What I'm Reading This Week:
A few weeks ago I read the Sophie Littlefield interview at Linda Faulkner's Author Exchange Blog. I decided right then I wanted to read Sophie's mystery, A Bad Day for Sorry. A quick search found the book was not available yet at any of the libraries in our region, so I put in a request for a library purchase. I was contacted last week that the book had arrived. Hurrying to finish Some Buried Caesar by Rex Stout, I then made a library run.
The main character in this crime novel is a fifty-something sewing shop owner in Missouri. She's also a self-appointed enforcer in her free time, tracking down men who abuse their wives or girlfriends to give them a taste of their own medicine. Here's a short quote from the novel's prologue:
"Whuppin' ass wasn't so hard, Stella Hardesty thought as she took aim with the little Raven .25 she took off a cheating son-of-a-bitch in Kansas City last month."
The rest of that very short prologue is a hoot, but I'm not going to spoil the fun by putting any more of it here. Stella is tough and rough, but she has a real soft heart for the damaged women who come to her for help. Word gets around. After all, Stella took her own husband out with a wrench when she'd had enough of his abusive treatment.
What I'm Thinking About:
The flu. Upcoming travel and a big convention. Lots of people. I swear, if someone coughs on me and I get sick, I'll write him into my next mystery...as a victim.
I'm also thinking about Saturday's two-hour event at the library when community folks will write a story, one sentence at the time, on the sidewalk around the library block. We're using chalk, of course. Local authors (including me) will be there to contribute our sentences to the masterpiece, pass out our bookmarks, and chat about books. Should be a lot of fun.
My Quote of the Week:
"If widowhood had given Stella license to explore her authentic self, menopause stood under the window yelling at the bitch to come out and rumble."
----------Sophie Littlefield in A Bad Day for Sorry
This Week's Recommended Blog:
Susan Helene Gottfried at West of Mars. Susan announces book giveaways, guest bloggers, interviews, and other relevant links. She's very interested in helping promote newly published authors and their books. Stop by West of Mars and get acquainted.
The Best Thing I Had to Eat This Week:
No contest. My hubby and I went to a college football game last Saturday. I had a hot dog. In a bun. With mustard and onions. No, I'm not kidding. We rarely eat hot dogs at home, so this was a treat. Almost as good as chocolate.
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