Review: I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara

This book was on my radar well before the Golden State Killer’s capture in April 2018. My sister had listened to the audiobook when it first came out in February 2018 and raved about it to me.

But like a big sister, I listened and promised to read it soon. But honestly, I had no real intention. I love true crime, but Ann Rule is the true crime queen for me, and no one can come close. Basically, I haven’t branched out to any other true crime authors so my intention of reading this book was minimal.

Then the news hit in April that he had been arrested and this author’s book was a huge contributing factor in his arrest. So I headed to my local library and put a hold on it. Three months passed before it was finally my turn to read this book.

In the mean time, the hype grew and grew. Finally it was my turn and I was eager to start reading it the second I got home. Continue reading “Review: I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara”

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Review: From the Corner of the Oval by Beck Dorey-Stein

This is not your grandma’s White House biography.

Non fiction is not a genre that I read a whole lot of. Non fiction—especially biographies etc—aren’t not my thing, but ever once in a while a non fiction book comes up that captures my eye and this was one of those books.

The summary promised the most random story—a woman lands a job at the White House via Craig’s List.

Yes you read that right. Craig’s List. The White House. Stenographer for the President. Yes—THE POTUS. What the actual *&%????? Sold. I was absolutely onboard with this book!

In 2012, Beck Dorey-Stein was just scraping by in DC when a posting on Craigslist landed her, improbably, in the Oval Office as one of Barack Obama’s stenographers. The ultimate DC outsider, she joined the elite team who accompanied the president wherever he went, recorder and mic in hand. Continue reading “Review: From the Corner of the Oval by Beck Dorey-Stein”

Special Feature: Conan Doyle for the Defense: The True Story of a Sensational British Murder, a Quest for Justice, and the World’s Most Famous Detective Writer by Margalit Fox

I think it’s safe to say that most of us have heard of Sherlock Holmes and his famous creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

So what do we know about Conan Doyle beyond his famous detective? For me—nothing. Conan Doyle was clearly a crime buff and had a unique mind for solving mysteries but I didn’t know that he actually helped solve a real life murder!

When this book came up for review, I was so bummed that I couldn’t fit it into my summer reading—fortunately I am going to review it in October for my mystery month so be watching for that. I couldn’t let the summer go by and not give my readers a little preview for what sounds like an outstanding piece of non-fiction! It’s on sale NOW so be sure to pick up a copy for yourself!

In this thrilling true-crime procedural, the creator of Sherlock Holmes uses his unparalleled detective skills to exonerate a German Jew wrongly convicted of murder. Continue reading “Special Feature: Conan Doyle for the Defense: The True Story of a Sensational British Murder, a Quest for Justice, and the World’s Most Famous Detective Writer by Margalit Fox”

Review: Mumpreneur on Fire Vol 2 by Estelle Keeber

Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to read and review Mumpreneur on Fire by Estelle Keeber. I first met the Mums In Business Association on Instagram and I love all the things they do to help support working mothers.

The first book was an Amazon best seller which is pretty incredible! I was thrilled when they asked if I wanted to read the upcoming installment of Mumpreneur on Fire Vol 2. I was happy to review it because each of the stories are so powerful and inspiring.

This book is similar in format to the first volume–a number of women each telling their story about how they got into business either for themselves or with friend and what life situations lead them to their fork in the road so to speak.

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Review: Our Lady of Guadalupe: Mother of the Civilization of Love by Carl A. Anderson, Eduardo Chávez

I don’t often read a lot of nonfiction but ever once in a while a book catches my eye that I simply must read and that’s what happened with this book.

Our Lady of Guadalupe’s feast day is Dec 12 and even though I am a Catholic myself (albeit a new one), I wasn’t very familiar with anything to do with her. I first started becoming interested in Our Lady back when I was living in Arizona over ten years ago.

In Arizona she is huge as there is a large Hispanic population there. It was amazing to see the devotional level to Our Lady yet as a non-Hispanic person, I felt odd showing interest in Our Lady. Almost as if she was an image reserved only for the Hispanic culture.

Flash forward twelve or so years and here I am as a new Catholic convert and in a new state (Oregon) where Our Lady is not so venerated here as we have a smaller Hispanic population….and it’s Dec 12th and my Parrish priest is heading to a city wide celebration for Our Lady. I was surprised that there was such a huge following.

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