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Death of an Honest Man

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I was able to get an advanced copy of Death of an Honest Man through Netgalley. Thank you, Netgalley, for an opportunity to read and review this book. My views in this review are entirely my own.

Sometimes being too honest can be a bad thing, which is what the village of Lochdubh and Cnothan find out the hard way, when newcomer, Paul English, moves to Cnothan. He tells the truth no matter how rude or forward he might sound. That is until he is killed.

The issue that Hamish has is not a lack of suspects but too many suspects. As Paul English offended most everyone he met. To top it off Hamish has lost the services of Charlie, his sidekick police officer, who has resigned due to Blair’s bullying ways.

Hamish is back in Death of an Honest Man. I have read all of the Hamish Macbeth series so far and have loved all of them. First off I would like to say something about the series as a whole. One of the major things that sets this series apart from many other book series is the characters that M.C. Beaton has created. They are very unique, each with their own personalities and quirks that add something to the series as a whole. She keeps them consistent throughout the series, having them appear when they are needed to help Hamish with the crime or to add a funny/dramatic moment to the book. Hamish would not be where he is today if not for the villagers of Lochdubh.

It was a fast read with many twists and turns that kept me, the reader, guessing as to who the murderer really was. Normally in most mysteries I have a guess at who the thief and/or murderer is. However, that was not the case this time. With as many suspects that Hamish had during this murder, it is not shocking that this was a tough one even for him. I did wish that more time could have been spent with the newer characters. I have a feeling though M.C. Beaton will bring them back in later books in the series, much like she does many of the other past characters.

I do feel bad for Hamish though. It feels as though Hamish will never find a permanent partner in crime as they are always leaving for one reason or other. I do in some ways wish that they would resolve Hamish’s love life. The random visits by Elspeth and Priscilla seemed strained in the book. The main storyline as a whole was interesting. Once I started reading it I did not want to put it down. This is a must read for any fans of the Hamish Macbeth series or for any cozy mystery fans.

My question for those who read the book- anyone catch the part about Silas?


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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Newt Scamander, a magizoologist, arrives in New York in 1926 to collect a new creature while writing his book, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. But not everything goes as it’s supposed to. Shortly after Newt arrives, his Niffler accidentally escapes along with other inhabitants of his case. Not only that, but something magical is leaving a path of destruction in the streets, attacking No-Maj’s (American word for Muggle) during a time where the fear of magic or anti-magic is at an all-time high. It is up to Newt, Tina and Jacob to recapture his beasts and find out who or what is causing the attacks.

The film stars Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, Colin Farrell as Percival Graves, Katherine Waterston as Porpentina “Tina” Goldstein, Dan Fogler as Jacob Kowalski, Alison Sudol as Queenie Goldstein, Carmen Ejogo as Seraphina Picquery: The President of MACUSA, Ezra Miller as Credence Barebone and Samantha Morton as Mary Lou Barebone.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a spin-off prequel movie series. I loved the movie a lot. Before seeing it, I did not know if I would like the movie or not. It had a lot to live up to, being a prequel to the Harry Potter movies. I loved everything about the it. The special effects were great. Not just for the dueling but also the beasts that Newt has in his suitcase. They did a wonderful job on the costumes for this movie. I wish I owned some of them they are so nice. I thought the casting was perfect – I would not change any of them. Eddie Redmayne was great as Newt and I cannot see anyone else in the role.  I cannot wait for the next movie to come out to see what adventures that Newt and his friends get up to. The next movie is set to come out in 2018. I would recommend this for any fan of fantasy movies. You do not have to have seen the Harry Potter movies to watch this movie but in spots it does add to the movie. Rated PG-13.

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Central Intelligence

ciCalvin Joyner was the big man on campus in high school. He was known as the “Golden Jet”. While they were still in high school, and during a ceremony in the auditorium, Robbie Weirdicht is thrown into the auditorium completely naked. No one helps him…that is no one but Calvin. Fast forward 20 years to a few days before the class reunion. Calvin is married and works as an accountant. His life changes when he is contacted by Robbie…who happens to be a CIA agent…who just happens to be on the run and brings Calvin along for the ride.

The movie starred Dwayne Johnson as Robbie Weirdicht/Bob Stone, Kevin Hart as Calvin Joyner, Amy Ryan as Agent Pamela Harris and Danielle Nicolet as Maggie.

Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart work great with each other. There were a lot of funny moments throughout the movie. I felt that it could have used a few more action scenes in some ways. However, since it is an action comedy movie less action scenes does make sense. Overall it was an okay movie. Rated PG-13

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Ghostbusters: Answer the Call

ghostbustersWho will answer the call?

Paranormal enthusiasts Erin Gilbert and Abby Yates, along with the help of Jillian Holtzmann, a nuclear engineer, open a new business to prove the existence of ghosts while helping the citizens of New York. They are joined by Patty Tolan, a subway worker who had her own close encounter with the other-worldly ghosts. As the ghosts, multiply it is up to the Ghostbusters to find out why they are appearing and who or what is behind it.

The movie starred Kate McKinnon as Jillian Holtzmann, Melissa McCarthy as Abby Yates, Kristen Wiig as Erin Gilbert, Leslie Jones as Patty Tolan and Chris Hemsworth as Kevin.  The cast members of the original movies – Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver, Bill Murray, and Annie Potts make cameos in the movie along with slimer.

