Friday, August 16, 2019

The Last Widow - Review

Idgie Says:

This is a quick paced novel simmering in hatred. It dips it's toes into many of the issues the US is dealing with right now - it's very current in time and place.  It contains a ruthless bad guy - quiet and polite...until he's not.This bad guy has a horrific goal he wants to reach, and the body count doesn't matter.

Then there's Will, I love this character. He's definitely the strong silent type that has flaws and difficulties but doesn't let them stop him from accomplishing his goals. 

In the first part of the book there's a few Interesting chapters that contain the exact same scenes, but told from different character perspectives. It's different and I liked it.    

This is a very violent book with a lot of carnage, so if you get queasy while reading, be warned. Sly sarcasm is thrown into scenes unexpectedly, but the light levity is definitely welcome.  There's also the sensitive subject of child molestation so keep that in mind if that's a trigger subject for you.

The story hooked me quickly and it can be read as a stand alone.  Though it's Book 9 in the Will Trent series, they fill in enough backstory that you don't flounder for details. 

I recommend this book.  I personally tore through it in a couple of days and it's a good size at 450 pages.

New York Times bestselling author Karin Slaughter brings back Will Trent and Sara Linton in this superb and timely thriller full of devious twists, disturbing secrets, and shocking surprises you won’t see coming

A mysterious kidnapping
On a hot summer night, a scientist from the Centers for Disease Control is grabbed by unknown assailants in a shopping center parking lot. The authorities are desperate to save the doctor who’s been vanished into thin air. 

A devastating explosion
One month later, the serenity of a sunny Sunday afternoon is shattered by the boom of a ground-shaking blast—followed by another seconds later. One of Atlanta’s busiest and most important neighborhoods has been bombed—the location of Emory University, two major hospitals, the FBI headquarters, and the CDC.

A diabolical enemy
Medical examiner Sara Linton and her partner Will Trent, an investigator with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, rush to the scene—and into the heart of a deadly conspiracy that threatens to destroy thousands of innocent lives. When the assailants abduct Sara, Will goes undercover to save her and prevent a massacre—putting his own life on the line for the woman and the country he loves.

  • Series: Will Trent (Book 9)
  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (August 20, 2019)

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

The Nanny - Review

Idgie Says:

Set in England, this is the story of a rich, respected family, with well kept secrets.......until they unravel.

A pretentious mother attempts to re-establish a relationship with her daughter when the younger woman moves back home after her husband's death.  The mother never showed as much love and attention to her daughter as the nanny did, therefore leaving the daughter with fond thoughts of her nanny, and not so much so with her mother. 

But when Jocelyn, the daughter, was still young, the nanny disappeared and no one ever discovered what happened. 

Now that Jocelyn lives at home again, trying to piece back her life and establish a relationship with her mother, the last thing she needs is a woman showing up on her doorstep, claiming an identity...........but who is she really?  A stranger telling the truth, or someone that's been hiding from the world.  If so, why?

A novel of betrayal, lies and murder.

The New York Times bestselling author of What She Knew conjures a dark and unpredictable tale of family secrets that explores the lengths people will go to hurt one another.

When her beloved nanny, Hannah, left without a trace in the summer of 1988, seven-year-old Jocelyn Holt was devastated. Haunted by the loss, Jo grew up bitter and distant, and eventually left her parents and Lake Hall, their faded aristocratic home, behind.

Thirty years later, Jo returns to the house and is forced to confront her troubled relationship with her mother. But when human remains are accidentally uncovered in a lake on the estate, Jo begins to question everything she thought she knew.

Then an unexpected visitor knocks on the door and Jo’s world is destroyed again. Desperate to piece together the gaping holes in her memory, Jo must uncover who her nanny really was, why she left, and if she can trust her own mother…

In this compulsively readable tale of secrets, lies, and deception, Gilly Macmillan explores the darkest impulses and desires of the human heart. Diabolically clever, The Nanny reminds us that sometimes the truth hurts so much you’d rather hear the lie.

Gilly Macmillan's breakout thriller is a dark and twisted version of “Downton Abbey” gone very, very wrong.” - Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author

  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (September 10, 2019)
  • Publication Date: September 10, 2019
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Below the Radar - spotlight

After her last assignment went horribly wrong, everyone tells FBI Special Agent Lexie Montgomery she needs a break. But Lexie is determined to keep going with her undercover work--so when a Dutch constable goes missing, she jumps at the chance.

Along with Blake Bennett, her unfamiliar new partner, Lexie is thrown into the Gathering, a haven for environmental activists planning illegal activity. It's a dangerous situation, but she blends right in--a little too well, Blake thinks. As the pair of them try to get closer to the vanished constable, he begins to suspect that Lexie may be hiding an affinity for the eco-extremists' cause.

With her loyalties in question from both sides, Lexie will be forced to prove herself as an undercover agent and as a new recruit for the terrorists' cause. But as time starts to run out, staying below the radar may prove harder than she'd planned.

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Wise Ink Creative Publishing (August 13, 2019)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1634892240

Thursday, August 1, 2019

The Road Goes on Forever: Fifty Years of The Allman Brothers Band Music (1969–2019)

The Road Goes on Forever: Fifty Years of The Allman Brothers Band Music (1969–2019) Idgie Says:

Who doesn't love the Allman Brothers!?  My husband saw this book and immediately told me I needed to review it.  (Pretty sure there was something in it for him there, but I am a fan so was interested myself.)  There is something fun in reading about the nitty gritty behind the curtain lives of rock stars.  It always seems so glamorous, until you realize the reality of constantly being on the road and such. 

There's quite a few photos in the book, two of them shown below. 

I might note that Michael Buffalo Smith has written a previous book about the Allman Brothers, so he's obviously a big fan himself!  If you want even more of the band, Willie Perkins also wrote about them.  All three books available through Mercer University Press. 

A great stocking stuffer for the music lover in your life. 

You might also be interested to know that the Capricorn studio in Macon is now owned by Mercer University. There will be a big opening for Mercer Music at Capricorn on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 with events throughout the day. I believe they are also planning a concert that evening with a “surprise guest.”  (There are naming opportunities!

The Road Goes on Forever: Fifty Years of The Allman Brothers Band Music (1969–2019)

By author: Michael Buffalo SmithForeword by: Chuck Leavell
Product Code: P586
ISBN: 9780881467123
Publisher: Mercer University Press
THE ROAD GOES ON FOREVER utilizes history, personal interviews, and many collected documents to aid in the telling of the story of the humble beginnings and career of the original Southern rock band on this, the 50th anniversary of their formation. 

 Author Michael Buffalo Smith personally spoke with former Allman Brothers members including Gregg Allman, Dickey Betts, Butch Trucks, Warren Haynes, and Allen Woody, as well as producers, engineers, roadies, and fans to create a tribute to Macon, Georgia's greatest rock and roll export. Smith takes us inside the Big House on Vineville Avenue in Macon where the band lived during their peak years and into Capricorn Studios where they recorded all of their original albums. The albums are each given the spotlight as well, including Gregg and Dickey's solo projects, and the book explores the exhaustive list of recording credits accumulated by Duane Allman during his far too short career. 

There is a complete review of the unprecedented 40th anniversary Beacon Theatre residency in 2009 that found the band joined onstage by a veritable Who's Who of contemporary music greats. More than just a history of the greatest Southern band of all time, THE ROAD GOES ON FOREVER is a reference manual for fans of the band--a book filled with ramblin' men, blue skies, Georgia peaches, and great music. 

Chuck Leavell, former band member and current Rolling Stones band leader, provides the foreword.