Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Needles And Pearls

I am now reading the 2nd book in this wonderful new searies, OMG! I love this Author these books are fantastic I LOVE Them! :) I can't wait until the next book comes out!

Needles and Pearls
(The second book in the Jo Mackenzie series)
A novel by
Gil McNeil

Slip One - A year after her husband's death, Jo Mackenzie is finally starting to get the hang of being a single parent. Knit Two Together - The boys are thriving in their new seaside home, the wool shop is starting to do well and despite two weddings, an in-school knitting project and Trevor the Wonder Dog coming to stay, she's just about keeping her head above water. Cast off - But boys, babies and best friends certainly make life a lot more interesting. Can Jo cope when things get really complicated? Because if knitting truly does keep you sane when your life starts to unravel then it looks like Jo is going to need much bigger needles.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Diva's Don't Knit

I just started this book yesterday and so far I love it, It is the first book in a new series, I also bought the 2nd book yesterday :)
The Author is Gil McNeil

Divas Don't Knit

(The first book in the Jo Mackenzie series)
A novel by
Gil McNeil

Jo Mackenzie needs a new start. Newly widowed with two young sons and a perilous bank balance, she has to leave London to take over her grandmother's wool shop. They arrive in the pouring rain and Broadgate Bay is the kind of Kentish seaside town where the tide went out a long time ago and the dusty old shop is full of peach four-ply. Marmalade mohair, an A-list actress moving into the local mansion and a 'Stitch and Bitch' group will help, but it's not going to be easy. Very Large dogs, celebrity, small town intrigues, packed lunches and romance all loom large in Gil McNeil's funny and uplifting novel. "Divas Don't Knit" turns prejudices and assumptions upside down and tells it how it really is in the world of knit-one, purl-one. Knitting has never been so much fun.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Now I am reading....

Always Looking Up By Michael J Fox

I really enjoyed his last book Lucky Man so I wanted to also read this new book.
Michael J Fox

Fatally Flaky

By Diane Mott Davidson
I love her books and this was another fantastic book, maybe not as funny as previous books in this series about Goldy but great all the same.

Fatally Flaky
(Book 15 in the Goldy Schulz series)
A novel by
Diane Mott Davidson

Colorado caterer Goldy Schulz encounters bridezilla - and murder - in another delectable novel by the New York Times bestselling author of Sweet Revenge, Dark Tort, and Double Shot

Cynics say getting married is a death wish. . . .

It's been a long, rainy summer for Goldy Schulz, who is engaged in planning wedding receptions for what seems to be all of Aspen Meadow. It's bad enough that Billie Attenborough, the bride from hell, has changed her menu six times and the event date twice. Now she wants to move the location to the Gold Gulch Spa just a scant two days before tying the knot to her doctor fiancé.

Then Doc Finn, beloved local physician and the best friend of Goldy's godfather, Jack, is killed when his car tumbles into a ravine. At least that's what appears to have happened. But Jack thinks Doc was murdered because of the research he was doing at the spa - allegations that are confirmed when Jack himself is attacked.

So Goldy dons chef's whites and goes undercover at the spa, where coffee is outlawed in favor of calming smoothies, and the fruit cocktail doesn't include fresh fruit. Add in the obstreperous owner, who years ago tried to sabotage Goldy's fledgling business, and she's got her hands full.

Above all, there seems to be a clever killer on the spa grounds, watching her every move. After what befell Jack, Goldy knows that she might be next. Catering weddings, and cooking low-fat food, could be killing her - literally.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Bought two books today!

I have never read this author before, but after reading the backs of these books they looked like books I would love. :)

The Book Club

This touching yet witty novel offers readers a glimpse into the events unfolding in the lives of five women who share not only an appreciation for books, but also an understanding of the inner changes that take place as they grow older.

The Beach House

"With its evocative, often beautiful prose and keen insights into family relationships, Monroe's latest is an exceptional and heartwarming work of fiction."

Monday, April 6, 2009

Across The Barricades

I had to read this book when I was in High School, and I remember I loved it, I recently found out there are other books in this series, I always thought it was just the one book, so I have my local library searching for copies of the rest of the books in this series, for now I am reading Across The Barricades again, the funny thing is my husband said he also read this book when he was in High School!

About Joan Lingard
Joan Lingard was born in Edinburgh but grew up in Belfast where she lived until she was 18. She is the internationally renowned author of several novels. Joan Lingard has 3 grown up daughters and now lives permanently in Edinburgh with her Canadian husband.

by Joan Lingard

(This is the second book of the trilogy “Across the barricades”)


This story is about two young people living in Belfast. The girl, Sadie, is a Protestant and the boy, Kevin, is a Catholic. They have been friends for years.

