It is 18 years after the event, Tessa Cartwright is watching the months go by leading up to the execution of Terrell Goodwin, the man tried and convicted of killing three women and the kidnapping and attempted murder of herself when she was sixteen. Although she attempts to keep the evilness of her childhood trauma from tainting the life of her own 16-year-old daughter, it seems old ghosts are becoming quite loud once again. Not only has the pro-life legal team, working on a stay for Terrell, begun to put doubts in Tessa’s mind about the validity of the evidence that convicted him, but her own memory and the voices of the dead girls she bonded with while laying with them in a grave of black-eyed susans have her more convinced than ever that her monster still walks the earth a free man. Continue reading “Black Eyed Susans – Another Mystery Book Club Selection”
Claire Cossi, barista by day, sleuth by night. In the ninth installment of the Coffeehouse Mystery series, Roast Mortem, we find barista Claire Cossi, manager of the popular Village Blend coffee shop in New York City, hot on the trail of a serial arsonist. Ask Claire works to prove the innocence of a dear friend, her investigation leads her right in the middle of family conflict involving the NYFD and her beau NYPD Detective Mike Quinn. In order to get the answer she’s looking for, not only does she have to throw gasoline on a few slow burning fires but she’ll also have her life and possibly her coffee shop blown up in the process.
This was once again a fabulous cozy mystery. It’s a story you want to read with a coffee in your hand and plenty of free hours in the day. While at times I felt the multiple plot lines walked the boundary of far-fetched, the storytelling is so intricately delicate that you are lead from each conclusion to the next while still feeling a sense of surprise during the final discovery. Things are not always as they appear to be.
This past week was, for the most part, uneventful. It’s been really hot here in North Carolina and the entire week it was threatening to rain, yet except for some thunder and lightning on Wednesday night and maybe a little bit of drizzle while we were sleeping, it never did rain. So with the humidity built up to a breaking point, my back has been sore and stiff pretty much every day. Other than that, the week was fairly ordinary. So with that said here is the next installment of Sunday’s Stitches & Stuff. Continue reading “Sunday’s Stitches & Stuff – Episode 9”
This week was busy, productive and peaceful. Despite the non-stop rain, the animals still got plenty of attention and exercise, using my kitchen as an indoor play yard. The house is clean and still standing, so that’s a bonus. Also, I’ve been getting around to a few house projects that laid on the back burner for far too long. Now that the weather is getting nicer, I will have plenty to do outside, until it gets too hot, then I’ll switch back to inside projects and the joys of air conditioning. Other than a few errands that needed running, this week was fairly quiet, which means I had plenty of time for stitching and reading! So here’s my week… Continue reading “Sunday’s Stitches & Stuff – Episode 8”
This book was chosen by my mystery book club for our read this month. The first 150 pages, I started off thinking it was an interesting and intriguing story of deceit, betrayal, and mystery. Shortly after that I was certain I knew exactly where the story was going and what “Adele” was going to do in order to resolve the issues in her view of life. However the last 20 pages had me standing on my feet screaming at the book, saying “What! What! Where did that come from?!” I think it’s safe to say that this is the best book I’ve read this year so far.
As I shared on Wednesday, it had been a bit since I posted anything, but thankfully I am much better and back to my regularly scheduled program, including a Sunday Stitches & Stuff post! Originally, I thought maybe I would do a three week update, but that would be a long post, so I am just gonna pick things up with this past week and move forward from there. Additionally, I am experimenting with a new format for the Sunday Stitches post, so I am going to give that a try this week. So with no further ado let’s take a look at my week. Continue reading “Sunday Stitches & Stuff – Spring Quilt, Grime Gaurds, & Doctor Who Countdown”
For 2016, I set a reading goal of 52 books. What was I thinking? That was definitely an over reach, since I didn’t even make it to 30. In 2016, I managed to read 29 books. Which surprised me since it felt like I was reading quite a lot. In reality though, it wasn’t until the latter part of the year that my reading seemed to pick up.That was when I discovered the Coffeehouse Mystery series and I have been chewing through that as fast as possible.