Crazy Criminals

Criminals come in every size, shape and intellect. Here's a few examples of people who should have stayed in school and avoided a life of crime - or at least stayed off social media.

Levi Charles Reardon was wanted for theft and forgery. He was so enamored of his mug shot on the Great Falls/Cascade County Crimestoppers Facebook page that he liked it.  Next stop - jail.

Christopher Wallace was arrested by police when he Snapchatted his location - he was hiding in a cupboard in his home while police searched it.  Social media strikes again.

John Mogan was wanted for bank robbery. First he made the mistake of covering his face and body with distinctive tattoos.  Then he posted photos of himself and his girlfriend with the loot on social media.

Renaud 'Junior' Plaisir broke into a home in New Hampshire.  While robbing the empty house, he checked out the contents of the refrigerator. Finding some leftover chicken wings, he had a snack and then fell asleep in the guest room.  He…

Payson Book Festival 2017

This year's Payson Book Festival was held for the first time in the Mazatzal Casino on the outskirts of Payson.  Authors and readers alike enjoyed the air conditioned ballroom and we were fortunate that despite the heavy rains on Friday and late Saturday all the books remained dry.

I don't have attendance figures at this time but based on the numbers of readers passing my table, I think this might have been the best year for the event.  Although the guitar and flute were lovely to listen to, they did interfere with everyone's ability to talk to the authors and left a few of us without a voice by day end.

All in all, it was a great day and I'm happy to announce the winner of the book drawing is Sue Edwards. I hope Sue enjoys her book.

Here's a few pictures from the event.

Happy Trails,


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World's Oldest Continuous Rodeo

In Arizona in the small town of Payson is the world's oldest continuous rodeo. Payson is less than a two hour drive from the Phoenix metro area. Held August 17th to the 19th, it's the 133rd year this event has been held.

Rodeo personifies the history of the west with bull riding, calf roping, barrel racing and, of course, the rodeo clowns. This event is sanctioned by the PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association) which totals more than $50,000 in prize money.

Personally, although I love most things associated with the old west, the rodeo stretches the limits of what I enjoy as entertainment.  The ASPCA is opposed to all rodeo events that involve cruel, painful, stressful and potentially harmful treatment of animals, not only in performance but also in handling, transport and prodding to perform.  Many in the rodeo circuit will say their animals are treated with care but I do object to bull riding and bronc riding. Causing an animal discomfort in order for him to buck seems …

Jayne's Restaurant Reviews - Phoenix City Grill

Phoenix City Grill has been located on 16th Street and Bethany Home for as long as I can remember. I dined here once years ago and it was great but for some reason I forgot it was there.  Billed as contemporary American fare, the menu is full of tempting selections, not the least of which is the Brioche Bread Pudding made with Jack Daniels whiskey lime and caramel sauce. Need I say more?

I dined here for happy hour recently with a friend. There are a few selections of $6 wines by the glass and several selections of appetizers ranging from $4 to $6.  The full menu includes lighter fare such as salads, or burgers to full entrees such as bone-in rib-eye steaks.

She had the Original Griddled Corn Cakes and I went for the Beef and Chicken Skewers with French fries.  So glad we shared the fries because it was a sizeable portion, and as you can see by the picture here, we loved them.

We sat in the bar, which was busy, and the service could not have been better.  Our bartender server was so p…

Book Review - The Obsession by Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts is probably most known for her romance writing but this book skillfully combines suspense, a serial killer and romance in one breathtaking package.

Naomi Bowes is a child when she encounters a serial killer in her own family. As I don't like to give away too much about any book, I won't say who it is or what happens but it was chilling. Like dominoes falling, the impact changes not only her life but everyone she comes in contact with. 

The author intermingles the criminal aspect and weaves in the lusty romance scenes to keep you turning the pages. I haven't read any of her other work but based on this book I would definitely read more with the caveat that they weren't only romance. Do be aware that there are some sexy scenes in this book so it's not PG-13.

I couldn't help but sigh and wonder where the men that can do this have been hiding when I got to this sentence, "He took more, kept them both swaying on that high wire between need and des…

Honolulu with a punch

I love punch - punch with no liquor, punch with giant dollops of sherbet or punch with sparking wine for added fizz.  So for the hottest month of the year in Arizona, I thought punch would be a fun change.

Honolulu Punch
1 liter light rum
1/2 cup dark rum
1/2 cup triple sec (or Grand Marnier)
1/4 cup fine sugar
1/2 cup lemon juice - freshly squeezed is best
2 cups orange juice - freshly squeezed is best
2 cups pineapple juice - from a can is fine

Combine all ingredients in a punch bowl over ice.  Garnish with orange, lemon and pineapple slices
Makes approximately 15 servings.

To add an extra zip, you can use club soda.  To add a touch of creaminess, use an orange sherbet.

Remember to always drink responsibly.



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New Mysteries

Here's a few new mysteries released in July that might be good reading.

House of Spies: A Novel by Daniel Silva, NY Times best selling author this book was released at a whopping $14.99 which I think is high for an ebook.  Hope it's worth it!

The Right Side by Spencer Quinn. This is not a cozy but does involve a female lead and a dog which is generally a good combination. Also written by a NY Times best selling author. It's about a soldier who returns home to become obsessed with finding a missing girl.

A Crime of Passion Fruit (A Bakeshop Mystery) by Ellie Alexander.  Definitely a cozy mystery. Looks like a cute and fun read and I'll definitely add this to my list. The owner of a bake shop gets an opportunity to bake on a cruise ship and of course there's murder and mayhem.

Death of a Bachelorette (A Jaine Austen Mystery) by Laura Levine. Freeland writer and her cat work on a reality show in the tropics and when a contestant dies the excitement begins. The author …