At the beginning of the story they have just met again. Even through they know that their relationship is dangerous, because there are a lot of conflicts between Catholics and Protestants, they decide to stay together. Their parents don’t support the relationship, so

Kevin and Sadie tell lies to their families and meet secretly. The situation is becoming more dangerous than even; the fights between Catholics and Protestants are more and more violent: Pubs are in flames, insults are written on the walls and the Two Sides fight each other to death.

Mr Blake is an old Protestant widower, who lives outside the city in a big house, alone with his dog. He is a friend of Sadie’s. Sadie trusts him and tells him about all her problems with Kevin. Even though Mr Blake is a Protestant and knows Sadie’s family very well, he’s for

peace. And so he agrees to help them. He gives them the opportunity to see each other in his house. Sadie decides to leave her job, because many people criticize her for going out with a Catholic boy. Sadie and Kevin often meet at Mr Blake’s house. One day Mr Blake

invites them to a trip to the country in his car. Suddenly the wheels of Mr Blake’s car come loose and they have an accident. Mr Blake is injured and has to be taken to hospital.

Sadie and Kevin want to know who is the responsible. They have many suspicions but no proof. Kevin realizes that it may be him who is the cause of their problems. Before the accident he fell out with his old Catholic friend, because he didn’t want to fight against

Protestants. The troubles are going on; more and more people are victims of this religions conflict.

At the end of this tragic story Mr Blake dies. A killer throws a bomb into his house. Kevin feels depressed and guilty, so he decides to leave the city for another place to live. Sadie follows him secretly… On the ferry to England they find each other again.

Across the Barricades
(A book in the Kevin And Sadie series)
A novel by
Joan Lingard
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Joan Lingard

Kevin is Catholic. Sadie is Protestant. In Belfast they are supposed to be enemies - so what chance do they have when they fall in love? BLNew, innovative activities specifically tailored to support the KS3 Framework for Teaching English and help students to fulfil the Framework objectives. Activities include work on Speaking and Listening, close text analysis, and the structure of playscripts, and act as a springboard for personal writing

Kevin And Sadie
The Twelfth Day of July (1970)
Across the Barricades (1972)
Into Exile (1973)
A Proper Place (1975)
Hostages to Fortune (1976)
The Story Continues (omnibus) (2006)

Saturday, April 4, 2009

The Chocolate Snowman Murders
(The eighth book in the Chocoholic Mysteries series)
A novel by
JoAnna Carl
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JoAnna Carl

The scrumptious - and deadly - hardcover debut of the national bestselling Chocoholic Mysteries.

Lee McKinney Woodyard knows that being in the luxury chocolate business isn't all sweetness and light, and neither is the holiday season. But she tries to draw the line at cold-blooded murder.

As treasurer of WinterFest, Lee is up to her elbows in the arguments, egos, and last-minute mix-ups that happen behind the scenes. But she's coping, even when the guest juror of the art show shows up drunk. Lee leaves him to sleep it off, and is stunned the next day when her husband, Joe, discovers someone has put the visiting dignitary into a permanent state of repose...

This looks to be another series I will have to be on the look out for. :)

Chocoholic Mysteries
1. The Chocolate Cat Caper (2002)
2. The Chocolate Bear Burglary (2002)
3. The Chocolate Frog Frame-Up (2003)
4. The Chocolate Puppy Puzzle (2004)
5. The Chocolate Mouse Trap (2005)
6. The Chocolate Bridal Bash (2006)
7. The Chocolate Jewel Case (2007)
8. The Chocolate Snowman Murders (2008)
9. The Chocolate Cupid Killings (2009)
Crime De Cocoa: Three Chocoholic Mysteries (omnibus) (2005)
The Chocolate Cat CaperThe Chocolate Bear BurglaryThe Chocolate Frog Frame-UpThe Chocolate Puppy Puzzle
The Chocolate Mouse TrapThe Chocolate Bridal BashThe Chocolate Jewel CaseThe Chocolate Snowman Murders
Crime De Cocoa: Three Chocoholic Mysteries

Dropped Dead Stitch
(The seventh book in the Knitting Mystery series)
A novel by
Maggie Sefton

The newest installment in Prime Crime's fast-growing mystery series - knitting pattern and recipe included!

Kelly's friend, Jennifer, is a top-notch knitter - and a bit of a party girl. But she's always stayed out of trouble, until one night when she's attacked by a stranger. As she recovers, she leans on Kelly and her close-knit group of friends for support.

