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Shuttered Life: Florentine Roth

Old secrets never stay buried. News of her Uncle’s heart attack brings Elisa Westphal back to Dusseldorf & her childhood home. Having left under strained circumstances, she’s apprehensive to be home. It doesn’t help that her mother disapproves of her return & the family has mixed feelings about her mother as well. The last time they were all together was for her father’s funeral. Although it was a car accident, the family blames Elisa’s mother for causing it as the driver. Harsh words & pointing fingers severed the family ties.

Elisa takes this opportunity to visit her uncle & to dig into her father’s life. Since he was taken far too soon, she’s like a better grasp of who he really was. What better place to find familial answers than in the home he lived in?

Someone in the household is none too pleased at Elisa’s homecoming. Soon after she arrives, cryptic notes begin appearing in her room. When they aren’t immediately heeded, unfortunate incidents begin occurring. Could it have something to do with her research on her father? Everyone is acting weird in Elisa’s opinion. Uncle Justus is eccentric. Cousin Kristina will barely acknowledge her presence. Aunt Helen is cold & standoffish. Her male cousins David & Lukas are friendly, but neither one seems completely on the up & up. Not to mention, there’s David’s girlfriend Valerie who is jealous of Elisa & makes it well-known.

Each occurrence makes Elisa more determined to discover exactly what is going on. But if the notes are any indication, she needs to move quickly before her adversary runs out of patience.

Florentine Roth was a new-to-me author. ‘Shuttered Life’ is translated from its original German. While not without flaws, I think the author did a good job of pulling together a dramatic mystery without excessive length. Most alert readers will pin point the answer to the mystery around the middle of the novel. Granted, I could have done without the cousin/cousin romance of David & Elisa plus, the characters are a bit underdone. Still, I enjoyed it. It’s a perfect, quick, rainy night read for Summer. Clean, non-violent, & doesn’t require any investment on the readers’ part- I give it 4 stars.

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Ergo Chef/Michael Symon Knife Set Giveaway

This giveaway will have 1 winner and the prize is valued at (MFRP $300.00). This giveaway
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This 7 inch Vegetable Cleaver and Scooper Knife was designed with Chef Michael Symon for chopping and scooping your vegetables and fruits from cutting board to fry pan or plate. The sturdy yet thin blade is .068 inches thin by 3.350 inches wide by 7 inches long blade allows you to cut and scoop up lots of food. It will get through the toughest veggies with little effort. This knife is crafted per my specifications from high carbon German Stainless steel for durability and one of the world’s best handle materials G10 fiberglass resin which will withstand the toughest kitchen environments. The handle is .725 inches thick by 1.050 inches wide in the middle by 5.1 inches long including the bolster. Two polished rivets in the handle complete the clean look. The blade is precision tapered with a smooth high polished finish for beauty and less food stick. The edge is ground to 18 degrees for easy chopping and rocking through all fruits and vegetables. We make sure each knife is heat treated to the best hardness ensuring long edge life and easy maintenance for both the busy chef and home cook. We cut no corners by manufacturing and inspecting each knife to our high quality standards we know you’ll enjoy during each use. Ergo Chef knocked this one out of the park

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The House That Jack Built: Willow Rose

Book #3 in the Jack Ryder Series, ‘The House that Jack Built’ brings the Cocoa Beach detective back for a new case & more family drama. In pure Willow Rose fashion, we have three simultaneous plots.

Jack’s life hasn’t calmed a bit since we left him in Book 2. His Country Music Star girlfriend, Shannon, is pregnant & she decides to build a house for their large family. Hanging over her head is a murder investigation in which Nashville police think she is responsible for the death of her former partner. Framed by her ex-husband, the truth died with him. Balancing their 4 children & one on the way is becoming too much for her, but Jack can only be home so much.

Meanwhile, a man who’d been convicted of the kidnapping & murder of a young boy is being released from prison due to a witness recanting his testimony. Vernon had always proclaimed his innocence & his conviction was sketchy to say the least. But, soon after his conviction is overturned, another boy comes up missing in exactly the same manner as the first. Is Vernon really guilty of both crimes? Two sets of distraught parents want to know who stole their kids in the middle of the night & they want them home. Jack needs to figure out where Vernon fits in & what’s happened to the boys. Making a comeback appearance are our villains from Book 2 who will quickly throw a monkey wrench in Jack’s caseload.

Plot #3 is a series of flashbacks. Cuba is the scene & the infamous 1980 Mariel Boatlift provides the basis. We follow one Cuban family who loses everything due to the reign of Castro. Three brothers fight their way to America but must return to retrieve their family. A series of unfortunate events ensues during the Boatlift. Readers will need full use of their thinking caps to pull all three plots together.

Scary though it may be, most of this book is based on actual events. Fortunately, Willow has tamed down her violent descriptions especially pertaining to the children. At times, she gets a bit overboard in her crime scenes. This one is quite tame compared to some from the Emma Frost series. No one denies how much Cubans have endured over the decades of Communism. Events depicted in this novel could very well have happened.

Jack does well as the lead as usual. He has a long way to go in character development to gain the popularity of Rebekka & Emma from Willow’s two popular series. Shannon still strikes me as iffy & I haven’t decided I like her yet. Willow does a good job developing the villains from this novel & carrying over from Book 2. If you haven’t read the first two in the series, they’re all written to stand alone & it takes little time to catch on. Still not as good as the first book, but not a bad read, I give it 4 stars.

 

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Sandcastle and Other Stories: The Complete Edition: Justin Bog: Cover Reveal

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Sandcastle and Other Stories: The Complete Edition

By Justin Bog
Sandcastles
Genre: Short Fiction/Psychological Literary Suspense

Publication Date & Publisher: May 29th, 2015, Booktrope

The Complete Edition of Justin Bog’s First Collection of Dark Psychological Suspense Tales.

An award-winning collection, Sandcastle and Other Stories reveals twisted secrets that are mined like plutonium. These twelve literary tales are nothing short of an adventure through a roiling sea of emotion. With authenticity and eloquence, author Justin Bog holds a provocative and compelling mirror on the human condition.

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