Monthly Archives: July 2013

Review of The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club by Duncan Whitehead

The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking ClubThe Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club by Duncan Whitehead
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Don’t be put off by the title, as I almost was. It is an excellent story and full of black humour. The Gordonston ladies meet every afternoon in the park, where their dogs play together. The ladies sit at a table, sipping their cocktails discreetly hidden in plastic cups, and discussing the latest antics of their neighbours. All very innocent or so it seems on the surface, but everyone has their own secrets, including murder. Many twists and turns keep you guessing right to the end. I do feel that the book would have benefitted from another editing, to remove some of the repetitious wording, but still a good read.

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Review of Flash of Monochrome by Jonah Becker

Flash of MonochromeFlash of Monochrome by Jonah Becker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is one of those thought provoking novels. Are there really human scavengers who seek out dead bodies in the desert surrounding the borders of Mexico and the US? looking for the poor souls who don’t quite make it to the land of plenty. Do these people just die of heat exhaustion and dehydration, or are they murdered? Are the ‘coyotes’ who lead them doing it because they want to help or are they drug trafficking? Noon, the main character and Gayle from the County Medical Examiners Office join forces to uncover the answers. The characters are believable and the story held my interest right to the end. I particularly liked the last chapter, it left me wanting more.

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Bailey the Dog

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‘Who do you think you are looking at? I’ve had a hard day, now let me sleep.’

Bailey is a rescue dog, a Lakeland mix we think and about four years old. We have had him for eighteen months. He is a wonderful little dog, good-natured, not a nasty bone in his body. Loves people, other dogs and practically anything which strolls through our garden!

For more photos of Bailey please visit http://www.shirleyford.co.uk and look at page of favourite photos

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Saturday Photo from South West England

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This is a view of the Tiverton Canal in Devon. 11 miles of unspoilt waterway, where you can see nature at its best. The canal is the Grand Western Canal, the home of the last horse-drawn narrow boat, which you can take a trip on. The ‘Ducks Ditty’ is the floating cafe bar which you can see in the photo and where you can either sit on the boat or on the seating provided at the side and enjoy a drink and a snack. I recommend the icecream!

For more information see http://www.tivertoncanal.co.uk

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Friday Quote for 19th July 2013

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The Friday Quote this week is taken from Everyday Wisdom by Dr. Wayne W Dyer.

‘Conflict is a violation of harmony. If you participate in it, you’re part of the problem, not the solution.’

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A Supervisor’s Prayer – discovered in an old box!

I discovered this Supervisor’s Prayer in an old box of my father’s. It made me smile.

‘Dear Lord, help me to become the kind of Supervisor my Management would like me to be.

Give me the mysterious something that will enable me at all times satisfactorily to explain policies, rules, regulations and procedures to my workers even when they have never been explained to me.

Help me to teach and train the uninterested and dimwitted without ever losing my patience and my temper.

Give me that love for my fellow man which passeth all understanding, so that I may lead the recalcitrant, obstinate no-good worker into the path of righteousness by my own example and my soft persuading remonstrance, instead of busting him on the nose!

Instil into my inner being, tranquility and peace of mind that no longer will I wake from my restless sleep in the middle of the night crying out ‘what has the Boss got that I haven’t got? and how did he get it?

Teach me to smile if it kills me.

Make me a better leader of men by helping develop larger and greater qualities of understanding, tolerance, sympathy, wisdom, perspective, equanimity, mind reading and second sight.

And when, dear Lord, thou hast helped me to achieve the high pinnacle my Management has prescribed for me and when I shall have become the paragon of all supervisory virtues in this mortal world – dear Lord, move over!

I have also found a humerous ‘Contract of Employment Act’ of 1977, but that’s for another day!

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Saturday Photo from South West England

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The beautiful red cliffs of Sidmouth in Devon. They are slowly crumbling into the sea. People living above are seeing their gardens gradually disappearing over the cliff.

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Quotation for Friday 5th July 2013

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Another quote from the lovely book ‘Wisdom for our Times’

‘Whatever life’s challenges you may face, remember always to look to the mountaintop, for in so doing, you look to greatness. Remember this, and let no problem, no matter how great it may seem, discourage you, nor let anything less than the mountaintop distract you. This is the one thought I want to leave with you.’

Alfonso Ortiz

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Review of ‘Ryan’s Return’ by Barbara Freethy

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If you like an easy read with a predictable ending, then you will like this book. Ryan, the black sheep of the family returns to his hometown, uncertain of his reception from a father who he hasn’t spoken to for years and townsfolk who have only ever heard one side of the story. He meets up with Kara, someone he hasn’t seen since she was a child. When the storm arrives and the raging river threatens to engulf them, the families are drawn together, to fight the torrent and in doing so, learn to forgive the past and look to the future.

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Review of ‘I See You’ by Gregg Hurwitz

I See YouI See You by Gregg Hurwitz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It took a few chapters for me to be hooked, but once I got into the book, I couldn’t put it down. Drew Danner, a writer finds himself waking up in hospital, with no idea of how he got there. He is accused of murdering an ex-girlfriend. His current girlfriend wants nothing more to do with him and Drew himself is unsure of whether he did commit the murder or not. He needs to prove his innocence, but how? He decides to try and solve the crime by turning it into his next book. He asks for help from his various contacts in the LAPD and forensics, but someone is trying to frame him. Someone is staying one step ahead and leaving him messages.

This is Gregg Hurwitz at his best.

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