The Inheritance Games: #bookreview

The Inheritance Games

Imagine being relatively poor and struggling to get ahead in life and in the next breath you’ve inherited a sizeable fortune from the Rockefeller family.

One day Avery Grambs was living with her sister, Libby, and the sister’s abusive boyfriend, Drake. Then practically the next day, Avery has inherited a palatial estate and the fortune of Tobias Hawthorne, who is a stranger to her. The only stipulation is that she has to live in the mansion for one year. Of course, Avery will be sharing the house with all of the people that did not get what the fortune that they wanted. All of them are the enemy for the next year.

Avery is very bright but unaccustomed to having wealth or the whole world following her every move. She doesn’t have that many people in her life that are trustworthy.

The most interesting character, Emily, is already deceased by the time Avery moves to the Hawthorne estate. She was dating two of the Hawthorne grandsons and was a bit of a risk-taker. We don’t know if Emily was killed or died of natural causes until the end.

Avery spends a lot of time trying to figure out the mysteries of Hawthorne House. How does Tobias Hawthorne know her? Why did he leave her an interitance?

I thought that this book would be predictable. However, there’s enough mystery and a puzzle around every corner to keep it interesting.

If you like mystery, drama, and puzzles then you will probably enjoy The Inheritance Games.

If you would rather read a boring book about boring people, then this might not be the book for you.

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Cold case Quest: Tina Johnson, Maria Gruden, and Nadine Frank

The cases of Tina Johnson, Maria Gruden and Nadine Frank are not necessarily connected. We don’t know enough about their personal lives to say that they lived in a similar way.

However, the homicides occurred on the east side of Columbus. All three ladies were stabbed. They were between the ages of 19 and 32.

Tina Johnson

Tina Johnson was 19 years old when an unknown assailant stabbed her and left to die behind a garbage truck. The incident occurred on September 11, 1979.

Maria Gruden

Maria Gruden was stabbed while in her home on December 6, 1980. Gruden was 32 years old at the time of her death.

Nadine Frank

On April 7, 1987, Nadine Frank survived an initial attack in which she was stabbed several times. She was taken to the hospital but refused treatment. Frank died from her wounds a few days later. She never named the person who stabbed her.

As far as I know, no one has been arrested for the cases of Johnson, Gruden and Frank. If there were witnesses, either no one has come forward or didn’t identify a suspect.

If you have any information about any cold case in Columbus, contact the Columbus Police Cold Case Division or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers.

The locations of all three homicides

Columbus Police

Central Ohio Crime Stoppers

Meet and greet: Dig Two Graves

Dig Two Graves

Who: Dig Two Graves

What: Progressive metalcore from New Jersey

Why: In the words of EDM artist Son of Michel: “I’m an edm artist and music producer who loves blending genres and making sounds that will hopefully catch the attention of more ears as I continue to create. I felt this song x10 and felt I could give it some Son of Michel dub to match that Dig Two Graves energy. On god. Hell Yeah brother. Gucci smoochy.”

Where:

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/track/7dr3Be8p7CRBGt02CVEBpi?si=twHiQqCFQsSVGdxx7jhe-w

Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/album/wick-son-of-michel-remix-single/1519271458 

10 Books on the #alreadyRead List. Part 8

Goodreads
  1. Flesh and Blood.
  2. Frankenstein. It’s nothing like the movies. The monster is not the real monster.
  3. The Friday Edition
  4. From Breath and Ruin
  5. The Furies
  6. A Game of Thrones. It’s not a secret that I love this series. The end of the tv series was a huge disappointment. My feelings are still hurt.
  7. The Girl on the Train. I enjoyed this book. Can you imagine inserting yourself into someone’s life like Rachel did?
  8. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.
  9. The Girl Who Played With Fire.
  10. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. It is my goal to be this girl. Awkward or not, she is a badass. I’m awkward too with no dragon tattoo.

Flawless Friday Video: Jessie Wagner

If you are looking for an artist to support – check out Jessie Wagner. The “End of Time” video is retro, positive and fun. Her twitter profile says that she is a dork by choice. Who can relate?

I was so glad to watch it today. No regrets. Will probably watch the video a hundred more times.

Wagner, who was a singer for Lenny Kravitz and Duran Duran, will have a new album out soon. This is the link to pre-order.

