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Ostart 22pcs Mixed Aluminum Handle Crochet Hook Knitting Knit Needle Weave Yarn Set
Ostart 22pcs Mixed Aluminum Handle Crochet Hook Knitting Knit Needle Weave Yarn Set
Offered by Housweety Direct
Price: $6.47
127 used & new from $1.29

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent product, excellent price!, July 5, 2015
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This set of aluminum and steel crochet hooks is one of the best items I've bought on Amazon lately. There is no doubt at all why it is a "#1 Best Seller." Twenty-two crochet hooks, 10 aluminum and 12 steel come in a burgundy-colored case that zips all the way around three sides. The case isn't leather, but it is vinyl made to look like leather and the inside lining is a black plastic. Each hook has its own slip that it fits into so that they are organized and not loose in the case.

The aluminum hooks are 2.0 mm, 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0, 5.5, 6.0 and 6.5mm. The steel hooks are 0.5 mm, 0.75, 0.85, 0.9, 1.0, 1.1, 1.25, 1.3, 1.5, 1.6, 1.75, 1.9mm. It's a good size collection to keep in a needlework tote or bag.

The price of this set of crochet hooks is the best part because I've seen the same thing in catalogs advertised at a much higher price, so this is an excellent value for this product. I'm very happy with mine.


Murder, She Barked: A Paws & Claws Mystery
Murder, She Barked: A Paws & Claws Mystery
by Krista Davis
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $7.99
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable start to a new series, July 5, 2015
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"Murder, She Barked" is the first book in a new mystery series by Krista Davis who also writes The Domestic Diva series. The Paws and Claws series is off to a good start with a multi-layered mystery and a cast of characters who are interesting, a little quirky and a lot of fun. Holly Miller is the main character who answers a call to return to her grandmother's inn in Wagtail, Virginia because her Oma needs her. Oma owns a premier inn where guests can bring their pets along and can even take them to the dining room. The entire town caters to pets and as Holly stops at a gas station, she acquires her own dog who provides a lot of humor and fun in the story.

The author did an excellent job of making the mystery, the important characters and the pets involved the center of the story and didn't get off-track into anything irrelevant. The mystery is good and not easily solved. Holly is a very likeable character who faces more than one challenge along the way, and is a great help to her beloved grandmother. Two murders are two too many in such a small town as Wagtail and when a theft occurs it complicates things even more. The Sugar Maple Inn, where Holly is staying and helping her grandmother, is a place that would be wonderful if it really existed. I'd love to go there along with my cats!

I really liked this book quite a lot and I'm looking forward to the second in the series. If you're an animal/pet lover, you should enjoy "Murder, She Barked."


The Sandman
The Sandman
by Lars Kepler
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars This sandman is a nightmare, July 3, 2015
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This is a very dark tale out of Sweden by Lars Kepler. It is creepy, scary and nightmarish in parts. What is isn't is for the faint of heart and anyone who doesn't like a story about a serial killer who is locked away and who has his victims also locked away where no one knows where they are. That is, the ones who are still alive.

Swedish suspense and mystery writers tend to write on the dark side which is why I like them so much. I enjoyed this book and read it so fast that I could go back and read it again in order to pick up things I missed the first time.

Young Mikael, along with his sister, were taken from their beds one night by the worst serial killer in Sweden, Jurek Walter. It was seven years ago when the children were taken and they have long since been presumed dead. Nothing has been heard or seen of them since they disappeared. However, on a cold night along a railroad bridge a young man huddlling near death is discovered trying to make his way home. It is Mikael, the young man who was abducted all those years ago and he says his sister is still alive. This sets Detective Joona Linna on the frightening search for Mikael's sister, Felicia, in the hopes that she can be found alive.

Jurek Walter, the serial killer, is in solitary confinement in the Lowenstromska Hospital in a secure unit in total isolation. The psychiatric staff is not comfortable with him and they are always a bit afraid of him. Walter wants Joona Linna dead and he apparently had an accomplice when the two children were abducted. Linna wants to find Felicia but hasn't a clue where to start. The police decide that the only way they're going to get any information out of Walter is if a member of the police goes undercover into the hospital on the same ward and tries to talk to him and find out if he will talk about Mikael and Felicia's disappearance and where Felicia might still be. It's a tall and very dangerous order for police agent Saga Bauer to pretend to be a mentally ill patient who is being transferred to Lowenstromska to try to get Jurek Walter to talk to her, but she goes.

What transpires is the nightmare that the reader will keep reading until the book is finished and the case is hopefully solved.
I read this book very fast because it begs to be read fast. I was hooked from the very beginning and the characters, good or bad, really got my attention and imagination. Very good writing and character development and very good story.


