Twisted by Jonathan Kellerman + Your chance to support literacy!

172914This was another blind library pick.

Stats: Audio book 10 CD’s, approx, 12 hours, read by Lindsay Course, Book published in 2005, 399 pages

Blurb: (Goodreads)
Lifeless bodies sprawl in a dance-club parking lot after a brutal L.A. drive-by. Of the four seemingly random victims, one stands out: a girl with pink shoes who cannot be identified–and who, days later, remains a Jane Doe. With zero leads and no apparent motive, it’s another case destined for the cold file–until Petra decides to follow her instincts and descends into a world of traveling grifters and bloodthirsty killers, pursuing a possible eyewitness whose life is in mortal danger.

Finding her elusive quarry–alive–isn’t all Petra has on her plate: departmental politics threatens to sabotage her case, and her personal life isn’t doing much better. If all that wasn’t enough, Isaac Gomez, a whiz-kid grad student researching homicide statistics at the station house, is convinced he’s stumbled upon a bizarre connection between several unsolved murders. The victims had nothing in common, yet each died by the same method, on the same date–a date that’s rapidly approaching again. And that leaves Petra with little time to unravel the twisted logic of a cunning predator who’s evaded detection for years–and whose terrible hour is once more at hand.

What I liked: It was a decent story, overall. Once it got going, it kept my interest the majority of the time.

What I didn’t like: I don’t know if Lindsay Crouse was asked to narrate the way she did, but it was a bit too deadpan for me. It seemed like she was trying to narrate in the style of noir, hardboiled detective stories, but it got old very quickly and this is a long story to listen to for that. It also made it hard to know who was talking at times, until she did some of the foreign character’s voices. The story itself started out slowly, but I kept going and it did improve. The book needed a bit of editing too – at the end Kellerman goes through all the murders the bad guy committed (off screen, so to speak) and that is really unnecessary and boring. And the end seems to drag on more than it needs to; he hints at a romance for Isaac (the detective’s side-kick in this story), which is enough, but then goes on to write a scene about it. He also hints at something more relationship wise for the main protagonist, but leaves that open – for another book, I assume.

Rating: 3.5/5

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Photo Phriday – Uninhibited

Christine Keleny:

I love this woman’s smile! She’s got mischief in those eyes :) Happy Friday!

Originally posted on Joshi Daniel Photography | Images Of People:

Black and white portrait of an old lady in Beringharjo market, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

I met this lovely cute lady on my early morning visit to Beringharjo market in Yogyakarta, Indonesia with Windy. This is how she posed for us.

A big thank you to Wonderful Indonesia and the Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Indonesia for this great opportunity to meet new people and a number of amazing places in Indonesia.

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Old Tune Tuesday – Marvin Gaye

Anyone like Marvin Gaye. I couldn’t find one with a video, sorry.


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Photo Phriday

I thought this would be appropriate for a November day. I picked it up from Blake Jamison’s pinterest page. I don’t know who did the artwork, so if you do, let me know!

leaves from Blake Jamison's pinterest

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Author Evelyn Waugh’s Birthday


Sounds like a typical struggling-artist’s life. What do you expect from a guy with a woman’s name. Interesting.

(Taken from The Writer’s Almanac)
It’s the birthday of Evelyn Waugh (books by this author), born in London, England in 1903. His family was affluent, and he was upset when he found out that he couldn’t attend the same prestigious school as his father and brother. He wasn’t allowed in because his brother, Alec Waugh, had a homosexual relationship, was dismissed from the school, and then wrote a book about it. So Evelyn went to a less prestigious school, where he thought all his classmates were unsophisticated. Then he went to Hertford, one of the Oxford Colleges, where he did art and wrote and drank, and neglected his academics. When someone asked him if he’d done any sports at college, he replied, “I drank for Hertford.” He left Oxford without a degree. He tried teaching and he hated it, he was in debt, so he attempted suicide by drowning himself in the ocean, but he got stung by a jellyfish so he ran back out. He decided to give his life another chance, and he wrote his first novel, Decline and Fall(1928). It’s about an innocent schoolteacher named Paul Pennyfeather who is expelled from Oxford for running across campus without his trousers, and has no choice but to become a schoolteacher. He’s surrounded by bigots, drunks, and pedophiles, and he almost marries the mother of one of his students, but it turns out she makes her money trafficking in brothels in South America. Evelyn Waugh went on to write many novels, including Brideshead Revisited (1945).

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Photo phriday

This is my husband’s annual fall display, with our puppy, Abby.20151014_104608


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Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt

22402972I have been reading/listening to MG stories lately so this is another one that was recommended to me.

Genre: MG fiction

Stats: 288 pages, published in 2015, audio version read by Kathleen McInerney

Blurb: (from Goodreads) “Everybody is smart in different ways. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its life believing it is stupid.”

Ally has been smart enough to fool a lot of smart people. Every time she lands in a new school, she is able to hide her inability to read by creating clever yet disruptive distractions.  She is afraid to ask for help; after all, how can you cure dumb? However, her newest teacher Mr. Daniels sees the bright, creative kid underneath the trouble maker. With his help, Ally learns not to be so hard on herself and that dyslexia is nothing to be ashamed of. As her confidence grows, Ally feels free to be herself and the world starts opening up with possibilities. She discovers that there’s a lot more to her—and to everyone—than a label, and that great minds don’t always think alike.

What I liked: It was a well-written story with good and believable dialogue and a good story overall but it had one big hurtle I had trouble getting past. Kathleen McInerney did a good job.

What I didn’t like: This is gives away part of the story, so if you don’t want it to be spoiled, don’t read farther. The big thing I couldn’t get past was the fact that Ally was in 6th grade and her parents or any of her teachers up to this point missed that she had dyslexia. I know teachers, so this is highly unlikely. Hunt tried to make this work by having a mostly absent father (in the military) and a mom who was very busy and that the family moved a lot (because of the military father) but it still doesn’t work for me. Especially since the older brother ends up having the same problem. Yes, there are parents that don’t participate in a child’s life but all those teachers up to 6th grade? – I really doubt it. The teacher that did discover her issue was a little too odd for me, as well – his pet names for the students…, but that’s just me.

Rating: 3.5/5



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Old Tune Tuesday – Your Heart is as Black as Night

This is not as upbeat as my usual picks, but I really like Melody Gardot’s version of this.

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Old Tune Tuesday – Rock Steady Aretha!

Soul Train brings us quintessential Aretha. Rock on!


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– Photo Phriday – leading there

Christine Keleny:

Doesn’t this make you want to see what’s at the end?!

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