Audio Book Review: Cryptic Lines by Richard Storry

The Cryptic Lines

  • Written by: Richard Storry
  • Narrated by: Jake Urry
  • Length: 4 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release Date:03-16-16
  • Publisher: Richard Alan Storry
  • The Cryptic Lines by Richard Storry


    My rating:
    Performance: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
    Story ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
    Overall ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    Maybe it is just me, but there is something just so deliciously inviting about a Mystery. Especially when it includes a scavenger type hunt. This delightful mystery is that style of book and it is wonderfully well written. There is no graphic violence or romance of any type. It is very Agatha Chrisy in its presentation. The entire story consists of two men searching for clues, second guessing every poetic hint.

    This the audiobook is really a fun one. We first are introduced to Lord Alfred Willoughby, as he is sick and calls in his attorney for a change in the will. As to what that change is, we are not privy to that information. What we do know is that Lord Alfred Willoughby dies in the next paragraph and then we are allowed to meet the main characters of the book. Matthew, the lazy shiftless and unacceptable son is called to his father’s house for the reading of the will. There is a will,l but it is not on paper, It is a video, complete with recently deceased Alfred issuing a challenge.

    Matthew Willoughby, as we keep learning, has not lived up to the expectations of his father Lord Alfred Willoughby. His selfishness and his immaturity shine through this story.

    The book is filled with interesting and somewhat secretive characters. Of course, I suspect everyone if there is a mystery afoot. The side characters are well developed and have a tasty nastiness if not downright snarky way about them.

    Cryptic Lines is my first book written by Richard Storry. I enjoy the way he writes. He uses words that evoke emotion that go along with the mysterious old mansion and the out of the way corridors they keep searching through. The clues are tied to a love of the classics that Lord Alfred cherishes. It was well written and entertaining to follow them in their puzzle solving. the two men work furiously​ because “gasp” there is a time limit on this treasure hunt. The way the book has been created there are light moments that show this is meant to be enjoyed. It is not a terror filled book, it is just a puzzle. A puzzle with a fabulous prize attached.

    Now we can discuss the narration. If you haven’t noticed, I have taken a shine to a wonderful narrator with a brilliant voice. Of course, it helps that this divine​ voice is British. I am talking about Jake Urry. He came across my radar almost a month ago and I can’t tell you how much I love the cadence and character of his voice.

    Jake Urry has presented this story in the best voices. Each person is distinct and obviously different from the others. I keep forgetting there is only one person reading this book. His voice is strong yet when he does the elderly woman Meg, I hear an elderly woman. It is a craft he is well adept at.

    This is a really great book. Nicely written and narrated ever so nicely.

    If you want to pick up the Cryptic Lines by Richard Storry in audiobook, paperback, or Kindle those are all available by clicking the links below.

    Book Review: The Liar by Nora Roberts

    The Liar

    The Liar by Nora Roberts

    My rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

  • Print Length: 514 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (April 14, 2015
  • Publication Date: April 14, 2015
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00O2BKKZS


  • This Romantic Suspense by Nora Roberts reminds me how much I enjoy her suspenseful storytelling. Her characters have humor, personalities, and wonderful charm. This book is about a southern woman that has recently lost her husband in a boating accident. It is not long after the death that she begins to find out discrepancies in what his life. Missing money, secret procedures, and even a few more unusual revelations.

    The story grabbed me and left me impatient to read more about the confusing and potentially dangerous life of Shelby Foxworth. After she finds out that things are not as they seemed with him she returns to Tennessee. Back to her parents and siblings. It​ is not long after she arrives that she finds a contractor, Griffen. He keeps showing up around town. She is drawn to him and he is intent on making her notice him.

    Danger starts to rear its ugly head and people start being hurt. People start showing up with more tales of Richard, or whatever his real name is. There are several she has proof of. Then even more names crop up. There are allegations of his conduct that is even more hard to imagine. Shelby is just trying to take care of herself and her little girl. She is focused on getting rid of the debt his death left her accountable for. It is a huge financial headache. Then there are threats and more revelations force Shelby to re-evaluate her entire position in life. She has a daughter that she must keep safe. The book balances her willingness to help find out the troubling secrets and protect herself and her daughter.

