Monday, June 22, 2020

#review: Murphy Murphy and the Case of Serious Crisis by Keith Hirschland #wordplay #humor #mysteries

Murphy Murphy comes from a long line of male Murphy's. All were named Murphy and all were cops. This Murphy heads the Department of Redundancy Department and his superior officer, Captain David “Dud” Hill has found him a case. The Captain’s niece is in a rock ‘n roll band called Serious Crisis, and it seems items belonging to members of the band have started to disappear.

Were these items stolen? Were they simply lost? As Murphy Murphy works the case, he must chase down the clues all the while dealing with grammatical anomalies that drive him crazy. As Murphy gets closer to the answers he seeks, one more “thing” goes missing; the Captain’s niece. Suddenly, in an instant, the stakes in the case of Serious Crisis become a lot more dire.

My review:

STOP THE MADNESS! I cannot take it any more.

This is what I have been thinking the whole time I read this book. Not because it is a bad book, oh no, because it is actually that good. This girl, who is used to reading good grammar, is driving herself crazy reading the wordplay or in this case, "the redundancies."

Detective Murphy Murphy, called up from the "Department of Redundancy Department," is on the case of the small missing items from the band, "Serious Crisis." As time goes on, this seemingly simple case of missing items becomes a missing persons case.

Murphy Murphy's  clever humor and keen sense eventually solves the case and gets the girl too, a bartender girl that is. How does he do it? Read the book.

I laughed out loud at the humor in this book but as stated before almost drove myself crazy reading it too. If I had a red pen, I surely would have gone through this book with a find toothed comb. *laughs* The truth is, for an author to write this way, and an editor to edit this book, it took nothing but restraint. Kudos!

I loved the characters too from the detective, to the bands, to the people Murphy Murphy interviewed. The author did a good job of making all of them have some quirkiness to them that just added to the book.

If it were me, I would hand this book to every English teacher out there to use in his/her class. *laughs again*

I give this book 4 stars to a high 5.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of this book from the author. The opinions stated here are 100% my own and may differ from yours.  ~Michelle (Michelle)


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Friday, June 12, 2020

Dinosaur In The Elevator #Giveaway (5 Winners ~ Ends 7/9) @MascotBooks

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I love to read about dinosaurs. This book looks like a cute one!

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Getting into an elevator to who-knows where with a T-Rex they'd only just met was risky, maybe even loony. But they'd never get another chance at such an adventure. Twins Robbie and Abby get more than they bargained for when they imagine a museum T-Rex back to life. Soon they're on an adventure through the Cretaceous Era with dinosaurs of every shape and size and not all of them are friendly. But they are surprisingly helpful. Can you guess their names from the clue-filled poems they sing?

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Review: Sam's Top Secret Journal: Book 3-Memorial Day #middlegrade #disabilities #downsyndrome

Sam is a ninth grade girl trying to enjoy her first year of high school. Sam knows she has Down syndrome but she doesn't feel different; even though other kids sometimes treat her that way. Sam's new adventure involves a mini family reunion, exploring the interesting spaces of a retired military base and learning how hard it can be to "do the right thing". Challenges and new mysteries are all chronicled in Sam's private journal. In this book, Sam discovers that being yourself isn't just about what people can see; sometimes what you can't see is the most important part.

My review:
This book is targeted for middle grade. Sam is a young teen and middle child. She also has Down's Syndrome. Although she may have to do things at a slower pace, Sam is portrayed as strong, friendly, caring, helpful, and responsible. I love her strong character!

She,  her younger brother, and older sister are on a family trip over Memorial Day weekend. They are joined by cousins whose father is in the military but hurt in a hospital. A girl cousin is a trouble maker who takes something valuable from a former military man who has a display in town.

As stated in the synopsis Sam finds herself in a situation where she knows the truth but does not know how to handle it. Her sister is helpful and throughout this 'journal' helps Sam to stay true to self but revealing what is also true.

The only issue I had this time, with this book, is you are lead to believe that this is mostly about Memorial Day, which it is not. The book does have the underlying theme with a parade and military base but mostly that is it. I did find that a little disappointing but it did not completely draw me away from a good book.

