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My name is Pat and I live in Florida. My skin will never be smooth again and my hair will never see color. I enjoy collecting autographs and playing in Paint Shop Pro.,along with reading and writing. Sometimes, I enjoy myself by doing volunteer "work" helping celebrities at autograph shows. I love animals and at one time I did volunteer work for Tippi Hedren's Shambala Preserve.

Sunday, January 06, 2019

The Death of Joan of Arc

The Death of Joan of Arc by Michael Scott. (Short Story/ Kindle only)

File Size: 2442 KB
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (August 24, 2010)
ASIN: B003Z4JK9U


 

 Amazon Review:

Nicholas Flamel appeared in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter—but did you know he really lived? And he might still be alive today! Discover the truth in Michael Scott’s New York Times bestselling series the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel with The Death of Joan of Arc, an ebook original. 

In this never-before-seen lost story, Joan of Arc was not burned at the stake in Rouen, France in 1431. She was rescued from certain death by Scathach the Warrior.

The truth about that day is revealed in the last will and testament of William of York, and it will leave you wondering: does Joan of Arc still walk the earth?


This is a short story about Scathach saving Joan of Arc from being burned as a Witch. 
For you to know about Scathach you really need to read Michael's series of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel.  Scatach has a good part in the series and you get to understand her better.

I have always loved that in Michael's Alchemyst story (6 books) he used real characters, such as Nicholas Flamel, and Dr. Dee, and he used mythical characters, and his own characters.. and made that mix work! I loved the books and these small stories.
Michael has written much more totally different from this series, but, like Harry Potter's series, I can't let go of the Nicholas Flamel series.

Try them.. I think you'll like them all.

Saturday, January 05, 2019

Billy the Kid and the Vampyres of Vegas

Billy the Kid and the Vampyres of Vegas by Michael Scott. (Kindle only)

File Size: 2714 KB
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (November 22, 2011) (and old people!)
ASIN: B005PRJKNQ


Read the whole series!
The Alchemyst
The Magician
The Sorceress
The Necromancer
The Warlock
The Enchantress



Amazon Review

Nicholas Flamel appeared in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter—but did you know he really lived? And he might still be alive today! Discover the truth in Michael Scott’s New York Times bestselling series the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel with Billy the Kid and the Vampyres of Vegas, an ebook original.
Years before Sophie and Josh Newman met Nicholas Flamel, two legendary warriors fought together for the first time. Billy the Kid and Scathach the Shadow.

Now that lost story can be told . . .
Billy the Kid is immortal. And being immortal means following unpredictable paths. With this exclusive eBook, Michael Scott offers readers a never-before-seen short story from the world of the bestselling series the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel: the tale of how Billy the Kid and Scathach meet for the first time and join forces against the unseen, deadly and eternally hungry vampyres who control the city of Las Vegas—where Scathach must face her greatest fear.



This is a "story" I should have read years ago. (sigh) But I never had a way to read e-books. Now I can.. so I ran right to Michaels to side stories, this one and The Death of Joan of Arc, and bought them!  That, of course means Joan of Arc is next to read!!  They are short, and I wouldn't read them if you didn't read or at least know about Michael's series The Alchemyst.  They are for young adults..I guess at my ripe old age, as far as reading goes, I am still a young adult..because I love those books and loved this story and have no doubt I will love the Death of Joan of Arc.

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Something extra: About the author who I think is such a wonderful writer.


   Michael Scott

Biography
"Some stories wait their turn to be told, others just tap you on the shoulder and insist you tell them."
By one of those wonderful coincidences with which life is filled, I find that the first time the word alchemyst--with a Y--appears in my notes is in May 1997. Ten years later, almost to the day, The Alchemyst, the first book in the Nicholas Flamel series, will be published in May.


Every writer I know keeps a notebook full of those ideas, which might, one day, turn into a story. Most writers know they will probably never write the vast majority of those ideas. Most stories wait their turn to be told, but there are a few which tap you on the shoulder and insist on being told. These are the stories which simply will not go away until you get them down on paper, where you find yourself coming across precisely the research you need, or discovering the perfect character or, in my case, actually stumbling across Nicholas Flamel's house in Paris. 

Discovering Flamel's house was the final piece I needed to put the book together. It also gave me the character of Nicholas Flamel because, up to that point, the book was without a hero.
And Nicholas Flamel brought so much to the story.


Nicholas Flamel was one of the most famous alchemists of his day. He was born in 1330 and earned his living as a bookseller, which, by another of those wonderful coincidences, was the same job I had for many years.

One day he bought a book, the same book mentioned in The Alchemyst: the Book of Abraham. It, too, really existed and Nicholas Flamel left us with a very detailed description of the copper-bound book. Although the book itself is lost, the illustrations from the text still exist.

Accompanied by his wife Perenelle, Nicholas spent more than 20 years trying to translate book. He must have succeeded. He became extraordinarily wealthy and used some of his great wealth to found hospitals, churches, and orphanages. Perhaps he had discovered the secret of the Philosopher's Stone: how to turn base metal into gold.

Of course the greatest mystery linked to Nicholas Flamel is the story of what happened after he died. When his tomb was opened by thieves looking for some of his great wealth, it was found to be empty. Had Nicholas and Perenelle Flamel been buried in secret graves, or had they never died in the first place? In the months and years to follow, sightings of the Flamels were reported all over Europe. Had Nicholas also discovered that other great mystery of alchemy: the secret of immortality?

What writer couldn't resist a story that combined magical books, an immortal magician and grave robbing and, even more excitingly, that had a basis in fact? It begged the questions: if he was still alive today, where would he be and what would he be doing? Obvious really--he would be running a bookshop in San Francisco.

The Alchemyst was a tough book to write, probably the toughest of all the books I've done so far. It is the first in a series, and because the story told across all six books is so tightly integrated, keeping track of the characters and events means that I have to keep extensive and detailed notes. A minor change in book one could impact dramatically book three. There are tiny clues seeded into the first book that pay off in later books. The time frame for the entire series is very tight--The Alchemyst, for example, takes place over two days--so I too need to keep an hour-by-hour breakdown of events.

