Short and Tall Tales: Moose County Legends (Cat Who Short Stories) – Lillian Jackson Braun

Having long been a fan of Lillian Jackson Braun’s Cat Who mysteries, I was pleased to finally find this book on the library shelf. I discovered these fantastic stories about 20 years ago (or more) and have read all of them; most more than once.

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Jim Qwilleran is a journalist who moved to Moose County, 100 miles north of everywhere, after receiving a windfall of money from a benefactor. He and his two Siamese cats, KoKo and YumYum, solve mysteries all over Moose County and its adjoining counties. The characters through all 20+ books quickly become familiar friends you want to spend the day with.

This set of short stories is based on tales from local residents about some of the long-held beliefs and superstitions that have made Moose County what it is. I read this book in about an hour, and it is a great addition to any nightstand for some quick reading before sleep!

Are you familiar with the Cat Who Mysteries? How did you like them?

You can find this story here: Short and Tall Tales: Moose County Legends

Let Me Edit Your Book!

Just leaving that right here…. I have edited books for many authors; and yes; I will give you the references.

I have 2 college degrees, and am 3 classes away from my Masters degree. I would love to get new authors out there!

Reading is my life; I am the grammar police, and we can get your book out there ASAP!

I work conscientiously with each author on what they want to portray, and I have had great success!

Deadly Gamble – Connie Shelton

This is book #1 of the Charlie Parker Mysteries. I randomly came upon it while searching through books on Amazon.

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Charlie Parker is an accountant who shares office space with her brother, who is a private investigator. While her brother is out of town, she decides to take on a case for her ex-best friend (the best friend who married her fiancé), and a missing watch turns into a murder investigation.

I loved the idea of this story, but I could not finish it. There were so many plot holes that I could not handle it any more. I literally spent as much time rereading to see if I missed something, as I spent actually reading it the first time around.

On page 12 she talks about using her inheritance to help open the business with her brother. What inheritance? Who left her money? Why was her brother not left money? Yes, I get it could have been a husband that died, friend, etc. But come to find out later, it was her parents. The same exact parents as her brother. But we don’t know what her brother did with his money.

Another plot hole? Her part time secretary asks who was just in the office. Charlie states “A friend from school but you wouldn’t know her and there is a good reason why.” End of conversation. A bit further ahead, Charlie and her secretary are deep in discussion about this ex-friend and all the horrible things she did, but she hasn’t yet told the secretary any of this.

Minor issues? Maybe. But when I am engrossed in a story, and all the sudden read something that has me saying…. “Well where in the hell did that come from?”… I go back rereading what I read only to see I did not miss any information; it was never there.

So there you have it. I see there are several books in this series, and I hope this issue was due to it being a first book.

If you’ve read this series and love it please let me know!

Two Days Only!

My Autumn Book box is now on sale for $20.00 for the next two days! I need to make room for my Christmas supplies, and want to get these moving! There are things to read, eat, drink, and wear, as well as a couple other handmade gifts!

Thanks for taking the time to look! Autumn Book Box!

Book Review: Time to Lie -Phil Taylor

(Landon Bridges’ Story Book 1)

I randomly found this book while going through blog posts about book reviews. Boy am I glad I did! After I had purchased it, Mr. Taylor sent me a digital copy which I gifted forward to another lucky reader.

Time to Lie Book Cover Image

This was a fun read that was exciting and humorous at the same time. Landon Bridges (Yes, that is his name), discovers his college Physics professor has discovered how to time travel. Landon therefore acts before listening, fails to follow the rules, and gets himself into any number of sticky situations. Most of which he tries to fix by travelling back in time; again.

We’ve all wondered what we would change if we could go back in our past and do things differently. This book will show you exactly why we are always moving forward, and that changing the past has irreparable consequences. It would be hard to resist the temptation though, wouldn’t it? 

I’ll keep the spoilers to myself on this one. Landon has a small group of people who are aware of time travel, and they try to protect him from doing the wrong thing. He is your typical college student who enjoys life, enjoys school, and has a hard time taking orders.

There were some grammatical errors in the book, but nothing that made me stop reading it. I am looking forward to the second installment in this series, and was sad to see it won’t be released until 2018.

You can find the author’s Amazon page here: Phil Taylor Amazon Author Page

If you could travel back into your past, do you think you could resist the urge?