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One of the difficulties with blogs is conveying tone so I will start out by saying my tone here should be read as sarcastic. I don’t know if any of you have had the singular pleasure of driving US-101 from just outside of Portland, OR. to San Francisco, CA. but if you have not don’t deprive yourself. Actually, I like the people of have been kind enough to stop by and read my little blog so I warn you stay away at all costs during the winter months. And if you do find yourself on this road, for the love of all things good, make it a two day trip.

My husband, son, and I decided since we were making a road trip of our trip this my husband’s family for Thanksgiving we would make a side trip to San Francisco on our was back to San Diego. We knew it would be a long drive, about 9 hours but, our son had never been and we didn’t think it would be all that bad.

As it turns out the Pacific Northwest is going through something of a cold snap and our planned trip down the I-5 (the 9 hour drive) was experiencing severe weather and we did not pack chains. Well, no big deal we though we’ll head down US-101. It will add a little to the drive but nothing un-doable. If you don’t know the US-101, it’s a freeway in name only. It’s a curvy, low speed, two lane highway through the back country of Oregon and California. Add to that pouring rain, dense fog, and pitch black and you’ve turned a 9 hour drive into a 14 hour drive.  Even with the awful drive we had a wonderful time in San Francisco and my big man loved the city. Of course then we had the drive from San Francisco to San Diego but that’s a story for another time. Oh, and we did listen to a book on tape and I’ll review that later in the week.

Now on to the review.


A couple of months ago I was listening to Book Club Girl’s BlogTalk Radio show and she was interviewing Emily Gray Tedrowe about her book “Commuters”. I book I’ve read and reviewed earlier.

Well, in the course of the interview Emily mentioned how she found it odd more author’s didn’t write about their characters reading and I believe she also talked about how they didn’t talk about other books or authors in their books. I had to agree with her. I always find it weird that characters don’t read or talk about books and authors they like. Sometimes I think they may be afraid readers may think “Holy Cow, that sounds like a better book” and run back to the books store to exchange the book they’re reading for the book mentioned in the novel. Now, I’m sure that is not really the case. (Well, maybe it is in some cases) But gosh, come on you’re a writer shouldn’t some of you characters read?

I think one of the things I like best about Carolyn Hart’s Death on Demand series is not only does her main character read (after all she does run a mystery book store) she mentions authors, book titles, and even characters in the books. I will admit I’m caught off guard when she mentions herself but it does make sense since she’s a pretty popular mystery author and she would be a big seller in a mystery book store.

Anyway “Southern Ghost” was one of her middling Annie and Max Darling mysteries. The set up of a missing girl didn’t work for me. While the main mystery – a murder and suicide that occurred 20+ years earlier was a good one – the solution came together rather quickly and seemed a bit disconnected from the investigation they had done. Really it was solved by another character in the story which I didn’t mind but you missed her investigation so the conclusion was a little forced. But I do really like these characters and the location of the story so I really did enjoy the book overall.