Let me just start out by saying if you have never read a Riley Spartz book, you are really missing oua most excellent 5 star read, review to come...:)
Let me just start out by saying if you have never read a Riley Spartz book, you are really missing out. Every paragraph in Julie's books are funny and filled with her dry wit, one liners and local insider jokes that make you chuckle and laugh out loud the whole way through the book. Sometimes the Joke is on Riley but, the best jokes are when Riley turns the tables on the bad guy and gets the story all in one fell... scoop. Wonderful to see the characters in all The Riley Spartz books back again, Riley's on again/off again ex-fiancé Nick Garrett as well as her always loyal photographer Malik, computer sleuth Xiong, her always fun parents and her news director and sexual twerp Bryce. Another favorite part in the books is the delightful back and forth Riley & Nick do with movie quotes they throw to each other such as... Riley to Nick "you don't even know how much you'll miss me"... Nick to Riley "Shirley MacLaine, terms of endearment, 1983" there are many more of these scattered throughout all the books and they will make you smile and try to guess the answer every time. Riley Spartz is a TV investigative journalist for channel 3 news in the Twin cities MN area. One day she opens her mail at the station and finds a set of loose teeth, newly pulled with no note or explanation. This sets Riley off all over the cities looking for who, what, where, they done it and why they sent them to her? I love to ride along with Riley in our hometown as she sets off hunting down the story, knowing where she is and who she's really talking about is part of the fun! Riley and her mouth frequently get her into trouble but her quick wit usually gets her out, sometimes with the help of her ex Nick. Since channel 3 is really about channel 4, WCCO in the twin cities, I will read you one of the comments from WCCO ... "From the author of Stalking Susan comes the latest installment in the compulsively readable best selling Riley Spartz thriller series, featuring a smart, sassy and always entertaining TV reporter as she matches wits with a media savvy killer." This is spot on Riley! This is one of the funniest, best mystery series out there and that reason alone would keep me coming back but the great stories, humor, characters, issues and having it be local is enough to keep me reading about Riley as long as Julie will write about her! There are lots of stories going on for channel 3 news this time around... the teeth sent to Riley & Saint Apollonia to protect them, missing dogs, animal & environmental issues, the FBI & Nick, a large fish painting & off shore accounts, bomb scares, weddings and movie stars at MOA, funeral homes & coffins, greedy & ruthless business people, high school reunions, lost and then found again love, you name it and Riley was covering it. I received this book because I have a BIG MOUTH, hehehehe.... since reading the first Riley Spartz book years ago, I have been hooked & blabbing about them and I'll continue to do so! ...more
A most excellent 5 star read... This is a book written straight from the heart by a daughter who never really knew her famous father. Galadrielle AllmaA most excellent 5 star read... This is a book written straight from the heart by a daughter who never really knew her famous father. Galadrielle Allman was only 2 years old when her father was killed in a motorcycle accident, he was at the very young age of 24 in 1971. Howard Duane Allman, "Skydog" to those that knew him, was a guitar player and founder of one of the most famous bands of southern rockers the country has seen since... The Allman Brothers band. The Allman brothers band was the soundtrack of my youth as well as a generation of kids back in the 1970's. This is a heartbreaking yet, surprisingly uplifting and honest tribute to a man she loved yet, never really knew. The name dropping of huge rock and roll bands and legends they met, hung out or played with is mind boggling... Eric Clapton, Delanie and Bonnie, Blind faith, Derek and the Dominos, Jackson Browne, Traffic, Cream, Buffalo Springfield, Otis Redding, James Brown, Taj Mahal, Richie Havens, Jimi Hendrix, Donovan, the Beatles, Stephan Stills, King Curtis, Joe Cocker, The Beach Boys, Jim Morrison, leon Russell, Johnny Winter, Graham Parsons, Chet Atkins, Janis and Big Brother and the Holding Company, Paul Butterfield, Eric Burden, Boz Scaggs, Wilson Pickett, Country Joe and the Fish, Jefferson Airplane, Herbie Mann, Aretha Franklin, Ry Cooder, The Nitty Gritty Dirt band and on and on.... Duane & his little brother Gregg were born in Tennesse to a spunky mother and a father who was a military man. They moved and played in and around the southern states where rock and roll and the blues were born. They were heavily influenced by all the great blues and jazz mucisions of the time, the men who set the standard for what would become rock and roll, That's how the brothers found the sound that would shake up the music industry by electrifying the blues and thanks to a little glass bottle of cold medicine, crazily enough, a sound was born. The brothers formed and played with many bands before they decided on the name Allman Brothers, they liked the way it included "All men" All men could enjoy it. Howard Duane Allman was a tall, lanky red headed, mutton chopped moody guy who, once he found the guitar, just wanted to play. Duane's favorite book was The Lord of The Rings and he named his daughter