The Man Who Caught The Storm by Brantley Hargrove

The Man Who Caught the Storm: The Life of Legendary Tornado Chaser Tim Samaras

A tale of obsession and daring. A contest between humankind and nature’s fiercest phenomenon. The saga of the greatest storm chaser who ever lived.

At the turn of the twenty-first century, the tornado was one of the last true mysteries of the modern world. It was a monster that ravaged the American heartland a thousand times each year, yet science’s every effort to divine its inner workings had ended in failure. Researchers all but gave up, until the arrival of an outsider.

In a field of PhDs, Tim Samaras didn’t attend a day of college in his life. He chased storms with brilliant tools of his own invention and pushed closer to the tornado than anyone else ever dared. When he achieved what meteorologists had deemed impossible, it was as if he had snatched the fire of the gods. Yet even as he transformed the field, Samaras kept on pushing. As his ambitions grew, so did the risks. And when he finally met his match—in a faceoff against the largest tornado ever recorded—it upended everything he thought he knew.

Brantley Hargrove delivers a masterful tale, chronicling the life of Tim Samaras in all its triumph and tragedy. He takes readers inside the thrill of the chase, the captivating science of tornadoes, and the remarkable character of a man who walked the line between life and death in pursuit of knowledge. Following the tradition of Into Thin Air and The Perfect Storm, Hargrove’s debut offers an unforgettable exploration of obsession and the extremes of the natural world.

Storm Chasers are some of my favorite people. Living in Oklahoma City area we see the cars and trucks with all of the equipment on the roof every day. I live with one and I remember the day that Tim died.

We were worried sick as our family home is in El Reno/Union City took shelter and there was nothing we could do but wait. Over the scanners we heard they had found Tim’s car and at first we thought he was the only one killed, but no.

Tornadoes are one of Mother Nature’s most mysterious creations. The power, the unpredictability, there seems to be no pattern to them at all. Why they demolish the town of Moore almost every few years and then there will be one untouched home in the middle. It isn’t logical and yet we are mesmerized by them. We want to know how they work.

Great strides have been made in early warning systems, but it’s still not enough.

This was a hard book to read and yet it was a beautiful testament to a man who lived life on his own terms. We will forever miss them all.

NetGalley/Simon and Schuster April 03, 2018

Her GREATEST MISTAKE by SARAH SIMPSON

Her Greatest Mistake

DO WE EVER KNOW WHAT GOES ON BEHIND CLOSED DOORS?

Eve and Gregg were the perfect couple, with the perfect marriage… which has become the perfect lie. Gone is the charming, attentive Gregg – instead Eve wakes up each morning beside a manipulative and sinister man who controls his wife’s every move.

So Eve flees her immaculate marital home to keep herself, and young son Jack safe. Yet no matter how careful she has been, she knows Gregg will be relentless in his pursuit of his missing family. And that one day, when she’s least expecting it, he will find them…

What was Eve’s greatest mistake?

Marrying Gregg? Leaving him? Or leaving him alive…?

HER GREATEST MISTAKE is the gripping debut which will keep you guessing until the very last page. BA Paris meets Liane Moriarty in this electrifying thriller.

After a good, eerie beginning, this book unfortunately settled in to the poor clueless wife who marries the perfect man who becomes abusive and cruel.

This is nothing like a Liane Moriarty book.  The style of writing was odd and didn’t flow well for me. It was too wordy and it felt like the author was trying too hard.

One of my biggest peeves is when a book is compared to other writers works. Come on, this isn’t close to Moriarty.

And I would really like to see this template of supposedly smart women marrying evil, crazy men and just becoming simpering, helpless victims. It’s a template that has been overused and just feels insulting to the reader.

Thanks NetGalley/ April 1st 2018 by Head of Zeus, Aria

WHISPER THE DEAD~An Alex Duggins Mystery by STELLA CAMERON

Whisper the Dead: A Cotsworld Village Mystery

This is the 5th book in this series.

When Alex Duggins comes across a terrifying scene at the site of a new housing development, once again she is drawn into a case of brutal murder. 

A new year arrives and winter holds Britain’s Cotswold Hills in its icy grip once more. But it’s the construction of a new housing development that’s causing the residents of Folly-on-Weir most concern. As she passes the site late one afternoon, pub owner Alex Duggins is confronted by the terrifying scene of a construction trailer on fire and a man desperately trying to break the door down.

Her efforts to help – and the subsequent findings of the police forensic pathologist – draw Alex and her friend Tony Harrison into a major murder investigation whose tentacles will reach right to the heart of the tight-knit Folly community – and into Alex’s own past …

Alex and her mother Lily have a close relationship, but there have always been things her mother just won’t talk about. While she knows a little of the past, her mother and the people who knew her when Alex was a baby aren’t talking about it either.

