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I have loved to read since I was little. I would borrow many books from the library and still borrow to this day, but I also purchase books (mostly for my kids) and freebies on Kindle. I read as much as I can daily. Sometimes I read several books at one time. I don't have a preference of paper book over an ebook, I just love to read. Keeping lists of what I have read is a good way for me to remember. 

Currently reading

The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle
Stuart Turton
Mardi Gras Murder: A Cajun Country Mystery
Ellen Byron
Churchill's Secret Agent: A Novel Based on a True Story
Linda Ciampoli, Max Ciampoli
Twelve Drummers Drumming: A Father Christmas Mystery Paperback October 30, 2012
C.C. Benison
Girl Missing
Tess Gerritsen
All Fudged Up
Nancy CoCo
We'll Always Have Parrots
Donna Andrews

Murder, She Wrote: Dying to Retire

Dying to Retire - Jessica Fletcher, Donald Bain

#21 Murder, She Wrote


Jessica, Seth, Mort and his wife all go to Florida to attend the funeral of a friend who had moved there and died suddenly on the beach. When they get there, they find out that she had died under mysterious circumstances. As they go around, they find out many things that are not right and Jessica is paying closer attention, so are the others after she is injured in an attack on her. 


The story is still just a reminisce down memory lane when I would watch the show with my mom. 

Upstairs at the White House

Upstairs at the White House: My Life with the First Ladies - J.B. West

 A Librarian Friend listened to the audio version of this book and raved about it. I do enjoy hearing about things from the background of the White House and so was interested to know about the women behind the men in power. These women were fascinating. I also recommend the book. 

Buried in Books

Buried in Books - Kate Carlisle

#12 Bibliophile Mystery


Brooklyn is getting married to Derek and their wedding is just days away. She has almost everything finished and had agreed to work a book show in San Francisco. As the family starts to arrive for the big day, she is busy taking book people around her town and teaching classes. She also runs into her old friends from college, the two women who helped them become the Three Musketeers. They had not been together since the time one had stolen a boyfriend from the other. When they come together at her surprise bridal shower she is shocked and happy. Shocked because they all still have issues, happy because she is seeing her old friends again. The next day, she goes looking for one friend and finds her dead under a pallet of books. She then helps Inspector Lee find out who had murdered her friend because it involves books. 


I enjoy these stories and have been jumping around on the reading of this series and it has not affected my following of the story. 

The Cracked Spine

The Cracked Spine - Paige Shelton

#1 Scottish Bookshop Mystery


Delaney Nichols was let go of her job and she started job hunting and ended up getting hired in Scotland. This seems like her dream job and she moves to Scotland. When she gets there she meets a very nice man who is her cab driver and becomes her landlord, along with his wife. She meets her co-workers and her boss. Just as they start to work tragedy strikes and her boss's sister is found murdered. While the police look to find out who did it, so does Delaney. 


The story was very interesting and I did tend to listen to it more while I was driving with the girls and then got hooked and just had to finish the story. 


Collected Poems of Robert Frost

The Collected Poems, Complete and Unabridged - Robert Frost

This was another that we opened on Easter to help my nephew with a school project. The poems brought back memories of reading them over a summer when I was in high school. 

Poems by Walt Whitman

Poems by Walt Whitman - Walt Whitman

I started this on Easter when discussing poetry with my nephew. He had to find and write about a poem. So we went looking through the poems of Walt Whitman and Robert Frost to see what we could find that he would like and that he would enjoy writing about. Since he lives in Maryland and we live in Ohio, I don't which he chose or the grade, but I did end up going through the poems on my own when I had time. 

The Rogue Lawyer

Rogue Lawyer - John Grisham

#1 Rogue Lawyer


This book is a series of stories following the life and career of a defense attorney and the clients that he takes because someone has to defend them. Some are assigned by a judge and some seek him out to keep them from going to jail. The stories were interesting and I did enjoy this book. 

The Pharmacist of Auschwitz

The Pharmacist of Auschwitz - Patricia Posner

This book looks at the life and crimes of a pharmacist that worked at Auschwitz. How he used to get along with the Jews in his area and then helped to exterminate them. He was even married to a woman with Jewish blood and she and their children should have been sent to the camps, but he hid this information and put himself forward as a good German who was living in another country. He used this to go up ranks in the German SS and then when the war was over, he hid his work so that he could go on living as he wanted to live. The story was horrible and sad, but one that needed to be told. 

