Blah, blah, blah.

I have been in a reading slump for the last few days because 

Quick hot weather temperature facts for

Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City, OK (Records back to 1891):

  • Average First 90-Degree Temperature – ~May 6. The first 90-degree temperature this year occurred on May 6 (91o).
  • Average Last 90-Degree Temperature – ~September 27
  • Average First 100-Degree Temperature – ~July 9
  • Average Last 100-Degree Temperature – ~August 20
  • Earliest 90-Degree Temperature – February 1, 1911 (90o)
  • Latest 90-Degree Temperature – October 26, 1891 (92o)
  • Latest 100-Degree Temperature – September 30, 1977 (100o)
  • Earliest 100-Degree Temperature  – April 12, 1972 (100o)
  • Most Consecutive 100-Degree Days – 22 (August 4 – 26, 1936). The most recent streak was 17 consecutive days ending on September 4, 2000 (3rd longest).
  • Most 100-Degree Temperatures in a Calendar Year – 50 (1980)
  • Fewest 100-Degree Temperatures in a Calendar Year – 0 (Numerous times, most recently in 2004)
  • Hottest Temperature on Record – 113o (August 11, 1936). The temperature was 112o the day before and 110o the day after.
  • Warmest Low Temperature on Record – 83o (July 25, 1934, August 1, 1934, August 12 and 13, 1936)
  • Hottest Temperature over the Last 10 Years – 108o (September 2 and 3, 2000)
  • Average Temperature for the Hottest Climatological Summer (June thru August) – 85.9o in 1934 and 1980
  • Warmest Low Temperature on Record – 83o (July 25, 1934, August 1, 1934, August 12 and 13, 1936)
  • Last 100-Degree Temperature in Oklahoma City – July 25, 2009 (103o) (Will Rogers World Airport had not reached 100 degreesactual temperature this year through today, July 18)

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I have been in a reading slump for the last few days because his hot Oklahoma weather has given me the blahs.

Hopefully in the next few days I’ll be back in a reading mood.

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By popcorn317 Posted in Books

The Fate of Katherine Carr by Thomas H. Cook

Synopsis

Cook, the author of 21 novels, has been nominated for the Edgar seven times and won once (for The Chatham School Affair, 1996). His latest is as much an investigation into character as it is a cold-case mystery. Hero George Gates has been completely broken by the kidnapping and murder of his eight-year-old son seven years ago. Gates is a former travel writer, much given to writing about places where people disappeared. Now he salves his psyche by writing totally innocuous small features for the local paper. A chance meeting at a bar with the detective who organized the search parties when Gates’ son went missing leads Gates into a new interest, a cold case that has obsessed the detective for two decades. Retired missing-persons detective Arlo McBride shows Gates the poems and journal that the 31-year-old missing woman left behind, and both men are pulled into reopening the case. The action tends to crawl, but the characters are rich and fascinating.  –Connie Fletcher –This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

 

Review-

This story about the  mysterious vanishing of a young woman hit  a little to close to home.  It’s been many many years ago that a young man, he was in his very early twenties, and a previous boyfriend of my daughter, disappeared in Oklahoma City.  There were rumors at the time that he had fallen into “bad company” and was probably killed because of a bad drug deal.  He just vanished one day and it still remains a mystery what truly happened.  I hope that the story of a bad drug deal is wrong because when he used to hang around our home he was sweet and always had a big smile, although, at the same time  he put on a tough-guy  act but still a likeable kid and that’s what I will always remember about him.

I liked this book very much and if you like  mysterious “ghost” stories

-give this one a try.

Undone by Karin Slaughter

Synopsis

In the trauma center of Atlanta’s busiest hospital, Sara Linton treats the city’s poor, wounded, and unlucky—and finds refuge from the tragedy that rocked her life in rural Grant County. Then, in one instant, Sara is thrust into a frantic police investigation, coming face-to-face with a tall, driven detective and his quiet female partner…
In Undone, three unforgettable characters from Karin Slaughter’s New York Times bestselling novels Faithless and Fractured collide for the first time, entering an electrifying race against the clock—and a duel with unspeakable human evil.
In the backwoods of suburban Atlanta, where Sara’s patient was found, local police have set up their investigation. But Georgia Bureau of Investigation detective Will Trent doesn’t wait for the go-ahead from his boss—he plunges through police lines, through the brooding woods, and single-handedly exposes a hidden house of horror. Then he finds another victim.…
Wresting the case away from the local police chief, Will and his partner, Faith Mitchell—a woman keeping explosive secrets of her own—are called into a related investigation. Another woman has been snatched. For the two cops out on the hunt, for the doctor trying to bring her patient back to life, the truth hits like a hammer: The killer’s torture chamber has been found, but the killer is still at work.
In her latest suspense masterpiece, Karin Slaughter weaves together moving, powerful human stories of characters as real as they are complex and unforgettable. At the same time she has crafted a work of dazzling storytelling and spine-tingling mystery—as three people, with their own wounds and their own secrets, are all that stand between a madman and his next crime. 

