Benze on Books – April 14/14


credit:  Net Galley

credit: Net Galley

The Midnight Side
by Natasha Mostert

Synopsis:  A phone call from the dead. Lucid dreaming. A ghost manipulating the London stock exchange. And a truly frightening story of love gone wrong.

THE MIDNIGHT SIDE is a chilling tale of a seductive woman who, even from the grave, is able to manipulate events to her satisfaction. A haunting story of obsession and revenge, Natasha Mostert’s novel is an intricate psychological thriller with an ending that will leave you breathless.

Isa receives a call from her cousin but finds out later her cousin was dead when the call came through.  As Isa works to close up her cousin’s estate, she finds Alette has left detailed & bizarre instructions on how she wants things handled.  Isa is torn between her desire to fulfill her cousin’s wishes & her own sense of right & wrong.  She begins to wonder how well she really knew her beloved cousin.

I was happy to read yet a third book by Natasha Mostert & found The Midnight Side to be just as fascinating as the first ones I read.  Again, there are a number of twists & turns in this book as well as great suspense.

I would give this book 4 stars out of 5.  Definitely a worthwhile read!


Tickle Me Tuesday – 040814


Courtesy Microsoft Clip Arts

Courtesy Microsoft Clip Arts

This weekend a simple action reminded me once again (by smacking me in the face) that we are all aging. Hence this week’s post:

You Know You Are Getting Old Fall DownWith Age Comes MultitaskingWhat is this Tube of Toothpaste Prep HSenior Centre Fire AlarmReady to Stand Up NowMenopause in Progress

Benze on Books – April 7/14


credit:  Net Galley

credit: Net Galley


by Natasha Mostert

From the award-winning author of Season of the Witch, comes a highly original story of murder, redemption, eternal love and destiny. WINDWALKER will keep you on the edge of your seat. And break your heart.

Synopsis:  When photographer, Justine Callaway, walks into the deserted English mansion, Paradine Park, she doesn’t suspect that she is opening the door to the greatest mystery–and magic–of her life.

Justine becomes obsessed by the family who used to live in the house, especially the oldest son, Adam Buchanan. But why is she so drawn to a man who had killed his brother nine years before? And why, as she photographs the house, does she discover ghostly images she knows she did not record?

Even more unsettling, she senses someone is stalking her, watching her…

This was the second book I read by Natasha Mostert & I was not disappointed.  Again, she draws the reader in with a supernatural tale full of twists & turns & a surprise ending.

While housesitting, Justine discovers disturbing secrets about the family who used to live there.  What could motivate one brother to murder another?  She finds herself drawn to the killer. There is a connection between them she cannot explain & it leads her on a journey of discovery & danger within the house & halfway around the world.

I would give this book 4 stars out of 5.  Definitely a good read.

Introverts Club Share Your Week – Week 13


Credit:  Cee's Photography

Credit: Cee’s Photography

It’s Friday!  I’m late!  But better late than never, right?  

Just an update for my followers, I am working on Camp NaNoWriMo this month, so I’m always going to be behind in reading your posts, but I do try to catch up!  So far 3 writing days – a little over 3,000 words.  Did good the first 2 days & then bombed yesterday, but today & tomorrow are other days, so I still have a chance.  

Now, on to the pressing questions for this week:

Do you believe in extraterrestrials or life on other planets?

As a matter of fact I do believe in extraterrestrials, always have, always will.  For much the same reasons as others have stated, how vain of us to think in the whole cosmos we are the only planet with life, much less intelligent life.  Have you been watching “Cosmos?”  If you haven’t, you should, just to get an inkling of how insignificant planet Earth is.

What type of pet or pets do not want to have?

Sorry, Pickles, but I would never want a snake!  I want a pet I can cuddle with.  Since I’m allergic to cats, feathers, rabbits – this leaves me with dogs.  We currently live in an apartment which doesn’t allow pets, so I’ve been without a dog for almost 3 years now & I still miss my dog every day.

If you were a crayon, what color would you be?

I would be purple of course!  Purple is a regal color, it’s also associated with Christmas which is one of my most favorite times of the year.  Purple is also so versatile – it still looks good as a pale violet or a deep blackish purple.

What type of transportation would you be? Why?

I think I would like to be a train.  Trains get to go to interesting places & see lots of sights.  They don’t whiz past at the speed of flight where they don’t get a good view.  I would love to do the route through the Rockies so I could look at the mountains & lakes every day.

Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I’m grateful I was still able to get into a nice cabin at Camp NaNoWriMo since I seem to really need the structure in order to work on my novel.  

I am looking forward to a productive week writing, some time to myself & hopefully good health!


Tickle Me Tuesday – 04012014


Courtesy Microsoft Clip Arts

Courtesy Microsoft Clip Arts

Drinkin and Drivin in Newfoundland . . . .

Two Newfies, Archie & Harry, were driving down the road drinking a couple of beers.

The passenger, Harry, suddenly said, ‘Lord tundering…up ahead — it’s a police roadblock!! We’re gonna get busted for drinkin’ dese here beers!!’

‘Don’t worry,’ Archie said. ‘We’ll just pull over & finish dese beers, then peel off the label, stick it on our foreheads & throw the bottles under the seat.’

‘What fer?’

‘Jist let me do de talkin’, OK?’

So they finished their beers, threw the empties out of sight & put a label on each of their foreheads.

When they reached the roadblock, the police officer took a long look at the two of them & said, ‘You boys been drinkin’?’

‘No sir,’ said Archie, pointing at the labels.  ‘We’re on the patch.’

Must be a Canadian thing, eh?

Wine Cheaper Than Gas


Just a quick heads up for my followers, I’ve gone & done a silly thing again – I’ve signed up for NaNoWriMo Camp for the month of April!  For some reason, I’m bound & determined to get this book written!  On top of that, I’m starting a new online university course on Forensic Sciences.  So if you don’t see as much of me this month, it doesn’t mean I don’t still love each & every one of you (& you know who you are), I’ll try to catch up as I can!  I’ve been busy over the last few days getting some posts scheduled, so please continue to stop by!  Mwah!

Benze on Books – March 31/14


credit: Net Galley

credit: Net Galley

By Natasha Mostert

Synopsis:  In her award-winning novel, Natasha Mostert blends alchemy, the art of memory, high magic and murder to create a highly original psychological thriller.

Gabriel Blackstone is a cool, hip, thoroughly twenty-first century Londoner with an unusual talent. A computer hacker by trade, he is also a remote viewer: able to ‘slam a ride’ through the minds of others. But he uses his gift only reluctantly — until he is asked to find a young man last seen months earlier at Monk House, in the company of two mysterious women. Gabriel becomes increasingly bewitched by the house, and by its owners, the beautiful Monk sisters. But even as he falls in love, he suspects that one of them is a killer.

This book introduced me to the concept of alchemy which is one of the unusual & archaic arts of witchcraft.  I also experienced a system for remembering called a memory castle which I have since seen examples of in popular television.

While I wasn’t enthralled with the lead character in the beginning since he wasn’t the most likable hero, I grew to like him better & better through the book.  As he “slams a ride” through the last moments of a missing young man he begins a journey which threatens his whole life as he has known it.  After he discovers a diary he learns the secrets & desires of one of the sisters, but doesn’t know which sister is the author as he falls deeper & deeper under their spell.  There are many twists & turns to keep you turning the pages through to the end.

I would give this book 4.5 stars out of 5 since the end came too soon.


An Introvert Club Member’s Share Your World – Week 12


Credit:  Cee's Photography

Credit: Cee’s Photography

What is your most favorite smell/scent?

I think the smells associated with Thanksgiving are my favorite smells – pumpkin pie, vanilla, roasting turkey, spiced apples

How do you write: computer, longhand or other?

I have used a computer for writing for a very long time.  It started when I had arthritis in my hands, making it difficult for me to use a pen for any length of time.  Then I fractured my right wrist & my right hand was in a cast for a little over 6 weeks & I couldn’t use it to write with, so I just became used to using the computer for all my writing.

Your favorite blog post that you have written? (add link)

Talk about putting me on the spot!  I like the posts I have written in support of causes the best – gun control (http://benzeknees.wordpress.com/2013/05/16/are-you-kidding-me/), feminine issues (http://benzeknees.wordpress.com/2012/03/08/international-womens-day-2012/), bullying, etc.

What’s one of your favorite books from childhood?

I remember Alice in Wonderland as one of my favorite books.  I used to read a lot of Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys mysteries as well.

Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I am grateful for all my blogging buddies, I am grateful for the prompts provided by Cee’s Photography for Share Your Week & the Introverts Club.  I am looking forward to starting my new online course from FutureLearn on Forensic Sciences starting on Monday, March 31 so I can learn more to help me with future writing.

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