Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The Guilty Dead - Review

Idgie Says:

Is a suicide simply that, to be taken at face value, or is there a psychopath loose in the city committing murderous crimes?

This is a novel filled with cover ups, betrayals, dead ends and false accusations.  It's a fast paced read filled with twists and turns.  

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The Guilty Dead
A Monkeewrench Novel
Crooked Lane Books
September 11, 2018

 New York Times bestselling author P. J. Tracy is back with the most addictive installment in her award-winning mystery series.

Dead men tell no tales…but their pasts can’t keep a secret.


Gregory Norwood is Minnesota’s most beloved philanthropist, and the story of his son’s overdose was splashed across the front page of all the papers. When a photojournalist sets out to get a candid shot of the highly successful businessman on the one year anniversary of his son’s death, he’s shocked to find Norwood dead with a smoking gun in his hand. The city is devastated, and Minneapolis detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth are called in to handle the delicate case. It should be open and shut, but something is not right. Norwood's death is no suicide.

With no suspects and an increasing tangle of digital evidence that confounds the Minneapolis Police Department’s most seasoned cops, Magozzi calls on Grace MacBride, Monkeewrench Software’s founder and chief computer genius and the soon to be mother of their child together. She and her motley crew of partners begin to unravel connections between Norwood’s death and an even larger plot. Norwood wasn’t the first, won’t be the last, and by the end, may be just one of many to die. The breakneck, high stakes race to find his killer and save the lives of hundreds make P. J. Tracy's The Guilty Dead her most outstanding novel yet.


Monday, September 10, 2018

Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro Memoirs

**Originally reviewed in October of 2017.  Paperback releasing in September, 2018**

Idgie Says:

This is a small book, topping out at around 100 pages, but it is so alive that it seems much bigger.  These stories breath - they are so filled with life.  The pages are full of anger, sadness, humor, and certain passages that just make you stop and think. All of them beautiful memories in their own right.

As I read this book I was emotionally swinging back and forth between laughter, snickering, contemplation and at times becoming quite somber.  

Beth Ann throws it all out there, nothing held back from the readers.  I loved it and highly recommend you grab a copy.  A perfectly sized book to carry in your purse and pull out for those little reading moments.

Click HERE for videos of Beth Ann discussing the book. 

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“Morning: bought a bag of frozen peas to numb my husband’s sore testicles after his vasectomy. Evening: added thawed peas to our carbonara.”―“Married Love, IV”

The 52 micro-memoirs in genre-defying Heating & Cooling offer bright glimpses into a richly lived life, combining the compression of poetry with the truth-telling of nonfiction into one heartfelt, celebratory book. Ranging from childhood recollections to quirky cultural observations, these micro-memoirs build on one another to arrive at a portrait of Beth Ann Fennelly as a wife, mother, writer, and deeply original observer of life’s challenges and joys. Some pieces are wistful, some wry, and many reveal the humor buried in our everyday interactions. Heating & Cooling: 52 Micro-Memoirs shapes a life from unexpectedly illuminating moments, and awakens us to these moments as they appear in the margins of our lives.

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (October 10, 2017)

About the Author

Beth Ann Fennelly is the author of three poetry collections, Unmentionables, Tender Hooks, and Open House; one memoir, Great with Child: Letters to a Young Mother; and a novel, The Tilted World, coauthored with her husband, Tom Franklin. She teaches at the University of Mississippi, and is also the state’s Poet Laureate. She lives in Oxford, Mississippi.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Pieces of Her - Review


Idgie:

Though this story is filled with twists and turns.... and some sideways motion...keeping you invested in what is truly going on and also why,  the characters themselves aren't very likeable.   

The daughter, Andy, is a mope and after an event in the mall occurs, the mother, Laura, seems to turn on her daughter out of the blue, acting completely out of character.  The rest of the characters are somewhat over the top in their "bad guy" personas.

The events travel back and forth in time between the 80's and current day, slowly bringing to light Laura's past and explaining her current actions.  Laura has a lot of explaining to do to Andy.

The novel starts out with a bang, and then settles into a more leisurely pace, slowly letting secrets drop as the story grows.

Click HERE to read an excerpt

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Pieces of Her
William Morrow
August 21, 2018

The #1 internationally bestselling author returns with a new novel in the vein of her New York Times bestsellers Pretty Girls and The Good Daughter—a story even more electrifying, provocative, and suspenseful than anything she’s written before.

What if the person you thought you knew best turns out to be someone you never knew at all . . . ?

Andrea knows everything about her mother, Laura. She knows she’s spent her whole life in the small beachside town of Belle Isle; she knows she’s never wanted anything more than to live a quiet life as a pillar of the community; she knows she’s never kept a secret in her life. Because we all know our mothers, don’t we?

But all that changes when a trip to the mall explodes into violence and Andrea suddenly sees a completely different side to Laura. Because it turns out that before Laura was Laura, she was someone completely different. For nearly thirty years she’s been hiding from her previous identity, lying low in the hope that no one would ever find her. But now she’s been exposed, and nothing will ever be the same again.

The police want answers and Laura’s innocence is on the line, but she won’t speak to anyone, including her own daughter. Andrea is on a desperate journey following the breadcrumb trail of her mother’s past. And if she can’t uncover the secrets hidden there, there may be no future for either one of them.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

In My Father's Shoes - Review

Idgie Says:
Nicki sees the world in a way most of us don't.  While many of us go about our daily tasks and events as they come to us without thinking much about them, Nicki opens her eyes and views the day in technicolor.  The smallest event grabs her attention and has her think about it.  Then the way she puts her thoughts on paper makes US think about it.  She helps wake us up a little. 

This book of essays based on real life also has a smaller section in the front that holds fictional stories.  Stories that are just as riveting as her "day in the life" essays.

Most of these essays are 3 pages long, making this a perfect book to keep in your bag or car for those breaks in the day when you need to clear your head of your day and read about someone else's. Read a few of Nicki's stories and you may continue going about your day while looking at it in a whole new light.

I recommend this book.
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Sentena Books (July 29, 2018)

In the midst of heartache and grief, goodness can still find you. This third collection of essays from Nicki Salcedo reminds you to take a look at the world around you and the shoes on your feet. Life is challenging, but it is also good. There is laughter. There is joy. Let it find you. The Zero Mile essays and fiction appeared in a weekly column on AtlantaLoop, a locally sourced news site based in Georgia. Take a journey into life in America, in the South, and around the world. Nicki Salcedo is the author of the novel All Beautiful Things and several books of essays. She is a graduate of Stanford University. She lives in Atlanta.