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Susie’s Friday Book Club.

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This is the first book I have read of Steve Cavanagh.  This book is the fourth Eddie Flynn novel.  Eddie was a con man but a chance encounter with a Judge who steered him towards a career in the Law, has given him a respectable career.  He now represents clients getting them off charges which he was once accused of.

“Thirteen” sees Eddie being asked to be second chair in a high profile case of a film star accused of killing his wife.  Eddie is in trouble with some bad cops and his new employer wants him to go up against the cops to prove they lied about the evidence.  They are about to go into Court when the top lawyers pull out, which leaves Eddie to try and win the case on his own.  However the real killer is on the jury and ready to sway the rest in favour of the death penulty!!!!  Can Eddie get his client off and avoid death himself?

I really enjoyed this book and can highly recommend it.  It moves very well through the chapters, there isn’t too much legal jargon but the suspense is kept high.  I will be reading more of Mr Cavanagh’s books especially in this series.

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Sorry this is a day late!!! I spent Thursday working and then doing home jobs and yesterday I was out early at the grocery store, 7.00am, as I hate crowds and after unloading and putting the shopping away I then spent the rest of the day ironing!!! It’s lovely to go out but the washing does not stop piling up!!!  I do sometimes think I am running a laundry service!!!!!! 

Have a great weekend, don’t panic and stay safe.

Hugs, Susie xx

RIP!

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Very sad news yesterday that one of my most favourite Authors, Clive Cussler, passed away aged 88.  Over the years he wrote over 80 books and in recent years worked with co-authors and as far as I am concerned is the only one to have got it right!  I have read a few co-authored books and they are just terrible and really do not stick to the style of the original stories but Mr Cussler got the right people.

I have loved all the series that he wrote and have a whole shelf of his books and can read them again and again.  In fact my January Book Club was “Shadow Tyrants” in the Oregon Files series.  We will have to wait and see if the family allow the co-Authors to carry on the writing.  Obviously family and friends will be devastated by his passing but so are his fans as the work now stops.

Mr Cussler was a master of the thriller novel and took you all over the World in his books and I am really going to miss him but thankful that I have his books to read again.

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This was the first book of his I read and it just captivated me.  I then had the pleasure of going back and reading all of his novels before this and then bought each book as it was published.  In fact I still have a few to get!!!

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Rest In Peace Clive and thank you for all the books.

Hugs, Susie xx

Susie’s Monthly Friday Book Club.

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I have read a few of Michael Connelly’s books now and really enjoyed them.   He does a few series books and this is about Harry Bosch.  

Harry is a retired Detective who looks into cold cases and this time assitsted by Detective Renee Ballard who has her own problems.  She had reported a case of sexual harassment and because of this had been sent to the Graveyard shift!!!   When she gets back to the precinct one night to write reports, she catches Harry snooping in their filing cabinets!  He is looking for old information on a cold case of a young girl murdered and it is more complicated by the fact that Harry is currently letting the young girl’s Mom stay with him!!!

I started reading this book whilst DH and I were travelling around Scotland last week and am hooked!!!!  It is one of those books that you think “I will just read one more chapter” at night when I should really be putting it down and going to sleep!!!!

Can recommend Michael’s books!!!

So far I am keeping up with this New Year’s Aims of doing more reading!!!

I hope you all have a great weekend whatever you are up to.  It is a bit wild and windy here today!!!!

Hugs, Susie xx

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Susie’s Friday Monthly Book Club.

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As those who read my Blog regularly know that Clive Cussler is one of my favourite authors and he is also one of the authors who has managed to get very good co-writers for his books.  This is the one I am reading at the moment. 

The Oregon is a very unique ship, made to look like a beaten down tramp steamer, when in fact it is a hightly sophisticated ship inside.  It is run by The Corporation who consist of ex-CIA, ex-Marines, ex-anything who have the skills needed to carry out covert operations around the World led by Juan Cabrillo. 

In this book they are trying to trace the Nine Unknown who hold scrolls of knowledge passed down through the centries from the original Nine Unknown.  They have grown into huge corporations and businesses because of the knowledge but one of the Nine now wants to take it all and run the World.  The Corporation need to find out who the Nine are and try and stop the One!

I have only just got a quarter of the way through it but it is living up to Mr Cussler’s excellent sense of adventure and is just the right book for me to escape this dreary January weather!!!!!

There are several different novels by Mr Cussler all with different and exciting characters and anyone would be a good starting point.  The first one I read of his was “Treasure” which is the ninth of the Dirk Pitt series and that definitely carries you away to foreign lands and adventures.

Tomorrow DH, Youngest, Girlfriend and I are off to London so I will have lots of pictures to show you on Monday

Have a wonderful weekend and don’t forget if the weather is bad, grab a book and disappear for a few hours to another World!!!

Hugs, Susie xxx

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Susie’s Friday Monthly Book Club.

