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925 Sterling Silver Genuine Black Onyx Celtic Knot Triquetra Trinity Knot Ring Size 9 - Nickel Free
925 Sterling Silver Genuine Black Onyx Celtic Knot Triquetra Trinity Knot Ring Size 9 - Nickel Free
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Onyx Ring!, February 27, 2015
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This ring goes very well with the silver and onyx necklace that I purchased and reviewed recently. The ring is beautiful! It looks much more expensive than it really is, and one thing that I love about it is that the stone is flat and doesn't stand above the setting to catch on things. It is so pretty that I wear it just about every day, and the ring and necklace are becoming my go-to pieces because they match just about everything and look so nice on. The fit of the ring is true to size. Deserves lots of compliments!


State of the Onion (White House Chef Mysteries, No. 1)
State of the Onion (White House Chef Mysteries, No. 1)
by Julie Hyzy
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $7.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of fun!, February 26, 2015
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I really enjoyed this first book in the White House Chef Mystery series by Julie Hyzy. It is well-written and characters are also well-developed. This is a page-turner and a great mystery to start off a series.

When the White House Assistant Chef, Olivia (Ollie) Paras, happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, she witnesses a man who jumps the White House fence and leads the Secret Service on a wild chase which ends right in front of her. The subject tells Olivia that he is trying to warn the president that he is in danger.

Ollie loves her life in the White House kitchen, but her life is now in danger, too, because she has seen the face of an internationally wanted assassin. She's hoping to become the next Executive Chef, but so is another woman who has it in for Ollie, but she just hopes she lives long enough to help prepare for the huge state dinner that is coming up very soon.

An excellent mystery!


Supercute Animals and Pets: Christopher Hart's Draw Manga Now!
Supercute Animals and Pets: Christopher Hart's Draw Manga Now!
by Christopher Hart
Edition: Paperback
Price: $8.80
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5.0 out of 5 stars Drawing manga animals, February 20, 2015
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This is a beginner's book on drawing Manga animals. It is a short book but gives all the basics on drawing in the Manga style and has room in the later pages to complete drawings that have been partially started butleft unfinished. Good advice on practicing what is taught in each short lesson, it's a good stepping stone to more advanced drawing.

No fancy tools are needed, just the book, a pencil and a piece of paper and perhaps a few colored pencils for following what the author has done in the lessons. Christopher Hart has done some very cute and appealing animals for the beginer learning to draw.


Alexandria Collection Sterling Silver Black Onyx Necklace
Alexandria Collection Sterling Silver Black Onyx Necklace

5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice necklace and good value, February 10, 2015
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I bought this necklace to go with a pair of black onyx earrings that I have. The necklace is much prettier than the picture. The silver chain is very sturdy and is nice and shiny as are the silver circles around the black disk. The bail is large so that a bigger size chain can be used if I ever want to change it. It looks very nice with a scoop neck shirt or against a shirt with a higher neck.

For the price of this piece of jewelry, I'm very pleased with my purchase and feel that it is a good value and good quality and will last. The lobster claw fastener is not hard to hook, so overall it's a good purchase. I really look forward to wearing it.

Happy customer with this purchase!


The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic--and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World
The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic--and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World
by Steven Johnson
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars An insightful look at London's worst cholera outbreak, February 9, 2015
I loved this book. My daughter recommended it to me and she wasn't wrong about how good it is. "The Ghost Map" by Steven Johnson is a research-heavy book that gives the facts as brought forth by Dr. John Snow and the Rev. Henry Whitehead as they walked the streets of the area in London in 1854's outbreak of cholera in search of the cause of the disease that became an epidemic. Dr. John Snow tirelessly worked on theories of what the source of the epidemic was, because only a certain part of London, the area around the Golden Square and Broad Street, were affected by the deadly disease that caused entire families to die within a day or two. Snow eventually figured out where the source of the epidemic was coming from, but had a hard time convincing the public health administrators and the city because they were of a different mind on the cause.

Johnson goes on to explain how this cholera outbreak changed science and eventually the cities and the modern world. His argument goes on to explain that cities are the better choice for living because of more resources, better public health laws now and opportunities for work, socialization and the abundance of experiences that are not available in rural areas.

Johnson refers to Dickens several times as he describes the squalor that people in the poor areas of 1854 London lived in and the sorry state of the sewage system or the lack of it in the city. His reflections of Dickens are very accurate since that author spoke of similar things and people were reading Dickens' serialized books in the printed media of the day when the epidemic of cholera broke out.

This is a fascinating read that is a page-turner even though it is an historical account of an epidemic that took place 155 years ago. It allows us to see how different things were then and how the rich lived as opposed to the poor, but the cholera didn't discriminate. It killed both rich and poor.

