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I have loved to read since I was little. I would borrow many books from the library and still borrow to this day, but I also purchase books (mostly for my kids) and freebies on Kindle. I read as much as I can daily. Sometimes I read several books at one time. I don't have a preference of paper book over an ebook, I just love to read. Keeping lists of what I have read is a good way for me to remember. 

Currently reading

The Sayers Swindle: A Book Collector Mystery
Victoria Abbott
Thirteen Chocolates (A Chandler's Chocolate Box Mystery Book 1)
agatha chocolats
All Fudged Up
Nancy CoCo
The Devotional Bible: Experiencing The Heart of Jesus
Max Lucado
Progress: 51 %
Cover to Cover: Through the Bible in 365 Days
John A Carroll
Progress: 60 %

Dead, Bath and Beyond

Dead, Bath, and Beyond: A Victoria Square Mystery - Laurie Cass, Lorraine Bartlett

Katie Bonner quit a job working for a horrible boss, Josh, to run her own business, Artist's Mall. She has become very good and is earning a good living. She spends time with her friend and lawyer, Seth, floating on his boat in Lake Ontario. Josh from everything we learn, is not a good person and is living for free in her friend's B&B, that is still being worked on. She goes to their place and when she learns that they are considered suspects in the murder of Josh, found dead in a bathtub in the B&B and has a knot on his head and lake water in his lungs. She feels the need to snoop and help find out who really murdered Josh and left him. Along the way, she learns about others who have a boat and their issues with boats and wants to help them all out, becoming their friends. 


The story was okay, but I like the Booksellers stories more and may or may not try another in this series. 

Yarn To Go

Yarn to Go - Betty Hechtman

Casey works as a baker in a restaurant and selling muffins around town. It is something she is good at and enjoys. She had just lost her aunt recently to a hit and run accident and had just learned from her boss, Tag, that her aunt had collected monies and started getting things together for her Yarn Retreat business. It is too late to return the monies and cancel, so she goes forward with the plans. It is to be the end of the business since her aunt is gone. They all gather at the hotel across from her home and she meets the people who are going to make up the group, women mostly, but one man. She learns that the lady who teaches the classes has a business called Yarn in a Box that allows people to fill out information and then get a project meant just for them. She learns about the people and finds out, after the death on the first night, about the connections of the deaths. She begins to look at the deaths and puts together information, calling on a former boss as she works. 


This is the first in the series and I had read some of the others out of order and was pleasantly surprised with the story as it gave some information that was not in the other books and helps move the story along. The books can be read out of order, I know that I will continue to read the other stories. 

Raspberry Danish Murder

Raspberry Danish Murder - Joanne Fluke

Ross is still missing and Mike and Norman are doing their best to be there for Hannah. No one knows where he is or what he is doing. PK, Ross's assistant, is helping Michelle promote the plays that are coming up and being around her and Hannah. Offering them hope and letting them know if he has heard anything. One day, he asks if they can give him a ride, but they let him borrow Ross's car, that Michelle is driving, and as he is leaving work, he calls them on the phone and lets them know that he is having problems. He ate some candy found on Ross's desk. Since he was video calling them they were able to give Mike some clues as to where he went off the road. They go and find that Ross is dead, they find out that the candy was poisoned, but they don't know who the candy was really for. Hannah and Michelle and Lonnie and Mike all team up to find out who killed PK and was Ross the real target. 


When I got to the end of the story, I was disappointed because it was left as another cliffhanger and I walked away saying that I hated Ross. I just felt that there was not a good conclusion to the story. This story had 29 recipes! I saved several because I really want to try some of the recipes. One thing about the recipes is all the tips that are included in them. 

Murder, She Wrote Panning for Murder

Panning For Murder - Donald Bain, Jessica Fletcher

Jessica is set to go to Seattle, WA for a book signing and then begin her Alaska Tour. Her friend, Cathy, asks if she can come along as she needs help in trying to find her sister, Wilhelmina (Willie). They run into a crazy man who thinks Jessica stole his idea for a story (setting - California), many who remember Willie because she talked non-stop about finding the gold her aunt had left them. They meet many notable characters on the cruise and they use the library to find answers and they ask questions of all they can. The response they got was not good. They need to continue asking questions and searching for Willie. 


I really enjoyed the story as it was still reminiscent of the old shows. 