For people who like to know the practicalities, I write every day and sometimes all day and often long into the night. Nights really are the best time for writing. It's that time the conscious side of the brain is starting to shut down and the unconscious takes over. The following day I'll read what I've written the previous day, then edit and rewrite. I work on two computer screens; the story on one screen, notes and research on the second screen.

And now let me answer the question you are about to ask me because, sooner or later, everyone asks, "What is the secret of writing?"

A comfortable chair. A really comfortable chair--because if you're a writer, you're going to spend a lot of time sitting in it.

Friday, January 04, 2019

A Death in the Small Hours

A Death in the Small Hours by Charles Finch.

Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Minotaur Books (August 6, 2013)
ISBN-10: 1250031494




Amazon Review
From Charles Finch, the critically acclaimed author of A Beautiful Blue Death and A Burial at Sea, comes A Death in the Small Hours--an intriguing new mystery in what The New York Times calls "a beguiling series" 
 
Charles Lenox is at the pinnacle of his political career and is a delighted new father. His days of regularly investigating the crimes of Victorian London now some years behind him, he plans a trip to his uncle's estate, Somerset, in the expectation of a few calm weeks to write an important speech. When he arrives in the quiet village of Plumley, however, what greets him is a series of strange vandalisms upon the local shops: broken windows, minor thefts, threatening scrawls.
 
Only when a far more serious crime is committed does he begin to understand the great stakes of those events, and the complex and sinister mind that is wreaking fear and suspicion in Plumley. Now, with his protege, John Dallington, at his side, the race is on for Lenox to find the culprit before he strikes again. And this time his victim may be someone that Lenox loves.

This is my second book by Charles Finch. I read "The Inheritance" in 2017.

I always love short chapters, it keeps me reading longer than I would with long chapters.  If you like short chapters you will be happy because this is one of those books.

Charles Lenox is in Parliament but has a love solving crimes, which he used to do. He seems to be now doing what his parents would be proud of rather than what he loves.
I enjoyed this story.  Victorian times are always among my favorites.  I will most likely read another by Charles Finch.. but who knows when? I don't think I could read all my TBR books I have before I die!  Which is why there is always a large TBR pile (about 130) at my home!

Thursday, December 27, 2018

If You Knew Her

If You Knew Her by Emily Elgar.
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks (January 23, 2018)
ISBN-10: 006269460X



Amazon Review:

A woman in a coma.
The man who could save her life—if only he could speak.
 
When young, beautiful Cassie Jensen arrives unconscious to the intensive care ward at St. Catherine’s hospital after being struck in a hit-and-run while out walking her dog, chief nurse Alice Marlowe thinks she looks familiar. She starts digging deeper into Cassie’s relationships, only to discover something about her patient that she’d been keeping secret from everyone, including her devoted husband and family. Soon Alice finds herself obsessed with her patient’s past and future, even willing to put her own career on the line in her single-minded search for answers. 

Frank, a patient on the same ward who has locked-in syndrome, can hear and see everything around him but cannot speak. Soon he comes to understand that Cassie’s life is still in danger. While the police continue to look for clues, only Frank holds the truth, but he’s unable to communicate it. 


As the novel flashes between points of view, the reader will get closer and closer to the truth of who Cassie Jensen was, and why she was out on the road that fateful night . . .


I can't remember where I picked this book up but it turned out to  be  and enjoyable read....for most of it.  One sad part.  Anyway.  Each chapter was one about one of the characters in the story, and how, slowly, it all started to come together.  But,  you still weren't sure until the very end.

I liked that it was different in that two characters were in comas.  Both were thought not to recover. But one's brain was fully functional and heard everything that went on in the hospital and especially the room he was in...   I like it when a character is different and interesting!

So if you like something a touch different this might be a good one for you.




Thursday, December 20, 2018

The Christmas Thief

The Christmas Thief by Mary Higgins Clark.
Print Length: 336 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1439173079
Publisher: Simon & Schuster;(November 9, 2004)




This time they get in the middle of a case involving a beautiful eighty-foot blue spruce that has been chosen to spend the holidays as Rockefeller Center's famous Christmas tree. The folks who picked the tree don't have a clue that attached to one of its branches is a flask chock-full of priceless diamonds that Packy Noonan, a scam artist just released from prison, had hidden there over twelve years ago. 

An excited Packy breaks his parole and heads to Stowe, Vermont, to reclaim his loot. Once there, he is horrified to discover that his special tree will be heading to New York City the next morning. With a bumbling crew consisting of Jo-Jo, Benny, and an unsuccessful poet, Milo, he knows he has to act fast. 


What Packy does not know is that Alvirah and Regan are on a weekend trip to Stowe with Alvirah's husband, Willy; Regan's fiancé, Jack; Regan's parents, Luke and Nora; and Alvirah's friend Opal, a lottery winner who lost all her winnings in Packy's scam. On Monday morning when they're supposed to head home, they learn that the tree is missing, Packy Noonan may be in the vicinity, and Opal has disappeared. 


From two of America's beloved storytellers, The Christmas Thief is filled with suspense, comic characters, and holiday cheer, and is sure to delight its readers.



 Well, this was different..in a nice way!  The use of "comic characters" gave smiles while reading a "mystery about a tree".

This is the first time I've read Christmas mysteries that I can remember. They were small and short and enjoyable!  I may try it again next year!

Sunday, December 16, 2018

A Christmas Journey

A Christmas Journey by Anne Perry.

Hardcover: 192 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books;(November 18, 2003)
ISBN-10: 034546673X



Amazon Review:

It’s Christmas and the Berkshire countryside lies wrapped in winter chill. But the well-born guests who have gathered at Applecross for a delicious weekend of innocent intrigue and passionate romance are warmed by roaring fires and candlelight, holly and mistletoe, good wine and gorgeously wrapped gifts. It’s scarcely the setting for misfortune, and no one–not even that clever young aristocrat and budding sleuth Vespasia Cumming-Gould–anticipates the tragedy that is to darken this light-hearted holiday house party. But soon one young woman lies dead, a suicide, and another is ostracized, held partly responsible for the shocking turn of events.

