I have noticed something that has changed since I was married, the top layer of the wedding cake is no longer saved for your first anniversary of the birth of your first child, whichever is sooner. When did wedding cakes change so that they aren’t able to be saved? And what is this business about cakes made of different cheeses?
And now we come to sickness/health benefits. This is obviously a very controversial point in today’s USA. If your employer doesn’t cover you for sickness, you have to pay a great deal of money (and for above the cost of an annual new iPhone of course) for private insurance or rely on a very poor system – or even no sickness help at all. Belonging to a forum which has US participants I often read them talking about how they have to borrow money or get a new mortgage to pay for the cost of their medical bills. As I recently had a skin graft I looked up what it might cost in the US and was horrified to find it over $100,000 for the hospital charge and then there is ongoing treatments – I visit the hospital every week for these and have done for 3 months. So add these onto the total and you must be horrified. And in this story, Josie had her health benefits cancelled by her organisation whilst she was on sick leave!
This is a cozy mystery with an overweight detective wearing plaid trousers and a novice (food blogger) sent on an observation trip to find out just how and why the bride had died. And she found out rather more than she expected about the bride and her husband and his brothers and their complicated relationships.
A mystery girl wanders into the road causing a car crash and what follows is unsettling for many in this police procedural.
A number of issues are explored – why would girls write on their bodies? How paranoid can you get from being locked up? Does being locked up causes fear and thus aggression? And does the Forgiveness Project really work?
We are left wondering about the young girls in this story such as Christie – does she have Stockholm Syndrome? Who exactly is Aimee? And can a 13 year old girl really behave like Loz?
I thought there were some some nice twists but also some predictability. I did like the alternating voices style as reading the ‘lost girls’ stories in their own voices helped understand them more and why they might be in the situation they were. I also liked finding out a little – but not too much – of the police characters and their backgrounds.
I am giving it 4 as I did guess who Aimee was just over half way through the book and thus some of the storyline was then obvious.
An interesting Western story with the discussion about Yogo sapphires thrown in. Now Yogo sapphires in Montana are a real thing. They were first mined some 100 years ago having been discovered in 1860 but not really considered to be worthwhile. They come n a multitude of colours not just blue but also green, pink, pale red, purple, yellow and orange.
People now pay to dig in the mines as a hobby.
In 1980 Thailand developed a heat treatment which enabled white and yellow sapphires to be turned into blue thus making these coloured sapphires more commercial.
I have not read the previous book in the series so was coming at the character of the reporter from new and rather liked her style. Although who goes into a basement without a really good torch with good batteries? I know she had one but…didn’t last long did it? The tunnels didn’t surprise me much for 2 reasons. I had already guessed that the hobo (name?) was looking for something and also from my experience of mining towns in the UK – they all have tunnels / mines under them!
A 4 for the age group and a 3 for me
A really nice clean YA fun read
How do you get over your mother’ death? Well. When you attended her funeral people told lots of fun stories about her, and so you go to other people’s funerals to hear their stories. It helps make sense of you grief.
And then you bump into the High School hottie at his sister’s funeral and a strange partnership is formed to discover why she died as neither of you believe the official story.
Whilst the ending is traditional, there are some nice twists along the way.