Mailbox Monday, Meme

Mailbox Monday, Feb. 28, 2011

Mailbox Mondays

Mailbox Monday is still on tour, with February’s spot being at Library of Clean Reads.

I had a good mailbox this week. Got a PBS box-of-books swap in the mail. (Yep, I’m hopelessly addicted) I also received two review books. Here’s what I got:

     Hawke by Ted Bell

A direct descendant of a legendary English privateer, Lord Alexander Hawke is one of England’s most decorated naval heroes. Now, in the Caribbean on a secret assignment for the American government, Hawke must disarm a ticking time bomb – a highly experimental stealth submarine carrying forty nuclear warheads that has fallen into the hands of an unstable government just ninety miles from the U.S. mainland. But Hawke’s mission is twofold, for he has returned to the waters where modern-day pirates brutally murdered his parents when he was a boy – after a lifetime of nightmares, will vengeance be his at last?

     The Grilling Season by Diane Mott Davidson

Caterer Goldy Schulz has been hired to host a hockey party. But the proceedings won’t be all fun and games. Unfortunately, her client won’t be satisfied until Goldy adds a hefty serving of revenge. Patricia McCracken is certain that her obstetrician and her penny-pinching HMO are responsible for the loss of her baby. Now she is suing both, and she wants Goldy’s advice on coming out on top. For Dr. John Richard Korman, aka the Jerk, is none other than Goldy’s abusive ex-husband. Goldy knows all about John Richard’s secret life – but even she is shocked when he’s arrested for the murder of his latest girlfriend. As much as Goldy would like to see her ex get his just desserts, could he really be a killer? Soon she will find herself sifting through a spicy mix of sizzling gossip for clues to a mystery that threatens her catering deadline, her relationship with her son and new husband … and even her life.

     Rising Phoenix by Kyle Mills

Special Agent Mark Beamon is a maverick. His open disdain for the FBI’s rules – and directors – has exited him to a no-profile post in the boondocks. But when a shadowy right-wing group starts flooding America’s emergency rooms with dead and dying, Beamon is summoned back to Washington. Teamed with an icily efficient female field agent, he is given the thankless task of stopping the slaughter – even though millions of Americans secretly approve of it! As the body count rises, Beamon realizes there is something eerily familiar about his adversary, reminding him of the coldest killer he ever encountered – not a criminal but a law enforcement colleague. And for the first time, he wonders why he was chosen for this assignment. Was it his expertise – or his expendability?

     Dark Water by Sharon Sala
Two decades ago, Sarah Jane Whitman’s father disappeared with an embezzled fortune from his local bank, an act of betrayal that subjected his wife and daughter to a vicious scandal. Now a body has been pulled from its watery tomb, a body that is identified sa Frank Whitman’s. This grim discovery proves Sarah’s father was innocent … and that the real thief got away with murder. Now Sarah’s obsession with uncovering the truth is making some people in Marmet, Maine, very nervous. Suddenly the prosperous citizens of this community are under intense scrutiny – including Tony DeMarco, who grew up with Sarah. But is the concern Tony shows for Sarah’s safety genuine or is he hiding something dangerous? And can she trust him with her future as a desperate killer tries to shut the door forever on the past…?

     A World I Never Made by James LePore (Review)
Pat Nolan, an American man, is summoned to Paris to claim the body of his estranged daughter Megan, who has committed suicide. The body, however, is not Megan’s and it becomes instantly clear to Pat that Megan staged this, that she is in serious trouble, and that she is calling to him for help. This sends Pat on an odyssey that stretches across France and into the Czech Republic and that makes him the target of both the French police and a band of international terrorists. Joining Pat on his search is Catherine Laurence, a beautiful but tormented Paris detective who sees in Pat something she never thought she’d find – genuine passion and desperate need. As they look for Megan, they come closer to each other’s souls and discover love when both had long given up on it. Juxtaposed against this story is Megan’s story. A freelance journalist, Megan is in Morocco to do research when she meets Abdel Lahani, a Saudi businessman. They began a torrid affair, a game Megan has played often and well in her adult life. But what she discovers about Lahani puts her in the center of a different kind of game, one with rules she can barely comprehend. Because of her relationship with Lahani, Megan has made some considerable enemies. And she has put the lives of many – many even millions – at risk.

