Day: May 31, 2017

TAG: This-Is-My-Truth-Now

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As it seems I’ve gotten acclimated to the life of a blogger, and learned all about tags and awards, I thought I’d create my own tag. My blog is all about revealing the truth, discovering myself, being open and fair in all my book reviews and learning as much as possible about all the people I interact with on here.

{Aside: I assume I am allowed to do that, right? And if not, well then send the IWP (InterWeb Police) in my direction.}

So… I’m calling this the “This-Is-My-Truth-Now” or “ThisIsMyTruthNow” tag, and it will be all about telling the truth — my own version of truth or dare… are you scared? Nervous? Jealous that I’m so cool I created my own tag? I know… all in a day’s work.  NOT!  It’s meant to be fun. So here we go…

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The Challenge Questions

  1. You’re on your way to a birthday dinner that your friends have thrown for you. When you arrive, your favorite author is having dinner by himself or herself and asks you to sit with them, before you even see your friends or they see you. You have two choices: (1) You can sit with the author but can’t tell your friends that you’ve abandoned them for three hours, or (2) Meet your friends and lose the only chance you’ll ever have to talk with the author. Pick one or the other — no exceptions or communication to your friends to tell them about the author — and explain why.
    • Meet my friends. I would love to meet the author, but I’d feel guilty over abandoning my friends when they showed up for a birthday dinner.
  2. You’ve got an opportunity to spend a few hours alone “in your bedroom” with a character from any book you’ve previously read. The character tells you that (s)he would like to lock the door and spend some alone time with you. What book and character is it, and do you decide to enter the room and lock the door, or tell them you aren’t interested?
    • Yes, I choose to lock the door. And these days… it would probably be Jamie Fraser from Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander simply due to the accent.
  3. If you could turn any male character from one of your favorite books into a female character (or change a female into a male) in the book or book series, which one and why?
    • I’d like to see a male version of Lisbeth Salander from Steig Larsson’s Millenium series – The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. And it’s because of the tattoos, the danger and the wild side that I could only imagine! No clue who the guy is below, but that’s who I’d picture for a male Lisebth.
  4. What blogger currently on your follower’s list (meaning they follow you too) do you admire the most and why?
    • Right now, I’ve got some super respect for Rae Longest because she reads every one of my posts and engages in really strong dialogue, revealing a lot about herself and how she and I are similar and different at the same time. I have this connection with a few online bloggers, but Rae and I already jokingly refer to each other as great aunt and nephew, even tho we’re not related.
  5. If you could change any one decision your favorite book character made, what would it be and why?
    • I would stop June Reid from Bill Clegg’s “Did You Ever Have a Family” from running away when her family is killed in the accident. It sets her off on a path that leads to a horrible period in her life and hurts one of my favorite characters, Lydia Morey.
  6. If you could pick 1 character from a book and 1 character from a TV show you watch (that is NOT based on a book) to be in a relationship together, who would you choose, and why?
    • Stephanie Plum from Janet Evanovich’s “One for the Money” book series with Ross Geller from Friends. To see their conversation over “we were on a break” would just be hilarious! And their facial expressions… yikes.
  7. It’s your last day on Earth. As you are about to cross that final finish line, a mysterious shadow appears, giving you a choice: (1) You can go move forward to whatever comes next for you [based on your own spiritual or religious beliefs], or (2) you can become a character in a book series and exist permanently doing whatever that author chooses to do with you in the book. Which do you choose, and if it’s option 2, reveal the book and author.
    • I think I’d have to go with Option 1 only because I wouldn’t want to mess with whatever fate had in store for me. But if for some reason I ever chose Option 2, I’d let Ken Follett put me in any of his books in any way he felt appropriate.
  8. If you could steal a pet from someone in any book you’ve read, but had to replace it with a friend’s pet (meaning they wouldn’t ever see their pet again), would you do it?  If so, explain the who and why.
    • I’d love to meet Koko from the “Cat Who” books so we could solve crimes together. But I’d never take someone else’s pet away. Are you crazy? LOL
  9. If you could turn someone from your real life into a character from a book, who from your life, who in the book and why?
    • I’d like to see my friend Michael (he’s just hilarious and has no filter when it comes to things he says) into a character in a Dr. Seuss book for adults. I think people would buy it ten times over. He can make you laugh no matter where you are or what’s happening in your life — and he has no boundaries. I’ve lost my shorts in public because of him, he will say things in cab that make you embarrassed, then jump out at a light and run away. Several bartenders have given us free shots just to get him to stop from being so lively. Total ridiculous fun.
  10. Post a picture of the cover of a book you read in 2000 and the book you are currently reading now. (Note: if you weren’t alive in 2000, pick the first book you ever read and tell everyone what year it was from).
    • Currently Reading
      •  You (You, #1)
    • 2000 Read
      • Catering to Nobody (A Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery, #1)
  11. Your favorite character (under 18) needs a place to stay for 3 months and asks you if (s)he could stay in your spare room (yes, you have one for the sake of this question). Who is it and what is the reason (s)he needs to stay with you?
    • I would adopt Liesl from Markus Zusak’s “The Book Thief,” as she needs a place to stay to escape from the Nazis. And since I am German, they would have trusted me, and the treasured book would still be part of our lives.
  12. Which of the 365 Daily Challenge posts most describes you? To see them all, you can go here. (Note: This is the question each person can change when they tag their own nominees)
    • They are all me, so I really can’t participate in my own questions, now can I?

