Delia’s Shadow (Delia Martin, Bk 1) by Jaime Lee Moyer

Delia’s Shadow (Delia Martin, Bk 1) by Jaime Lee Moyerdelia

A lovely blend of historical fiction and paranormal all taking place in San Francisco, yes!!  Right there, this book has me.  Delia sees ghosts and escaped San Francisco to find peace from all the ghosts created after the fires and earthquake of 1806. But one determined ghost has found her where she fled, and gets her to return to help find a serial killer.

A bit of romance, some mysteries about some of the characters are revealed and a fabulous spiritualist is enlisted to help with the whole mess.  Lots of fun.  The characters are a bit snarky while maintaining their social standing.  So, everything is PC, but they sneak little love glances every once in a while. And the serial killer is pretty mean, so he doesn’t care about society’s morays.  It is interesting and fun.  If you like historical fiction and paranormal, you can’t go wrong here.  It looks like there is another book in the series coming out soon, we will see where it goes, I am interested!

3.5 stars.

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Frivolous Friday 11-13-15

golfI just returned from a fabulous work trip. I spent a whole day handing out extra balls and drinks on a golf course.  It was pretty.

beachI spent time on the beach.  It was warm.

I ran a selfie contest, many were silly.  I did a ton of work, but that is not as much fun to list.  And I finished FOUR books!  Woo hoo.  I am currently writing reviews, but that will take me a bit, so I thought I would let you all know, I haven’t flaked out yet!

In case you were wondering, I read:

  1. The Bone Key by Sarah Monette
  2. Dragons Wild by Robert Asprin
  3. Half-Resurrection Blues by Daniel Jose Older
  4. After the Red Rain by Barry Lyga
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Frivolous Fridays Nov 6, 2015

bookpoemI found this poem recently and thought I might share with all the other readers/adventurers out there.

Enjoy your weekend!

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A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

a man called oveOh Ove, you grumpy old coot.  How I enjoyed reading about you.

A Man Called Ove is a lovely, quiet story about a man who is not very happy.  All of his reasons life was enjoyable are gone.  But the story is not maudlin, even though some very sad things happen and it deals with some very sad issues.  It is kind of a celebration of life, of following through and reaching out before it is too late, and follows a man who on the outside looks and sounds mean but is wonderful inside.

How this book didn’t delve into a sappy, depressing Oprah pick, I don’t know (no dissing on Oprah, but you have to admit she likes them quite emotional and often depressing).  Most likely because like Ove, the writing is a little bit spartan. He doesn’t dwell, he moves.  He doesn’t bash you over the head, he sets it out there and has slightly humorous things happen at just the right time.  Lots of misunderstandings without it being slap-stick.  I will admit, I did cry, but I laughed a lot too and smiled hard while reading.  You know, that stupid smile you get and everyone wants to know why, but you can’t explain it without sounding like a maniac?  That smile.

Ove is a man who wonders why joggers have to be so pretentious and dress like they are gymnasts just to shuffle down the street.  He looks beyond the facade and expects those around him to do the same.  Or doesn’t care much what you think, actually.  He is a force of nature, yet can be predictable as clockwork.

It was a lovely story, my bookclub is reading it right now and I hope they enjoy it too.  I can’t wait to get my hands on My Grandmother Wants to Say She’s Sorry.  That also sounds amazing.  5 stars.  🙂

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Still Here, Routine Disruption

Dude, when I decide to laze about, not blogging, I am serious about it I guess!  Jeezo.  It is like I have been sucked into a time warp, or the land of missing left socks.  Time moves differently here.

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So, I have been reading.  I have been reading a lot actually.  But I haven’t been writing.  I wanted to, but that doesn’t count for much, now does it?  Even my goodreads reviews are pretty lame.  So, I am going to try to turn that around, again.  It’s ok, you don’t have to believe me.  But maybe, just maybe I will follow through.

I am in a funk, hence the reason I think I should blog again.  It is a bit like a journal, this blog.  Makes me feel better. Though it has been so long I don’t know how to use the site anymore!  I am fumbling about, lucky I started this post months and months ago…(time warp, remember?)

Book news for me – I tried The Accidental Alchemist and it is kind of a cozy mystery.  Not what I was looking for and not what the blurb or cover indicated.  Very upsetting.  So I started Delia’s Shadow by Jamie Lee Moyer, this one is a historical fiction mystery with ghosts – yay!  I am really enjoying it.

Anyway, just wanted to pop in and say Hi!  Hope you are all doing well.

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