     Blood of My Brother by James LePore (Review)
When Jay Cassio’s best friend is murdered in a job clearly done by professionals, the walls that he has built to protect himself from the world of others begin to shatter. Dan Del Colliano had been his confidante and protector since the men were children on the savage streets of newark, New Jersey. When Dan supports and revives Jay after Jay’s parents die in a plane crash, their bond deepens to something beyond brotherhood, beyond blood. Now Jay, a successful lawyer, must find out why Dan died and find a way to seek justice for his murder. Isabel Perez has lived a life both tainted and charmed since she was a teenager in Mexico. She holds powerful sway over men and has even more powerful alliances with people no one should ever try to cross. She desperately wants her freedom from the chains these people have placed on her. When Jay catapults into her world, their connection is eclectic, their alliance is lethal, and their future is anything but certain.

Sunday Wrap-Up

Sunday Wrap-Up, Feb. 27, 2011

So it’s been a pretty good week around here. I finished up the third book in the new-to-me series that I started this month (Goldy Schulz). I did a few things here at the blog this week, too:

I posted one review: The Cereal Murders by Diane Mott Davisdon

I showed everyone my mailbox from last week.

I participated in WWW Wednesdays.

Overall it was a good week. Right now I’m reading The Tenth Justice by Brad Meltzer. I’m about 200 pages into it and it’s been really good so far. It’s an interesting storyline. I had a wonderful girl-time lunch this week with my brother-in-law’s new girlfriend (who, I now think is an ex-girlfriend….too bad, I was hoping she would be good for him in the long run, plus I really liked her). It made me realize that I don’t have enough girlfriends, but it’s so hard for me to meet people in real life. I don’t work in the town where I live, my neighbors are all old enough to be my parents, I just don’t make friends easily. But I definitely miss girltime. My best girlfriend lives about 5 hours away and we have regular phone-dates, but it’s just not the same. Such is life. Leaves me more time to read :):)

Meme, WWW Wednesdays

WWW Wednesdays – Feb. 23, 2011

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

* What are you currently reading?

  • Actually, I’m in between reads right now. I just finished The Cereal Murders and I haven’t decided what I’m going to pick up next.

* What did you recently finish reading?

*What do you think you’ll read next?

  • I really need to get to reading one of my review books (I think I have mentioned this the past 3 weeks – maybe I should go ahead and start reading it!).
4/5, AUTHOR, Book Review, D, Fiction, Goldy Schulz, RATING, Read in 2011, READING CHALLENGES 2011, SERIES

2011.9 REVIEW – The Cereal Murders by Diane Mott Davidson

The Cereal Murders
by Diane Mott Davidson

Copyright: 1993
Pages: 335
Rating: 4/5
Read: Feb. 17 – 22, 2011
Challenge: Mystery & Suspense Challenge 2011 ; TBR Dare
Yearly Count: 9
Format: Print

First Line: “I’d kill to get into Stanford.”

Blurb: Goldy Bear, the premier caterer of Aspen Meadow, Colorado, is no stranger to violence – or sudden death. But when she agrees to cater the first College Advisory Dinner for Seniors and Parents at the exclusive Elk Park Preparatory School, the last thing she expects to find at the end of the evening is the battered body of the school valedictorian. Who could have killed Keith Andrews, and why? Goldy’s hungry for some answers – and not just because she found the corpse. Her young son, Arch, a student at Elk Park Prep, has become a target for some not-so-funny pranks, while her eighteen-year-old live-in helper, Julian, has become a prime suspect in the Andrews boy’s murder. As her investigation intensifies, Goldy’s anxiety level rises faster than her homemade doughnuts … as she turns up evidence that suggests Keith knew more than enough to blow the lid off some very unscholarly secrets. And then, as her search rattles one skeleton too many, Goldy learns a crucial fact: a little knowledge about a killer can be a deadly thing.

Review: This is the third in the Goldy Schulz series. This one was just as good as the first two. I have to say, the students at Elk Park Prep and their parents are all insane!!! But overall I felt like this was another good mystery – I honestly had no clue as to who the killer was until it was revealed in the end. I also enjoy the progress in Goldy and Tom’s relationship. I am interested in seeing what Arch will get into next! I find this to be a fun and easy book series so far, I’m definitely looking forward to reading more of these books. I highly recommend these books to anyone who enjoys a good read.

