Framing the Dialogue

Archive for January, 2019

Deadly Web

“The streets were completely empty. It was one in the morning on a Wednesday, and most of the city’s drunk or homeless didn’t hang out in this neighborhood. The windows around them were dark. Only she and Bernard traversed the empty street, on their way to meet a dead man.”

That’s a pretty great lead into the novel (though from page twenty five) or maybe a good lead into a book review?  This is the second in Mike Omer’s Glenmore Park novels featuring Detective Hannah Shor who is desperate to redeem herself after her mistakes in the recent serial killings in the small town (Spider’s Web).  When a seemingly normal man is violently murdered, his unknown, darker side is discovered and provides a long list of suspects.

Just One Damned Thing After Another

“By now, afternoon had become early evening. The interview was taking far longer than a simple research job warranted. Clearly it was not a simple research job. I felt a surge of anticipation. Something exciting was about to happen. He cleared his throat. ‘Since you have not had the sense to run for the hills, you will now have the “other” tour.’ ‘And this is the “other” interview?’ He smiled and stirred his tea.”

Fool: A Novel

“Pocket is my name, by the way. Given to me by the abbess who found me on the nunnery doorstep when I was a tiny babe. True, I am not a large fellow. Some might even say I am diminutive, but I am quick as a cat and nature has compensated me with other gifts. But wicked?”

The Housewife Assassin’s Handbook

The Housewife Assassin’s Handbook by Josie Brown was probably written with a different gender reader in mind…I think?  In this series (Housewife Assassin Series) we meet Donna Stone who, upon her husband’s death, she is confronted with a grim reality…take up the reigns of his former employment or have her family starve…hence the housewife assassin thing.  Stone often finds herself scorned by the other mothers when she is late for school or community functions…it’s a tough life killing bad guys and then having to pick up cupcakes for the prom.

Tourist Season

“This was a big-time case, all right. Some nut hacks up the president of the Chamber of Commerce and dumps him in the bay—just what South Florida needed, another grisly murder. Keyes wondered if the dismemberment fad would ever pass. From the governor on down, everybody had wanted this one solved fast. And the cops had come through. “Mr. Keyes!” The sergeant’s voice echoed from a cheap speaker in the ceiling. Keyes signed the log…”

Claus (Legend of the Fat Man)

“The timesnapper sped up the atoms inside the sleigh while offsetting the corresponding heat. For the individuals within a timesnap bubble, the world around them remained still. They could travel around the world in a single night. If they wanted. The lights on the palace dimmed for a moment. They would sense the timesnap activation and ignite their own. For a moment, Vixen and the sleigh plunged through suspended snowflakes and frozen sixleggers.”

Spider’s Web

A relative suggest that one of her favorite authors is Mike Omer and that I should try one of his novels.  Spider’s Web seemed like a good place to start and I borrowed for free with Amazon Prime.  Cannot beat that price.

“When Kendele selected the songs for her jogging playlist, she didn’t pause to think “What if I die hearing this?”  It wasn’t a question that normally occurred to her, though perhaps on that day it should have.”

Bed and Breakfast and Murder

“I really, really should have known better. It had only been two weeks, but honestly. Owning a B&B was like wrangling a house full of two-year-olds who alternated between cranky demands and petulant whining topped with the biggest messes I’d ever seen in my entire life.”

In Bed and Breakfast and Murder, Fiona Fleming inherits a B&B and tries to make a go of it.  With a flighty friend as a host and two staff who are indispensable, but don’t seem to like her, it’s a very stressful business. When a man claims he owns the property, then ends up dead, Fiona is the prime suspect and has to become the prime investigator.

SUV RVing

I am planning a trip this spring to hike/encounter/enjoy the Mighty Five National Parks in southern Utah (Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Capital Reef, and Canyonlands) and some of the other National Monuments and state parks.  To make my trip more affordable and get a feel for RVing, which I aspire to do upon retirement, I am “camping” in an SUV.  I am planning to rent one once I fly in to either Salt Lake City or Las Vegas.  SUV RVing by Tristan Higbee contains a lot of tips and tricks to make this vacation more enjoyable.  There are a number of folks who do this with their own SUV, but my limitation is that I have to pack and fly with mostly all of the dry goods that I’ll need for my trip.  Many of the authors tips won’t work for me…this trip.  He even made a folding, collapsible toilet.  I plan to spend time at some of the dozens of Visitors Centers to take care of that business.  My wife did buy me an aluminum spade shovel in case I need to dig a little privy hole.

Carpe Diem

Put a little Latin in your life

You may be thinking “why would someone buy a book about Latin?”  In my defense, the cover and a browse through the book made it look interesting.  It was not, at least for me.  There were parts where the author provided some interesting tidbit about history and even ended the book with the origins of some more commonly know Latin phrases.  That didn’t balance what were essentially Latin lessons.

This may be the book for some folks, but it wasn’t for me.

Caveat Emptor