Friday, January 13, 2017

Book Review: Song of the Lion by Anne Hillerman

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge,from Harper Collins Publishing, via Edelweiss,  for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it


Writing with a clarity and grace that is all her own, Anne Hillerman depicts the beauty and mystery of Navajo Country and the rituals, myths, and customs of its people in a mystery that builds on and complements the beloved, bestselling mysteries of her acclaimed father, Tony Hillerman, in this new novel.

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Synopsis:

When a car bomb kills a young man in the Shiprock High School parking lot, Officer Bernadette Manuelito discovers that the intended victim was a mediator for a multi-million-dollar development planned at the Grand Canyon. 

But what seems like an act of ecoterrorism turns out to be something far more nefarious and complex. Piecing together the clues, Bernadette and her husband, Sergeant Jim Chee, uncover a scheme to disrupt the negotiations and inflame tensions between the Hopi and Dine tribes. 

Retired Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn has seen just about everything in his long career. As the tribal police’s investigation unfolds, he begins to suspect that the bombing may be linked to a cold case he handled years ago. As he, Bernadette, and Chee carefully pull away the layers behind the crime, they make a disturbing discovery: a meticulous and very patient killer with a long-simmering plan of revenge. 



Review:

I have to admit, that having Anne take over for her father's series, left me as a huge fan of it with some trepidation. But rest assured, Anne learned at his knee, and has not only done the series justice, but given it new life, by allowing the female characters more room to breathe, and to show more of the inner workings of the tribal police. Having Leaphorn recovering from devasting injuries has allowed more understanding for him, as well as allowing the other characters to flex their 'little grey cells' more. It's an interesting change, and in this novel, but to very good use as Bernadette and Chee approach what seems very different cases, in different ways, yet are able to know when the other needs their assist, and how their past work experience can benefit the cases at hand. It's probably the best in the updated series, and I look forward to Anne's next book in it!


About the Author::

Anne Hillerman is an award-winning reporter, the author of several nonfiction books, and the daughter of New York Times bestselling author Tony Hillerman.  Following in the footsteps of her acclaimed father, Anne Hillerman was awarded the Spur Award from the Western Writers of America for Spider Woman’s Daughter, a prize Tony received twice in his lifetime. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Song of the Lion is her her third novel, since taking over her father's series..


Recipe Weekend: The New Irish Table: Recipes from Ireland's Top Chefs edited by Leslie Conron Carola

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge,from Imagine Publishing, via Edelweiss,  for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it


This new cookbook comes out next month, in perfect time for you to try out many of the recipes before St Patrick's Day comes around, so you can wow your family with irish recipes in new ways!


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Synopsis:

Ten award-winning chefs dismantle the stereotype of Irish cuisine being a boil, a fry, or soda bread. Highlighting fresh, local, and seasonal ingredients from provinces across the Emerald Isle, this beautiful, photo-illustrated collection offers inspirational Irish recipes. 

An Irish meal must nourish the soul as well as the body, teasing each of the senses. Home cooks are invited into each featured chef's restaurant and/ or home to experience recipes that utilize fresh fish, lamb, beef, pork, fruits, and vegetables, and of course, Ireland's renowned cheeses.

Celebrating the new Irish food culture, this compilation emphasizes local resources, simple fare, and the highest standards, proving that Ireland is a modern food destination.

Review:

This is a great book, that introduces the reader, and cook, to MODERN Ireland. By taking the country regionally, the book introduces chefs who are currently the top chefs in the country, and giving you menus from their restaurants and inns. So what you really get is a mini-cultural introduction to the varying regions of Ireland. Those nuances are shown in the different dishes and the subtleties of preparation. One chef may add different ingredients to their lemon curd, for example, or prepare it differently. It's minor, but it's those subtle taste differences, that these chefs are known for. And these recipes are amazing! By using local produce, meat and seafood (which mimics the various American regions), the recipes are a true modern take on traditional dishes. And all are amazing! Some do require a bit of prep work, and cooking time, but the end results are definitely 5 star worthy at home!
This is a great book for those celebrating their Irish heritage, as a gift for a 'foodie', or just to shake up your recipes! Don't miss this one!


