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Last Breath (Detective Erika Foster #4), by Robert Bryndza

Book synopsis, thanks to Amazon:

He’s your perfect date. You’re his next victim.

When the tortured body of a young woman is found in a dumpster, her eyes swollen shut and her clothes soaked with blood, Detective Erika Foster is one of the first at the crime scene. The trouble is, this time, it’s not her case.

While she fights to secure her place on the investigation team, Erika can’t help but get involved and quickly finds a link to the unsolved murder of a woman four months earlier. Dumped in a similar location, both women have identical wounds – a fatal incision to their femoral artery.

Stalking his victims online, the killer is preying on young pretty women using a fake identity. How will Erika catch a murderer who doesn’t seem to exist?

Then another girl is abducted while waiting for a date. Erika and her team must get to her before she becomes another dead victim, and, come face to face with a terrifyingly sadistic individual.

Gripping, tense and impossible to put down, Last Breath will have you on the edge of your seat, racing to the final dramatic page.

I discovered the Erika Foster books thanks to a Lyft driver. The driver was listening to the audio version of The Girl in the Ice. during my ride, and I was intrigued by the narrator and the story. So when I got home, I bought the audio book. Detective Erika Foster is feisty and hard to like sometimes. But when she is on the job, solving murders, no one can top or stop her.

Then I bought The Night Stalker, the second book in the series, also through my Audible account.

I was hooked, so I bought the Kindle version of Dark Water, the third book in the series.

Last Breath is the fourth, and I think the best, book in the series. The story gained momentum in each chapter, building just enough to keep me hooked (and awake) as Erika and her team worked to find the killer.

Even better, Erika starts to make some changes in her personal and professional lives. Mr. Bryndza gives life to his protagonist by letting her learn and grow from her life experiences. Have you ever read a series of books and found the protagonist making the same mistakes over and over? I have, and I find it so frustrating, especially when I like the characters! I’ve been known to scream at the character, asking if he or she had learned nothing yet! Erika is building herself a LIFE!

The Erika Foster books are fun, wonderfully crafted and filled with characters I would like to know in person.

If, like me, you love murder mysteries, you will love these books!

Last Breath

The plum tree in our backyard is getting prettier every day! And soon we will have plums!

I’m so thankful for sunny Seattle days!

“Last Breath: A gripping serial killer thriller that will have you hooked (Detective Erika Foster Book 4)” by Robert Bryndza

I’m finding the world a scary place these days.

So I’m making an effort to appreciate all the goodness and beauty that surrounds me.

It’s been raining off and on all day. Tonight I was driving my granddaughter home when I saw the moon suddenly appear in the sky as some clouds moved on.
The moon was so beautiful, but of course I could not take a picture at the time.
So I came home and took this picture from our back yard.
Good night to all!

Spring break!

The grand kiddies are on spring break this week, so That means I’m on break also!

Here’s what I have planned:

  • Reading
  • Sleeping in a bit later every morning
  • Planning a vegetable garden
  • Taking a walk every day
  • Costco trip Tuesday
  • Grocery shopping at the brand new Fred Meyer in Bellevue. They have a great garden center
  • Plan for my trip to Vegas in May (details to follow)
  • Take care of this yucky sore throat and beginnings of another cold

The trees are starting to come back to life, like this plum tree in our back yard:

The plums are delicious! 

Here’s another photo from our neighborhood:

So it’s going to be a fun spring break week for me.

Happy spring!

Another season of Grace & Frankie is over! NO!


Darn you, Netflix.

You gave me thirteen episodes of Grace and Frankie all at once, forcing me to decide what the hell to do.

Do I binge or not?

I finished Season 3 of Grace and Frankie last night. The third season became available on March 24, so I do not feel that I binged.

Grace and Frankie is one terrific series, and I hope there is a fourth season.

Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Martin Sheen, and Sam Waterston. What else is there to say? These four skilled actors are superb.

What grabs me the most are the characters these four actors play. And, of course, the characters are persons of a certain age (like my age, okay?). Grace, Frankie, Robert, and Sol are real. They are all intelligent, caring, flawed, quirky, and damned lovable.

Season 3 started out slowly for me, but the story soon gained some steam and then things got serious FAST. Blew me away. Made me cry, and scared me to death.  All of a sudden, I discovered the characters were in crisis.

My fictional friends were hurting, so I was in pain also.

I get really emotional about my stories, in case you haven’t noticed!

Grace and Frankie is a great story about four older adults who love each other (most of the time, anyway). It’s about marriage, divorce, family, love, and loss.

It is also about aging, a subject that is an interest of mine right now!

Kudos to Netflix.

When does season 4 start?

Runners with a heart!

I love this video!

Runners helping an exhausted woman to the finish line of a Philadelphia marathon.

It has taken months (and lots of internal whining), but I have finally fallen in love with veggies.

Dinner tonight will be honey/cilantro/ lime salmon, baked squash, and cauliflower rice.


Small changes: a small plate

I can lower my morning NPH insulin two points!


The small changes in making in my diet are working!

(I promise to stop using !).

I am using a smaller plate for my meals:


I’ve found that when I use a dinner-sized plate, I want to fill it up with food.


And I’m getting plenty to eat using this smaller plate.

I’m feeling great right now. 😉


Small changes!

So I’ve been working hard to get my blood sugars down.

The rules are simple. Eat real food, avoid sugar, stay active, take my meds, and test my blood sugars twice a day.


Some days are easy, other days are really hard. Sometimes I just don’t have a lot of energy.

But I not here to dwell on the hard stuff. Not this time anyway!

I have made many changes in this quest to feel better. I’m eating spinach and broccoli almost every day. And at least one salad every day!

But things like bottled salad dressings and things like butter can be traps. Also I cannot overload my stomach; that’s no Bueno for my blood sugars.

My daughter-in-law introduced me to rice vinegar, and it’s tasty!


No calories, no sugar, no salt. And it tastes a bit milder than other types of vinegar. Yummy!

This bottle of rice vinegar costs under $4 at Uwajimaya.

Small changes help me every day, but especially on the days when I crave something sweet.

I’ll share more of my small changes!

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