Thursday, 22 June 2017

Book ~ "Enforcing the Paw" (2017) Diane Kelly

From Goodreads ~ When a case of he-said/she-said turns criminal, it s up to Megan Luz and her devoted K-9 to dig for the truth.

When relationships go south, some people just can't or won't let go. When Fort Worth Police Officer Megan Luz and her pawed partner, Brigit, investigate a series of stalking incidents involving a couple who recently broke up, their detective powers are put to the test. Is this a case of a controlling creep who refuses to accept rejection or one about a woman scorned whose fury has been unleashed? 

As hostilities escalate between the former lovers, the situation goes from romantically dysfunctional to downright dangerous. He insists his former flame has become a crazy ex-girlfriend intent on vengeance. She alleges that he is a master of manipulation and lays blame entirely at his feet. Who s the culprit and who s the victim? Can Megan and Brigit sniff out the truth ... before somebody ends up dead?

Megan is a police officer in Fort Worth, Texas.  Her partner is Brigit, a German Shepherd.  The majority of their job is patrolling the streets and responding to calls.

They get a call from Adriana that someone has thrown a brick through one of her windows and she suspects it was her ex-boyfriend, Ryan, because he hasn't gotten over their break-up.  When Megan goes to Ryan's apartment, she discovers evidence that makes her suspect that it was indeed Ryan.  But Ryan says it's Adriana who is the crazy one and is trying to frame him.  Both make a strong case and Megan doesn't know who to believe.  As things happen and the situation escalates, Megan bounces back and forth thinking it could be either one of them.

In the meantime, Megan and Brigit are also trying to track down a thief who disguises himself in hospital garb, robs convenience and gas stations and only steals grape suckers.

I've read many books by this author and I liked this one.  Though it's the sixth in the Paw Enforcement series, it can work as a stand alone and you don't have to read the others to know what's going on (there is enough background provided).

I liked the writing style ... it was amusing at times.  It is written in first person perspective from Megan's point of view and third person perspective from Brigit's point of view (which is funny) and the Devoted One's perspective.  As a head's up, there is swearing.

I like Megan.  She's gotten more confident as time goes on.  Brigit funny and likeable and it's fun to get into her head.  Though she is a trained police dog, she can be naughty when she wants to be (especially if there are treats or squirrels involved).

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Book ~ "Mad Dog: The Maurice Vachon Story" (2017) Bertrand Hebert and Patric Laprade

From GoodreadsWho was Maurice the man and who was Mad Dog the character? 

Maurice “Mad Dog” Vachon was a gold medalist, a pro-wrestling legend and a pop culture icon - but he was also a son, husband and father. "Mad Dog" explores Vachon’s career and personal struggles with painstakingly detailed historical research and through both Maurice’s own recollections and those of the people who knew him best. 

As a young man, Maurice could have chosen a dark criminal path but then wrestling and family changed him. Chronicling his slow but steady rise to prominence across America and internationally in some of pro wrestling’s most important territories, this in-depth biography shows how Vachon’s life came to be defined by the words of Mark Twain: “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” Fiercely proud, motivated, and supremely talented, Vachon’s story is also the amazing tale of how a lifelong make-believe heel became a real-life hero outside of the ring.

Maurice "Mad Dog" Vachon (1929 − 2013) was a Canadian professional wrestler.  He started his career as an amateur wrestler, participating in the 1948 Summer Olympics and winning a gold medal at the 1950 British Empire Games.

Vachon eventually made the switch to professional wrestling and spent time in various promotions in the Canada and the United States and occasionally teamed with his brother, Paul.  He was one of the all-time great heels, known for his wild style and intense interviews.

Vachon retired from wrestling in 1986 and got involved in various things such as owning a chain of restaurants bearing his name, hosting a children's show and as a commentator at wrestling matches. In 1987, he was struck by a hit-and-run driver, resulting in the amputation of one of his legs.  Over the years, his health declined and he ended up with dementia.

I like reading bios and thought Vachon's story would be interesting.  I was into watching wrestling as a kid and recognized his name.  Over the years, he was influential in helping the careers of many famous wrestlers such as Roddy Piper and Hulk Hogan.  His personal life story was also interesting ... he was married three times and had six children he didn't get to see much because of his career.  Despite his crazy wrestling persona, it sounds like he was fiercely loyal to his family and friends.

