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Title: Murder on the Sugarland Express

Author: Angie Fox

Series: The Southern Ghost Hunter Series (#6)

Genre: Mystery & Thrillers, Sci Fi & Fantasy

Release Date: November 25, 2017

 

 

 

Ghost hunter Verity Long is overdue for a little R&R (rest and romance) with her boyfriend, Ellis, and a vintage train trip through the Tennessee mountains seems like just the ticket. The Sugarland Express carries history and nostalgia in every compartment, and Verity is determined to enjoy it–without ghostly interference. But the ghosts have other plans…
On a dark, desolate night nearly a century ago, the train was stranded in the mountains, and a young woman was found stabbed to death in her locked compartment. The murder was never solved, and a ghostly Belgian detective is still pursuing the case from the grave.
To Verity’s dismay, all of the ghostly suspects are back. And when history repeats itself and a new murder mirrors the old, it’s up to Verity and her friends to discover which of the passengers–dead or alive–could be behind the murders before the killer strikes again.

Murder on the Sugarland Express is the sixth book in Angie Fox’s Southern Ghost Hunter series. Unwitting ghost hunter, Verity Long, is eager for a vacation with her deputy sheriff beau, Ellis. A little time away from the stresses of daily life in Sugarland is just what the two need, and a leisurely trip on a newly refurbished historic train seems like the perfect escape. Little do they realize the family and ghostly entanglements that will await them on their romantic weekend adventure. 

With her resident ghost, Frankie the German, tagging along to give his best girl, Molly, a romantic getaway, a persistent conductor from times gone by, and a former detective trying to solve a century old murder, all on board, Verity has her hands full with more spirit companionship than she desires.  Real life isn’t going much better with the discovery that her ex-fiancé and ex/potential future mother-in-law are both on board to add extra torment to the trip. And, that isn’t the worst of it. Not long into their journey, they’re faced with a murder that is all too similar to the one which took place on the maiden voyage of the original Sugarland Express. And the death doesn’t end there. Will Verity and Ellis solve one or all of the murders, or will they succumb to the seemingly doomed journey? If they make it through they are definitely going to need a vacation from their vacation.

I’m a big fan of the Southern Ghost Hunter series and this newest installment did not disappoint. The story takes us on a journey to solve not one but several murders, both past and present, and it envelopes you in a fun, funny, exciting read. I think this is my favorite in the series, so far, mostly due to seeing some very nice and unexpected growth in several of the characters. My favorite part, however, isn’t the murder mysteries, the ghostly encounters, the romance, or the character growth, but the cute surprise by Lucy, the skunk, at the end. It’s the little details that make a good book great and this is the perfect example of that. Murder on the Sugarland Express is another winner by Angie Fox and I highly recommend it. 

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Surf’s Up! Breakfast with Mickey & Friends

 

 

This was my second time eating at the Surf’s Up! character breakfast and for the most part I wasn’t disappointed. The breakfast takes place daily at the PCH Grill restaurant located within the Paradise Pier Hotel. The food is served buffet style and on the day we attended they had the following items to choose from: Mickey waffles, Mickey pancakes, banana-caramel French toast, flatbread pizzas, scrambled eggs, hash browns, beef chilaquiles, smoked salmon with bagels and cream cheese, an omelet station, crisp bacon, sausage, oatmeal, cold cereals, fresh fruit, and a variety of small pastries. In addition, they had a choice of two different fruit smoothies within the buffet and from your server you can get coffee, tea, hot chocolate, orange juice, apple juice, milk, and water.

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We tried a little bit of everything they had to offer and the food was all quite good. It’s always nice when you have a made-to-order omelet option that offers egg whites/substitute, as well as the traditional. At that station they’ll also make you scrambled eggs with any of the omelet add-ons you would like, as well as made to order fried eggs. The pre-made scrambled eggs were very soft and next time I think I would have them make me some that are firmer. They will also bring you toast if you request it. My two favorite items from the buffet were the Apple Cantaloupe Smoothie and the Caramel Banana French Toast. Yes, I have a sweet tooth.

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When you go out to eat, the food and service is important, but with a character breakfast the experience is what you are paying for. Last time I ate here the character interactions were a bit of a disappointment, but it was much better this time around. When you first arrive you will have your picture taken with Mickey Mouse dressed as a lifeguard. The photo will the be printed and presented in a keepsake portfolio that you may purchase during your meal. After your photo op, you will be seated at your table and your server will stop by to take your drink order. Due to my food allergies, the chef came out to speak with me regarding what was safe for me to eat and offered to make me a special fruit plate, as one of my allergies is pineapple. As soon as we got back from our first trip to the buffet, our drinks had arrived and the characters were making their rounds.

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We were there for about an hour and in that time, not including the original photo with Mickey, there were four characters in the restaurant. From what I’ve seen it is always the same five characters that you will find here. First through the dining room was Minnie, followed closely by Stitch. There was then a bit of a break before Daisy came to our table, with Pluto rounding out the group. Unlike the Minnie & Friends Breakfast, here the characters only came to each table once, so don’t miss your opportunity to get your pics while they’re there, as you likely won’t get another chance. Also, Mickey doesn’t make the rounds in the restaurant, so if you want your photo with him the original picture time when you arrive is your only opportunity. This is also the only breakfast location that you will find Daisy and Stitch, so if they are favorites of yours this is the meal for you.

They play a nice variety of surf music during the meal, and occasionally the kids are called up to dance with the characters. I walked over to the “dance floor” the one time it occurred, and Stitch was there having a little dance party with a few of the kids brave enough to join him. If you’ve eaten at the Surf’s Up! breakfast recently, let us know your experience. Be sure to check the Disneyland website for current prices and to make your reservation.

Enjoy and Happy Eating!!

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**Please do not copy or use photos from this posting for any purpose without my permission. Thank you.

 

 

 

 

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2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

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The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 12,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

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A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,100 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 35 trips to carry that many people.

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2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

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A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,000 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

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My Top 3 (4) Most Loathed Christmas Songs

 

For my scrooge friends out there, here’s a little negativity for the holiday season.

 

  1. Santa Baby – Oh, how I hate this song!! Every version equally annoys me!!
  2. Blue Christmas – Yep, hate every version of this one too.
  3. All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth / I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – A tie for 3rd worst

 

So, which holiday songs do you hate? Let us have ‘em!

 

 

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My Top 21 Favorite Christmas Songs

 

  1. Home for the Holidays – Any Version
  2. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas – Any Version
  3. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear – Any Version
  4. Snoopy’s Christmas – The Royal Guardsmen
  5. Christmas in Killarney – Bing Crosby
  6. All I Want for Christmas Is You – Mariah Carey
  7. Silver Bells – Any Version, esp. The Temptations’
  8. Do They Know It’s Christmas – Band Aid
  9. Dominick the Donkey – Lou Monte
  10. Holly Jolly Christmas – Burl Ives
  11. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Andy Williams
  12. Sleigh Ride – Any Version, esp. Air Supply’s
  13. The First Noel – Any Version
  14. The Christmas Song – Any Version, esp. Nat King Cole’s
  15. Last Christmas – WHAM!
  16. White Christmas – Bing Crosby
  17. Jingle Bell Rock – Any Version
  18. Go Tell It on the Mountain – Any Version
  19. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree – Any Version
  20. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Any Version
  21. Please Come Home for Christmas – Aaron Neville

 

These are my favorites, what are your faves?

 

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