It’s Friday! What are you reading?

It is Friday. And what a week it has been. We have had the plague, tornado warnings, winter storms, and spring storms. It’s been insane. I don’t know how it is where you are, but you can let me know.

There is so much uncertainty surrounding our health and what is or is not open. Our company laid off half of the staff. They can all get unemployment right away. Then this morning one of the housekeepers CAME TO WORK to tell us she had been at the clinic yesterday on another matter and may have come into contact with someone who tested positive.  People, DO NOT DO THIS! Last I heard they are waiting for the clinic to get back to them. Luckily OU Boy did not have any contact with her and when he heard she was there, he locked his door! LOL. But really, don’t do that.

The library is closed, there is no toilet paper or alcohol-based sanitizers. One of our favorite restaurants, Whiskey Cake Cafe’, put this on IG.

I called them right then and placed an order. We drove over and picked up our stash. Everything they cook is locally sourced so we know where this stuff comes from. We received a gallon of whole milk, 2 sirloin steaks, 2 whole, seasoned chickens, 6 hamburger patties, a dozen oranges, 2 dozen eggs and 2 rolls of TP. What a brilliant idea. They can keep their vendors busy while helping us all out.

I went into stress baking mode.

I made Orange Cranberry Muffins, Banana Muffins, Espresso Brownies, Vanilla Cupcakes with Chocolate Ganache, Peanut Butter Protein Balls and Lemon Coconut Protein Balls. I roasted both chickens and separated the meat, then made stock with the bones and skin and dark meat.  I sent it all to work with OU Boy for those who had children at home.

I have cleaned house with alcohol, I made my own hand sanitizer with 2/3 cup of 91% rubbing alcohol and 1/3 cup of Aloe Gel, along with several drops of Tea Tree Oil. Boom! And if you are out of alcohol, I buy Everclear. It is like 98%.

My eye surgeon is closing her clinic today, but I still have to go have my pressure checked on Monday. Hopefully, I will be out of quarantine after that. Which is just for my own protection.

I feel like this isolation is right up my alley. I work from home. I hate crowds. I don’t like real people very much. And I love stuff delivered!

How are you all holding up? Especially all of you book bloggers? Is that TBR pile going down any? I am at 10 books on NetGalley!!!

Stay Well, and read a book.

xx P

She Has a Broken Thing Where Her Heart Should Be by J.D. Barker

She Has a Broken Thing Where Her Heart Should Be

Jack Thatch lost his parents when he was just a toddler in a horrific car accident that he still has nightmares about. Or are they memories? Stella has also lost her parents. David’s parents died as well. But why? And how are they all connected? It will scare the daylights out of you!

Since then he has lived with his Aunt Jo. Every year on the anniversary of their deaths Jo and Jack go to the cemetery and spend time with his parents. Jo is adamant about this. August 8th of every year. They read out loud what the tombstones say and then Jack wanders around.

It’s on one of these walkarounds that eight-year-old Jack meets eight-year-old Stella. Sitting on a bench wearing full-length gloves like an old woman going to the opera. Her chaperone ( and let’s use that term very loosely for now) doesn’t like Jack and makes it known. But something about Stella draws Jack in. And for years they meet up on August 8th in the cemetery to chat.

Jack is obsessed with Stella. Why only once a year and on that date? Who are all of the people surrounding her in the white coats and cars?

When his Aunt Jo dies early of cancer, Jack is left a very wealthy man with his elderly neighbor lady keeping track of him for the few months he has left until he turns 18.  But Jack is still trying to figure out what really happened to his parents and he knows Jo knew.

There were so many different things going on in this long book! Conspiracy Theories, kids with scary powers that gave me chills!

This is Barker at his best! Scaring the life out of me. I could not put it down once I started reading it. There’s Suspense, Mysteries, Mob Crime, FBI, and even Pharmaceutical Crimes!