Dogster Formerly Dog Fancy April/May 2015 Premier Issue
Dogster Formerly Dog Fancy April/May 2015 Premier Issue
by Annie B. Shirreffs
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just as good as Dog Fancy, July 3, 2015
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I was very disappointed when Dog Fancy and Cat Fancy published their last issues and announced that Dogster and Catster would be coming out very soon in their place. My disappointment was in vain because Dogster is just as good as the previous magazine and maybe better. There are still the articles on health and medicine, breeds, training and most of what was in Dog Fancy. I bought this one issue to see what I thought of it and I wasn't disappointed at all.

I'm glad that those of us who love our pets and like to read about their care still have a good magazine to enjoy.


A Midwinter's Tail: A Magical Cats Mystery
A Midwinter's Tail: A Magical Cats Mystery
by Sofie Kelly
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $7.99
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5.0 out of 5 stars A cold winter with another murder, July 3, 2015
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This is Sofie Kelly's fifth book in her Magical Cats series of mysteries. I've read them all and in this one, "A Midwinter's Tale" the two cats, Hercules and Owen, take quite active parts in the story and they surprise even Kathleen by seemingly becoming a little computer savvy. It's winter and very cold in this part of Minnesota and Christmas is just around the corner. Kathleen has her hands full with her job at the library in addition to an upcoming fundraiser for the children's reading program.

A lot of work has gone into the fundraiser as far as decorations and food, and as things are getting started for the evening one of the guests dies as a result of an allergic reaction. The fundraiser is ended and Kathleen and her romantic interest, Marcus, try to solve the case, although Marcus prefers that Kathleen stay out of the official police investigation.

I like everything about this series. I like Kathleen and the magical cats, and I especially like her volunteer work with the feral cats at Wisteria Hill. Her friends are loyal and always there when she needs them and Kathleen is there for them in a pinch. The food sounds awesome in the restaurants and cafes and Kathleen is independent enough that she doesn't have to rely on anyone but herself to get things done and enjoy her life.

These are fun books best read in order because of the order in which things happen and her friends appear in the story. The next book is due out in a few months and I'm anxiously looking forward to that one.


Kindle Cover, Pink, NuPro, Kindle Paperwhite Case, Kindle Touch Case, Folio, Kindle Cover
Kindle Cover, Pink, NuPro, Kindle Paperwhite Case, Kindle Touch Case, Folio, Kindle Cover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bright pink for my Paperwhite, June 29, 2015
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I bought this for my new Kindle Paperwhite. The Kindle is so light and thin that I'm afraid that it will get broken if one of my cats happens to step on the screen or if I drop it. The cover provides very good protection for it and has an elastic strap that fits around it so that the Kindle cannot accidentally fall out. It is attached inside the cover with four elastic straps that go over the corners of the Kindle and it seems very secure. The only thing that would make the cover better is a pocket on the inside that small notes could fit into or a few dollars for a cup of coffee so I wouldn't have to drag a purse along if reading outside my car somewhere.

I'm very satisfied and happy with the purchase overall. The pink is bright and pretty.


Sidetracked: A Kurt Wallander Mystery (5)
Sidetracked: A Kurt Wallander Mystery (5)
by Henning Mankell
Edition: Paperback
Price: $12.26
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best yet from Henning Mankell, June 29, 2015
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In one of my Kurt Wallander books it has "Sidetracked" listed as the third in the series and in another it has it as fourth. In the description on Amazon it says it is the third so I'll go with that for anyone wondering about the order. In the title above it says it's number five, so who knows?

This is an amazing thriller and one of the best I've read of Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander series yet. It's suspenseful, creepy and although whodunnit might be figured out, it's the why that isn't always easy.

The book starts out when Kurt Wallander is called to an old farmhouse by an elderly man who complains of a girl out in his rape fields just hanging around and as many times as he has asked her to leave, she won't. When Wallander sees her he tries to approach the very young woman only to have her douse herself with gasoline and set herself on fire. Wallander and the farmer are horrified, and throughout the rest of the book Wallander is haunted by the scene of this woman burning to death. The question is who is she and why did she kill herself in such an awful way.

If that isn't enough, the very next day Wallander gets a call and goes to the beach where the body of Sweden's former Minister of Justice lies axed to death and scalped. When another ax murder and scalping takes place, the police know they have a dangerous serial killer on the loose. Wallander and the Ystad police will have their hands full in order to find out who is committing these crimes and also why the young woman killed herself.

This book is fast-paced and does have its moments of violence, but I've read much grislier in other books. I love what the author has done with the relationships with Wallander and his daughter, Linda, his father, and Linda and her grandfather. Although Kurt's father remains a source of anxiety for him, the older man is somewhat of a comic relief with his paintings and his one-liners. The love that Wallander has for his daughter and also for his father, as irritating as he can be, is a very nice part of this book. The ending is worth the entire rest of the book. I really loved this one and couldn't stop reading. I think I finished it in less than twenty-four hours.


