EDISTO STRANGER ( An Edisto Island Mystery #4) by C. Hope Clark

Edisto Stranger (The Edisto Island Mysteries #4)

A cold case heats up . . .

A dead man in Big Bay Creek, spring break, and a rogue FBI agent would be enough to drive Chief Callie Jean Morgan to drink . . . if she hadn’t already quietly crawled inside a bottle of gin to drown her sorrows over a life ripped apart by too many losses.

When her investigation into the stranger’s death heats up an unsolved abduction case, Callie finds herself pitted against the town council, her son, the agent, and even the raucous college kids enjoying idyllic Edisto Beach.

Amidst it all, Callie must find a way to reconcile her grief and her precious taste for gin before anyone else is killed.

Callie Morgan has more than her share of tragedy, not to mention the head of the town council looking for any reason to sack her so when her son finds a body in the water Callie knows she needs this case. And needs to solve it before she is out of a job.

This is the fourth book in The Edisto Island Mysteries and while you can read this as a stand alone, I would look out for the others also.

Callie is flawed in the most human of ways, and find ways to deal with their pain and anger in a bottle of Gin. It’s not like she’s falling down drunk, but her son and her co-workers know. But now she has to find a way to crack this case without a crutch.

I personally like the Edisto books because my family has had homes there for generations. My Mother was born in Walterboro and lived between there and Charleston. So I feel a deep sense of home and familiarity with this place and these people. I actually called her and asked about Edisto not having an ME and she said Oh no, we’re too small for that, you have to go to Walterboro.

This book actually has two crimes, an old cold case kidnapping of a two year old and the murder of the retired FBI agent who wouldn’t let that case go.

Give it a read and let me know what you think!  Today is Release Day!!

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The Beach House Cookbook by Mary Kay Andrews

The Beach House Cookbook

 

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You probably recognize the name Mary Kay Andrews from her many NYT bestsellers such as The Weekenders, Beach Town, Summer Rental and more.

Now she has come out with a very Southern Cookbook. Easy, laid back, summery cookbook. First let me say this is such a pretty book and you all know how much I love a pretty book cover and inside.

All of the recipes are old, and well loved southern and beachy dishes. All a big part of my childhood and adulthood.

The recipes are listed under categories such as Summer Solstice Dinner, Beach Picnic, Book Bash Cocktail Party and so many more. Easy recipes for Pimento Cheese, Biscuits, Fried Chicken, Crab Cakes, Pound Cake and so much more.

I hope y’all love it as much as I do! It just came out in time for my birthday this month, so I had to have it!

You can check it out on Amazon

LEAVES OF FIRE (THE NEWIRTH MYTHOLOGY #2) BY MICHAEL B. KOEP

Leaves of Fire (The Newirth Mythology #2)

Imagine paintings that hold the secrets to the meaning of life and death—or scribbled words that can alter the past and reshape the present. We know art imitates life but in Michael B. Koep’s thriller fiction trilogy, the author brings the arts to life in an action-packed tale spanning seven centuries.
In the spring of 1338, young William of Leaves knows only of remedies, herbs and his mother’s kindness. When he is forced to watch as she is dragged to a witch’s pyre by a mob led by the Bishop of London, the mysterious immortal apothecary, Albion Ravistelle, promises the boy a chance at vengeance.

In present day, psychologist Loche Newith and Julia Iris must come to terms with Loche’s prophetic writings that have changed the course of history and shaped the lives of William, Helen, and countless others. As a war breaks out between the immortals on earth and Albion Ravistelle, Loche must accept the realities he has authored and cross over into death—he must enter again into Basil Fenn’s paintings to find a way to end the conflict.

In Part Two of The Newirth Mythology, Leaves of Fire, Koep entwines these lives and lifetimes as he explores myth, memory, revenge and the hope of forgiveness.

The Invasion of Heaven, the first in this series told the story of the Painter and the Poet. This second book is about the Healer.

An author whose writings are prophetic and change the course of history. The first one was a bit of a slide into madness, which isn’t always bad as we see in this book.

A battle between Gods and the ones who are tasked with keeping them where they are.

