All Eyes on Me (A Miranda and Parker Mystery Book 1)

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I would like to thank the publishers for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.

While I enjoyed the book and it was a good story there were parts that did not seem to be believable. There was too much that would never happen in the real world. The police would never hire PI’s to investigate a murder, especially a high profile case or allow the PI’s to conduct a press briefing on their behalf. There were some places that I was thinking they should just get on with it. The scene in the casino was a complete waste of time and no way believable. If the author had stuck to the murder and who did it the story would have been better. The idea was great.

The end was good. I never saw that coming and it was a surprise. However, it could have been a little shorter. The walk around the neighborhood could have been cut in half.

At the end, I was glad I read the book.





Absolution

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I would like to thank Netgalley and the Publishers for giving me a copy of the book in exchange for a honest review.

When I started this book I was not aware it was the second book in a series. After a few chapters I was ready to put the book down. That is something I never do. It was obvious that there was another book before this one and the first book, Twist of Faith, had to be read if you wanted to understand the second one. A short look in my Kindle and that problem was solved. I didn’t even remember buying the first one.

The second trip to Absolution was much easier to read. However, you still have to stay on your toes. There are lots of twists and turns, names, and characters along with several murders. This is not an easy read. The author also chose to give most of the main people a name that is similar and starts with an “A” and the two main women in Russell’s life are Juliette and Joanne. 

Most of the characters had some serious mental problems or was just straight out evil. Russell seemed to be into porn and poor Joanne was just a good friend and busy body who got caught up in the mayhem. 

The book is good and I am glad I read it. I will also buy the next one. I couldn’t give it a 5 star simply because it was hard to read at times. 





At Home in Mitford

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Oh my gosh, this book… will restore your faith in humanity. I like to read it once in a while just to clear my mind of all the bad stuff of this world and get lost in a little innocent hamlet with the village parson and the quirky townsfolk. The thing is though, Jan Karon can WRITE. She’s a really amazing writer and never resorts to cheesiness. It is actually very funny, clever and uplifting. Get it, you will love it!

This is a tightly woven tapestry of village life in a not so fictional town in the western hills of North Carolina. Some live in quiet desperation, some are living large and out loud, and some are just trying to live.

This is an exploration of cultural cross pollination as seen through the eyes of Father Tim, an Episcopal Priest. There are secrets, hidden agendas, nefarious characters, bad actors, and all are in the need of reconciliation with God. In some cases they achieve the elusive redemption by “looking in the mirror”.

This is a great read for non-believers as well as mature Christians with a committed faith journey.

Have great joy in the journey.

This is really a review of the entire Mitford series which I have re-read too many times to count.

If you’re looking for gentle wit, a bit a sarcasm, likable characters, lovable dogs (a few cats), great story lines including some nice love stories, as well as great spiritual messages without it becoming preachy, you will love reading about Mitford and Father Tim.

Although Ms. Karon handles some pretty serious issues such as alcoholism, depression, and child abuse, it’s done without rubbing the reader’s nose in it. There’s no bad language, the strongest exclamation being “blast!”. Her books are G rated when it comes to sex. It’s clear when the characters are physically attracted to each other but you don’t follow them into the bedroom.

As the characters are developed over the course of the series, the books get better and better. In fact, when I first read the last two in the series, I immediately went back to the beginning and read them again because they were so good! 🙂 I don’t think I’ve ever done that before.





TEPSMIGO 2 Pack Kids Tactical Vest Jacket Kit for Nerf Guns, Nerf Fortnite, N-Strike Elite Series with 80 Bullets Refill Darts and Other Accessories for Nerf for Boys and Girls

The TEPSMIGO Tactical Vest for N-Strike Elite Series is fully adjustable with simple straps on the outside. The TEPSMIGO Tactical Vest has been optimized for its target market of about a 5-13 years old. It may be a bit snug for larger kids or adults over 170 pounds but should still function up to about 185 pounds, depending on chest size. This vest is made of durable Nylon and feels rather comfortable as long as you have another shirt underneath.





A Home-Concealed Woman: The Diaries of Magnolia Wynn Le Guin, 1901-1913

“A Home-Concealed Woman” The Diaries of Magnolia Wynn LeGuin by Charles A. LeGuin is set in Georgia. This was my cousin Molly’s Grandmother Liggin’s aunt and happened in early 1900’s. You might find it interesting because it’s an account of day-to-day life; raising children, taking care of elderly parents in her home, having visitors to cook for and stay over-night, trials and tribulations of a wife/mother/daughter trying to do what is expected of her but wishing she could change some things. (She had a baby every two years and suffered from some kind of female health problem which made childbirth torture)……she did have a few more advantages than the poorest of the poor. She had one of the first telephones and her husband was employed at his mill.

This happened in the early 1900’s.





The Man with No Borders

We meet the protagonist as a young man, just learning the ropes of the banking field, disgusted when an elderly couple makes the heart-breaking decision to write their two children out of their wills. Fast forward to the end of the same man’s life. Now a wealthy man who founded his own bank many years ago and has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, he faces the decision of what to do with his wealth given his disappointment in his own offspring.

This is a Amazon First Read’s book for August.