You Can’t Stay Hidden Forever

Karen E Olson is back with a new series! She’s gone back to her crime thriller roots in Hidden.

Nicole Jones has lived on Block Island for fifteen years. She makes a living through the tourist trade, giving bike tours and selling art. Cash only. She doesn’t have a driver’s licence or a credit card. She doesn’t own a computer. Her friends think she’s eccentric. Some even think she’s hiding from an ex. They have no idea who she’s really hiding from.

She can’t hide forever. A man from her past comes looking for her. Asking, well demanding, she do one more favour for him. What he knows about her past could ruin her life on the island, as well as possibly get her killed.

It’s obvious that “Nicole Jones” isn’t the person she says she is. Somewhat of a loner she hasn’t told her new friends much about herself in fifteen years. They’re pretty accepting of her. Even though it’s a small island, people tend to mind their own business. When odd things start happening to Nicole, they begin questioning who she really is, not out of fear OF her, but fear FOR her. It’s one of the things I liked most about Hidden. Nicole, knowing what she does, tries to keep her secrets to herself, out of fear that her friends knowing too much would get them hurt. There’s also the shame of what she did fifteen years ago keeping her from sharing too much.

The details surrounding Nicole’s past her relationship to the mysterious man who finds her are slowly revealed over the course of the novel. Is this a good guy or a bad guy? What does he want from her?

Computer hacking plays a big part of the story and I don’t know enough about that to comment on how realistic the situations are. I still can’t figure out Facebook’s privacy settings. The references were vague enough to keep me in the story though. Thank goodness.

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I'm not quite this bad.

I’ve enjoyed Karen’s series in the past. The Tattoo Mysteries were fun, but I’m glad she’s returned to the grittier stories. The stakes are much higher. Nicole doesn’t go looking for trouble, it finds her.

This is the first in a three part series. I’m glad, since the ending left me feeling unsatisfied. I want more.  I need to know what will happen to Nicole next.



Thanks to Karen E Olson* and Severn House Publishers for the review copy. All opinions are my own.
*(I know Karen from the Internet.)

Lazy Sunday Thoughts: The Most Hectic Time of the Year

I got back from my vacation and immediately jumped into Christmas preparations.

I wish my to-do list looked like that

I’m 95% finished my shopping. I just need to wrap it all.

I need these guys

We’re finishing a couple of renos here at home before the season begins.

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Going better than that

Then there is all the cleaning, baking, decorating, and organizing I have to do for our family get-together I volunteered to take on this year. My Pinterest boards are exploding.

A Christmas party and Christmas concerts are coming up soon.  I hope I’ll still be in the spirit when Christmas Eve arrives.

This might be me

In other news, I’ve been watching Jessica Jones and I’m hooked. Krysten Ritter is so good in it. I was surprised at how dark it could be. That’s been eating up a lot of my time.

I’m just one book away from completing my Goodreads challenge. I have a couple of reviews to write this week for the blog too. I don’t think my TBR list is ever going to stop growing. I ordered books this week for myself for Christmas. So… yeah, I’m not helping my case.

I need to catch up with everyone! To the blogs!

Hello… It’s Me

Hey all! I’m home again. I took a relaxing trip, got my Vitamin D, and a bit of a tan.

I didn’t have internet the whole time. While I was gone a lot happened, apparently. Not much of it good. I’d love to hear any good news if you have it.

I’d love to say that I read a ton of books, but the truth is that I only read one and a half. I can never seem to read when I’m away. I need to get back into my routine. It might take me a few days. I’ll get the blog back in business soon.

Until then, take care all!

Taking a (Short) Blogging Break

I've got to take a little blogging break and unplug for a couple of weeks. Not forever. I'll be back. Hopefully in that time I will have read lots of books and have lots of thoughts.

Have a great couple of weeks!

Netflix and…Books?

I’ve been binge watching shows on Netflix since the summer. What is TV even? You can find some book related entertainment there. Here’s a few that you should check out if you haven’t yet. (All available on Canadian Netflix.)

The Musketeers.

