Cold in July

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Cold in July by Joe Lansdale is a novel from the 1980s with a synopsis that makes you think it’s about revenge.  It’s totally not.  In fact, the actual plot is so very different from the synopsis, I’m going to … Continued

Put Your Heart on Paper

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Put Your Heart on Paper by Henriette Anne Klauser is supposed to be a book about writing sentiments down for yourself (journaling) or for others (letters).  It is neither of those things.  It’s actually a memoir of the author’s friends … Continued

My First Sewing Book

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My First Sewing Book by Cico Kidz Publishing is a child’s first sewing book geared to kids 5 years old and up.  At 128 pages for $14.95, it’s a pricey book for what’s inside. 4 out of 10 stars.  I had … Continued

Something Wild by Patti Berg

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Something Wild by Patti Berg is a 2002 cowboy romance between a Las Vegas showgirl and a Wyoming ranch manager who is also the local pastor.  The hero I loved.  The heroine I hated.  One-quarter of the book is devoted … Continued

The Cinderella Deal by Jennifer Crusie

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The Cinderella Deal by Jennifer Crusie was written back in 1996, two decades or 20 years ago.  It shows its age.  I inherited an entire Jennifer Crusie collection from my older sister and I promised her I’d read at least … Continued

Mason Jar Crafts

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Mason Jar Crafts by Lauren Elise Donaldson is a book designed to use the beauty of Mason canning jars and be crafty with them.  I wish the crafts were pretty.  They really aren’t.  I’ve found more useful things to do with … Continued

Mathew Scudder Novels in Order

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If you enjoyed A Walk Among the Tombstones, then you may like the other novels in the Mathew Scudder character series. Here they are in order: 1. The Sins of the Fathers 1975. The hooker was young, pretty…and dead, butchered … Continued

Everybody Dies

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Everybody Dies is the 14th novel in the Matthew Scudder series by Lawrence Block. Although Block’s writing has significantly deteriorated (the dialogue is nothing more than sentence fragments with no subject and no verb) the plot was at least engaging. … Continued

The Devil Knows You’re Dead

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The Devil Knows You’re Dead is #11 in the Matthew Scudder series by Lawrence Block and the ninth Scudder novel I’ve read. It is by far the worst, considerably less of a murder mystery and more of the musings of … Continued

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