Sunday, April 13, 2014

Book Reviews! Trial By Fire / 1 Dead in Attic

I (Rob) have been reading a lot of books lately (while trying to set up events for my new book) and finished a couple of good ones.
TRIAL BY FIRE- by J.A. Jance- This writer has been one of my favorite mystery writers for over a decade. She has three primary series, and this series features Ali Reynolds, who winds up doing media relations for an Arizona Sheriff. She gets involved in a mysterious arson that leads to all kinds of twists and turns. It's a page turner!! - Rob 

HERE'S THE SUMMARY: In this riveting and addictive New York Times bestseller, Ali Reynolds strives to grant a dying woman’s last request—to find the people who tried to kill her, before they return to finish the job.  In the heat of the Arizona desert, a raging fire pushes temperatures to a deadly degree, and one woman is left to burn. Pulled naked and barely breathing from the flames, the victim has no idea who she is, let alone who would do this to her—or why. Then a savior appears by her hospital bedside. Sister Anselm is a devoted advocate for unidentified patients, but to Jane Doe’s remorseless would-be killer, she poses a serious threat as she stands in the way.
   Ali Reynolds, the police department’s new media consultant, struggles to help Sister Anselm locate the unidentified woman’s missing relatives. But their efforts may be exposing the victim once more to danger. In the fearless pursuit of justice, Ali discovers a secret even darker and more twisted than she ever could have imagined. (To order on Amazon: Trial by Fire)

1 DEAD IN ATTIC by Chris Rose- This is a series of newspaper columns written by Chris Rose,
who returned to New Orleans right after Hurricane Katrina to document life during the recovery. It's a sobering look at how slowly things recover and how desperate the situation gets after a major landfalling hurricane. The title "1 Dead in Attic" refers to something he saw spray painted on a house by a National Guardsman. That's how they identified bodies in houses where people refused to leave and died. Meteorologists will likely want to read this, and everyone that lives along a U.S. coastline should read it... and Evacuate when you're told to evacuate.  Period. - Rob

BOOK SUMMARY: 1 Dead in Attic is a collection of stories by Times-Picayune columnist Chris Rose, recounting the first harrowing year and a half of life in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Celebrated as a local treasure and heaped with national praise, Rose provides a rollercoaster ride of observation, commentary, emotion, tragedy, and even humor—in a way that only he could find in a devastated wasteland.  They are stories of the dead and the living, stories of survivors and believers, stories of hope and despair. And stories about refrigerators. 1 Dead in Attic freeze-frames New Orleans, caught between an old era and a new, during its most desperate time, as it struggles out of the floodwaters and wills itself back to life.  (To order on Amazon: 1 Dead in Attic)

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next