left to win copies of a trio of food related mysteries-"Sweet Tea and
Secrets": A Tea and A Read Mystery by Joy Avon, "Southern Sass and Killer
Cravings": A Marygene Brown series by Kate Young, and "Strangled Eggs
and Ham": A Country Store Mystery by Maddie Day
win a copy of "Belinda Blake and the Snake in the Grass" the first in
a series of Exotic Pet-Sitter mysteries by Heather Day Gilbert, and while there
check out an interesting guest post by Heather about how she came up with the
idea for the series
After seeing something pop up on my gum on the right side of my jaw yesterday afternoon that got steadily bigger overnight and this morning, I would up in the oral surgeon's office this afternoon. Where there was some concern it was sepsis, it is not. Whether it is a new infection or a last gasp of the old one is is unknown. I am back on antibiotics and told to take things very easy.
I;m exhausted no matter how much I sleep and am in a fair amount of pain from my mouth. Simply put, I'm not in good shape right now. Hopefully the new antibiotic will stop this in its tracks. In the meantime, I'm told to keep taking the pain meds, rest, stay out of the Texas heat and humidity, and give the old body time to recover from the joy of booting six teeth last Friday.
When they tell you Day Three Post Surgery will be worse than what you went through before now, they are not kidding. Swelling got worse today as did the pain. Coming off a night when the pain pills took till three in the morning to kick in and then gave me horrible and very weird dreams, today has been rough. I am warned that tomorrow could be as bad or worse.
Lies In Wait (Random House, 2019) is the first
novel in Gytha Lodge’s series featuring Detective Chief Inspector Jonah Sheens.
Set in the New Forest area around Southampton on the southeast coast of
England, it carefully outlines the investigation into the murder of a
14-year-old girl who disappeared 30 years ago, when her remains are found not
far from the camp ground where she was last seen.
Aurora Jackson is the youngest of the seven
teenagers who go camping after school term ends. Her sister didn’t want her
along but the others in the group make an effort to look after her and include
her in their activities, up to and including showing her the large stash of
Dexedrine that one of them hid nearby.
Jonah Sheens was a newly qualified constable
when Aurora disappeared and helped in the search for her. He was just a few
years ahead of the group in school and had passing acquaintance with all of
them. He knows immediately the identity of the set of disintegrating bones when
it is discovered, and dental records confirm it.
Sheens and his staff review the entire original
case file, looking for discrepancies, then interview everyone again and compare
the new statements to the first ones. Not surprisingly, there are differences
and they serve as jumping off points for deeper investigation. The story
structure of alternating chapters from the night Aurora disappeared with
chapters describing present-day police activity serve the dual purpose of
moving the story line forward while building suspense. Although the combination
of teenagers, drugs, and alcohol suggests a predictable outcome, how Aurora
died isn’t revealed until the very end.
Perhaps the most interesting part of the book
is the characterization. The personalities of the teenagers are clearly
sketched in the chapters about Aurora, then in the chapters about the
investigation allow the reader to compare the teenagers to the adults they
became. Kirkus starred review.
DEAD AT FIRST SIGHT by Peter James,
reviewed by John Cleal
A woman’s apparent suicide leads
Detective Superintendent Roy Grace into the world of internet romance scams –
and a gang willing to kill anyone who threatens to expose them.
RUN AWAY by Harlan Coben, reviewed by
When wealthy investment manager Simon
Green sees his drug addict daughter busking in a park, all he wants is to bring
her home. But she runs away, and Simon ends up in a fight with her boyfriend
that goes viral on social media. And Paige doesn’t want to be found.
THE VAN APFEL GIRLS ARE GONE by
Felicity McLean, reviewed by Chris Roberts
The disappearance of the three Van
Apfel girls from their sleepy Australian suburb in 1992 has been a mystery
which still haunts their friends 20 years later.
WHITE HOT SILENCE by Henry Porter,
reviewed by John Cleal
Aid worker Anastasia Cristakos is
kidnapped. Her billionaire husband hires ex-MI6 man Paul Sampson, her former
lover, to find and free her.
WHERE NO SHADOWS FALL by Peter Ritchie,
reviewed by Arnold Taylor
Formerly a criminal investigator,
Superintendent Grace Macallan is stuck behind a desk and, unable to stand it
any longer, requests a transfer. It so happens that a notorious Glasgow gang
member has apparently committed suicide whilst in prison. Grace is given the
task of investigating the suicide and compiling a report.