The Rules

  1. Create your own new post and call it “Tag: This-Is-My-Truth-Now” and be sure to include in your tags the words — without quotes — “ThisIsMyTruthNow Tag”
  2. Include these rules when you copy/paste to your own post.
  3. Be sure to thank the person that tagged you and include their responses at the bottom of your post, so someone can get to know them too. Tell everyone something interesting about the person who tagged you.
  4. Include a link to my original post mentioning this blog so we can see how many people choose to play along. Link to cut/paste is:  ThisIsMyTruthNow
  5. Choose 12 bloggers to tag and include a link to their latest post, so others can check them out and meet new people.
  6. Answer all 12 questions in The Challenge Questions section, but replace the 12th question with your own new one around telling the truth or revealing something interesting about yourself — you can leave the existing if you can’t think of something.
  7. Be sure to copy/paste the “Truth or Dare” section at the end of this post. It’s important to the challenge — so you better carefully read it!
  8. If you’ve haven’t been tagged, but you want to play along, you can totally jump on in and post responses to the tag on your blog.

 

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My Nominees

  1. Nel
  2. theorangutanlibrarian
  3. Books, Vertigo and Tea
  4. frankielovely
  5. mainepaperpusher
  6. susandyer1962
  7. Tetiana Aleksina
  8. PoojaG
  9. hsimone
  10. Stephanie
  11. BrizzleLass
  12. Book Princess Reviews

 

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TRUTH OR DARE: Oh, did I forget to tell you the last part of the ThisIsMyTruthNow tag? If you choose not to accept the tag, you have to follow through on whatever dare the person who tags you chooses — for my nominees, if you choose not to do this tag, your dare is to re-read [within the next 30 days] the book that has the lowest rating of all the books you’ve read in the last five (5) years. And if you don’t read it again, you’ll be cursed with bad book reads for the next five (5) years. HaHaHaHaHa!

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Where’s my love?

About Me

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. Once you hit my site “ThisIsMyTruthNow” at https://thisismytruthnow.com, you can join the fun and see my blog and various site content. You’ll find book reviews, published and in-progress fiction, TV/Film reviews, favorite vacation spots and my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge.” Since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life… see how you compare! Each month, I will post a summary of a trip I’ve taken somewhere in the world. I’ll cover the transportation, hotel, restaurants, activities, who, what, when, where and why… and let you decide for yourself if it’s a trip worth taking.

Feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Tell me what you think. Note: All content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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May 2017: Monthly Wrap Up

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May has been a tremendously busy month for this book blogger, now finishing 9-months as the owner and creator of the “This-Is-My-Truth-Now” WordPress blog and website.

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Key Metrics in May 2017

  • 232 Posts (average of 7.25 per day)

Note: This is 300% increase since last month, given all the previously read book reviews.

 

  • Site Metrics – NEW for this MONTH
    • 11,108 – Views
    • 2430 – Visitors
    • 276 – Followers (Thank You!!!)
    • 5709 – Likes
    • 1311 – Comments

Note: This has gained 5 times as much interaction as last month due to more people reading the blog, responding to book reviews and participating in the 365 Challenges.

 

*** May 2017 has officially been the blog’s best and most popular month! ***

Books Read in May 2017

In the month of May, I only read 8 books. My focus was on re-designing the blog and figuring out how to best organize the content for different viewer types or readers.

