12 April 2012

Time for a Change

Lady K watched the movie 'To Kill a Mockingbird' for the first time the other night. She fell in love with Scout's haircut and said she was ready for a change...

Mommie, I look like a sad baby unicorn!

In the "Cousin It" phase of the haircut...

TA-DAAAAAAA! A brand new (and much happier) Lady K

11 April 2012

My first try at gyros and all that that entails....

Tonight was my first try at gyros. We had leftover leg of lamb from Sunday night's dinner and I thought I'd give gyros a shot. That meant finding a recipe for tzatziki sauceAbove's the recipe I copied from Alton Brown on FoodNetwork Here's the food processed English cucumber with the liquid smooshed out and a few cloves of garlicHere it is all mixed in with nonfat Fage Greek yogurt and all the other schtuff called for on my handwritten note
DH chopping up the lamb that simmered in EVOO'd water

Bailey the Wonderdawg supervising closely

And the finished yummy result.....we are doing this again!

10 April 2012

MOONLIGHT DOWNS: An Emily Tempest Investigation - Adrian Hyland

Emily Tempest has been away from Australia for a long time, but now she’s returned to the Moonlight Downs “mob,” the community where she grew up, half in the Aboriginal world, half in the white. She is looking forward to a reunion with her childhood friend, Hazel, and to catching up with the rest of the group.
Within hours of her arrival, an old friend, Lincoln Flinders, the tribe’s elderly leader, is murdered and mutilated. The police suspect Blakie Japanangka, a renegade aborigine sorcerer, but Emily believes that the old man was slain for worldly reasons, and she starts asking questions.


I cannot remember where I saw this book reviewed (I have GOT to start writing this info down!), but it immediately intrigued me. It's set in Australia and not by someone writing from another location about a suspense set in Australia. Rather Adrian Hyland actually walks the walk. (I could have said 'walks the walkabout', but you'll see I thought better of it).

It took a couple of chapters to get the flow of the lingo, but got into it and my enjoyment increased even more.

There's more than the murder to solve here while reading. The author addresses racial tensions and prejudice, rich injustice against poor. And Emily is half Aboriginal half white and is making her way the best she can in both worlds.

Absolutely involving to the reader as much as the suspense involved with the murder of a beloved tribal leader.

Emily isn't sure what she wants to do with her life, but she doesn't seem too worried. She has an excellent work ethic, just isn't sure of a direction. I think she may have found it while doing her part in investigating the murder and the tangential issues she discovers.

I loved loved loved this book and can't wait to read the next in the series, GUNSHOT ROAD.

Five sparkly Australian Outback diamonds....

09 April 2012

Books in the House Monday - 9 April 2012

All the books this week were for the Nook:

AN IMPARTIAL WITNESS: Bess Crawford Mystery #2 - Charles Todd

CAST OF CHARACTERS - edited by Lou Aronica, fantasy anthology

THE RABBIT DIED - Sue Ann Jaffarian, amateur sleuth

TAKE THE MONKEYS AND RUN: A Barbara Marr Murder Mystery - Karen Cantwell, amateur sleuth

02 April 2012

Books Read in March 2012

28. HAPPY ACCIDENTS - Jane Lynch, autobiography, BOCD, highly excellent

29. DEATH AT BISHOP'S KEEP: A Victorian Mystery #1 - Robin Paige, cozy, MPB, really good

30. OLD HAUNTS: Haunted Guesthouse Mystery #3 - E J Copperman, paranormal cozy, MPB, excellent

31. A FITTING END: Magical Dressmaking Mysery #2 - Melissa Bourbon, paranormal cozy, MPB, excellent

32. BENEATH THE BLEEDING: Tony Hill and Carol Jordan Mystery #5 - Val McDermid, suspense, BOCD, excellent

33. MOONLIGHT DOWNS: An Emily Tempest Investigation - Addrian Hyland, suspense, TPB, excellent

34. FOR I HAVE SINNED: A Charley Davidson Story - Darynda Jones, UF, Nook, excellent

35. PROPHET - R J Larson, fantasy, ARC from Library Thing, good

36. THE LAW OF NINES - Terry Goodkind, fantasy, BOCD, excellent

5 books

1 Nook

3 audio

9 books for March

36 for 2012 so far

Books in the House Monday - 2 April 2012

From my fab Dad:

