|Yesterday dad and I played 18 holes of golf with Paul and
his dad, Jay, one last time before his dad flies back home this week to Okalahoma.
We played the course about ten minutes from my house since Wilshire, our
regular course, had a full course tournament going. It is a much longer
course but dad and Jay held up pretty well. It was warm in the morning
heading toward hot by the time we finished around noon.
Dad and I stopped at a little Italian place for lunch before dropping
me off back home. I took the dogs out for a quick playtime then gave them
their quarterly baths or showers. While they both aren't real fond of
getting in the shower they both acted very well once in there. After I
bathed them I bathed myself. I spent the remainder of the afternoon and
evening reading and relaxing.
Saturday and Sunday I read A Dime a Dozen by Mindy
Starns Clark, book three in her Million Dollar Mystery series starring
Callie Webster. In this book Callie is solving the murder of a migrant
worker in the small town of Greenbrier located in the Smoky Mountains of
North Carolina. Somehow, when Clark's second book came out, Don't Take
Any Wooden Nickels, I got on her publisher's mailing list to send out
copies to. I also have the fourth book in the series, A Quarter for a
Kiss. As a general rule I do not read the genre known as Christian
fiction. However, I felt compelled to read the first one and send a review
in to the publisher per their request in the cover letter.
Clark does a wonderful job writing and I fell in love with the
nature/outdoors character Callie. I sort of skim through the biblical/religious
references much the same way I do when reviewing a hard boiled mystery
that has parts I don't care to read. Callie, a young widow and former
lawyer, is now a PI and works for a large non-profit organization that
gives money away to non-profit groups to start up or continue their work.
Callie goes in to investigate the organization to make sure they are on
the up and up financially, etc. She also goes back and does follow-up work
to see if the groups are continuing to follow non-profit rules. In the
very beginning of Dime a Dozen, she is in San Francisco busting a
husband and wife you are stealing food from a local food bank for
themselves. She then moves on to NC. Her main goal is to check out a group
who provides assistance to migrant workers who come to NC each year to
work the apple crops. When she arrives one of the husband of the workers
has been missing since November, the end of the picking season. The wife
has refused to leave to go back to Texas until she finds her husband. When
he turns up dead Callie helps to investigate the murder which turns out to
have ties back to the organization she is auditing.
A sub-plot to the story is Tom, the man behind the scenes of the
organization Callie works for. He is rich, has a secret job know one knows
about, and has never been seen by the organization itself. In the second
book, Callie and Tom have only talked by telephone but are developing an
attraction toward one another. When Callie is injured in the second book
investigating a murder he flies from Singapore, where he has been working
on a business deal, to see her for twelve hours. No one in the
organization this has taken place. Now, in the third book they are getting
reading to meet up again in the states. He is flying back to the states
from Singapore. As Callie closes out her work with the non-profit group
and the murder investigation she eagerly awaits her second meeting with
Tom. I highly recommend this series. I think she has a fifth one coming in
the next couple of months.
I came home this afternoon early to get the lawn mowed and
edged just in case we had another round of afternoon/evening
thunderstorms. Yesterday, just about the time I finished up giving the
dogs their baths we had one roll through then another later in the
evening. The temperatures have been steamy for May, high 80's and low
90's, more like August weather.
|I am now reading the new John Dunning, Bookman's Promise.
Bob and I both could hardly wait until this third installment in his Cliff
Janeway series arrived. For me, Dunning ranks very high as one of the best
mystery writers I enjoy reading. His character, an antique book dealer,
has his hands full in this installment. Janeway purchases a signed first
edition of a Richard Burton, explorer not actor, which he later discovers
is part of a rare collection of books by Burton once owned by Josephine
Janeway makes a death bed promise to Josephine Gallant, whose father
sold the books to a cheap dealer in the late 1920's. Gallant brings
Janeway one book from the collection found among her mother's possessions
and kept hidden away by Josephine some 60 years. Both books have an
inscription to Josephine's grandfather, Charlie Warren. Josephine believes
Burton and Warren traveled the country together just prior to the start of
the Civil War. As Janeway attempts to track down the missing collection
there will, of course, be murder along the way, danger to himself, and
those around him.
Hopefully Dunning will not wait ten years before he publishes the next
book in the series.
As Bob mentioned, we have a long weekend coming up. Posts
may be sporadic at best since we both plan to take some time off.