The past week has kicked my butt. It’s hot and muggy in my area, which makes doing anything indoors a chore. We have AC on the fifth wheel but prefer not to use it unless we have to, which means opening windows in hopes of a breeze and setting up fans to stir the air. My sink is overflowing with dishes, and we’ve been living on late night salad meals- good for our health but leaves me feeling guilty I’m not feeding hubby enough protein.
On top of that, something went wrong with our sewer system, and we had to act like plumbers yesterday- not fun!
Anyway, it’s Monday and Canada Day (July 1st) is at the end of the week, so here’s hoping…
I’ve read a good collection of books lately from a variety of genres, starting with a paranormal suspense from D. L. Finn that challenges readers to look at their pets in another way.
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After the death of her beloved husband, Drea Burr is cast adrift in a sea of sorrow and considers ending her life. A motley trio of runaway animals in need of saving gives Drea reason to live, but a serial killer has other plans.
Drea is bemused to find the dog, cat, and rat she has brought into her home can talk- and even communicate with Drea’s deceased husband! They’ve been used as experiments in a creepy lab and only escaped certain death thanks to the kindness of one member of the staff, who then disappeared.
With the help of an old friend of her husband’s- a police officer- the animals, and the ghost of her husband, Drea manages to stay one step ahead of the killer, but for how long?
This is a fast-paced mystery with a number of subplots that are unexpected but add a thrill factor to the story. Drea is independent, smart, and stubborn, qualities she’ll need to outthink a dangerous stalker.
Overall, an entertaining read!
When psychology professor Anya Best receives a series of disturbing messages, she fears could be the work of a serial killer hunting in the Pacific Northwest, she calls her FBI sister for help. A fateful call that ends up costing her sister’s life. Now Anya is out for revenge, and she won’t stop until she puts a killer behind bars.
The Lost Bastards Investigative Agency, comprised of three blood brothers with a haunting past, are also on the search for the murderer dubbed The Copper Killer for his predilection of redheaded women. When the FBI agent Heath has been working with is captured, he goes to her sister for information, and ends up hired to act as her fiancé to draw out the killer.
There’s a paranormal element to this book, the second in the Blood Brothers series, which kept me on the edge of my seat. The wacky doctor with her henchmen and test-tube babies is a subplot of the book, but almost takes precedence throughout the story and then mingles as the action ramps up with a horrifying twist near the end.
This is a good romantic suspense read, though I wish there weren’t as many repetitive thoughts and regrets throughout the story. It seriously slowed down the pace in places.
When Jess Pearson, a pilot, learns her millionaire boss/boyfriend is using her aircraft to traffic heroin, she turns him in to the authorities, but the fallout lands squarely on her shoulders. Reporters make her family’s life miserable, forcing Jess to apply for a new job far, far away in the Australian outback. She’s impressed with the handsome Dr. Gilmore, but unwilling to let him get close after everything that’s happened. How could she tell the truth without losing his respect?
Dr. Adam Gilmore is curious about his beautiful new pilot. Why would someone who looks like Jess bury herself in the middle of nowhere? Adam is dedicated to his patients. He’s not interested in a relationship, though Jess tempts him. But he can’t risk letting her in, he’s withholding a horrifying secret that could change everything.
Every Australian story I’ve read has an ebb and flow to it that makes me think of the beautiful country and this one is no different. Flying doctors are needed in the outback as ranches are spread so far apart and often patients count on their services to survive.
This is a beautifully written love story, but more than that, it shows the dedication and compassion of hardworking physicians, the strength and loyalty of outback people and the stunning landscape they call home.
Lewis Madigan can’t believe his bad luck when, instead of the promotion he expects at a high-tech company, he’s let go do to cutbacks. Then he arrives home in time to see his partner packing up to leave saying they were drifting apart- oh yeah, he emptied their bank account, as well.
Now Lewis has to find a new job, which are few and far apart, while trying to figure out where his relationship derailed, though his homophobic senior neighbor is more than willing to explain.
Chester Wheeler is the most annoying man on the planet. He’s chased away every homecare provider his daughter has hired, leaving her no choice but to help her dad until she hears about Lewis and cons/begs him to step in so she can get home in time for the birth of her first grandchild.
Lewis would rather have his teeth pulled – without anesthetic- than stay in Chester’s house and listen to his abuse for hours on end, but he can’t resist the desperation in Chester’s daughter’s eyes. And then, Chester demands/asks Lewis to drive his jumbo motorhome across seven states so he can see his ex-wife. Once again, Lewis is forced into something he’d rather not do because he realizes this trip could be Chester’s last chance- Lewis has no choice.
This is a heartfelt story between two men with prejudices and the connection they gain during an epic road trip- a must read!
When a cyber-virus is infiltrated into the US Navy’s Trident submarines, it’s up to an elite team to track down who’s behind the attack and save a captured sub resting under the sea near Cuba with its crew and nuclear armament.
Retired Navy officer Zeke Rowe thinks he knows what happened, but not how. For that, he calls in university alumni Kali Delemagente, a scientist desperate to fund her AI system called Otto. But Rowe isn’t the only one with knowledge of Kali’s program and soon she’s in danger from a quarry who will stop at nothing to get her research and destroy the country.
The research that went into this terrifying espionage tale makes it scary because it’s so realistic! The Middle-Eastern aspect at the start leads the reader into the world of political corruption and terrorism on a national scale.
As a bonus, there’s an archeology subplot that introduces us to a future character in the author’s captivating prehistoric man series- a page-turning novel!
How is your summer going so far? Share some good news, I need it! lol
I caught this Anna’s Hummingbird feeding at my Hot Lips Salvia today. Isn’t he beautiful?