I have to say that when they announced that they were making a reboot of Ghostbusters, I did not know what to think. They had of course not released the plot, but also who could fill the roles of the original Ghostbusters? The first trailer did not give any hint to the plot and I think that this may have hurt the movie in some ways. No one knew if the new movie would be a reboot or an exact remake of the original movie. When I saw the second trailer I knew that this was a movie that I wanted to watch.

I am a fan of the original movies, I watch them every so often. I went into watching the movie with the mind frame that it was a separate movie than the original Ghostbusters movies. The cast members a great job. My favorite characters of the group would have to be Jillian Holtzmann, Patty  and  Kevin. I have to say that they made the movie their own while adding many elements from the original movies. It had many funny moments throughout the movie that had me laughing. I really liked the cameos of the original cast members a lot. This is definitely one that I will be adding to my collection. Make sure to watch the credits as there is a scene at the end. Sadly this scene was supposed to be a spoiler for a sequel movie. Due to low ratings looks like the sequel may not be happening. I personally wish that they would make the sequel as overall this was a good movie that kept me entertained. Rated PG-13.

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Now You See Me 2

81amrmxgazl-_sy445_The second act has begun. It has been one year since the Four Horsemen outwitted Thaddeus Bradley and the FBI. They resurface to pull off comeback performance to take down another crooked businessman. However, during their act they find that someone knows their tricks and has pulled one-off on them. They are now forced to pull off one of their most impossible heists yet to clear their names. It will take all the tricks that they have up their sleeves if they are going to pull it off.

The movie starred Mark Ruffalo as Dylan Rhodes, Woody Harrelson as Merritt Mckinney, Jesse Eisenberg as Daniel Atlas, Dave Franco as Jack Wilder, Lizzy Caplan as Lula, and Daniel Radcliffe as Walter Mabry.

I loved that most everyone returned for the sequel. I did miss Isla Fisher as Henley Reeves. The newest horseman Lizzy Caplan was great, but as I said I wish Isla Fisher was in the movie as well. The rumor says she may be return for the third movie. We will have to wait and see.  The movie has its twists much like the first movie which was great. It also had some funny moments scattered in it. My favorite actors of the movie are Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freemen and Woody Harrelson. It is definitely a movie that I would recommend to those who liked the first movie. I will also be adding this title to my collection. Rated PG-13.

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Mother’s Day

Mother's dayMother’s Day is a special day to show our appreciation for our moms. Three generations come together in the week leading up to Mother’s Day. The unexpected happens as two sisters, Jesse and Gabi, must tell their parents the truth about their love lives when they come for a visit, and mother meets the daughter she gave up years before. A widowed father, Bradley, takes care of daughters and everything that comes with raising them by himself. Like Bradley, Sandy must navigate motherhood by taking care of her sons and coming to terms with her ex-husband dating a much younger woman. These seemingly unconnected people become entwined as they come to terms with the lives they live and the relationships they have with their mothers.

Here are a few of those that starred in Mother’s Day: Jennifer Aniston as Sandy, Timothy Olyphant as Henry, Shay Mitchell as Tina, Julia Roberts as Miranda, Kate Hudson as Jesse, Jason Sudeikis as Bradley, Britt Robertson as Kristin, Jack Whitehall as Zack, Aasif Mandvi as Russell, and Sarah Chalke as Gabi.

I was looking forward to watching Mother’s Day when I saw all of the great actresses that would be in the movie. From what I saw in the trailer it looked like a cute movie that would be entertaining. That being said I was not a fan of this movie. I found it to be all over the place, even more so than any of the other holiday movies that were created like this one. Rated PG-13.

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Code Black: Season one

Code Black

 Code Black:

“An influx of patients so great, there aren’t enough resources to treat them.

While the average ER goes into code black five times per year, Angels Memorial hits that level 300 times per year.”

The staff of the LA County Hospital emergency room treat patients under difficult circumstances, sometimes without the resources and staff that they need. They deal with life and death situations that change patients lives and their own in the process. A new year brings new doctors in the form of residents Angus, Malaya, Christa and Mario to LA County Hospital who have to listen to the Mama and the Papa of the ER.  They will learn how to treat patients and become the doctors they are meant to be and who they are meant to be. They will have to think on their feet if they are going to make it in the ER…cause a code black can be called at any moment.

The series starred Marcia Gay Harden as Dr. Leanne Rorish, Luis Guzmán as Jesse Sallander, Raza Jaffrey as Dr. Neal Hudson, Bonnie Somerville as Christa Lorenson, Melanie Chandra as Malaya Pineda,   Harry Ford as Angus Leighton, William Allen Young as Dr. Rollie Guthrie and Benjamin Hollingsworth as Mario Savetti.

The series was for me ER meets Grey’s Anatomy. It has a lot of different characters that make the show unique. At the same time it has elements that I have seen in past medical dramas. It is a good show for any fans of Grey’s Anatomy or ER. It has the drama that both shows have with staff and with the medicine. Out of all of the characters and cast of the show my favorite would have to be Luis Guzmán as Jesse Sallander.