To expiate her guilt, Gwendolen Kilmuir sets out for the Scottish Highlands, hoping to explain to the dead girl’s mother the circumstances surrounding the sorrowful act–and to bring her back to England for the funeral. Gwendolen’s sole companion on this nightmarish journey is Vespasia. As Vespasia learns more about the victim and the ugly forces that shaped her desperate deed, she understands the heartbreaking truth of the tragedy.

A nice little book, and fast reading.

I especially liked the trip they took to bring the letter to the dead girl's mother. The descriptions of where they were made you feel as if you were on the trip with them.  From bad weather, to horseback riding, to boats, they went through much of England and even more of Scotland.  

Sometimes one must go thru many things to realize why they are how they are. 

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Killers of the Flower Moon


Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann.

Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Doubleday;(April 18, 2017)
ISBN-10: 9780385534246




Amazon Review:
monstrous crimes in American history
In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe.


      Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of an Osage woman, Mollie Burkhart, became a prime target. Her relatives were shot and poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances.

      In this last remnant of the Wild West—where oilmen like J. P. Getty made their fortunes and where desperadoes like Al Spencer, the “Phantom Terror,” roamed—many of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered. As the death toll climbed to more than twenty-four, the FBI took up the case. It was one of the organization’s first major homicide investigations and the bureau badly bungled the case. In desperation, the young director, J. Edgar Hoover, turned to a former Texas Ranger named Tom White to unravel the mystery. White put together an undercover team, including one of the only American Indian agents in the bureau. The agents infiltrated the region, struggling to adopt the latest techniques of detection.  Together with the Osage they began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.

      In Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann revisits a shocking series of crimes in which dozens of people were murdered in cold blood. Based on years of research and startling new evidence, the book is a masterpiece of narrative nonfiction, as each step in the investigation reveals a series of sinister secrets and reversals. But more than that, it is a searing indictment of the callousness and prejudice toward American Indians that allowed the murderers to operate with impunity for so long. Killers of the Flower Moon is utterly compelling, but also emotionally devastating.

 Sadly, I have to admit that I never heard about the Osage Murders.  

It seems to me that from the day "immigrants" (like Columbus) stepped foot in America, instead of trying to learn and become all the people of America, all that was done was to try to kill all the Native Americans and/ or take everything possible from them.  The fact that any of them managed to survive to 2018 is nothing short of a miracle.  

In my heart I will never forgive what was (and still is) being done to all of them.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Death of a Stranger

Death of a Stranger by Anne Perry.

Print Length: 352 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books; (October 1, 2002)
Sold by: Random House LLC
ASIN: B000FBFMGQ




Few authors have written more mesmerizingly about Victorian London than Anne Perry. Readers enter her world with exquisite anticipation, and experience a rich variety of characters and class: aristocrats living in luxury, flower sellers on street corners, ladies of the evening seeking customers on gaslit streets, gentlemen in hansom cabs en route to erotic diversions unknown in their Mayfair mansions. Now Perry gives her myriad fans the book they’ve been waiting for—the novel in which William Monk breaks through the wall of amnesia and discovers at last who he once was.

DEATH OF A STRANGER

For the prostitutes of Leather Lane, nurse Hester Monk’s clinic is a lifeline, providing medicine, food, and a modicum of peace—especially welcome since lately their ailments have escalated from bruises and fevers to broken bones and knife wounds. At the moment, however, the mysterious death of railway magnate Nolan Baltimore in a sleazy neighborhood brothel overshadows all else. Whether he fell or was pushed, the shocking question in everyone’s mind is: What was such a pillar of respectability doing in a seedy place of sin?
Meanwhile, brilliant private investigator William Monk acquires a new client, a mysterious beauty who asks him to ascertain beyond a shadow of a doubt whether or not her fiancé, an executive in Nolan Baltimore’s thriving railway firm, has become enmeshed in fraudulent practices that could ruin him. 

As Hester ventures into violent streets to learn who is responsible for the brutal abuse of her patients, Monk embarks upon a journey into the English countryside, where the last rails are being laid for a new line. But the sight of tracks stretching into the distance revives memories once stripped from his consciousness by amnesia—as a past almost impossible to bear returns, eerily paralleling a fresh tragedy that has already begun its inexorable unfolding.

Another Anne Perry "Monk" mystery!  What a great couple Anne Perry has created with William Monk and Hester! These two could have solved Jack the Ripper back in the day!   I also love that each book you learn more about Monk. Parts of his amnesia return in each book, so that his own personal mystery unravels with each "Monk Novel".

Always good reading.  So far there hasn't been a bad book!!

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

The Crossing

The Crossing by Michael Connelly.

Print Length: 401 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company (November 3, 2015)
Publication Date: November 3, 2015
ASIN: B00U6DNZOY




Detective Harry Bosch has retired from the LAPD, but his half-brother, defense attorney Mickey Haller, needs his help. A woman has been brutally murdered in her bed and all evidence points to Haller's client, a former gang member turned family man. Though the murder rap seems ironclad, Mickey is sure it's a setup.

Bosch doesn't want anything to do with crossing the aisle to work for the defense. He feels it will undo all the good he's done in his thirty years as a homicide cop. But Mickey promises to let the chips fall where they may. If Harry proves that his client did it, under the rules of discovery, they are obliged to turn over the evidence to the prosecution.
Though it goes against all his instincts, Bosch reluctantly takes the case. The prosecution's file just has too many holes and he has to find out for himself: if Haller's client didn't do it, then who did? With the secret help of his former LAPD partner Lucy Soto, Harry starts digging. Soon his investigation leads him inside the police department, where he realizes that the killer he's been tracking has also been tracking him.

