Sunday, October 24, 2010

Double Take by Catherine Coulter

I love watching action and FBI movies but I've never tried reading an FBI thriller.  I found Double Take at Booksale last week.  I had no intentions of buying it but when I read the summary I found it interesting.  I'm almost halfway and I hope I have more time to read because it's hard to put the book down.  :(

The police are convinced that Julia Ransom is guilty of the brutal murder of her husband, renowned psychic August Ransom.  But after six months of investigation and media frenzy, she is free of their scrutiny, because of the lack of evidence.  One afternoon she walks from her Pacific Heights home to Fisherman's Wharf, alone, unwatched -- and, she realizes, happy.   Standing at the railing on Pier 39, she savors the sounds around her -- tourists, countless seals on the barges -- and for a moment enjoys the sheer normalcy of it all.

It suddenly comes to an end when a respectable-looking man distracts her with conversation before striking her unconscious and heaving her over the rail into San Francisco Bay.  If it weren't for Special Agent Cheney Stone, Julia would drown.  Cheney quickly realizes that the attempt on Julia's life must be connected with the murder of her husband, and reopens the investigation with the SFPD.

Meanwhile, in Maestro, Virginia, Sheriff Dixon Noble -- last seen in Point Blank -- learns about a woman named Charlotte Pallack, whose extraordinary resemblance to his vanished wife, Christie, gone for three years, sends him across the country.  Although in his heart he knows that this woman can't possibly his missing wife, Dix is compelled to see her with his own eyes.

In San Francisco, Dix's and Cheney's paths cross, brought together by FBI Special Agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock.  All four begin to unlock the mystery behind Charlotte Pallack's identity, as well as the forces behind Julia Ransom's attempted murder of her husband.  The most fascinating aspect of the case is the extraordinary cast of psychics they meet as they push deep into the intriguing and complex world of visions, mind benders, and communications with the dead.

As the stakes and the body count rise, Savich, Sherlock, Dix, and Cheney fight for answers -- and their lives.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Yard Art on Thursdays

Can't quite figure out what this is.  First look I thought it's a pig but it's not.  The owner probably tossed it in the front yard when one of the legs broke.

Monday, October 18, 2010

MYM - Japanese Cold Noodle


The yellow strips you see on top are fried eggs.  They are similar to the ones you usually see in sushis.  Popular during summer time, this noodle is both delicious and refreshing.

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Friday, October 15, 2010


It's one of those days when I'm feeling overly sensitive.  Rarely do I get touchy but when I do, expect me to shed a tear even with the most petty shallow thing.  Could this be a part of perimenopause? They say women get touchy as they approach menopause.  I hope not.  :(  I mean. I'm okay with menopause but I hope I won't be touchy and irritable.

Anyway, going back to my story.  I was crying earlier (a lot!) because I feel my husband is insensitive of my feelings.  How childish!  To think that I'm already in my forties, hehe.  And now, after I have cried it all out I feel ashamed of the way I behaved.  Oh well, maybe I just needed to pour it all out.

I should feel better after crying it all out.  Actually I do feel better emotionally but I am now nursing a headache and I feel a cold coming on.  I thought the headache was the effect of crying a lot, I usually get that when I cry but it's now becoming clear that it's more than just a headache.  I already downed one claritin and I'm keeping my fingers crossed that I feel better tomorrow, errr later.  I've got a long list of to-dos, I can't get sick.

I better stop now and take a rest.  See you all tomorrow.

Thursday, October 14, 2010


What could be more frustrating than preparing to read your book only to find out that it's missing?  Grrrrr!  With a mug of coffee and my glasses, I was getting ready to slump onto my favorite sofa when I couldn't locate Needful Things.  I know I put it on my night table but it wasn't there.  Thought I could finish it this weekend so I can start with the new book. 

It was after an hour of trying to figure out where I could have possibly put it that my husband told me he returned the wrong book.  I asked him the day before yesterday to return a book that I borrowed but he picked up the wrong book.  :(  I have to wait until Sunday to get it back.  Haay.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - Pffft!

Wordless Wednesday

Needful Things

This book has been in my bookshelf for years but it's only now that I started reading it.  In fact, the cover is a bit crumpled and the pages have turned dark yellow.  Stephen King is one of my favorite authors and I really don't know why I have forgotten about this book.  I am more than halfway done and story gets more exciting.  If you like suspense-thrillers, this is a good read.  I hope to finish the book by next week.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Favorite Time Together

My husband and I like to escape from the kids once in a while to have a cup of coffee.  We used to do that a lot before but when the kids' pet arrived it became less often.  The little one doesn't want to be left alone in the house.  He is spoiled, alright!