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Good Sunday morning! This week’s read was entitled The Queen, by Steven James, #5 in the Patrick Bowers series. Like the ones before it, this one was fast-paced, educational, and also had some personal drama sprinkled in.

Set in the frigid, but lovely, state of Minnesota, this caper finds Patrick trying to thwart terrorists who are planning to launch a nuclear weapon from a submarine by using an abandoned, underground governmental facility as their home base. (!) Technology is an amazing thing. Coupled with that crisis, Patrick is reunited with his brother and sister-in-law, a lady Patrick happened to have a “thing” for five years prior. (Enter the DRAMA). His stepdaughter, Tessa, and girlfriend, Lien-hua, make their usual contributions to the story, and there are a couple of great life-threatening scenes that Patrick escapes as well. It’s nice to be the hero, right?

To sum…it’s good, just like the four books before it. And in many parts of the world, the weather is starting to make for some great “book time” so do yourself a favor on a Sunday and get snuggled up with a good story. ‘Til next week, happy reading! 🙂

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Good morning Readers! It’s a rainy and raw October morning in New England; fall is definitely here. I hope this finds you well wherever your locale.

This week’s review is called Dog On It, by Spencer Quinn. In a word, this book was cute. If you’re pining for a light, easy read—and if you’re a dog lover—then this book is for you.

The subheading of this book is called A Chet and Bernie Mystery, and the book is in the first person. The twist is that the “person” talking is Chet, who’s actually a dog. Bernie, his owner, is a down-and-out private investigator who is hired to find a teenage girl who has gone missing. There are a lot of adventures between this bumbling PI and his loyal pooch, and the thing that absolutely makes this book is that it’s from Chet’s perspective. The wonderful little thoughts and observations that he has about human behavior are priceless and delightful. I found myself looking at my own dog several times, and thinking Ah ha, that’s why you look at me like you do

A couple of things that I need to note that made the book “less cute” than it could have been were as follows: #1) Chet finds himself in the company of a couple of bad guys as the plot starts to thicken, and they are trying to “break his spirit” so to speak. The author pushes it just to the point of where I almost closed the book, but then, thankfully, Chet gets away. They don’t beat him; they stop short of that. Just be forewarned. You might want to skip past those few pages and get to the part where Chet bolts.  #2) When Chet is at the groomer, the groomer finds a little lump on him and seems concerned. She writes a note to Bernie to discuss it, the note gets stuck to the refrigerator, subsequently falls, and then it’s never addressed again in the story. (?) Hey Mr. Quinn! The reader wants to know what in the heck that lump is.  😦 So that ticked me off, but I’m assuming that it’s just a little growth and that Chet will be around for many mysteries to come. I’m a glass-half-full type of gal.

So that’s that for this week. I wish you all a wonderful Sunday, and ‘til next time, happy reading! 🙂

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