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Monday, June 30, 2008

Greer, Arizona


We just spent two and half days in what has to be one of the most beautiful places in Arizona. All but one portion of our family was able to attend and we rented a glorious log cabin. The temperature never got over 80 degrees during the day. Although the clouds built every afternoon, rain eluded us, as did the bears. I would've loved to have seen one. Through my telephoto camera lens, of course. Racoons stayed away too, but we saw plenty of deer, elk, squirrel, and chipmunks. My sweet husband paid for us women to go horseback riding while he babysat. What a fun day! The men caught their quota of fish every day. We've decided that a trip to Greer will be an annual vacation.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

ANOTHER STAB AT LIFE by Anita Higman


Bailey Walker lost everything. Her job, her apartment, her no-good boyfriend. Everything except a dilapidated Victorian, gothic, nightmare of a house. Complete with a macabre house-warming gift. Someone left her a dead cat. Can life get any better? Especially when you suspect every neighbor of wanting to drive you out of your new home? The walls of the house contain a secret that Bailey shares with handsome neighbor, Maxwell Sumner. The race is on as Bailey gets Another Stab at Life.


Anita Higman's cozy mystery is a delightful, page-turning story full of love and new choices. I've lost count of how many of Barbour's new mystery line books I've read, and I've been delighted with everyone. Anita's is no exception.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Gunfight at Grace Gulch by Darlene Franklin


Every girl likes to play dress-up and CiCi Wilde is no exception. In fact, she owns a vintage clothing store and runs around town in her merchandise. The annual reenactment of the Oklahoma landrun and gunfight between the Graces and Gaynors is one of her largest business days. But when one of the actors is actually killed, the script seems rewritten. With CiCi's friends and families as the main suspects. So, donning a new costume, she sets out to find the culprit before she is history.


Darlene Franklin's cozy mystery is fun, entertaining, and educational. Join in with the Wilde sister's as they concoct a daring plan to catch the murderer.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Controlling Interest by Elizabeth White


Natalie Tubberville wants to be a detective. Matt Hogan owns his own struggling detective agency. When Natalie's father buys half of the company and leaves a twenty-five percent share to Natalie, Matt wants to hit the roof! Share partnership with a Barbie doll? Never! The two set out on there first assignment together--finding a missing Pakistani bride who doesn't want to be found. Natalie and Matt fall into one hilarious escapade after another.


Elizabeth White has crafted a wonderfully funny, entertaining mystery romance. You'll laugh as you turn each page.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Employee of the Semester


I'm a little late in posting this, but I made employee of the semester at the school where I run the Detention. Countryside Elementary. It's a great feeling to know when someone's hard work pays off. Oftentimes, this side of heaven, we don't see the result of our, often backbreaking, efforts. But, occassionally, God gives a gift. The opportunity to see how much we are appreciated.


The funny thing about my receiving this honor, was with the end of the school year quickly approaching, everyone forgot to tell me until the day I was being presented!

Monday, June 02, 2008

A Suspicion of Strawberries by Lynette Sowell


All Andi Clarks wants is for one of her business ventures to pan out. And to decide where her heart lies in regards to handsome Ben Hartley. When Charla Rae Thacker, belle of the town, plans a spa-like day at Andi's soap store, Andi thinks success is in the bag. Then Charla has an allergic reaction and dies. Andi must clear her store of all suspicion, and keep herself from becoming a victim.


Lynette Sowell has brought us a delightfully enjoyable cozy mystery with all the elements we love. Suspense, romance, humor, and a mystery to solve. Fun read.