The Hammett Hex

The Hammett Hex - Victoria Abbott

Jordan and Smiley are together and they have gone to San Francisco, CA to see his long-lost grandmother. While they are there, she is tasked with finding a book for her employer and just have a vacation after all the mysteries they had solved together. Smiley is so taken with Jordan, he left his job and sold his house so that there would be no problems between him and her family. He bought a new house to renovate, he got a new job that was better in another district. So he offered to take her on a trip to San Francisco. While they are there, they are attacked several times, once by a car, once on a trolley and their rooms are torn apart. They even think they have made a friend in a neighbor of his grandmother. When Jordan gets to Smiley's grandmother's house one night to stop a violent break-in, she and the grandmother have bonded. She and Smiley start staying with the grandmother, just to keep her and her maid/cook safe. As all this happens, they begin to wonder who is behind all the attacks on them and his grandmother. 


Fun story and lots of ups and downs and great description of San Francisco and telling information about Hammett's stories that are set in that area. I have never read any of Hammett's books, but I know that I have now put some of them on my TBR list. 

Raspberry Danish Murder

Raspberry Danish Murder - Joanne Fluke

I wandered into the library and they had this book sitting up on the 7 day borrow shelf, of course I grabbed it. I want to know what happened to Hannah's husband. 

17 Carnations

17 Carnations: The Royals, the Nazis and the Biggest Cover-Up in History - Andrew Morton

This book documents King Edward VIII and his life as Prince of Wales David to his life in France. It was an eye-opening story of what happened in the early 1900's with David and how he was the playboy prince and how he would only have relations with married women because he had not wanted to be married. When he met Wallis Simpson he was enamored to the point of doing what he wanted, he stepped down from the throne, making his younger brother King George VI and his nieces the future of the throne. He was forced to leave England and stay away from Wallis for 6 months and then he was told that he would have to stay out of England and only return at the pleasure of the monarchy. If he returned at his own pleasure, he would lose the allowance given him by the monarchy. He and Wallis were courted by the Nazis and this was another thing that made him unwanted in the country. They had to hide information from him in order to keep the country safe. I was intrigued by the book after seeing "The Crown" on Netflix. It was a good read. 

Song of the Lion

Song of the Lion - Anne Hillerman

Anne Hillerman continues the stories her father started. Leaphorn helps the police with some cases, providing help, but is still having trouble with communication due to the bullet wound to his head from the previous case. Bernie was at a basketball game, basketball is a big thing in the area, and is present when a bomb goes off and takes charge and then spends her time off helping Chee with protective duty work, assigned to him after the car that was bombed was the one owned and driven by Asa Palmer, the mediator of a big event, the adding of things to make it easier for people who can't move well or are older to see the Grand Canyon. 


Asa's son, Robert, is involved and his nephew was the man found near the car and dying. They work to find out who is behind the car bombing and why they were trying to kill Palmer. 


It was a very good story and it is nice to see the stories of Bernie and Chee and Leaphorn continuing. 

Projekt 1065

Projekt 1065: A Novel of World War II - Alan Gratz

A really good read about a young Irish man who is forced to join Hitler's Youth Corps. He is saddened by the killings and beatings of people, Jewish and others, who helped to hide the Jews or were considered "defective." The author stated in his notes that while this was a work of fiction, the things that happened and crazy words that were spoken by Hitler were used in the story. It was eye-opening for my daughters as we read the book for book club. I do highly recommend this book to anyone interested in historical fiction and WWII. 

A Likely Story

A Likely Story (A Library Lover's Mystery) - Jenn McKinlay

Lindsey is brought a book that was borrowed for some elderly men who live as hermits on the island. So she gathers the books that the men would enjoy and goes out to Sully's water cab and he takes her out to the island. They wait where they are supposed to wait, but no one comes and they get worried about the men and carefully (the island is boobie trapped) make their way up to the house where they find Patrick (the one with the broken back) dead. They leave the house and call the Police Chief and she comes out and is injured when another trap goes off. They go in and get her out and put out the fire caused by the trap. Only Patrick is found and the search is on for Stewart. The search is also on for who actually murdered Patrick and why. 


There were so many moments that we just giggled or laughed at when the book was being listened to (driving to and from places) and read. Such a fun read. The best parts involved Beth and Lindsey dressing up and going to another library to see what has drawing all the patrons from her story time and how she can get them back. 

Murder, She Wrote: Manhattans and Murder

Murder, She Wrote: Manhattans and Murder - Jessica Fletcher , Donald Bain

While in Manhattan promoting her new book, Jessica sees a man she knew from Cabot Cove. She is uncertain and goes up to him, he is dressed like Santa and collecting money. She gives him a dollar and then calls his name. He sets up for them to meet the next day at the same spot, at 2 p.m. When she returns, she sees what she thinks is him, murdered, and then the police do nothing and she is frustrated and angry and takes names. As the days move along another person is murdered and she wants to know the truth. 


