Summer Murders

This summer I have decided to keep track of some of my favorite murder mysteries. So far, I have read sixteen. Not too shabby since I read a lot of other material as well.

Here they are:

1. An Ex to Grind in Deadwood (Deadwood Humorous Mystery Book 5)
Charles, Ann *

2. Top Secret Twenty-One (Stephanie Plum #21)
Evanovich, Janet *

3. Death Without Company (Walt Longmire, #2)
Johnson, Craig

4. Ten Big Ones (Stephanie Plum, #10)
Evanovich, Janet *

5. To the Nines (Stephanie Plum, #9)
Evanovich, Janet *

6. Hot Six (Stephanie Plum, #6)
Evanovich, Janet *

7. The Great Jackalope Stampede (Jackrabbit Junction Mystery Series #3)
Charles, Ann *

8. Four to Score (Stephanie Plum, #4)
Evanovich, Janet *

9. One for the Money (Stephanie Plum, #1)
Evanovich, Janet *

10. Jackrabbit Junction Jitters (A Jackrabbit Junction Mystery #2)
Charles, Ann *

11. Better Off Dead In Deadwood (Deadwood Mystery # 4)
Charles, Ann *

12. Sweet Tea Revenge (A Tea Shop Mystery, #14)
Childs, Laura

13. The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency (No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency #1)
Smith, Alexander McCall *

14. Blackberry Pie Murder (Hannah Swensen, #17)
Fluke, Joanne *

15. The Cold Dish (Walt Longmire, #1)
Johnson, Craig

16. For Love of Livvy (An Esposito Mystery #1)
Griffin, J.M.

UPDATE: Up to 20

17. Red Velvet Cake Murders (Hannah Swensen #16)”
Fluke, Joanne

18. Catering to Nobody (A Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery #1)
Davidson, Diane Mott *

19. Dying For Chocolate (A Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery, # 2)
Davidson, Diane Mott *

20. The Cereal Murders (A Goldy Bear Culinary Mystery, #3)
Davidson, Diane Mott *

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“Disney is Ruining My Kid”

http://vigilantcitizen.com/latestnews/mom-blog-disney-ruining-kid/

I have stolen this article title. I admit it. I stole it because I have heard numerous parents and grandparents say something similar. They can no longer trust the Disney Channel to have upright, safe, moral programs for their children.

The mom who wrote the article was shocked to see her child’s behavior changing from a sweet respectful and caring child to a spoiled brat who was rude and hurtful to those around her. When she asked her daughter where she learned to say the things she was saying and do the things she was doing, her daughter replied “Disney Channel” shows. So the mom decided to spend the day watching her daughter’s programs. She was shocked at the rudeness and crudeness of the main characters. She was distressed to see that bullying and hurtful words were met with laughter (canned no doubt). All the things she worked so hard to teach her child not to do were being undone by the child-friendly, “wholesome” Disney Corporation. In the Disney world, smart is bad, beautiful is good. Sneaky, contrived, manipulating scenarios are funny.

I have noticed a new trend in Disney as well; stupid parents. Yep, usually Dad is the more moronic, Luddite-like, buffoon. Mom is marginally better, always overly-motherly and concerned for her child. Dad is usually depicted as either overly laid-back or overly protective of his daughter’s honor. Children are down-right disrespectful of their parents and other adults.

Another issue I have with these shows: there is an overly smart child who is dorky and usually does not fit into the “in-crowd” and the dumber child is cool. Oh, and everyone is okay with the lesser intelligent child being an underachiever because he/she is attractive and cool.

Disney is beginning to support the breakdown of the family unit. When children come off cooler and more intelligent than parents and are always teaching their parents lessons, we have a problem. To be fair, Disney is not the only perpetrator of this genre of entertainment. I see it nearly every children’s and teen’s entertainment today. TV, movies, music, and literature. Parents are clueless and idiotic. Kids are smarter, prettier, cleverer than the parents.

Where is The Cosby Show when we need it?

Ever Wonder?

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Did you ever wonder what happened to the book you read when you were a kid?

You know, the ones that were full of Rumplestiltskinadventure and mystery? The ones that were full of real romance and fantasy? Those books that made us fall in love with history and sci-fi?

Well, they are back. Not the ones we read way back then but new modern books that can make you enjoy fantastical battles, solve great mysteries and fall in love all over again. Where, you ask?  Here! Well, not here, but at CleanAuthors.com! What’s better? A 99-Cent Back to School Event! On September 13th, yes, Friday the 13th, the authors on  CleanAuthors.com will be offering numerous books for 99 cents each from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other vendors and in various formats.

At CleanAuthors.com you will find children’s, YA (young adult), and adult literature. Various genre to choose from: fantasy, romance, historical, Christian, LDS, and more.  Join us at CleanAuthors.com!!

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The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling

The Casual Vacancy by J K Rowling

The Casual Vacancy by J K Rowling (Photo credit: Gwydion M. Williams)

I wanted to read this book to see what kind of a book J. K. Rowling would write for adults. I actually did not finish this book. I am giving it four stars because I think the writing is, as usual, flawless and the well thought out.

So now you are asking why I did not finish? I am not in the ‘mood’ to read a book that is coarse. The story is rough and coarse. Maybe too real for me right now. Sometimes, not always but at times, I am not in the mood to read a book that has the “F” word on nearly every page and talks about kids masterbating behind closed doors or feeling-up girls.

Casual Vacancy – One must understand the meaning behind the term. J. K. Rowling does give us “yanks” a definition in the front of the book.

The story starts with a death and branches out to those impacted in one way or another. Some are sad, as friends and family should be, but others are jubilant. Others become reflective, for better or worse, about their own lives and what this means to them. It shows the darkness inside of people. I am not in the ‘mood’ to read abut this right now; however, I did want to post something about the book. Some may find it invigorating to read about the angst of everyday life and may wish to pick up this book as a result. Some may choose to hold off, as I am, until at a point where the book will have its most impact to the reader.