A Broken Bone

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Melinda Leigh

General Fiction, Mystery, Romance

Published November 3, 2020 by Montlake

On Widow’s Island, the secrets are dark…and everybody has one. So when Deputy Tessa Black responds to a call about an explosion in a quiet neighborhood, she gets more than she bargained for: the body of a teen who went missing weeks ago.

Until recently, Gavin was living in a reputable foster home. But now that he is found dead—Tessa can’t help but wonder if sinister forces are at play. Who would want to hurt him, and why?

With the help of her partner, Park Ranger Logan Wilde, Tessa tries desperately to decipher what happened to Gavin before another life is cut short. Someone on Widow’s Island knows the explosive truth. Will Tessa find the answers she needs before someone else turns up dead?

My Thoughts:

This book is not a stand alone book. I highly recommend reading the previous 5 before reading this one. In the 6th book of the Widow’s Island series we switch back to Tessa and Logan’s story. We have the usual murder to solve and I was surprised by the resolution of that problem. I didn’t figure out who the murderer was before it was revealed in the book. I really liked how Tessa and Logan’s relationship is played out and portrayed, although I was a little confused that he was consistently her back up. Maybe in his role as a forest ranger it was okay? But I digress. Logan is a companion that grounds Tessa and keeps her going. Dementia is a hard, hard disease. We had my husband’s grandmother with us for one week while arrangements were being made for her care and it was a very difficult week. We didn’t know what to expect from one moment to the next, if she would know us, if she wouldn’t and how she would react. Ms. Leigh did a good job of showing the beginnings of the disease with Tessa’s mom in this book and previous ones. I enjoyed how the book ended.

Chile Verde Shredded Beef

I’m not sure where this recipe originates. I got it from a friend, who I’m sure got it from another friend. It doesn’t get any easier than this.

Ingredients

1 London Broil

1 Tbsp Heaping chili powder

1 Large can diced green chilis

1 Can El pato tomato sauce

1 Jar Herdez salsa verde


Directions

Combine in a crock pot and cook on low for 8-10 hours. Shred and serve as tacos, nachos, anyway you want. We like it with lettuce, pico, and cheese.

Below the Bones

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Kendra Elliot

General Fiction, Mystery, Romance

Published October 27, 2020 by Montlake

Former FBI special agent Cate Wilde is a new bakery and bookstore owner—and retirement is now complete with a doctor boyfriend. Although she struggles with PTSD, the sweet life she’s living is a far cry from the gruesome work she left behind six months ago.

But when skeletal remains turn up on Widow’s Island—and the MO of the killer is too familiar to Cate—the dream comes to an abrupt end. What if the case she solved eight years ago isn’t as closed as she thought? Her hometown needs her, and despite her mental health and her boyfriend’s protests, she has no choice but to return to her dangerous past life.

Soon Cate is in a desperate race to stop a cold-blooded murderer from killing again, once and for all…only this time, she’ll have so much more to lose.

My Thoughts:

First off, this is not a stand alone book. You will be lost if you haven’t read the previous 4 novellas.

This one is hard to review. Because I can’t tell if the novella was lackluster or if I was so distracted by events all around me that I couldn’t concentrate on it. I listened to the majority of the book on Election Day and I would find myself tuning out and then having to rewind to try and listen again. I don’t think it pulled me in as much as the previous 4 books did. The relationships between the characters was barely there. There was a internal dialog with Cate as she tried to decide what to do about the FBI, and in turn the murder, but not much dialog between her and the other characters.

I have alternately listened/read the previous 4 books so I know I have heard the narrator, Christine Williams, before but this time I thought her performance was lackluster as well.

I remain a fan of Ms. Elliot, but I don’t think this was her best.

My Most Recommend Book

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Someone recommended this book to me and I wish I remembered who it was so I could thank them. I, in turn, recommend this to everyone who asks me for suggestions. Need a book for bookclub? Read this one! Going on vacation? Take this with you! I love this so much but I sit here almost paralyzed trying to think of the words that would entice you to read it. Gorgeous descriptions of food? A little mystery that needs solving? A sweet story with a satisfying ending? A great escape from the awfulness of 2020?

Delicious! is about a girl, a food magazine, a famous chef and set in New York City. I tend to think I’m a pretty strict reviewer and if there is something I don’t like I’ll tell you about it. But there isn’t anything I didn’t like about this book. Written by Ruth Reichl, editor-in-chief at Gourmet magazine, it is her only fiction book. I wish she had more!

So if you are looking for something to read? I’ve got a suggestion for you…..

The Best Strawberry Ice Cream

This recipe comes from https://lmld.org/

It tastes amazing and there are no eggs or cooking involved.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups chopped strawberries
  • 1 cup sugar (divided)
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 dash salt

Instructions

  • Mix chopped strawberries with 1/2 cup sugar in a medium sized bowl. Allow to set for about 15 minutes so strawberries release their juices. 
  • Blend strawberries up in a blender or food processor. 
  • In a large bowl combine strawberry mixture with heavy cream, whole milk, vanilla extract, salt and remaining sugar. Set aside.
  • Pour strawberry cream mixture into prepared ice cream maker. Allow to run according to manufactures instructions (Mine is about 30 minutes.) 
  • Serve now for soft serve ice cream. 
  • For scoopable ice cream, scoop ice cream into a bread loaf pan and cover with plastic wrap. Place in the freezer for 6 hours up to overnight.