I think I enjoy an occasional Michael Connelly,Harry Bosch book because after having lived in San Fernando Valley for a few years I like reading the street names and towns and know exactly where he is!!  Yes, it's a dumb reason... but it works! 

I haven't read many Harry Bosch books but I did enjoy all of them.  Once again I get hooked on short chapters, and Michael Connelly's writing doesn't make it so you don't understand  what's going on.

Good quick reading for someone who is away from home and won't be sitting for hours at a time reading.

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Somebody's Daughter

Somebody's Daughter by David Bell.

Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Berkley (July 10, 2018)
ISBN-10: 0399586059



Amazon Review:

In this pulse-pounding novel of psychological suspense from the USA Today bestselling author of Bring Her Home and Since She Went Away, a man must save the life of a little girl who just might be his daughter....

When Michael Frazier's ex-wife, Erica, unexpectedly shows up on his doorstep, she drops a bombshell that threatens to rip his family apart: Her ten-year-old daughter is missing--and Michael is the father. Unsure whether this is the truth but unwilling to leave the girl's fate to chance, Michael has no choice but to follow the elusive trail of the child he has always wanted but never knew he had.

After Michael departs, his wife, Angela, learns shocking news about Erica and fears for the safety of both her husband and the endangered girl. When a stranger, a man who claims a connection to Erica and her missing daughter, knocks on the door, Angela is drawn out into the night--and deep into the tangled web of Michael's past....

Over the course of one night, lies that span a decade come bubbling to the surface, putting Michael, his wife, and his whole family in jeopardy. And as the window for a little girl's safe return closes, Michael will have to decide who can be trusted and who is hiding the truth....

Oh my... David Bell.. one of my all time favorite authors! I have to love when one of my favorite authors comes out with another book! Generally, I have to wait for the price to come down.. but when it does, I send for it right away!!

This book is seriously a thriller!  A number of times you think you know the answers.. but guess what!?.. you don't!  

His books have very short chapters and move as fast as you can read!  I can say I have never been disappointed in any of his books and I've read 9 of his books. *sigh* and I see that next July another new book will go up for sale!!!
Happy reading!

Friday, November 02, 2018

Slaves of Obsession

Slaves of Obsession by Anne Perry.

Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books;(October 3, 2000)
ISBN-10: 034543326

 

Amazon Review:

The year is 1861. The American Civil War has just begun, and London arms dealer Daniel Albertson is becoming a very wealthy man as emissaries from both sides of the conflict rush to purchase his wares. The quiet dinner party held by Albertson and his beautiful wife seems remote indeed from the passions rending America. Yet investigator William Monk and his bride, Hester, sense growing tensions and barely concealed violence in this well-appointed mansion. For two of the guests are Americans, each vying to buy Albertson's armaments.

Philo Trace, the Southerner, is both charming and intelligent, but a defender of slavery. Northerner Lyman Breelove is a disturbing blend of political zealot and personal reserve--to whom Albertson's teenage daughter has pledged her heart. Soon Monk and Hester's forebodings are fulfilled. For within this group, one is brutally murdered in a cruel ritualistic fashion, and two others disappear--along with Albertson's entire inventory of weapons.

Slaves of Obsession twists and turns like a powder keg fuse as Monk and Hester track the man they believe to be a cold-blooded murderer all the way to Washington D.C. and the bloody battlefield at Manassas. Yet finally, in a hushed London courtroom scene, Anne Perry holds her readers breathless and spellbound while Sir Oliver Rathbone fights to defend the innocent . . . and perhaps the guilty . . . from the hangman's noose.

This Monk story crossed the Sea to America's Civil War, Where Hester helped the wounded and Monk finds the people he is looking for.

This book took long while I had surgery and 3 weeks of help from my friend Cathy. But, as usual it is another well written story that makes you read to the end.

Thursday, October 04, 2018

The Twisted Root

The Twisted Root by Anne Perry.

Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books;(October 1999)
ISBN-10: 9780345433251



Amazon Review:

As private investigator William Monk listens to young Lucius Stourbridge plead for help in tracking down his runaway fiancée, he feels a sense of heavy foreboding. Miriam Gardiner disappeared suddenly from a croquet party at the luxurious Bayswater mansion of her in-laws-to-be, and has not been seen since. But on Hampstead Heath, Monk finds the coach in which Miriam had fled and, nearby, the murdered body of the coachman. There is no trace of Miriam.

What strange compulsion could have driven the beautiful widow to abandon the prospect of a loving marriage and financial abundance? Monk's attempt to answer that question proves a challenge, as Miriam Gardiner's fateful flight ends in a packed London courtroom where brilliant barrister Oliver Rathbone wages an uphill battle to absolve her from a charge of murder. And in a race with the hangman, Monk and clever nurse Hester Latterly--themselves now newlyweds--desperately pursue the elusive truth . . . and an unknown killer whose malign brilliance they have scarcely begun to fathom.

I thought by now  (9 Monk books) that I would be getting tired of the writing.. most prolific mystery/ detective writers get an outline that works and use it every book... not Anne Perry!   Each book is it's own and her story telling is superb !  They all build in such a way that each time you pick up the book you read a little more then the last time!
Really liked this book. Thank you again Kiyo for send them to me!!! 

Monday, September 24, 2018

A Breach of Promise

A Breach of Promise by Anne Perry.

Hardcover: 374 pages
Publisher: Fawcett;(September 14, 1998)
ISBN-10: 9780449908495




Amazon Review:

When Anne Perry sets her magic pen to paper, Victorian England awakens from her long sleep to vibrant, teeming life. Firelight flickers in luxurious withdrawing rooms. Ambitious ladies gossip and scheme. Horse-drawn carriages clatter over cobblestones while cries of flower sellers and newsboys ring out in crowded streets. In this magnificent new novel featuring investigator William Monk, however, it is the breathless hush of a London courtroom that first holds readers enthralled.

