Thursday, March 23, 2017

Throw Back Thursday He Said Killing Kate Julie Kramer

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Book Review - He Said Killing Kate - Julie Kramer

Occasionally Lisa and I read the same book and will put up a second review. Please see Lisa's more thorough review of Killing Kate here.

Title: Killing Kate

AuthorJulie Kramer

Review: Every genre has its sub-categories, and mysteries are no different. The brilliance of Julie Kramer’s books is they successfully bridge the gap between two of my favorites styles. Keeping it all Minnesota, you have the gritty police procedural that can be quite dark (think John Sandford’s Prey books), and you can also have the light and often humorous cozies (Think Joanne Fluke’s Bakery books). Riley Spartz is an imperfect investigator who seems to blunder through life on a wing and a prayer, slowly and congenially unraveling the mysteries that come her way. But at the same time this book isn't all relationships and fun, she is often presented with some pretty bad criminals and a series of terrible crimes; crimes that don’t come with a cookie recipe (but don’t get me wrong, you should never join Hannah Swenson on an investigation if you are on a diet – they are damn good recipes).
Riley finds herself thwarted from the story she wants only to be thrust into the story that needs her. Through a careful piecing together of the clues she is slowly able to put together a story that encompasses far more than she originally bargained for. The scene is set through southern Minnesota and Northern Iowa, including Iowa City landmark The Black Angel. The landmark is so descriptive Lisa has committed us to visiting it on our next trip visiting our parents. Though when pressed she insisted we will not be making out in the moonlight, regardless of the authenticity of the experience.

So if you want a fun mystery with a likable lead character investigating some pretty serious crime then Julie Kramer’s Riley Spartz is definitely for you. The books are well written and quickly paced (Lisa and I received our copy on a Thursday and were both through it by Saturday – and that was with me hiding it from her while at work Friday). One of the best aspects of the books is also what made 24 great, a commitment to story over character. For example, you pretty much knew from the moment Nina shot Teri in season one that no character except for Jack Bauer was safe (and even then I could have seen them killing him off if the plot demanded it). It is that tension that keeps the fun from diluting the mystery in Kramer’s work; Who can we trust? Who can we rely on? Killing Kate will keep you guessing until the end and then keep you anxiously awaiting book 5.

Speaking of book 5 – Tempting Ted, Finding Frank, Watching Wendy? 

Where I got the book: The author very kindly sent us an advance copy for review (but Lisa and I also attended her book signing and bought our own hard copy to keep).

Quick Review: 5 stars

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Book Review The Devil's Triangle (A Brit in the FBI #4) Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison

The Devil's Triangle (A Brit in the FBI, #4)
Title: The Devil's Triangle

Author(s):  Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison

Stars: 4 out of 5


The Devils Triangle is by two authors who brought together what they do best a thrill ride of action the story has very cheesy moments as well as cliche dialogue and absurd but interesting plot twist.
This book will keep reader locked and loaded from beginning to end of the book daring readers to finish it a night. 
The endless characters of evil vs good comes to life with each page even if they are a little on the cheesy side. I enjoyed this book and recommend to those who love spy, James Bond type of books.

Advance Copy From Netgalley

FBI Special Agents Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine have a new mandate as the government’s Covert Eyes, assembling a handpicked team of top-notch agents to tackle crimes and criminals both international and deadly. But their first case threatens to tear the fledgling team apart when the enigmatic thief known as the Fox reappears with a plea for help.

Master thief Kitsune has stolen the staff of Moses from the Topkapi Museum in Istanbul, and now that she’s delivered, her clients are trying to kill her. On the run, she asks Nicholas and Mike to help her discover the true identity of her clients and stop the threat against her life. Under strict orders to arrest the Fox and bring her back to New York, the Covert Eyes team heads to Venice, Italy, to meet with Kitsune, and finds nothing is as it seems. Kitsune’s secret clients are the Koaths, a family descended from Moses himself, who will do anything, anything, to find Ark of the Covenant and wield its power, as their long and bloody history can attest. To execute their plan, they’ve spent years perfecting a machine that can control the weather, manipulating worldwide disasters that spin the entire globe into chaos.

