Book Review: Memphis Ribs by Gerald Duff
BBQ , Brash Books , Memphis , Mystery , Uncategorized / July 29, 2015

Book Review Memphis Ribs by Gerald Duff Book Review by Dawn Thomas 248 Pages Brash Books Mystery The book opens with an unconventional robbery of an ATM. Instead of breaking into the machine, the robbers decide it would be better to take the whole machine. The men don’t know the machines can withstand major damage. The main character J.W. Ragsdale is a sergeant with the Memphis police department. He is last in his family to live in the area but he lost the family cotton farm.  He has a girlfriend but isn’t sure she is the right one for him. There are mentions of his previous life with a wife and son but we don’t really know anything about them. Aires Saxon is murdered. He is the patriarch of the Saxon family and owner of the Delta Pride BBQ franchise. Was it a home invasion or was it staged to look like one? The family members’ lives are imploding. Franklin is only interested in his next fix and is in over his head with the Bones Family gang. His sister Cameron is only interested in her current duties as the Maid of Cotton. It is J.W. and his partner Tyrone’s…

Book Review: Permanent Spring Showers by Scott Southard

Book Review Permanent Spring Showers by Scott Southard Review by Dawn Thomas 5 Prince Publishing 472 Pages This book is about relationships and how couples deal with changes in their relationship. There are several scenarios happening in the book showing how the different relationships intertwine with each other. The point of view changes depending on the scenario. Portions of the book are journal entries by Jenn. The only confusing part for me was the change of the point of view. A few times I wasn’t sure who was telling the story. The book begins with Rebecca and her husband Bob having a loud argument in the front yard. He just told her he had an affair with one of her students. Rebecca is distraught but must leave for a conference. Unfortunately in her haste to load her bags in the car she leaves a box of books she needed to sell at the conference. Once she arrives and realizes her mistake she must call Bob and ask him to send them to her overnight. The books get lost which proves to be just the first of many life changing events for Rebecca. The second is meeting Vince. Rebecca’s evening with…

Book Review: Don’t Lose Her by Jonathon King

Book Review Don’t Lose Her (A Max Freeman Mystery) by Jonathon King Review by Dawn Thomas Publisher: Open Road Integrated Media Mystery & Thriller Literature/Fiction (Adult) When the story begins we meet a very pregnant Diane Manchester, a federal judge, presiding over a drug-lord case. Diane gets a veiled threat from the defendant just before a lunch but doesn’t think much about it. The court is in recess for lunch and Diane heads out to one of her favorite restaurants. Walking she is grabbed off the street, bound and blindfolded into the back of a van. Maybe she should have taken the threat seriously. Billy, Diane’s husband and powerful lawyer asks Max Freeman, a private investigator to look into her disappearance. Max begins pounding the pavement and contacting people he believes could provide information and money is no object. He gets into the lead investigator, Agent Howard’s way and the FBI’s case at every step and breaks more laws than he can count. The story takes us from West Palm Beach to the Everglades while Max searches for Diane and we meet an assortment of acquaintances along the way. Mr. King is a talented writer and the book had a…

Book Review: The Choice by Cindy Cipriano

The Choice – Book Two of the Sidhe by Cindy Cipriano Book Review by Dawn Thomas Publisher: Odyssey Books 275 Pages Sci Fi & Fantasy, Children’s Fiction At the end of the first book Laurel’s brother Daniel returns from the Sidhe. They saw Finley but before they could get him out Brownshire, a brownie, says something and Finley disappears in a puff of smoke. Calum is determined to find out where Finley is. Laurel begs Calum to give her and Daniel the Talents. Laurel’s mother catches them and stops them. Laurel’s parents are angry at the Sidhe and the part they played in Daniel’s abduction years ago. Calum and Hagen miss spending time with Laurel. Her father has made it impossible for the boys to interact with Laurel or Daniel. Laurel finds a way to meet Calum she tells him she has the Talents and needs his help. Something has been trying to get in the house to steal her new baby sister, Mary. At one point she traps Brownshire but he gets away without telling where he sent Finley. Calum’s grandfather tells him that Laurel is the key for Finley’s return. Part two of the book focuses on Finley….

Book Review: Clearing the Clutter by Alexandra Chauran

Book Review Clearing Clutter by Alexandra Chauran Book Review by Dawn Thomas Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd 240 Pages Self-Help, Health, Mind & Body This book surprised me. I thought it was a book telling me how to remove clutter from my home. I was so wrong. It goes so much further than that. The author explains how important it is to remove mental clutter as well as physical clutter. She recommends that you simplify, harmonize and reflect as you go through the process. Sometimes when you are working on a decluttering project it can be overwhelming. She breaks down the process into small bits so it is easier to face the task at hand. She believes that clutter not only exists in our physical space but in our mental states as well. This was a new concept for me and I can see how her clearing clutter tips can help clean my mental and emotional states. She includes many clearing clutter tips throughout the book. With these tips she shows us how we can look at our lives and see what needs to be cleaned or removed and what should stay. She tells us not to go too far too…