NEVER HAVE I EVER by Joshilyn Jackson,
reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor
Amy has the perfect family and a quiet
life. But her new neighbour’s nasty little game might just destroy that.
A SINNER’S PRAYER by MP Wright,
reviewed by Linda Wilson
Against his better judgement, JT
Ellington is lured back into the murky world of private investigation. But with
a sizeable proportion of the bad guys in Bristol after him, even the
resourceful JT might finally have met his match.
MARKED FOR DEATH by Tony Kent, reviewed
by Chris Roberts
Barrister Michael Devlin and his
partner Sarah Truman become very personally involved when a retired Chief
Justice is found murdered in a spectacular fashion.
OUT OF THE ASHES by
Vicky Newham, reviewed by Linda Wilson
When a fire turns out to
be arson, DI Maya Rahman heads the investigation into two deaths, and strongly
suspects there might be more to come.
THE SILVER ROAD by Stina
Jackson, reviewed by Ewa Sherman
In a remote part of
northern Sweden the lives of two people become intertwined. Lelle keeps
searching for his teenage daughter Lina who had vanished without a trace three
years ago. Meja has just moved to the area with her mentally unstable mother.
BEYOND REASONABLE DOUBT
by Gary Bell, reviewed by Chris Roberts
Elliot Rook, QC, is
asked to represent a racist bigot accused of murder and finds it difficult to
refuse – his client knows well the skeletons in Rook’s closet.
THE DEATH CHAMBER by
Lesley Thomson, reviewed by John Cleal
In 1977, a 17-year-old
girl was never seen again after leaving a village disco. Twenty years later,
police searching for another missing teenager find her remains. Cleaning
company boss and amateur detective Stella Darnell and her tube train driver
partner Jack Harmon investigate.
A QUARTER PAST DEAD by
TP Fielden, reviewed by Anthea Hawdon
Some residents of Temple
Regis might look upon the new Buntorama holiday camp as a disaster for the
seaside town. But not as much as a disaster as a dead woman being found
murdered in one of the chalets. It falls to Judy Dimont to work out the twisty
plot of dynasties and murder.
ENCHANTEE by Gita
Trelease, reviewed by Linda Wilson
1798. Paris is on the
brink of revolution. Camille Durbonne, struggling to pay food and rent, plays a
dangerous game on the filthy streets and in the glittering courts.
THE CONVICTION OF CORA
BURNS by Carolyn Kirby, reviewed by John Cleal
Cora Burns, born in a
prison and raised in a workhouse, has always struggled to control a streak of
violence. A new life as a servant in the home of a scientist gives her a chance
of a future, but she soon suspects that she, like a young girl she has
befriended, are subjects of a living experiment.
THE SATAPUR MOONSTONE by
Sujata Massey, reviewed by Chris Roberts
Lawyer Perveen Mistry is
selected to advise on the education of a young maharaja in the tiny princely
state of Satapur and finds the boy is at the centre of a power dispute.
BLOOD LINES by Angela
Marsons, reviewed by Kati Barr-Taylor
The victims could not be
more disparate, but DI Kim Stone knows their shared cause of death is not
WHAT LIES BURIED by
Margaret Kirk, reviewed by John Cleal
A ten-year-old girl
disappears from a birthday party. Detective Inspector Lukas Mahler races
against time to find her. But will her abductor stop at one child – and what is
the connection with a murder from 70 years back?
THE DEAD EX by Jane
Corry, reviewed by Kati-Barr Taylor
Vicki’s life was already
damaged. Now, with her ex-husband missing and the police sure she is involved,
everything is in freefall.
INCEPTIO by Alison
Morton, reviewed by John Barnbrook
In an alternate reality,
Karen Brown’s ordinary life is swept away as a series of incidents reveal her
association with high-ranking families in Nova Roma and her life changes
Up in KRL
this morning we have a trio of food related mysteries-"Sweet Tea and
Secrets": A Tea and A Read Mystery by Joy Avon, "Southern Sass and
Killer Cravings": A Marygene Brown series by Kate Young, and
"Strangled Eggs and Ham": A Country Store Mystery by Maddie
review and giveaway of "Belinda Blake and the Snake in the Grass" the
first in a series of Exotic Pet-Sitter mysteries by Heather Day Gilbert,
and we have an interesting guest post by Heather about how she came up with the
idea for the series
I am doing okay. Pain, so far, has been minimal and the bleeding finally stopped mid afternoon yesterday. I was able to eat some applesauce for dinner, ice cream late last night, and had some scrambled eggs for breakfast. So, I am doing okay.