The White Lioness: A Kurt Wallander Mystery (3)
The White Lioness: A Kurt Wallander Mystery (3)
by Henning Mankell
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars From Sweden to South Africa, June 29, 2015
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I have been reading Henning Mankell's books one after the other simply because I like them so much and Kurt Wallander is a favorite character. He's depressed in this third in the series, but he usually is and he is certainly lonely enough, but in the end he is a very good cop.

"The White Lioness" goes from Sweden to South Africa and back. The story begins with the execution style death of a homemaker/real estate agent who Wallander and others in the Ystad police department search for since no one knows what happened to her. She went to a house and was supposed to return home. She never returned so there is a big search for her but she is not immediately thought to be dead.

This seems like an isolated crime once they find out what happened to Louise Akerblom, but it is part of a larger plan that will take the case all the way to South Africa where a plot for an assassination is uncovered. The story returns to Sweden again and Wallander becomes tied up in the case with an ex-KGB agent and other unsavory characters who have nothing good up their sleeves. It is an exhausting case for Wallander and the others and puts Wallander himself in danger.

Although I really wanted to see what happened in the suspenseful ending of this book, I found it confusing in parts and a little slow. Some of the book could have been cut down to make it a bit shorter since I found a lot towards the middle to the end not that necessary or relevant. I never had a thought of not finishing the book, though, because I'm on such a roll with this series. Scandinavian writers of mystery and thriller books are particularly of interest to me because I enjoy their writing so much. Mr. Mankell is recovering from lung cancer and I hope that he fully recovers and will be able to write more either in the Wallander series or stand alone novels.


Learn How Book- Coats & Clark's Book No. 170-B
Learn How Book- Coats & Clark's Book No. 170-B
by Coats & Clark's Sales Corp.
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Learn How Book is a gem, June 29, 2015
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Coats & Clark's "Learn How Book" is one I have used for reference for needlework, knitting, crochet, tatting and embroidery my whole adult life. It has everything you need to know on these subjects to learn the beginning steps of these arts/crafts. During a renovation of my home, my copy got lost and I never see it in stores anymore. Fortunately, an Amazon seller had one copy of it.

This little booklet is a bit old-fashioned with its 1950's style doilies and other patterns, but they are just as pretty today as they were then. I didn't use it for the patterns, but for help with certain stitches and I learned to tat from this book. I haven't done it for years, but now that I have my book back, I'll have to try it again.

I'm very happy to have this back in my needlework tote!


The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon
by David Grann
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Days of toil, nights of torture...", June 29, 2015
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Colonel Percy Fawcett was first a surveyor trained at the Royal Geographical Society in London. He was born and lived in England's Victorian age which was also an age in which he dabbled in the occult. At the time, during the late 19th century and early 20th century, it was also a time of exploration since there were large areas of the world that had not been seen or even the exact borders of some countries set. Fawcett was sent to South America to survey and set the borders of certain countries. Fawcett had been in the military and had been a spy at one time, so he was fit and obsessed with what he wanted to do. He was tough and would endure conditions that killed many others.

Percy Fawcett through reading and research believed wholeheartedly that what he called "The Lost City of Z" or what was known as El Dorado indeed existed in the Amazon. Conquistadores had talked about a city of gold as did other long-ago Spaniards who claimed to see a city with gleaming white buildings in the distance. Natives in the Amazon told of roads and causeways that they had seen, but the Amazon jungle is so thick that it is even hard to sustain life. Fawcett still held his beliefs and went on expeditions to find his City of Z armed with a machete, mules, and men who could barely stand the insects in the jungle much less being on the verge of starvation. A lot of lives were lost, not only on Fawcett's trips but other explorers' expeditions as well.

After several failures and years of difficulty raising funds to go back, Fawcett's last trip back to the Amazon was with his son, Jack Fawcett and Jack's best friend, Raleigh Rimell. They set off in 1925 for the last expedition into the Amazon to look for El Dorado and were never heard from nor seen again. It was as if they had disappeared from the face of the earth. Eighty years later the author of "The Lost City of Z", David Grann, set off with his own party of explorers to try to find out what happened to Colonel Fawcett and his son and his friend.

I found this book to be fascinating, both the story of Fawcett himself, and the tales of the search for El Dorado. Since the Amazon is as big as the United States, it is mind boggling to think of these men going through thick jungles where dangerous animals lived, crossing water where piranha were always present, and the insects drove men crazy. In addition to those things there were hostile native tribes with poisoned arrows. What most impressed me was Fawcett's endurance and his will to keep going despite the general thought that El Dorado was a myth and never existed.

I love reading and studying about the South American and Mexican indians: the Inca, Aztec, Maya, Toltecs and other indigenous people of the area. This is an exciting and very well-told tale of exploration and mystery. I highly recommend it.


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