Monday, March 12, 2012

Private Investigators, Flickertail & Paint in Ireland


After they visited Scotland, Flickertail, the llama and Paint, the horse took a detour to Ireland before going home.

As they were touring the Guinness Storehouse and Brewery in Dublin they met Lochlann, the Leprechaun who was crying in his beer about a stolen pot.

“When did you discover it was missing?”

“Around the same time that the Brewery was robbed.  It was the biggest robbery in the history of the brewery.“

“What was taken from the Brewery?”

“450 kegs of Guinness.”

“Could the same person or people who stole the Guinness have stolen your pot?”

“Possibly, but the Garda Siochana Police Force didn’t find my pot.”

“Where did you last see the pot?”

“At the end of the rainbow of course. Everyone knows that. Are you sure you can help me?” he asked doubtfully.

Flickertail looked at Paint and whispered, “I think this guy’s had one too many Guinness.”

“Just go along with him,” said Paint.

“Show us,” Flickertail said to Lochlann.

“We’ll have to wait until it rains. While we’re waiting for it to rain lets have another Guinness all around.”

By mid afternoon it started raining while they were singing “When Irish Eyes are Smiling.” Several songs later a rainbow appeared.

“Follow that rainbow,” Lochlann shouted.

When they reached the end of the rainbow, there was no pot. All that they found was an empty pint of Guinness with a note inside.  It said I’m holding your pot for ransom. If you want to see it again, bring more Guinness to the next rainbow and no cops. You’re being watched.

“Hmm, sounds like he might be nearby,” said Flickertail.

“Isn’t there supposed to be gold in the pot?” Paint asked.

“That’s an old wives tale.”

 “What is in the pot then? Surely no one would bother to steal an empty pot?”

“Guinness, of course.”

“What good is the pot once it’s empty?”

“It refills itself but only if you are Irish.”

“So we know the pot thief isn’t Irish.”

“Everybody’s Irish on St. Patty’s Day.”

“Well that’s not until the 17th. Today’s only the 12th.”

“I don’t think that Lochlann should go alone,” said Paint. “The thief may just try to kidnap him so that the pot keeps refilling.”

“What do you suggest?”

“I think you should dress like a leprechaun and go in his place.”

“Why me?”

“You’re smaller than I am. I’m as big as a horse. No one is going to believe I’m a leprechaun.”

“He’s going to be awfully upset when he finds out I’m not Irish.”

“I’ll be within ear shot.”

“Me too; I want my pot back and I can help. I have a few tricks up my sleeve, if we need them,” said Lochlann.

So the trio went to the end of the next rainbow where they encountered Hamish the Coo, the famous cow from Scotland. “What are you doing in Ireland?” the detectives asked in unison.

“I followed you from Scotland. The only thing that comes close to Guinness in Scotland is Tennent's Stout.”

“YOU’RE the thief!”

“No one is going to believe that a Scottish cow stole a leprechaun’s pot for Irish beer.”

“Well, this is certainly one for the Guinness Book of Records.”

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Book Review of NOT BY MIGHT by Al Lacy

I hardly ever write a negative book review. As an author, I respect how much blood, sweat, and tears are shed during the writing of a book. 

It is obvious that the author, Al Lacy has a great love of God, the old west, and the history of Colorado.

Not By Might has an intriguing plot and lots of action once it gets started. Unfortunately, it takes awhile to get started. I might have stopped reading it before I got to the good parts, if I hadn’t committed myself to reviewing it.

I liked the characters but I didn’t love them. It’s hard to relate to perfection when we all have flaws.

Some of the dialog seemed stilted and contrived, especially when the characters discussed Christianity.  The scripture passage that inspired the book’s title lost its power as a result of too much repetition, often in inappropriate situations.

I also had a bit of a problem with some of the medical history. The story is set in the old west but no actual year is cited. Still, I question whether there was a hospital of that size yet, in Denver and if surgery was that advanced. On at least two occasions, the main female character, an excellent nurse, is encouraged to become a doctor. I doubt that would have happened in the 1800s. 

The love scenes were sweet but a bit too mushy for my tastes.

I did enjoy the action scenes. They had me on the edge of my seat.

There were several subplots that seemed a bit disjointed but they all pulled together neatly at the end. The ending felt unrealistic but it was satisfying nevertheless.

I did like the unusual combination of Christianity, medicine, and the old west. Even though the book had flaws, I would recommend it for lovers of the western genre. 

I received this book free from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Starts Out With a Wallop & Keeps on Punching

Book Review of Not This Time  by Vicki Hinze


FROM THE BACK COVER

Small town scandal. International terrorist attack. Who among them is the traitor?
Sara and Beth have built a multi-million dollar business together, but their once solid friendship is now strained. Beth is leery of Sara’s husband, and when he is kidnapped, authorities consider Beth their prime suspect.

Then, their small town of Seagrove Village is rocked by an act of terrorism, and Beth doesn’t know who to trust. Someone she knows is linked to the attack, but who? Is there a connection to Crossroads Crisis Center? In the midst of the confusion and fear, Beth finds herself attracted to a man from her past. She knows she shouldn’t fall in love with him, but she can’t resist or even explain their bond. As her world unravels around her, she wonders, is it possible to be beyond redemption?

MY REVIEW

Start reading this book in the morning or you will be up until the wee hours. It's a fast paced, page turner you won't want to put down. If you like a suspenseful mystery that will keep you guessing, this book is for you. This is the third book of this series but it is not neccessary to have read the other two to enjoy it.

I received this book free from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

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