Thursday, April 27, 2017

Poet Shel Silverstein’s Sausalito Houseboat Is For Sale!

I came across an article I discovered online titled, Poet Shel Silverstein’s Sausalito houseboat asks $390K by Adam Brinklow. In the article, Adam Brinklow wrote:
A bohemian one-bed, one-bath Sausalito houseboat that once belonged to Shel Silverstein, the late author of The Giving Tree and Where the Sidewalk Ends, listed in March, now asking $390,000.
Waterfront dwellers pre-Silverstein built 8 Liberty Dock on top of an old balloon barge from World War II. Balloon barges were special Navy vessels “whose lofted cables were designed to snare kamikaze aircraft,” according to Smithsonian Magazine, although Marinscope calls them anti-submarine defenses.
In either case, Silverstein moved into the converted wartime tub in 1967, opting out of the relative hustle and bustle of the Haight to join Sausalito’s floating bohemia of artists, itinerants, and literal drifters, according to the 2007 biography A Boy Named Shel:

In the beginning the houseboat community was essentially a community of squatters who had only salvage rights. [...] The whole place was a bit like living in Never Never Land. Since Shel was a modern day Peter Pan, the two fit together perfectly.
Click on the top link to read the entire story and see photographs of Shel Silverstein's former houseboat.

Sausalito is a beautiful place to live, but I can't imagine paying $390K for a houseboat that only has one bedroom and needs renovation work... Even if said houseboat is a piece of history.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Case of The Hated Body (The Sleepless Detective Murder Mystery #1) by Carrie Marsh

Cozy Mystery Novella
The Case of The Hated Body (The Sleepless Detective Murder Mystery #1) by Carrie Marsh is mystery novella approximately 96 pages in length by a new to me author.

I was able to download a copy of The Case of The Hated Body (The Sleepless Detective Murder Mystery #1) by Carrie Marsh to my Kindle for FREE from Amazon.

Below is my honest, unbiased review of The Case of The Hated Body (The Sleepless Detective Murder Mystery #1) by Carrie Marsh.

I enjoyed reading The Case of The Hated Body (The Sleepless Detective Murder Mystery #1) by Carrie Marsh. It wasn't a perfect read by any means, but it kept my interest throughout the entire novella from start to finish. The red herring was obvious... However, I was surprised by whodunnit, even if I did figure it out kind of early.

The following is a plot summary for The Case of The Hated Body (The Sleepless Detective Murder Mystery #1) by Carrie Marsh from Amazon:
Chilling Screams... A Dead Boarder...Deception
Confident in his ability to solve any case the sleepy town of Rockport can throw at him, Detective Richard Watson never expected to get saddled with the senseless brutality of a case like the Rockport Heights Murder. Not only could any one of the guests at Rockport Heights boarding house be suspects, but the more he investigates the more he finds there is something badly off about the murder of Rebecca Jones...
Richard sets his sights on two major suspect: Rebecca's husband, found to have a history of abusive behavior, and Julian Rhys, her self-appointed protector. But he finds himself torn between the most obvious options and his gut feeling that they may not be the right ones. Struggling to separate his personal life and his judgement, Richard turns to the only clue he really has: the way the young woman died.
With mounting tension threading to topple their investigation Richard and his young assistant, Alexander Ford, follow a confusing trail of clues that seem to lead in every direction.
Can Detective Watson find a way to put together the seemingly senseless clues in time to solve the case once and for all?
Or will suspicions, ghost stories and his own waning health prevent from discovering the truth in time?
The Case of the Hated Body is a spine-tingling race through multiple suspects, each with a motive for killing the young woman. As each is cleared, join the detective as he searches for the truth of what happened that dreadful night…but don’t read it alone in the dark!
This is a standalone cozy mystery novella.
I am giving The Case of The Hated Body (The Sleepless Detective Murder Mystery #1) by Carrie Marsh a rating of 3 stars out 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!

Bookish Quote of the Day!!


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Power, Wealth And Murder by Ella White

Cozy Mystery Novella
Power, Wealth And Murder by Ella White is a cozy mystery novella approximately 68 pages in length. Power, Wealth And Murder is the first book in the Carriage Cove Cozy Mystery Series and is the first thing I've read by author, Ella White.

I was able to download Power, Wealth And Murder by Ella White for FREE to my Kindle from Amazon.

Below is my honest, unbiased review of Power, Wealth And Murder by Ella White.

Below is the plot summary for Power, Wealth And Murder by Ella White from Amazon:
Life terrifyingly ends up imitating art when Sip & Read Cafe owner Victoria Matheson hosts a book reading at her establishment. An event which features "Power, Wealth & Murder"... the latest mystery novel from one of her favorite authors Harrison Bell. But the very next day the body of the book store’s assistant manager is discovered. Apparently murdered in a similar fashion to characters in Bell's book! Carriage Cove police chief Susan Miles apprehends Bell in Lee's death, placing him behind bars.