I’m really torn with writing a lot about this book because I loved the way I fell into it and got sucked down the rabbit hole along with the Poet and the Painter.

Almost like Stephen King meets Dan Brown!  But fresh, original and just when I was getting a little tired of the same old reads Mr. Koep comes along and blows me away.

You don’t have to read book one first, but I would anyway.

Great job!

Coloring My World Orange Today

 

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It’s Sunday and the Sun is shining! I am enjoying the sunshine and reading Kathy Reich’s upcoming book Two Nights and it’s really good. Up on the TBR List for this week is:

Mary Alice Monroe’s Beach House for Rent

Tess Gerritsen’s I Know A Secret ( A Rizzoli and Isles Book)

Lost Boy by Christina Henry 

Lies She Told by Cate Holahan

To Kill A Hummingbird by J.R.Ripley

John Clarkson’s Bronx Requiem

So what do y’all have planned for the week? Did you do something fun this weekend? Do Tell!!

Have a good Sunday/Monday!

Tattoos on foot: 20 creative ideas and designs - 10 - Pelfind:    xx Patricia

The Well by Marie Sexton

The Well

Book Release Date is May 22, 2017

Book Blurb:

Twenty years after prom queen Cassie Kennedy is brutally murdered, six teenagers break into the house where she was killed to hold a séance. Haven knows his cousin Elise only wants to scare the crap out of him and his friends, but he’s willing to put up with one of her pranks if it means a chance to spend a few hours with the new kid in town, Pierce Hunter.

But when morning comes, Elise has disappeared without a trace.

Twelve years later, Pierce and his twin brother Jordan are professional paranormal investigators, starring in their own ghost-hunting TV show. When Pierce calls Haven, insisting they return to the supposedly haunted building one last time, Haven reluctantly agrees. He’s nervous about seeing Pierce again, but he’s determined to get some answers. Did they really speak to Cassie’s ghost that night? What happened to Elise? And the biggest mystery of all – how did she know the secret of the well?

The Blurb is pretty much accurate. I would probably classify this one as a Ghost Story.

It isn’t a long read at all and we don’t have a lot of information on the characters. I would have liked more depth there. There was some romance of the M/M variety. Which was also a little shallow.

A nice little ghost story, murder mystery, just not enough to  feel like I knew any of these people better after finishing the book.

This book is self published and is available on Amazon!

 

When Life Shuts a Door…Open it Again. It’s a Door. That’s How They Work!

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I started being interested in doors on a trip to Vienna. They had this one house that was so different and odd with a lovely door. The entire thing looked like it was melting in the sun.

I have opened some doors that I wish had been padlocked shut. I have opened doors that led to beautiful places and people.

To stand in front of a door and not know what is on the other side is magical. It could be anything!

All of you lovely young people graduating this week-end, will be opening a lot of new doors. My advice to you is to be picky about which ones you open and which ones you just walk by.  You are an adult now. And about to be on your own, making your own decisions. Obviously you are smart…I mean duh, you graduated, so by now you should know that just because the door is pretty, it doesn’t mean what’s behind it is.

Take your time and choose the right door for you! Maybe the melty Austrian one, or the oh so proper black shiny one, or maybe one you create yourself!

Congratulations to you all as you set off on this new adventure!

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Lavender Love and Purple Chickens

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I was inspired by Tony Burgess’s Blog yesterday showing off his hydrangea!

They are the most beautiful of flowers. They remind me of my little Gramma in South Carolina. Her house was surrounded by them and they made the best hiding places for all of the cousins to play in.

Have you ever seen the lilac Orpington hens? They are adorable! And no they don’t lay lavender eggs. But they do lay brown eggs and big ones. They are very sociable too.

Since we are a bit shaky on the power situation after yesterday and today’s storms, and waiting for the rest later in the day, I’ll be reading and sipping tea.  Right now I’m reading The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel. Very good book!

I’m also very impatiently waiting for the UPS man who is bringing me a box of books today according to my UPS tracker. I have no idea what is in there and that’s half of the anticipation!

Be Safe and enjoy this Friday….   xx Patricia

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