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Book Review-Threads of Suspicion

16 May


A Summary: Threads of Suspicion by Dee Henderson is the second book in the Evie Blackwell Cold Case series.  It continues the saga of Evie Blackwell, a detective assigned to the governor’s Missing Persons Task Force.  In this book, the task force has been officially launched and Evie and her team are attacking cold case missing person cases county by county.  Evie and her new partner, David Marshal are searching for a missing college student and a missing private investigator.  As they delve into the lives of their missing persons, the cases begin to intertwine-not only between each case, but within their personal lives as well.  Will they be able to resolve their cases and bring peace to the victim’s families, or will danger hit a little too close to home?
My Thoughts:  I will first say that Dee Henderson is my all-time favorite author.  I think she is a wonderful writer, and I own most of her books.  Unfortunately, I feel like her books have gotten darker over time, and I guess missing persons just isn’t my thing?  I will say this book isn’t as dark as the first one, but I just prefer her earlier works.
You know what I think it is?  These books focus a lot on getting justice for those already dead, or presumed dead.  While I like the mystery part of it, a lot of the hope is gone from this type of story because most of the time the victims are no longer alive.  I prefer a mystery where it is more-someone is out to get someone and you are trying to figure out who it is before something bad happens, etc. and Dee’s earlier books are more like that.  If this doesn’t bother you however, I will say this book is definitely interesting-with plenty of twists and turns, and a great mystery-typical of Dee’s style.  And, you don’t really have to read the first book in order to follow this book either.  It is definitely a good value as well-being over 400 pages!
So, that’s my take, and as always, I thank Bethany House for providing a free copy of this book for my unbiased review.  Thank you!

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Book Review-Behind The Scenes

2 May

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The Plot:  Behind the Scenes by Jen Turano takes place in the late 1800s in New York City.  The story follows a lady, Miss Permilia Griswold, who has found herself on the fringes of high-society-from a wealthy family, but not quite accepted in the popular circles.

With little to do at the functions her stepmother insists she attends, she accepts a job writing a newspaper gossip column under an alias.  From her unique position, she is able to find out interesting tidbits to share with her readers, but is careful not to expose her true identity for fear of ostracizing herself further, or disgracing her family.

When the biggest party of the year occurs at the Vanderbilt mansion, Permilia can’t wait to record all of the outlandish costumes for her column-until she accidentally overhears a murder plot against local businessman Mr. Asher Rutherford.

Unable to convince Mr. Rutherford of the true danger he faces, it’s up to her to find a way to protect him, and discover the culprit.

Will Asher learn she is telling the truth, and will she be able to keep him alive until he does?  And, who would want to kill a department store owner anyway?

My Thoughts:  I really enjoyed this book.  There are plenty of interesting twists and turns, good humor, and a great underlying theme of trusting God-no matter where the path may lead.

This is the first book I have read by the author, Jen Turano, and I found it to be very well-written and engaging, and enjoyable enough to have already placed holds on more of her books from the library.  I always enjoy discovering a new author to read!  🙂

If you enjoy a bit of a mystery, scenes set in the 1800s, with a nice romance thrown in, you will probably enjoy this book.  I definitely recommend it!

As always, I thank Bethany House for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review.

 

Card Monday-Easter Cards

24 Apr

My goodness-time has really been getting away from me!  Seems that always happens this time of year as we finish up homeschooling, public school, and I order and prep materials for the next homeschool year.  Whew!
Anyway, I am just now sharing the fun Easter cards I made for the kiddos.  I decided to make some fun mini shaker cards, and my goodness did it take me FOREVER to figure out how to make them work!
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I used the Lawn Fawn How You Bean stamp set and add-on, and definitely learned through trial and error on these.
First, the edges are so thin, foam tape really was just too finicky for me.  Then, I remembered (after fiddling for quite a while) that I purchased some extra thick foam for just this purpose!
After die cutting the frame out of foam, I found that worked SO much better, but unfortunately my redline tape was delayed for almost a month by Amazon, so I was forced to use my regular adhesive, which just wasn’t the best choice as pieces tended to stick in between the layers.
Also, I die cut some of the jelly beans out of paper, and they didn’t shake well AT ALL.  I only put them in the pink one, and skipped them for the rest.  The sequins worked much better.
After the cards were finally all assembled, I stamped a sentiment on the inside of each mini card using a combination of How You Bean and Happy, Happy, Happy.
I ended up making everything work, but one can only hope I will have an easier time of it if I attempt something similar in the future!
Supplies: Dies and Stamps: Lawn Fawn; Markers: Sharpies, Spectrum Noir; Sequins: Darice, Studio Calico; Page Protector: Project Life by Becky Higgins; Other: Wink of Stella