Murder Once Removed – A Book Review

 

Do you ever start a new mystery series and feel an instant connection to the main character?  It doesn’t happen often for me, and It’s a rare treat when it does.  Such is the case with Murder Once Removed.   Lucy Lancaster, the heroine in Murder Once Removed, is a charmer.  I think she and I would be great friends.

S.C. Perkins debuts her new  ancestry detective cozy mystery series Tuesday March 19, 2019. I had the honor of an advanced reading, and I will be counting the months until Perkins releases her second installment.

Please enjoy this description from Amazon:

“Except for a good taco, genealogist Lucy Lancaster loves nothing more than tracking down her clients’ long-dead ancestors, and her job has never been so exciting as when she discovers a daguerreotype photograph and a journal proving Austin, Texas, billionaire Gus Halloran’s great-great-grandfather was murdered back in 1849. What’s more, Lucy is able to tell Gus who was responsible for his ancestor’s death.

Partly, at least. Using clues from the journal, Lucy narrows the suspects down to two nineteenth-century Texans, one of whom is the ancestor of present-day U.S. senator Daniel Applewhite. But when Gus publicly outs the senator as the descendant of a murderer―with the accidental help of Lucy herself―and her former co-worker is murdered protecting the daguerreotype, Lucy will find that shaking the branches of some family trees proves them to be more twisted and dangerous than she ever thought possible.”

This mystery is so well-written, one thinks it surely must have been written by a more seasoned author instead of Perkins’ debut.  Murder Once Removed is tightly penned with a great plot, fun characters, (at times comically so),  and will keep you guessing. You still have time to pre-order, and I encourage you to do so!

Would you like to order your own copy of this great read?  Just click on one of the links below to be taken directly to your favorite bookseller’s website.

Murder Once Removed from amazon

Murder Once Removed from Barnes and Noble

Below, the beautiful Stephanie Perkins (S.C. Perkins).  I hate to admit it, but she’s as lovely and warm as she is beautiful.

 

Blue Jewelry For Your Wedding?

I wrote a post about Blue Wedding Shoes, (if you’d like to read it, just click on the link), but how about blue jewelry for your wedding?  We all know the old saying, “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.”  It seems to be one of the traditions that most brides are still adhering to.  Lots of brides are choosing blue wedding shoes, both my daughters did.  I love this idea!  But how about blue jewelry?  Love, love the ring below.

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White gold, diamond, platinum and sapphire bands

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Want to go with a gemstone that is a little more traditional?  The above photo with all the sapphires makes my heart swoon!  I love rings that I can stack.

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If you choose to go necklace free, then these earrings are for you.  I’m not a fan of BOTH necklaces AND earrings, unless are very understated.  You want your guests, to focus on you, not your jewelry.  Remember, your jewelry should compliment you and your style, not dominate it.

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More rings above.  I do think I prefer the sapphires mixed with diamonds…

 

Stack 'em up! Love the classic combination of diamond and sapphire bands with an Art Deco engagement ring. Click to see more eternity bands.

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If I had it to do over again, I’d choose a wedding band with colored stones.  I love the combination above.  Remember, as with all things in your wedding, there is not right or wrong, unless you hurt feelings.  Your wedding day is all about your choices and your taste.  So have fun with it!  Take a step on the wild side if you want.  No matter what you’re choosing, from food to venue, if you like it, and your fiance does, go for it!  Hopefully, this is a once in a life time event.  Don’t have second thoughts!

Edible…Wedding Bouquets?

The concept for “Edible Bouquets” is not new.  Isn’t there even a chain store that specializes in such things?  But Edible…Wedding Bouquets? That’s a new one for me.  What do you think of the idea below?  Cotton candy as a wedding prop instead of flowers?  Novel, yes, attractive (in my humble opinion…no).  But it does create a cute scenario for a photo op.

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Seriously??  A PIZZA bouquet?  This bride must know the way to her groom’s heart!  I think sometimes people are searching for something new to do to make their weddings stand out, but they run the risk of doing something silly….like this!  🙂  I bet this bouquet wouldn’t make it to the reception’s end.

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Ok…the bouquet below is kinda cute.  And the upside, it could be a delicious late night treat for the bride and groom after the wedding!

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Ditto the bouquet below.  But there is nothing particularly special about a bunch of donuts together.  Is there?  The burlap wrapper doesn’t help.

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While not a bouquet the bride or her attendants would carry, the creation below would make a very colorful/pretty centerpiece.  And just think, each person could take a section home as a favor!  I bet not many of these pretty centerpieces would be left at the end of the reception!

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Perhaps the lovely apple centerpiece wouldn’t be such a big hit with the guests but I rather like this one.  And while labor may be the same to create this time of decoration as a floral one, I imagine the supply costs would be less expensive.  And who knows?  I bet it could be a great “do ahead” DIY project for the bride and her family.  Anything to save a few dollars for the shocking cost of weddings these days!

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Pearls For Your Wedding?

Pearls for your wedding?  Pearls are definitely classic bridal jewelry.  There is nothing more traditional or classic.  I love pearls I have collected so many strands throughout my life that I was able to gift each of my four daughters a strand and still have two left  for myself.  Below is my favorite necklace.  It’s an old-fashioned design of graduated pearls.  You can’t see it in this image, but they have a subtle rose glow.  An old fashioned saying is: “If you wish to impress someone, wear your pink pearls.”  Did I wear pearls on my wedding day?  Yes I did.  I wore the strand I received for my 18th birthday, which I have since gifted my oldest daughter and a second necklace composed of a pendent set with diamonds.  It included a pear shaped pearl dangling from it.  Kathleen received this as well for her 30th birthday and will gift it to her daughter, Lily, to wear on her wedding day.

The necklace below is a compromise between the traditional and a little more contemporary style.  I love it.  And the best of all?  It’s costume jewelry and won’t break the bank.

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Don’t fancy wearing a pearl necklace or even a necklace at all?  What about a bracelet?  The one below is exquisite!  It would go perfectly with a gown that was a little more simple.  Do you have an elaborate dress?  Then perhaps you may wish to choose a piece of jewelry that is not so intricate.

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What if you, or your groom wish to purchase pearls?  Do you know what you should look for and what to be wary of?  Above is a comprehensive chart that can get you on your way.  When considering price look for pearl size, color, shape, surface and luster.

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Think pearls are always of a whitish hue?  You would be wrong!  Check out all the beautiful colors in the chart above.  Are they my favorite?  No, but then it’s a very personal choice isn’t it?  Enjoy!