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Book Review: Copper and Goldie – Cozy Collection of Hawaiian Short Stories

Copper and Goldie

13 Tails of Mystery and Suspense in Hawaii

By Rosemary and Larry Mild

The dynamic duo of Hawaiian cozies is back with thirteen short stories featuring ex-cop Sam Naho. The detective sergeant gets injured in the first of these stories. This turns his life upside down. He no longer has the job he loved or the woman he still loves. But Sam makes the best of his bad situation. Sam’s wife and child still mean the world to him and thankfully they are still in his life.

He becomes a cab driver along with his sidekick, Goldie. She is a beautiful, bright golden retriever that becomes his partner in solving the crimes that seemingly find the two of them. Becoming a Private Investigator is the next logical step for the Copper and Goldie.

These short stories are a progression of Sam’s life. The first is about his injury, the second is about his life as a new cabbie. While cohesive, as well as moving forward similar to a novel, they are definitely short stories. These snippets of life and crimes are quick and easy to read.

Like cozy mysteries, there is a small amount of blood shed and a little bit of violence that isn’t graphic. The mysteries are fun to try and solve before the end of the stories. And for the romantics there is the eternal hope that Sam and his family will someday be reunited.

Each of these short stories can be read quickly and easily. I recommend taking it along with you while waiting for your kids to get out of school or other activities, while waiting for appointments or a quick read before bed. Or you can be like me and read “just one more story” until you find you have finished the book in 24 hours. Either way, the characters, including the adorable Goldie, will capture your heart as fast as Sam catches the bad guys in each short story.

This is the third book I’ve read by Rosemary and Larry Mild. Of their many published books I’ve read Honolulu Heat and Death Steals a Holy Book. Both are delightful cozy mysteries that fans of the genre will love. Grab Copper and Goldie and cozy up with characters you will adore and enjoy your trip to the Hawaiian Islands via these two entertaining authors.

DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION: I have a material connection because I received a review copy in exchange for a fair and honest review. Copyright © 2019 Laura Hartman

 

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Book Review: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Absolute True Diary...

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

by Sherman Alexie

230 pages

Arnold Spirit Junior was supposed to die at during surgery when he was six months old. Born on a Spokane Indian Reservation, he was too much cerebral spinal fluid on his brain that had to be drained off right away. His head is large and he needs thick glasses. He talks slow and is bullied by most of the kids and some of the adults on the Reservation. Yet, he is the wisest kid I have ever read about.

Life is tough for him, yet he keeps on going. His family is close. When you don’t have anything including steady meals you learn to depend upon your immediate and extended family.

After an altercation at the Indian school, Junior’s teacher advises him to get out. He feels Junior will never survive if he stays on the Res. With alcoholic parents and no future to speak of except a life of poverty, Junior decides he wants to go to a white school off of the Reservation.

Even though the kids live within twenty miles of the Res, it is a different world with different rules. Junior is in a foreign place trying to learn the rules and language without harming himself or anyone else.

This book is amazing. The characters are so well developed I felt like I could have a conversation with them. The tragic events this fourteen-year-old boy experienced are more intense than most adults will experience. But don’t get the impression that this is a sad, depressing book. It is a book about hope, over-coming challenges and taking risks. The lessons Junior learns are life lessons all of us should appreciate and heed.

This novel deals with human and often controversial issues in an honest and straightforward way without the sugar-coated illusions in other books. There are sexual situations (yeah, he is a 14 year-old – what did you expect?), alcohol abuse (unfortunately this is a problem on Indian Reservations), salty language (see the earlier note about how old these kids are), and the problem with fitting in/bullying are all throughout the book. This is the reason it was placed on the list of banned books.

Unless your teen has been living in seclusion or away from all other kids and social media, I don’t really think there is anything in Alexie’s book that they haven’t seen or heard. It is such an amazing read with subtle ways to cope with bullying and making your life work when it seems like nothing is going your way I would honestly have allowed my sons to read it. I would have bought it for them. If you are concerned – read it first or at the same time and discuss it.

And if you live in country that gives you the freedom of deciding what you want to read – I am happy for you. I take that freedom seriously so nothing makes me want to read a book more than placing it on a banned list. There are just so many I don’t know if I’ll ever have time to read them all, but am extremely happy that I read this one.

If you read it, or have read it – let me know your thoughts.

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