A ranch retreat in the mountains, stitching and talking, is exactly what Jennifer needs. But they're all in for a shock - because the owner of the ranch turns out to be Jennifer's attacker. When the man is found dead a few days later, Jennifer is the most likely suspect. Now, Kelly has to pick up the stitches before things get out of hand.

I can't wait for this new book to come out, The Christmas one..Fleece Navidad was really good. :)

Fleece Navidad
(The sixth book in the Knitting Mystery series)
A novel by
Maggie Sefton
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Maggie Sefton

A special holiday knitting mystery from the national bestselling author of Dyer Consequences - with delicious recipes and knitting patterns!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas for the knitters of Fort Connor, Colorado, who are furiously working on their holiday projects. Juliet, the town's 'little brown wren' librarian, is known for her beautiful handmade Christmas capes, and she has extra reason to be joyful this year - she's in love. But as soon as she finds happiness, death finds her.

Suspicion falls on a newcomer to the knitting group, but Kelly Flynn and the rest of the crew aren't convinced of this person's guilt. It's up to them to separate the true lion from the lambs - before someone else gets fleeced.

(The ninth book in the Tea Shop Mysteries series)

The Silver Needle Murder
(The ninth book in the Tea Shop Mysteries series)
A novel by
Laura Childs
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Laura Childs

The national bestselling author of Dragonwell Dead returns with a mystery proving that the price of fame can be murderously steep.

The Charleston Film Festival has brought Theodosia Browning and the staff of the Indigo Tea Shop a busy week of catering jobs. First up is the opening night gala at the historic Belvedere Theatre. Tinseltown and local luminaries seem to be mingling happily in the glamorously renovated lobby, but Theo notices that the atmosphere backstage is tense. Then famous director Jordan Cole is shot on his way to the podium, and the entire audience witnesses his death silhouetted across the scrim. Never has a festival started off with this big a bang.

I read this one last year when it first came out, it was one of my fave in the tea Shop Series, I just Love Laura Childs Books :)

Haunted Bookshop series

The Ghost and the Haunted Mansion
(The fifth book in the Haunted Bookshop series)
A novel by
Alice Kimberly

Haunted Bookshop
1. The Ghost and Mrs. McClure (2004)
2. The Ghost and the Dead Deb (2005)
3. The Ghost and the Dead Man's Library (2006)
4. The Ghost and the Femme Fatale (2008)
5. The Ghost and the Haunted Mansion (2009)

When the local mailman inherits a haunted mansion and demands an exorcism, bookshop owner Pen must act fast to save her favorite ghost - 1940s detective Jack Shepard - before it's too late.

I haven't seen any of these books in this series yet, so I will have to look for them.

CreamPuff Murder

By Joanne Fluke, this is one of my fave series, I love these books, they are funny and interesting.

Winter in Lake Eden, Minnesota, is the perfect time to curl up by a cosy fire with something - and someone - sweet. But while bakery owner Hannah Swensen can provide herself with the confections, cuddling will have to take a back seat to sleuthing when her sometime-squeeze becomes a murder suspect...With the launch party of her mother's novel around the corner, Hannah has a dress to fit into and a date with her sister, Andrea, at Lake Eden's new health club, Heavenly Bodies. Dragging herself out of bed on a frigid Minnesota morning for exercise, of all things, is bad enough. Discovering a dead body floating in the gym's Jacuzzi? Okay, that's worse. Nor does it help that there's a plate of The Cookie Jar's very own cream puffs garnishing the murder scene. The fact that they were purchased by none other than Hannah's part-time flame, Detective Mike Kingston, is simply the icing on what's shaping up to be one very messy cake...Mike may be the prime suspect in the murder of man-eating bombshell Ronni Ward, but he's by no means the only one. Ronni, a fitness instructor at both the Sheriff's department and Heavenly Bodies, made a nasty habit of throwing her own heavenly body at every man, eligible or not, who crossed her path. Plenty of Lake Eden's ladies won't miss Ronni, including her ex-fiance's former girlfriend, the angry mother of one of her would-be conquests, and even the mayor's wife. Could any of them have wanted her gone badly enough to make it happen? Mike's recruited Hannah to find out, and, as any suspended, suspected detective would, he's micromanaging her every step of the way...Between trying to narrow the list of Ronni's enemies down to fewer than half the town's female population and resisting the urge to remove Mike from the running by throttling him herself, Hannah has her plate full. Trouble is, when it comes to cookies - and to murder - there's always room for one more.