Repost: Book Review – Two Shades of Vice: Based on the true story of an interracial couple’s life together in crime



First posted June 3rd, 2017

MY THOUGHTS – A kind of quirky yet readable true crime book about an interracial couple who seem to work rather well together in early 60’s crime in Kansas City crime together. Alla Mae had been working the streets as an independent hooker when Gordon Reynolds offers her a job managing one of his two bawdy houses. She finds herself falling for him and being suited for the work, dangerous though it is. Liked the book, despite the violence, racism of the times, and too abrupt ending. Thanks to NetGalley, the Publisher and the author for providing me with an ARC for review.



PUBLISHER – Dewey B. Reynolds – 322 pages

PUBLICATION DATE – April 24th, 2017


ABOUT THE AUTHOR – Dewey B. Reynolds is an author, screenwriter, short filmmaker, and computer expert. Dewey…

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Repost – The Truth about Belle Gunness: The True Story of Notorious Serial Killer Hell’s Belle



First posted June 2nd, 2017

While it’s a full telling of Belle’s story, it is also this author’s theory of what she felt really happened to Belle in the end. Spends a lot of time on Lamphere and his trial. Looks to be a reprint of her 1955 book. I’ve read several books on Belle including a more recent one putting forth a new theory that she may have taken on the identity of yet another victim after the fire. The new victim being from another state that she killed. She was then later able to assume her identity and live on as her for the remainder of her life. Lots of theories out there. My thanks to NetGalley and Open Road Integrated Media for providing me with an ARC in return for my review.


Publisher – Mysterious Press/ Open Road  207 pages

Published:  June 6th, 2017


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Practical Strangers: The Courtship Correspondence of Nathaniel Dawson and Elodie Todd, Sister of Mary Todd Lincoln



First posted May 30th, 2017


A wonderful mix of romantic memoir and history pulled from the saved letters of this couple who courted by way of letters during the war of the North and South. She was the sister of the wife of Abraham Lincoln and he was a twice-widowed man who was going off to fight for the South. He stopped by and asked her to marry him and she accepted, and then off he went. They got better acquainted through writing while waiting for the war to be over. I love the old fashioned way they spoke and wrote back then, it made reading their letters to one another very enjoyable for me. The letters were edited for the book to mostly cover just the courtship, but there is also a link to a website where the letters are posted in full for those interested in…

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Reblog: Book Review ~ The Currency of Love


Originally posted May 24, 2017

The Currency of Love: A Courageous Journey to Finding the Love Within

My thoughts-

Once I got into this book about Jill Dodd’s early days on her career path, I got so involved I didn’t want to stop for sleep. But I forced myself when I couldn’t hold my eyes open any longer. I just enjoyed her retelling of the crazy things that kept happening in Paris, and how it eventually grew on her so much that it felt like home. I love the determination and inspiration of her story and feel it’s one that many of today’s young women could benefit from reading. I believe that many people given the same choices would have taken (what appeared to be) the easy way and chosen the rich man and his money. I think she left plenty to tell for another book yet too and would…

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Reblog: Book Review ~ The Prisoner in His Palace



First posted May 23rd, 2017

The Prisoner in his Palace: Saddam Hussein, His American Guards, and What History Leaves Unsaid

This book tells the story of twelve young American soldiers in Iraq who are suddenly assigned to guard Saddam Hussein during his trial, and then in months leading up to his execution. Spending so much time in close proximity with him, they eventually would listen as he talked to pass the time. Sometimes just asking simple questions about them, or reading a poem he’d written. The soldiers always kept their duty in mind, to keep their prisoner alive and reasonably happy. Then as time went on, some developed a genuine respect for him and began to like the old man as a person. They kept in mind the things they’d been told or knew that he had done, but just going by the respectful way he was with them…

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Repost: Book Review ~ Unsolved No More


Unsolved No More: A Cold Case Detective’s Fight For Justice

First posted May 22nd, 2017


This is a different sort of true crime book by a man who found his niche in life. He always knew he wanted to be a police detective. He got discipline from the Marine Corp, and he put himself through college. Then he got into law enforcement, working in several different areas of it, but eventually found his calling as a detective who specializes in cold cases, after realizing he had a special talent in that area and devoting himself to it as the best use of his talents.  His name is Kenneth Mains and this book is his story of how he got there and what he does. I really do recommend it, as he and his book are one of a kind.  My thanks to NetGalley, WildBlue Press and the author for…

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Repost: Review ~ Forgiving My Daughter’s Killer


After looking at some of my earlier posts when I didn’t have a lot of followers, I’ve decided to do some reposts during this time I’m struggling with my reading. This was my first review, posted May 22nd, 2017.


Forgiving My Daughter’s Killer: A True Story of Loss, Faith, and Unexpected Grace

This was tough to read yet at the same time a very well-written and timely book. It was just so gut-wrenching reading what it was like for Kate and Andy Grosmaire. I thank goodness for their wonderful faith, friends, and church family getting them through such a time. What a moving story, I learned a lot from it on many levels. I also cried until I ended up with a migraine, which is why I have to limit this kind of book at times in my reading pile. It’s a very worthwhile read that I highly recommend…

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I haven’t been around for the past week reading and liking and enjoying the blogs. I was in the hospital again with more kidney stone drama with complications, so I will be taking it slow but getting back in the groove. I did lots of reading though at times, and reviews will follow. Thanks!

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DEA Warns Law Enforcement To Prepare For Surge In ‘Mass-Overdose Events’ From Fentanyl – Breaking911



Comparison of a U.S. penny to a potentially lethal dose of fentanyl. (Source: U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration)

WASHINGTON (DEA) – Today, the Drug Enforcement Administration sent a letter to federal, state, and local law enforcement partners warning of a nationwide spike in fentanyl-related mass-overdose events. Administrator Anne Milgram outlined the current threat and offered DEA support to law enforcement officers responding to these tragic incidents.

“Fentanyl is killing Americans at an unprecedented rate,” said DEA Administrator Anne Milgram. “Already this year, numerous mass-overdose events have resulted in dozens of overdoses and deaths. Drug traffickers are driving addiction, and increasing their profits, by mixing fentanyl with other illicit drugs. Tragically, many overdose victims have no idea they are ingesting deadly fentanyl, until it’s too late.”

Fentanyl-related mass-overdose events, characterized as three or more overdoses occurring close in time and at the same location, have happened in at least seven…

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