Tuesday, November 5, 2019

The Old Success - Review

Idgie Says:

This looked to be a fun mystery, but unfortunately it reminded me of too many other stories.  The plot, actions and even some of the characters reminded me of many other books.  

There were also times when the story wandered off, offering too much unneeded detail, padding the pages. 

Not a winner for me, but again please remember, a reviewer's opinion is just that.  

If you're a fan of Martha's writing, this may be a great read to you.


Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press (November 5, 2019)

When the body of a French woman washes up on a wild inlet off the Cornish coast, Brian Macalvie, divisional commander with the Devon-Cornwall police is called in. Who could have killed this beautiful tourist, the only visible footprints nearby belonging to the two little girls who found her?

While Macalvie stands in the Scilly Islands, inspector Richard Jury–twenty miles away on Land’s End―is at The Old Success pub, sharing a drink with the legendary former CID detective Tom Brownell, a man renowned for solving every case he undertook. Except one.

In the days following the mysterious slaying of the Parisian tourist, two other murders take place: first, a man is shot on a Northhamptonshire estate, then a holy duster turns up murdered at Exeter Cathedral in Devon. Macalvie, Jury and Bronwell set out to discover whether these three killings, though very different in execution, are connected.

Watch What You Say - Review

Idgie Says:
My first thought when I started reading this book is that it must be exhausting to see colors/images with every word you hear - talk about over stimulation of the senses! 

But when someone from Bo's past kidnaps her husband with plans to publicly humiliate and ruin her life, this particular life skill comes in handy.  She knows when her madman is telling the truth or when her words start to send him closer to the edge of reason. Then the torture of her husband starts....

Very twisty book, and at almost 400 pages, you get to experience a lot of them!


To what lengths will a woman go to save her family? Web-radio personality Bo Riccardi is pushed beyond her mental and physical limits when her husband, Oscar, is kidnapped by a man from her dark past. The abductor commands her to interview him live on her show, with Oscar’s life on the line.

Giving in, though, creates an endless nightmare for Bo, as Oscar’s captor begins to destroy her career and alienate everybody she loves.

Bo’s secret asset is chromesthesia, seeing colorful shapes that reveal the intentions behind anyone’s speech. She can literally watch what they say. But relying too much on this gift renders her vulnerable to the madman’s purpose, making her even less likely to rescue Oscar—and escape the guilt and shame that binds her to the kidnapper.

Available on November 5, 2019 in print, ebook, and audiobook formats. Ebook pre-ordering available now.

SFK Press

My Drunk Kitchen Holidays! - Review

Idgie Says:
 I love this book!  This is a fun, smart, sassy and irreverent book. Not just about cooking, but also crafts, life goals and generally funny statements.  From creating Garlic-Ass Mashed Potatoes to making a Jesus Egg that you can either eat or drain (urp), to achieving goals and why you can't drink as much when you get older  - the entire book is filled with humor while still being helpful!

This would be a great Christmas present for a cookbook collector.


New York Times bestselling author and Food Network
star Hannah Hart is back with her biggest book ever: a humorous holiday cookbook celebrating year-round festivities with food, drink, and friends.
In a world where everyone is looking for some good news and something to celebrate, Hannah Hart is there with almost fifty ideas, arranged into twelve months of themes and recipes for how to celebrate with family and friends.

A collection of recipes, activities, and suggestions about hilarious and joyous ways to celebrate with family, friends, pets, and your entire community, My Drunk Kitchen Holidays! will commemorate holidays from Valentine's Day to Graduation, Pride Month and International Left-Handers’ Day (really!). The book will culminate with the fall holidays that get much deserved attention: recipes for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and a celebration of Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/Christmas that is festive, inclusive, and incredibly hilarious.

October, 2019

Suspense Thrillers Published by Dutton, Penguin Group

Idgie Says:
Three novels out from Dutton that deal with drugging/sexual assault (underage so watch for triggers), kidnapping, family secrets, murder and possible satanism.  I don't want to say too much as I don't want to give away any of the twists and turns that are in all three of these novels, but there are surprises around every corner!

Now these will keep you busy reading..........with ALL the lights on, after you double check the locks on doors - twice!

Stolen Things
August 2019