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Book Critique - A Lethal Legacy (New York Confidential #4)

For review of other books in this series: Go here.

Stars: 3 / 5

Recommendation: Cop Drama Series mixed with Psychology, Romance, Irish History, Family Matters and of course the crazy killers - all elements perfect for a Heather Graham mystery with the infamous law & order type theme.

A Lethal Legacy is the fourth book in the New York Confidential series by Heather Graham published in March of 2019. The series revolves around the Finnegan family, specially Kieran Finnegan, a psychologist working with law enforcement as needed, and her fiancee FBI Special Agent Craig Frasier who work together to solve some gruesome crimes.

When Finn Douglas calls on his cousin in FBI, Agent Craig Fraiser to help him with the investigation of the death of his closest friend Frank Landon, neither Craig nor Kieran, who accompanies him, realize that this time they would be doing historical journey as far back as the time of Moses.

Heather takes the readers on a road that goes back to the time when Moses was walking on the earth to the Knights Templar to heists and loots to murder and treachery. She gives us a lot of history from the past, but it keeps getting repeated by various sets of characters as the scenes progress. 

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53 Week Journey through the Land of Drapes and Colors: Week #14

For details on all the sarees I have posted so far, go here.

Two things made me get dressed up again and add another saree for my meme. One was to try out my new attachment for my DSLR - a remote clicker. And second was the graduation day for 2020 Seniors. 

This past Saturday, May 16th, every Senior (12th grade) in United States graduated together on the highly watched program, Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020. They were treated to a special commencement address by former U.S. President Barack Obama.

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Television Critique - Frankie Drake Mysteries (Season I)

Stars: 5 / 5

Recommendation: Period Drama + Mystery + History + Romance, Heartbreaks and Betrayals that come along is a recipe that cannot be resisted and thoroughly enjoyed.

Frankie Drake Mysteries is a Canadian mystery drama which premiered on November 6, 2017 on CBC by Shaftesbury Films production company. So far three seasons have been filmed in this series. The whole series is set in 1920s Toronto.

One other Canadian TV show that I like to watch is Murdoch Mysteries starring Yannick Bisson in the titular role with Helene Joy as his love interest and a plethora of characters. I had posted about the first seven seasons of the thirteen seasons filmed so far. Incidentally Shaftesbury Films produces this series as well. Since I love Murdoch Mysteries, I figured the production company would do right by Frankie Drake Mysteries as well. And they did not disappoint me at all.

Frankie Drake is the first female fictional detective in the 1920s Toronto, Canada. Lauren Lee Smith portrays the titular role. Frankie is supported by her crime-solving partner, Trudy Clarke (portrayed by Chantel Riley); Mary Shaw (portrayed by Rebecca Liddiard), a morality police offer with Toronto Police Force; and Flo Chakowitz (portrayed by Sharron Matthews), a pathologist at the Toronto City Morgue.

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Book Critique - The Lying Game

Stars: 5 / 5

Recommendation: A well knit plot around an innocent childish game that turns far more sinister than the teenagers expect, giving readers suspense after suspense at every turn of the page, keeping them on the edge.

The Lying Game is a psychological crime thriller by Ruth Ware, first published in June of 2017. This book has been A Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick among being on other best seller lists. The primary plot revolves around four girls who grew up in a boarding school, but are now reunited when they receive a mysterious text. 

Kate Atagon sends a text to three other of her childhood friends asking for help. Now Isa, Fatima and Thea join forces to aid Kate in everyway they can. However, their past, especially the Lying Game they used to play as kids at Salten House, comes back to bite them. And the consequences of that game are now in front of them to face, fight and persevere, even if they have to play that game all over again, one final time.

Again this book was loaned to me by my good friend, Patty, who thought I would like it. And I did indeed, since I like thrillers too. I have read psychological thrillers before written by Lisa Jackson and Karin Slaughter. Ware's plot was not as chilling as those books, however, it gave enough shivers through the spine.

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Book Critique - Island of the Sequined Love Nun

Stars: 4 / 5

Recommendation: A bumbling comic plot that takes readers on a crashing flight journey only to land into the island with dark secrets and wicked ambitions coming at a cost to human lives.

Island of Sequined Love Nun is the fourth book by American absurdist author, Christopher Moore, first published in August of 1997. Per the author, it is partly based on his experiences while he was living in Micronesia.

A friend of mine, Patty, had suggested that I should read this and that I would enjoy it. Although I was hesitant to pick this book, I took her word for it, since she had suggested good books in the past. And it ended up being a good read.

Our bumbling hero is Tucker "Tuck" Case, who is a pilot for Mary Jean Cosmetics Corporation. On one of his flights from Seattle flying the "pink jet", he crash lands it while having a drunken liaison with a girl he picks up at the bar. To escape from the wrath of Mary Jean Dobbins, he accepts the job of piloting a Lear 45 for a doctor in a remote island, Alualu, in New Guinea, to fly medical supplies. And his troubles are just beginning.

