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I love to read. I love books. I like to talk about books and recommend them. I read everything including cereal boxes and junk mail! I heard once that if you're not reading at least 3 books at a time you're not reading enough! This blog will keep track of the books I've read and whether or not I liked them. It will be a little bit of everything from Christian fiction to Science fiction and fantasy. Feel free to participate by suggesting books to review and giving your comments. Occasionally I am given free books by Publishers in exchange for a review. I am not told how to review them or compensated in any way for the review.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Beneath the Surface by Mike Martin

Mike Martin is a Canadian writer and sets his mystery series in the town of Grand Bank, Newfoundland.

Beneath the Surface is the 3rd in the series starring Sgt Winston Windflower.  I was given this book to review and have not read either of the other books.  Sometimes that can be a detriment in reviewing a book that is part of a series but in this case there is enough background in the book that it was easy enough to pick up the flow of the story of Sgt. Windflower’s life. 

Beneath the Surface opens with the murder of a young woman from Grand Bank.   During the course of the investigation Winston will deal with the Russian mafia; human trafficking and corrupt officials.  The story is mostly a police procedural so the focus is on how the Detachments are solving the crimes that are involved.

Sgt. Windflower is a likeable and charming main character.   Among the threads of the story is one that involves Winston’s Cree background.   There is a lot of Aboriginal  history and religious practice woven throughout the story.  There is also a lot of history and storytelling about St. John and the Province of Newfoundland.  I found these threads to be interesting and well placed throughout the story.  Another thread is one of food.  Winston likes to eat and there is so much talk of local delicacies that I thought there might be recipes at the end of the book.  A romance rounds out the story making it truly a story that has a little bit of everything in it.

This was an easy and entertaining read and I recommend it especially if you like Canadian stories set in Canadian places.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

The Zig Zag Path


Recently my mom found a notebook with some poems that my grandmother had collected.  My grandmother died of cancer when she was 50 so I never got to know her.  This collection of poems is a legacy that helps me get to know her better.  I thought I’d share a few of them starting with this one called, The Zig Zag Path (author unknown)

We climbed the height by the zig-zag path
And wondered why -- until
We  understood it was made zig-zag
To break the "force of the hill."

A road straight up would prove too steep
For the traveler's feet to tread;
The thought was kind in it's wise design
Of a zig-zag path instead. 

It is often so in our daily life;
We fail to understand
That the twisting way our feet must tread
By Love alone was planned. 

Then murmur not at the winding way,
It is our Father's will
To lead us Home by the zig-zag path
To break the force of the hill.

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