    Griff is a great character. Griff is truly the stuff heroes are made of. A construction worker that loves what he does. He is very talented in refurbishing and creating masterpieces in the local homes. He finds himself wanting to make a commitment too fast and he can’t help himself. Griff is a friend of Forest, Shelby’s brother and he gets caught up in the police work. Something he never expected to happen. Forest, is a wonderful character too. He is loving to his sister even though he was angry at her for years because of her actions. that interaction was quite funny. There were many cleverly funny scenes. I love when Nora adds in humor. She does it so well.

    There are so many full bodied side characters and they add to the story one layer at a time until you feel a part of this town.

    The writing of the southern people in town is perfection. The little sayings and the actions of beauty queen runner-up​. These people could live in any southern town in several states. It is really fun to see the way the family interacts. It is really a great story. This is one of my favorite books by Nora Roberts. She knows exactly how to say things.

    The Liar can be purchased in Kindle. Hardcover, Paperback, and Audio Book format by clicking one of the links below.

    Book Review: Children’s Book of Experiments for Young Scientists by Jaroslaw Wasilewski

    Children's Book of Experiments: 30 Incredible Experiments for Young Scientists (Educational series for kids 4-9 years 1)

    Children’s Book of Experiments: 30 Incredible Experiments for Young Scientists by Jaroslaw Wasilewski
    My rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

  • Publisher: Appetite For Education; 1 edition (July 7, 2016)
  • Publication Date: July 7, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01HF2FOEW
  • Children’s Book of Experiments for Young Scientists by Jaroslaw Wasilewski is is a children’s book that is filled with science experiments. Easy expreriments that children (with adult supervision) can perform. The children will be able to achieve amazing things with simple household products.

    When I opened this book and called them in to check it out, they wanted to start doing the experiments right away. We had some that we could do simply. with available items.

    The first experiment was ever so simple and took only two items. The experiment is called “Ball in a Trap” That was so fun and they liked the ease in which we could make the ball levitate. Again it created so much excitement.

    The youngest child is six and she was all into the science of it. She honestly asked more questions than I had answers for. This is a treasure trove of fun for kids.

    When I was provided with this book asked to review a children’s book, I did not know we were going to have so much fun. The Publishers provided the copy in exchange for an honest review. The book provided the honest fun and the interest.

    The illustrations are bright and colorful and the font is a fun catchy print that engages children. This book is perfectly designed to entice children. It works too.

    We still have numerous experiments to do before we can say that we attempted them all. There are thirty included in the book. Sarah wants to do them all.

    My granddaughter, Sarah wants to do the one called Rainbow straw next. I may have a little scientist on my hands. This will be in use every day this summer. The older kids are already picking up the ingredients for the rocket ship.

    This book can be obtained in Kindle and KindleUnlimited by clicking the link below.

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    Book Review: The Duke’s Undoing by G. G. Vandagriff

    The Duke's UndoingThe Duke’s Undoing by G.G. Vandagriff

    My rating: 5 of 5 stars

    If you love a good Rouge story , like I do , with the amazing determination to never marry. To continue through life in a “bed em” never “wed em” manner then this book is for you. Until the moment that you realize he is such a great person. He has seen things. He has been affected by what he saw in the war and now just wants to be the man he was before he left for the continent. Can it happen, can he go back to his carefree ways? Let running into a beautiful sad veil covered woman not interfere with his life plan? No, not if you are a rogue.

    What happens when the Duke is taken with the veiled woman and finds himself wanting to truly change his ways? He just has to fight it and fight anyone that wants to hurt her. Did I mention this woman has been engaged three times and has always begged off in the end? His chivalrous nature shines through in the story. He is one extraordinary Duke.

    Peter, the Duke of Ruisdell is just that man and he has found Elise Edwards the thrice engaged woman that threatens his entire lifestyle. It is a wonderful, enjoyable book filled with death, love, happiness, revenge and deceit. It is in other words, amazingly thorough. He also might have been forewarned by a voice whispering to him at the park.