Victoria, saddened by both the sudden death and Harrison's imprisonment. She sets out with the aid of her daughter Rachel to solve the mystery. Victoria and Rachel will have to sift through a dark and odd cast of characters including a shady Businessman, an obsessed fan who bares a striking resemblance to Harrison, and a very ambitious personal assistant of Mr. Bell's. To uncover the shocking truth! 
Find out what happens in book one of the Carriage Cove Mysteries!
I am giving Power, Wealth And Murder by Ella White a rating of 4 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!

The Amersham Rubies by Rhys Bowen

Historical Mystery Short Story
The Amersham Rubies by Rhys Bowen is 38 page cozy mystery, short story that features the character, Molly Murphy. This was the first time reading something by author, Rhys Bowen.

I was able to download The Amersham Rubies by Rhys Bowen to my Kindle for FREE from Amazon.

Below is my honest, unbiased review of The Amersham Rubies by Rhys Bowen.

I heard about Rhys Bowen as a mystery writer for quite a few years now, but had never read anything by her until now. I decided to read The Amersham Rubies by Rhys Bowen, because it's a short story, which will give me a short sample of Rhys Bowen's writing style. Additionally, The Amersham Rubies by Rhys Bowen is the first in the Molly Murphy Mysteries, so I figured that if I enjoyed Rhy Bowen's writing and the leading character of Molly Murphy, then I would continue reading the Molly Murphy Mysteries series.

I was a bit disappointed after reading The Amersham Rubies by Rhys Bowen. I thought that Rhy Bowen's writing was good, but felt like this short story was more of a teaser read. Meaning that, I felt like The Amersham Rubies by Rhys Bowen was basically an introduction to the character of Molly Murphy for those of us yet acquainted with her. The Amersham Rubies by Rhys Bowen also felt too tidy of a story, with Molly Murphy solving the crime rather too quickly for someone who has never been a crime solver before. Plus, the criminal seemed too eager to just go along with things rather too easily for my taste.

The following is a plot summary for The Amersham Rubies by Rhys Bowen from Amazon:
Before Molly Murphy crossed the Atlantic or even had an inkling that she might someday become a much sought after private investigator in New York City, young Molly lived in Ireland in a small cottage with her father, brothers and little else.
While keeping herself and her home together, Molly receives a request from Lady Hartley—the lady of the country estate where Molly lives, and the family that employs Molly’s father and brothers. The Hartleys are hosting a ball at their manor house, and there will be so many fine gentlemen and ladies in attendance that Lady Hartley needs Molly to help some of her guests prepare for the ball.
Beautiful debutantes, dresses of the finest fabrics, and sparkling chandeliers are all on display, as are heirloom jewels like the Amersham rubies—a stunning and priceless ruby necklace that has been in the Amersham family for generations. When the rubies go inexplicably missing from Lady Amersham’s neck in the middle of the party, the high-spirited Molly must rely on her wits to solve her first case in Rhys Bowen’s charming prequel to her beloved Anthony and Agatha Award–winning historical mystery series.
I am giving The Amersham Rubies by Rhys Bowen a rating of 2 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!

A Cue to a Kill (Stage Door #2.5) by Lilian Watts

Cozy Mystery Short Story
A Cue to a Kill (Stage Door #2.5) by Lilian Watts is a cozy mystery short story approximately 45 pages in length.

I was able to download A Cue to a Kill (Stage Door #2.5) by Lilian Watts to my Kindle for FREE from Amazon.

Below is my honest, unbiased review of A Cue to a Kill (Stage Door #2.5) by Lilian Watts.

I like reading cozy mysteries and A Cue to a Kill (Stage Door #2.5) by Lilian Watts was an enjoyable cozy mystery to read. I liked the setting taking place in a theater and that the characters were part of the cast and crew of a theater company. I, however, was able to figure out whodunnit early on, so that was a bit of a buzzkill.

The following is a plot summary for A Cue to a Kill (Stage Door #2.5) by Lilian Watts from Amazon:
The show must go on... but can it, when one of the actors has a cue to a kill?
Backstage at the last night performance of the murder-mystery play "Bone Chiller," a real life killer is stalking the corridors of the theater.
The Goose Meadow Bay Players' Halloween production has been declared an artistic success by enthralled audiences, but onstage and backstage the cast and crew are just a little bit bored.

On the last night, one of the actors has a great idea to liven things up and everything seems harmless enough, but then an attempt is made on one actor's life. Not long after that, another goes missing.
With the audience's laughter ringing in their ears, the cast are more intent on stardom than finding the potential murderer lurking amongst them. Can Kath keep the show running, the cast safe and make sure the killer sticks to the script?
This is a cozy mystery short read in the Stage Door series.
I am giving A Cue to a Kill (Stage Door #2.5) by Lilian Watts a rating of 3 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!

Black Eyed Susie by Kristen Mae

eBook Short Story
Black Eyed Susie by Kristen Mae is a short story that is approximately 32 pages in length. This is the first thing I've read written by author Kristen Mae.

I was able to download Black Eyed Susie by Kristen Mae to my Kindle for Free from Amazon.

Below is my honest, unbiased review of Black Eyed Susie by Kristen Mae.