Set on the streets of 17th century Paris, series gives a contemporary take on the classic story about a group of highly trained soldiers and bodyguards assigned to protect King and country. (IMDb)
This BBC dramatic series is everything a Dumas fan could want. Handsome dudes in leather have duels, drink wine, save damsels, and protect the King. The Cardinal and Milady plot and scheme behind closed doors. Every episode focuses on one or the other of the Musketeers and D’Artagnan. I’m partial to Porthos and Aramis myself.

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries.

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Our female sleuth sashays through the back lanes and jazz clubs of late 1920s Melbourne, fighting injustice with her pearl-handled pistol and her dagger-sharp wit. (IMDb)
I refer to this show as Lady Detective to my husband. Miss Fisher is a wealthy widow with a taste for danger- and dangerous men. Detective Jack Robinson is grumpily impressed by her sleuthing skills, even though she puts herself and his investigations at risk. I love that Miss Fisher is a little bit older. She’s always down for sexytimes with (usually) younger men, while in the middle of a case. Based on the novels of Kerry Greenwood.


Following the life of a very outspoken and rebellious woman, Rita is a school teacher who is competent in the classroom, but seems to need a teacher of her own, when it comes to her personal life. (IMDb)
I admit that this show took awhile to grow on me. I was often frustrated with Rita, as she makes terrible decisions and is kind of a jerk. (I also don’t like how most of the moms on the show are portrayed as bonkers.) I sometimes felt that Rita (the character) was anti-woman. Later in the series, I saw a glimmer of hope. It’s an interesting show though- and I just love Hjørdis.

Rita is Danish with subtitles. I couldn’t do anything else while watching. It’s not exactly book related, but teachers teach from books so…

That’s what I’ve been watching. Have you watched any of these? What did you think?

Random Thoughts on The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

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First things first: Why do I want to be more organized? (Marie Kondo asks.)  After my mother-in-law died, we had to empty out her house. What a job that was. And sad. Sad for lots of reasons but also sad to think that a person’s life is reduced to piles of items no one wants. I vowed that would not be me.

Who is Marie Kondo? She is a Japanese organizing consultant. She’s very popular in Japan. She’s brought her minimalist approach to the English speaking world with her book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.

Marie Kondo and I have differing ideas on what is “tidying up.” For me, tidying up is picking up dirty clothes off the floor, putting away the dishes, or tossing the mail in the recycling. For Marie Kondo, it’s going through your whole house and throwing out everything that doesn’t “bring you joy.”

Lots of things do not bring me joy, but are necessities for living.

I WILL read all those books, Marie!

Listening to this on audio will immediately make you want to clean out a closet. Which she says not to do!

Okay, the clothes folding system is good. Not sure if I can keep in up, but it looks pretty.

We do have off season clothes in Canada. No one is wearing shorts in February (unless you’re going south).

My socks are not tired and sad, but yes I believe balling them up will destroy the elastic.

My closet is gorgeous now!

I cannot anthropomorphize my stuff. It is not my personality. In fact, some of the “magic” parts of Kondo’s book are not my jam.

I am not emptying my purse every night. Nobody got time for that.

Miscellaneous is a pretty broad category.

This process is going to take me months.

My husband is not as into KonMari (what she calls her process) as I am.

Marie Kondo looks like a sweet lady, but her fans scare me. They are intense! Do not criticize the Kondo on Goodreads. Do so at your peril!

The narrator Emily Woo Zeller has a soothing voice, but I kept drifting off. I think I missed some tips.

Like religion, I'm going to pick and choose what to follow when it comes to KonMari. Some of it seems like a good idea, and some of it is not for me.

Have you read The Magic of Tidying Up? What did you think? Did it change your life? 

So Long RIP X

This was a successful Readers Imbibing Peril Challenge. I didn’t read everything on my list but a couple that were and several I added later.

Here’s the final list for Peril the First:
I read The Monk for Alice’s Readalong: Monkalong. That was a lot of fun. So giffy.

A few of the books on my list have been on other lists before. I feel like I’m never going to get to them. I always end up putting them aside for something new. I’m going to make an effort to read them some other time.

I read a couple of short stories for Peril the Short Story, but two of my books were short story collections. I was in short story overload! This is my short list:
So ends another RIP. I hope we’ll all be back for another next September!

*as always graphic is courtesy of Abigail Larson.