    This book is suitable for any age. The story is told in a clear and enjoyable manner. I am glad I found this book and snagged it. When I find a book with characters this strong, I tend to rave. Consider me raving. I liked that there were no unspoken words. It says something more about the strength of the hero and heroine when they are able to speak of their emotions. I get frustrated with characters that refuse to give a hint as to their feelings.

    I loved the hero and the heroine for other reasons too. I loved their willingness to listen to each other. They compliment each other so well. It is a well written and exciting book with women that are in unexpected vocations, unusual house pets and glorious clothing. It has all the details that make an historic romance a dream come true.

    This is my second book by G.G. Vandagriff. I believe she is turning into one of my favorites. Her characters are typically fun, unique, and all together engaging. Another book I can highly recommend that you pick up. This one made me want to move in with them and steal him away from her.

    I now am racing to get the other five books that are in the series called Six rogues and Their Ladies.

    The book, The Duke’s Undoing (Six Rogues and Their Ladies Book 1) is available in paperback and in Kindle edition. Get your copy by clicking the links below.

     

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    #ComedyBookWeek Book Review: The Trouble with Dying by Maggie Le Page

    Dying

    • Print Length: 330 pages
    • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
    • Publication Date: December 9, 2014
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B00QTAAGFY

     

    Book Blurb:

    When Faith Carson wakes up on a hospital ceiling looking down on her body in a coma, it’s a bad start to the week. A very bad start. She has no idea who she is or how she got there or why, and the biggest mystery of all is why she married the schmuck who wants her ventilator switched off.

    As if that’s not enough Faith has a dead gran haunting her, a young daughter missing her, and one devilishly delicious man making her wish she could have a second chance at life. And maybe she can, if she finds a way back into her body and wakes up by Friday. But if she doesn’t, this will be her last bad week—ever.

    Nate Sutherland decided long ago he’d settle for friendship if he couldn’t have Faith’s heart. But now, as she nears death, he’s going to have to listen to his feelings in a whole new way—and act. Because if he doesn’t, this week will be the worst damn week of his life. He’ll lose everything he’s ever loved.

    (This book is intended for readers aged 18+.)

     

    About Maggie Le Page:

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    Maggie Le Page lives in Christchurch, New Zealand (aka QuakeZone) with her partner, two children, and a snooty cat who thinks they’re all her slaves. Her days are spent running around after kids or doing one of her ‘real’ jobs, so her writing generally happens in the dead of night. (Morning? Ha! She’s a third-generation night owl. Enough said.)

    Maggie loves chocolate, hates being cold, and is ever fascinated by the possibility of time travel. Obviously, her ideal experience would be to wake up on a tropical island eighty years into the future, with an endless supply of chocolate on hand.

    ***Latest News!***
    Maggie’s second book, The Trouble With Dying, was awarded an Honorable Mention in the InD’Tale 2015 RONE Awards (Suspense category).

    Rating:

    ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

     

    My Review:

    After reading one book last week  by Maggie Le Page and loving it, I decided I wanted to read another. With #ComedyBookWeek in full swing, I did pick up another book by her and wow. I was taken to places I had never been before, and I loved the journey. There was not falling down laughs, but there was so much humor and so much just emotion. The story if filled with spirits that are not sure what they are supposed to do other than just watch her comatose body. The fact that Faith calls the body in the hospital bed breathing with the aid of a machine, Faith -in – the -bed. I smiled and chuckled each time I saw it.
    She only knows her name is Faith, because she was called it by the man that makes her spirit react even from across the room. . She accepted that having no memory of her life was like a jigsaw puzzle. She just had to put those pieces together as best she can.

    I loved the characters. Tess was adorable and acted exactly like an intelligent six year old would. But there is more to Tess that meets the eye. Nate was faithful to come in day and night and sit with the Faith – in -the -bed and talk to her. Keeping her tethered to this world.

    Maggie Le Page has a real way with words. She knows just how to use the ones that are quirky and trip off your tongue in a delightful manner. I found myself repeating some of her phrases and words just to hear them out loud.

    Well written and good solid mystery kept me totally involved and engaged. It seemed to Faith, that there were villains around every corner. Villains that were free to come and go into her hospital room. The best character kept popping in and out. That was her dead grandmother, Gran. She kept things moving along in a less paranoid way. She also brought in some creepy guests.