After all the chatter around the pub about the new development, Alex takes a drive to see for herself. After almost getting run off the road on the way, she is definitely not expecting to find a fire and someone injured!

From there the oddest characters seem to be coming out of the woodwork! Everyone is acting odd and Alex is determined to find out why and who is frightening her mother?

I really enjoy Brit Lit. And I like this series. And there is a shocker of an ending! Eagerly awaiting the next one!

NetGalley/Severn House  April 01,2018

everything she lost by Alessandra Harris

Everything She Lost

After suffering a mental breakdown that nearly destroyed her marriage, Nina Taylor works hard to maintain her tenuous hold on sanity and be a good mother to her two young daughters. Despite her best efforts, she questions the possibility of a full recovery. 

Single mom Deja Johnson struggles to overcome her troubled past and raise her young son. But her friendship with Nina brings more complications. What Deja is hiding could not only destroy relationships, but endanger lives. 

One traumatic night threatens to shatter Nina’s mind. With Deja’s help, she strives to maintain her mental balance. But as events spiral out of control, the women must find out if Nina is losing her sanity or if someone is plotting against her. 

Poor Nina. Her past haunts her, her husband is less that supportive and her friend Deja could just be her undoing.

It’s horrible when you aren’t sure of your own sanity. It’s worse when someone takes advantage of your fears.

Ms. Harris has given us some deeply flawed characters in Nina and Deja. Each struggling in their own way. Both hiding in their own way. But in her darkest hour with paranoia and fear running rampant, will it be someone she knows who betrays her?

Filled with nail-biting moments. Darkness, paranoia, fear, friends who are liars, liars who are friends. Everything a good Psychological Thriller should be!

Nice to Meet You Ms. Harris! Well Done

 

The Beauty of Spring and New Life

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Spring is popping up all over today! Birds chirping, sun burning off the haze and should be in the 70’s today.

Today I’m finishing up    Humor and sorrow join together in Jamie Weisman’s captivating debut novel—the story of an interfaith wedding from the perspectives of its (adoring, envious, resentful, hilarious) guests!

And it is set in Atlanta, Georgia. How could I say no? Georgia girls stick together! So far I’m laughing a lot.

What are you doing this Palm Sunday? Anyone march for life yesterday? I would love to hear about that if you did!

Good Reading and Warm Breezes!

xx Patricia

Really Good Releases This Coming Week!

More Than True: The Wisdom of Fairy Tales National Book Award-winning poet and author of the internationally best-selling Iron John, Robert Bly revisits a selection of fairy tales and examines how these enduring narratives capture the essence of human nature. Coming March 27th!

Worth Killing For Detroit newspaper reporter Julia Gooden returns in a twisting, superbly assured new mystery, where a brutal murder and a father’s sudden return may provide the answers she’s spent decades searching for . . . or lead deep into a fatal trap. Coming March 27th!

The Uninvited Corpse (Food Blogger Mysteries #1) Leaving behind a failed career as a magazine editor and an embarrassing stint on a reality baking show, newly divorced lifestyle entrepreneur Hope Early thought things were finally on the upswing—until she comes face-to-face with a murderer . . .Coming March 27th!

Til Death Do Us Party (A Liv And Di In Dixie Mystery #4) Las Vegas knows how to party, and for once, event planner Liv McKay won’t be entirely behind the scenes. The Dixie gang is in Sin City to celebrate Mama and Earl’s rockin’ Elvis-themed wedding. And between juggling the botched bachelorette party and a problem-plagued soirée back home, Liv’s ready to double down on some fun. Coming out March 27th!

Last Night There’s blood on the windscreen and bonnet – but it’s not hers and there’s no sign of anything or anyone she might have hit. The last thing she remembers is being in a hotel on a business trip but now she’s miles away. Coming March 28th!

Do you have a lot of good books releasing this week? Let me know! I enjoyed all of mine!

xx Patricia

HELLO SPRING, We’ve Been Waiting For You!

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It is definitely Spring here. My favorite color of green is Spring Green. That green that pops out on trees promising leaves and flowers. Daffy Dillies are springing up on everyone’s lawn and there is just a newness to everything.

Spring Break is almost over. (Choir of angels sings) There are so many great books coming out this Spring. Some new authors I’ve found and some old favorites so today we are going to laze in the sun and read. And not Run,Spot,Run.

The tiny terrorists are in the living room whispering so I only have a few minutes before all out war erupts over the chalk!