Review-

This is only the second book by Karin Slaughter that I’ve read so I didn’t know the previous history and background of all the characters in this story and it didn’t make any difference.  It’s a great stand alone story about a serial killer who is bad beyond description and the detective, FBI agent and doctor who work together and solve the crime.  I will keep my eye out for the next work by this author.

Death by Chocolate by G.A. McKevett

Synopsis

G. A. McKevett encourages readers to give in to temptation with this eighth serving of the Savannah Reid mystery series. A full-figured private eye, Savannah loves sweets and practically idolizes TV personality Lady Eleanor, the self-proclaimed “Queen of Chocolate.” Lady Eleanor’s cooking show and upscale confection shops are the height of elegance and self-indulgence — two of Savannah’s favorite things. At first, when she hears that Lady Eleanor has been receiving threatening letters, she’s worried that a job protecting her idol will be too much of a good thing. The work will give her struggling Moonlight Magnolia Detective Agency a much-needed infusion of cash. As a bonus, Savannah hopes that sticking close to Lady Eleanor will also allow her to indulge her appetite for elegant chocolate treats and satisfy her curiosity about how these delightful delicacies are made. She can’t imagine why anyone would want to harm Lady Eleanor, until she meets the real woman behind the carefully tailored image: an aging, overweight harridan who expects everyone to cater to her ever-more-eccentric whims. Sweet revenge seems the most likely motive when a particularly spectacular chocolate dessert turns deadly in Lady Eleanor’s studio kitchen. It’s up to Savannah to figure out which of her not-so-sweet employer’s many enemies has decided the famous Death by Chocolate dessert should live up to its name. Sue Stone

 

Review-

I don’t know what took me so long to discover this series because I love humorous crime-fiction like those  books by Joanne Fluke and Diane Mott Davidson, just to name of couple of my favorites.  I’m glad that I stumbled upon this author at the public library but sad that they only had two,(yes, I said two) of her books. I have purchased one from Ebay and it should he here any day.

I think this particular series appeals to me because the main character, Savannah Reid, is on the plump side and loves to eat. Who isn’t a bit plump these days and who doesn’t love to eat?  She and Dirk, a police detective, have such a strong sexually tense relationship(that has never gone anywhere-because then the they wouldn’t  look at each other the same way ever again) and they can both give as well as they get.

This book dealt with the murder of  a Food star who specialized in chocolat so the story was just yummy.  I truly loved this story and look forward to the next one.

Wicked Craving by G. A. McKevett

From Publishers Weekly

When Maria Wellman, the unpopular wife of philandering diet guru Dr. Robert Wellman, is found dead on the beach below the couple’s cliff-top estate, Savannah Reid investigates in McKevett’s solid 15th mystery to feature the voluptuous San Carmelita, Calif., PI (after 2009’s A Body to Die For). Granny Reid, who flies in for a vacation, distracts Savannah from her sleuthing, but she also provides major help (and biscuits!) after Savannah and her policeman beau, Sgt. Dirk Coulter, uncover a big secret about the Wellmans. Suspects include battered wife Lydia Mahoney, whose husband was blackmailing Robert, and Karen Burns, a single mom pregnant with Robert’s baby whose mother runs a nightmarish day-care center. Though Savannah’s wit about food and healthy weight continues to sparkle, the will they or won’t they? banter between Dirk and Savannah is getting a little tired. Hopefully, McKevett (the pseudonym of Sonja Massie) will let the two fully connect soon. (Feb.)
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Review-
So, I don’t usually start with the latest book in a series and go backwards to the first, but that’s what happen with this book.  It was on the “new books” shelf in our local public library  and since I’ve read similar books in the past by other authors I thought I’d give it a try.
I liked it very much because the main character, Savannah Reid, and I would get along great.  She loves to eat, especially food that is bad for you, like comfort food, fried food, greasy food and chocolate food.
The story was well developed and I enjoyed the interaction between the characters. I liked it so much that I went back to the library today and the ONLY other book they had in this series was a paperback version of Death by Chocolate” which is about mid-way in the series.  I couldn’t believe that. I checked it out away and will start it later today.  To find other in the series I guess I’ll try Ebay, I usually have pretty good luck finding what I want there so I may check Amazon and see if they have Kindle versions.  I’m determined to find more of these books. It is now a main focus of my reading experience.

The Replacement Child by Christine Barber

From Booklist

Lucy Newroe, editor of the Capital Tribune, a Santa Fe newspaper, is given a tip from Scanner Lady, an anonymous reader who listens to her police scanner. That same night, the body of a young woman, Melissa Baca, is found at the bottom of a local bridge. When Scanner Lady is murdered, Lucy connects her tip with Baca’s murder and tries to convince the police to investigate the link. Santa Fe police detective Gil Montoya is called upon to work with the state police to help investigate the crime, and he and Lucy end up exchanging information. Lucy is also working reluctantly as a volunteer medic and dealing with her recent romantic breakup, while Gil worries about his mother and her health. A strong sense of the city of Santa Fe and its environs and the appeal of the two well-developed main characters show why this mystery was the first winner of the Tony Hillerman Prize for the best debut mystery set in the Southwest. –Sue O’Brien
Review-
I read this book in almost one sitting not because it was FIVE STAR good but simply because it was an easy and enjoyable read for the hot dog days of August here in the grand state of Oklahoma.  Believe me, when the temperature is 104 degrees and the heat index is 110 degrees you don’t want to read anything to heavy.  This story was perfect.