Thank you all for your thoughts, prayers, and messages here and in emails to me. I am not up to being online very long so replies will be slow. But, please know everything is much appreciated.
Justice by Alex Ross, Jim
Kruger, and Doug Braithwaite originally came out in 2005 and has been republished
a variety of times in various forms. This is a review of the eBook version that
came out in 2012. This version collects all twelve issues of the complete comic
series for a total of 384 pages.
Justice is an out of canon
story of the Justice League vs The Legion of Doom. Many of villains of the DC
universe have been having the same dream that The Justice League will fail
allowing all of humanity to die as the world literally burns in a fiery end. The
villains decide to prevent this dream by killing all the members of The Justice
League. To do that, the villains steal the files of Batman and learn the secret
identity of every superhero on our planet. They begin to implement their plan
by grabbing Aquaman as he is a key component to their plan to eliminate The
Most of The Justice
League is soon out for the count, so it is up to the backups to rescue the
heroes and save the world. Heroes like Shazam (who is really Captain Marvel but
DC lost the rights to that name) Zatanna, The Metal Men, Doom Patrol, and more.
This story is very mature and violent and not at all suitable for
little kids. The attacks on the heroes are brutal and graphic. In fact, even
one hero has parts of his brain removed by one of the villains. The artwork for
that section as well as the entire book is amazing and very realistic. Alex
Ross more than lives up to his reputation for realistic and detailed illustrations.
All the heroes have epic moments that help a
person understand the character. The perspective of the book shifts throughout as
different characters visualize what is happening and their own personal experiences.
This results in the fact the reader fully understand that the plans by the villains
are impressive and lead to horrible actions which are counteracted by pragmatic
and well-designed plans of the heroes.
Paperback and eBook Back
It is hard to
discuss much of this book without spoiling the various scenes in the book that are very cool and very different. If you don’t like one of the main heroes of
the DC Universe this book could change your mind. If you think Aquaman is lame,
you probably won’t after this. Aquaman has one of the best story lines in the
book but everyone involved pretty much has a good storyline.
This story I
personally like a lot and it is one of my favorite comic books. I have read
this story multiple times in different formats and especially prefer the eBook.
The digital format allows one to zoom in on some of the smaller dialog boxes
and take in the smaller scenes.
Despite how much I enjoy this story it is not appropriate for
younger readers at all. There are sex jokes, torture scenes as well as scenes
with extreme violence, and more. This is an Elseworlds story so you do not have
to be caught up with any old or current storylines to enjoy. If you like this
story you might also enjoy Kingdom Come which is a darker tale
from Alex Ross and Mark Waid which is another Elseworlds tale though there one
does need to be fairly familiar with most of the DC Universe characters.
Alex Ross, Jim
Kruger, and Doug Braithwaite
eBook (also available in various print formats)
I purchased this many
years ago when it was on sale at a far lower price.
All six bad teeth are out. I am told it went very well and everybody involved is very pleased. I slept through it. I am heavily medicated. Still numb in my lower jaw, chin, and lower lip which makes trying to drink water and take pills an interesting and messy experience.
I am told the next few days will be worse pain wise and I am not looking forward to that.
Just wanted to let one and all know I survived and hope to be online a little more tomorrow. I have a ton of email and messages on FB and whatnot so I know folks were letting me know they care. I do appreciate it and will work on reply, as I can over the weekend.
By the time this post appears, I should be at least part of the way through a procedure to remove six teeth. I am losing all four wisdom teeth, each of which is apparently fractured and a mess, and two more broken teeth that I knew were broken. Both broke long ago, at different times, while Sandi was in her battle and my focus was on taking care of her.
This mess in my mouth played a role of some type in my recent hospital stay. So, it absolutely has to done. I don't have a choice. But, I hate it. Nervous wreck over it as my phobia about needles, dentists, and all the rest of it is in full bloom. I am more than a bit freaked out. I am very aware that things can and do go wrong on occasion even with things that should and usually do go okay.