Galadrielle after the royal elf in the book. He was a dreamer and when you put a guitar in his hand he made magic just like in his favorite book. He had one true love and that was his guitar, much to the heartbreak of the people who would love him. One of the saddest lines I have read in a long time is "My father is killed in the first paragraph of every article ever written about him." I never knew much about the Allman brothers other than what I could gleen from the albums or magazine articles back in the day but, every song makes me want to dance and every song I know by heart. This book is a real and honest look at a couple of small town boys chasing the dream, falling in love with music and the wild life that could be had, the stories it coulld tell. The saying sex, drugs and rock and roll is very true in this story as well. There were lots of girls, bikers, booze and the drugs were ubiquitous. A memory of 2 year old Galadrielle's just after the death of her father is of her young mother handing her small diapered daughter off to her uncle Gregg with his long blond hair tucked behind an ear as he stepped up on stage to a huge crowd and said "this is my brothers little girl and he lives on through her" ... This is an incredible book by a daughter just looking for her dad. ...more
This is a story of unhappy people, death and revenge... in that order I enjoyed the first part of this book when I thought3 stars, review to come...:)
This is a story of unhappy people, death and revenge... in that order I enjoyed the first part of this book when I thought it was going in a different direction. The main character Isabelle or "Isa" is weak, confused and not a very likeable person, of course spending years with a married man and having the affair end in his death just might have something to do with it! I knew right away who the "bad guy" was, having said that, he was someone I would have liked to know a little more about. I did however enjoy the ending...:) As young cousins in South Africa Isabelle and Alette were inseparable, traveling and sharing in each others dreams. As adults they had grown apart until a phone call from Alette awakens Isa in the middle of the night. Isa soon learns her cousin was dead at the time of the call. Isa is contacted by an attorney and told she has inherited her cousins home in England and there are special circumstances, Isa must come at once. Arriving at Alette's home Isa finds Alette was murdered and that even in death she has something she desperately needs from her cousin and reaching out from the grave is one way to get Isa to do it. So ensues a woman's obsession that follows her even in death, may she rest in peace... ...more
The Denver Post had this to say about the book; "Oh, What a delicious little book this is. A LuxurioLove this guy, I have been reading him for years.
The Denver Post had this to say about the book; "Oh, What a delicious little book this is. A Luxurious tale of clever deception, byzantine civic politics and, of course, lush and languid passages devoted to food...Like an excellent meal at a beloved restaurant. You'll savor every morsel, and you'll be sorry to see it end. A Charmer-
Well Gwen, you did it again! This is the second Lola Wicks book, Montana being the first in this newA most excellent 5 star read, review to come...:)
Well Gwen, you did it again! This is the second Lola Wicks book, Montana being the first in this new and exciting series where we were first introduced to tough on the outside yet, tender on the inside, once worldly journalist Lola Wicks who was downsized from her job as a foreign correspondent to reporting for the small town newspaper The Daily Express in Magpie Montana. Lola is still in the small town of Magpie where she came after the murder of her best friend Mary Alice and when the book "Dakota" opens, she is still sleeping and living with Charlie laurendeau, the county's first Indian sheriff. Any nosing around or sleuthing she may want to do, she needs to do with a very low profile so as not to compromise her man. When Lola starts to hear rumors of missing girls and Judith a local Blackfeet girl found frozen to death with a brand on her arm and an eagle feather in her hand Lola's reporter instincts kick in and she soon finds herself and her faithful 3 legged friend Bub, heading to the North Dakota oil fields in the dead of winter for what only she thinks is a story. When she gets to what is called the "oil patch" in North Dakota she soon realizes that men have come from all over the country for the easy money and even easier girls. She also finds out that men out number the women 100 to 1. The fairly new oil boom has taken over the small town and its people, it's like the wild, wild west with the law mostly looking the other way. lola chases the story as only she can, gets beat up, barely escapes freezing to death, almost looses her pal Bub not to mention her new love. What follows is a harrowing and sad tale of mostly poor, underage girls looking for the good life and men who have lost their selves and their morals so very far from home. The subject matter Gwen writes about is horrific yet timely and sadly not going away anytime soon. So happy to see Bub still around and lola still with Charlie and not off catting around. The ending is a wonderful surprise, I can't wait to see how Lola and her man, Sheriff Charlie handle the unexpected bittersweet news. Hurry up with the next book Gwen, would ya...:) ...more
I just could not get into this book. I did try, I had to skim a little to get through.
