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Person Of Interest





We're Safe

Checking in to say we're safe and emergency support for fire fighting, the National Guard, military, law enforcement, etc. began pouring into Sonoma, Napa, Lake and Mendocino counties yesterday which has been a big relief. The scale of these fires is so huge, and the conditions have been changing so rapidly that it's like being in a war zone.


We've still in our home with all utilities working, but things got tense yesterday when the neighborhoods just southeast of us in the hills bordering Annadel State Park were evacuated. We could see the flames on that ridge and got panicky when another hot spot developed below it with a huge plume of smoke, but word was eventually put out that it was a backfire started by fire fighters to help create a break for containment.


We're located on the east side of Santa Rosa with fires to the north, east and south of us. Fortunately both the winds and temperatures dropped overnight, so conditions have improved. Towns to the north and east of Santa Rosa have been evacuated, and they're predicting the winds will increase again by Saturday though, so the region is still under threat.


I'll be scarce but will try to check back in again when I can.






Our City Is Burning

Our neighbor rang the doorbell at 6:00 a.m. this morning and told us to be prepared to evacuate due to fast moving fires that started overnight here in Sonoma County, California. Thirteen hours later we're still hanging in and our neighborhood seems to be safe for now. There is zero percent containment at this point, though, so we're still on alert, and a curfew has been imposed from sundown to sunrise for the affected areas of Santa Rosa tonight.


The prolonged drought has brought devastating fires to Northern California in recent years, but this is still such a shock to the system. Just talking with our neighbors and a few of my hubby's co-workers, we know people who have lost their homes. The reported deaths are mercifully low at this point, but the property damage is going to be horrific.


















And the book selections read for each square.



 The Thin Man - Dashiell Hammett,William DufrisSherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection - Arthur Conan Doyle,Stephen FryThe Murder of Roger Ackroyd: A Hercule Poirot Mystery (Audio) - Agatha Christie,Hugh FraserThe Legend of Sleepy Hollow [Classic Tales Edition] - Washington Irving,B. J. Harrison,B. J. HarrisonIn a Dark Wood - Josh Lanyon



The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett (9/17) - 3 Stars 

The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle (10/1) - 4 Stars

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie (9/29) - 4.5 Stars

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving (10/2) - 4.5 Stars

In a Dark Wood by Josh Lanyon (9/8) - 3 Stars










Halloween Bingo 2017 - Update

As usual I haven't been good about doing updates and reviews, but I am marking my card and following everyone else's progress. :)  I didn't have book picks planned for the various squares and have just been reading whatever fits from my TBR pile I'm in the mood for which has worked well. I'm leaning heavily towards my mystery related squares and avoiding the horror and paranormal ones, but I figured that would happen and I wasn't planning on trying to black out my card anyway. At this point I've actually got two potential bingos going with just 11 books/short stories read, so I'm happy.  All the posts and discussions about classic mysteries this year have been awesome too!











First Row

Romantic Suspense: **Open

Werewolves: Moon Called by Patricia Briggs (In Progress)

Haunted Houses: **Open

Country House Mystery: **Open

Diverse Voices: Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley (9/21)


Second Row

Chilling Children: **Open

Vampires: **Open

Ghost: **Open

Witches: A Cast-Off Coven by Juliet Blackwell (9/24)

Magical Realism: **Open


Third Row

Classic Noir: The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett (9/17)

Locked Room Mystery: The Sign of Four by Arthur Conan Doyle (10/1)

Free Space: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie (9/29)

Terror in a Small Town: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving (10/2)

In the Dark, Dark Woods: In a Dark Wood by Josh Lanyon (9/8)


Fourth Row

Murder Most Foul: Artists in Crime by Margery Allingham (9/27)

Cozy Mystery: Naughty in Nice by Rhys Bowen (9/20)

Classic Horror: **Open

Terrifying Women: Don’t Look Now/The Birds by Daphne du Maurier (9/14)

Gothic: **Open


Fifth Row

Amateur Sleuth: The Body in the Library by Agatha Christie (9/14)

Serial/Spree Killer: When Falcons Fall by C. S. Harris (In Progress)

Supernatural: **Open

Monsters: **Open

Darkest London: **Open


The Thin Man Progress Update: I've listened to 250 out of 355 minutes.


