Monday, July 31, 2017


"I" is for Innocent - Sue Grafton

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Lonnie Kingman is in a bind. He's smack in the middle of assembling a civil suit, and the private investigator who was doing his pretrial legwork has just dropped dead of a heart attack. In a matter of weeks the court's statute of limitations will put paid to his case. Five years ago David Barney walked when a jury acquitted him of the murder of his rich wife, Isabelle. Now Kingman, acting as attorney for the dead woman's ex-husband and their child (and sure that the jury made a serious mistake), is trying to divest David Barney of the profits of that murder. But time is running out, and David Barney still swears he's innocent.
Patterned along the lines of a legal case, "I" Is For Innocent is seamlessly divided into thirds: one-third of the novel is devoted to the prosecution, one-third to the defense, and a final third to cross-examination and rebuttal. The result is a trial novel without a trial and a crime novel that resists solution right to the end.
When Kinsey Millhone agrees to take over Morley Shine's investigation, she thinks it is a simple matter of tying up the loose ends. Morley might have been careless about his health, but he was an old pro at the business. So it comes as a real shock when she finds his files in disarray, his key informant less than credible, and his witnesses denying ever having spoken with him. It comes as a bigger shock when she finds that every claim David Barney has made checks out. But if Barney didn't murder his wife, who did? It would seem the list of candidates is a long one. In life, Isabelle Barney had stepped on a lot of toes.
 Somewhere out there, a killer waits to see just what Kinsey will find out. Somewhere out there, someone's been getting away with murder, and this time it just might turn out to be Kinsey's.

MY THOUGHTS:  Kinsey is working on a 6 year old murder that the killer got acquitted for.   Is he guilty or innocent?  Kinsey has to find out.  The lawyer that hired her has given her information, but the PI that was working on the case dropped dead from a heart attack.  She starts with his files, but they are very disorganized,  so Kinsey starts sorting them out and finds some of them missing.  Kinsey starts with what she's got and moves on.  As the clues in info starts coming together, it's not looking good for the lawyer who hired her.  But what's this, maybe the PI's death wasn't a heart attack after all, MURDER, but who would kill him?  And Why?  Now that all the clues are coming together, Kinsey has figured it out, but the killer has lured her into a trap.  Can she get out or does she get killed?????  I give this book 5.....

This book is for 1 of my reading challenges.....
Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge

Tuesday, July 25, 2017


I've been working on my 2020 Crazy Quilt Challenge.  I've got Blocks 8, 9, 10 and 11 done.  12 is almost done.
Block 8
Block 9
Block 10
Block 11
I've also been working on putting my Circle Quilt together.  I've go January through June together.
And I've sent my piece off to San Fransisco for the At Home Challenge.
I'm also linking up with Heather at Books and Quilts for Needlework Tuesday.

Sunday, July 23, 2017


Cross Fire - James Patterson

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Wedding bells ring
Detective Alex Cross and Bree's wedding plans are put on hold when Alex is called to the scene of the perfectly executed assassination of two of Washington D.C.'s most corrupt: a dirty congressmen and an underhanded lobbyist. Next, the elusive gunman begins picking off other crooked politicians, sparking a blaze of theories--is the marksman a hero or a vigilante?

A murderer returns

The case explodes, and the FBI assigns agent Max Siegel to the investigation. As Alex and Siegel battle over jurisdiction, the murders continue. It becomes clear that they are the work of a professional who has detailed knowledge of his victims' movements--information that only a Washington insider could possess.

Caught in a lethal cross fire

As Alex contends with the sniper, Siegel, and the wedding, he receives a call from his deadliest adversary, Kyle Craig. The Mastermind is in D.C. and will not relent until he has eliminated Cross and his family for good. 
Series: Alex Cross (Book 17) 
Hardcover: 356 pages 
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1st edition (November 15, 2010) 
Language: English 
ISBN-10: 031603617X 
ISBN-13: 978-0316036177

MY THOUGHTS:  This was an awesome book, so full of characters and suspense, had me on the edge of my seat.  Wondering if Alex and Bree would ever get married.  Wondering if Kyle Craig would get his wish of killing Alex and his whole family.  But I won't tell how it goes, that would ruin the book for everyone.  I give this book 5....