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Book Critique - Zero Day (John Puller Series #1)

For review of all books in the series, go here 

Stars: 5 / 5

Recommendation: If you like police procedural dramas that involve military services, and you like to see people fight conspiracies, solve crimes, and save the humanity in their own way, then this is a very good series to begin with. 

Zero Day is the first book in the John Puller Series by David Baldacci in November of 2011. This first book tale Puller to the West Virginia state to solve a brutal murder of an entire family.

John Puller Jr. is a combat veteran and investigator with the U.S. Army's Criminal Investigation Division (CID). His father, Lieutenant General "Fighting John" Puller Sr., was an Army fighting legend. While his brother, Robert Puller, is serving life sentence for treason. As part of his job as the Warrant Officer at the CID, Puller is tasked with various cases that surround with mystery, murder and conspiracies, involving the members of the military. His drive to find the truth sometimes lands him closer to losing his life, yet he continues and prevails.

Someone had murdered an entire family brutally in Drake, West Virginia, a coal county. John Puller Jr. is assigned to the case. He teams up with Sergeant Samantha "Sam" Cole from Drake's Law Enforcement, and a very headstrong one at that. Then bodies start to drop like flies. And the little coal mining town has more secrets hidden than the coal they are trying to mine, making Puller's job more complicated than ever.

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Book Critique - Hell's Corner (The Camel Club #5)

For review of all books in the series, go here 

Stars: 4 / 5

Recommendation:  Another plot well written by Baldacci taking readers into the world of cartels, espionage and warfare. You can still read this as a stand-alone book too.

Hell's Corner in the fifth and final book in The Camel Club Series by David Baldacci, first published in November of 2010.

The Camel Club is a group of people who are primarily political watch-dogs looking for conspiracies in the government and thwarting them to safeguard the country. The original members are Oliver Stone, the leader of the club and ex-member of triple six division of CIA; Reuben Rhodes, a Vietnam Vet; Caleb Shaw, employee of the Library of Congress; and Milton Farb, a child prodigy. Four more members get added to the club as the series progresses - Alex Ford, a Secret Service Agent; Kate Adams, Lawyer at the Department of Justice; Harry Finn, former Navy SEAL; and Annabelle Conroy, a compulsive thief.

Right before Oliver Stone is shipped out on a mission, a bomb goes off in the Lafayette Park in Washington D.C., almost taking out the Prime Minister of United Kingdom. Now he is teamed with Mary Chapman from MI6 to uncover the conspirators behind the bombing. Despite his resistance, Stone reaches out to his Camel Club to delve into the depths of the investigation.

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53 Week Journey through the Land of Drapes and Colors: Week #13

For details on all the sarees I have posted so far, go here.

This past weekend we all celebrated Mother's Day, one of the days when the florists have the maximum sales. Personally, I think we should celebrate every day Mother's Day, Father's Day, Grandparent's Day, Teacher's Day, and all those front-liners who keep our lives safe and moving. :)

Anyways, for this Mother's Day, my mother's side cousins decided to have a virtual call including our respective mothers. We are all spread between India, USA and Europe. Considering the large family my mom has, it was a rather large crowd on the call. However, it was such a pleasure to see everyone even if it was a very noisy one. :)

Since we were asked to get dressed up, I took the opportunity to wear one more of my saree to add to my blog here. :P I picked my mom's second favorite color, Pink this time. There was considerable wind so it took a few tries before I could finalize the photo. Note the flying pallu and ever more flying hair. :P

This is a peach pink soft handloom cotton net saree with gray border and pink-grey mix pallu. I paired it with a flower-printed cotton dark peach pink blouse. I am not sure the exact material of the saree, but it came very close to Changeri Cotton Net. I am guessing that is the material.

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Book Critique - The Sixth Man (King and Maxwell #5)

For review of all books in the series, go here.

Stars: 5 / 5

Recommendation: A fast paced thriller taking the readers through the myriad of conspiracies tied to the intelligence work in government and involving the various alphabet agencies, Baldacci kept the readers on their toes with the twists of mis-directions and turns of sudden reveals. A very entertaining book for all mystery lovers.

The Sixth Man is the fifth book in the King and Maxwell Series by David Baldacci originally published in April of 2011. In the continuing series of Sean King & Michelle Maxwell, Baldacci takes us on a case that leads them to a government conspiracy that goes way high up the ladder.

Sean King & Michelle Maxwell, two former Secret Service agents, now work as private investigators after retiring from the service. Each case takes them back to their former lives, sometimes pushing them closer to losing their lives. Yet they continue on in the pursuit of justice, case after case.

Ted "Teddy" Bergin, a defense attorney representing the alleged serial killer Edgar Roy, hires Sean King and Michelle Maxwell to investigate for him on the case. However on the way to meet Bergin in Machias, Maine, they find his dead body instead. Now Sean and Michelle take upon themselves to represent Edgar Roy and crack the case.

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