This week has been one of what some people might call pure indulgence. I only read books and watched tv, youtube and netflix shows. I’ve had a slight medical problem so I’ve not been able to move around much. I’m okay, it’s not a big deal, but it was fun to spend the whole week having fun.
This week I started listening to a set of three books – episodes – novellas (not sure what to call them) that were one of Audible’s “Daily Deals.” Cherringham was written by the team of Matthew Costello and Neil Richards. They’ve collaborated quite a bit on books, TV series, video games and so forth. Cherringham was meant to be read as an episode-at-a-time series, much like Charles Dickens’ work. They are a crime/mystery series. They are light, but not cute cozies – even though that’s what they call them. It was easy to be caught up in them.
Cherringham is a quiet English vilage where Jack, a former New York detective has gone to retire and fish. It’s also where Sarah, a divorced mom and web designer has retreated to. Its not that village life is dull, but they are both smart, logical, tenacious, and with good people skills. When unusual and mysterious things happen, they can’t help but do a little sleuthing.
In the first three episodes I read we first meet Sarah who does not believe what the police say is the cause of death for her friend. She asks Jack to help her. The second episode was a great thought-bender. Why did an old man die up in the attic, how did he get there, who set the deadly fire, and which of the three evil siblings is the most evil? The third episorde involves the death of a young woman due to her peanut allergy. Why didn’t her epi-pen work? I thoroughly enjoyed these three episodes. Lucky for me there are nine more compilations or 24 books-novellas-episodes.
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It’s always a super-treat to read a book by Michael Connelly. They always capture my imagination. This week it was extra special because I read his first book in a new series: The Late Show. In this new series Mr. Connelly is featuring a female detective, Renée Ballard, usually just called Ballard.
I like Renée’s basic character – a hard-working, determined detective who has principles about treating everyone right. Renée has been stuck on the worst shift, the graveyard shift, but what everybody on the force calls the “late show.” It took me quite a while to figure out why Renée was forced to work the “late show.” She doesn’t complain about it, but it bothers her because she seldom gets to see a case through to completion. Renée and her partner must turn over every new case they get to the day shift. “She’s a detective,” she says. “I want to follow leads and detect.”
One night Renée she gets a case that day shift doesn’t seem to care about because there’s a bigger case they’r working on. It’s Renée chance, but still she works on it on her own time until – that is – someone discovers that her case is overlapping with a much bigger case. Then she’s out of luck. But, did I tell you Renée is persistent? I won’t spoil the story for you except to say this one is worth reading.
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Away From the Blog:
I’m watching food shows, specifically Food Network’s key shows. One I’ve enjoyed is Guy Fieri’s Family Trip. The Fieris live in the next town over from us, has restaurants around us, so he feels like a local. On this trip he took his wife and two boys in a RV from his home and across the southern part of the country. They made special stops that involve food. One of my favorites was a place that makes donuts, a favorite food of Guy’s youngest son. In addition to the food they saw some amazing sights. My husband and I traveled in our RV to several of those places too. It brought back great memories.
I’ve also been watching The Great Food Truck Race. The race started with seven teams. Each week the teams go to a different town, with special challenges and attempt to be the ones whose food truck has the highest sales. It’s an interesting look at a basic food-related business. Tonight’s episode is the final one of this season. I like both teams so I’ll be happy to have either one win.
That’s it for me this week. I hope you’ve had a great week too. Happy Reading.