This book is written in a quarter journal form (Sam's) with her inner most thoughts and pictures and the rest mostly in narrative.   I love Sam is loved and seen as some one who is differently capable.

This book is also a series. I recommend them and get them in the hands of kids!

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my open and honest opinion. The views expressed here are 100% my own and may differ from yours. ~Michelle

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Holly Clegg’s trim &TERRIFIC Cookbook #Giveaway ends 7/9 #cookbooks

If you are constantly having to keep an eye on what you eat, this book is for you!

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Packed with over 150 simple, satisfying and nutritious recipes and each recipe includes terrific tips (shortcuts), menu suggestions and nutrition information!
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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

#Giveaway: Empowering Books For Busy Moms (Ends 6/30) @Sourcebooks

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Are you a busy Mom who could use some self empowerment?

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Sourcebooks is an independent book publisher located in the Midwest. Our mission is to reach as many people as possible through books that will enlighten their lives. Our philosophy is simple: Books. Change. Lives.


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"In Making Space, Clutter Free Tracy offers a realistic approach to managing your belongings. Instead of prescribing perfection, she understands our individual differences require individual strategies-and that it doesn't always need to be rational." - Cait Flanders, bestselling author of The Year of Less
"When we're financially sound, we can take more risks, negotiate better salaries, and leave behind jobs and situations that aren't in our best interest. In The 30-Day Money Cleanse, Ashley outlines a fun and fresh blueprint for millennials to achieve financial success. I can't recommend it enough! " - Lindsey Pollak, New York Times Bestselling Author of Becoming the Boss: New Rules for the Next Generation of Leaders
"Motherhood So White blew me away. Nefertiti's honest account of her unique journey to parenthood serves as a sharp reminder that in our society, parenting is not a colorblind experience. This is an important book for anyone committed to creating a more equal playing field for all our children." - KJ Dell,Antonia, author of How to Be a Happier Parent
"Tom Phelan's book effectively challenges the stories mothers tell themselves about what an ideal mother should look like -- in short, the Maternal Identity. But even more valuable are his practical guidelines for releasing mothers from their perceived responsibilities!" - Sarah Hart-Unger, MD, pediatrician and co-host of Best of Both Worlds Podcast
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"Slay Like a Mother is a feisty, clever, and fun blueprint for modern motherhood that belongs on every book shelf and in every diaper bag...As a woman and mother, you'll gain a newfound power, happiness, and ability to leap tall Lego buildings in a single bound."?Erin Falconer, author of How To Get Sh*t Done: Why Women Need to Stop Doing Everything So They Can Achieve Anything

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Monday, June 1, 2020

#Spotlight: No Filter (Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery) by Heather Day Gilbert #cozymysteries

No Filter (Barks & Beans Cafe Cozy Mystery)

Cozy Mystery
1st in Series
Publisher: WoodHaven Press (May 26, 2020)
Number of Pages: ~280 Pages
Digital ASIN: B085BX4N96

Welcome to the Barks & Beans Cafe, a quaint place where folks pet shelter dogs while enjoying a cup of java…and where murder sometimes pays a visit.

Fed up with her go-nowhere job, newly single Macy Hatfield moves back to her small hometown in West Virginia. She joins forces with her brother Bo in his crazy new venture—the Barks & Beans Cafe, which caters to dog lovers and coffee drinkers alike.

When a golf instructor is murdered at the nearby spiritual center, Macy winds up adopting his Great Dane. Just after Macy finds a mysterious message sewn under the dog’s collar, her Dane is dog napped. She launches into a relentless search for her new found canine friend, but along the way, she digs up a cruel and confident killer.

Join siblings Macy and Bo Hatfield as they sniff out crimes in their hometown…with plenty of dogs along for the ride! The Barks & Beans Cafe cozy mystery series features a small town, an amateur sleuth, and no swearing or graphic scenes.

About the author:

HEATHER DAY GILBERT, an ECPA Christy award finalist and Grace award winner, writes contemporary mysteries and Viking historicals. Her novels feature small towns, family relationships, and women who aren’t afraid to protect those they love. Like her amateur sleuth heroines, she enjoys reading Agatha Christie, playing video games, dogs, and coffee.

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