THE LOCK ARTIST - Steve Hamilton, suspense

TICKET TO RIDE - Ed Gorman, suspense

THE POACHER'S SON - Paul Doiron, suspense

STILL MIDNIGHT - Denise Mina, suspense

BEYOND REACH - Karin Slaughter, suspense

SIX SECONDS - Rick Mofina, suspense

BLOOD HOLLOW - William Kent Krueger, suspense

SHUTTER ISLAND - Denise Lehane, suspense

BURIED SECRETS - Joseph Finder, suspense

NEVER LOOK AWAY - Linwood Barclay, suspense

THE COLDEST MILE - Tom Piccirilli, suspense

THE DISTANT ECHO - Val McDermid, suspense

B&N (since I was there anyway)

THE LAST WORD: A Books by the Bay Mystery #3 - Ellery Adams, cozy

From my buddy, Tom, at work:

PRIMEVAL - David L. Goleman, thriller

THE ICE LIMIT - Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child, thriller

RELIC - Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child, thriller

RELIQUARY - Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child, thriller

MOUNT DRAGON - Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child, thriller

30 March 2012

PROPHET - R J Larson

"Close your eyes, Ela of Parne. Close your eyes and you will see."

Ela Roeh of Parne doesn't understand why her beloved Creator, the Infinite, wants her to become His prophet. She's undignified, bad tempered, and only seventeen--not to mention that no prophet of Parne has ever been a girl. Worst of all, as the elders often warn, if she agrees to become the Infinite's prophet, Ela knows she will die young.
"Istgard has turned their back on Me. See the evil they do."

Yet after experiencing His presence, she can't imagine living without Him. Determined to follow the Infinite's voice, Ela accepts the sacred vinewood branch and is sent to bring the Infinite's word to a nation torn apart by war. Here she meets Kien, a young Traceland ambassador determined to bring his own justice for his oppressed people. As they form an unlikely partnership, Ela must surrender to her destiny . . . and determine how to balance the leading of her heart with the leading of the Infinite.
"Will you accept the branch and speak My will? Will you be My prophet?"


A YA fantasy tale reading like a Bible story and that's not a bad thing. I like Bible stories, my favorites are the ones that have strong female protagonists. That's what PROPHET has, a strong lead character who is offered the daunting task of becoming the voice for the Infinite, the being her people worship. The Infinite wants war to end and for others to come back to his fold.

The story flows along nicely with plenty of well-written dialogue, action, a bit of romance, humor. It's the beginning of a lovely series that's not too preachy.

Four lovely flowing beans.....

25 March 2012

OLD HAUNTS - E J Copperman

Alison Kerby's guesthouse already has two resident ghosts. But now, the past is coming to visit. Make your reservations early.

There's nothing quite as mournful as a gloomy ghost---and Alison has a pair of sad spirits, Maxie and Paul, haunting her Jersey Shore guesthouse. Maxie wants to know who murdered her ex-husband, a biker named Big Bob, whose remains have just been discovered two years later. Paul, pining for his still-living almost-fiancee, wants Alison to track her down and make sure she's okay.

The only one who isn't missing her ex is Alison---because The Swine has waltzed back into her life, specifically into her guesthouse, and is trying to win back their ten-year-old daughter, Melissa. He says he wants to get back together, but Alison knows him too well. The only question is: What is he really up to?


Third in this paranormal cozy mystery series and it's even better than the one and two. I got to see more of the main characters' (living and not-so-much) pasts. Loved meeting The Swine after hearing so much about him in books one and two. I can see why Alison pitched him, though it should have been sooner. He's so smarmy!

The various stories going on through the book are intriguing and highly page-turn-faster-able. Seeing Maxie show vulnerability almost makes me willing to put up with her ghostly brattiness. Poor Paul has it bad for his past almost-ex.

The resolutions of each mystery are nifty.

I hope E J writes faster and gets number four out soonest. Visit him at:

Five nifty beans.....


First in the Victorian Mystery series by Robin Paige, author of DEATH AT DAISY'S FOLLY and DEATH AT DEVIL'S BRIDGE.