I now have 14 books out of 20 awarded books on NetGalley with 2 badges: professional reader and 10 reviews.

Books included

You

really liked it
tagged:
3-fic-multi-book-series, 1-fiction, currently-reading, and 7-read-2…
***WILL FINISH READING THIS TONIGHT
Cream Puff Murder
liked it

3 out of 5 stars to the eleventh book, Cream Puff Murder, in the “Hannah Swensen” cozy mystery series by Joanne Fluke. And yes, it was hard to read without wanting a cream puff the entire time!Why This Book

I’ve been readin…

tagged:
2-fic-cozy-mystery, 1-fiction, 3-fic-multi-book-series, and 7-read-…
Beartown
really liked it
4.5 out of 5 stars to Beartown, a 2016 contemporary novel by Fredrik Backman. Although the book had a bit of a difficult start for me, it developed into an emotionally-charged hot bed, triggering anger and frustration over so many things…
tagged:
1-fiction, 5-netgalley, and 7-read-2017-may
It's Always the Husband
liked it
3 out of 5 stars to It’s Always the Husband, a new thriller and suspense novel set to release to the public on May 16, 2017, by Michele Campbell. It’s a quick-read with a few slow spot, but keeps you guessing all throughout the chapters,…
tagged:
1-fiction, 5-netgalley, and 7-read-2017-may
I Found You
liked it

3+ out of 5 stars to I Found You, a 2016 thriller and suspense novel, by Lisa Jewell. Many thanks to NetGalley, Atria Books and Lisa Jewell for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.Why This…

tagged:
1-fiction, 5-netgalley, and 7-read-2017-may
Be My Killer
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3 out of 5 stars to Be My Killer, a mystery and thriller novel set to release on May 26th, 2017, by Richard Parker. It appears this is Parker’s first novel, and for a debut, he shows a lot of potential. I’m curious to see what else he pu…
tagged:
1-fiction, 5-netgalley, and 7-read-2017-may
Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore
liked it

3 out of 5 stars to Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore, a new mystery and thriller novel set to release on June 13, 2017, by author Matthew J. Sullivan.Why This Book

For all us readers, who wouldn’t love a book with suc…

tagged:
1-fiction, 5-netgalley, and 7-read-2017-may
Dead with the Wind
liked it
3 out of 5 stars to Dead with the Wind, the 2nd book in the “Southern Ladies” cozy mystery series, written in 2015 by Miranda James. I enjoyed reading about the two sisters and their rather rude family, feeling almost glad to see the cha…
tagged:
2-fic-cozy-mystery, 1-fiction, 3-fic-multi-book-series, and 7-read-…

 

Books Reviews Written in May 2017

In addition to the 8 books I read above, I also wrote reviews for books I’d read in the past, but hadn’t taken the time to write any content besides a numerical rating. In the month of May 2017, I completed the following book reviews by genre (excluding the 8 that I actually read during the month):

  • 13 – Children’s Literature
  • 41 – Classics (Pre 19th-Century)
  • 54 – Cozy Mystery Fiction
  •  4 – Fantasy & Science Fiction
  •  6 – General Fiction
  •  1 – Historical Fiction
  •  0 – Non-Fiction
  •  2 – Other / About TV Shows
  • 27 – Thriller & Suspense Fiction
  •  8 – Young Adult (YA) Fiction
  •  0 – Alternative Fiction

365 Daily Challenge

Characteristics – Click Here

  • Self-Conscious (50)
  • Retentive (51)
  • Wasteful (52)
  • Writer (53)
  • Nervous (54)
  • Fastidious (55)
  • A to Z Fears (56)
  • Calm (57)
  • Mean (58)
  • Shoe-less! (59)
  • Charming (60)
  • Blind (61)
  • Soporific (62)
  • A to Z Foods (63)
  • Camera-Ready (64)
  • Eager (65)
  • Card-Shark (66)
  • Pet-Dad (67)
  • Unique (68)
  • Mover (69)
  • A to Z Happy Places (70)
  • Dark (71)
  • American (72)
  • Gardener (73)
  • Mechanical (74)
  • Patient (75)
  • Courageous (76)
  • Grey – Color (77)
  • Lazy (78)
  • Authentic (79)
  • Flashback (80)

365 Challenge Surprise

  • How much everyone is revealing their own 365 characteristics and comparing us to one another — it’s awesome! Thank you.

