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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Slim Wallet, May 3, 2016
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I like carrying my wallet in my front pocket because there's less chance of losing it. This slim-fit wallet holds all my cards and cash in a barely perceptible profile. Getting the cards in and out takes a little effort, but that also ensures they stay put while I'm gardening, etc. I've been using it for a couple weeks now and am very happy with it.


Marvel Comics Thor's Mighty Hammer Adult T-Shirt - Charcoal (XXX-Large)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, March 19, 2016
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Great shirt


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5.0 out of 5 stars I love gardening and these are simply among the best you ..., March 19, 2016
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I've got 9 of these now. I love gardening and these are simply among the best you can get for raising a healthy garden.


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5.0 out of 5 stars My wife and I are looking forward to putting up ..., March 19, 2016
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My wife and I are looking forward to putting up frozen veggies from the garden this year. There's plenty of space. We never knew how much of a relief it would be to have the extra space, and the convenience of the vertical access.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, March 19, 2016
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I love this scent! One of the most relaxing I have found.


Adjustable Folding Walking Cane Cold Steel Biker
Adjustable Folding Walking Cane Cold Steel Biker
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great support, March 19, 2016
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This thing has come in so handy since my injury has gotten worse. I'm using it every day now and it's a relief to have. Will have surgery in June, and I'm sure it'll come in handy then too. It's solid, sturdy, and has provided constant support.


Between the Living and the Dead: A Dan Rhodes Mystery (Sheriff Dan Rhodes Mysteries)
Between the Living and the Dead: A Dan Rhodes Mystery (Sheriff Dan Rhodes Mysteries)
by Bill Crider
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5.0 out of 5 stars There's Feral Hogs in Them There Woods!, August 15, 2015
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Every year for several years now, I’ve traveled down to Blacklin County, Texas, to help out with a murder investigation. Seems like somebody’s always ending up dead in little towns around the county and it takes a heap of investigating to set things back to rights.

Those little Texas towns are a lot like the ones where I grew up in Oklahoma. Same people, same diners, same economies, same problems. Now I like sophisticated murder cases too, and I like them spread out over the last couple hundred years all over the country, and all over the rest of the world as well.

But there’s something about these hometown murders that I relish. Maybe it’s the familiarity with the countryside, how everything is laid out on the page just the way I know things really are. Folks in small towns can be small-minded, yet still hooked into the technological marvels we have today, but they still worry about feral hogs and haunted houses.

I think one of the best parts of these Blacklin County murders is my good friend Sheriff Dan Rhodes. We’ve been riding the trail together for a few years now and I know how he thinks. Rhodes has changed a little over the years, got himself hitched and added to his critter collection, but he’s more or less the same guy I got to know in Shotgun Saturday Night (I started out a murder behind, but I caught up).

This year, Rhodes had another murder. A dead outlaw turned up in what is believed to be a haunted house, and Rhodes had to figure out who done for the man and what was going on. As usual, a simple murder in Blacklin County gets complicated because lots of other folks are protecting themselves, others, and their secrets.

In the middle of that investigation, there was a bull riding event, a brand spanking new paranormal investigation team (that I hope to hear more about), and a feral hog stampede that puts one man in the hospital and has the sheriff up a tree.

These are the way Rhodes’s cases go. Along the way, he’s aided and abetted by his usual crew (although he’d point out that none of them are as helpful as maybe they should be). Gradually, Rhodes works things out, and there are plenty of twists and turns you won’t see coming. In my opinion, Blacklin County has got to be one of the most interesting places in Texas. Or anywhere, for that matter.

If you haven’t been along for a murder in Blacklin County, come on down. And if you have, welcome back.


The Long Way Down (Daniel Faust) (Volume 1)
The Long Way Down (Daniel Faust) (Volume 1)
by Craig Schaefer
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Beginning to a New Paranormal Detective Series, August 12, 2015
I try to keep up with everything being published, but it’s gotten harder with all the ebook publications that have sprung up. One of the series I missed when it first debuted is Craig Schaefer’s Dan Faust fantasy series, but I’m catching up.

Dan Faust is an interesting character, a real-live mage who sometimes does street magic to pay the bills in Las Vegas. We meet him in the first book, The Long Way Down, which actually sounds like it could be the title of a Raymond Chandler novel. Chandler’s iconic private eye, Philip Marlowe, was one of Schaefer’s inspirations for his Faust character. Faust is just coming out of a broken relationship, too many booze-filled nights, and a slowdown in business.

Faust’s major occupation is revenge for hire. If a client can prove the person they want revenge on deserves getting Faust’s brand of justice, and they can meet the price, Faust can deliver on revenge that’s merely a financial crisis, a loss of public image, or even death.

I had a really good time with this book. Schaefer’s prose is easy to read, the plot is twisty but not overly complicated, and he brings in the backstory of the character and the world of magic pretty well. The reveals on Faust’s history and how he’d come to be where he is read well and are interesting.

Overall, the book has a definite Raymond Chandler vibe to it. There are bad guys doing nefarious stuff and it ties back to some of Vegas’s history, some to the main character’s history, and some that develops organically. The pacing is good and kept me flipping the pages throughout, wanting to know what was going to happen next even though most readers can put it together easily enough.