My favorite thing was at the end when Barker said he needed a break from the darkness of the Monkey books so he wrote this one. I would love to spend one day in this man’s head! Bravo!

Full Five Star Review!

NetGalley/ March 31st, 2020 by Hampton Creek Press

 

 

 

Monday Rants and Revelations!

This is such a Monday! It’s been raining for days, the temperatures are having mood swings and that free HBO weekend was a joke! I mean come on, some of us have to stay home, I don’t want to see movies from the ’80’s I didn’t even like then!

Anxiety is at an all-time high every place you go. Yesterday morning we decided to go to Walgreen’s for some bleach before the church folks got out. Well, this has been an interesting thing to see, what people are stocking up on. The shampoo aisle was empty. Anything sanitizing was gone. I found one can of Lysol and the guy next to me was faster than I was. I did get a lot of Kleenex. And all the bleach. 2 bottles. Some of the stuff was just funny. Plenty of diapers and formula, but no water. I predict dog food will be next.

Saturday we split the list and went to Sprouts. In and out in no time with plenty of Almond Milk, fruits and vegetables. They were low on meat, but that was fine.

Since all of my meds go into my eye, things are pretty sterile in here. OU Boy coughs and he’s out. You know what wasn’t closed? The YMCA! We strolled in there and had the place to ourselves. Of course, we took our wipes and stuff as well, but I just called and they are open today as well. Of course, there are no youth programs right now so it’s just the die-hard work out folks. The old men in the racquetball court and that’s about it.

I read 4 books. We watched a lot of Prime and Netflix. I also found out from the ever-helpful Alexa, that Netflix and Chill means sex and a movie. So all those times I told y’all I was going to just Netflix and chill? It was a movie and a cold beverage. Seriously, how can I watch Pandemic and have sex??

Y’all stay safe, we have a few really good books coming out tomorrow so stay tuned.

xx P

 

Murder at Enderley Hall by Helena Dixon

Murder at Enderley Hall (A Miss Underhay Mystery #2)

A Miss Underhay Mystery #2

It’s the summer of 1933 and Kitty Underhay is still reeling from all of the things that happened at The Dolphin. Where her long-absent and a very criminal father has come and gone in a cloud of suspicion.

But the one good thing to come out of it all is finding out she has family! Hoping it may bring her more information on her mother, who went missing in 1916, Kitty happily accepts her cousin’s request to come to Enderley Hall and stay a bit. Get to know the aunt and uncle and maybe have a bit of fun.

Kitty and her maid, Alice, feel something is off the minute they enter the home. Everyone is twitchy and no one seems to know anything about her mother or the visit she paid them just before she disappeared.  Nanny Thoms remembers though and she gives Kitty just a snippet here and there before she is found at the bottom of the kitchen stairs.

Important papers are missing, people are being murdered and thank goodness Matt arrives to help investigate what is going on.

This is the second in the series and I enjoyed it just as much! Matt and Kitty are such strong characters and I can’t wait for more of their adventures!

NetGalley/ March 19th, 2020 by Bookoture

 

 

 

 

 

THE FINAL DECEPTION by HEATHER GRAHAM

The Final Deception

New York Confidential #5

How do you confront a threat that is hiding in plain sight? FBI agent Craig Frasier and psychologist Kieran Finnegan hunt an escaped serial killer in the latest explosive thriller in the New York Confidential series.

The gruesome murders confessed to by the killer called the Fireman have left their mark on Kieran and Craig.

Even locked away his name and his story are chilling. When Kieran is asked to consult with the man to see if he is insane or just plain evil, she is not prepared for the man she meets. 

But just days later there is another body. With the same MO and in a bizarre turn of events our serial killer escapes from prison and is now on the loose. While the body count rises, Craig and Kieran may be in the most danger as they chase an escaped killer and try to unravel a web of lies, greed and straight-up crazy!

Graham never fails to give us a good, twisty, thriller of a tale! This was like trying to untangle a Rubick’s Cube! So many threads to pull at and everyone had me thinking, “Oh, yeah, he did it. ” And every time I was wrong.