The plaintiffs in a sensational breach of promise suit are wealthy social climbers Barton and Delphine Lambert, suing on behalf of their beautiful daughter, Zillah. The defendant is Zillah's alleged fiancé, brilliant young architect Killian Melville, who adamantly declares that he will not, cannot, marry her. Not even to his baffled counsel, distinguished barrister Sir Oliver Rathbone, will Killian explain his rejection of rich and charming Zillah.


Utterly baffled, Rathbone turns for help to his old comrades in crime--Monk, the private investigator who knows his city like the back of his hand, and fearless nurse Hester Latterly. But even as they scout London for clues, from Mayfair to sordid Devil's Acre, the case suddenly and tragically ends. An outcome that no one--except a ruthless murderer--could have foreseen.

Stripping away the pretty masks that conceal society's darkest transgressions, Anne Perry unflinchingly exposes the human heart's deepest hiding places--and creates the most mesmerizing courtroom drama of her distinguished career.


Oh my!  These  Books just keep getting better and better!!

I loved this one!  One mystery turns into two, turns into three!  Perry, has created 3 really unique and fabulous characters to help tell her stories. Monk is one of a kind and a great detective.  Hester is the infallible Nurse, and Sir Oliver Rathbone is a barrister of finest quality... great casting for her books!

I really can't say anything much, I wouldn't want to give anything away should you want to read any of this series..I just have to say that it seems the more books she writes using these characters the better her stories get!  'Nuff said.....

Thursday, September 20, 2018

The Silent Cry

The  Silent Cry by Anne Perry.
Hardcover: 361 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books;(October 7, 1997)
ISBN-10: 0449908488



Amazon.com Review
Readers of Anne Perry's series of Victorian murder mysteries know that her novels are as much social histories as crime stories. She pens her tales with an acute eye for period detail and a strong moral outrage at the hypocrisies and miseries of life in 19th-century England. Mysteries featuring Inspector Thomas Pitt and his upper-class wife, Charlotte, explore the life of the middle class and aristocracy; those that center on William Monk illuminate the back alleys and pauper's hospitals of England's lower classes. In The Silent Cry, Monk and his friend Hester Latterly, an independent young woman inured to life's horrors by her nursing service during the Crimean War, investigate the murder of prostitutes in Seven Dials. As always, Perry's grim landscape of tenements, sweatshops, and boozing kens becomes almost as much a character as the living people who inhabit them, while Monk and Hester's rebellious intelligence and unconventionality keep us coming back for more.
 
Yet, another really good Mystery for Monk by Anne Perry!

This one began a tad slow (for me) but it was long before it picked up and with each time I sit down to read it was going faster and faster!   Towards the end I thought I had it figured out and of course Anne Perry had a few last minutes twists!  But I did  have part of it right!! 

This series is a pleasant surprise to me, since I don't generally read authors that are so prolific as they generally get into a set routine and after a bit are no longer good stories.  Well I've read 8 of the Monk series so far and am still enjoyed her mysteries and finding out about Monk!!

I have a few more of her books here, and although I occasionally slip a different book in between I will have no trouble reading the rest that I  have!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.

Paperback: 290 pages
Publisher: Dial Press (May 5, 2009)
ISBN-10: 1448730686



Amazon Review:

“I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect readers.” January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb. . . .

As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends—and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society—born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island—boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all.

Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society’s members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.
Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises and of finding connection in the most surprising ways.

 I needed a short bread from Monk!  But I am going right back to him starting today  :)
I love this book!  It is the third time I have read it over the years. 

The book is written in the form of letters from Guernsey to Juliet, a book writer. You get the feeling of looking into others lives during a time no one should have to go through.  By mid book, you are totally invested in the people of the Island and feel as if you have lived their lives with them.

I don't want to say a lot... just... if you read this book I doubt you will be disappointed.

Saturday, September 08, 2018

Cain His Brother by Anne Perry.

Hardcover: 390 pages
Publisher: Fawcett;(September 19, 1995)
ISBN-10: 044990847X




Victoria's London was the queen of the universe, a dazzling metropolis from whose magnificent mansions and discreetly luxurious clubs flowed the strategies that built the greatest empire ever known. Meanwhile the city's poor suffered and died in hopeless obscurity. Inspector William Monk knows his city's best and its worst--or so he believes until the day when charming Genevieve Stonefield comes to plead with him to find her missing husband. 

In his family life, Angus Stonefield had been gentle and loving; in business, a man of probity; and in his relationship with his twin brother, Caleb, a virtual saint. Now he is missing, and it appears more than possible that Caleb--a creature long since abandoned to depravity--has murdered him. 


And so Monk puts himself into the missing man's shoes, searching in Stonefield's comfortable home, his prospering business, his favorite haunts, and, finally, the city's dangerous, fever-ridden slums for clues to Angus's fate and his vicious brother's whereabouts. Slowly, Monk inches toward the truth--and also, unwittingly, toward the destruction of his good name and livelihood.... 


Cain His Brother builds from one astonishment to another until, in a transfixed courtroom, fate, or perhaps the devil, plays with men's lives and laughs a last mad laugh. Never before has Anne Perry penetrated so deeply into the darkness of the human heart and into a past that rises up to haunt us with its tragic ironies.


This one I really liked alot! I am getting to know many of the "families" that get involved with Monk's mysteries! 

Since I am not reading each and every one in succession sometimes Monk is Married and sometimes he is not ! lol.  But with each book one learns more and more of the main characters personalities .

I actually had my suspicions as to how this would end and (for a change) I was right ! lol.  But it was really well written as to how you will find out how it was figured out! 

Good book! (Big thank you to Kris's mom for sending it to me!!)

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Corridors of the Night

Corridors of the Night by Anne Perry.
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books;(September 6, 2016)
ISBN-10: 0553391402 





Amazon Review:

Anne Perry, that incomparable novelist of life in Victorian England, has once again surpassed herself, with this twenty-first installment of her New York Times bestselling William Monk series. In Corridors of the Night, nurse Hester Monk and her husband, William, commander of the Thames River Police, do desperate battle with two obsessed scientists who in the name of healing have turned to homicide. 