From New York to Venice, from Rome to the Bermuda Triangle, Nicholas and Mike and their team are in a race against time, and nature herself, to stop the Koaths and recover the famous Ark of the Covenant. But can they trust Kitsune, their sworn enemy, to help them save the world from a family of madmen?

Kindle Edition
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by G.P. Putnam's Sons

About The Author(s)
Catherine Coulter

Catherine Coulter is the New York Times bestselling author of 75 books. Her hugely popular FBI thrillers include The Cove, The Maze, The Target, The Edge, Riptide, Hemlock Bay, Eleventh House, Blindside, Blowout, Point Blank, Double Take, Tail Spin, Knockout, Whiplash, Split Second, Backfire, Bombshell, Power Play and Nemesis. She has a new international thriller series -- A Brit in the FBI -- co-written with JT Ellison. These include The Final Cut, The Lost Key and The End Game. Also now available is the first in her novella series, starring Grayson Sherbrooke (from the Sherbrooke historical romance series), titled The Strange Visitation at Wolffe Hall. 
Upcoming new releases! The 20th book in her FBI thriller series, Insidious, will be out in September 2016, and the 4th book in the Brit series, The Devil's Triangle, will be out early 2017. Coulter lives in northern California with her three thriller cats and her thriller husband.

J.T. Ellison
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author J.T. Ellison writes standalone domestic noir and psychological thriller series, the latter starring Nashville Homicide Lt. Taylor Jackson and medical examiner Dr. Samantha Owens, and pens the international thriller series “A Brit in the FBI" with #1 New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter. Cohost of the Emmy Award-winning literary television series, A Word on Words, Ellison lives in Nashville with her husband and twin kittens.

Website (s)

Monday, March 20, 2017

Motherhood Monday LDS Youth 2017 Trek

If you are not Mormon or Lds this might seem really weird.

4 days of pushing a handcart has taken my beautiful brain and made it very very tried. I hope to give a more detailed story about the Trek later but right now I am still in need of sleep but since I am a mom of 4 kids on spring break I will only post a few pics.

Story to come Later.  Just know it was the greatest experience of my life that I will NEVER EVER do again.  I wore enough sunscreen to fill two bottles and yet I am burned and peeling.
My Family

Sleeping area

Red nose. Cold Morning. Yup the Hormel hat isn't very pioneer of me.

Our Company ready to go 200 Youth between 14-18

Trying to keep the cart from tipping over

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Book Review Rough Around The Edges Meets Refined by Rachael Anderson

Rough Around the Edges Meets Refined (Meet Your Match, #2)
Title: Rough Around the Edges Meets Refined

Author: Rachel Anderson

Stars: 4 1\2 Stars out of 5

A story about a young recent widow who meets a widower, with two young daughters, and their ensuing courtship. This is a delightful, feel good, modern day romance with out pages of blatant needless sexual descriptions. 

I have rated this book 4.5 stars.

I obtained this book from Amazon in Kindle format.
Thank you Frank

For Noah Mackie, life is finally back on track. He has a great support system, a promised promotion is on its way, and he's finally getting the hang of this single father thing. But when the job falls through and his neighbor's matchmaking efforts become more aggressive, Noah is in for yet another unwanted detour. With his career and two spirited daughters to worry about, he doesn't have time for dating—especially not someone like Cassie Ellis, his girls' beautiful and sophisticated dance instructor, who is about as open and approachable as a brick wall. 