Site Re-Structure & Feedback

Site Re-Structure

I re-organized the site to have a primary menu item for all the major content in the site. Feedback has been very positive. Please continue to provide feedback. And remember, I can’t tell who provided which ratings or poll responses: it’s all anonymous. Feel free to share any other feedback about what you’d like to see or not see.

  • 87 polls participated
  • 120 ratings (you gave me an average of  4.5 out of 5 stars for all my posts)

Tags & Awards

Tags

  • Participated in 12 tags (click here)
    • 8 Book Tags
      • Blogger Stats
      • Goodreads Books 2
      • Listicle – Top 5 Non-Human Creatures
      • Listicle – Top 5 Objects Making Characters Stronger
      • My Life in Books
      • This is My Genre Tell Me Yours
      • This or That
      • Would You Rather
    • 4 Non-Book Tags
      • Celebrating the Little Things & 300 Followers
      • Get to Know Me
      • Where in the World Are You
      • Why am I a Reader

Awards

Film / TV Show Reviews

Wrote 3 reviews for Films & TV Shows:

Genre / Author / Series

Created a new menu where you can look up by genre, each author I’ve read and see if there are any book series or which reviews I’ve completed. You’ll also access content about the author and the book series to see if they may be something you’d like to read.

As part of the month, I completed two (2) “Spotlight on the Author” posts, where I included a link to the author and book reviews I’ve completed so far: Authors included:

Book Bucket List

I created a new book bucket list where I will keep a running list of 12 books that I must read before I die. Each of the 12 books is assigned a month when I will read it and post a review. Once completed, I’ll cross it off the list and add a new book for the next month:

What Age Do I Read This Book?

I created a new series to recommend by genre, what are the best books to read by age, covering a range of 12 years for each post. In May 2017, I had two posts, which were:

Final Thoughts

  • I set my May goals during the April month-end update. Let’s see how I did:
Goal Plan Actual Comment
New books read 10 8 Focused on older reviews
Reviews (prior books) 40 157 I am on a mission to finish by 6/15
Tags 4 12 I was tagged a lot!
Film & TV reviews 4 3 I got busy with older book reviews
Visits & Trips 4 0 Not doing older trips, only new ones
General Blogs 4 13 I had a lot to say this month
365 Daily Challenges 31 31 On target!
  • Thank you for reading and commenting. I am really enjoying interacting with everyone. Please feel free to suggest any changes you’d like to see or for me to consider.

June 2017 Goals

  • 10 – New books read
  • 100 – Reviews (prior books) — Then I’m done catching up!!!
  • 4 – Tags / Awards
  • 4  – Film & TV reviews
  • 4 – Author Spotlights
  • 4 – What do I read by genre and age?
  • 4 – General Blogs
  • 30 – 365 Daily Challenges

 

About Me

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. Once you hit my site “ThisIsMyTruthNow” at https://thisismytruthnow.com, you can join the fun and see my blog and various site content. You’ll find book reviews, published and in-progress fiction, TV/Film reviews, favorite vacation spots and my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge.” Since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life… see how you compare! Each month, I will post a summary of a trip I’ve taken somewhere in the world. I’ll cover the transportation, hotel, restaurants, activities, who, what, when, where and why… and let you decide for yourself if it’s a trip worth taking. Feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Tell me what you think. Note: All content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

Review: Hamlet

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Hamlet Book Review
4 out of 5 stars to Hamlet, a tragedy published in 1600 by William Shakespeare. Buckle your seat belts, as I have a 38 page review to share… Just Kidding! Well, I do have a lengthy review I could include from a previous course on Shakespeare, but I will not do so here… chance are you’ve already read the play or seen some film adaption, perhaps even a staged version. I’ve seen a bunch of them and read the place 4 times (once in high school, twice in college and once just for pleasure). Here’s the thing about this play: There is WAY too much to absorb in just one or two reads. Each time you read the play, you pick up on new interpretations, new meanings and new thought patterns. Each time you watch a new performance, the actors and directors choose a different angle or approach. Hamlet is all of us. And we will always take from it something we want to believe… likely based on what’s going on in our life at that time. If you are having relationship issues, you’ll probably focus on that aspect of Hamlet’s life. If you feel depressed, you’ll questions “to be or not to be.” If you are happy, you’ll root for him to do the right things. I’m not sure if that’s how Shakespeare intended it to happen, but he certainly left it open on purpose. Maybe not to allow us to have completely widespread views and interpretations, but enough to choose the key things we want to focus on. I think maybe I need to read it again this summer!

