Wednesday, August 15, 2012

"We're going to be friends." Song Lyrics


"Going to the Bad" is a humorous mystery that is so visual it's as if the hilarious scenes were taking place on the TV screen before us and maybe Lucille Ball had returned to a younger life and become the protagonist.

The story opens with Lilly Hawkins at work. Her attention is centered when she hears a police frequency about a shooting and the address given is her home. She learns that her elderly Uncle Bud was shot and taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Zany things are happening at the TV station. The afternoon anchor is nervous about his first show where an animal shelter is bringing in some caged animals to show the TV audience and maybe have some of the animals adopted.

Lilly seems to have two reasons for searching for the person who shot her uncle. From one point of view, it would probably be a good story but after speaking to a person who was one of Bud's best friends, it appears like Bud may have stolen something valuable from him and maybe Lilly doesn't want to uncover any 'dirt' about her uncle.

Lilly is a spunky character who learns that the man accused of stealing these items from the wealthy friend of Bud's, lived on a farm with his sister. The sister is elderly and suffers from a form of dementia. Her daughter keeps her locked up in a mobile home. However, when Lilly goes to see her, she has to sneak in by a bathroom window. After the woman invited Lilly into the room, she forgot who Lilly was and began screaming. Lilly had to beat a hasty retreat.

There are some excellent characters in the story, led by Lilly. There's no stopping her and her actions and the situation she's in, make us want her to succeed.

The action takes place in Bakersfield, California and on a few farms in the suburbs - all in two days, Christmas Eve and Christmas day. I also enjoyed the dialog and the various parts of the story that the author brings together in a tight and satisfactory conclusion.

Giveaway Rules:
1. be a follower of this blog
2. use the above link and read the amazon review. At the end of the review, please indicate that the review was helpful.
3. leave email address and indicate that steps 1 and 2 were complete.
4. U.S. and Canada only
5. Giveaway ends August 29th

Good luck.


Linda Kish said...

I am a GFC follower

Loved your review and indicted so on Amazon. The book sounds terrific

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Tore said...

I am a follower and email subscriber. This book sounds very good. Please enter me. Loved your review.

Margie said...

Did steps 1 and 2
Enjoyed the review. Looks like a funny book. Thanks for the giveaway.
mtakala1 AT yahoo DOT com

Michael Draper said...
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Carol M said...

Steps 1 and 2 are complete.

I would love to read a humorous mystery for a change. This sounds like a good one. Thank you for the review and giveaway!

Michael Draper said...

I agree. It is good to read a book with some good humor. This book definitely has that.

Nathalie Brault said...

Hi there, I want to thanks you for the goo wishes, I'm in from the Book Eternity blog,
I'm hanging in there,
thanks for the giveaway
you always do such great reviews
you should get paid for them lol...

steps 1-2 done
thanks and good day
whish me luck

Michael Draper said...

What a nice thing to say. You certainly made my day.

Have a pleasant weekend.


Twisty J said...

Thanks for the review!

GFC: Twisty J
Liked on Amazon

Michael Draper said...

Hi Twisty;

I'm glad you liked my review of this book.


Small Footprints said...

Oh this looks good! Thanks for the review ... certainly makes me want to pick it up. I'm a GFC follower and I've marked your review as helpful. :-)

Anagha Uppal said...

Hey there Michael

I LOVE books based on Hollywood. This one looks so good! And your review definitely makes me want to read it - soon! Thanks for holding a giveaway (I've done steps 1 & 2). Have a wonderful day!


CelticLady said...

Hi Mike..
I did all required...thanks for the giveaway...!

AEKZ2 said...

I'm a follower. I hope that I win!

Mary Bearden said...

Follow thru GFC

Mary Bearden said...

voted on Amazon review and left comment.

Mary Bearden said...

Did step 1 & 2.

Mary Bearden

Lmbrunken said...

Did step 1. and 2

Larissa Brunken
Lmbrunken at gmail dot com

Ty for the personable email.

rubynreba said...

I am a follower and commented on your review. This looks like a book I would enjoy.

Vicki said...

I follow your blog: Vicki
I read your review and indicated that it was helpful

katsrus said...

I follow your blog. I did steps 1 and 2. Thanks for the giveaway. Sounds like a great story.
Sue B

karenk said...

HI Mike,

Thanks for the chance to read this novel...a great recommendation from you.

I follow your blog...and 'liked' you review at

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Holly Polk said...

Thank you for the change to win!

I follow your blog
I 'liked' you review at Amazon

fullmoonbites @

C.E. Hart said...

I completed steps 1 & 2.
Thanks for the great review. This sounds like a fun read!

nicnac63 AT hotmail DOT com


Fudge I missed it! As soon as you said Lucille Ball I knew I'd love this one. And I have an Uncle Bud with a sordid past! And I'D like to shoot him sometimes.... I guess I could buy it. So many books, so little time.


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