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This one likes to drag the little floor mat from the kitchen into the family room.

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User Image julia_byrd Posted: Nov 17, 2017 2:47 PM (UTC)
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#SheilaPI !! 🕵️🏻‍♀️🔎🐕💫
"So, Miss Monroe. What problems is your dead fiancee causing, and what do you want me to do about it?" She sipped delicately at a floral teacup brimming with whiskey. It was the only clean vessel in the house, but she made it look like every tea party of my dreams.
"Well, detective," she said, and I could almost taste the booze on her breath. "How do you feel about fighting?"
I grinned and stretched my legs out before me. "Lady, ask the hotel and two schools I'm banned from revisiting. Let's just say I dislike walking away from a fight. Sometimes spilling a little blood is the only way to find out who you truly are."
#noir #fiction #dogstagram
User Image julia_byrd Posted: Nov 15, 2017 3:30 PM (UTC)
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Give me ALL the regency detective stories. This one has a sardonic earl, an artist with an independent spirit, and a suitably twisty plot 🖤🔎☠️
User Image julia_byrd Posted: Nov 13, 2017 1:48 PM (UTC)
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Flashback to Saturday and sunny, smiley, lipsticky me💄instead of current Monday drizzly, scowly, def unlipsticked self 👹🤷🏻‍♀️
User Image julia_byrd Posted: Nov 11, 2017 1:12 PM (UTC)
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Happy Saturday!! May all your rugs hide dozy floofs and all your floofs have hidey rugs for dozing. 🐶❤️
#dogsofinstagram #rugsofinstagram #thankyouveterans
User Image julia_byrd Posted: Nov 10, 2017 1:51 PM (UTC)
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I've only just started this Irish yarn but I'm enjoying it! 🐝 It's new(ish) in the US but I believe has been out for a while in the UK. Has anybody else read this one? 🐝 Mahoney is investigating his mother's death in a small Irish town, and villagers both dead and alive are drawn into his quest.
User Image julia_byrd Posted: Nov 7, 2017 2:27 PM (UTC)
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#SheilaPI 🕵️🏻‍♀️🔎🐕💫
"All right, Miss Monroe," I said, flopping into a chair. "A dead fiancée causing more deaths sounds dire, I’ll admit. And exhausting. Come and sit for just a moment before we dash off like hounds on a scent.”
She sighed and took the chair I had cleared for her, although she perched on the edge of the seat. “There really isn’t much time to waste.”
“Isn’t that always the case, though? Haven’t you ever beheld a moment and longed to squander it?
“I suppose.” Miss Monroe eyed me from rumpled head to bare feet. “Are you afraid, detective? Is that why you’re hesitating?”
I wished all my rocks glasses weren’t empty and piled in the sink. “Maybe. Maybe I’m just plain tired. Even for the bravest, among whom I do not number myself, the world outside your front door isn’t always a place you want to be. Often it’s not even a place I want to visit. So I’ll sit, gather some gumption, find my shoes and cigarettes, and we’ll get moving soon. I promise.”
#noir #fiction #dogstagram
User Image julia_byrd Posted: Nov 1, 2017 1:01 PM (UTC)
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New day, new month, new project to begin this morning. Mostly to keep myself from stewing on the fate of the previous project, which is out in the real world being, like, evaluated and read and judged nbd. 🌇💜🐙 #amwriting #AmpersandNov17 #nanowrimo
User Image julia_byrd Posted: Oct 29, 2017 2:27 PM (UTC)
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❝There is a freedom found in decomposition, a body rendered messy, chaotic, and wild. I relish this image when visualizing what will become of my future corpse.❞ ☠️🖤
Three main thoughts about this incredible book: 1. Can we all agree the title font is #covergoals?? 2. Come for the globe-trekking stories about mummies and unfamiliar death rituals, stay for the thoughtful analysis of problems in the US funeral industry. 3. Caitlyn Doughty's droll humor is a combination of Morticia Addams and all the #dadjokes. "Bear burials" become "bearials" and donor bodies are John and Jane Compost. I loved it. Funerals in remote Indonesia are "B.Y.O.B(uffalo)". 💀😅🖤🔥
User Image julia_byrd Posted: Oct 23, 2017 1:15 PM (UTC)
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❝the flip side of loyalty is betrayal and Lionel deserves better than that.❞
The writing in this book rings with emotion. Little is so hard on herself, I wanted to wrap her in a fluffy blanket and keep her safe. Loved every minute of it! 💖👗
User Image julia_byrd Posted: Oct 19, 2017 1:08 PM (UTC)
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Coffee, red pen, and a manuscript draft. Good things are happening. #amwriting #amrevising #amterrified
User Image julia_byrd Posted: Oct 18, 2017 1:17 PM (UTC)
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#SheilaPI !! 🕵️🏻‍♀️🔎🐕💫
When the doorbell rang, I tightened the sash on my silk robe and shifted a clutch of dirty rocks glasses to the sink. You don’t get a lot of social callers when you’re a bitch detective.