Fun story to listen to and to read. Especially good for when you are feeling nostalgic and wanting to watch old tv shows. I loved Murder, She Wrote when it was on and miss it now that it is off the air (to show of all things: Christmas Movies). 


Definitely going to read/listen to some others. 

On Borrowed Time

On Borrowed Time - Jenn McKinlay

It is close to Christmas and Lindsey is preparing for the Crafternooners meeting and goes into the conference room and finds her brother, Jack, waiting for her. She agrees to let him sleep in the room and moves the meeting to a different room, saying that the original room is cold. They have their meeting and she comes back to find her brother missing, the window to the room open and a dead man. She calls the police but keeps her brother's appearance and disappearance a secret. 


I borrowed this in two formats, book and audio, listening to the book while driving and knitting and reading when listening wasn't available (too loud). The best part of the audio is that my children (and husband) are listening and they actually have started asking me to turn on books when we are in the car. They giggle and laugh at different parts of the book and love the stories, too. I think the most fun happens when we are close to the ending and arrive at a destination and I turn off the book and they so what happened? Who did it? I have to reply, I don't know, I am at the same place as you are! We have to finish the book. My one child gets out her kindle and finds the book and reads it, and the others ask for me to finish playing the book. 



A Catered Wedding

A Catered Wedding - Isis Crawford

It is going to be the wedding of the year and the sisters are hired to do the cake and catering. The set up is difficult at best because of how far from the kitchen the tent is and also, how close to the river and a hill between. As they are setting up, they find the bride with an arrow in her. 


This is a series of books and I have moments where I just don't enjoy the storyline. Mostly, I don't like the sister dynamics. 

White Colander Crime

White Colander Crime (A Vintage Kitchen Mystery) - Victoria Hamilton

I read and listened to this book and I was not happy with some of the sections of the audio where the narrator was trying to sound shocked or surprised. It sounded harsh and startling and I was flinching at the sound. 


On the whole, the story, set at Christmas time in Queensville, MI, was pretty interesting. It was a later book in the series and could be read out of order (since that is what I did). The town is opening an old house for tourists to see how things were in historic times and having Dickinsonian Festival. A young woman who was hunting for a missing woman thinks she is a better detective than Jamie and tells her so. She also wrote in a diary and pushes the man she wants to cause trouble by saying things that upset him, causing him to lash out physically. Jamie is pushed into doing her own investigation for the paper she works for because the editor of the paper knows that her son did not murder the young woman and she wants Jamie to prove it. Also, Jamie is dating a man with a child and she is feeling that relationship along. This was more romance than I really get into. 


I have another by this author that I will read and listen to and just giving it another chance. 


Twelve Angry Librarians

Twelve Angry Librarians - Miranda James

Charlie is working as the interim director for the University Library and it is the weekend of the Library Convention. He has to attend as the University is the Hosting Library and one of his employees (Lisa) has been working hard on the event. As he is looking over the list of things that is going to be happening, he sees the name of his nemesis from his days getting his Master Degree, Gavon Fong. The man has not gotten better with age, if nothing else, he is worse. He sends a threatening email to Charlie, after Charlie had been sent his resume and told he has applied to the school for the position. Charlie states that he would quit before he would ever work for GF. But to be fair to the man, he does his research on the resume and states that he would not want someone who cannot stay at a position for more than 3 years hired for the job. The committee listens and refuses to come to have an interview. 


When the two men meet in the street, GF makes a statement and Charlie answers truthfully and then GF starts attacking Charlie, after the third swing, Charlie swings back and knocks GF down. It is only after this that others come forward and state that they will all back Charlie if GF tries to get him in trouble. They all saw Charlie avoiding the fight and only defended himself. After this it is not a surprise that GF drinks tainted water and dies. It is during the search for what really happened that they learn so much more about how sleazy and lazy GF truly was. There was no love lost with any of the librarians and GF. 


Fun story. Charlie is dealing with his very pregnant daughter and son-in-law possibly leaving the area to go to another college in order to be able to do the best for the family. His being offered the position as full-time Library Administrator. 

Weight Watchers Crock Pot Recipes

Weight Watchers: Weight Watchers Freestyle 2018: Weight Watchers Freestyle 2018 Crockpot: Quick and Easy Weight Watchers Freestyle 2018 Crockpot Recipes - Missy Houck

This was another that I was not thrilled with, mostly the layout. I also didn't find too many recipes that I wanted to make.