Kathryn Ardleigh is everything the Victorian English gentlewoman is not----outspoken, free-thinking, American.....and a writer of the frowned upon "penny-dreadfuls". When Kate arrives in Essex, England, she shocks the household at Bishop's Keep----and captures the interest of amateur detective Sir Charles Sheridan as they begin there first case together.

A dead body has been uncovered at a nearby archeological dig. The investigation provides the perfect research for Kate's fiction. But the curious writer may be digging too deep---especially when the trail leads her into a secret occult society known as the Order of the Golden Dawn.....


When I think of cozies, I think of gentle mysteries set in mellow locales with interestingly quirky characters. The Victorian Mystery series fits the bill. It's set in Victorian times where women were expected to behave in a certain fashion, especially in England. Kate is strong-willed and does as she pleases, at least that's what it seems to others. I like Kate, because she has to earn her way to live and she has found a talent at writing 'penny-dreadfuls', those titillating thrillers that people hide, but love to read.

Kate has found success with these, but her imagination has run to the edge of her limits. So when the invitation comes to visit the family estate in England, a family estate she didn't know was there, an archeological dig and a mystery drop in her lap, she is excited to have fodder for her writing.

It's a good thing I enjoyed the two books I've read in the series as I have a whole stack of them waiting for me.

Five Victorian strong-willed beans.....

24 March 2012

A FITTING END: A Magical Dressmaking Mystery - Melissa Bourbon

Former Manhatten fashion designer Harlow Jane Cassidy has a gift for creating beautiful dresses. But when Harlow becomes the prime suspect in a murder investigation, she'll need more than her sewing skills to unravel the mystery.....

Business is booming at Harlow's custom-dressmaking boutique, Buttons & Bows, even with her great-grandmother's ghost hanging around the shop. But thanks to the fast-approaching Margaret Moffette Lea Pageant and Ball, Harlow has her work cut out for her when Mrs Zinnia James hires her to make her granddaughter's pageant gown.

With the debutante ball getting the whole town of Bliss, Texas, into a tizzy, Harlow knows her dress has to be perfect. but when a local golf pro is found stabbed to death with dressmaking shears, the new deputy thinks Harlow and Mrs James conspired to commit the crime. Now Harlow has to finish the dress on time and clear her name before the next outfit she designs is a prison jumpsuit.....


I do enjoy continuing a series, though I rarely immediately get the next in series this quickly. I usually wait for a bit since there are so many other new-to-me series out there to discover. I made an exception here as I really like the characters and the setting of this series. The mystery is well done, the victim got his 'just desserts' and the fun of the chase is enjoyable. I do like the ghostly presence of Harlow's great-grandmother and the varying gifts of Harlow and her family.

Five Texas ghost beans....

23 March 2012

Less Bacon and More Shakin' - Friday - 23 Mar 2012

‎2lbs,2lbs,2lbs,2lbs!!! I am down down down 2lbs! Even with the grumpypants day and visit to Cinzetti's Italian Kitchen for Lady K's birthday, I tracked like a fiendette and got in walks with Bailey the Wonderdog every day. She's happy, I'm's all good.
Starting weight: 244.6
Current weight: 225.8

Fri 16 Mar - 7036 steps
Sat 17 Mar - 9654 steps
Sun 18 Mar - 8868 steps
Mon 19 Mar - 10,116 steps
Tues 20 Mar - 14,658 steps
Wed 21 Mar - 14,526 steps
Thurs 22 Mar - 10,042 step

18 March 2012

BURIED IN A BOOK: A Novel Idea Mystery - Lucy Arlington

"My first day as an intern at the Novel Idea Literary Agency began with a caramel latte, a stack of five hundred query letters, and a dead man. I don't know which was worse: the queries or the corpse."

After receiving her first pink slip at the age of forty-five, former newspaper journalist Lila Wilkins is desperate for work, even if it means taking a pay cut. After combing through the classifieds, Lila accepts an internship at A Novel Idea, a thriving literary agency in the utopian town of Inspiration Valley, North Carolina.

Lila can't imagine anything better than being paid to read, but with a crew of quirky coworkers and a sky-high stack of of query letters, she doesn't exactly have time to discover the next great bestseller---especially when a penniless aspiring author drops dead in the agency's waiting room.

