From Amazon.com ~ At the start of Klein's amusing debut, one-time con man Kip Largo, who's been working at a dry cleaner since completing an eight-year stretch in prison for fraud, is intrigued when the gorgeous wife of Silicon Valley billionaire Edward Napier asks him to help her steal her husband's money, but not intrigued enough to follow through — at least not until he discovers that his not-bright son, Toby, owes several hundred thousand dollars to the Russian mob. Deciding that this is his chance to finally do right by his family, Kip sets about organizing a large-scale swindle to lure in Napier, all too aware that if he fails to pull it off, he and Toby (and the con's other participants) will all be killed. While the plot and characters tend to be by the numbers, the author's background information on how cons work is enormously entertaining.
I was going to give up on this book after the first couple chapters but I'm glad I didn't as I enjoyed it.
It was interesting to watch the con unfold, though I wasn't crazy about the ending, but I suspected it was coming.
There was lots of stuff sold in booths ... like this one:
There were lots of people walking up and down Church Street.
We had a beer at Statlers. There's Gord!
These guys were dancing on the balcony above Statlers. They drew quite a crowd!
We had a beer at a beer garden that was cranking techno music. The security guard asked us for our IDs ... I hugged her!
Would I go back to Pride again? Probably not. The bars had line-ups. I was expecting the bars to have their patios extended onto the street like the Taste of Little Italy a couple weeks ago. Church Street is closed to cars from Bloor E to Carlton so there's no reason why they couldn't.
From Chapters.Indigo.ca ~ How far will a reporter go to get her story? And will she be putting her life at risk or just her heart? For years, Pia Keyne was the senior political columnist at a daily newspaper until her sideline as a mystery writer took over her life. But now, with the murder of a high-profile cabinet minister right in the heart of the legislature buildings, she can't help but be drawn back into political intrigue. What starts out as a simple headline story - and possible idea for her next book - quickly turns into something more dangerous as the killings continue and Pia's investigative skills lead her into the world of Nazi art theft, forgery, drugs and homicide. Having spent years trying to overcome the painful secrets of her own past, Pia Keyne must now choose who to trust, who to love and who to track down as a possible source - for her story and for murder.
This book is set in Toronto, which drew my interest. And is a mystery, which I enjoy.
The writing style was okay, though the author is very descriptive ... she tries too hard at times.
Pia jumped to a conclusion very quickly about who the murderer is and I'm not sure what substantiated this.
Would I recommend this book? It wasn't a bad story, but it wasn't a great one either.
Money maven Suze Orman's latest book, Women & Money, addresses the complicated (and often dysfunctional) relationship women have with personal finance. Orman's direct, non-condescending style is perfect for this subject matter - she begins with the premise that "Women can invest, save, and handle debt as well and skillfully as any man" and then tackles the important question "So why don't they?" Designed to educate and inspire, Women & Money also offers a "Save Yourself Plan," a five-month program that "delivers genuine long-term financial security." Want to know more? Watch a video message from Suze below, and take a gander at the first chapter of Women & Money - you'll be "controlling your destiny" in no time.
Join CAMH in celebrating our 10th anniversary and the Grand Opening of the first phase of the Queen Street redevelopment project with a street fair on White Squirrel Way, on the western edge of the 1001 Queen Street West site.
CAMH staff will welcome you along with other dignitaries, clients, community partners and the neighbourhood, providing entertainment, food and a variety of vendors and displays.
On our walk this morning, KC and I discovered the CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) festivities.
There were tables set up selling lots of stuff.
Though they looked delicious, I resisted the chocolate pizzas by Sweetiepies.
I ran into Helene, who I had met earlier this week. She is the case worker responsible for the gardens on the grounds. The clients of CAMH take care of it. They had a table selling veggies and herbs from their garden.
There is a BBQ at noon.
The Parkdale Drummers were really good. They played reggae, calypso and finished off with "Hot! Hot! Hot!".
KC isn't a friendly dog but this guy became her new best friend ... cuz he was feeding her a hamburger (I didn't notice at first).
From Amazon.com ~ The 20th Kinsey Millhone crime novel (after 2005's S Is for Silence), a gripping, if depressing, tale of identify theft and elder abuse, displays bestseller Grafton's storytelling gifts. By default, Millhone, a private investigator in the small Southern California town of Santa Teresa, assumes responsibility for the well-being of an old neighbor, Gus Vronsky, injured in a fall. After Vronsky's great-niece arranges to hire a home aide, Solana Rojas, Millhone begins to suspect that Rojas is not all that she seems. Since the reader knows from the start that an unscrupulous master manipulator has stolen the Rojas persona, the plot focuses not on whodunit but on the battle of wits Millhone wages with an unconventional and formidable adversary. Grafton's mastery of dialogue and her portrayal of the limits of good intentions make this one of the series' high points, even if two violent scenes near the end tidy up the pieces a little too neatly.
It's been a while since I've read a Kinsey Millhone story (because there haven't been any since 2005) so it was good to read "T".
There's a lot I liked about this book. It was interesting to read two "voices" ... Kinsey's and Solana's. It worked for me. The main story was a bit extreme at times but I enjoyed it.
There was a subplot that could have had a different slant rather than the heavy child molestation. Some of the characters were very convenient.
From Amazon.com ~ The Hells Angels. The Bandidos. Asian triads. Russian mobsters and corrupt cops. Even the KKK. Just part of a day's work for Alex Caine, an undercover agent who has seen it all. Alex Caine started life as a working-class boy from Quebec who always thought he'd end up in a blue-collar job. But after a tour in Vietnam and a stretch in prison on marijuana-possession charges, he fell into the cloak-and-dagger world of a contracted agent: infiltrating criminal groups that cops across North America and around the globe were unable to penetrate themselves. Thanks to his quick-wittedness and his tough but unthreatening demeanour, Caine could fit into whatever unsavoury situation he found himself. Over twenty-five years, his assignments ran the gamut from bad-ass bikers to triad toughs. When a job was over, he'd slip away to a new part of the continent or world, where he would assume a new identity and then go back to work on another group of bad guys. Told with page-turning immediacy, Befriend and Betray gives a candid look behind the scenes at some familiar police operations and blows the lid off others that law enforcement would much prefer to keep hidden. And it offers an unvarnished account of the toll such a life takes, one that often left Caine to wonder who he really was, behind those decades of assumed identities. Or whether justice was ever truly served.
I enjoy bios and this one sounded interesting, especially since he was Canadian.
The writing style was fast-paced and the stories riveting. There was even an experience here in Toronto.
I've been wanting to check out a Toronto FC soccer game but tickets are always sold out. They play just south of us at BMO Field so we can hear the fans.
Gord's friend, Malcolm, has seasons' tickets. He is out of town this weekend so gave Gord and I his tickets. The FC were playing host to the Kansas City Wizards.
The game ended with no score.
Though I don't know much about the rules, it was a fun experience! The fans really get into the game ... they are continuously loud and wear red.
The only annoyance was that people are up and down, up and down, up and down heading to the washroom, getting food, etc. So we were constantly standing up to let people by (we were on the aisle) or having people stand up in front of us getting out.
We had supper at Bow Thai Restaurant. I had green curried chicken and rice (which was delish!) and Trish, who is a vegetarian, had the Purple Garden (stir-fried eggplant with onion, chili, sweet pepper, onion).
We then went to Captain Jack's for a couple drinks before heading home.