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How to Kill a Millionaire

This is mystery thriller that will keep you guessing at every turn. The author sets the scene and the planned outcome early in the novel, however nothing is as we suspect. We are given access to the thoughts of psychotic wife, Tammy, as she plots the murder of her husband and his ten-year-old daughter. She is foiled at every turn, getting herself deeper and deeper into the world of the macabre. We learn of her childhood where she smothered her infant brother, schoolyard violence showing that her desires come before the health and safety of anyone else. What is this woman capable of? Will she carry through with her murderous plan or will she be stopped?

Ominous events occur, such as the stabbing of an owl through the eye with a nail file, a fox pelt hanging from a tree, a loss of heat and water at a luxurious vacation cabin. The reader is left questioning these and other mysteries as the complex plot unfolds.

I enjoyed reading this book and couldn’t wait to find out what would happen next. I rated it 5 Stars.

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27 April 2015

“Good morning, Chuck, I wasn’t sure if I’d see you this morning. You seemed under the weather on Friday. How do you feel now?

“The cold is really getting to me. I have poor circulation in my hands and feet.” He removed his gloves and I could see bruises on his hands.”I’m just trying to make the best of what life I have left.”

I asked, “How was your weekend?”

“It was quiet, as usual. I watched the Hockey game last night. We were robbed! The place went wild with 13:05 left in the second when a quick whistle by referee Chris Lee cost the Senators a goal.  Lee was on the other side of the net and lost sight of the puck. It’s inexcusable because the Senators were pushing back. The game ended with Montreal ahead by two goals, so that mistake, on the part of the ref, cost us the playoffs.”

“You mentioned that Goldie needed an operation. Is that going to happen soon?”

“I still have to make the arrangements. I’m going to do that today. I hope the vet can take her this week. Did I tell you about the fight on Friday? That’s part of the reason that I was so quiet. That crack-head, who’s been cutting me, walked up to that little native girl who pans in Joy’s spot. He picked her up by the shoulders of her coat, slammed her against the concrete wall and started beating her.

I asked, “Do you mean Magdalene?”

“Yeah, that’s who it was. I couldn’t remember her name. She was the girlfriend of Alphonse. Sometimes, I can remember her name but I forget Alphonse.”

I said, “I know what that’s like. I’m always forgetting names.”

I asked, “Who was the crack-head? Was is Ghyslain?”

“No it was some other guy. Anyway, she managed to slip away from him and ran into the coffee shop. She was waving her fist at him. I expected the cops to come at any minute. I just kept quiet and out of the way. I hate having to deal with cops.

“This afternoon, my friend from Cornwall is taking me out to lunch. I’m looking forward to that.”

I said, “Take care, Chuck, I hope to see you tomorrow.”

“Bye.”

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Five out of Five Stars
on April 26, 2015
Format: Paperback
Gotta Find a Home: Conversations with Street People by Dennis Cardiff is all about street people you meet that make life the rich, vibrant experience that it is. They shape our memories more than the locations themselves. They can make a bad place good, or a great place bad. They teach us about what we like or don’t like in others. They shine lights on our ignorance and teach us about ourselves.The book is written in such detail and it’s highly amusing. Feelings come and go. Sometimes there is sorrow, sometimes joy. Verythought provoking &a uplifting book that keeps you so emotionally engaged throughout it. Cardiff has a gift for explaining deep thoughts in an approachable and very emotional way.A little about what have I learned from the book….

Reading page after page we can quickly learn two things about the homeless from Cardiff’s book. First, you can learn that many of the homeless, before they were homeless, were people more or less like ourselves: members of the working or middle class. And we can learn that the world of the homeless has its roots in various policies, events, and ways of life. We can also learn from Cardiff’s characters that one of the most important things there is to know about the homeless – that they can be roughly divided into two groups: those who have had homelessness forced upon them and want nothing more than to escape it; and those who have at least in part chosen it for themselves, and now accept, or in some cases, embrace it.

We must learn to accept that there may indeed be people, and not only vets, who have seen so much of our world, or seen it so clearly, that to live in it becomes impossible. Here, for example, is the story of “Joy”, a homeless middle-age woman from Toronto. She sees the streets as her home and the rest of the street people in her group as her family. As a person she has experienced many difficult moments through her life – troubled childhood, raped by male guard in prison for Women, mental problems, abusive and alcoholic boyfriend who beats her very often… but her story have changed Cardiff’s life in a extraordinary way. By writing about her experiences, he tells us that it is important to understand that however disorderly or dirty or unmanageable the world of homeless men and women like “Joy” appears to us, it is not without its significance, and its rules and rituals.

They are many more stories in the book that can make you take a step back and think about the way you live, treat others, and treat yourself. I can relate to most of what the author wrote. I believe that the main message Cardiff is sending is that no matter who they are, no matter where they live good people bring out the good in people. I am so glad that Dennis Cardiff shared his remarkable experience with his readers. I would remember his book for years, because my life have been enriched and transformed by reading Cardiff’s an amazing journey.