Lowcountry Bonfire

Lowcountry Bonfire - Susan M. Boyer

#6 Liz Talbot Mysteries


Liz and her husband become involved in the murder case of Zeke when his body is found in the trunk of his car when the fire department breaks it open to douse the fire his wife started. They don't believe she murdered him and they are correct when they find out he was poisoned with strychnine. They help her brother, Blake, in the investigation as the mayor had signed them to help with certain cases. They learn about their neighbors and the true life of Zeke - a former CIA agent. So the tall tales of his may just have been completely true, rather than fabricated as most believed. Just as they think they have the case solved, they are attacked while running. This motivates them to find the real person behind the murder and the attacks. 


This story had moments where it just seemed things slowed down and sections that could do with a good visit from the Reader's Digest Book Crew. On the whole, I did enjoy the story. 



Teatime with Mrs. Grammar Person

Teatime with Mrs. Grammar Person - Barbara Venkataraman

I got this book for free and thought I would read it when time allowed. I was contemplating using the book for grammar with the girls. They seem to struggle with some concepts. I learned some things as well and enjoyed the book. It will be used this year, along with other things I found. 

Mission to Murder

Mission to Murder - Lynn Cahoon

#2 A Tourist Trap Mystery


Jill's petition to have the wall in her back yard labeled a historical landmark is denied and the mayor has started working to try and get her property again. As she works to find out the truth the man who was helping the mayor in his dirty work is found murdered soon after she had fought with him. She is accused of murdering him by the small town and is said to be left free because she is the girlfriend of the sheriff. She starts to learn many things about her small town as she works to find out the truth. 


The story is still good and enjoyable. I am looking forward to some of the other stories in the series. 

Pies and Prejudice

Pies and Prejudice - Ellery Adams

Book 1 - Charmed Pie Shoppe


Ella Mae has just moved back to her childhood home of Havenwood, GA after catching her husband cheating with two very young women! While she is there, her mother and aunts convince her to open a Pie Shoppe. They end up in a bidding war with the local vet who is engaged to Ella Mae's bully from high school. They win the war and get the building and she opens her shop, but the vet ends up dead and she is suspect number one. When another person dies in her shop things start to heat up. She feels the need to find out who would murder these people and set her up. 


I did enjoy this story and will be reading a few others to see if it holds up. 

The Man Who Broke into Auschwitz

The Man Who Broke Into Auschwitz - Denis Avey

The author wrote about his time in prison camps, following his capture in Africa. He talks about escaping and being caught again and then sent to a different camp. He is finally sent to a camp near Auschwitz, where he sees the Jewish prisoners. He and other POWs would try to help the Jews, without the SS seeing them. In fact, he would work out a plan where he and a Jew would trade places so that he could try and get as much information as possible. He wanted to make the German captors pay for the brutality that the POWs and the Jews were forced to endure. When he was free, he was happy to find Ernie. A Jewish prisoner who lived to get to the USA. The story was interesting, heartbreaking and should be read. An eyewitness to history. 

The Lies that Bind

The Lies That Bind - Kate Carlisle

#3 Bibliophile Mystery


I was not able to get this book as an audiobook so it took longer to read. I have been reading these stories out of order, but this is where Derek becomes a regular in the story, moving to San Francisco. He is there to protect a man who was fooling around with a woman who was seeing a diplomat's son. While all this is going on, Brooklyn is teaching a class at BABA. Minka is also hired to teach a class, but she has a great deal of animosity towards Brooklyn, but the night that this is announced, she is found severely injured. The next night, the person in charge of BABA is found murdered. While in her hometown, Gabriel is attacked. She feels the need to find out who is behind all this death. 


I really do enjoy these stories. It helps that they can be read out of order.  

Auschwitz Lullaby

Auschwitz Lullaby - Mario Escobar

I read this for two reasons - 1. I wanted to and 2 it fit a Bingo slot for the Adult Book Bingo. 


This book was well written and heartbreaking all at the same time. The author follows a German woman who followed her family to the camps and was given options all the way to leave her family and live to have another family. She never once faltered. She was allowed to create a school for the children so that they were closer to Mengele who used them for experiments. 

Murder She Wrote: A Vote For Murder

A Vote for Murder - Jessica Fletcher, Donald Bain

#22 Murder She Wrote


Jessica has been brought to Washington, DC to celebrate Literacy programs. While she is the guest of her friend, Pat, and her Senator husband a young woman is murdered. She is encouraged by the Senator's Staff to let them handle all the reporters, etc and she needs to be supportive of Pat, but when Jessica starts looking at the woman's murder, she is treated differently. 


I really do enjoy these stories.