Return To Sender by Fern Michaels

From Booklist

Lin Townsend is the owner of a successful diner in Georgia. Her son Will is kind, courteous, intelligent, and about to embark on his freshman year at NYU. Little would anyone know that almost 20 years earlier Lin had been pregnant and alone, kicked out by her religious father and rejected by the baby’s father. But with that life behind her, Lin is excited about bringing her son to New York where he can start the life she worked so hard to give him. But all is turned upside down when she runs into Nick Pemberton—Will’s father, the man who abandoned her all those years ago. Michaels tells a story that is simultaneously heartbreaking, suspenseful, and tender. Filled with anger and resolved to punish Nick for his past actions, Lin, with the help of a hired detective, begins to unravel the truth of her past and make important decisions about her future. –Claire Orphan
Review-
This was an easy read and  I enjoyed it very much.  Not too thought provoking-just a good way to pass a hot summer day.

The Mark by Jen Nadol

Product Description

Cassandra Renfield has always seen the mark—a glow around certain people reminiscent of candlelight. But the one time she mentioned it, it was dismissed as a trick of the light. Until the day she watches a man awash in the mark die. After searching her memories, Cassie realizes she can see a person’s imminent death. Not how or where, only when: today.

Armed with a vague understanding of the light, Cassie begins to explore her “gift,” seeking those marked for death and probing the line between decision and destiny. Though she’s careful to hide her secret—even from her new philosophy-obsessed boyfriend—with each impending death comes the temptation to test fate. But so many questions remain. How does the mark work? Why is she the only one who sees it? And finally, the most important of all: If you know today is someone’s last, should you tell them?

Review-

This book came in todays mail and I read it right away.  So fast that I didn’t even get to list as one of the books I was reading.

What an intriguing story and you have to ask yourself, “What would I do?” I still haven’t decided, but I think it’s going to take more than a few days to come to a conclusion.  I truly loved this book.

Five stars *****

Game Over by Fern Michaels

Product Description

With yet another successful assignment behind them, the ladies of the Sisterhood have enjoyed a relaxing break together and celebrated the wedding of Myra and Charles on Big Pine Mountain. But as soon as the newlyweds return from their shortened honeymoon, they are hit with some exciting yet unsettling news. It seems their dear ally Lizzie Fox, recently ensconced as Chief White House Counsel, is rumoured to be near the top of the short list for a soon to be vacated seat on the Supreme Court. While the Sisters are thrilled for Lizzie, they are concerned about her being ripped to shreds in the approval process, partly due to her connections with the Sisterhood. It will take a masterful plan, and loyal friends aiding them at every turn, for the Sisters to succeed in protecting Lizzie while securing their own freedom at last.
 
 
 
 
Review-
 
Finally, the vigilantes have their pardons!  I thought this day would never come because in the last couple of books(at least) it was mentioned but nothing ever happened and I really was not  impressed with those stories.  Now, in Game Over it has happened and the “sisters”   go their separate ways so I am really excited to see what dilemma Fern Michaels comes  up with to reunite them.

Once In A Blue Moon by Eileen Goudge

Product Description

Lindsay and Kerrie Ann are sisters who have known hardship from an early age. Without guidance from their neglectful mother, their only aid came from an unlikely source, a retired exotic dancer by the name of Miss Honi Love. When the girls’ mother was sent to prison, Miss Honi tried unsuccessfully to save them from being separated and sent into foster care.Thirty years later, Lindsay is still trying to reconnect with her sister. The owner of a bookstore in the sleepy California seaside town of Blue Moon Bay, she was lucky enough to have been adopted by a loving couple. Unbeknownst to her, Kerrie Ann has suffered a very different life. Bounced from one foster home to the next, she ran away as a teenager before becoming a drug-addicted single mother. Now, newly sober, Kerrie Ann is fighting to regain custody of the little girl who was taken from her.

Neither sister’s expectations are met when they’re finally reunited. But as the two sisters engage in the fiercest battles of their lives, they are at last drawn together despite their differences, restoring belief in the unshakable bond of family.

Review-

Every once in a while I like to read a “normal” book, that is one that does not  include vampires, faeries,pixies,were-animals, elves,witches, zombies, etc-you get the idea.

This book dealt with sisters finding each other again and eventually having a happy ending. I have a sister who is eleven years younger than me and we are closer as adults than we were as children and she’s a wonderful person and I love her more than words can say.

I really enjoyed this book and who knows one day I may read it again.