Okay, I made it past where Dorry asks Nick if her mamma is in love with him and we get that 'God no, she's a man hater' line. Then a few minutes later there's the ugly scene with Mimi. Whoa boy, so much crazy goin' on.  So I took a break and went looking for gifs.



Here's one for all you Nick lovers courtesy of Nora. ;)




The Thin Man Progress Update: I've listened to 65 out of 355 minutes.


OMG. How did I forget Nick is a total lush?! Is Asta the only sober one?


Who You Gonna Call?

Well folks, I'm getting all my Halloween Bingo 2017 stuff pulled together at my usual snail's pace, but hopefully my marker reveal was worth the wait. :)  Handing out trick-or-treat candy while watching Ghostbusters has been a Halloween tradition at our house for years, so going with a Ghostbusters theme was a no brainer. Then when the first bingo call to kick-off this year's game was the "Ghost" square I knew it was a sign!



















 So I'm fudging the "Read" and "Called & Read" squares for illustration

purposes, but here's what my card will look like. And I'm hoping to read a

 couple of short stories this week to catch up with all you speed readers!


Good To Go: Halloween Bingo 2017

I tried to weight my card heavily toward mystery since last year's Halloween bingo confirmed I haven't acquired much of a taste for horror. I still have a smattering of books that should work, along with plenty of ghost stories and a few vampires, werewolves and witches, so I think my TBR's will cover most or all of the squares. I've got my fingers crossed I hang in for the whole game this time. Third time's the charm!


And thanks to Moonlight Murder and Obsidian Blue for hosting what's shaping up to be another exciting game of Halloween bingo and fun buddy reads. The customized cards are fabulous, and Moonlight's design talents and production speed are amazing! :)







Heat Wave

Our weather suddenly turned hot yesterday, and the over 90-degree temperatures were literally frying the last of our iris blooms, so I rescued the best of the bunch and brought them inside to enjoy. They have a honey like fragrance that has drifted throughout most of the house and is simply divine. I added some mint to the mix for a bit of greenery and snapped these pictures to share here on BL. Enjoy!



The dark rust one is named Rustler.




And a 2nd photo was needed to include the country cat. :)


Booklikes-opoly Dewey Bonus Rolls

So officially I've only rolled twice for BL-opoly at this point and haven't posted reviews, but I went ahead and took advantage of the three bonus rolls Moonlight kindly gave us Saturday anyway. :D Somehow I managed to lose my Saturday time-stamped rolls and post, though, so I took another crack at it Sunday with the following results.


 Dewey Bonus Roll #1:


Timestamp: 2017-04-30 22:36:24 UTC


 Dewey Bonus Roll #2:


Timestamp: 2017-04-30 22:40:27 UTC


Dewey Bonus Roll #3: 


Timestamp: 2017-04-30 22:44:59 UTC



Which landed me on these squares starting from Main Street 11:






'Cars Land 18' pick:




I'm going with either 'Hot Property' by Jenna Bennett (276 pages/$3) or 'Hissy Fit' by Mary Kay Andrews (448 pages/$5). Both were buried on my Kindle, and they're the only books in my collective TBR piles (print, e-book, audio) that feature a car on the cover!  



 'Adventureland 24' pick:



'Tears of the Giraffe' by Alexander McCall Smith (audio) which is set in Africa and has an exotic animal on the cover. 256 pages/$3



'Paradise Pier 31' pick:



'Persuasion' by Jane Austen (150 pages/$2) or 'Royal Flush' by Rhys Bowen (320 pages/$3). Both titles begin with a letter in the word PIXR. 