Y’all have a really good day and take some time to notice Spring!

xx Patricia

MOTHERLAND by G.D. ABSON

Motherland (Natalya Ivanova Thriller #1)

“The dark heart of Putin’s Russia beneath the glitz of St Petersburg provides the heady setting for this excellent and gripping debut. Abson, who was shortlisted for a Crime Writers’ Debut Dagger for Motherland, is surely a name to watch. A Child 44 for Putin-land, this classy page-turner oozes with atmosphere.” 
(David Young, bestselling author of STASI CHILD and STASI WOLF).

MOTHERLAND is the first in a gripping series of crime novels set in contemporary St Petersburg, featuring sharp and intriguing policewoman, Captain Natalya Ivanova.

When the daughter of a Swedish billionaire goes missing in St Petersburg after a night out with a friend, Captain Natalya Ivanova is assigned the case but nothing is as straightforward as it seems.

Dark, violent and insightful, Motherland twists and turns to a satisfying dramatic conclusion.

I was so glad to see this was going to be part of a series. At first it was a bit difficult to understand all the names and nicknames of all the characters and I definitely did not know how to pronounce them.

After a bit I just gave in and started using their nicknames which I do with my Russian friends anyway. I may have been at a loss with the names, but the core story is relatable in any language and I was eager to hear about life in Russia and what the police are like there.

This is a fast paced police thriller that just felt real. The author’s writing style flowed easily from page to page while I bit my lip and held on for the ride. I can’t wait to see what come next for the detective and her family. I enjoyed meeting them all! Even the bad ones!

Miller Press   December 2017   NetGalley Reviews

BAD COPS *A Henry Christie Thriller* by NICK OLDHAM

Bad Cops (Henry Christie #25)

This is number 25 in this series.

Two seemingly unconnected murders lead DCI Henry Christie to uncover a terrifying conspiracy in this gritty police procedural. 

Two murders, apparently unconnected: one victim shot to death in his office, the other brutally stabbed in what appears to have been a road rage incident … neither case solved.

Six months later, following a desperate plea from a chief constable, Detective Superintendent Henry Christie finds himself travelling across the country to carry out an urgent review of the two killings. His investigations will plunge him into a terrifying world of murder and corruption and find him pitted against a well-organized group who seem to anticipate his every move.

Henry Christie is about to discover just how bad life can be when some backs are against the wall …

This is the 25th book in this series by Nick Oldham.

With Henry still recuperating from a gunshot to the shoulder in his last adventure, he’s not sure he is up to the job being dumped in his lap. Against his girlfriends wishes and his own groaning shoulder, he accepts anyway.

This time he is up against more than just random murders. This is not being able to trust anyone in the department while he investigates not only the murders, but the cops themselves, who see him as something they need to get rid of before their entire sordid plans and corruption are found out. Will he even make it out of the police station?

Nick Oldham is a solid crime thriller author. The plots are always good, the characters are interesting. I can’t wait to see what’s next for Henry!

NetGalley/Severn House   April 01,2018

Til Death Do Us Party (A Liv And Di In Dixie Mystery #4) by Vickie Fee

Til Death Do Us Party (A Liv And Di In Dixie Mystery #4)

Las Vegas knows how to party, and for once, event planner Liv McKay won’t be entirely behind the scenes. The Dixie gang is in Sin City to celebrate Mama and Earl’s rockin’ Elvis-themed wedding. And between juggling the botched bachelorette party and a problem-plagued soirée back home, Liv’s ready to double down on some fun.

Mama & Earl’s happily-ever-after seems like a sure thing, but all bets (and nuptials) are off when they get to the Burning Love Wedding Chapel. Their Elvis-impersonating minister has left the building . . . permanently. And even worse, Liv’s cousin, Little Junior, is suspected of his murder.

With Mama’s happy ending on the table and Little Junior about to lose it all, the stakes are higher than ever. Liv and her best friend, Di, must hit the Strip to find the real killer before he finally plays his ace…

The Dixie Gang is back and in Las Vegas for Liv’s Momma and her hunk Earl to get hitched at an Elvis themed venue.

Liv is ready to kick back but it looks as if this will be a working trip as well. When cousin Jr., who lives in Vegas becomes a suspect in the untimely death of the Elvis Minister, who not only left the building but also the land of the living!

And let’s not leave on Di whose ex-hubby also shows up in Vegas. Before they can enjoy the Vegas wedding experience, they now must prove Junior is innocent. And how do you do that when half the town is dressed like Elvis?

Another good read in this series. Solid, with smart characters and good down home fun!

NetGalley/Kensington  March 27, 2018