Rough around the Edges Meets Refined is about two people who think they know exactly what they want but who have no idea what they really need. It's about learning that people aren't always what they seem and that sometimes life’s detours take you exactly where you need to go

About the Author:

Rachael AndersonA USA Today bestselling author of clean romance, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can't sing, doesn't dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating

Learn More About Rachel Anderson Check out her Website

Friday, March 17, 2017

Book Review The Research Trip By C. P. Stringham

The Research Trip
Title: The Research Trip

Author:  C. P. Stringham

Stars: 4.25 out of 5

An intriguing modern day romance set in England and America. The author was able to bring together two very different people and keep the reader wanting more. The story contains mutual attraction, multiple sex encounters, unexpected pregnancy, and a satisfactory ending. Oh, did I fail to mention that the main characters are 40 and 52 respectfully. 

I have rated this book 4.25 stars.

I obtained this book from Amazon in Kindle format.

Thank you Frank for your Review.

When her latest book pitch is green-lighted, Kate travels to England, days before she is due for her author appearances, and heads out to experience every-day London and its surrounding boroughs—the setting for her next book. Note pad in hand and armed with her camera, she begins the research portion of her trip. While caught up in the sights and sounds, the unexpected happens. Kate meets DSI Paul Bailey of the Metropolitan Police. She’s drawn to his kindness the moment they meet and, within the span of 48 hours, enters into a whirlwind affair with the seasoned detective. She finds herself acting less like Kate Beacham and more like one of the characters in Katherine Lee Sumner’s novels. Feeling an inexplicably strong connection to each other, Kate and Paul make a commitment to continue their relationship from opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

Before the couple can even begin racking up frequent flyer miles, Kate discovers the one souvenir she never planned on bringing home with her. Once the initial shock wears off, Kate quickly decides not to uproot her family by moving to England. After losing their father, her teen daughters need the familiar security and stability provided by their home, grandparents and friends. Complicating matters further, Paul’s attention is consumed by his current high profile case and his sense of duty to bring it to a close. Knowing his career was to blame for the decline of his first marriage, Kate doesn’t hold much hope for their future. As the months pass and promises are broken, Kate realizes, in all likelihood, she will have to let Paul go so that she may move forward. Only Paul isn’t willing to go away so easily.

In matters of love, Katherine Lee Sumner was one to write from the heart, but the ever-cautious Kate Beacham always followed her head—it was safer. Despite everything, she was in love with Paul and she knew he loved her, however, her head raised one resounding question about their relationship; was love going to be enough?

Kindle Edition, 438 pages
Published March 1st 2013

  About The Author: 
C.P. Stringham
I blame it all on Aaron Spelling. While normal 13 year olds were playing Atari, I was tuning in to "Dynasty" and "The Colby's." My peers learned how to beat their game systems at Donkey Kong and Space Invaders and I learned about blackmail, extramarital affairs, and corporate takeovers through "The Queen of Scheme," Alexis Morell-Carrington-Colby-Dexter-Colby-Rowan. As near as I can recall, my love for spinning a good yarn began then. Hopeless romantic. Avid reader.

Writing has been a creative outlet for me since my high school days. While attending college, I would entertain my roommates with what they called, "Bedtime Stories." Never anything Mother Goose or Aesop would approve of. I've always loved holding the rapt attention of others as I unleashed the world my imagination created. As a writer of romance stories, I do have a literary confession to make; I simply adore great mystery books! I read them every chance I get. 

The Endless Mountains of Pennsylvania are where my family and I have made our home. My husband and I are high school sweethearts and we have been blessed with two wonderful teen daughters. We are animal lovers and include a dog, three cats, a horse, 14 chickens, and a half-dozen minnows as part of our pet menagerie. Much of our spare time is spent at a nearby horse farm where our daughters take dressage lessons. I love attending horse shows and, occasionally, get to watch my children compete! Our oldest has shown quite successfully in the American Quarter Horse Youth Association show series and our youngest has shown at local open show events in the Riders With Disabilities classes. Our youngest was diagnosed in 2010 with PDD-NOS which is an Autism Spectrum Disorder. My husband and I are actively involved in our local school community helping to spread awareness and acceptance for those with an ASD. If we can reach them, we can teach them!

Twitter:   PTGPotus

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