Sunday Smiles

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Let’s be honest and say that 2021 is already off to a rocky start. Not even a month in and I’m already counting down to January 1, 2022. But it’s not all doom and gloom. Thanks to TikTok (who ingeniously spawned Ratatouille the Musical), and a young Scottish postman named Nathan Evans, Sea Shanties have become all the rage. See, there’s positive stuff going on!

Capitol Insurrection

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It’s only been a little over a week since the attack on the Capitol, but as more information comes out it’s abundantly clear that it could have been even worse. Mixed amidst the “Stop the Steal” mob, were people with military and police training and there’s an investigation as to whether some of the insurrectionists had specific plans to detain and assassinate political leaders. Members of the Capitol Police are being investigated, and there are reports that groups of people wearing Trump and MAGA paraphernalia were being given tours the day before the insurrection, despite the Capitol having been shut down for these due to the pandemic. There’s a woman in a pink hat who appears in several videos as being part of the mob, but there’s a particularly chilling one that shows her giving detailed instructions on where to go in the building.

As for What Abouters screaming that this past summer’s BLM protests were worse, I’d like to share these interviews with police officers who came close to losing their lives on January 6th.

One of the objects used to beat Michael Fanone was a THIN BLUE LINE FLAG! Un-flipping-believable! Anyway, lastly, I’d like to share this video of hero cop Eugene Goodman, leading a group away from Senate chambers.

Unlike the insurrectionists who went to Washington D.C. with the intention to overturn a lawful election, these men and women as well as slain police officer Brian Sicknick define patriotism.

Faithless In Death (In Death #52), By J.D. Robb ~ 5.0 Stars

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Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

Release Date: February 9th, 2021

400 Pages

Synopsis: The scene in the West Village studio appears to be classic crime-of-passion: two wine glasses by the bed, music playing, and a young sculptor named Ariel Byrd with the back of her head bashed in. But when Dallas tracks down the wealthy Upper East Side woman who called 911, the details don’t add up. Gwen Huffman is wealthy, elegant, comforted by her handsome fiancé as she sheds tears over the trauma of finding the body—but why did it take over an hour to report it? And why is she lying about little things?

As Eve and her team look into Gwen, her past, and the people around her, they find that the lies are about more than murder. As with sculpture, they need to chip away at the layers of deception to find the shape within—and soon they’re getting the FBI involved in a case that involves a sinister, fanatical group, and a stunning criminal conspiracy. (Goodreads)

I know you’re probably sick of me raving about the In Death series by J.D. Robb, aka, Nora Roberts, but it’s really one of the best mystery series out there, and the upcoming Faithless In Death is a perfect example of why.

This is the 52nd book in this juggernaut of a series, but you’ll find no retreaded plots or tired old characters here. No, instead there’s a murder that seems ordinary until it morphs into this huge sinister conspiracy that could have been ripped from today’s headlines. Of course Team Eve is all over this as they operate like a well-oiled machine. While I would have liked to have seen more of Eve’s dishy husband Roarke, I have to be honest and say that I can never get enough of him, so I’m not taking any points off. What I love, is the skillful way Robb juggles both the central mystery, with further developing her characters’ stories.

As usual, Eve and company nab the villain(s) in an exciting and satisfactory manner, leaving me sighing happily yet somewhat disappointed that I finished it too quickly. Every time I open a new book in this series, I feel like I’m reuniting with old friends, and Faithless In Death brought out those emotions as well. I’m already counting down to the next book, Forgotten In Death which sadly won’t be out until September 6, 2021. I guarantee that fans of the series will love this new entry. And for those who haven’t tried these books, despite being this far along, you could pick up here without getting lost. I don’t really recommend it though simply because you’ll miss all the characters’ backstories which help bring them to life.

Coronavirus Update From New York City: January 14, 2021

Here’s Brendan’s latest COVID-19 update from NYC.

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I hope all my readers around the country and the world are staying healthy and safe. Here are some updates from how my family is doing, and how New York is doing, during this pandemic over the past week.

My family is continuing to stay physically healthy. We’re all missing the in-person interaction with people other than each other (as much as we love each other), but at the same time the caution we’ve exercised has, I think, helped us stay healthy. This is not to say that all people who catch COVID refuse to follow precautions, but I am saying that our precautions are helping.

That’s not to say that practicing precautions are fun and easy. Among the tougher precautions has been not going to church, even though theoretically I could go to church since Catholic churches in my area are remaining open. While I would love to go…

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