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....