Sunday, September 25, 2022

Loki, books, and storms

I think things are settling down here at home. The people building across the street are still driving us crazy.  It defies logic, can't describe it. Otherwise, the RV is repaired, the deceased cat has been handled (thank you Southern RV) and I'm trying new recipes.  It's good to be home after all those shenanigans.

Loki's DNA Test from Embark was received and sent off last week. It will be interesting to see what breeds he has in his lineage. He was advertised as a min-pin chihuahua mix but he's way too big for either of those breeds. 

I'm guessing some dachshund and Doug says a bit of beagle. 

Stormy weather.................

We are watching the very active Atlantic storm systems whirling around right now.  Thoughts go out to those in Canada who are experiencing the flooding and loss of electricity.  We had our bad turn with Hurricane Michael years back and it isn't a party. 

Also keeping an eye on the storm Ian as it sets a path for Florida.  We have family in Tampa and hope Ian doesn't make an appearance.  Or near Lee county either (be careful JoAnn!) Now it looks like we may get it at a category 2.  

Reading

Cymru am byth - Wales Forever. Rhys Lloyd is a local boy who achieved fame and fortune as a singer.  He comes home to Cwm Coed, a small town in Wales, to build a resort for the wealthy on the lake. His wife seems to hate him. Actually, there wasn't a person in this book who didn't hate Rhys and as you read on, you'll see why.  His tuxedo clad body floats across the lake on New Years eve during the traditional swim attended by the local Welsh residents. 

If he died on the English side of the lake Detective Leo Brady will take over the investigation.  If it's the Welsh side D.C. Ffion Morgan handles it.  The two end up working together and I loved the dialogue, the Welsh language interspersed and the fantastic twist of events at the end. Every person in this book has a secret, including the detectives.

Thank you to NetGalley for the advanced readers copy of this novel.

 The Last Party by Clare Mckintosh will be published November 8, 2022 by Sourcebooks Landmark Publishing.  Genre: General Adult Fiction.  Mystery as well (in my opinion).  I will definitely be reading more by Mackintosh.

Linking with:

Joy's Book Blog for #BriFri

Deb at Readerbuzz for Sunday Salon




28 comments:

  1. The Last Party sounds really good!

    Loki is so cute! I would guess Beagle too. Maybe Corgi as well?

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    1. I bet there is soome beagle. I will post about the results when they come back. Ther Last party is great and I think NetGalley still has it available.

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  2. I've read a couple by MacIntosh and think she writes a good mystery. This one does sound good - writing a dialect or different language style is challenging, hard to make believable & understandable. Sounds like she accomplished it.
    Terrie @ Bookshelf Journeys

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    1. Terrie, this is my first novel by Mckintosh and I have already requested more of her books.

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  3. How exciting to find out the DNA make up. The weather is certainly crazy at the moment! The last party looks good.

    Have a great weekend!

    Emily @ Budget Tales Book Blog
    My post:
    https://budgettalesblog.wordpress.com/2022/09/25/sunday-salon-22/

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    1. Emily, it's hurricane season here and Florida and the Gulf coast states does get crazy weather :-) The Mackintosh book is great!

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  4. I've had a few other friends who have found out the DNA of their dogs. It is intriguing to me.

    We are always on guard during hurricane season. Let's hope the storm dissipates before it causes any damage.

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    1. Deb, I didn't know it would also link his family/relatives as Ancestry does until I saw Vicki's comment! I don't expect his relatives family would do a DNA test thoough. He was in pretty horrid conditions when the humane society picked him up.

      Absolutely agree - hurricanes are unwelcome!

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  5. The Wales book does sound really good!

    Dog DNA, ha - that can be very interesting! Well, we know the two old dogs are Labs and Anna is a Wire Haired. But yes! It must be very interesting to see what your doggy is.

    Thanks for visiting us earlier, hope you will have a good week.