Black Eyed Susie by Kristen Mae is a decent read as it is suspenseful. I enjoyed the plot twist for Black Eyed Susie... One person taking justice into their own hands is the best way to describe this short story.

The following is a plot summary for Black Eyed Susie by Kristen Mae from Amazon:
“Dark and gritty and bloody and awesome. But you have to read to the end.” - Meghan O’Flynn, author of the Ash Park series
*A predator lurks...
She caught his attention right away with her blond angel curls, heart-shaped mouth, and huge black eyes. She’s young, but she’s mature for her age—someone he can confide in. Someone who doesn’t pester and nag and berate him. Someone who, with a webcam recording, will do any naughty thing he asks.
And now that her parents are out of town, she’s invited him for a visit.
He stands on her front porch ready to knock, knees shaking, heart pounding. He knows what he’s doing is against the law—that it’s wrong. But he won’t turn around. Because on the other side of that door, Susan is waiting. And she says she wants to make all his fantasies come true.
But what he doesn’t know is that when it comes to little Black-Eyed Susie, you’d better be careful what you wish for.
*Please note that all characters in this story are 18+
I am giving Black Eyed Susie by Kristen Mae a rating of 3 stars out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Little Free Library in Livermore, California



Yippee!! Yesterday evening, my husband and I visited our seventh Little Free Library this year in Livermore, California.

I really enjoy visiting Little Free Libraries and have fun going out of my way to find ones that I have yet to visit. I love the idea of sharing books with other readers. I always find it fun to see which new book or books are waiting for me to read at the Little Free Libraries I visit. 

I left a copy of the novel, The First Wife, for the next reader to find and grabbed a copy of the novel, The Nest, for myself at the Little Free Library we found in Livermore, California.

I also register the books I leave behind at Little Free Libraries on Bookcrossing in hopes that the next reader will join Bookcrossing (if they aren't a member of Bookcrossing already) and that the reader will make a journal entry for the book letting me know their thoughts about the book once they've read it.

Until my next post, happy reading!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

A Cocktail Literally Made With Old Books!!

I discovered an interesting article on Washingtonian's website titled, Columbia Room Has a Cocktail Literally Made With Old Books by Jessica Sidman. In the article, Jessica Sidman wrote the following:
To make the literary tincture, the bar staff collected a number of 100-year-old books. “I was trying to avoid getting anything too iconic. It probably would have been interesting to do Proust,” Fetherston says, but he felt conflicted about destroying a great piece of literature. (He doesn’t remember the titles of the books used.) 
The pages were vacuum-sealed with grapeseed oil, then the infusion was fat-washed with a neutral high-proof spirit. 
The result? “It has that musty, fusty old library quality to it,” Fetherston says. And strangely, it tastes like duck fat, too.
The old books are combined with Armagnac, vintage PX sherry, a porcini cordial, and eucalyptus to create a sweet dessert drink with a “savory edge.” The cocktail is served in a flask that’s placed inside a hollowed-out book. It’s paired with a chocolate shiso leaf.
I don't think this particular cocktail made from old books sounds very appealing to me. I wouldn't drink it. What are your thoughts? Would you drink this unique cocktail?

Murder at the Manor by C. T. Mitchell

Cozy Mystery Short Story
Murder at the Manor by C. T. Mitchell is a 32 page cozy mystery short story written by a new to me author.

I was able to download Murder at the Manor by C. T. Mitchell to my Kindle for FREE from Amazon.

Below is my honest, unbiased review of Murder at the Manor by C. T. Mitchell.

I didn't enjoy reading Murder at the Manor by C. T. Mitchell at all. The characters and the story were deplorable! Ugh, I couldn't believe the interactions between characters... Let alone how the story's outcome and ending turned out. I'm so glad I received this short story for free and that it was a short read. I do not plan to read any of the other books in the series.

The following is a plot summary for Murder at the Manor by C. T. Mitchell from Amazon:
Former UK British army Major, Digby Roberts, is found dead; poisoned during a birthday celebration given for his adopted daughter Natasha at his prestigious luxury manor on the outskirts of Bangalow, a sleepy country village in northern New South Wales, Australia.
Detective Tom Sullivan is called to investigate and is surprised to find Lady Margaret Turnbull already on the scene. He knows that she is way ahead on solving this murder mystery; much to his annoyance. Former UK resident Lady Margaret, the proud owner of Lawler's Loft, the region's finest bed and breakfast guesthouse, is also considered to be the village busy body and part time amateur sleuth. Together they work well.
"Poisoning is not random. It's a private, personal affair" is Maggies line of thought as this woman sleuth sorts her way through a myriad of suspects including a neglected, subservient wife, a drunkard bother in law and an over protective boyfriend - all with secrets to hide - making this crime fiction women sleuth novella even more captivating.
In his latest international cozy mysteries series, mystery novel Australian crime fiction author C T Mitchell serves up another feast of twists and turns that will keep you guessing right to the end. You won't pick the ending in this amateur sleuth murder mystery - in fact it will surprise you!
I am giving Murder at the Manor by C. T. Mitchell a rating of 1 star out of 5 stars.

Until my next post, happy reading!!