***Now off to get cracking on those reviews.***

Booklikes-opoly: Roll #2

I was aiming low going into BL-opoly - maybe 1-2 books per week - which is about what I've managed, but as usual I'm dragging my feet writing up the reviews. :(  So here's my update for Roll #1 and #2.


April 15th - Roll #1


'Shooting Gallery' by Juliet Blackwell was my initial pick for this space, and I loved that the title exactly matched 'Frontierland 2'. Win! Sadly it was a Kindle edition, and I decided to swap it out for an audiobook. Instead I went with 'The Old Silent' by Martha Grimes. Finished April 26th with review pending. 425 pages/$5




'Cocaine Blues' by Kerry Greenwood (audiobook) was the second book I picked after getting doubles on my 1st roll. Finished April 18th with review pending. 175 pages/$2




April 27th - Roll #2:



Timestamp: 2017-04-27 04:00:17 UTC



 Which landed me on Main Street 11




 On Her Majesty's Secret Service - David Tennant, Ian Fleming


I chose 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' by Ian Fleming since it was written in 1963 and has a contemporary setting. Finished May 2nd with review pending. 269 pages/$3




April 15th: $20 (Starting Credit)

April 18th: $22 ‘Cocaine Blues’ 175 pgs. = $2

April 26th: $27 ‘The Old Silent’ 425 pgs. = $5

May 2nd:   $30 ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’ 269 pgs. = $3






Booklikes-opoly: Roll #1


I'm in! I hadn't planned to play, but I got caught up in all the enthusiasm, so here's my set-up and how the first roll went.


The cat playing piece was a must, so I picked gold/bronze vs. silver since Murder by Death already had dibs on it  :)





My first roll on the 15th was 'snake eyes' or 1+1 = 2. Since it was doubles, I rolled again and got 1+5 = 6. Apparently I didn't save my time stamped rolls in the correct format to paste them here, though. Will need to sort that out for my next roll.


Bank: $20

Roll #1: 1+1 = 2

Roll #2: 1+5 = 6





Roll #1 Lands on Frontierland 2

Roll #2 Lands on ? 8


My picks are:




'Shooting Gallery' by Juliet Blackwell which I hope has an actual shooting, but the title fits and I figure I get some 'wiggle' room since I rolled 'snake eyes'.  :)  362 pages/$3





'Cocaine Blues' by Kerry Greenwood (audiobook) which begins with 'C' and is a mystery. 175 pages/$2













The Rose Garden: I've read 70%.
The Rose Garden - Susanna Kearsley

I enjoyed Kearsley's 'The Winter Sea' and the sequel 'The Firebird' but ended up taking a break from 'The Rose Garden' 70% in. As lovely as Kearsley's writing is, the pace was dragging some for me.


The 1715 Jacobite rebellion again figures into the story, but the setting is Cornwall rather than Scotland (and Russia) here, and the time traveling heroine, Eva, falls for Daniel who is also involved in smuggling. Eva is grieving after the death of her sister and returns to Cornwall where they stayed with family while growing up. Aside from the complications spontaneous time travel presents, nothing much has happened to Eva so far. I'm also finding Daniel's close friend, Fergal, the more interesting character of the two. Hmm...   

The Five Bells And Bladebone: I've read 37%.
The Five Bells and Bladebone - Martha Grimes

I'm having fun with this one which is why I continue listening to the Richard Jury series.  The previous two or three books did have rather abrupt endings and ambiguous, unsatisfying reveals, though, so I'm hoping the series gets back on track with Five Bells. Grimes' humor always manages to amuse me, and while she's definitely the queen of the simile, her love for them rarely bothers me. 




I've been impressed and touched by the heartfelt blogs and comments many of the BLers I follow are writing in the wake of Trump's shocking presidential win. I wish I was equally articulate, but since I'm not I wanted to share this video by musician and humanitarian Michael Franti. It was a pre-election message about voting which I feel is even more important now.  Our voices count at the polls and every single day.  Take heart, be vocal and persevere. 



Bingo Square!






             The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde









Slowly making progress while having fun with the graphics!