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Lie Down in Green Pastures by Debbie Viguié

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Lie Down in Green Pastures by Debbie Viguié
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Well, this series just keeps getting better and better. It's turning out to be a bit more dangerous than the first two cozies. The relationships going on indeed is still cosy but the crimes got very intense this time. Cindy and Jeremiah have separate adventures though they end up being tied together into one case. So far the Rabbi's past as part of the Israeli army has been hinted at but this book finally brings his military training to the front and centre as he traipses through the wilderness with 14 teens while they are being hunted by professional assassins. Quite the page turner! For the first time in the series, this book ends with the set-up for the next book and it sounds like it will be a doozie!



This House of Grief by Helen Garner

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This House of Grief by Helen Garner

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Very well written presentation of an Australian murder case. Robert Farquharson was charged with the triple murder of his children, driving them all into a dam where they drowned and he escaped. Helen Garner follows the crime through the court trial which she attended every day. She enlightens us to some personalities and she talks to people during break and sometimes gathers her own thoughts as they occurred at the time. I'd never heard of this case before so I found it a thrilling ride not knowing how it would end. It often reads as quickly as a novel and I was hooked by the opening scenes, as good as any fiction.



Skeleton Crew by Stephen King

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Skeleton Crew by Stephen King

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


A collection of stories that starts with the novella "The Mist." There are a couple of fantastic stories with the rest being good. I didn't enjoy the inclusion of two poems, but overall the ratings averaged out to a solid four. This is King's second short story collection, but I enjoyed his first, "Night Shift", the best.

1.The Mist -I reviewed this where it originally appeared in the anthology "Dark Forces". See my review there. (5/5)

2. Here There Be Tygers - Short and strange. There is a tiger in the boy's bathroom. Interesting but has no point. (2/5)

3. The Monkey - Great! Loved this! Typical King. Two brothers find an evil toy, it causes death and the narrator gets rid of it. Twenty years later his son finds it and he tries to get rid of it for good before anyone else dies. (5/5)

4. Cain Rose Up - Short little story where we are inside the mind of a college kid who decides to go sniper…

I See You by Clare Mackintosh

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I See You by Clare Mackintosh

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


The first half of this book was slow for me, not because it wasn't interesting but rather I found it meandered along. The story always kept me reading but the pace didn't pick up until over halfway through. By then I was hooked and was taken for a ride during the intense climax and the twist ending was a surprise. I was totally shocked with who the villain ended up being, someone not even on my radar. I'll gladly read her first book.



Five Chimneys: The Story of Auschwitz by Olga Lengyel

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Five Chimneys: The Story of Auschwitz by Olga Lengyel
My rating: 5 of 5 stars


What makes this book so interesting for the modern reader is that it was written in 1959. The events were still so fresh and raw in the author's mind that it is a still current event which places the reader so close to the time as opposed to a modern book that looks back in history. A very straightforward telling of concentration camp life from a survivor who holds nothing back. It's awkward to call a book like this "good" since the material is so horrible. However, it is a chilling and stomach-churning must read.


Labyrinth by Yoshinori Shimizu

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Labyrinth by Yoshinori Shimizu
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


A perplexing tale that kept me riveted throughout. Any synopses would fail to completely describe this philosophical novel starting with an anonymous narrator with amnesia. The narrator (and we) are presented with a series of letters, news articles, interviews and police files which all relate in some way to a recent grisly murder of a woman killed by her stalker. I really enjoyed this!


Current ARC List for 2017

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This is my updated ARC list for 2017. I did fantastic last year in keeping up with all incoming arcs. I accomplished my goals and feel like I'm on top of things and have a decent sized list now. This year I'm going to keep up to date on my incoming 2017 arcs, finish off the few left over from 2016 and get down to work finishing off the 2013 backlist.










2013
1. Buried Prey by John Sandford
2. The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher
3. Far Far Away by Tom MacNeal
4. Vortex by S.J. Kincaid
5. The Color of Rain by Cori McCarthy
6. The Tilted World by Tom Franklin &
7. These Fragile Things by Jane Davis
8. Someone Else's Love Story by Joshilyn Jackson
9. Songs of the Willow Frost by Jamie Ford
10. The Magical Fruit by Jo Nesbo
11. The Tree of Story by Thomas Wharton
12. The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg
13. Wise Acres by Dale E. Basye

2014
14. Red Rising by Pierce Brown
15. Benjamin West and His Cat Grimalkin by Marguerite Henry
16. The Belief in Angels by J. Dylan Yates
17.…

TV/Movies watched in 2017

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This is a running list for the year. The list will include the movie and indicate whether it is a re-watch otherwise, it can be assumed it was my first time watched. I mainly watch TV series though and am addicted to Season binging.

Title (the year)(rewatch?)(stars)(5/5)

No rules here just a list with a bit of extra information. I will also probably note who I watched it with.

January: 14

1. The FBI Files Season 1 (1998) - Discovery crime documentary - I've seen lots of random episodes but never the whole thing before.

2. Pete Burns: The Last Interview (2016) - A one-hour UK TV documentary by BBC or similar.

3. Inspector Morse Series 5 (1991) - 5 one-hour episodes - UK crime drama by ITV - I've seen every episode of this mostly more than once but never all in order before.

4. Hoarders Season 2 (2009) - Reality show by A&E.

5. Criminal Minds Season 6 (2010) - CBS crime drama. A really annoying season seeing two cast members go and a new one added. I hate this new girl! She …