Mailbox Monday, Meme

Mailbox Monday, Feb. 21, 2011


Mailbox Mondays

Mailbox Monday is still on tour, with February’s spot being at Library of Clean Reads.

This past week was really good, I had a PBS box-of-books swap in which I received four books. Here’s what I got:

The Sum of All Fears by Tom Clancy

Peace may finally be at hand in the Middle East — as Jack Ryan lays the groundwork for a plan that could end centuries of conflict. But ruthless terrorists have a final, desperate card to play; with one terrible act, distrust mounts,forces collide, and the floundering U.S. president seems unable to cope with the crisis. With the world on the verge of nuclear disaster, Ryan must frantically seek a solution — before the chiefs of state lose control of themselves and the world






Blindsight by Robin Cook

Today, organ transplants are common miracles of science. But if the supply cannot meet the demand, how far will people go to find donors? Dr. Laurie Montgomery, a forensic pathologist, learns the terrifying answer when she investigates a series of fatal “overdoses” of young professionals.






Mindbend by Robin Cook

Future doctor Adam Schonberg loved his wife. That was why he took a job with the giant drug firm, Arolen, for the money he needed for their coming baby. His wife, Jennifer, felt would get the best of care at the Julian Clinic as her pregnancy progressed. It seemed a happy coincidence that the Julian Clinic was owned by Arolen … until Adam Schonberg slowly began to suspect the terrifying truth about this connection … and about the hideous evil perpetrated on the wife he loved by the doctor she helplessly trusted.






Sandstorm by James Rollins

An inexplicable explosion rocks the antiquities collection of a London museum, setting off alarms in clandestine organizations around the world. And now the search for answers is leading Lady Kara Kensington; her friend Safia al-Maaz, the gallery’s brilliant and beautiful curator; and their guide, the international adventurer Omaha Dunn, into a world they never dreamed existed: a lost city buried beneath the Arabian desert. But others are being drawn there as well, some with dark and sinister purposes. And the many perils of a death-defying trek deep into the savage heart of the Arabian Peninsula pale before the nightmare waiting to be unearthed at journey’s end: an ageless and awesome power that could create a utopia … or destroy everything humankind has built over countless milennia.

Sunday Wrap-Up

Sunday Wrap-Up, Feb. 20, 2011

Wow – another week gone by! Where do they keep flying to? You know, it’s kind of funny – when you’re 15 the days move by SO SLOWLY and when you’re 25 the days fly by before your eyes! Crazy! I had a good week, decent reading wise, good at work, but I would die to have about 4 days of doing absolutely nothing in a row! Too bad that’s not going to happen. Wishful thinking 🙂

So here’s what happened here on the blog this week:

I posted one review: Dying for Chocolate by Diane Mott Davidson

And I talked about what I received in my mailbox.

I talked about what I was reading this week on Wednesday.

All in all it’s been a good week, I’m about a quarter of the way through the 3rd book in the Goldy Schulz series, The Cereal Murders. I’m enjoying it so far. I only have the first 5 books in this series on my shelves, so I will probably read the first 5 and then take a break until I can round up some more in this series. Of course, I also have some review books coming up that I need to begin working on (although I have only received one of them so far – which reminds me I probably need to get back into contact with the person who had contacted me about review, especially since I’m supposed to have a review up sometime in March…..) Anyways, I hope everyone is having a really good weekend – here’s to another work-week that will probably fly by my eyes before I know it!

4/5, AUTHOR, Book Review, D, Fiction, Goldy Schulz, RATING, Read in 2011, READING CHALLENGES 2011, SERIES

2011.8 REVIEW – Dying for Chocolate by Diane Mott Davidson

Dying for Chocolate
by Diane Mott Davidson

Copyright: 1992
Pages: 320
Rating: 4/5
Read: Feb. 11 – Feb. 16, 2011
Challenge: Mystery & Suspense Challenge 2011 ; Take a Chance Challenge 3; TBR Dare
Yearly Count: 8
Format: Print

First Line: Brunch is a killer.

