Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Crooked House

I wanted to read this novel before I seen the movie. I thought the story was different from the other stories that Agatha Christie has written. Maybe this is why it was her favorite. I can't put my finger on it but I don't know what to say about it. So I looked at other reviews to see what others had to say.

What I find it's not the plot so much that was interesting, but the characters. The main character Charlie Hayward I must say he was a very boring character as was his fiancée Sophie. I liked Madga and Aunt Edith the best.

The title of the book Crooked House is a great title. Fits the characters. In some way or another the characters were odd,"crooked". So a crooked house was built by the original crooked little man and without him the crooked little house had lost its meaning. Even the child Josephine was born with a kink the crooked child of the crooked house.
I don't know what to make of the ending. I understood it but to me the story was leading a good path than reared off and was over. Can't say I was surprised whodunit.

I give Crooked House 4 
Not because I didn't like the story. It just wasn't a favorite. I will be looking forward to reading more Agatha Christie books.

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Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Twas the Bite Before Christmas

Pretty good book. I haven't read a Christmas mystery in a long time. I liked the characters. Even the ones that were meant to be bad.
It was a little confusing in the beginning of where the story has been set. There are times that you just need to look twice. Many towns are named the same as other places. Jack, Jamie, Hooch and Frankie are cool. Even though Jack portrays that he's not really into Christmas, he really is. Jamie and the dogs make him happy.

I would like to read the 1st of the series to see how it all started. And I see there is another Christmas book hmm...

I give Twas the Bite Before Christmas 4 

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

I'm Still Here

I like how the author makes a point in her story with some light- heartedness but still packs a punch. She draws this book as a mental illness story. The sad fact is that not everyone looks and acts the same with mental illness. If we become aware and see signs we maybe able to help someone.

I hated the way Esther was treated because her sister was no longer around. Her family decided it was easier to run her out of their lives than deal with the fact of whatever happen it wasn't anyone's fault. A form of mental abuse. And let's not forget how vile her parents were because of what? Long time use of drugs on them :(  Didn't matter how many Ho Ho's that Esther ate. She hurt. 

It took a accident of falling and hitting Esther's head for some to pay attention. It wasn't just a normal life that the whole family was leading. She remembered the fowl stuff her family did, and didn't remember the good things that were happening. There she felt not worthy. Only than she could use what she called "Ez Pass Brain," thoughts come into her brain and speed through her mouth without slowing down. That way people knew what she thought.

No wonder Esther felt she was not worthy. And took such a long time to believe that Kingston loved her for who she was. In fact all her friends including co workers and boss loved her for who she is.
I was glad to know one of her family, Aster would want a relationship with her.

I'm glad things worked out well for her. I was rooting for her. I sped through this book. A bit slow at first, than hard to put down.

I give I'm Still Here 5 

I look forward to read another story of Kathryn Biel's. As long it's not a series.

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Blue Mercy

When reading what this book was about. I was very excited to read it. But when I started to read it, it was very different from what I imagined. Very disappointing.

The whole idea that "Star" Maria had this attitude on her was very tiresome. I was ready to say enough. A brat, b****. Until you read about her mother Mercy. A shame that history repeats itself. But there is no call for Maria, the daughter to repeat abuse everything. Growing pains, sure if you want to believe that.

To the very end Star still can't rein in her feelings for her mother. Not even after she got everything she wanted.

Mercy sacrificed herself for her daughter's happiness. But the 1 questioned is not even answered who did kill Da?

I give Blue Mercy 3 
Good writing but could do with less drama. Would of loved to actually not see what was coming.

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Marsh Madness

What can I say about this book? Second book in this little series. Mam, Lindsey, and Bonnie were just as great characters as before when introduced from  Fiddle Dee Death. A mystery a mist but this time I think the girls had their hands full with a wedding @ the Pinckney Plantation and baby sitting MaryMar with her stalker. 

It was a little disappointing that they didn't have that chance sinking their teeth in a mystery. Will was more vocal this time as Lindsey's boyfriend and Major of law enforcement. Love their quarks. Mam watching a lot of CSI thinking she knows everything about crime now, Lindsey still likes her Coca Cola, and Bonnie looking at everything wisely. Got to know more on their other halves lives. Which was nice.

A good story with the Southern characters that intertwine with all. Didn't matter if they were the culprit or the owner of Pinckney. Nice!

I give Marsh Madness 4 
Only because I miss the girls getting involved like sleuths.

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