Dental News....or an update on the tooth that is trying to self eject now and not wait to be extracted.
The damn thing got really loose as I was eating last night. So much so, I only was able to eat about half of my dinner. It did stay in last night though this morning it is clearly way looser. I had set my alarm to be able to call in when the office for the dentist opened at 7:30 and did so.
Told them the issue and they called the oral surgeon people and then called me back. I am to be at the oral surgeon place at 12:45 to do paperwork and then they will "work me in." Code for come spend the afternoon with us. They will numb the area and remove the tooth that wants to leave the plane now. While they have me in they may look at the others or not as it all depends on how things work out.
In theory, I should be able to drive myself and will be doing that. In theory, this should go off without any issues other than being there awhile. I am guessing I will be filling prescriptions for antibiotics and pain pills on the way home.
Not looking forward to this at all. But, at least it is today and not Saturday afternoon at five.
win copies of "Down in Flames": A Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery by Cheryl
Hollon, "Guilty as Charred": A Cook-Off Mystery by Devon Delaney,
"Left Fur Dead": A Jules & Bun Mystery by J.M. Griffin,
"Seeing Red": A Red Herring Mystery by Dana Dratch, and
"Murder’s No Votive Confidence": A Nantucket Candle Maker Mystery by
Back home and exhausted Back is really bad now. Got really close to falling and scaring everyone, but the wall stopped me from going all the way down and I did NOT dent the wall. lol In dentist news.....there is NO cancer. They see what worried me and why.... and it is multiple infection sites. Four teeth have to come out for sure, and maybe two more. The four are broken --two wisdom and two regular-- and are massive infection areas as is two gum boils and a couple of other areas. He is pretty sure that this was part of the reason why I wound up in the hospital and is concerned that things could be making the cardiac deal worse. He is sending me to an oral surgeon who will work with my PCP and the cardiologist to figure out what sedation would work for me and how to go about getting the bad teeth and infected areas out. Then, about a month after the sugery happens, I will have to start doing teeth cleaning in the main dentist office. I am in for along haul,. but he kept stressing that considering how long it has been for me with dental care, things are better than he expected. All the other teeth--at this point--are okay and should be fine once the gum disease situation is stopped.
Yet another British detective series I did not
know and must add to the TBR list. Beginning in
2001, Graham Ison released 16 books featuring Harry Brock and Dave Poole and
has three other series, all capitalizing on his career in Scotland Yard. In
these stories Harry Brock, a divorced detective chief inspector, and Detective
Sergeant Dave Poole, whose family hails from Jamaica, serve on the Homicide and
Serious Crimes Command in London.
(Severn House, 2011) is 11th of the titles. Harry Brock is all
settled in for a gourmet Christmas feast with his girlfriend and her parents when
he’s called to a Heathrow car park. One of the attendants has gotten around to
checking the cars, a task ignored during all of the office parties during the
past day or so, and found Kerry Hammond bloodily dead in her Jaguar. She was to
have accompanied her husband to New York City, and suspicions are raised when
the investigators discover he went to New York without her. While they wait for the husband to return,
Brock and Poole visit the trucking company Kerry inherited from her first
husband and that she has continued to run successfully. They learn the company
has been investigated for smuggling liquor and Gary Dixon, the driver
responsible, was let go months earlier after being convicted and fined. Yet his
phone number is in Kerry’s recent calls log and his fingerprints are in her
car. Dixon immediately moves up in the interest of the detectives, along with
the husband, whose real estate business, it turns out, isn’t going all that
well. Then there’s the sketchy owner of a sleazy nightclub where Kerry Hammond
spent a lot of time, who claims to be Spanish but doesn’t understand a word
when one of the detectives starting questioning him in that language. One of the
directors of the transport company had expected to receive ownership of the
company when Kerry’s first husband died and is afraid that her current husband
will inherit it now, and the suspect list keeps on growing.
Brock and Poole are methodical
and sound in their interviews and in their investigation, which brings a couple
of surprises along the way to a solid and satisfying conclusion.
·Hardcover: 192 pages
·Publisher: Severn House
Publishers (December 1, 2011)
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