Blurb: Meet Goldy Bear: a bright, opinionated, wildly inventive caterer whose personal life has become a recipe for disaster. She’s got an abusive ex-husband who’s into making tasteless threats, a rash of mounting bills that are taking a huge bite out of her budget, and two enticing men knocking on her door. Determined to take control of her life, Goldy moves her business and her son to the ritzy Aspen Meadow Country Club, where she accepts a job as a live-in cook. But just as she’s beginning to think she’s got it made – catering decadent dinners and posh society picnics and enjoying the favors of Philip Miller, a handsome local shrink, and Tom Schulz, her more-than-friendly neighborhood cop – the dishy doctor inexplicably drives his BMW into an oncoming bus. Convinced that Philip’s bizarre death was no accident, Goldy is soon sifting through the unpalatable secrets of the dead doc’s life. Her sleuthing will toss her into a case seasoned with unexpected danger and even more unexpected revelations – the kind that could get a caterer and the son she loves … killed.

Review: This is the second in the Goldy Schulz series. I really enjoyed this one too. Cozies are not my normal fare, but for whatever reason, I like Goldy’s character. I’m interested in seeing where she goes from here. The plot in this book was really something, I honestly had no clue as to who the bad guy really was until it was revealed. That’s always a nice feeling for me. I did have a slight issue with this Philip Miller making an unexpected appearance as a boyfriend only to be killed off within the first couple of chapters. I am a slight emetophobe (weird, I know), so I like how Ms. Davidson refers to that as “being sick” in her books, that makes it much easier than the v-word for me, which can turn my stomach just seeing the word. I know, I’m really strange. Anyways, I’m definitely looking forward to progressing with this series and see where Goldy and Tom end up, and how Arch turns out, and the “Jerk” (ex-husband) too. I love finding a new series! It’s almost like the first date all over again!

Meme, WWW Wednesdays

WWW Wednesdays – Feb. 16, 2011

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

* What are you currently reading?

  • Dying for Chocolate by Diane Mott Davidson

* What did you recently finish reading?

*What do you think you’ll read next?

  • I’m not 100% sure. Whatever strikes my fancy, I suppose. I’m going to have 3 review books to read between now and April, but I’ve got a little bit of time before I need to start on them, so I probably have time for a couple more from my TBR shelf – just not sure which ones yet.
Mailbox Monday, Meme

Mailbox Monday – Feb. 14, 2011

Mailbox Mondays

Mailbox Monday is still on tour, with February’s spot being at Library of Clean Reads.

Here’s what I got:

Deed So by Katharine A. Russell
     A young girl struggles to understand a tightening web of racial and generational tensions during the turbulent 1960s. All 12-year-old Haddie Bashford wants is to leave the close-minded world of Wicomico Corners behind, in the hopes that a brighter future awaits elsewhere. But when she witnesses the brutal killing of a black teen, Haddie finds her family embroiled in turmoil fraught with racial tensions. Tempers flare as the case goes to trial, but things are about to get even hotter when an arsonist suddenly begins to terrorize the town. Can Haddie help save her town, and herself?

Am I Not a Man? The Dred Scott Story by Mark L. Shurtleff
     An illiterate slave, Dred Scott trusted in an all-white, slave-owning jury to declare him free. But after briefly experiencing the glory of freedom and manhood, a new state Supreme Court ordered the cold steel of the shackles to be closed again around his wrists and ankles. Falling to his knees, Dred cried, “Ain’t I a man?” Dred answered his own question by rising and taking his fight to the U.S. Supreme Court. Dred ultimately lost his epic battle when the Chief Justice declared that a black man was so inferior that he had “no rights a white man was bound to respect.” Dred died not knowing that his unfailing courage led directly to the election of President Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation. Dred Scott’s inspiring and compelling true story of adventure, courage, love, hatred, and friendship parallels the history of this nation from the long night of slavery to the narrow crack in the door that would ultimately lead to freedom and equality for all men.

Sunday Wrap-Up

Sunday Wrap-Up, Feb. 13, 2011

I suppose I was a little bit MIA on this blog that I have been in the past few weeks. I didn’t schedule as many things as I had been trying to do and life proceeded to get in the way, so there was three days with nothing posted. Sorry about that.

I had my first DNF for 2011. I was kind of disappointed, okay, actually I was really disappointed. But I moved on.

I posted one review: Catering to Nobody by Diane Mott Davidson.

The only meme I participated in was Mailbox Monday.

And I had to give my own, if brief, opinion, on a certain author and her outburst. (The delete button is sometimes your best friend).

Right now I’ve just started Dying for Chocolate by Diane Mott Davidson, the second in the Goldy Schulz series. I’m such a serial series reader! But I love them!

Here’s to another great week of reading and blogging!