This book is for 1 of my reading challenges.....
Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge

Tuesday, July 18, 2017


"H" is for Homicide - Sue Grafton

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His name was Parnell Perkins, and until shortly after midnight, he'd been a claims adjuster for California Fidelity. Then someone came along and put paid to that line of work. And to any other. Parnell Perkins had been shot at close range and left for dead in the parking lot outside California Fidelity's offices.
To the cops, it looked like a robbery gone sour. To Kinsey Millhone, it looked like the cops were walking away from the case. She didn't like the idea that a colleague and sometime drinking companion had been murdered. Or the idea that his murderer was loose and on the prowl. It made her feel exposed. Vulnerable.
Bibianna Diaz was afraid for her life. If there was one thing she knew for sure, it was that you didn't cross Raymond Maldonado and live to tell the tale. And Bibianna had well and truly crossed him, running out on his crazy wedding plans and going into hiding in Santa Teresa--light years away from the Los Angeles barrio that was home turf to Raymond and his gang. Now she needed money to buy time, to make sure she'd put enough space between them. And the quickest way she knew to get money was to work an insurance scam--just like the ones Raymond was running down in L.A. The trouble was, Bibianna picked California Fidelity as her mark. And it wasn't long before her name surfaced in one of Parnell Perkins's open files and Kinsey was on her case. But so, too, was her spurned suitor, Raymond Maldonado.
He had a rap sheet as long as his arm, a hair-trigger temper that was best left untested, and an inability to take no for an answer. He also had Tourette's syndrome, which did nothing to smooth out the kinks in his erratic and often violent behavior. All in all, Raymond Maldonado was not someone to spend a lot of time hanging out with. Unfortunately for Kinsey, she didn't have a lot of choice in the matter. Not after the love-sick Raymond kidnapped Bibianna. Like it or not, Kinsey was stuck babysitting Bibianna along with Raymond and his macho crew. You might say she was a prisoner of love. 
Series: Kinsey Millhone Alphabet Mysteries (Book 8) 
Hardcover: 256 pages 
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.; 1st edition (May 15, 1991) 
Language: English 
ISBN-10: 080501084X 
ISBN-13: 978-0805010848

MY THOUGHTS:   Kinsey has gone undercover to catch a murderer, but she has no backup or any of the other help most under cover people have.  She's on her own.  With a gang of insurance fraud's.  Raymond is not a well adjusted "criminal".  He has a short fuse for a temper, and anything can set him off.  As the game plays out, Kinsey needs to get a message to Lt. Dolan, but she can't get to a phone without risking her undercover.  So Kinsey stays the course and watches.  Does she get all the info she needs to put Raymond behind bars?  Does she save Bibianna?  I give this book 5.....

This book is for 1 of my reading challenges.....

Outdo Yourself Challenge

Tuesday, July 11, 2017


I'll be joining Heather over at Books and Quilts for Needlework Tuesday.  Head over and check out what everyone is working on.
Wellllll, I've gotten side tracked as usual from getting a project done.  My Flower Garden quilt is still in progress.  What has side tracked me????  The 2020 Crazy Quilt Challenge going on over at Sharon's place, Pintangle.  Go check it out.  I've got Block 8 and Block 9 done.

Block 8
I think I'm going to add some Embroidery to that big Gray and Black spot, they look empty.
Block 9
This block kind of went along the lines of Fall and Halloween.  It didn't start out that way.  It just evolved on it's own.  
I think my work is improving....this is what Block 1 looks like...Do you see the big difference????

Block 1
I've actually been thinking about re-working all the blocks.  Adding embroidery stitches to them.  Some of them.....well, if I'm honest with myself, Blocks 1 through 8 need something.  Since I've gotten Sharon's book, The Visual Guide to Crazy Quilting,  I can see lots of improvement needs to be done.  Just a thought for now. 

Saturday, July 1, 2017


I'll be joining Katheryn over at The Book Date for Month in Review.  Hop over and you may find your next book to read.

For the month of June I read 15 books.  I've been on this trend.....actually it's kind of a reading challenge for finish both these series this year..... reading the Alex Cross series of books by James Patterson and the Alphabet Murder series by Sue Grafton.  They have all been reviewed.  You can see my reviews, just go to the MY LIBRARY tab, they are all linked to my reviews....the books are in order by author's last name.

Alex Cross series.....James Patterson
Mary Mary
Double Cross
Cross Country
Alex Cross's Trial
I, Alex Cross

Alphabet Murder series....Sue Grafton
A is for Alibi
B is for Burglar
C is for Corpse
D is for Deadbeat
E is for Evidence
F is for Fugitive
G is for Gumshoe

My favorite book for June and a new author for me.....

A Man Called Ove - Fredrik Backman