Friday, May 30, 2014

My Review Of A Foolish Plucking By Dee Wilbur

Virtual Book Tour Dates: 5/1/14 – 5/30/14

Genres: Mystery, Cozy Mystery


In their book, A Foolish Plucking, Dee Pipes and Charlie Yates, writing as Dee Wilbur, are again telling the truth about Richmond, Texas (as well as a few lies). They’ve expanded Jon Miller’s area of operations to include Liberty, Texas, Dee’s home town. She demanded equal time with Richmond so much of the story is centered in Liberty. But not to limit themselves, they’ve also had some of the story take place in Victoria, Texas. You can’t confine a great man like Jon Miller.

–It’s all fun and games ‘til someone gets a conviction– 

Gary is a lush and a womanizer. On that everyone agrees. But is he a murderer? The police sure think so. Gary denies it, and the police don’t have a corpse. But they do have the big fight at the country club, his wife’s blood behind the bed, in the shower drain, and in the back of her Escalade, and Gary’s lack of an alibi. The jury agrees with the police.

Gary’s mistress leaves Dayton with Gary’s child and moves to Richmond, to be nearby for her once a month visits with him in the Vance Unit (a Texas State Prison in Sugar Land). She hears of Jon through Lulu, her new boss, and enlists his aid in trying to get Gary a new trial. 

In the meantime Jon and Sandy are dealing with a family problem. Why haven’t Jon’s brother and sister-in-law ever shown up at any of their events. It isn’t because Sandy’s cooking is bad.

All in all it stirs up a nice little brew of a mystery that’ll keep you busy for an afternoon or two.

My review of A Foolish Plucking. Five stars. Jon helps Gary with his appeal and unravels a mystery. Jon and Sandy are thrown into a family crisis with Jon's brother Dean. They thought they got that worked out, but ... A surprise ending. Thank you for a good read. 


Valentine’s Day was the holiday of pink hearts, red roses, lace, gold, diamonds, and love. The organizers of the Pecan Hill Country Club had transformed the dining room into a dreamlike façade with tables for individual couples. The tables were draped in lace, garnished with red heart confetti, and lit by votives. The tables scattered about the periphery of the room revealed a central dance floor with several couples slow dancing. The D.J. watched as the couples returned to their tables. Many gathered up their coats, purses, and party favors to move toward the exit. The party was winding down. Heads swiveled as one irate husband stomped to the floor to drag his wife back to their table.
What in the hell are you doing?” Gary spat the words out through clenched teeth as he pulled her from the dance floor.
What do you think you’re doing?” Alice answered, rubbing her left wrist where he had grabbed her, and glancing around to see if anyone was watching.
He pushed her into a chair at their table. “I’m trying to keep you from making a complete spectacle of yourself.” His voice rose loud enough to be heard over the music that the D.J. had started. Other patrons at the Pecan Hill Country Club Valentine Dance turned to stare at the shouting couple, always eager to watch a good fight.
Rubbing your boobs all over Franklin Johns out there on the dance floor.”
You’ve had too much to drink. You’re so drunk you can barely stand upright. I sure can’t dance with you. I’m going home. You might think about where you plan to sleep tonight ’cause it sure ain’t anywhere near me.” With that Alice picked up her stole and strode across the dance floor and out of the room.
Gary slumped into his chair and finished off his drink. He pondered his situation for a few minutes and then staggered to the front door of the club just in time to see Alice speed off in her Escalade. “Shit, I think I need another drink,” he said as he slid to the floor, ending up with his head resting against the door frame.
An elderly, white-haired couple, leaving for the evening, gingerly stepped over his legs and continued to the parking lot. The woman glanced back.
There he is again. I don’t know how poor little Alice puts up with him. And it’s her daddy’s money, bless her heart.”
Her husband, a municipal court judge for the city of Liberty, answered,
Wouldn’t take that much for him to have his own money, if he just sobered up and worked, instead of playing.”
Emma, his wife, said, “I’m going to call Thelma, Alice’s mother, and tell her. This is disgraceful.”
About two hours later, Gary awoke lying on the couch in the men’s locker room, cold water running down his chin.
A voice which said, “Come on, wake up. It’s time for all good little boys to go home,” and a wet face brought him to semi-consciousness.
Fred, what have you done to me? Why am I all wet?”
Fred, the men’s locker room attendant and general custodian, leaned over Gary and said “Mr. Spencer, you been asleep for two hours. Cold water in the face was my last choice ’fore I threw you in the shower. We’re closing the place down for the night. I’ve called you a taxi, and it’s here. So up you go.”
He lifted the man from the couch and drunk-walked him to the waiting cab.