The monomaniacal Rand brothers—Magnus, a cunning doctor, and Hamilton, a genius chemist—are ruthless in their pursuit of a cure for what was then known as the fatal “white-blood disease.” In London’s Royal Naval Hospital annex, Hester is tending one of the brothers’ dying patients—wealthy Bryson Radnor—when she stumbles upon three weak, terrified young children, and learns to her horror that they’ve been secretly purchased and imprisoned by the Rands for experimental purposes. 


But the Rand brothers are too close to a miracle cure to allow their experiments to be exposed. Before Hester can reveal the truth, she too becomes a prisoner. As Monk and his faithful friends—distinguished lawyer Oliver Rathbone and reformed brothel keeper Squeaky Robinson among them—scour London’s grimy streets and the beautiful English countryside searching for her, Hester’s time, as well as the children’s, is quickly draining away.


This book of the Monk series was pretty much all about Hester.   And as usual Anne Perry gives me an interesting and enjoyable read. A tiny bit  historical in that it seems to have been the beginning of realizing blood transfusions.

As always there is Murder and mystery involved with characters that call you back to learn more.

I am not usually a person who reads books of a prolific author (excluding Anne McCaffrey) but Anne Perry has certainly given my characters that I like to read about and wrapped them into  good stories and good writing!

Thursday, August 23, 2018

The Shifting Tide

The Shifting  Tide by Anne Perry.

Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books;(June 28, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0345514181




William Monk knows London’s streets like the back of his hand. But the river Thames and its teeming docks—where wharf rats and night plunderers ply their trades—is unknown territory. Only Monk’s dire need for work persuades him to accept an assignment from shipping magnate Clement Louvain, to investigate the theft of a cargo of African ivory from Louvain’s recently docked schooner, the Maude Idris. But why didn’t Louvain report the ivory theft directly to the River Police? Another mystery is the appearance of a desperately ill woman who Louvain claims is the discarded mistress of an old friend. Is she connected to the theft, or to something much darker? As Monk endeavors to solve these riddles, he can’t imagine the trap that will soon so fatefully ensnare him.

Well... The first half of this book didn't exactly excite me.  
I was disappointed and a chill went down my back realizing I had 7 more Monk books! 

 I pushed my way through..kinda slow.   Then... and then!  Along came Hester!!! (Monks wife)  The reading got a whole lot faster and slowly the earlier part that didn't interest me so much was woven into the second story involving Hester!!  So the second half of the book became really good!

I think the first half didn't appeal to me because it was by the docks and with ships and missing cargo... However, as I said the second half pulled it all together adding Hester and her trials and tribulations.  All in all.... I did like this book!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Funeral in Blue

Funeral In Blue by Anne Perry.
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books;(March 22, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0345514149




Amazon Review:

Two beautiful women have been found strangled in the studio of a well-known London artist. To investigator William Monk and his wife, Hester, the murders are a nightmare. One of the victims is the wife of Hester’s cherished colleague, surgeon Dr. Kristian Beck, a Viennese émigré who becomes the prime suspect. With an intensity born of desperation, the Monks seek evidence that will save Dr. Beck from the hangman. From London’s sinister slums to the crowded coffeehouses of Vienna, where embers of the revolution still burn in the hearts of freedom-loving men and women, Hester and Monk seek to penetrate not only the mystery of Elissa Beck’s death but the riddle of her life.

I found a few books in the Monk series at The Friends of the Library.  Just finished Funeral in Blue.

It is another good read in the series.  You will have a hard time figuring out the murderer in this one!  You don't learn who it is until the very end!  

I have a few more Monk books so I will begin another tonight!  I am not reading them "in order" but after the first two books, where you learn about Monk, I don't think it's necessary.

So, if you have a chance to pick one up.. do it! 

Friday, August 10, 2018

A Dangerous Mourning

A Dangerous Mourning by Anne Perry.

Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books;(May 26, 2009)
ISBN-10: 0345513940


 

Amazon Review:

No breath of scandal has ever touched the aristocratic Moidore family–until Sir Basil’s beautiful widowed daughter is stabbed to death in her own bed, a shocking, incomprehensible tragedy. 

Inspector William Monk is ordered to investigate in a manner that will give the least possible pain to the influential family. But Monk, brilliant and ambitious, is handicapped by lingering traces of amnesia and by the craven ineptitude of his supervisor, who would like nothing better than to see Monk fail. With the help of nurse Hester Latterly, a progressive young woman who served with Florence Nightingale in the Crimea, Monk gropes warily through the silence and shadows that obscure the case, knowing that with each step he comes closer to the appalling truth.



This is book 2 of series of Victorian Mysteries by Anne Perry.  

In this series the main character is Detective Monk, however in book two it features Hester Latterly.

This was a good mystery. There is a murder in a very wealthy family and you need to figure out who.  Who did it?  Who is keeping family secrets? Who gets blamed for it?  And did he really do it??

Lots of questions and they all get answered! 

I am not one who generally reads books by many of the most popular writers.  Not because they don't deserve to be popular but because the content is not what I feel I want to read.

I enjoyed this book and have to others in this series (not in order) which I will be reading. You might want to try Anne Perry yourself!

Thursday, August 02, 2018

The Murder Room

The Murder Room by P. D. James.

Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage;(November 9, 2004)
ISBN-10: 1400076099


 

Amazon Review:

Commander Adam Dalgliesh is already acquainted with the Dupayne--a museum dedicated to the interwar years, with a room celebrating the most notorious murders of that time--when he is called to investigate the killing of one of the family trustees. He soon discovers that the victim was seeking to close the museum against the wishes of the fellow trustees and the Dupayne's devoted staff.  Everyone, it seems, has something to gain from the crime.  When it becomes clear that the murderer has been inspired by the real-life crimes from the murder room--and is preparing to kill again--Dalgliesh knows that to solve this case he has to get into the mind of a ruthless killer.

