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Book Review: Kiss Me When I’m Dead

Kiss me . . . any time! — YUR

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KissMeDead

RATING: 5 STARS

f you’re a fan of pulp noir fiction, you’ll love this thriller. Set in modern London, Kiss Me When I’m Dead is a detective novel narrated by the main protagonist, Daniel Beckett. He’s a womanizing, witty private detective with an air of mystery and street savvy that hints to a darker, immoral past. The narration is written in a stream of consciousness style, similar to Raymond Chandler’s hard-boiled detective fiction. In between searching for clues, he hooks up with many dangerous women. The continuous action captivated me to read “just one more chapter”…. yet I read it beyond the next chapter, until the end. There are some (non-gratuitous) sex scenes throughout the book, but it was presented in a tasteful manner

This tightly written, suspenseful novel with sharp dialogue and an unexpected ending is highly recommended for lovers of pulp fiction detective stories.

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Jumble Spoiler – 11/30/15

A glass of Beaujolais red wine with salad as b...

A glass of Beaujolais red wine with salad as background. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Backstage breakthrough.

ROGMO  =  GROOM,  WONOS  =  SWOON,  SOMTED  =  MODEST,  CEBRIK  =  BICKER   —   Giving us:  GROSONMDSIER

Clue/Question:  The TV chef came up with the new salad concept in her – – –

English: Harry in the set

English: Harry in the set (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  DRESSING ROOM

(Very nice.  There were no new clue words today, but all of the jumbles appear to be new.  “Bicker” is a great word.  It reminds me of an old . . . “friend”.  We don’t see “swoon” used too much these days.  The answer letter layout was wonderfully cryptic.  Nothing given away there.  The cartoon – while a little far-fetched – was beautifully detailed.  Lots to like here.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 11/30/15

English: Unity Church in Unity Village, Missouri

English: Unity Church in Unity Village, Missouri (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.”   —   Marianne Williamson

(I guess this is another way of saying:  Do not hide your light  under a bushel, which has its merits.  But, like with many sayings, there is the opposite saying of:  Just because you’re the smartest person in the room it doesn’t mean you have to act like it.  There is also merit in humility.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Sunday Jumble Spoiler – 11/29/15

The Indianapolis Colts' mascot, Blue, signs au...

The Indianapolis Colts’ mascot, Blue, signs autographs for fans at the Pro Bowl, Feb. 8. Mascots representing numerous NFL football teams entertained the crowd throughout the game. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  The game plan.

HOTARU  =  AUTHOR,  TINEIF  =  FINITE,  CORGUH  =  GROUCH,  NENTUL  =  TUNNEL,  VERIRD  =  DRIVER,  AKENEW  =  WEAKEN   —   Giving us:  HOFIIGRTNNDRWAK

Clue/Question:  The offense was so successful because the coach was – – –

Wilson official NFL extreme football

Wilson official NFL extreme football (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  FORWARD THINKING

(Not the most obvious answer they’ve ever had.  This was a relatively tough solve.  We have a new clue word today, in “tunnel”.  I hope ralis95 is monitoring his emails, because this should be a new addition to his world famous clue word database.  and, if he misses it.  So be it.  All the jumbles were new, with the exception of “akenew”.  The answer letter layout was marvelously cryptic.  I thought the answer was WORKING something, for a while.  The cartoon was nifty.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 11/29/15

Ministerial Awards of the Russian Federation

Ministerial Awards of the Russian Federation (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The government solution to a problem is usually as bad as the problem.”   —   Milton Friedman

(Sounds like a republican to me!  Be well and do good, friends.)      YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 11/28/15

List of Las Vegas Strip hotels

List of Las Vegas Strip hotels (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Jeff’s descent into . . . degeneration.