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About Dee Wilbur:

Dee Wilbur

Dee Wilbur is the pen name of Charles Yates and Dee Pipes.
A Texas native, Charles (Wilbur) Yates, Jr., was reared in a small Texas town, Rosenberg. He graduated from Rice University in Houston with a B.A. and Ph.D. in Biology. He received the M.D. degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas. He was in the private practice of radiology for thirty years before retiring in 2001. He has been married to his wife Sally for fifty years. They have four adult sons and eight grandchildren. He now tends his garden in Richmond, Texas.
Also a Texas native, Beatrice (Dee) Pipes grew up in another small Texas town, Liberty. Her degree from Rice University is a B.A. in English. She holds two patents from her work at Compaq Computer Corporation. She currently runs a company that helps other companies with marketing, project management, and other tasks. She has been married to her husband Bryan for over thirty-five years. 

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    What work endures to eternal life.

    John 6:27-29 Do not work for the food perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you, for on Him the the Father, God has set His seal." 28 Therefore they said to Him, "What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God?" 29 Jesus answered and said to them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He as sent."

    The work that men do to be saved is believe that Jesus is the Son of God, and their Lord and Savior and that God raised Him from the dead. Yes, there is a work that men do, that can save them. Believing is the work men do that saves.


    Colossians 2:12 having been buried with Him in baptism, in whichyou were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.

    God does the work in water baptism. Not men.
    You cannot separate faith and water baptism.
    Mark 16:16 He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved....

    1 Peter 20-21 ...safely through the water. 21 Corresponding to thatbaptism now saves you ---not the removal of dirt from the flesh, but an appeal to God for a good conscience--- through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

    You cannot separate faith and water baptism. Man's work is to believe. God's work is to forgive men of their sins.

    Colossians 2:12-13.......When you dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, he made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions,

    You cannot separate faith and water baptism.


    Galatians 2:11-16....16 nevertheless know that a man is not justified by works of the Law but through faith in Christ Jesus even we have believed in Christ Jesus, so that we may be justified by faith in Christ Jesus and not by works of the Law; since by works of the Law no flesh will be justified.

    The apostle Paul was not telling Cephas (Peter) and Barnabas,
    that believing in Jesus was a work of the Law Moses,
    that being baptized in water for the forgiveness of sins was a work of the Law of Moses,
    that repenting (turning from unbelief and making a commitment to turn from from a sinful lifestyle and turning toward God) was a work of the Law of Moses,
    that confessing that Jesus was the Son of God, their Lord and Savior and believing that God raised Jesus from the dead, was a work of the Law of Moses.

    FAITH-REPENTANCE-CONFESSION and WATER BAPTISM are not works of the Law of Moses.

    Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been savedthrough faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.
    Colossians 2:12 ....baptism...through faith in the working of God...
    Ephesians 2:9-10 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in the.

    Believing in Jesus is not a good work.
    Repenting is not a good work.
    Confessing is not a good work.
    Being baptized in water is not a good work.

    Believing (John 3:16) Repenting (Acts 2:38) Confessing (Romans 10:9-10) and Water Baptism (Mark 16:16) are all essential for salvation, however NONE of them are Laws of Moses nor are they good works.