10 Books on the #alreadyRead Shelf. Part 7

  1. Don Quixote. I think I liked it but I don’t remember. Should go on the #readagain list.
  2. East of Eden. Should also read again.
  3. Eat Pray Love. Definitely worth reading.
  4. Eden.
  5. Embers of Liberty.
  6. Emma. One of my favorite Jane Austen books.
  7. Evvie Drake Starts over.
  8. Farhrenheit 451. Interesting book.
  9. A Farewell to Arms. Probably my favorite book by Hemingway
  10. A Feast for Crows. Love all of the books in this series.

Flawless Friday Video: Card Reader

Card Reader

Card Reader of Long Island have a new album available in all of the usual places. Hopefully, they will become a “familiar voice” to everyone. So far I enjoy their music more than I expected. It was a pleasant surprise.

Check out their video for “Familiar Voices” so you can also have something pleasant in your day . . . in a totally rockin’ way of course.

Card Reader on Bandcamp

Crossing in Time (Between Two Evils #1): #bookreview

Crossing in Time

If you could go back in time to fix your love life and hopefully save the world, would you go?

Crossing in Time takes place in Colorado, in a biodome somewhere in the United States and on a tropical beach in the future.

Isabel loves Diego. Diego loves Isabel. Many years ago they were a couple – two brilliant, complicated, stubborn people who cannot effectively communicate until twenty years later.

Isabel lets Diego get away and then marries the biggest douchebag on the planet. He’s a jerk in the past, present and future.

The end of the world is quickly approaching. Some genius figured out that keeping Isabel and Diego from separating in their youth could save the planet.

So Isabel volunteers to go to the past to talk to young Diego about how to communicate with a young Isabel when he meets her. It was probably incredibly weird to say “Hey, someday you will meet another me who is exceptionally difficult. Please be patient with her/me even though we are a pain in the neck.

If you are a fan of time travel or apocalyptic novels, then you might enjoy Crossing Time. It would be fine to take this book to the beach to read about the world ending while the world is ending.

Oh my goodness. I should quit reading the reviews on Amazon. Prudes who don’t like cursing or all of the sexual language do not enjoy this book. The prudes gave it a one star review. That’s a bit harsh Prudence. It was worth at least 3.5 stars.

  • I thought I received this ebook from the author. However, I’ve had the ebook since 2018 so I’m not sure anymore.

10 Books on the #AlreadyRead Shelf. Part 6

Goodreads
  1. The Witch’s Ambitions Trilogy. The Council.
  2. Crossing in Time. Just finished last week. Book review coming soon.
  3. Curva Peligrosa.
  4. The Da Vinci Code. I liked the book and the movie.
  5. A Dance with Dragons. Loved all of the whole Game of Thrones series.
  6. Daughter of Fortune. Worthy of multiple readings.
  7. Daughter of the Sun.
  8. Deja Vu.
  9. A Different Time.
  10. Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood. I liked the book better than the movie.

Cold Case Quest: Alice Laskey, Helen Banner and Carrie Walker

Unfortunately, the elderly are victims of crime more often than anyone would think. It’s almost unthinkable. Who would want to hurt Nana or Pop-pop?

The elderly are generally victims of elder abuse (emotional and physical abuse, neglect, financial exploitation, etc.), which I have seen first-hand. Violent crimes against the elderly are slightly less common but the instances of violence are increasing.

There are the cold cases of Columbus residents Alice Laskey, Helen Banner and Carrie Walker. All three ladies were over 70 years old. They had all been stabbed in or in front of their homes. Robbery was possibly the motive in at least two of the homicides.

If anyone has any information about these cases, please contact the cold case division of the Columbus Police Department or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers. The phone numbers are listed below.

The families of Laskey, Banner and Walker need your help to solve their loved ones homicide.

Alice Laskey

Alice Laskey. 1980

On November 12, 1980, Alice Laskey was found outside of her residence after being stabbed. She died from her wounds soon afterwards. Laskey was in her 70s. The motive was most likely robbery since her purse was found several blocks away.

Helen Banner. 2004

Robbery could have also been the motive for Helen Banner’s death on February 12, 2004. Banner, 82, was also stabbed at her residence. Her purse had been stolen in January. Her son had confronted the people responsible. Is it possible that the person who stole her purse had killed her for revenge? At the time, the police said that they didn’t think it was connected. I hope that they take a second and third look at the thieves.

Carrie Walker. 1987

Eighty-five year old Carrie Walker was found by her granddaughter on October 15, 1987. Walker had been stabbed in her residence. It’s unclear if robbery was the motive. There was at least one witness but no suspects were ever found.

Central Ohio Crime Stoppers.  614.461.8477 or 614.645.8477

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