What Am I Reading? Blood Hollow

I’m reading a couple of mysteries by William Kent Krueger. I love this seres set in Minnesota. Here’s the first paragraph of Blood Hollow. It’s pretty short, but I think you will still get the idea that this is a mystery.



January, as usual, was meat locker cold, and the girl had already been missing for nearly two days. Corcoran O’Connor couldn’t ignore his first circumstance. The second he tried not to think about.


What do you think?

Would you keep reading?


firstparagraphEvery Tuesday Diane at Bibliophile By the Sea shares the first paragraph of a book currently being read. Feel free to join the fun.


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My Week . . .

Hi everyone! Welcome to my weekly review.

What I Read This Week:

This was a high reading week for me because I treated myself to two of my favorite authors: Ivan Doig and Agatha Christie.

The Last Bus To Wisdom is the story of Donal, an eleven-year-old boy, who is traveling by himself from Montana to Wisconsin. His only relative, his grandmother, is going in for a serious surgery. Its 1951 and Donal is being sent to stay with his grandmother’s sister and her husband.

Donal is on a Greyhound bus. I can’t imagine a child of mine doing this – by himself – at this age. I can think of so many things that could go wrong. But both Donal and his grandmother know they have no other choice and they try to do all they can to minimize the risk. As part of his eagerness to meet people and add to the addventure, Donal takes along an autograph book. His innocence and trust in the kindness of strangers truly captured my heart. His adventure made for a very sweet read.

I also listened to two audiobooks: They Came To Baghdad and Mrs. McGinty’s Dead, both by Agatha Christie.

They Came To Baghdad was not a normal Christie novel. It revolved around a young London woman who decided on a whim to fly to Baghdad in pursuit of a young man she just met. Once she got to Baghdad the whole thing turned into some kind of “spy” novel. It seems all sorts of people – good and bad – were also arriving in Baghdad. I actually enjoyed this odd story. Agatha Christie proved she can do more than drawing-room mysteries.

Mrs. McGinty’s Dead was only a C+ story, in my opinion. Inspector Spence investigated the murder of a village widow. A young man was arrested, tried and convicted of the crime. Now the Inspector is having second thoughts. He asks his friend Hercule Poirot to quietly snoop around thew village and see what he can discover. The little Belgian with the big ego was hurt that no one knew who he was. It did make for a few chuckles on my part, but not one of Ms. Christie’s best.

What Else Am I Doing?

I’m watching Fixer Upper – on TV, Library dvd and also listening to an audiobook about the stars.

Chip and Joanna Gaines are a husband and wife team that are the “stars” of the  TV show Fixer Upper. It’s a show about remodeling old, out-dated homes and turning them into something modern and beautiful. Chip is the one who oversees the physical labor side of the project. Joanna is in charge of design and decorating. Together they do some amazing work. Others have done this before, but the chemistry between these two is what makes the show so much fun.

The fouerh season is currently running on the HGTV station and they’re filming the fifth season. There are re-runs on TV, but I’ve been catching up on the earlier seasons on dvds from the library. However, while at the library, I discovered a great new audiobook written and narrated by the Gaines’. The book covers a lot of the background I didn’t know about the couple or the show. They talk about how they met, their respective childhoods, how the show got started and a lot more about the show. The book made me like the young couple even more than I already did. The only negative? Joanna talks really fast!

Well, that’s the story of my week, although I should mention the weather. We’ve had nice sunny days all week – until last night. It rained all night and is still going strong. But – in California – no one can complains about the rain. It’s too valuable. Happy week ahead.

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Wondrous Words #381

WWWEvery week word-lovers post new words they’ve discovered while reading. It’s called Wondrous Words Wednesday and was created by Kathy at Bermuda Onion’s Weblog.

I discovered this word in a book review on Goodreads for Wilde Lake by Laura Lippman.

denouement: As the chapters converge, many secrets come out, both about the past and the present, finally coming together in a stunning dénouement full of surprises.

Denouement means the final part of a play, movie, or narrative in which the strands of the plot are drawn together and matters are explained or resolved.


That’s it for me this week. I hope you found some words worth celebrating. Feel free to join Wondrous Words Wednesday. Be sure to visit Kathy for the details.

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What Am I Reading? The Last Bus To Wisdom

Ivan Doig is in my list of favorite authors. I’m almost done reading the last book he wrote before his death. It’s the story of a bus trip taken alone by a ten-year-old boy. He’s traveling from Montana to Wisconsin. Here’s how the story begins:

June 16—17, 1951

The town of Gros Ventre was so far from anywhere that you had to take a bus to catch the bus. At that time, remote locales like ours were served by a homegrown enterprise with more name than vehicles, the Rocky Mountain Stage Line and Postal Courier, in the form of a lengthened Chevrolet sedan that held ten passengers besides the driver and the mailbag, and when I nervously went to climb in for the first time ever, the Chevy bus was already loaded with a ladies’ club heading home from an outing to Glacier National Park. The only seat left was in the back next to the mailbag, sandwiched between it and a hefty gray-haired woman clutching her purse to herself as though stage robbers were still on the loose in the middle of the twentieth century.


What do you think?

Would you keep reading?


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