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--Author Christopher Benson



Wednesday, August 31, 2011


Below is the JUST FOR FUN Form for September!!

Remember the form must be filled out no later than 
October 3, 2011 (3-day grace period)
to qualify for the challenge. 

Just click on the 
 in the right sidebar to find the form 
anytime throughout the month.

Here are just a sample of the books people read 
JUST FOR FUN in August.

These earned 5 stars!
The Reader (Movie Tie-in Edition) (Vintage International)A Little Wanting SongImitation In DeathPortrait of a Spy

These earned 4 stars!
The Rhine MaidenNow You See HerBlood Memory (Berkley Prime Crime Mysteries)Girls' Night OutThe Science of Kissing: What Our Lips Are Telling UsSisterhood Everlasting: A Novel (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants)Long Gone: A NovelSister Carrie (Enriched Classics (Pocket))Ravishing in RedWorst Case (Michael Bennett)The Art of ForgettingBroetry

After reading your comments in August I have learned that most of you are like me and your To-Be-Read stacks aren't shrinking but growing.  
That tells me that I will have to host this challenge again next year!!
If you have any suggestions please email me at dollycas79@gmail.com or leave a comment below.

One suggestion I have had is to set up a group on Goodreads for this group and I am looking into that at this time.  It would start as public group so everyone could join and then after the first month would become a restricted group.  I would love to hear your thoughts on this suggestion.

Until next month

100+ Reading Challenge - August


105. In Malice Quite Close Brandi Lynn Ryder
106. Bitter Harvest Sheila Connolly
107. Bonded in Brazil  Rhiannon Ellis
108. After The Party Lisa Jewell
109. Flat-Out Love Jessica Park
110. A Killer Column Casey Mayes
111. Escape Barabara Delinsky
112. Kill Me If You Can James Patterson
& Marshall Karp
113. Chasing Lilacs Carla Stewart
114. Tempest in the Tea Leaves Kari Lee Townsend
115. MICE Gordon Reece
116. Does A Bear Sh*t In The Woods Caroline Taggert
117. Thread Reckoning Amanda Lee
118. Hero at Large Janet Evanovich
119. Blood Memory Margaret Coel
** The Snowman's Revenge Mark Smythe
120. The Perfect Suspect Margaret Coel
121. Mind Over Murder Allison Kingsley
122. To Catch A Leaf Kate Collins
123, The Diva Haunts The House Krista Davis
124. 1022 Evergreen Place Debbie Macomber

**Children's Book

20 books!!! A personal best!!

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Bonded In Brazil Giveaway Winner!!

Ali F. (Texas)

You have won my gently read review copy of

Winner was chosen by Random.org

Thank you to everyone who entered!
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Random Thoughts & Giveaways

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COZY WEDNESDAY - Mind Over Murder by Allison Kingsley

There are no authors visiting this week so that I can tell you 
about two new cozies coming out next week!

Cover Illustration
by Griesbach/Martucci
Cover Design
by George Long
Berkley Prime Crime Mystery
Published by The Penguin Group

A Raven's Nest Bookstore Mystery
A Brand New Series
Release Date: September 6, 2011
ISBN-13: 978-0425243770

Set in Finn's Harbor, Maine, Stephanie Quinn Dowd owns The Raven's Nest Bookstore.  Her cousin, Clara Quinn, has returned to Finn's Harbor unexpectedly without much of a plan.  Stephanie has convinced Clara to help her out at the bookstore until she finds another job.

These cousins have always been close but it is not just being family or friendship that keeps them together.  It is what Clara calls the family curse.  Clara has "Quinn Sense".  Little voices in her head that make observations, enable Clara to read other people's thoughts and even see into the future.  Clara has spent her life shutting out the voices and willing her "Quinn Sense" to go away.  It is the very reason she left Finn's Harbor in the first place.  She thought the further she got away the less effective the family curse would be.  Stephanie wishes she had the gift and Clara wishes she didn't.

Raven's Nest Bookstore is located downtown among a variety of shops and stores.  Right next door is Ana Jordan's stationary store. She is extremely upset with Stephanie because she carries books dealing with the occult in her store.  Ana believes Stephanie is corrupting the youth of the town with those books and she has let everyone in the town know of her outrage.  Stephanie's employee Molly ends up having a very public argument with Ana on the subject. 

The next day Ana is found dead in the bookstore storeroom.  She has taken a fatal blow from a bust of Edgar Allan Poe made by Molly.  All the evidence seems to point to Molly as the killer, but Stephanie knows it can't be true.  She begs Clara to use her "Quinn Sense" to track down the real culprit.

My Thoughts:
Allison Kingsley is another pseudonym of a very well know author. Dorren Roberts Hight also writes as Kate Kingsbury and Rebecca Kent. This is her first contemporary mystery series. Mind Over Murder is a fine debut to this series.

I am not usually a fan paranormal but have been reading a few mild ones lately like this one and I am really enjoying them. I don't have a problem with visions or friendly ghosts or "Quinn Sense" but still not a fan or the undead, vampires or werewolves.

"Quinn Sense" is very subtle, helping Clara piece together the clues and make observations clearly. I enjoy the process of Clara learning about her gift.  I am sure it she will continue learning in future editions.  

The dialogue between the characters is very real and at points quite humorous.  Stephanie's high expectations of Clara's gift kept me laughing as if Clara could just will the murderer to come forward.  It is also set in a small town where everyone knows or thinks they know everyone's business and in Finn's Harbor this turns out to be a good thing as even the best laid plans can go awry.   

I would say the author's first contemporary mystery is destined to be a huge success as will others in this series!

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Berkley Prime Crime. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 

COZY WEDNESDAY - Thread Reckoning by Amanda Lee

Cozy Wednesday continues....

This cover is amazing!!!
Obsidian Mystery
Published by New American Library
A Division of The Penguin Group

An Embroidery Mystery
3rd book in the Series
ISBN-13: 978-0451234551 

It's February in Tallulah Falls, Oregon and love is in the air especially at Seven Year Stitch, Marcy Singer's embroidery shoppe. A bride who is getting married in less than two weeks on Valentine's Day brings in a vintage wedding gown she would like embellished for her big day.  The groom's mother provides the jewels to be embroidered on the dress.  Marcy is very excited and can't wait to get started on the dress.  The bride gives approval to one of Marcy's designs and Marcy goes right to work.

The next morning the groom's mother is found stabbed to death in front of Marcy's store.  She looked to be bringing Marcy more jewels as a small velvet bag was found near her body.  Both the couple and Marcy were under the assumption that the jewels were fake but the police have the jewels Marcy had examined and find out that they are real and some are missing.  This makes Marcy the prime suspect. She is going to do everything she can to find the real jewel thief and not get herself stitched up in the process.

My Thoughts
I was loving this book until the last couple of chapters.  I adore these characters completely, the setting is perfect and the mystery was sharp and perfectly paced, then it felt like the author lost the needle and had to hurry and wrap the story up as fast as possible. 

The bride Cassandra was a true "Bridezilla", even with her fiance's mother dying in such a horrible fashion was not going to steal her spotlight on her wedding day.  Postpone the wedding, no way.  You really feel the groom's pain not only dealing with is mother's death but going through it alone because his bride is so selfish. 

I love this author and her books.  I just felt tangled or unraveled at the ending.  The epilogue ties together the loose threads but the leaves Marcy's future up in the air.  I hope this is not the end of this series, it is one I really do enjoy. I hope we see a lot more Marcy and Tallulah Falls soon!!!

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Obsidian. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”