Sunday, June 16, 2019

Strangers in the Storm: Love and Survival on Mount Rainier by Jared Rund & Diane McKenney

They are hiking Mt. Rainier.  Just the notion sends chills down my spine.  Washington weather changes constantly and the mountain is tall enough it makes some of its own weather.  They pick what they think is a good day and a group of them head out.  They go at night so the glaciers will be frozen and easier to walk on.  As they go, several members of the party turn back. 

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One climber's new wife doesn't want to go on, so they return to camp.  One man is sick, so he heads back to camp.  Another is to worn to continue, so he he goes back.  Before long, it's just Jared and Diane but they intend to climb to the summit.  Then it begins to snow...

They make the summit but they lose the trail.  This is a story of survival against all the odds.  Especially since they can see no markers for the trail.  It's a whiteout and they're traveling without a guide.  They left their cellphones in camp so they had a light load.  They only have one sleeping bag and no real food, just a few snacks.  He can't remember her name.  Trying to get down is a real chore.  They think they see people but when they get there, they are big rocks.  It's hard to remain positive when you experience so much failure.

They have to go across numerous crevices.  It's a good thing they have the right equipment and Jared was an experienced mountain climber.

This book will hold your attention until the end.  It was a good read that's filled with danger.  If you're not familiar with Mt. Rainier, here is the Wikipedia info on it with several pictures:  click HERE.

It does have a happy ending.

The Liar in the Library by Simon Brett

A best selling author has come to talk about his book at the local library.  He thinks all women desire him and they don't.  He still tries to persuade them by touching and being familiar but he has no success.  He gets in an argument with one man and shuts another man down during the questions after his talk was over.  He's leaving at the same time as Jude so he offers her a ride home since it's raining.  She says OK but then he misbehaves in the car and she gets and walks home.  The next day he's found dead in the car in the parking lot and Jude becomes a suspect.

Black Thorn and Net Galley let me read this book for review (thank you).  It is being published today.

This author always writes good mysteries.  This is another that was a treat to read.

His ex-wife tells the cops that Jude had an affair with the dead man and that was what ended their marriage.  It's not true but the cops aren't sure they believe her.  He was allergic to walnuts and that's what killed him.  The problem is that he didn't eat anything at the library, he just had a glass of wine.  Was that poisoned with walnuts?  The bottle was dropped and broke so no one else could drink any.  How did he encounter the walnuts?

Jude finds herself becoming a high suspect on the list so she starts her own search for the killer.  That ends up getting her a talk from the police about compromising witnesses.  So she asks her next door neighbor to take over.   They'd worked on other cases together.  They also find the answer before the cops do.  The motive for the killing is unusual.

Give Mr. Brett a try, you might be surprised.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

The Ghost Clause by Howard Norman

They fell in love with the house and purchased it.  The woman selling it was a widow.  In that state old houses had a special clause in the contract that if a ghost bothered them, the seller would have to buy it back.  They just thought it was funny.  After all, the owner knew of no ghosts.  So they married and moved in.

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What no one knows is that Simon, the dead husband, still lives there in ghost form.He watches the young couple and their cat, reads books in their library, and sets their burglar alarm off.  He figures he won't be there for forever but he's enjoying this time he's been granted.

The burglar alarm company is losing patience with them, they've got normal marital adjustments to make, and the previous owner visits quite often.  Her husband enjoys those visits.

The kids eventually realize Simon is there but they don't fear him.  

This is really a tale of two marriages.  It's almost mundane but the ghost adds flavor.  The ending was surprising but appropriate.  It's a nice, easy read. 

Friday, June 14, 2019

No Ocean Too Wide by Carrie Turansky

They are a close family working together to survive.  Their father died from injuries in a railroad accident so their mother works at sewing,  The oldest daughter has gone to be a lady's maid.  The twins have separate duties.  The boy works for the butcher, the girl takes care of the household and the youngest daughter.  When their mother gets very ill and must go the hospital, they almost despair.  They don't have money for the rent, there's no food in the apartment, and now there will be a hospital bill.  But it gets worse...