But I knew who it would be, of course. I cracked the door a few inches and leaned against the jamb. “Miss Monroe. Business or pleasure?”
She wore a high-collared trench and smudges of mascara under both eyes. “Business,” she said.

For a moment I wished desperately for my old office downtown. Despite the exorbitant rent and the drafty windows, there at least I had a desk between me and the client. “Come in.”
Miss Monroe took in the mess and my bathrobe. “If you’re not…too busy. There’s something I didn’t tell you on the phone, detective.”
“Not a detective anymore.”
“You offered to help with my diamond ring, didn’t you?”
I shoved a pile of newspapers off a chair and gestured for her to sit. “Didn’t say I wasn’t still an idiot. I’m sorry I butted in.”
“I’m not. I think I need your help after all.” She ignored the chair and held me with a steady gaze. “What I didn’t say on the phone is that my fiancée was responsible for his own death. And if I don’t do something, he’ll be responsible for more deaths to come.” #noir #fiction #dogstagram
User Image julia_byrd Posted: Oct 15, 2017 9:50 PM (UTC)
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#Chihuly at the #NYBG with some of my fave humans 🍊🏵🌲🍁🍂
User Image julia_byrd Posted: Oct 11, 2017 2:05 PM (UTC)
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I'm so happy with my summer reading stack!! 🌄 The fall lineup is off to a good start...But I need to find something moderately scary for later this month 🤔
User Image julia_byrd Posted: Oct 10, 2017 1:27 PM (UTC)
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#SheilaPI 🕵️🏻‍♀️🔎 💫
"Detective Sheila, are you going to find Miss Monroe's diamond ring? Did you talk to her?"
I sighed and glanced down at the pint-sized student waiting by my car door, then fished for my keys. "I talked to her, kid. I'm not going to look for the ring. She asked me to leave her alone."
"Well, call her back and tell her—"
"No, kid. Drop it." I used the car door to nudge the small creature out of my way. He danced back a step but clung to the window frame.
"She needs to—"
"No!" I must have shouted, because the kid blinked and shut up. "Her answer was no. She was clear enough. The lady told me no, it's as simple as that. No further questions. Neither one of us," and I pinned him with a stare, "is going to bother her again. Do you know that rule? The lady said no. Repeat after me. It's an easy one."
"The lady said no." He looked glum.
"Smart kid. See you around." I pulled away and left him standing alone on the blacktop. "There," I muttered to the cigarette funk inside my car. "Community served."
#noir #fiction #dogstagram
User Image julia_byrd Posted: Oct 4, 2017 1:05 PM (UTC)
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The Visitors is creepy and entirely suitable for October. I admit I finished it during daylight hours! The story is about a woman who ignores the terrible things happening in her house, her family, and her own mind...until she can't ignore it any longer. I made up a little tray of mysterious cookies in case I get a visitor today 🌚
User Image julia_byrd Posted: Oct 2, 2017 6:01 PM (UTC)
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City Harvest is not messing around!! 19,000 lbs of food & water packed for 500 American families in Puerto Rico. I ❤️NY 💫
User Image julia_byrd Posted: Sep 29, 2017 1:42 PM (UTC)
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I have to confess this book is a DNF for me. 🙈The plot, about four women and their various personal rebellions, should have been right up my alley. The scope is epic, spanning 500+ pages, decades, generations, and continents. It's also slow as molasses. The level of detail is microscopic--we get 3 pages cataloging the contents of an old woman's house (books, calendars, hats, extension cords, junk mail, ornaments, paintings...) and the pace did not increase by the time I gave up a hundred pages later. But if you like sweeping, rolling epics, you might like this book!
Also--happy national coffee day! I added about a gallon of cream and sugar to mine after taking this photo 😅☕️
User Image julia_byrd Posted: Sep 27, 2017 12:34 PM (UTC)
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Gooood morning!! This cozy bench is where I spend most of my day...Between trips to the kitchen 😅☕️ #amwriting
User Image julia_byrd Posted: Sep 22, 2017 12:42 AM (UTC)
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My folks' backyard tonight. I'm not there, my mom is just tormenting me with photos 🌅 #sunset
User Image julia_byrd Posted: Sep 19, 2017 12:46 PM (UTC)
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❝So long as we did it together, our individual sins might be abated. There is no comfort like complicity.❞ 💀
If We Were Villains is moving into the top spot for my favorite book of the year so far. (Overtaking the Gentleman's Guide!! #GGTVAV 4-ever) The group dynamic among the collegiate theater students is complex, and our understanding grows organically. I loved all these murderous little darlings. This is a rare book that hooks you in the beginning and drives urgently toward the conclusion, but somehow the middle is truly the best part. If you like Shakespeare at all, this is a must read.