No one else seems too concerned about the man's demise, but when Lila uncovers a series of threatening letters, she's determined to uncover who killed the man's dreams of literary stardom.....


I have found another favorite mystery series! I loved Lila, her mother and wanted to hug Lila's son. As much as I loved the well-written mystery, I really liked how Lila pulled herself up by the proverbial bootstraps and didn't mope overly much over losing her job, having to move in with her mother and losing communication skills with her teenage son. Lila looked for, and got, a new job that she knew would be hard, but doing something she'd enjoy.

I now have another village I want to live in. Inspiration Valley, North Carolina could easily be too precious for words (sorry), but it works here. It's a town full of creative people making a living doing what they love. I wish there was a sandwich shop nearby like Catcher in the Rye that's in the book. They have fab sounding sammies and customers are assigned book characters upon ordering their fare.

One of my favorite characters, Amazing Althea, is Lila's psychic kind of kooky mom. She helps people solve their problems with psychic advice and chocolate banana bread. She's always there for her daughter and grandson, helping however she can.

Five sparkly I wanna get paid to read too diamonds.....

Blooms in the Garden....First BITG for 2012!!

I know, this one isn't exactly in the's what's become the orchid corner in the kitchen

A little Johnny-Jump-Up that jumped into one of the planters over the winter...I don't mind at all

First daffodils in the front berm...these are wee mini ones that are just sooooo cute! Must get more

16 March 2012

Less Bacon and More Shakin' - 16 Mar 2012

Fri: 11,414 steps
Sat: 7554 steps
Sun: 5449 steps
Mon: 9281 steps
Tues: 7702 steps
Wed: 7271 steps
Thurs: 7036 steps
Activity is still walking to and fro and up and down stairs. I have house cleaning to do in a bit. Normal cleaning and have a sleepover partay to red up for. Lady K's birthday party sleepover...four little 7-9 year old girls tomorrow afternoon-evening through Sunday morning. Did lose .8lbs this week. YIPPEE! Now at 227.8 from 244.6..onward and downward....

14 March 2012

TRESSED TO KILL: A Southern Beauty Shop Mystery - Lila Dare

St Elizabeth, Georgia, offers charm, Southern hospitality---and, most recently, murder. Now, hairdresser Grace Terhune is ready to crack this case---before things get snarled beyond repair....

Everyone at Violetta's salon----including Grace Terhune and her mother, Violetta---has their scissors at the ready for the influx of St Elizabeth's high-society ladies. Of all the snobs getting their hair done for the town meeting, the worst is Constance DuBois, a woman heartless enough to ruin people's livelihoods on a whim. And after a tinting accident leaves her hair with orange stripes, Constance vows she'll close down Violetta's....

Hours after the threat, Grace and Violetta find Constance dead, and some---including the police---believe the mother-daughter duo did her in. Grace sets out to clear their names, but with an accusing special agent, her lecherous ex on the police force, and the distraught daughter of the deceased all working against them, Grace is up to her perfectly shaped eyebrows in trouble...


Books set in the South are among my favorites, be they Southern humor a la Mary Kay Andrews or Celia Rivenbark or Southern Gothic by Amanda Stevens or Daniel Hecht or a cozy mystery set in the South like this one.

There's a fab mystery, a good reason for the main characters to get involved in the solving of the mystery, and the unique euphemisms of the South abound throughout.

The story is tight in a good way. No loose ends or what the...moments. I loved the good guy characters and wanted to smack the poopy ones.

I look forward to reading the rest of this series.

There are also some highly nifty organic skin care recipes in the back of the book. I like the exfoliating one a lot.

Five Southern beauty beans.....

10 March 2012

Daylight Savings Time in the morning...

Don't forget that the dratted Daylight Savings Time started in the morning....really wish we could pick a time and stick with it....this making me get up an hour earlier for work in the AM...0415 will be really 0315....blech....can only hope that my favorite Starbucks will remember too.....

09 March 2012

Less Bacon and More Shakin' - Friday - 9 Mar 2012

I know it's been forever since posting any kind of weight loss here...I've been posting daily on Facebook on my activity, whether I get the activity or not. It's keeping me honest and keeping my bum (and the rest of me) motivated.