Steven Johnson's book gave me an appreciation for Snow's hard work and devotion to finding the source of the cholera outbreak and also for Rev. Whitehead's devotion as well. Both basically devoted their lives to finding the cause and the stoppage of such an awful disease. Unknown to them, the bacterium that was the culprit had been seen through a microscope by another scientist, but his finding would not be known about for another thirty years.

"The Ghost Map" title refers to a map that was eventually made to show the area of the outbreak and each dwelling on the streets that were affected with cholera deaths. It must have been a monumental work to accomplish.

There is so much more in this book to learn and be fascinated by, or else repulsed by some of the facts of the day regarding cleanliness and the lack of public sewage control, but it reads like a novel.

An excellent book for anyone who likes history and/or epidemiology stories.


Chapter & Hearse (A Booktown Mystery)
Chapter & Hearse (A Booktown Mystery)
by Lorna Barrett
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Loved this cozy mystery, February 2, 2015
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"Chapter and Hearse" by Lorna Barrett is the fourth book in her Booktown Mystery series. 'Booktown' is actually Stoneham, New Hampshire that has been brought back to life by the Chamber of Commerce bringing in specialty bookstores to try to bring the town back to life and to get in some badly needed revenue. Tricia Miles is the owner of Haven't Got a Clue which is the town's mystery bookstore. Miss Marple, Tricia's cat, is always there to greet customers and staff and to sit with them a while if customers would like to have a cup of coffee and some baked goods in the coffee area of the store.

Tricia's sister, Anjelica, has written her first cookbook entitled "Easy-Does-It Cooking" and has planned a book-signing day in her cookbook store in addition to the cafe she owns across the street from Tricia's store. Anjelica is looking forward to her signing day with a cooking demo, desserts and of course selling and signing her books. She is very disappointed when the only guests are Tricia and her bookstore staff and Anjelica's own staff. However, she has an itinerary worked out for a three-week signing tour that starts the next day.

After the flop of a signing party, Tricia walks down the street towards Jim Roth's history bookstore, History Repeats Itself. She notices that Anjelica's sometimes cantankerous boyfriend's car is there. As Tricia nears the store, there is a tremendous explosion and Tricia is blown back off her feet. The next thing she knows, Bob is being put into an ambulance and taken to the hospital with second degree burns, but there is no sign of Jim Roth, the store owner. Tricia promises her sister that she will look in on Bob until her book-signing tour is over, but when she does he hardly wants to talk and is very quiet and secretive about the explosion and any details he might know about it..

Someone in town is obviously after more than just History Repeats Itself since some bad things start happening to others, and as Tricia always feels it a duty to sleuth around for more information and answers, she puts herself in danger. She finds that a few people are becoming downright hostile towards her.

I really enjoyed this cozy mystery that was detailed with a lot of interesting characters, to say the least. These novels have a mystery to them, but they do have that homey, cozy feeling especially in Haven't Got a Clue with the coffee area and the goodies that are there for customers and the company of the kitty, Miss Marple. If my neighborhood had a bookstore like this one, I'd visit several times a week just for the camaraderie! (And the cat since I'm a cat lover!)

This is a well-written series and I'm looking forward to reading the next book, number five which is Sentenced to Death (A Booktown Mystery)


The Disappearance
The Disappearance
by J. F. Freedman
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best legal thriller I've read in ages, January 30, 2015
Any book that begins with a first sentence like this one does has me hooked for the next 486 pages. "The moon, two days past full, hangs low and forbiddingly cold, diamond hard in the late winter dead-of-night sky." This sets the stage for a shocking story of a 14-year-old girl from a very affluent family who goes missing from her California home in the middle of the night during a sleepover with two of her teenage friends. The parents, Glenna and Doug Lancaster, are distraught over the disappearance of Emma,their only child. Eight days later Emma's body is found.

An arrest is finally made for the kidnapping and murder of Emma Lancaster, and a lawyer who had left his California practice several years ago is convinced to come back and defend Joe Allison, the media celebrity, who is accused of the crime. Luke Garrison is back in the courtroom and up against some very tough odds to beat.

The majority of the book is taken up with Luke's research and interviews before the trial and then the explosive trial. There isn't a dull moment as one surprising find after another comes to light. There are so many twists and turns along the way that as soon as I thought I'd solved the case something else would pop up in the evidence and I was wrong again. But the end does come and with it a twist that I never saw coming.

How I've missed this author until now is beyond me. There are definitely a lot more books by J.F.Freedman to be read and I plan on doing just that.

The Disappearance is a very well and tightly written legal thriller that has very well-developed characters that I cared about. I wasn't anxious for the book to end simply because I didn't want to leave the suspense of that courtroom and the characters themselves.


