When I noted this cozy mystery by Elizabeth Spann Craig (click to visit her site/blog) at Amazonrecently, it was the word "bunco" in the title that caught my attention first.
Many years ago, my mom hosted bunco parties. At that time, I was a little girl, sneaking out of bed to see what was going on with all these ladies moving around our living room and porch, the tables, the treats...what a nice memory it brought to mind. :-) And In case you haven't heard of BUNCO, it's a dice party game that is apparently still quite popular now.
A Body at Bunco was a real treat and Myrtle Clover is my kind of main character. Myrtle is spunky, sassy, opinionated (in a good way) and lives life on her own terms. And In spite of being in her 80s, she is not portrayed as some achy, whining older woman (which has all too often been the case in other books I've read), who is past doing anything constructive or exciting, Myrtle is still living life full-tilt and making the most of every day! ;-)
The story has LOTS of twists and turns and red herrings left along the way. Had me guessing who the real killer(s) was too, I like that. I don't like stories with obvious finales almost right from the start, that are too obvious. Another plus with this series, the stories can be read in any order. Too often books in a series don't make sense, unless they are read in order from book 1...I appreciate that.
I will definitely be reading more from the Myrtle Clover series! :-) Just delightful.
Overall rating for this book: Very Good. 4 out of 5
ShaSha Co. Organic Buckwheat Snack(s) are tasty, organic and healthy. I recently tried them for the first time and just LOVE them!!! Crunchy, not too sweet and kind of addictive too. ;-) Love the cocoa kick these have too.
I'm taking a blog break for the next few weeks, at all of my blogs.
I will still be writing a few reviews at Amazon.ca and Amazon.com during that time, so if you have a book or product you'd like me to consider for review, you can send me an email with your proposal. (See the top of the home page here for more info. about submitting review proposals.)
I'm going to be spending more time outside, enjoying the sunshine and working on a few projects too.
I'll be back before autumn, with more reviews and hopefully some new contests too. Hope to see you then.
In the meantime, have a safe and happy summer. I hope it's your best one ever! :-)
I gave up using mainstream nail polish several years ago, as I had a lot of concerns about the toxicity of the ingredients that are used in them.
Suncoat Peelable Nail Polishis a good alternative, with much less toxic ingredients (and a lot fewer) than mainstream nail polish brands. And it's definitely NOT just for kids.
I first tried the Princess Pink (included in one of their kits, alovely medium pink) on my toenails, then a couple of decals added (which were a bit hard to peel off from the sheet but I managed) and followed this with the top coat. It worked so well.
Yes, it is a bit thinner than regular nail polish but with 3 coats and the top coat, my toenails look just as good as they would have with a regular pedicure.
Removing this polish is easy too! I soaked my feet in warm water for about 5 minutes and then EASILY peeled the polish off. Worked great!
If you are looking for a less toxic way to have sandal/summer-ready tootsies! Check this product out.
The polish/kits come in a wide rangeof colors.:-) I want theMermaid Blue polish too! You can read more about the ingredients in this polish at the Suncoat website.
Overall rating for this product: Very Good. 4 out of 5.
I know that for a lot of people, sauerkraut is not all that appealing but that's certainly not the case for everyone, based on the stats, over at the Bubbies site.
Americans annually consume a whooping 387 million pounds of sauerkraut, or about 1.5 pounds per person per year.
Bubbies Sauerkraut is a very simple food with only 3 ingredients:
cabbage, water and salt
But all sauerkraut is NOT created equal and when it comes to flavor, Bubbies is superior to any other ones I've tried. And with no chemicals or preservatives, like some other brands have added to the mix.
Health-wise, sauerkraut has a lot going for it too:
-Sauerkraut is fat free and low in calories.
-Good source of Vitamin C and contains other important nutrients including iron, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, thiamin, riboflavin, fiber, and niacin.
-Health experts recommend eating several servings of cruciferous vegetables each week to reduce the risk of cancer of the colon. Sauerkraut, like cabbage, is cruciferous.
The only thing that would make Bubbies Sauerkraut even better is, you guessed it....an organic option. Hopefully something they will add to their product line soon.
If you've never tried sauerkraut before, or have and just didn't like it, Bubbies just might be the brand to change your mind.