Gabriele Blackstone lives in London and is a comput2 stars....
I just could not get into this book. I did try, I had to skim a little to get through.
Gabriele Blackstone lives in London and is a computer hacker but, he used to be a remote viewer, he can get inside someone's head, literally. He calls it "slamming a ride". His ex girlfriend comes back into his life and asks him to find her husbands 21 year old son who has gone missing, the last people to see him alive were two eccentric sisters who live in a huge strange place called Monk house. Monk house and its occupants are a mystery to Gabriel, he feels drawn into their mystical ways and the house seems to also have some sort of hold on him as well. The sisters seem to cast a spell over him and even when he learns that one of them is a murderer he still can't help but fall in love. This is a dark gothic tale filled with mysticism, the paranormal, alchemy, psychics, witches, strange symbols and big black crows....more
It took me awhile to get into this book, there is a lot of beautiful Italian background that came before the actual story did. This story is about LaurIt took me awhile to get into this book, there is a lot of beautiful Italian background that came before the actual story did. This story is about Laura, a forty something gal who decides to go on a class reunion trip to Italy with 40 class mates she hasn't seen or talked to in about as many years. This will be more of a relaxing vacation than anything else she tells herself. All the ladies are staying at a Villa that is hosting a talk with professor Anthony Gilbert who taught all the gals back in the day and until recently still taught at Wellsley where they all went to school. When this handsome yet, now elderly professor turns up dead, many of Laura's classmates seem to have hurt feelings about affairs of the heart that went on may years ago with this charming man. Laura and her high school chum Cynthia decide to become detectives and find out what really is going on with this class trip of brokenhearts and just maybe a killer who did in the aging romeo. This book is a wonderful snapshot of Italy, the author paints a wonderful picture of what the actual trip might have been like as well as what it might have yasted like! This is a mystery without violence or ugly language, an enjoyable read. ...more
Five ladies who have been friends since high school and who have a yearly "gals only" summer getaway to Cape Cod find the3 stars, review to come...:)
Five ladies who have been friends since high school and who have a yearly "gals only" summer getaway to Cape Cod find their friendship tested one summer when waiting for the fifth friend to show up at the house they rent, a fruit basket arrives at the door with a note saying "I've run off with one of your men" this of course makes all the women re-examine their marriages, friendships and their lives. The subject matter might not seem to funny but the author has some snappy & fun dialogue to keep the story moving along as well as a few mysteries to solve. Is this note a joke from their friend or will she call them laughing, saying she was just kidding? If so, why can't any of the husbands be located? When the ladies get home from their little weekend vacation they must all re examine their marriage, their lives and the secrets they have been keeping from everyone. Kind of makes you wonder if anyone is really as close with their friends and loved ones as they think they are.... ...more
I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review This is a wonderful historical novel about a boy named Mourning, bornreview to come...:)
I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review This is a wonderful historical novel about a boy named Mourning, born black and a girl named Olivia, born white who are both living in Pennsylvania circa 1841. Olivia's father dies and he leaves everything to her brothers, nothing to her but, there are 80 acres of unwanted, scruffy and untamable farm land west in Michigan. 17 year old Olivia determined to make it on her own, enlists the help of her good friend Mourning and together they set off west to conquer the land and maybe some stereotypes along the way. Needless to say in the 1840's in America there are many obstacles in the way, slavery, racism and "womenism" to name just a few! Things take a turn for the worse when they arrive in Michigan and the town folk are not happy with a white woman and her colored hired hand are the only two on the farm. Sinister things are brewing not the least of which is Olivia's "monthlies" are late. I was a little disappointed in the ending, wondering... who's is it anyway? ...more
As the saying goes, “to every reader her book, every book its reader” This book was just not for me. I could not get around the nasty, mean, crabby, sAs the saying goes, “to every reader her book, every book its reader” This book was just not for me. I could not get around the nasty, mean, crabby, snarky, horrible characters in this book! There is only one guy who is a half ass normal person and its Maeve's boyfriend. I have a feeling even though anyone in this book could chew glass and fillet people at the same time, he will end up being the killer. I had to stop reading about a third of the way in, I did try. ...more
