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The Hypnotist: A Novel (Detective Inspector Joona Linna)
The Hypnotist: A Novel (Detective Inspector Joona Linna)
by Lars Kepler
Edition: Paperback
Price: $10.84
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4.0 out of 5 stars Joona Linna's first case, July 21, 2015
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I'm surprised at the number of one-star reviews that were given to "The Hypnotist" by Lars Kepler. I couldn't put it down. I will agree that the Pokemon part of the story didn't make a whole lot of sense and didn't add to the story of the gruesome murders of a family, leaving the one son so badly wounded in the hospital that he was near death.

Detective Joona Linna takes over the case of the hypnotist, Dr. Erik Maria Bark, who left the business of hypnotism ten years earlier and who has given it up completely, but is convinced by Linna to do it one more time. Linna also has the case of the murdered family which turns out to be quite complicated as far as why they were killed.

There are a lot of characters in this book and a lot of sub-plots that go on. Some could have been left out and the book wouldn't have been at a loss for anything. Despite all of this, I found the book hard to put down because of the suspense and the need to find out who had committed the crimes.

I would recommend it to anyone who likes Scandinavian crime thrillers or just crime/suspense/thriller readers.


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OPI Liquid Sand Collection, Inspired by Mariah Carey, A Butterfly Moment
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very pretty soft shade, July 14, 2015
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This Mariah Carey inspired color called A Butterfly Moment is very light and soft. It's a great color for spring and summer and appears like the picture shows it. I love OPI nail colors because the quality is so good and they tend to stay on longer than some other polishes I have. Has a nice shimmer to it and looks good with my skin tone.

I'm happy with the purchase, and I've also found that Amazon's prices for OPI shades are usually less than what I would pay in a regular retail store.


Death Under Glass (A Stained-Glass Mystery)
Death Under Glass (A Stained-Glass Mystery)
by Jennifer McAndrews
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $7.99
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4.0 out of 5 stars Much better than the first in the series!, July 14, 2015
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In this second installment in Jennifer McAndrews' Stained Glass Mystery series, "Death Under Glass", I found that this book is better-written and has much more about making stained glass and the actual process of it than did the first book. I remember that was a complaint of many reviewers of "Ill-Gotten Panes."

Georgia Kelly is still living with her grandfather and her best friend is still Carrie, Wenwood, N.Y.'s antique shop owner who is divorced from Russ. A call comes in that her ex-husband's law practice office building is on fire and when Carrie and Georgia get there it is pretty much burned to the ground. Russ isn't anywhere to be found and police and firefighters have no idea who set the fire or how it started. Just days later, Carrie's antique shop is broken into and nothing is stolen but it is trashed and Georgia's stained glass pieces she had made to sell in the shop are crushed and scattered. Georgia has a commissioned piece she is working on for a client and luckily it wasn't in the shop.

Besides the crime-solving that, as usual, the police don't want the females taking part in, there is the question of Georgia's interest in a few nice men in town and wondering when she can be on her own and drive her own car instead of her grandfather's Jeep. The only thing that confused me a bit was the ending, otherwise I enjoyed this book much more than the first one. I'm looking forward to a third book in the series and I hope there will be one.


The Fifth Woman (A Kurt Wallander Mystery)
The Fifth Woman (A Kurt Wallander Mystery)
by Henning Mankell
Edition: Paperback
Price: $10.57
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5.0 out of 5 stars "But there had also been a fifth woman......the night the assailants appeared.....", July 14, 2015
Each of Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander novels is better than the last. In "The Fifth Woman" the story begins in Africa when four nuns and a fifth woman are murdered and the death of the fifth one is covered up. Some time after, near Ystad, Sweden, an elderly man who enjoys birdwatching goes outside at night to listen to the sounds of the migratory birds leaving for the winter and comes to a well-planned and gruesome death. In Ystad, a florist shop is broken into and the owner goes missing. In the meantime, since crime is on the increase citizens of Ystad and other areas in Sweden are trying to take the law into their own hands and are forming local militias which isn't helping the police.