I am now down 16 pounds, down to 228.6 from 244.6 and it feels good. I have a long 'weigh' to go, but it feels do-able.

08 March 2012

BLOOD AND GUITARS - Heather Jensen

When Aurora meets Trey, a famous singer and musician, she’s only hoping to get her fill of human blood for the week. The last thing Aurora expects is for Trey to make her feel alive for the first time since she was, well, alive. It begins with a casual painting lesson at her art studio, The Waking Moon, and quickly turns into a forbidden romance. Aurora is forced to hide her true identity from Trey, while keeping her relationship with the human a secret from other vampires in her Brood. Trey’s band is recording a new album and with Aurora as his muse, Trey is writing songs like never before. After being hired by their record label to paint the cover of the new album, Aurora has a legitimate reason for spending so much time with Trey and his band mates. Aurora can’t deny the unexpected connection she has with Trey, which is fueled by glimpses into his emotions every time they share a kiss. Caught between two worlds, Aurora must attend celebrity award shows and vampire rituals, find time to feed, and protect Trey from the dangers of the night, all while preserving her secrets.


YUMMY!! I love a book that makes me wish I could jump into the story and hang with the characters. Aurora has a cool vibe and more than just her low body temp. And Trey...well, Trey just sounds fab and dreamy. Both are mellow in how they handle their talent and abilities. I like how they find each other at the club. It's like every fan-girl's dream of having the rock star of their yen in need of rescue and being able to do so in a superb fashion with some HEA possible.

I've seen this book compared to the Twilight schtuff because of the vampire and the human diggin' each other....but I don't want to read any of the Twilight schtuff after the first one and I do want to read more of Aurora's and Trey's story. Heather, please say there's more!

Visit Heather at her blog:

Five please say there's more beans.....

05 March 2012

Books in the House Monday - 5 Mar 2012

PATIENT ZERO: A Joe Ledger Novel #1 - Jonathan Maberry, thriller

A DUTY TO THE DEAD: Bess Crawford Mystery #1 - Charles Todd, mystery

FOR I HAVE SINNED: A Charlie Davidson Story - Darynda Jones, UF

From High Crimes Mystery Bookshop (

HOW TO HOST A KILLER PARTY: A Party Planning Mystery #1 - Penny Warner

03 March 2012

Caaaaarl! Bravo Llamas...Best Crew EVAH!

This is my crew, the Bravo Llamas. L-R: Vickie Llama, Ricky Bobby Llama, Kevin Llama, Dan LLama, Michelle Llama, Jay Llama and Matt LLama. We became this after LLama Crew Commander Matt came in, on his very first day, wearing the llama hat he is wearing in the pic. Matt Llama, Kevin Llama, and Ricky Bobby Llama are all fans of the Youtube sensational cartoon, Llamas with Hats. I looked online on and found the shirts for our crew photo..

See below if you've never experienced the fab Llamas with Hats:

01 March 2012

Books Read in February 2012

Books read in February:
16. TRACKING THE TEMPEST: Jane True Novel #2 – Nicole Peeler, UF, MPB, excellent
17. AREA 51: Area 51 #1 – Robert Doherty, sci-fi thriller, Nookbook, fab thrill ride
18. ECHO PARK: Harry Bosch #12 – Michael Connelly, thriller, BOCD, always good
19. DEAD IRON: Age of Steam Book One – Devon Monk, steampunk, TPB, HoleySchmokes!
20. BIGGIE AND THE DEVIL DIET – Nancy Bell, cozy, BOCD, really good
21. A DARKLY HIDDEN TRUTH: The Monastery Murders #2 – Donna Fletcher Crow, suspense, TPB/ARC, excellent
22. STRANGER IN PARADISE: A Jesse Stone Novel – Robert B Parker, suspense, BOCD, excellent
23. BURIED IN A BOOK: A Novel Idea Mystery #1 – Lucy Arlington, cozy, MPB, super
24. TRESSED TO KILL: A Southern Beauty Shop Mystery #1 – Lila Dare, cozy, MPB, yee-haw good
25. TEMPEST IN THE TEA LEAVES: A Fortune Teller Mystery #1 – Kari Lee Townsend, cozy, MPB, good
26. THE BOOK OF LOST THINGS – John Connolly, dark fantasy, BOCD, WOW!
27. BLOOD AND GUITARS – Heather Jensen, paranormal romance-ish, Nookbook, really cool

