i did end up enjoying the story, but being new to this genre, i didn't expect all the extremly
the creepy crawlies, vampires, dhampirs,werewolves, coyotes that become human, shapeshifters, skinwalkers, etc. were creepy..
but, the huge graphic amount of mention of penises in this book... were much creepier.
And also the fact that she is supposed to be saving the world....
um, she is having a lot of sex, no mention of birth control (not even in passing)
the sequels will be very interesting, if she is saving the world,
i did enjoy that a little orphan, ex cop from Milwaukee, was saving the world tho.
it wasn't that i didn't like this book, it was interesting, and the people and places were interesting, it was just all too surreal and weird, i kept waiting for it to make sense -even in a weird way....
i did like the dogs.
a nice fast read... scary in parts,
the sleuth has a nice dog(that doesn't get murdered)
WARNING! there is a murder of an animal also, in this book.
but the book was good, the balloon festival was fun.
this was the first Charlie Parker book i had read (i think it is the 5th or 6th in series)
i will probably look for the others.
From The Back of the Book:
You'd think the life of a bead artist would be fairly uneventful. But that's not the case for Lilias Ruiz. Especially when she returns from an art fair tour and is greeted by a dead body.
The police are convinced she's the killer, and suddenly Lilias finds herself hanging on to a thread of innocence. But after her home is vandalized and her van broken into, Lilias begins to realize that she has something someone wants.
Determined to return to the craft circuit, Lilias is relieved to be accompanied by her seven-foot-three-inch nephew, who's on the run from an unwanted basketball scholarship. Along with the help of her colorful neighbor Annie, a cutthroat attorney who means well and an overzealous FBI agent, they string together the clues and wonder if there really could be a gem in Lilias's collection of dusty old beads. Or is the killer after something more?
this book was a delight, from the first page to the last, except, that at one point i said to my self.... oh i hope she is not going to make "so and so" the murderer, and she did :( the only other problem with this book, is, it left me REALLY wanting coffee cake! (Fortunately there is a recipe for it in the back of the book) even with the murderer being who it was, i REALLY enjoyed this one, and can't wait to read the rest!
despite it's title not really a cosy, really good, but scarier than i expected,between the mob and the rapist, the attempts on her life were a little too "real",
but, i really enjoyed it anyways... and can't wait to read more.
oh yeah.. AND it had a dachshund in it too!
when i read the cover of this book,
i really thought, i would NOT like it....
but i read it anyways and much to my surprise, i liked it aLOT,
even tho it was really sad.. and kept me on the edge of my seat wondering just what was going to happen next, and how bad would it be?
even tho it was a really scary book, it was filled with such joy of life.
from back cover:
The New World holds the promise of religious freedom, especially among the Quakers, known for their tolerance. But will they accept a Pagan in their Society? A witch in their community? Deborah Leeds, direct ancestor of the author, remains faithful to Brigid's charge to heal and is well loved and respected by her neighbors. Yet ultimately she lives a lie - until a new charge by a "Doctor of Physic" and the birth of her 13th child force a reckoning within her and her community. And a legend is born. Sightings of her alleged progeny, now known as the Jersey Devil, continue to this day. A story of secrets and suspicions, of religious fervor and fanatacism, of a fearful yet courageous woman's struggle to live with integrity in a world which would hang her for following her heart . . . and her destiny!
FINALIST! Benjamin Franklin Award for Fiction now on unabridged audio. "One of the best novels . . . concerned with women's spirituality." - Booklist
"A well-crafted, imaginative tale, and terrific reading." - The Midwest Book Review
"A fascinating exploration of the origin and nature of what we have come to think of as witchcraft." - San Francisco Chronicle
"[Brigid's Charge] uses the legend to get places, to say things about life and people and religion and things that matter." - The Press of Atlantic City ". . . an engaging and imaginative story of the life of an extraordinary woman in a difficult time - and a good read! - Starhawk, author of "The Spiral Dance" and "The Fifth Sacred Thing"