YLSYH  =  SHYLY,  SETGU  =  GUEST,  LASIVU  =  VISUAL,  NOFDEF  =  OFFEND   —   Giving us:  SLGSVSAOE

Clue/Question:  When he blew all his money playing slot machines, poker, etc., he was in – – –

Fountains show at Bellagio, Las Vegas

Fountains show at Bellagio, Las Vegas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  LOSS VEGAS

(From the look on Kathy’s face, I’d say Jeff was in DEEP DOO-DOO . . . but the letters didn’t allow for that.  We have a new clue word today, in “visual”.  This can now be added to the world famous ralis95 clue word database!  Also, all of the jumbles came up as new.  The answer letter layout was another fine jumble.  I didn’t think it gave anything away.  The cartoon tells you you’re in LV, with the Luxor‘s pyramid and the Fountains of Bellagio, and the great billboards.  I think Jeff would have been much less of a loser if he had parked himself at the $7.99 Buffet table, instead of the gambling tables.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 11/28/15

English: Ellen DeGeneres, Los Angeles, CA on O...

English: Ellen DeGeneres, Los Angeles, CA on October 4, 2011 – Photo by Glenn Francis of http://www.PacificProDigital.com (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sometimes you can’t see yourself clearly until you see yourself through the eyes of others.”   —   Ellen Degeneres

(Our eyes do tend to delude us, in a number of ways.  And, we carry certain preconceptions about ourselves, that are often not all that accurate.  Hopefully, those others set us straight with a little tenderness.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Cryptoquote Spoiler – 11/27/15

English: John F. Kennedy, photograph in the Ov...

English: John F. Kennedy, photograph in the Oval Office. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.”   —   John F. Kennedy

(If we fail to do so, they may decide to leave us more more appreciative people.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Jumble Spoiler – 11/27/15

English: Thai Massage

English: Thai Massage (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Rub and tug . . . by a thug.

HNUCK  =  CHUNK,  TURET  =  UTTER,  BIRSEC  =  SCRIBE,  PAJLOY  =  JALOPY   —   Giving us:  CHUUTTSCBEJOY

Clue/Question:  He wanted to tell the masseuse that he didn’t like his massage, but it might be a – – –

Massage in Frankfurt, Germany

Massage in Frankfurt, Germany (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  TOUCHY SUBJECT

(Very touchy!  None of today’s clue words were new, but all of the jumbles came up as new.  It’s been a long time since we’ve seen “jalopy”.  The answer letter layout did a great job of keeping me guessing.  It took me a couple of minutes to pick up on the answer.  It made for a great jumble.  The cartoon set it up nicely.  Maybe women like them, but I don’t like being massaged by a guy.  I’ll take a small Asian woman any day.  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

Thanksgiving Jumble Spoiler – 2015

English: Photo showing some of the aspects of ...

English: Photo showing some of the aspects of a traditional US Thanksgiving day dinner. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Visual Description:  Thanksgiving dinner.

SUHLS  =  SLUSH,  LIMYD  =  DIMLY,  LEFWOL  =  FELLOW,  HETGAR  =  GATHER   —   Giving us:  SLSDIMFLOAER

Clue/Question:  He skipped the Thanksgiving turkey, but food was coming to him – – –

English: Half of a homemade pecan pie in a gla...

English: Half of a homemade pecan pie in a glass baking dish, served at a Thanksgiving dinner in the United States. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Answer:  FROM ALL SIDES

(Great pun!  I didn’t see it at first.  Initially, I thought the middle word was going to be FOR, but then SELLS FOR MAIDS didn’t make any sense.  Nor SLID FOR MALES.  Nor LIED FOR SLAMS.  Okay, I really didn’t guess any of these.  But I did consider FOR for the middle word . . . for a few seconds.  We have a new clue word today in “dimly”.  Our good friends, ralis95 can add it to his world famous database.  And, all of the jumbles came up as new.  The answer letter layout was as satisfying as a turkey dinner, with all the fixings!  The cartoon was a great contemporary family gathering  scene.  I liked the televised football game in the background, and the dog poking his head out from under the table.  I hope everyone is having/ has had a Happy Thanksgiving!  Be well and do good, friends.)   —   YUR

PS.  FWIW, I tend NOT to approve comments on older posts from unknown sources.  Current posts are another matter.  So, if the two recent commenters are not spammers, please feel free to comment on a current comment.     YUR 


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