Sunday, September 25, 2016

Weekend Book Review

It's Your Party, Die if You Want To by Vickie Fee is book two in the Liv and Di in Dixie Mystery Series.  While I did read (and enjoy) the first book, this book stands on its own.  Liv is busy planning and engagement party and a large Halloween charity event.  Before that she is scheduled to help at an annual businesswomen's retreat where she is in charge of the celebrity ghost hunter who returned to Dixie as the guest speaker.  An unexpected dead body in the cemetery puts a quick end to the retreat.  Liv and her best friend, Di, are once again stirring up trouble while trying to solve the mystery.  I enjoyed all of the characters and the holiday themed story.  This book is just as good as the last, and I look forward to more in the series!

disclosure:  I received these e-books from NetGalley but was not otherwise compensated for these reviews.  All opinions are my own!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Weekend Book Reviews

All of the books in this weekend's posts will be released this coming week!

The Semi-Sweet Hereafter is book three in Colette London's Chocolate Whisperer Mystery series.  This is the second book I have read in the series.  Hayden is back at another chocolate whisperer job this time in London and once again stumbles onto a murder.  The dead man is the husband of her current client, Phoebe.  While this book stands on its own, I think Hayden's actions are best understood if one has read the previous book.  I liked this book although not quite as much as the last one.  The slight shift in Hayden's character was the problem for me.  The book is a good cozy mystery as long as readers can adjust to the frantic personality of the main character.

Leslie Nagel is the author of The Book Club Murders which is book one in the Oakwood Mystery series.  Charley is a member of the Agathas, a mystery book club.  When bodies start piling up in Oakwood, Charley steps in to help the police solve the murders.  This book is marketed as a cozy mystery, but it does not fit the normal definition of a cozy mystery.  First the book had too much romance and random sex for me.  While I can handle a bit of romance, it was one of the main plots of this book.  Second I had no use for the foul language.  I do not feel that it adds anything to a book.  With those points aside, the mystery was good.  The series shows promise if the mystery becomes the main focus of future books.

British Manor Murder by Leslie Meier is the latest in the Lucy Stone Mystery series.  I have read a few books in the series before this one.  This book easily stands on its own.  The series is still just as fresh as in the beginning.  Lucy is off to England as the guest of Perry, earl of a large manor home.  The trip is going well until some extra guests show up as well as dead body.  I enjoyed the scenery of the book and felt as if I were along with Lucy in England.  This is a fun and clean cozy mystery and reminded me I need to seek out more of Mrs. Meier's books!

Book two in the Henny Penny Farmette mystery series by Meera Lester is The Murder of a Queen Bee.  I had not read the previous book in the series but had not trouble diving into this book.  Abby is devastated to learn that her friend Fiona missed a planned lunch because she is dead.  Abby quickly becomes immersed in the murder investigation.  First the positives.  The mystery was interesting, and I enjoyed the farm setting as well as the focus on bees and chickens.  I had two negatives however.  The first is that Abby is guy crazy.  Just in this one book she has three possible love interests.  I was very annoyed that she simply allowed a man who had hurt her so badly and then disappeared just move right back into her home.  While I can handle a bit of romance, I do not care for that to have as much (and sometimes more) focus than the mystery.  The second negative is one of the "tips" included in the book.  Readers are told that backyard chicken eggs will only last five weeks in a home refrigerator.  That is absurd, and I can assure you from personal experience that it is not true.  It leaves me with some concern about the other information included.  I would give the series another shot but am not impressed by this book alone.

disclosure:  I received these e-books from NetGalley but was not otherwise compensated for these reviews.  All opinions are my own.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Feathered Friday

I have a few random chicken pictures for you today.

This little rooster prefers to roam the yard on his own.  He is always busy looking for bugs.

This is Mr. R.  He is my helper in the yard/garden.  Whenever I am outside, he is close by.

These three ladies are dusting.  Other than looking for bugs, that is a chicken's favorite past time.

This hen climbed the steps of the new house late one afternoon and stood at the door.  I think she was reminding us to take a break as it was close to suppertime!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Wardrobe Update - Postponed

Apologies that the next wardrobe post will be a week late.  I got wrapped up in work on the new house and did not have time to get it written.  Rather than throw something together, I am asking for patience.

On a side note I have been trying to teach my four year old cousin patience.  Her daddy was late getting out of his Sunday School class and into church this past week.  I mentioned that we just needed to have patience.  She replied that he needed a watch.  If only life could be solved by a four year old's logic!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Weekly Savings

Building a house is expensive.  I commented to someone the other day that it was not the big purchases but all of the little things that were getting me.  This week we did find some mark down cabinets for the laundry room.  I also found some storage units for my craft room marked down.

We have been eating from the freezer.  I have managed to find some not too difficult to prepare meals using what we have on hand.  Our grocery bill was $28 this past week.  I hope to keep it around that for the next week or two.

I was able to fit the construction trash in our regular trash cans again.

Clothes were hung to dry on the line or in the house.

I planted an avocado tree and two pineapple plants started in the kitchen window.

I planted kale, spinach, and swiss chard seeds in my parents' garden.  They had some extra room and will be watering everything anyway.  The seeds were quite old so time will tell if they sprout.  If not I have some newer seeds that can be planted.

This was an accidental savings.  I placed an order with Amazon, but when I received the package it was not at all what I had ordered.  We received four backpacks and three personal water filters.  A call to Amazon to sort out the problem resulted in me receiving a refund for the items that I did order.  I was also told to keep the items sent to me by mistake.  Amazon does seem to do their best to keep the customers happy!

I used some coupons at CVS to get a free first aid case and two free boxes of cereal.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Weekend Book Reviews

Harley Rotbart's lastest book is Miracles We Have Seen:  America's Leading Physicians Share Stories They Can't Forget.  The book is full of short stories of medical miracles witnessed by physicians.  The book is certainly inspiring.  I like that it was easy to read when I only had a bit of free time.  Some of the stories seemed to be lacking in emotion and were told more in medical facts.  While the book has one author, the story tellers are varied so the story styles are varied as well.  The book was good but not necessarily one of my favorites due to the varied styles.

Let me start this review by saying that I almost never review a book that I have not finished.  I could not bring myself to get to the end of The Curse of the Bridal Chamber by Hunter Murphy though.  I was completely shocked that Mr. Murphy is from the South.  I do not know any decent southerners who act like the characters in this book, and I definitely do not know any who talk the way these characters did.  The story line never developed enough for me, and I read half of the book.  The descriptions dragged on and on.  Characters who met minutes earlier were depicted as if they had known each other for years.  The best part of this book was Goose, the dog.

disclosure:  I received these e-books from NetGalley but was not otherwise compensated for this review.  All opinions are my own!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Amazon Book Deal: The Slider Effect

I reviewed The Slider Effect by Jonathan Melendez back in July.  You can see the review here.  I even mentioned in the review that I added it to my Amazon Wish List.  This week I found that the price had dropped significantly.

This morning the book is only $3.42!  This is an amazing price.  It is worth buying just for the bun, roll, and bread recipes alone.  I jumped on this deal and ordered the book earlier in the week.  If this is one you were thinking about buying, now is the time!