I thought for sure that this would be a good book for me.  *sigh*  It turned out not to my liking. But being a female I  had to read it to see "who done it".

For me there was more description of everyone and everything than there was about the who done it.  Generally every so often you have a feeling of the culprit but not in this one.  And I never felt it was because it was "so well written".

I am sure for others it will be more enjoyed then it has for me.
On a scale of 1-10  it was only a 4 for me.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

The House on Foster Hill

The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright.

Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (November 21, 2017)
ISBN-10: 076423028X


 

Amazon Review:

Kaine Prescott is no stranger to death. When her husband died two years ago, her pleas for further investigation into his suspicious death fell on deaf ears. In desperate need of a fresh start, Kaine purchases an old house sight unseen in her grandfather's Wisconsin hometown. But one look at the eerie, abandoned house immediately leaves her questioning her rash decision. And when the house's dark history comes back with a vengeance, Kaine is forced to face the terrifying realization she has nowhere left to hide
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A century earlier, the house on Foster Hill holds nothing but painful memories for Ivy Thorpe. When an unidentified woman is found dead on the property, Ivy is compelled to discover her identity. Ivy's search leads her into dangerous waters and, even as she works together with a man from her past, can she unravel the mystery before any other lives--including her own--are lost?

 
I really enjoyed this book.  I always like a mystery when the backgrounds of the family are discovered! 

There were 2 mysteries going on in this book:  Kaine Prescott, who moved when being stalked after her husbands death.  And Ivy, Kaine's Great, Great Grandmother.  The book has one or two chapters on Kaine and then one or two on Ivy.  Very easy to follow (that means it's really simple since I get lost easily) The chapters are not long, and the story grows with each chapter!  Hard to put this one down once you get into it!

I would definitely recommend this book if you like mysteries and enjoy learning the hidden secrets of the family lives!

Saturday, July 14, 2018

The Face of a Stranger

The Face of a Stranger by Anne Perry.

Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books (September 30, 2008)
ISBN-10: 034551355X


 

Amazon Review...

In this exhilarating series debut, police detective William Monk must solve the mystery of his own past.
 
His name, they tell him, is William Monk, and he is a London police detective. But the accident that felled him has left him with only half a life; his memory and his entire past have vanished. As he tries to hide the truth, Monk returns to work and is assigned to investigate the brutal murder of a Crimean War hero and man about town. Which makes Monk's efforts doubly difficult, since he's forgotten his professional skills along with everything else.


Without realizing this was such a large series I happened to read "Revenge in a Cold  River" and enjoyed. Especially liking the flawed main character, William Monk.
So I searched and found the first book of the very long series (you do not have to read them all to enjoy them).  ... and I loved it!  A super read with questions in your mind at all times!  Set back in Victorian London, I find it enjoyable to read mysteries that don't have modern means to help them solve the murders!  I do, however, wish some of them were in other parts of England!

This book was so enjoyed I found a used copy on Amazon that is book number 2.  Monk leaves many questions about himself that I need finding out... let alone, another mystery!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

City of Bones

City of Bones by Michael Connelly.

Paperback: 408 pages
Publisher: Warner Books (October 2, 2006)
ISBN-10: 0446699535



Amazon Review:

It's a cold case, but for Detective Harry Bosch, it stirs up memories of his childhood as an orphan. He can't let it go. As the investigation takes Bosch deeper into the past, a beautiful rookie cop brings him alive in the present. No official warning can break them apart--or prepare Bosch for the explosions when the case takes a few hard turns. Suddenly all of L.A. is in an uproar, and Bosch, fighting to keep control, is driven to the brink of an unimaginable decision.

This is the third book of Michael Connelly's, using Harry Bosch, that I've read.

It was quite good. Lots of twists and turns as it got closer to the end.   Nice short chapters that certainly keeps you reading.

Mostly I do like that it takes place in Los Angeles near where I lived and so I get to hear towns names and street names that I know of.  Having that makes you picture exactly what's going on, and makes you feel as if you are there.

A good main character (Harry Bosch) and very good writing.  An enjoyable book if you like detective mysteries.

Saturday, July 07, 2018

The Essex Serpent

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry.

Paperback: 464 pages
Publisher: Custom House;(April 24, 2018)
ISBN-10: 006266638X


 

Amazon Review:

An exquisitely talented young British author makes her American debut with this rapturously acclaimed historical novel, set in late nineteenth-century England, about an intellectually minded young widow, a pious vicar, and a rumored mythical serpent that explores questions about science and religion, skepticism, and faith, independence and love.

When Cora Seaborne’s brilliant, domineering husband dies, she steps into her new life as a widow with as much relief as sadness: her marriage was not a happy one. Wed at nineteen, this woman of exceptional intelligence and curiosity was ill-suited for the role of society wife. Seeking refuge in fresh air and open space in the wake of the funeral, Cora leaves London for a visit to coastal Essex, accompanied by her inquisitive and obsessive eleven-year old son, Francis, and the boy’s nanny, Martha, her fiercely protective friend.
While admiring the sites, Cora learns of an intriguing rumor that has arisen further up the estuary, of a fearsome creature said to roam the marshes claiming human lives. After nearly 300 years, the mythical Essex Serpent is said to have returned, taking the life of a young man on New Year’s Eve. A keen amateur naturalist with no patience for religion or superstition, Cora is immediately enthralled, and certain that what the local people think is a magical sea beast may be a previously undiscovered species. Eager to investigate, she is introduced to local vicar William Ransome. Will, too, is suspicious of the rumors. But unlike Cora, this man of faith is convinced the rumors are caused by moral panic, a flight from true belief.

These seeming opposites who agree on nothing soon find themselves inexorably drawn together and torn apart—an intense relationship that will change both of their lives in ways entirely unexpected.


In the beginning I became confused with so many characters and it seemed to jump from one to the other...(since I have always had a problem remembering names I get lost easily lol) but eventually it cleared up! 

