 2016
Review: Young, Queer, and Dead: A Biography of San Francisco's Most Overlooked Serial Killer, The Doodler by Reagan Martin
At the time, the killings appeared to have different victim sets: the first transvestites, the second gay men involved in BSDM and the third, more well off and professional seeming gay men. So the police thought they were dealing with three different killers. After the three men who survived attacks identified a suspect who they say, drew them (hence the nickname The Doodler), had sex with them and then attacked them, the police found out it was likely the one suspect.
Unfortunately, the survivors were all in the closet and would NOT testify in court, so even though he allegedly gave them enough info to be sure it was him, they could not arrest him.
This entire story was fascinating and well told. Afterwards I went online and there really is very little info about this horrible killer, so I am glad I stumbled across this book.
One can only hope that maybe someday, advances in science or a witness or something can close the case.
Thursday, June 16, 2016
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Monday, June 13, 2016
A local criminal is found dead with an odd, personal message for DS Bishop by his body that neither she, nor anyone else can figure out why. Soon, another similar body turns up but they need to find the connections between the victims and her.
Overall, it was a quick read and I did like it. It was a bit weak in points and left an entire thread open for another book (which I am never a fan of). However, I enjoyed the characters and the setting and will likely try a second in the series.
Friday, June 10, 2016
I will pick an author to reread their books this summer.
Below is my list of wishes to read.
The Black Cat Knocks On Wood by Kay Finch.
Law and Author by Erika Chase.
Tea Cups And Carnage by Lynn Cahoon.
The Skeleton Haunts A House by Leigh Perry
A Premonition of Murder by Mary Kennedy.
A Shattering Crime by Jennifer McAndrews.
The Calamity Cafe by Gayle Leeson.
Now for October I already know that I want the Hammett Hex by Victoria Abbott.
I still have July and August to go before I know the rest of my summer reading but this is a start on the books I do know I want to read.
Probably my summer reread will be Nancy Atherton or maybe Agatha Christie.
I also will add that I will read whatever Rhys Bowen will have out this year that I haven't read. The same for some other authors such as Sherry Harris, Monica Ferris, Ellery Adams ( I love the book retreat series), Melissa Bourbon (her magical dressmaking mystery series is to die for), Janet Bolin has a great Threadville Mystery Series, Ellen Byron Series, Cindy Blackburn, Elaine Viets and Lorraine Barrett and Bartlett Series. Laura Levine's newest one.
There are more series to list but I will do it as each month releases a new one of my favorite authors.
The good news about listing my books on here is when I need to find which ones I want at the bookstore or at the library I can print this out and take it with me.
Thursday, June 9, 2016
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
I really enjoyed this story. It is full of southern charm and flavor and I am rooting for Beth who is determined to make a go of it and full of drive. I also, really enjoy her friend and handyman - Scott who adds a bit of fun and romance to the mix.
She makes some unwise choices along the way but I really look forward to more adventures with her and some of the colorful residents and guests.
Thursday, June 2, 2016