Well Done!

NetGalley/ March 31st, 2020 by MIRA

 

 

A Little Miscommunication goes a long way!

It’s been a minute since we talked. Here we are in March already and it was 80 degrees yesterday! As the usual Spring allergies kick in, the eyeball situation kicks up!

This June will be three years of eye surgeries and transplant issues. I still have 12 stitches in my left eye. I guess because it doesn’t look different from my other eye, people think it’s fine. One of those people would be me. I dropped the ball on being vigilant and yesterday was a wake up call!

I have checked in hundreds of times now. They know me. But yesterday there was a twist. The receptionist was wearing a black mask. She said she had four questions for me. The first: Have you had a fever in the last two weeks. Me: Yes. Her: You need to go to that room over there and wait for a doctor to come. Okay… I quickly sent OU Boy a text telling him about it. He called and I was a bit weepy and concerned. Little did I know then that this would become an event!

Dr. M came in and asked me what was up. I told him I was coming off of a two week Crohn’s flare and had run a low-grade fever. He cleared me but suggested they put me in the back so I didn’t get any cooties from out front.

Meanwhile, OU Boy is racing across town to the Dean Magee Eye Institute and losing his mind. All he and his GM saw was Crohn’s. They thought it was Corona and apparently when he rushed in to say in a loud voice,  “Where is my wife, they said she is in quarantine!” people cleared out like they had heard there was toilet paper available at Target!

The confusion was cleared up. Or so we thought. More on that. The visit was not successful. My eye pressure was 30. Not good. I have a small abrasion on my transplant. Now I am back to 5 different drops and one salve. Every hour. EVERY hour. I was in tears thinking I’m not going to leave the country when my doctor said if it’s down in a week she’d prefer I left the country. She had just returned from Curacao and said I’d be safer from health threats there. So yeah.

Apparently, our GM called them to ask if he should be in quarantine. Oh lord, we laughed. Especially since his wife graduates from Med School this summer. So no I don’t have the C virus. I still have to self isolate however due to my having a transplant and Crohn’s but I’m good with that. I’ve got books on that TBR list that are about to be read!

Stay Safe!! Wash Your Hands! And if you can’t find Purell, Use 2/3 cup of 91% alcohol, 1/3 cup of aloe gel and some tea tree oil to make your own.

xx P

SIN EATER by MEGAN CAMPISI

Sin Eater

The Sin Eater walks among us, unseen, unheard
Sins of our flesh become sins of Hers
Following Her to the grave, unseen, unheard
The Sin Eater Walks Among Us.

In 16th Century England, 14-year-old May Owens, an orphan, has been condemned to a life sentence for stealing bread. It could have been worse. Her punishment is to be a Sin-Eater. Apprenticed to the old Sin-Eater. She can’t speak and none should speak to her except the dying. It is she who will sit and hear all of their sins and take them into herself by eating the food that represents each sin.

She is treated brutally and marked with a collar around her neck and an S tattooed on her tongue. She has very little learning except for the letters in her name. And she can barely understand the old woman who is teaching her.

Called to the castle, they enter to hear the sins of a dying woman. A governess at court. When they return to eat the food, there is a deer heart on the coffin. But May nor the old woman heard her confess to murder. When the old woman refused to eat it, she is killed and May is left on her own.

As more women die in the castle, May thinks she may have figured out why. And along the way figured out who she really is. Now she just needs to figure out who! Before she is the next to die.

This was in no way what the blurb said. The Handmaid’s Tale meets Alice in Wonderland.  I think that is a disservice to the book. This was a dark, gritty tale full of mystery and legend with characters both tragic and humorous. May Owens may have been born to be much more than her life became, and her strength and determination was that of a warrior.

Most of the book was hauntingly sad but this was the 16th Century. The one definitely made a mark on my heart.

NetGalley/ April 7th, 2020 by Atria Books