4 audiobooks
2 Nookbooks
6 books
12 for February
27 for 2012 so far

29 February 2012

DEAD IRON: The Age of Steam - Devon Monk

Although the devisers have civilized the East with their contraptions, civilization hasn't tamed the frontier that bounty hunter Cedar Hunt rides. Cursed by lycanthropy and carrying the guilt of his brother's death, he's a hard man for hire. But when a trio of miners offers him the possibility that his brother may yet survive, Cedar isn't going to haggle for payment. All he has to do for them is find the Holder, a powerful device created by mad devisers from the realm of the Strange.

The Holder is in the hands of Shard Lefel, a dandified railroad tycoon who has come to Hallelujah, Oregon, promising a civilized tomorrow. But what Cedar doesn't know is that Lefel is an ancient Strange banished to walk this land for centuries. Now nearing the end of his sentence, Lefel is desperately searching for a way to fend off his own mortality---and the Holder may be the key.

In a land shaped by magic, steam, and iron, where the only thing a man can count on is his guns, gears, and grit, Cedar will have to depend on all three if he's going to save his brother and reclaim his soul once and for all.

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! I don't know who here as watched the TV shows 'Wild, Wild West' or 'Briscoe County, Jr' (starring my *boyfriend*, Bruce Campbell), but, for me, reading this book was like watching a supremely excellent episode of one of those shows. I now have my favorite style of steampunk and it is written by the highly fab Devon Monk (

I know others prefer their steampunk set in Victorian times or other alternate history and I've read and highly dug them, but this is now my favorite.

There's the rustic of the Wild West with the saloons and general store, stables and blacksmith. And there's the mystery of the paranormal and the things that steam and iron make things go forward or go boom. It's a very hypnotic combo. I really cannot wait to read the rest of this series!

A big bowl of rough and tumble diamonds.....

19 February 2012

A DARKLY HIDDEN TRUTH - Donna Fletcher Crow

Felicity has decided to become a nun. She departs to visit convents in spite of her mother's imminent arrival and Fr. Anselm's request that she and Fr. Antony recover a missing priceless Russian icon before the Patriarch of Moscow arrives at the community for Holy Week.


Even more than the mystery in the story, I enjoyed the history lesson I received while reading the book.

I love reading historical amateur sleuth books like the Brother Cadfael series by Ellis Peters or the Hawkenlye mystery series by Alys Clare. I don't understand all of the religious information, but I can enjoy the flow of it and the life occurring as the story rolls along.

It was the same with A DARKLY HIDDEN TRUTH. It read just like a historical mystery, but it is set in modern times.

Since I was not raised with organized religion, I didn't get all of the religious ceremonial bits, but it didn't keep me from enjoying the mystery. It only enhanced the story, especially as Father Antony is a teacher and enjoyed relating bits of history to Felicity.

I look forward to reading more of this series and I am on the lookout for the book before this one, A VERY PRIVATE GRAVE.

Thank you to Library Thing with another fab book to read and review.

Five English beans......

15 February 2012

IT TAKES A WITCH: A Wishcraft Mystery - Heather Blake

Darcy Merriweather and her sister, Harper, hail froma long line of witches who have the power to grant wishes using spells. They've come to Enchanted Village in Salem, Massachusetts, to join the family business, but they soon find themselves knee-deep in murder....

Until three weeks ago, Darcy and Harper were working dead-end jobs and trying to put their troubles behind them. Then their aunt Velma delivered a bombshell: They're actually Wishcrafters---witches with the power to grant wishes with a mere spell. Wanting a fresh start, they head to their aunt's magic-themed tourist town to master their newfound skills.

But their magic fails them when a wannabe witch turns up dead---strangled with Aunt Ve's scarf---and Ve's sweetheart, Sylar, is found looming over the body. Ve is standing by her man, but Darcy overheard Sylar wish that the victim would disappear---forever. With Harper distracted by her handsome new crush, Darcy is determined to sleuth her way to the truth. But it'll take more than a wish to unravel this mystery.....


