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Pretty Dead

If you happened upon my post and are looking at my book reviews you may have noted that I just posted the third review in a row of one book series which means that I read them back to back to back.  That means that I really enjoyed the novels. Pretty Dead is the third book in the Elise Sandburg Series.

Stay Dead

“Elise lowered her weapon and asked a question that had been dogging her for far too long. “Doesn’t anybody stay dead around here?”

Stay Dead is the second novel in the Elise Sandburg Series set in Savannah, Georgia.  Homicide Detective Sandburg is recovering from wounds and is confronted by a number of surprises including a serial killer dubbed “the organ thief” by the local press.  As you may guess, Sandburg and her “Yankee” partner try to solve the killings before the killer strikes again.

Play Dead

Play Dead is the first in the Elise Sandburg series.  Elise is a detective on the Savannah, Georgia police force.  She is a homicide detective and a very good one.  She is also rumored to be the daughter of an infamous “Root Doctor” from that city.  She has rejected that lifestyle for the more “legitimate” one…the more “real” one, but has a hard time outliving the legend of her deceased and very famous father and the wild stories that surround their lives.

The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland

I was obviously attracted to this novel because of the title.  It didn’t take long to figure out that the title had absolutely NOTHING to do with President Grover Cleveland.  Nothing!

When you enter the world of The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland you enter a story about a bunch of broken teens at what can best be called a “summer camp” for kids with problems.  The novel has some very compelling characters…sad characters…frightening characters…hopeful characters.  This is not a light novel!  The interplay of the characters is both brutal and loving at the same time.

Killing Hemingway

Killing Hemingway is noted as a “coming of age” novel.  That’s not generally my genre of choice, but it was also listed under humor and I need a little humor in my life.  Actually a lot of humor.

The hero in the story is a genius named Teddy Alexander.  Bored with the level of teaching at his school he decides to up the ante and “school” his ill-equipped teacher earning him a trip to the principal’s office.  Teddy’s poor behavior becomes the turning point in his life when the principal recognizes the gem that is Teddy.  The novel follows Teddy through his unusual life.

God’s Middle Finger

I wasn’t sure when I started reading God’s Middle Finger whether the book was a novel or non-fiction.  As I read the Prologue I was pretty sure this was a fictional account of a writer’s journey “into the lawless heart of the Sierra Madre.”  The Sierra Madre mountain range is just south of the United States’ border with Mexico near Arizona.  The accounts of author Richard Grant are unbelievable except that they are believable.  One description of the Sierra Madre is that the rules of law and society have never taken hold.

We Have Lost the Pelicans

Set in Great Britain sometime in the near future, We Have Lost The Pelicans, we find our “hero”, Howie, and his fiancé “heroine”, Britt, on the day before they are set to get married.  Both become part of separate adventures that threaten to interfere with their upcoming nuptials.  Howie is the spokesman for the newly elected “president” of Britain after the overthrow of the Windsor’s and Britt is an investigative reporter.

This is a light-hearted novel by Paul Matthews, about life in a world turned upside down by a revolution of sorts and competing factions looking to cause chaos.  The pelicans are just part of the scene and you’ll have to read to see what happens to these birds.


“the basic value proposition of Essentialism: only once you give yourself permission to stop trying to do it all, to stop saying yes to everyone, can you make your highest contribution towards the things that really matter.”

“There are three deeply entrenched assumptions we must conquer to live the way of the Essentialist: “I have to,” “It’s all important,” and “I can do both.” Like mythological sirens, these assumptions are as dangerous as they are seductive. They draw us in and drown us in shallow waters. To embrace the essence of Essentialism requires we replace these false assumptions with three core truths: “I choose to,” “Only a few things really matter,” and “I can do anything but not everything.” These simple truths awaken us from our nonessential stupor. They free us.”

Groundhog Day…Again and Again

Image result for jake tapper unhingedThis will be a short one.  Last week the lame-stream media went nuts over President Trump’s press conference…actually they became unhinged.  Perhaps taking a page from el Rushbo, President Trump predicted how the media would portray his performance at the press conference and did EXACTLY as he predicted.  The liberal PR department that is CNN became unglued during and mostly after the event.  The most egregious comments coming from Jake Tapper who is usually the most reasonable.  I guess CNN is rubbing off on poor ole Jake?  They just don’t like having their bias and fake news rubbed in their faces.

Book of the Night

“One thing was clear to him:  never again could he return to Lohenfels Castle.  The grand inquisitor had pronounced his death sentence.”

In Book of the Night by author Oliver Pötzsch, we meet young Lukas Lohenfels as he is celebrating his thirteenth birthday…before everything changes.  His family is ripped apart and Lukas finds himself alone in the wilderness running for his life.  His journey leads him to a lost family member and the man responsible for all of his troubles.  When they meet, Lukas is no longer a young child playing with swords, he has become a man fighting with swords though not much time has passed for the young man.  His life has forced him to mature.