Monthly Archives: February, 2014

How to Escape the Claws of the Grammar Police

How to Escape the Claws of the Grammar Police.

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How exactly did curiosity kill the cat?

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Tenderloin

Tenderloin by Ty Hutchinson

Published June 3, 2013 by Patchwork Press

Rating:  * *

Abby Kane, FBI agent and former homicide detective, is dispatched to Colombia, South America to investigate the brutal murder of a DEA agent.

And that’s where it falls apart.  Abby does not inspire confidence, and without believing in Abby the story doesn’t work. Since she is not familiar with Colombia or the drug cartels, it never makes sense to me that she is the agent sent to Colombia.  Worse, when she arrives in Colombia she demonstrates poor professional judgment on a number of fronts.

I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for a review.

Shoveling Smoke

Shoveling Smoke

Shoveling Smoke by Austin Davis

Rating:  * * * *

First, check out the cover of the book.  Have you ever seen a more fitting picture of the stereotypical lawyer?

Now then.  Texas has a reputation for doing things their own way.  Apparently East Texas rural lawyers take that to the Nth degree.

To get into the swing of things, one of my favorite quotes comes very early in the book:  “The man’s beard looked as if it had exploded, leaving clumps of spiky red hair scattered across his massive jaws.”

This book isn’t highly intellectual.  It is highly amusing.  Suspend reality (oh, please say this isn’t reality!) and enjoy the perilous ride.

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