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Chick and the Homestead Chickens of Grymme Creek Hollow - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat; Think With Your Taste Buds; A Book and A Dish
Many years ago a young man from the city decided to be a pioneer so he loaded up his belongings and started a homestead in Grymme Creek Hollow which, by the way, was in the Ouachita Mountains. It didin’t take long for the young man to decide this wasn’t for him so he packed up his personal belongings and moved back to the city. Legend has it that the chickens he left behind decided to make their own homestead out of what was left behind. These chickens became the Homestead Chickens of Grymme Creek Hollow.
The homestead chickens were divided up into family groups known as broods. In each brook there was a Mother Hen who was in charge. The roosters in the brood were not in charge…. Among some of the more influential broods of the homestead were Midhens which were a combination of killer security guards and nannies. The leader was the Superior Mother Hen - Hypatia Rosecomb. She is advised by a group of Mother Hens which make up the Council of Aunties. There were also different classes of chickens which determined their pecking order. Like most, there were the upper class chickens and there were the lowerclass which were called coopies or coop chickens.
The Pinfeathers family was the smallest and poorest chickens of the coop. They were June Pinefeather, the Mother Hen; Walter Pinfeather, her rooster; and of course their chick which they named Chick. Chick was a born explorer. Nothing amused him more than running around investigating everything that made up the homestead, even if it took him to the outskirts of the upperclass. But his real trouble came when he spotted a chick younger than him being bullied by another chick. His defense of this chick, named Peq, brought the anger of the bully’s mother who just happened to be Aunty Hysidia, the 2nd most powerful Aunty in the Council. Second only to the Superior Mother Hen. Her anger has her pressing charges against Chick’s father Walter for what boils down to theft and treason.
I read a lot of books but this book is one that I can’t say enough about. We spend our lives hearing about bullying, discrimination, politics, and everyday life in general, but after a while it just becomes words that we hear but don’t listen to. As I read Chick and the Homestead Chickens I would be reminded of things happening around me. As Peq is bullied I pictured the kids on the news that attempted to kill their friend. As I read about the order of the broods, I pictured the different housing districts we have within every city. As I read about the Aunty Council, I pictured the court systems we have in effect. And as I read about the Superior Mother Hen, I pictured our presidents and their cabinets. This book, which made me laugh also made me pay attention to my own surroundings. This is a book that can be read by those of all ages and they will all learn something from it. OH YEAH! You do realize I learned this from a Chicken! Great Book!
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St. Louis Hustle - Claire Applewhite, Author
St. Louis Hustle - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat; Think With Your Taste Buds; A Book and A Dish
From the day that Angel moved into her apartment, the bills in the mail rack spilled out of the holder like garbage. Now, in a neat pile, they looked like a deck of playing cards. Nice, but not her style. Suspiciously, she opened the pantry. Rows of bottles and cans, arranged by size and shape, filled the space. She crept into the bedroom… The top drawer of the dresser, usually a wild mess of lingerie, was not neatly organized by color and design. But, the intruder made one mistake. A pair of black panties had been jammed between the drawer and the dresser. Angel wouldn’t have done that. Who did, and why?… Angel works for Marvel Candy Company, along with Nick Davies. They have been having a closet affair for some time and it’s become apparent that Angel wants more, but who would have gone through her apartment while she was meeting with Nick?
Elvin Suggs, Dimon “Di” Redding, Elvin’s Vietnam friend Cobra Glynes and Elvin’s Airedale Savannah or just “Vanna” decided to open a detective agency after they were instrumental in solving a case at the Jewel Arms Apartments where Di had lived before it burned down. Their agency The Grapevine Detective Agency has just taken on it’s first client, a lady named Emily Davies. Apparently Mrs. Davies suspects her husband of having an affair with one of the women he works with. Elvin and Cobra both see this as a simple case. Follow the husband, see where he goes at night while the wife works and see who he meets. Di, on the other hand, doesn’t see it quite that clearly. She has a gut feeling that Mrs. Davies isn’t telling everything. So while Elvin and Cobra follow the husband Nick, Di follows the wife. Turns out, they both end up in the same place, the Coral Court Motel which is known for its by the hour rate.
This book has more turns than a mountain road! Most of the characters turn out to be totally the opposite of what they are shown to be in the beginning. And someone is killing them off, one by one. But who and why? If you want a book full of twists, you can’t beat this book. The ending was nowhere near what I expected it to be.
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The Deputy - C. M. Albrecht, Author
The Deputy - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat; Think With Your Taste Buds; A Book and A Dish
Just half a block from the sub-station, crossing the railroad track, Wayne’s eyes caught sight of a wiry bandy-legged little guy walking along by the track. The man limped slightly, and from the look of his oversize coat and unshaven face, he was obviously down and out. As he neared the man, he stopped and leaned out of his side window, said, “Howdy.” The little man stopped abruptly, looked over at Wayne sitting in his cruiser and hesitated. he looked as if he was debating whether to stay or run. “Hi,” the stranger said. “You’re new around here,” Wayne said swerving his vehicle to a stop in front of the man. “Just passing through,” he said. “I been looking for work.” “What kind of work do you do?” inquired Wayne. “Oh…most anything. “My name’s Deputy Terwilliger, but most folks call me Wayne. “I’m Ray Stark from Montana,” the man said. “Well, what I was thinking, Ray, is that I’m tied up here in town so much of the time. You know, a sheriff’s always on duty, and my wife, Janie, she’s alone out there at the farm all day with all those chores to take care of. I was just thinking, I can’t offer much in the way of money, but we do have a spare room. I’ve been using it for storage, but we could clear it out and make up a little room for you there and my Janie’s a good cook.” Wayne said to him. “As to wages, I just need maybe enough to keep me in a few things.” replied Ray. The two men shook hands as Wayne said, “Come on. We’ll get in the cruiser and I’ll take you out there. It isn’t far.”
This was the hiring of Ray by Deputy Terwilliger to help his wife Janie with the chores around their farm.
Ray couldn’t believe his luck in finding a job and by a Deputy to boot. This was going to make his life so much easier… so he thought. What he was unaware of was that the Deputy had other ‘chores’ in mind for Ray and they weren’t exactly up to Ray’s liking.
What the Deputy lacked in morals he made up for in his bravery. When the bank in Franklin was robbed, he showed no fear in going after the robbers. He had a loving wife at home, Sandy in town, a job that made him proud and the ‘respect’ of those around him. So when he read about a bus load of convicts escaping after killing the driver, he came up with a plan and Ray fit in perfectly. A plan that would give him the freedom to do and have everything he wanted, and deserved.
This book kept me on the edge. I was able to come up with Ray’s fit into the story but I had no idea as to how he would handle what had been planned for him to do for Wayne. The ending was a bit of a surprise for me. Loved this book as much as I’ve loved all books I’ve read by this Author. #booktownusa#marthacheves #booktrviews
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Watch the trailer for Spirit Shapes. Marilyn Meredith has done it to me again.
I opened Spirit Shapes (Tempe Crabtree Mystery) with the expectation of reading a couple of chapters while I ate breakfast and finishing it tonight at bedtime. It is noon and I just turned the last page. Marilyn Meredith has a way of blending the past and present, along with the physical and spiritual worlds, so that Spirit Shapes is half police procedural and half spooky ghost story. This is a modern murder mystery woven in with older murders all linked together by one house with a very haunted history. Its a great read and perfect timing to put you in the right frame of mind for Halloween. Spirit Shapes has enough story twists to be exciting to a wide age range of readers with no bad language. Definite two thumbs up on this one.
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