Author and Illustrator, JD Holiday's Blog
~ BOOKS for Kids: Janoose The Goose, its sequel- Janoose And The Fall Feather Fair, The Spy Game & The Great Snowball Escapade, a chapter book for 6 to 9 years old. For Adult: Stories & Imaginings For The Reading Spot.
first must admit I have a reading list: jotted down titles, authors
and even one character name on it, which I had crossed out long ago
having forgotten what book or author it was linked to. This
forgettable list is on three ringed looseleaf
folded, smudged, crinkled up and barely any room left other than the
margin to add another title to, and is tucked on the end of my
favorite mystery bookshelf in my livingroom.
I started the list, (probably two decades ago now,) I had the books
listed in the order they were to be bought and read. Very simple:
first come, first read. And over the years it has come to the
unfortunate truth that books on my list, no matter who the author
might be, stand little chance of being read. You see, I'm more apt to
pick up a book and just decide to read it there and then rather than
check the old thing on the shelf. Unfortunately, one of the Maggy
Thorsen mystery series books was on the list.
don't usually buy the list's contenders up front. However, it must
have been a couple of years ago that I did pick up one of them:
Brewed, Crude and Tattooed by Sandra Balzo! And so it was on an early
fall day that I looked over my bookshelves and there it was, like new
enjoy fall weather and, I actually look forward to snow, as long as I
don't have to drive in it. The thoughts of a nice snow storm to keep
us home and comfy was all I needed to sit down and join the occupants
of the Uncommon Grounds coffeehouse and wait out the storm.
was not disappointed. All Sandra Balzo's characters are 'real.' I
find the author has a unique insight into human nature and
relationships which she weaves into fast pace and shrewd plots that
kept me racing through the story. And I can imagine knowing the
people in Maggie's town of Brookhills as a place I could live. And if
a person or two gets bump off in every book, well, it would just help
weed out the trouble makers.
Thorsen is a well form—believable character, and it never fails
that Maggy's flippant and saucy thoughts and banter move these
stories along making you smile and laugh. Just wait for them! You
won't be disappointed.
love how Maggie see her relationship with Sheriff Jake Pavlik. Though
he is a little standoffish for me and I'd like nothing better than to
smack the back of his head once in a while to wake him up. And Frank.
He's you 'every person's dog.'