4 stars, review to follow...:) This book perplexed me and at times made me smile. I was all over the place trying to figure it out. I was led down many4 stars, review to follow...:) This book perplexed me and at times made me smile. I was all over the place trying to figure it out. I was led down many a wrong path trying to figure out just who is the serial killer in this book. I love the premise of the wild child found, brought into society and then what happens to her and everyone around her as a result. This book has a wealth of information in it about the ultra rich and very disconnected scions of society in New York and how everyone followed the petty whims of the very rich back in the day. I would like to say had Bronwyn been more forthcoming with Hugo at some point he wouldn't have been so crazed all the time, that being said, I think more of what and who Bronwyn was or where she was coming from might have also made for a more enjoyable read. Like Hugo I felt left out at times, discombobulated, floundering and not knowing if I should put the book down or just turn the page! This is mainly a book about the ultra wealthy Hugo, son of the wealthy Delegate family in Manhattan circa 1875, who when on a family trip to Nevada, they come upon a female wild child in a side show act who had allegedly been raised by wolves with razor like claws made especially for her and her wild girl side show act . Hugo immediately feels an affinity, a pull he can't explain with this wild child and this almost becomes his undoing. The family decides to "buy" her and take her on as their new pet project having done so many times before with other oddities of the population who have since become members of their ultra rich entourage and they try to make her a part of a family that they think anyone in their right mind would love to be a part of. Right mind being a key word here... They soon find their "Savage Girl" is a very capable, secretive, independent and extremely functional girl in any situation, she can & does run circles around her new family and the people she meets. She tells them she remembers her name is Bronwyn and after that she is clothed and readied for society but, is society ready for her? There are people sneaking in and out at night, including Bronwyn, Strange goings on that happen in the dark in the huge Delegate home or citadel as it is known. Soon men who have admired Bronwyn and paid her attention start to turn up dead and mutilated all over town. Who could be doing this? Is it Hugo, who is consumed with jealousy, falling hard for his savage girl or is it the savage girl herself who can not be tamed by money or society? This is something you will be puzzling out throughout the book, wondering who is the savage killer on the loose......more
Too much sex in this for my taste but it is an easy read and sadly this sort of thing happens a lot, crazy peopla great 3 star read, review to come...
Too much sex in this for my taste but it is an easy read and sadly this sort of thing happens a lot, crazy people with too much time on their hands and messed up heads digging into other people's lives. I covered up the camera eye on my computer after the first few pages....you never know! A wacko computer hacker is taking over people's computer webcams and then blackmailing the ones who do "interesting" things, he calls them slaves. unfortunately for him he has targeted detective Robin Tate who just happens to be investigating the murder of one of his former slaves. The thing is, Robin has a secret. A sexual secret, kind of like the hacker. Cyber crimes are on the rise and this book will give you the heebie jeebies!
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wow, oh wow.....just a never ending nightmare, review to come...:/
This novel blew me right out of my chair with a double whammy! the book starts out slwow, oh wow.....just a never ending nightmare, review to come...:/
This novel blew me right out of my chair with a double whammy! the book starts out slowly, building into a dark, break your heart psychological thriller. You have no idea what is to come but, hang in there because it is worth the ride. Artists Harry & Robin are living a good life in Tangier, Harry is getting ready to celebrate his wife, Robin's birthday until he realizes he has left the present he got for her earlier in town so, he decides that while his 3 yr. old son Dillon is sleeping he will just run the few blocks to go pick it up.... This spur of the moment decision changes his family's life forever. This is a story of how secrets and lies kept from your partner can blow up in unexpected ways you could never imagine. There are a few shady characters along the way that add to the tension but, I don't want to give to much away so I will just say, you need to read this book! ...more