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    1. Elza, I love this author. I had just started to read another of hers but a 5 year old boy is killed in the first chapter so, not up for that.

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  6. I hope you don't get hit too hard by these storms down there. Glad to hear things are better.

    Thank you for your comment last week- I'm still catching up but I didn't know you lived in Owosso! I think I remember you mentioned having lived in Michigan before though. I have family that live not far from Owosso...

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    1. Thanks, Greg. I liked living in Michigan. Cold winters but it's a beautiful state and I liked the same town atmosphere of Owosso back then. It's been a lot of years though!

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  7. I've been thinking about you and remembering the mess after Michael. Last year we were back in FL by this time, but decided to stay in CT a little longer this year. Now I'm worried about our house, etc... and happy we're not waiting to see whether we need to evacuate the island! Glad you have the cat issue resolved are are setting back into a routine at home. I'll be curious to hear what Loki's results are. Stay safe down there!!

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    1. JoAnn, the path keeps changing so we are planning to stay put as it looks like, for now, we aren't in the direct path. I think you'll get tropical storm winds at your place for sure. Yikes.

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  8. The Last Party looks really good. It seems like the path of the storm (Ian) keeps changing. I hope all will be well for you and your family. Stay safe!

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    1. Yvonne, that storm keeps shifting so...who knows where it will land. We have enough propane for a Coleman stove to cook on if the elctric goes out for long periods. I hope you aren't in the path!

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  9. I sent Kaiyo's DNA off at the beginning of the year and got it back. Now I'm getting emails notifying me off her relatives :)

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    1. Vicki, I didn't know they tracked and matched doggie families. How cool!

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  10. Your dog might be part Jack Russell judging by the shape of the head and maybe beagle. I used to have a dog that look almost like yours and I always suspects she was part beagle.
    Stay safe during the storm and have great week.

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    1. Ann, Thanks for the good thoughts about the storm. It has shifted (as of right ow) and I think we will get high wind but nothing like what Tampa will get as projected. My thoughts are with my inlaws there.

      I will certainly post about Loki's results!

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  11. I haven't been doing any blog reading since we are on the road. But I had to come and see about your disastrous camping trip you mentioned in a comment on my blog.
    Yikes! That was a horrible series of events. Port aux Basques Newfoundland got horribly hit. We get the ferry there on the 29th. The ferry resumed regular service today. I also called our hotel in PAB and they are up and running. She said they were lucky because they are on a hill. But bring water because they are under a boil advisory. She also said the roads are fine.

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    1. Jackie, I had been reading about the damage up there and it's so sad. Be careful while traveling and please update when you and John get home.

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  12. I can't wait to see Loki's DNA results. I'm guessing maybe some rat terrier or something like that because of his ears and tail but there's no telling! I've been watching this storm as it's heading to Florida and hopefully it misses you by quite a bit!

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    1. Katherine, Loki is very prey driven and runs after squirrels with a vengence I'd not seen with our other dogs. I can't wait for the results!

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  13. Is Loki emotionally prepared for surprises about his ancestry? Finding out what your DNA shows is quite traumatic for humans. I just read a news story about a woman whose father was switched at birth...revealed by DNA. I hope it all goes well for Loki. (Of course I'm kidding!)

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Mae, that's funny :-) I think as long as he belongs to this family he won't care what he's made of! He can still be disagreeable but I've read it can take years for an animal to "relax" into a household where they aren't treated poorly.

      I read a good nonfiction about DNA testing and surprises recently called The Lost family. It was interesting. Here's the link - http://1toast.blogspot.com/2022/08/the-lost-family-by-libby-copeland-and.html

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  14. Fun setting. It reminds me of The Tunnel, where the body was found under the English Channel, right on the border of the UK and France.

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  15. I think Loki looks like he has some beagle in him. Should be fun to learn the results! Ugh about the cat. Did you guys feel anything hit the wheels? Glad that mess is all cleared up.

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