    Recommendation:

    I would highly recommend this book to anyone that loves funny, mysterious, and lovable characters. It was so entertaining and had such a lovely spirit. There was some heat in the middle that I thought was perfectly timed for the couple.

    Where to Find:

    Trouble with Dying by Maggie Le Page is available in paperback and Kindle by clicking the links below.

    Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble

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    There is a full schedule of events on the #ComedyBookWeek.com Website.  Check out the 90 books and 65 authors that are participating in this first annual comedy event.

    This was the Brain child of Ana Spoke the author of Shizzle, inc and her new release Indiot. Don’t forget to follow the #ComedyBookWeek page for current information and plans for next year’s event.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    First Reveal: Three Projects Out in the Open!

    As you know I love to read and I love to write. I don’t know which I love more I also love to combine the two loves with writing reviews. That is not going to change in the least.

    Nine days ago I mentioned a secret project. The truth of the matter is there are two super secret projects and one addendum on a project.

    For the last nine days I have been burning the candles on both ends to see if my secret projects held any possibility. After nine days, I can absolutely say, Yes, yes they can.

    I am here to reveal my projects. Assuring that they have my full backing and support. If I announce it, it will come true. This isn’t a wish, it is am ongoing project. See what I did there?

     


     

    Behind Curtain Number 1 we have Project one, behold!



    Project one:

    The modification and reissue of the Path of the Child. My first book and I admit it was quite a leap for me.  Now I see the mistakes I made with that first publication and I have been working on the re-writing and editing. I have always been proud of my first book and I still am.  I just believed it needed a little do-over. The goal is to get those pesky errors out and a new cover on.

    I am extremely thrilled to get rid of my newb cover and get a real cover on there.

    The name is going to be the same and the story line is the same. The main difference, more fleshing out the characters and more actual action,  less narration.  I have known there were errors and shortcomings, that’s why I give it out instead of linking to the purchase site.  Now, I have made that decision and it felt the time was perfect. that being said, my heart and head were in the right place to correct my first baby.

    Six thousand new words, deleted about three thousand words. The result?  It appears to flow smoother and draw a more vivid picture. The cover is almost ready to reveal. I can not wait to see (and share) the final version. It is so close to ready, I can’t stand it!

    If you have picked up the Path of the Child, wait until the reissue in about two weeks to read it. you will be much happier with the new product.


     

    Next we step over to the large cardboard box spectacularly decked out in last year’s Christmas paper:  Tada!

     


     

    Project Two:

    I am currently working on the sequel to The Path of the Child. I am currently writing this and it is going well. It will be part of the Path Series. While I was doing the re-write on The Path of the child, two new characters came to me, auditioned for a part in the new book and voila we have a new direction that I was not exactly expecting.  That is the part of writing I love the most, The moment  an unknown  character (or two)  taps at my mind’s window and begs for a spot in the story.

    These two people have not only begged for an audition, they brought their own story along with them. All I have to do is type it for them. These are two active characters that will bring a new life to the story.  I have flipflopping on whether or not to share the title. I think I want to. I love the title.Did I not mention I can not keep things quiet?

    The Title is: The Path to the Past.

    It will pick up at the end of the first book and follow Melanie as she adjusts to her new life.  The places my outline is taking me is amazing. I am so enthused about this new story line.  I already have some chapters completed and I am committed to this sequel. Most of the reviews I have on Amazon say they wish there was a sequel. Now they get what they wanted. Oh the places Melanie will go!


     

    I hope no one is expecting a brand new car. Behind the sliding door, bedazzled to a fair the well ,  we have:  Hold your applause please!

     


     

    Project Three:

    The Shepherds of Donaldson Park has been completed. As far as the first draft goes.  I am knee deep into the re-writing editing portion. I got a little discouraged when my little pup died. She and her brother were the muse of the book. They were who two of the shepherds in the book were based on. Sometimes they were not just based on them, there were anecdotal stories that actually happened, mixed in with a little fiction. They each put a paw print on a little contract I drew up that said I could use their antics in the book.