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I’ve visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by.

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Review: Seeds of Yesterday

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Seeds of YesterdayBook Review
3 out of 5 stars for Seeds of Yesterday, the 4th book in the “Dollanganger” thriller and young adult series, written in 1984 by V.C. Andrews. When I first read this series, I absolutely loved the characters and plot. It was mesmerizing and felt just dark enough to pass the reality line, but not too far where I thought it was completely unbelievable. Somewhere around books 3 and 4, it fell down for me. It wasn’t horrible, but it wasn’t as good as the originals. I still enjoy hearing Cathy’s voice, understanding her point of view and knowing what happens with her and Chris. But her own children are terrible, and the concept of the seeds of yesterday coming back to haunt you… was mediocre for me. It’s a fine line to say what turns a good person bad, and a bad person to redemption. It’s rare I can buy such a change… or do I really want it to change in something like this. Writing is similar. Style is similar. But the plot just gets away too much for my taste. I gave it a 3 as it’s worth the read, have some cautions with it, but would still want to finish the series. One more to go!

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I’ve visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by.

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Review: Tunnel Vision

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Tunnel VisionBook Review

3+ out of 5 stars for Tunnel Vision, the 8th mystery book in the “VI Warshawski” thriller series, written in 1994 by Sara Paretsky. In this book, Paretsky tackles the struggle of the homeless, domestic abuse and city politics. With her building set to be knocked down, VI has to find alternative offices, but she won’t give up. When she’s one of the last people still holding on to her lease, she finds herself being target. First she’s stalked and scared in the building. Then she finds a dead body, who later turns out to be a woman she volunteered with at a shelter. Then it’s connected to a city official, and she’s eventually accused of the murder. How does she get herself into these situations? While a good book in the series, but it wasn’t one of my favorites. It’s still a good series. I think VI’s personality got to me too much in this book. I know she’s under attack. And she’s trying to do the right thing. But she was a tad annoying and self-indulgent in some chapters. Eventually, we get back into the norm where she fights the right people and helps make her point, but it was a little over-done this time.

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About Me

For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I’ve visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by.

Review: Tough Cookie

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Tough Cookie Book Review
4 out of 5 stars to Tough Cookie, the 9th cozy mystery in the “Goldy Bear Schultz Culinary” books, written in 2000 by Diane Mott Davidson. This was one of the stronger books in the series, but it didn’t start off that way. When I first began reading the book, I was put off by the death and initial suspect. Goldy sells some skis to another guy, as her catering business was temporarily shut down due to some kitchen issues, which eventually cause an accident. A convoluted connection is made with the death given that person had something to do with someone from Goldy’s past and her ex-husband… blah blah blah… I thought it was going to be a weak plot. But that’s just what initially happened, as tons of suspects showed up creating a very complex plot. Sometimes you have to forgive the way the death happens and how the main character is connected… as in a book series, the person can’t always be the first to find the victim, or it gets too overplayed. Once I accepted that piece, then I was good with the actual mystery piece.

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I’ve visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by.

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Review: J is for Judgment

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J is for Judgment Book Review
4 out of 5 stars to J is for Judgment, the 10th book in the “Kinsey Millhone” mystery series, written in 1993 by Sue Grafton. As I read the book details of this one, I vivdly recalled the main character, Wendall Jaffe, and Kinsey’s pursuit of this case. Wendall supposedly died 5 years ago, and his wife collected major bucks from his insurance policy. But when he’s spotted alive not all that far away, Kinsey takes the case. And when she gets into it, her life starts to explode. She’s such an amazing character to keep reading about. Always humorous, but not in a laugh-out-loud-non-stop way. More like a witty chuckle each chapter. And her friends and neighbors are truly great supporting characters. I like that she takes a trip out of Santa Teresa in this one, but is also around the homestead for parts of it. She’s more open about her own life and history, which we needed more of in this series. And the mystery, a normal one — is he or isn’t dead — turns the whole case upside down. There’s more going on that Kinsey realizes, and I was glad to keep reading about it.

About Me
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I’ve visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by.

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