I did get a feeling that there were things I read before (but knew I didn't read this book before.)  In the beginning it reminded me somewhat of a book I read long ago called Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier.

It was a good study of a Victorian woman finally living the life she wanted rather than what was expected.

The book wasn't what I thought it would be, but I enjoyed it anyway. 

Friday, June 29, 2018

Sitting Bull

Sitting Bull: The Life and Times of an American Patriot by Robert M Utley.

Paperback: 464 pages
Publisher: Holt Paperbacks;(April 29, 2008)
ISBN-10: 080508830X

 


Amazon Review:

The definitive, award–winning biography of the legendary chief and his dramatic role in the history of westward expansion
 
Reviled by the United States government as a troublemaker and a coward, revered by his people as a great warrior chief, Sitting Bull has long been one of the most fascinating and misunderstood figures in American history. Distinguished historian Robert M. Utley has forged a compelling portrait of Sitting Bull, presenting the Lakota perspective for the first time and rendering the most unbiased, historically accurate, and vivid portrait of the man to date.
 
The Sitting Bull who emerges in this fast-paced narrative is a complex, towering figure: a great warrior whose skill and bravery in battle were unparalleled; the spiritual leader of his people; a dignified but ultimately tragically stubborn defender of the traditional ways against the steadfast and unwelcome encroachment of the white man.
 
I'm not sure what to say.

If you are at all interested in Native Americans, and the Hunkpapa's (Sioux) Then this is a very informative book.

I personally think he was a great leader and caregiver of his people. Yes, he killed.  But then again many were trying to kill him and his people.  I will keep this book along with a few others like Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.  To me, it's just sad what "all the immigrants" along with the politicians, killed off the Native Americans.

For one small thing, I no longer get angry with my phone when it says "press one for English". Because in truth.. it is NOT the "native language" of America.  

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

The Various Haunts of Men

The Various Haunts of Men by Susan Hill.
Paperback: 437 pages
Publisher: The Overlook Press(April 1, 2008)
ISBN-10: 1590200276 



Amazon Review:

When Susan Hill first introduced us to the city of Lafferton, to its meticulously crafted cast of characters, and to its chief police inspector Simon Serrailler, readers went wild. When it was released in hardcover, The Various Haunts of Men was named a BookSense Pick and was immediately on the must-read list of every mystery fan. Now out in paperback, Hill's intricate and pulse-pounding novel will reach an even wider audience.
 
As the story begins, a lonely woman vanishes while out on her morning run. Then a 22-year-old girl never returns from a walk. An old man disappears too. When fresh-faced policewoman Freya Graffham is assigned to the case, she runs the risk of getting too invested--too involved--in the action. Alongside the enigmatic detective Chief Inspector Simon Serrallier, she must unravel the mystery before events turn too gruesome. Written with intelligence, compassion, and a knowing eye--in the tradition of the fabulous mysteries of Ruth Rendell and P.D. James--The Various Haunts of Men is an enthralling journey into the heart of a wonderfully developed town, and into the very mind of a killer.

Strangely enough, the first 1/3 of this book I wasn't sure what was going on.  I almost  set it aside. Then it finally got to the "mystery" and it got to be interesting reading.  Happily I read along trying to figure out how this would all end. 
 
All along I couldn't figure out how the name of the book fit what I was reading.. and I never did figure that part out.

Near the end when you think you have it all figured out, (and mostly you do!) an unexpected happening occurs.  What the.. ?? And you read on thinking "this really didn't occur"...  sigh.

One more thing that made no sense is that it's listed as, "A Simon Serrailler Mystery".. but there was very little of Simon Serrailler.  Huh?.
The final thing is this..  I think, for the most part, I enjoyed the book.... but I can't be sure!

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Minding the Manor

Minding the Manor by Mollie Moran.
Paperback: 360 pages
Publisher: Lyons Press;(January 7, 2014)
ISBN-10: 0762796839



Amazon Review:

Born in 1916 in Norfolk, Mollie Moran is one of the few people still alive today who can recall working "downstairs" in the golden years of the early 1930's before the outbreak of WWII. She provides a rare and fascinating insight into a world that has long since vanished. Mollie left school at age fourteen and became a scullery maid for a wealthy gentleman with a mansion house in London’s Knighsbridge and a Tudor manor in Norfolk.
            Even though Mollie's days were long and grueling and included endless tasks, such as polishing doorknobs, scrubbing steps, and helping with all of the food prep in the kitchen, she enjoyed her freedom and had a rich life. Like any bright-eyed teenager, Mollie also spent her days daydreaming about boys, dresses, and dances. She became fast friends with the kitchen maid Flo, dated a sweet farmhand, and became secretly involved with a brooding, temperamental footman. Molly eventually rose to kitchen maid for Lord Islington and then cook for the Earl of Leicester's niece at the magnificent Wallington Hall.
 
So.. sometimes one needs to read something "different".. even if we don't realize it!  This book was given to me by my "Sis" Cath Russell, some time ago.  As usual, it got lost among the other 130 books I haven't read until now.  I began one book, read 100 pgs and tossed it aside.  Then I read American Lightening.. was not thrilled but I did finish it.  Not knowing what I wanted I searched thru ALL my unread books and found I was aghast that I hadn't read this yet.  So.. I dragged it out.  Uncertain about it since I "thought" I wanted another Gothic Mystery.  Boy.. was I wrong!  I flew thru this book faster than any I have read in a long time!
 
When Cath sent me the book she said, "Since you liked Downton Abby so much I thought you'd like this."  It turns out my Sis knows me well!
 
I really enjoyed this book! Here was a woman who began work at 14 yrs old as a Scullery Maid.  Nothing many woman of today would want to do!..  Her story was a true life tale.  Growing up with very hard work, going thru all things a young female goes thru, dreaming of meeting boys and dancing and enjoying life with what little time a job such as she had would give you.
 
It just sucked me in.  I felt what it was like (maybe because of Downton Abby). But also how ones mentality of what she was dong affected her life.
 
Super good read, when you feel you need a change!