28 July 2014

Wall-to-Wall Dead (A Do-It-Yourself Mystery, #6)Wall-to-Wall Dead by Jennie Bentley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved the tv show Murder She Wrote and I loved Agatha Christie's heroine as well. Jennie Bentley ranks right up there with her DIY series in which former NY textile designer moves to small town Maine and literally stumbles into one murder case after another. The books are easy to read, light mysteries. In this one Avery and Derek begin a remodeling job in a condo where a nosey old lady gives everyone much grief ... until she gets murdered! Then another building resident gets murdered and the dirty laundry is left to air.

A one afternoon read and a nice excuse to slip away from the to do list. The design tips at the end are a nice extra. The book could easily be read as a stand alone or as part of the series. That unfortunately is also the one thing I found myself annoyed at. Bentley flashes back too much sometimes.

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26 July 2014

Mortar and Murder (A Do-It-Yourself Mystery, #4)Mortar and Murder by Jennie Bentley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another in a series of great little mysteries by Jennie Bentley. Death and mayhem seem to follow Avery Baker, a former New York textile designer. This is the fourth in Bentley's DIY mystery series. Baker weaves a thrilling tale of Rowanberry Island and its smuggling past and present secrets in amidst a few dead bodies. If you liked Murder She Wrote, you will love this series.

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25 July 2014

Are the Keys in the Freezer?: An Advocate's Guide for Alzheimer's and Other DementiasAre the Keys in the Freezer?: An Advocate's Guide for Alzheimer's and Other Dementias by Patricia Woodell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

No one wants to think ahead to those decisions we may ultimately face in regards to our parents. However this book, "Are the Keys in the Freezer?". provides a first person personal look at what one family learned and went through together in regards to their mother.

The book is laid out in an easy to read manner. It covers briefly what exactly is dementia and the different stages of it. The book covers care facilities: how to choose one above another, cost factors, budgets to be able to afford one, the legal aspects, and of course the medical care aspects. Choosing a home is definitely not simply choosing the one closest to where you live. The book also covers hospice and advance care directives.

Also helpful is the resource list at the end for each chapter. These sisters consulted legal and medical professionals in writing this book.

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22 July 2014

Plaster and Poison (A Do-It-Yourself Mystery, #3)Plaster and Poison by Jennie Bentley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A great light mystery. A former textile designer teams up with a handsome handyman. They stumble over murder and mystery and then help local police in a small town solve the crimes. Reminiscent of the television series "Murder, She Wrote."

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19 July 2014

Selling The Wheel: Choosing The Best Way To Sell For You Your Company Your CustomersSelling The Wheel: Choosing The Best Way To Sell For You Your Company Your Customers by Jeff Cox
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jeff Cox does a great job explaining the different types and personalities of salespersons and their affect on a business. Anyone in business should read this. Good for salespeople too but slanted more to benefit management/ownership in my opinion.

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12 July 2014

Red Mist (Kay Scarpetta, #19)Red Mist by Patricia Cornwell
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

When I saw another Scarpetta novel, I was excited. Finally! Unfortunately Patricia Cornwell did her main character or the series no justice. By going back to her early novels style of using a first person tone, the book reads more like a monologue. It is dry and moves slow. I was tempted many times to just set the book down and walk away but then in chapter 25 the action finally picked up as Cornwell killed off one of her recurring characters. As always a twist at the end when the killer was revealed. However even that was a let down. Without giving anything away, it just seemed like Cornwell created a new character in those last two chapters solely to pin the murder on them. All in all, a disappointing read.

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07 July 2014

05 July 2014

Unfailing Love: Psalms in the Key of my Life: Volume IIUnfailing Love: Psalms in the Key of my Life: Volume II by Carol Shelton Moye
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Carol Shelton Moye makes the psalms personal and offers a fresh perspective on what can sometimes be a difficult read. She also, through her own interpretations, shows the reader how to make the psalms personal.

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