I’m sitting outside of Panera Bread, drinking coffee and watching people go about their business. Folks are walking their dogs, eating breakfast, and driving to their destinations. A Facebook friend reminded me this morning to look at the beauty around me, to look for the good. The world is a scary place right now, at least for me! But so many good people are speaking out, protesting, voting, making their voices heard. I am so blessed, in so many ways. The hard times on my life are things I can look back at and smile. I can do this because those tough times helped me move forward, through my pain, and come out the other side healthier and happier. We will get through this, my friends. Please take time to look for the good around you, at your blessings. And feel free to remind me when you notice me slinking back into despair. Peace out.
Private investigator Sharon McCone’s father is brutally attacked just before Christmas, and she’s determined to help the police find the perpetrators. Sharon and her team find themselves in danger as they start to unravel what happened.
Sharon’s large boisterous family is around, and her husband Hy helps out when he can.
Marcia Muller delivers another great story in this mystery series.
I watched Christoper Nolan’s movie Dunkirk today.
Please see this movie if you can.
I cried a lot during this movie, because it is about the real people on the ground who fought and died for their country.
But it’s also about the people who fought so hard to get home. And the brave folks who helped them.
***** stars out of 5 for Dunkirk.
Outlander is my latest cable television addiction.
Based on the Diana Gabaldon series of books, Outlander is the story of Claire Randall, a British woman who has been serving in World War II as a nurse. Claire and her husband Frank travel to Scotland to enjoy a second honeymoon after the war.
Claire’s husband Frank is a history professor, and he is doing research during their honeymoon. Claire goes off by herself to collect local plants for medicinal purposes. Claire is busy collecting her plants when she time travels into the past.
Outlander is a historical romance story, but it’s also fantasy. Claire falls in love with another man (Jamie) in the past, and their love scenes are steamy! Heads up: there is a lot of violence in this story, if this bothers you.
The series airs on STARZ, and it’s a wonderful story. The scenery is beautiful, the acting is well done, and I love the time traveling!
If you enjoy historical-romance-fantasy stories, Outlander is worth your time!
The heat and smoke continue today. I took this picture around 11:30 today at the Issaquah Costco. I’m staying cool at home today, thanks to AC and my inhalers.
It doesn’t usually get this hot around here!
And we are seeing some smoky skies from some Canadian wildfires:
Oh yeah, I’m watching the news and giggling about….never mind!
I love Acorn TV.
British murder mysteries are so well done, and are lots of fun!
Here’s Acorn’s description of Loch Ness:
The beautiful, haunting shores of Scotland’s most iconic loch is the stunning backdrop for the new six-part crime drama. In a community nourished and sustained by myth and bordered by untamed nature, the search for a serial killer becomes a matter of life and death for local detective Annie Redford (Laura Fraser, Breaking Bad). Within the tightly knit town, a sense of horror begins to dawn as the villagers realize that there is more than one kind of monster in their midst. Also starring Siobhan Finneran (Happy Valley).
I would love to visit Scotland someday! It looks beautiful!
Loch Ness started out kind of slow for me, but by the second episode I was hooked. The murders are awful (but murder always is, right?). Murders in small towns and villages (e.g., Midsomer Murders, Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple) seem worse to me. I’ve always hoped that small communities are immune from human evil, but life experience (and a lifetime of reading) have proved me wrong.
Series 1 of Loch Ness is a well done crime drama. I thought I had the story figured out, but I didn’t. I love when that happens. Great characters, good writing, solid mystery.
And the scenery is beautiful!
And no, I will not tell you if “Nessie” shows up!
I’m hoping there will be a season two.
This is the 19th Book in the Alexandra Cooper series.
I’ve read, and enjoyed, all nineteen books.
Alex is a prosecutor with the Manhattan sex crimes unit. Alex is one tough prosecutor, but in this book she looks more like a suspect than a prosecutor!
Linda Fairstein always produces a good story that’s well researched and fun to read.
If you like good mystery stories I recommend Deadfall.
Many thanks to @amanhimself for this post!
Pages: 352, Slytherin, 20th Anniversary Edtion
Published: June 2017 by Bloomsbury
Cover Rating: 5/5
Last week I received this beautiful edition from the publisher. I love the cover and they way the contents are represented on the first sight. This new edition launch on the eve of 20 years of Harry Potter is appealing. I sat with it the very next day, delicately holding it in my hands and read it in one go. The magical world of Harry Potter never gets old to my surprise.
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