A Deadly Cliche (A Books by the Bay Mystery Book 2)
A Deadly Cliche (A Books by the Bay Mystery Book 2)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A charming series and this book is great!, January 20, 2015
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"A Deadly Cliche" by Ellery Adams is the second book in the Books by the Bay series of mysteries. This one I found to be particularly good with the members of the Bayside Book Writers Group involved in trying to figure out who is doing home burglaries and also some murders and leaving behind clues that suggest well-known cliches. Police Chief Sawyer Rawlings has his hands full trying to solve these crimes and since he is a member of the Bayside Book Writers Group, he asks for help from the members.

Olivia and her poodle, Captain Haviland,are out walking on the beach early one morning when they come upon a man's body buried in the sand up to his neck and with a bucket on his hand and a little plastic shovel in his hand. Olivia gets the police to the site, and after being questioned she goes back to prepare for a hurricane that is headed for Oyster Bay. If the recent crimes aren't enough, a bad storm is stirring up more anxiety.

While Olivia's Boot Top restaurant is doing well, she is preparing to purchase an old building to convert into a crab house for the following year. She is successful in her business pursuits and enjoys her Book Writers Group, but when she receives a mysterious letter, Olivia has another more personal mystery to solve. Alot is going on in this book, but it is all woven together very well, including the next chapters of the Bayside Book Writers.

This is a very atmospheric novel with the hurricane looming and a killer on the loose. This is a very good series with characters that I like very much and care for, and the series is well worth reading. I'm a bit behind on the installments but I'll catch up.

Highly recommended.


Black Water: A Merci Rayborn Novel (Merci Rayborn Novels Book 3)
Black Water: A Merci Rayborn Novel (Merci Rayborn Novels Book 3)
Offered by Hachette Book Group
Price: $5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Love the Merci Rayborn novels, January 20, 2015
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As far as I know, there are only three novels in T. Jefferson Parker's Merci Rayborn series, and I really wish there were more. I've read two of them, and I really like the character of Detective Merci Rayborn. "Black Water" is a suspenseful whodunit police procedural that starts out with the shooting death of Gwen Wildcraft, wife of Deputy Archie Wildcraft who is also shot at their home. Archie went outside to check out a noise and was shot in the head, leaving him with a bullet lodged in his brain. His beautiful wife, Gwen, was shot to death inside their home. Detective Merci Rayborn is the only one who doesn't believe that Archie killed his wife and then tried to kill himself. She will have a difficult time proving her point, if she is right. All the evidence points to Archie as the shooter. Merci knew Archie and also knew that he and Gwen loved each other very much.

Merci is a no nonsense detective, focused and when she believes in something, such as Archie's innocence, she usually won't budge from her reasons for what she believes. She listens to other detectives, but runs her own investigation checking out all leads, but won't rush her investigation just because her boss wants an arrest made.

Archie is in the hospital with bullet fragments in his brain which have caused some memory loss and erratic behavior, but the fragments cannot be removed. He is questioned but his answers don't always make sense, but he knows he didn't kill Gwen, or at least he says he didn't. One day Archie turns up missing from the hospital which just adds to the problems police are having. Now they have to find Archie.

I thought around the middle of the book that it got a bit bogged down with the investigation and pursuit of some other suspects, but it soon enough cleared up from what I saw as some confusion.

Merci is a great character who lives with her father who babysits her little boy. The very touching story of her romance with her son's father is in the first book, "The Blue Hour." I'm hoping that the author adds to this series, but he hasn't written any other Merci Rayborn novels recently that I'm aware of. In these novels, you get to know the characters and care about what happens to them.

A real page-turner.


Falling Together: A Novel
Falling Together: A Novel
by Marisa De los Santos
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.47
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5.0 out of 5 stars Weathering growing up and change, January 20, 2015
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I really loved this book. It is the first one I've read by this author and I've downloaded another already. "Falling Together" by Marisa de los Santos reminds me of Meg Wolitzer's "The Interestings" since the two books deal in part with the deep friendships and bonds made in college and what happens after the college years when each person has to pursue a life of his or her own and changes over time.

In "Falling Together" friends Pen, Will and Cat are inseparable in college and beyond and are always there for one another. After some time goes by Will and Cat decide that they no longer want to be friends with Pen and leave, Cat giving the order that they are never to call each other again. Pen is farely devastated over this because she doesn't understand why Will and Cat would do such a thing.

Several years go by and Pen receives an e-mail from Cat asking Pen to meet her at their tenth reunion because she needs her. Will receives the same mysterious e-mail. When they show up at the reunion it isn't anything like they think it is, and Will and Pen and Pen's little daughter, Augusta, are in for a mystery that will tell them things about Cat they never knew and things about themselves and each other that will surprise them.

This is a book that is very hard to put down. I liked the characters very much and watched them grow from the beginning to the end of the book, especially Pen. Interesting, too, are the struggles that these young people have with accepting their parents for who they are.

I very much enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.


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