Day: August 24, 2015

“X” by Sue Grafton

“X” by Sue Grafton c.2015, Putnam $28.95 / $34.95 Canada 403 pages BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER The months spent with your ex are better forgotten. You don’t even like to think about them, in fact, and you rarely discuss them. That’s all in the past now, and best that it stay that way. Or is it?  What if lessons learned from your ex back then can save the life of someone today?  In the new book “X” by Sue Grafton, recovered memorabilia leads to an eXtra disturbing discovery. Ruthie Wolinsky was at a total loss. Recently widowed when her husband was murdered under shady circumstances, Ruthie was trying hard to clean up his paperwork and get rid of junk. She’d hired someone for the latter, but the former was trickier – made more so by the strange call from the IRS, asking for receipts from fifteen years ago. Private investigator Kinsey Millhone had once worked with Ruthie’s late husband and though she was no fan of Pete Wolinsky, she adored Ruthie and agreed to help. As she waded through moldering boxes in search of old receipts, Kinsey remembered that Pete had been secretive so she wasn’t surprised to find a hidden envelope and an odd code. Pete had obviously been working on a case that he wanted kept quiet; that intrigued Kinsey, who hated unfinished messes. What else...

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Two more subdivisions in north Keizer

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes One company is building two new subdivisions in the northern part of Keizer. MC Northwest Inc. is building 11 homes in Northfield Estates, on a stretch of Bair Road behind current homes in The Vineyards off of Wheatland Road. A little bit south on Wheatland, MC Northwest is building six homes for the new Farmland Meadows on Farmland Lane and Shannon Court NE. “For Northfield, we turned in permits for the first house and will have 11 total lots,” said Matt Holstege, the CEO of MC Northwest. “We are anticipating construction to start by the end of this month, for the foundations to get laid. We will probably finish the first batch of houses by the end of the year.” According to Holstege, the homes have been popular. “We have nine out of the 11 homes pre-sold,” he said. “They all sold pretty quick.” The website for the subdivision ( shows the houses range in price from $345,950 to $399,950 and range in size from 2,372 to 2,818 square feet. Standard features for the homes include granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, laminate floors, fireplaces, landscaping with sprinklers and air conditioning. The expansion of Bair Road has already been done, while a new road, Alta Lane, has also been constructed. There are technically seven lots for Farmland Meadows, but the first lot already has...

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