    Needless to say, when my little girl, Arrow got sick and passed over, I was missing one of my muses. Now that some time has passed I can look at the manuscript and not get sick to my stomach. A vast improvement by the way. I couldn’t say that two weeks ago.

    I am back to the re-writing and editing portion of book three. Everyone on this blogosphere has been so kind and so sweet and that helped so much. I am now in a place where I can create and enhance all three books.

    This officially outs my secret and I hope you will join me in the writing, editing and publishing process over the next few months. This is an exciting journey, one I am ready to take.


     

    I sincerely hope you will travel this path with me.

     



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    #ComedyBookWeek: Book Review: Beaver vs. Beaver: by Portia Porter

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    This last minute  addition to the #ComedyBookWeek reviews features.This is a new Legal Comedy by Portia Porter. I was happy to have been given a copy for review. This is book 1 in the Family Court Series. If you can go by this first book, there is a lot of humor in the legal profession and in the courtrooms of South Duck.

    Beaver

    • Print Length: 172 pages
    • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
    • Publisher: Portia Porter Books; First edition (April 27, 2016)
    • Publication Date: April 27, 2016
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B01EXPB8F8

     

    Book Blurb:

     

    Portia Porter has struck out on her own and landed her first big client: a millionaire many times over who needs a divorce. But as the billable hours and expenses mount, Portia is learning first hand how hard it is to get a client to pay if they don’t want to.

    Will her tiny firm crumble under the weight of his unpaid bills? Or might the confusion and expense of switching lawyers be the leverage she needs to finally get paid?

    With a biting wit, endearing characters, and a story that will leave you reeling, Beaver vs. Beaver is the quintessential legal comedy.

    For law students, pre-law, young lawyers with a solo practice, and anybody who enjoys laughing at lawyers . . . I mean, legal comedy.

    (a version of this story first appeared in “Can You Stiff Your Divorce Lawyer? Tales of How Cunning Clients Can Get Free Legal Work.”)

    About the Author:      Portia the Author

     

    Portia Porter obtained her Ph.D. from The University of Chicago, a law degree from The University of Virginia, and practiced corporate and antitrust law with a top New York Wall Street law firm before opening her own divorce law practice. She practiced divorce law for about fifteen years before finally saying to herself: “You can’t divorce them all!”

    If you have a divorce-related question that you are afraid to own up to, Portia is the one you should ask.

    Portia lives in Ducklingburg, South Duck.

    Rating:

    ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

    My Review:

     

    Beaver vs. Beaver is such an unusual book. The story follows a new attorney on her first Divorce case. Portia Porter is hired as the Husband’s lawyer. He basically just wants to come out of the marriage financially unscathed.Portia Porter has a very unique voice in her writing. She comes from the legal field and still she tells these stories in such a personable and fetching way

    I never would have imagined that there could be such legal wrangling and underhanded maneuvering. This book had me laughing, feeling bad for Portia and her crack team, Raccoon and Hoppy,  and shaking my head at what all she had to go through.

    All this takes place in Ducklingburg, South Duck. There are accents, accusations, gossip mongers, and one Judge that I would not want to face.

    The writing is so well done. In reading about this case you just know Portia wants to pull her hair out, but it might cost too much to repair. I kept laughing at the pictures she paints in this retelling of the events. Some of the events are just so funny and kind of mean spirited. I know I did not like opposing counsel.

    Each character in this story is richly described and so fully personalized that you feel that you know them. Not that you wold want to have any kind of up close and personal relationship with many of them.  There are some that I would avoid like the plague if I had the chance. Yes,  I’m looking at you, Boom.

    I think you would love this book. Knowing that it is #ComedyBookWeek it would be the perfect time to pick it up and shake your head and laugh.

    Recommendation:

     

    I can honestly recommend this book to anyone that is interested in the legal profession, or just likes court room insider information. Then it is a comedy, so if you like good humor, I would recommend it as well.  I  would caution, however, don’t get any foolish ideas from Donny. He is one crazy cheapskate.

    Where to Find:

    Beaver vs. Beaver by Portia Porter is available in paperback and Kindle format. It is also available on KindleUnlimited. Pick up your copy by clicking one of the links below.

    Barnes & Noble  |   Amazon