Multnomah and Edelweiss let me read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published June 25th.

When Garth tries to steal a loaf of bread to feed his family, he's caught.  When the policeman brings him home and finds out there is no adult in the household, he takes them all to an orphanage.  The girls go in one and the boy in another.  They worry about their mother and Kati frets because Garth has been separated from them.  They try to explain why they are there but the matron doesn't listen.

Laura comes to see her mother and finds the children gone.  After spending some time with her mother, she goes to the children's home to visit with them and get them back home.  The matron tells her she'll have to pay for the meals they've eaten, the clothing they gave them and bed rent.  She doesn't have the money.  But she does know a young attorney who may help.  Unfortunately he's not in and the young man who is is lustful.  She manages to get away but now she's on her own.

When she finds out her family had been sent to Canada, she applies for a job at the home, using a false name.  She gets sent to Canada on the next trip and she tries to find her siblings.  Her lawyer friend came over on the same boat, so he and his partner are willing to help.  

The ending is both happy and sad.  The good news is there will be another book in this series and that one should have a happy ending. 

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Adopting a Dinosaur by José Carlos Andrés, Ana Sanfelippo

She really, really wants a pet.  She goes through a whole list of them but her parents say no...

NubeOcho and Edelweiss gave me the opportunity to read this book for review(thank you).  It will be published June 25th.

She finds a big egg and sneaks it home.  It's great fun to watch her try to hide it!  Then the egg hatches and she has a baby dinosaur.

Then she goes out and asks her parents if she could have a baby dinosaur for a pet.  They think that's hysterically funny and when they quit laughing, they tell her yes thinking she will never find one.  Does she have a surprise for them!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

The Tell Tail Heart by Cate Conte

Maddie is remodeling her grandfather's house into a bigger cafe during the winter months.  She has cats in the cafe and the customers often end up adopting them.  She gets them from the animal rescue group.  Right now she has a very quiet customer who sits in the cafe, orders coffee and a pastry and then writes.  He also pets the cat on his lap.  She lets him do his writing.  Then her sister comes in and tells her he's an author of some renown.  While Maddie is taking that in a lady comes in and the first thing she does is try to claim her cat.  She says it's hers, but she doesn't live on the island and Maddie is not going to give him up.  She asks the lady to leave...

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When she goes to visit her sister at the Yacht Club, she's stopped by the police.  She can't go there because they've found a man in the water.   They won't tell her if he's alive or dead.  When he's identified it turns out to be the writer that used her cafe and he was murdered.  She starts snooping about.  Her grandfather is a retired police chief, so he gets in on the action but he tells her nothing except to stay out of it.

The ex-wife the writer was divorcing shows up for his belongings, the writer he had done some books with showed up looking for his manuscript, and the crazy cat lady knew him, too.  Who would have murdered him?  Some of the town members have secrets, too.

This was a good cozy mystery with a few cats and a romance thrown in.  I enjoyed the read.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim

Natalie Tan is finally going home.  Her mother died unexpectedly and she has to pick up the pieces.  She finds she has inherited her grandmother's restaurant as well as her mother's apartment above it.  She left home because she wanted to take cooking classes and her mother wanted her to go to college.  Now she has an opportunity to open a restaurant and she's going to do it.  But the whole street is gray and lifeless.  Where did the customers go?  Why are the businesses failing?

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She visits with the shop owners and listens to their tales of woe.  Then she's given her grandmother's cookbook.  Not only does it have good recipes, it has suggestions for what it will fix.  Eat one dish and develop courage.  Eat another and renew love in a relationship.  She starts feeding the neighbors.  It works for a while but then one falls and breaks his leg, the couple starts arguing again and it looks like it was all for naught. There is a very aggressive realtor trying to talk them into selling.

Natalie also finds a new love interest.  She's still trying to hold the neighborhood together.  And then her restaurant catches fire and burns...

She talks about walking away from the mess and her boyfriend knows that will mean leaving him, so he goes.  You will be amazed about who steps in to help.  Now can she get her love back?

I enjoyed the read.  It has history, romance, and some crotchety old people in it.  What more could you want?