I thought this was an exquistely written novel. The characters step off the page like living people and the members of the Ystad Police Department have problems with the case as well as problems in their personal lives that must be solved. The entire team, and Wallander most especially, becomes exhausted, running on little sleep and even less food until they can solve the case. Wallender thinks about his trip to Rome with his father and reflects on his time there.

The pace of this book is steady and it it's hard to put down. A long book at 654 pages, I had no trouble finishing it in a little over two days because I couldn't wait to get back to it. We get to see Kurt's daughter, Linda, again and Wallander maintains his slightly depressed mood of his middle-age years wondering if life will improve for him. The everyday problems of living, such as when there will be time to do the pile of laundry on the floor and what to do about grocery shopping when there is no time pop up and make Wallander a person living in the modern world as well as an excellent and dedicated policeman.

I loved the book and highly recommend it.


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5.0 out of 5 stars ZetaClear works!, July 10, 2015
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This product really works. I've had a fungal infection on one toe that spread to others and the doctor didn't want to give me oral medication due to the side effects. The only thing that seemed to start working before I got ZetaClear was coconut oil and it slowly does help it get better. However, the ZetaClear, applied three times a day, has nearly cleared up the infection and I have no more athlete's foot infections due to the fungus. As long as that toe was infected I would continue to get the itching and burning of athlete's foot. No more since using the ZetaClear and my toes are starting to look a lot more normal.

I'm a happy consumer with this product!


Granny Squares-All Shapes and Sizes: Over 50 Projects and Techniques to Give the Classic Crochet Pattern a Whole New Look
Granny Squares-All Shapes and Sizes: Over 50 Projects and Techniques to Give the Classic Crochet Pattern a Whole New Look
by Béatrice Simon
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $15.61
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5.0 out of 5 stars 50 projects with lovely granny motifs, July 9, 2015
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This is a very lovely book, again on the making of granny squares, but with a twist on the original design. There are many different ways to crochet a granny square besides the typical one that everyone thinks of in a multi-colored afghan. There are different shapes and sizes to make and the nice thing about this book is the number of projects that are included with the instructions on putting them together and the finishing steps. The pin cushion on the cover is what I want to start with.

There are instructions in the back for how to do basic crochet stitches. This book is well worth the money and is fun to read and look at when the crochet hook isn't in hand.


Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs: 144 circles, hexagons, triangles, squares, and other unexpected shapes
Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs: 144 circles, hexagons, triangles, squares, and other unexpected shapes
by Edie Eckman
Edition: Spiral-bound
Price: $13.74
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful crochet motifs, July 9, 2015
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This is such a beautiful book as well as the cover. There are 144 crochet motifs to try but no projects which seems to be the main complaint of a lot of reviewers. The author leaves it up to the creativity of the crocheter to use the motifs in a way that works. Some of them seem to be hard to connect together for an afghan or shawl, but others would make a great applique on a bag or other item.

The directions are good and at the back of the book on page 197 the author has given some ideas for sewing together some of the shapes and in the beginning are 3 pages on attaching together the motifs, so there is a little help in what to do with them. I haven't tried any of them yet, but there are a few that are calling my name.

It gets 5 stars from me for its originality, beauty and inspiration for crocheters.


Twisted Threads (A Mainely Needlepoint Mystery)
Twisted Threads (A Mainely Needlepoint Mystery)
by Lea Wait
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: $7.02
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mostly Maine Needlepointers, July 9, 2015
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"Twisted Threads" by Lea Wait is the first book in a new series of "Mainely Needlepoint Mysteries." Of course the story takes place in Maine and deals with a group of needlepointers that have been drawn together into a business by the protagonist's grandmother. The business manager of the group proves not to be as honorable as he was in the past, and so the mystery begins.

I enjoyed the book but found the characters to be a little more shallow than in some of the other more established series of mysteries. What I did love were the quotes from antique samplers at the beginning of each chapter that were mostly done by young girls learning their stitching at a young age, one being only 4 years old. Since I am interested in old samplers, I enjoyed that part very much.

The ending is somewhat of a cliffhanger for the second book coming out in September. I will definitely read that one to see what happens and to see if the second book improves after this first one. And of course there is a cat in the story.


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
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Price: $6.46
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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."


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