I like Faust’s “family” but they’re not as strongly developed in this novel as I would have liked. However, this is the first book of a series, so there’s time to get to all of that. They’re definitely an interesting mix.

The love interest in the book threw me off a little. The attraction seemed to come out of nowhere (at least to me) on both their parts. The decision to get together (even though there is a TON of reasons not to do it) felt more an author’s decision than an organic thing that developed. There was plenty of reason for them to work together without the romance so the relationship side of things could be developed at a slower pace. Even the acceptance by Faust’s family would have had more time to come into its own and not feel as contrived.

Overall, I had a good time with the book and have picked up the next one to read as well. Since the book is self-pubbed, I have to wonder why New York would have passed on this one. It will definitely appeal to the same audience who reads Jim Butcher and Patricia Briggs.

The formatting and grammar in the book are as impeccable as that beautiful cover. So if you’ve become wary of self-pubbed books due to editing mistakes, rest assured this one is very well done.


Coffin Hill Vol. 1: Forest of the Night
Coffin Hill Vol. 1: Forest of the Night
by Caitlin Kittredge
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4.0 out of 5 stars Supernatural Cop Thriller with a side of John Hughes, July 24, 2015
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Caitlin Kittredge’s graphic novel Coffin Hill Volume 1: Forest of the Night reads like a movie. As I turned the pages and absorbed the story and images, the film unspooled in my head. There was even a soundtrack—I don’t remember what it was, but it was definitely something with one of those beats that keeps raising the anxiety level on part of the reader.

The story is very familiar in so many ways. I watched a lot of good movies growing up, and a lot of B movies too (not really different in my mind, but I know some people really like to keep those two camps separate). Forest of the Night reads like a mashup of a B cop movie, B horror movie, and something John Hughes would have done. Although the territory is familiar, Kittredge manages to stake her claim on her own territory and turn it into something different and intriguing.

Inaki Mirada’s art drenches the pages in darkness and ups the fear factor of the story. The work is unique, and he’s just as versatile in delineating worlds as Kittredge is.

I enjoy Eve Coffin’s character and am sympathetic to everything she’s gone through, as a police officer and as a young person growing up in the shadow of Coffin Hill. The two storylines—past and present—crash together in the final pages of this graphic novel like two trains headed for the same switch point at the same time.

There’s a lot of angsty memories and relationships spread out through the pages, and lots of twists and turns as well. Somehow Kittredge transitions between cop work and witch lore easily, making both worlds jagged and edgy, too interwoven to take apart.

Coffin Hill hides a big mystery, but there are a lot of little (but highly lethal!) puzzles along the way. Eve is an emotionally damaged character who is easy to sympathize with, and she’s driven to get to the core of the mysteries now that she’s been drawn back.

Kittredge has created a great ensemble of characters here to play with, filled a town with people, and in all likelihood is going to expand on both. I’ve enjoyed my first tour through the town and its history, and I’m looking forward to more.


Something Wicked (Andrew Hunter Series)
Something Wicked (Andrew Hunter Series)
by Kerry Wilkinson
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Writer With A New Series!, July 24, 2015
Until I read Something Wicked, I’d never heard of Kerry Wilkinson. Then, amazed at how good the book was and wondering why I’d never heard of him, I did some research. It turns out that Wilkinson’s personal successes in the writing field are just as exciting and surprising as the novel.

Wilkinson self-published his first DI Jessica Daniels book in 2011, which became a bestseller in England almost overnight. He followed that up with eight more Daniels books, two stand-alone crime novels, a YA fantasy trilogy, and Something Wicked, the first book in the Andrew Hunter series.

All while serving as a journalist and a magistrate. Four years…fifteen novels. Wilkinson is talented and prolific. Doubtless his two other jobs aid and abet his creative output, but he’s accomplished some amazing work in a short time.

Andrew Hunter was first featured in a DI Jessica Daniels novel, Playing With Fire. Wilkinson liked the character and decided to do more with him. Readers don’t have to read that book to enjoy this one (I didn’t, but I have gone back and queued up the other books to read in order).

Wilkinson’s writing is smooth and easy to grasp, and it’s in a conversational tone that makes the pages so easy to turn. Add to that, the author’s natural sense of pacing and love of riddles and mysteries kept me nailed to the pages. I read the book in two sittings, and only because I started the book late, intending to only read a few chapters. The spirit was willing but the flesh was weak. I finished it up the next morning.

Andrew Hunter is in his mid-thirties, a guy who’s been knocked around a bit by life and still has some deep-seated guilt (part of the mystery and confusion I love about the character). He’s partnered with a younger woman named Jenny who’s every bit as clever and interesting as he is (and I won’t reveal any more because those are Wilkinson’s surprises to spring.)

At first I thought the mystery was pretty simple and straight-forward. Just a simple case of a missing person and backtracking the trail till answers were found. I was totally happy with that. Then things took a turn I didn’t see coming, and I’m betting most readers won’t either, although the foundation is laid in the novel.

Knowing this is the first book of a series means the character gets out alive at the end, but there are a lot of personal mysteries revealed, some status quo changes, and a huge cliffhanger at the end (nothing to do with the mystery in this book because that is solved) that has me on tenterhooks for the next book to see how things proceed.

As I read the novel, I couldn’t help thinking how this character, his partner, and their world could easily translate into a television series for the BBC. I’d watch it.


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