There is a lot of detailed information about Vachon's career and it's obvious the authors spent a lot of time researching.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Topbox - June 2017

My June Topbox arrived today.

For only $12 a month, you will receive a Topbox with 4 carefully selected, indulgent, beauty products. Then test the products in the comfort of your own home.

Here's what I received ...

Total value = $30.15 value

Denny’s, London, ON

I had lunch today at Denny's in London.  It's attached to a rest stop on Highbury Avenue S, just south of the 401.

I ordered Baked Lasagna.  I love lasagna and this was just okay.  The noodles were overcooked and there was too much sauce.

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites London, London, ON

I spent last night at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites London on Wellington Road South.  I've stayed here a couple times over the years.


Here is my suite ...

A wet bar, including a mini fridge, is to the right
when you walk in

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Book ~ "Looking for Rachel Wallace" (1980) Robert B. Parker

From Goodreads ~ Rachel Wallace is a woman who writes and speaks her mind. She has made a lot of enemies - enemies who threaten her life. 

Spenser is the tough guy with a macho code of honor, hired to protect a woman who thinks that code is obsolete. 

Privately, they will never see eye to eye. That's why she fires him. But when Rachel vanishes, Spenser rattles skeletons in blue-blooded family closets, tangles with the Klan and fights for her right to be exactly what she is. He is ready to lay his life on the line to find Rachel Wallace. 

Rachel Wallace is a writer, lesbian and feminist activist.  When she receives threats, she hires Spenser to be her bodyguard.  Their personalities and ideologies clash and Rachel fires Spenser.  When she is kidnapped, Spenser feels duty-bound to try to find her because had he behaved as she wanted, he never would have been fired and she wouldn't have been kidnapped.  Spenser's investigation leads him to an organization that is anti-communist, anti-gay and affiliated with the local Ku Klux Klan.

This is the sixth in the Spenser series (there are currently 46, with the last six written by Ace Atkins after Parker's death in 2010).  I've read many in the series over the years (and have enjoyed the series) but I can't remember where I'd jumped in.  I know I hadn't started at the beginning so have started reading them from the beginning of the series

I liked the writing style ... I find it humorous at times.  Spenser is a tough guy with a wisecracking sense of humour.  This book was written and is set in the early 1980s so is dated with some of its references and lingo.  Rachel was too angry and unbelievable to me with her hatred of all men.  It's written in first person perspective in Spenser's voice.  As a head's up, there is swearing.

Fionn MacCool’s, London, ON

I had supper this evening at Fionn MacCool's in London (on Wellington Road).

It was fairly busy when I got there.

I sat on the dining room side

The Trinity Bellwoods Flea, The Great Hall, Toronto, ON

This morning Gord and I checked out the Trinity Bellwoods Flea Market at The Great Hall (on Queen Street W/Dovercourt Road), in our 'hood.

School's out summer is calling your name! We are back at it with those start of summer must-haves. Find vendors inside and outside June 18th 10am-5pm at The Great Hall at the heart of Queen West. Swing by, enjoy a handcrafted cocktail, some local eats, sweet treats and all the best vintage and handmade vendors and artisans this Toronto has to offer. Remember admission is always FREE and four-legged friends are always welcome! Shop local at the Trinity Bellwoods Flea. As a fun treat for all the local lovers. 

YELP Toronto will be on hand giving out FREE reusable shopping bags for all visitors to the market for your locally made goodies! 

Love Local. Shop Local.

So much to tempt you, inside and out ... food, plants, clothing, jewelry, candles, bath bombs and lots more!

Queen Star Restaurant, Toronto, ON

Gord and I had breakfast this morning at Queen Star Restaurant (Queen Street W/Dovercourt Road), in our 'hood.  It's been a while since I've been there.

We both ordered four eggs with bacon.  It was a good hearty breakfast.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Rosen's Cinnamon Buns, Toronto, ON

On my way home from the Taste of Little Italy, I caught the whiff of cinnamon as I was approaching Ossington Avenue.  I noticed I was in front of Rosen's Cinnamon Buns.  I love cinnamon buns so stopped in.

It's in a former beauty salon