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Hi All, for this month I give you “A Tudor Christmas”, which looks at where all our Christmas traditions come from.  A lot of people think that the Victorians gave us a lot of our Christmas activities and traditions but in fact many of them go back to Tudor times.

Alison Weir is a famous historical author and has written extensively on Henry VIII’s wives and Siobhan Clarke is a lecturer and guide for some of our historic Royal Palaces including Henry VIII’s favourite, Hampton Court. 

The book examines different aspects of Christmas and explains how they came about.  I love books like this, I have always loved history, especially about Christmas my most favourtie time of year.  Eldest bought this book for me last Christmas and I read it during the holidays.

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Sorry for radio silence this week but it has been one of those weeks!  Had a great day on Tuesday with Jayne Christmas shopping although we both said that all the stores seem to be doing a very “low key” Christmas this year with a lot less displays and Christmas gifts!  We usually spend the day looking for those little extra gifts for our families and hardly found anything!  It think it must be a reaction to all this rubbish Brexiet delays and now, of course, the General Election!!!  Just what we all need before Christmas!!!

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Wednesday and Thursday were taken up with work and also helping Youngest sort out where his suitcase was after his trip to Florida!!!  Yes as only with us, his case was not on his flight because of a mix up with the tickets attached to the bag and it was left in Florida.  Eventually it made its way back to Gatwick and then to Heathrow and finally last night to our home at 7.45pm!!!!  We didn’t think he would ever see it again, so at least that was one benefit and it looks to be in one piece!!!

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I managed to get home jobs done yesterday as well and also all my washing and ironing so at least I am up to date for now!!!!  I am hoping that next week will be a little calmer.  The weekend is manic of course and DH is out all day on Sunday as it is Remembrance Sunday here and he is out on Saturday night too at at friend’s daughters 18th Birthday doing the music for her!!! Tonight it is the Small Pool Swimmers their championships but that is usually a quick event and the littlies love it especially when they get their trophies!!!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend whatever you are up to.

Hugs, Susie xx

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Treacle’s had a quiet week, lots of rain so she has been snoozing in her basket!!!!!

Susie’s Monthly Friday Book Club.

Book Club should have been two weeks ago but that was when I was still running Eldest around after his Op!!!  Better late than never as they say!!!!

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If you like Agatha Christie then you will love Jessica Fellowes, who is the niece of Julian Fellowes creator of “Downton Abbey”!  The Mitford Sisters were real and in fact the youngest of the sisters, Debo, married Andrew Cavendish the 11th Duke of Devonshire and resided at Chatsworth House.

This story is woven about the sisters when they were young, in fact Debo has only just been born.  Louisa Cannon escapes London and her terrible Uncle and takes a position as assistant to the Sisters’ Nanny.  However a murder on a train has an impact on the whole family but especially Louisa and the eldest Mitford Sister Nancy (an author in real life).  Nancy persuades Louisa to help her investigate the murder and the connection to their family, whilst Louisa is trying to stay away from London and her violent Uncle. 

So far there are three books in this series, I have book number two and I really enjoyed this one so will be getting the third one.  As I say if you are a fan of Agatha then you will love these books.

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As predicted it has been raining all day today and due to rain all day tomorrow.  I was going to try and get some pictures of our Autumn trees but they just look very wet and very sorry for themselves at the moment.  Sunday is supposed to be a better day so I will try and get some pictures then.

Have a Wonderful Weekend you lovely lot.

Hugs, Susie xx

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Susie’s Friday Book Club September.

Well the months are flying by now and you, like me, are no doubt being bombarded by companies about Christmas!  However one Christmas email I always like to receive is from the various book shops with their Christmas offers, especially for the children we buy for. 

A lot of books were always on my Christmas list, so much so that my parents used to say isn’t there anything different I would like for Christmas but no.  I always read a lot but especially during the Autumn and Winter months when it was dark early.  I still do now!

Anyway onto September’s Book Club entry and it is a book I read whilst away in Scotland.

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This is a new character, Atlee Pine, for David Baldacci and hopefully he will write some more.  She is not your usual FBI Agent preferring to stay away from high profile offices and stationed in the wilds of Western United States.  She is tasked with helping to find a missing person in The Grand Canyon but all they find is a dead trek mule and a million questions which leads to a far reaching conspiracy including her immediate Boss.  Atlee and her personal assistant end up on the run for their lives not being able to trust anyone and the truth leads them right to FBI Headquarters in Washington DC.

As with every one of Mr Baldacci’s other books this keeps you wanting to read just one more page, until late into the night!  Can highly recommend it.

I got a lot of reading done whilst we were away so have quite a few books waiting for their day on the Friday Book Club.

Been hectic today with home jobs, grocery shopping, washing and ironing!!!!  Weekend is busy too with DH out on Saturday evening commentating again and hopefully Sunday will be nice weather and we can get some garden jobs done as well.  I hope you lovely lot have a Great Weekend.

Hugs, Susie xx

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