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Daily Archives: April 28, 2011

Devil Wind by Deborah Shlian and Linda Reid

Devil WindReviewed by Patricia Reid

It is 1999 and in Los Angeles Santa Ana winds are causing wildfires and Y2K is right around the corner. Sammy Greene who is hosting a talk radio show finds that there is no end to the wild events that Y2K will bring. Sammy’s father, Jeffrey Greene, is a real estate tycoon in the city but Sammy is hesitant to make contact with him. Sammy was close to her previous step-mother but since her father got a divorce and is now remarried Sammy hasn’t bothered to get in touch with Jeffrey since she moved to California. Sammy has always felt that her dad was more interested in his own life and concerns than that of his daughter.

When Sammy gets a call about the discovery of a burned body, she decides to check into the story and discovers that the body has been identified as Ana Pappajohn, the daughter of Sammy’s old friend Gus Pappajohn. Sammy notifies Gus Pappajohn who immediately flies to California to claim his daughter’s body.

The story switches back and forth between Sammy’s actions and that of Ana Pappajohn who actually was still alive. Ana is working for an expensive escort service and is separated at a party from her friend and roommate Sylvie. Somehow the two had gotten their purses mixed up and Ana wound up with Sylvie’s purse. When Sylvie’s body is discovered it is thought that the body was that of Ana’s since Sylvie carried Ana’s ID.

The Dog Sox by Russell Hill (Review #2)

The Dog SoxReviewed by Patricia Reid

Ray Adams has a different approach when he buys a gift for his girl friend Ava Belle. Ava loves dogs and baseball so Ray buys her a baseball team. The team is named The Knight’s Landing Dog Sox. The team’s manager is a 70-year old Jewish man who has a number of colorful phrases that he repeats from time to time. He is quite an interesting character and is determined to turn the team into the best team possible.

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, There’s a Body in the Car by Fran Rizer

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, There's a Body in the CarReviewed by Patricia Reid

There is never a dull moment in Callie Parrish’s life. Callie is employed by Middleton Mortuary. Her job title is mortuary cosmetologist but Callie also answers the phone, talks to clients and does whatever Otis and Odell Middleton need her to do. Callie is currently living with her friend Jane while her home is being redone. Jane is engaged to Callie’s brother.

When Callie makes a stop at the bookstore to pick up a couple of mysteries, she spots a man in a car with a fly on his nose. She soon realizes that there’s a good reason he doesn’t swat the fly off his nose. The guy is dead. Not only is he dead but there’s also a snake in the car.

Callie gets back to the funeral home to find that Odell is leaving and wants her to talk to a Mrs. Joyner who according to Odell wants a St. Patrick’s Day funeral for her husband, which is a bit unusual since it is October. It turns out that Odell misunderstood and Mrs. Joyner wants a green funeral where the body is not embalmed and the casket is environmentally friendly. Mrs. Joyner also wants a set of fingerprints so that she can have the fingerprints preserved in gold.

Among the Departed by Vicki Delaney

Among the DepartedReviewed by Patricia Reid

Brothers and sisters tend to argue and Jamie and his sister Poppy aren’t exempt from disagreements. When the two get into an argument at the campground outside of Trafalgar, British Columbia, where the family is camping, Jamie is ordered by his mother to go into timeout. Jamie decides that he will show his parents that he won’t be treated in that manner. He stuffs his blanket in his sleeping bag and sneaks out of the tent to have his own private adventure. The adventure becomes scary for Jamie and his parents are terrified when they discover Jamie is missing.

The police are called and Adam Tocek of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is summoned to report to the campground with his dog Norman to lead the search. Constable Molly Smith has been spending a romantic evening with Adam but when the evening is interrupted, she decides to accompany Adam and Norman on the hunt. Jamie is found tired, dirty and scared, but Norman also uncovers some human bones.

Although the ID is not positive, Sergeant John Winters decides to reopen the Brian Nowak investigation. Brian Nowak disappeared years ago. Winters finds out that Molly Smith who was then known as Moonlight Smith was the best friend of Nicky Nowak, Brian’s daughter. Molly happened to have been visiting Nicky on the day Nowak disappeared. Smith asks Molly’s assistance into the old case of Nowak’s disappearance.

Sweet Misfortune by Kevin Alan Milne (Review #3)

Sweet MisfortuneReviewed by Julie Moderson

Sweet Misfortune is a wonderful, sweet, funny, romantic and totally unpredictable book that you will want to share with all your friends. It makes you believe in love and happiness.

Sophie Jones had more tragedy in her life than anyone should have and because of this she doesn’t trust anyone and feels anxious all the time. Sophie always thinks that if life is going good something terrible will happen. She is a chocolate maker and has her own chocolate store called Chocolat’ de Soph. She loves to make new recipes but when her engagement is called off she starts to make fortune cookies that are misfortune cookies. They have a negative fortune and are dipped in bitter chocolate. Many people like them because of the fortunes but most won’t eat them.

On Hummingbird Wings by Lauraine Snelling

On Hummingbird WingsReviewed by Julie Moderson

What a wonderful story about slowing down and seeing what is available in life besides just working and working.

Her younger sister Allison calls Gillian home to California because her mother is dying. Gillian, who hasn’t been home in over five years, decides to go right away. When she gets there, she finds her key no longer works. She breaks a window to get in and finds her mother in bed and she refuses to get up or to eat. Gillian is very concerned about her mother but doesn’t understand Allison’s lack of caring.

Gillian meets the very attractive neighbor who is more than willing to help her whenever she needs assistance.