A fun new paranormal cozy mystery to enjoy. Love adding to my favorites list of series and authors, though I already like Heather Blake's other writing persona, Heather Webber.

An author could easily just change their pen name and have the same style going in the new series, but Heather has two distinct feels for the Wishcraft Mystery series as Ms Blake and the Lucy Valentine Mystery series she writes as Ms Webber.

The mystery is well done and the magic premise is superb. There are a lot of wee rules to follow as a Wishcrafter, like the wish has to be true of heart and phrased exactly so. Darcy is compelled to grant the wish once the rules are followed, sometimes with hilarious results. She's still learning her skills and abilities so mayhem can occur.

And there are all kinds of witches in this town that's not too precious for words as it could have been. I'd love to live here. The herbal, healers, wishcrafters, all sorts of witches hide in plain sight in Enchanted Village area of Salem.

Definitely pre-ordering A WITCH BEFORE DYING, due out 7 Aug 2012.

Five wishcraft beans......

12 February 2012

TOMB WITH A VIEW: A Pepper Martin Mystery - Casey Daniels

Cemetery guide and reluctant medium Pepper Martin is always up for some fun that doesn't involve seeing and talking to dead people. So a gig commemorating a dead president can only mean good times are not ahead.....

Since Cleveland's Garden View Cemetery is going to be celebrating James A. Garfield's 179th birthday, Pepper has been assigned to plan it with Marjorie Klinker, know-it-all volunteer and Garfield fanatic. It's enough to send Pepper to an early grave---especially because Marjorie won't shut up about being related to the late president.

But when Marjorie takes an assisted header over the balcony in the Garfield memorial, Pepper needs to solve the case----if only to show up her detective ex-boyfriend. It doesn't help that Garfield's ghost is boring Pepper to tears with his excessive use of his freedom of speech. She's made an executive decision to find a flesh-and-blood killer, and she's going to stick to it----even if it gets her assassinated....


Oh, how I love Pepper Martin. She'd be the coolest chickie to be friends with just with her weensie snarky personality, let alone her ginchy ability to talk to ghosts.

I feel for her, as snarky as she can be, she's not mean spirited (pardon the pun). The woman she has to work with, Marjorie, is a real piece of work. If it were in me to do so and I knew someone like Marjorie, I'd assist her over the rail too. Marjorie is so well written, I was smacking the book after one of her supercilious tirades.

Pepper's dealing with President Garfield is hilarious. She shows proper respect as much as she can, but he does get a wee bit ponderous in his presidential pontificating, so her patience gets tested.

The mystery is two-fold, plenty of action going on with a mysterious handsome man, murder, and secret visitors at all hours.

Five ghostly mystery beans.....

08 February 2012

AREA 51: Area 51 Book One - Robert Doherty

When nine atmospheric crafts of unknown origin were discovered in the Antarctic in the late 1940s, the U.S. government established Area 51 to study the abandoned technology. Dr. Hans Von Seeckt, who is the only original member of the secret research committee, has observed the marvelous craft in flight and witnessed a fantastic array of bizarre, unexplained phenomena. But Dr. Von Seeckt fears that the technology of the mothership is beyond our scope and an explosive threat to the entire planet. He must race against time to unlock the secret of the ship—and to the origins of mankind itself.


Whew! This was a humdingah of a thrill ride. It showed up as 746 pages on the Nook, but it moved fast and the pages flew with the flick of a thumb.

It's the start of a series and I can't wait to read more. Doherty writes an intriguing mixture of science fiction and thriller. There's the military, scientists, archeologists, newspaper reporters, and aliens. The action takes place all over the world and the action moves fast. Don't get attached to anyone, as they are likely to die or get abducted or have experiments done....

All of the characters are well done, both good and bad peeps. At least this time the military isn't all the way bad guy, just onesie-twosie or threesie....

All I had to do was get over some inconsistancies in military schtuff, I can't help myself after being in the Air Force for a goodly while. The inconsistancies were hiccups after a bit, so not a biggie.

I hope there will be more archeological bits in the future books. And I hope the main core of the good guys will be in the upcoming books.

Five humdingah thrill ride beans.....