Recipe:

From the MacKean House and Restaurant in Blacklion,  Co. Cavan, 
this recipe from chef Neven MaGuire

STEAK AND CARMELIZED OPEN SANDWICH



STEAK AND CARMELIZED OPEN SANDWICH recipe

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About the editor:

Leslie Conron Carola, owner and director of Arena Books Associates, LLC, has produced many illustrated books, including Ireland: A Luminous Beauty; Spectacular Ireland, and Ireland's Treasures with Peter Harbison. She lives in Westport, Connecticut.

Book Review & Giveaway:: The Riverman by Alex Gray

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge,from Witness Propeller, via Edelweiss,  for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it


Fans of atmospheric police procedurals will love watching Glasgow come vividly to life with the shocking twists and turns that have made Alex Gray an international bestseller


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Synopsis:

When a dead body is fished out of Glasgow’s River Clyde the morning after an office celebration, it looks like a case of accidental death. But an anonymous telephone call and a forensic toxicology test give Detective Chief Inspector William Lorimer reason to think otherwise. Probing deeper into the life and business of the deceased accountant, a seemingly upright member of the community, Lorimer finds only more unanswered questions.

What is the secret his widow seems to be concealing? Was the international accounting firm facing financial difficulties? What has  become of the dead man’s protégé who has disappeared in New York? And when another employee is found dead in her riverside flat these questions become much more disturbing. Lorimer must cope not only with deceptions from the firm, but also with suspicions from those far closer to home . . .


Book Excerpt:


PROLOGUE
April

THE RIVERMAN

The riverman knew all about the Clyde. Its tides and currents were part of his heritage. His father and others before him had launched countless small craft from the banks of the river in response to a cry for help. Nowadays that cry came in the form of a klaxon that could waken him from sleep, the mobile phone ringing with information about where and when. It wouldn’t be the first time that he’d pulled someone from the icy waters with only a hasty oilskin over his pajamas.

This morning, at least, he’d been up and doing when the call came. The body was over by Finnieston, past the weir, so he’d had to drive over the river towing a boat behind him on the trailer. He was always ready. That was what this job was all about: prompt and speedy response in the hope that some poor sod’s life could be saved. And he’d saved hundreds over the years, desperate people who were trying to make up their mind to jump off one of the many bridges that spanned the Clyde or those who had made that leap and been saved before the waters filled their lungs.

George Parsonage had been brought up to respect his river. Once it had been the artery of a great beating heart, traffic thronging its banks, masts thick as brush-wood. The tobacco trade with Virginia had made Glasgow flourish all right, with the preaching of com-merce and the praising of a New World that was ripe for plucking. The names of some city streets still recalled those far-off days. Even in his own memory, the Clyde had been a byword for ships. As a wee boy, George had been taken to the launch of some of the finer products of Glasgow’s shipbuilding industry. But even then the river’s grandeur was fading. He’d listened to stories about the grey hulks that grew like monsters from the deep, sliding along the water, destined for battle, and about the cruise liners sporting red funnels that were cheered off their slipways, folk bursting with pride to be part of this city with its great river.

The romance and nostalgia had persisted for decades after the demise of shipbuilding and cross-river ferries.Books written about the Clyde’s heyday still found readers hankering after a time that was long past. The Glasgow Garden Festival in the eighties had prompted some to stage a revival along the river and more recently there had been a flurry of activity as the cranes returned to erect luxury flats and offices on either side of its banks. Still, there was little regular traffic upon its sluggish dark waters: a few oarsmen, a private passenger cruiser and the occasional police launch. Few saw what the river was churning up on a daily basis.

As he pushed the oars against the brown water, the riverman sent up a silent prayer for guidance. He’d seen many victims of despair and violence, and constantly reminded himself that each one was a person like himself with hopes, dreams and duties in different measure. If he could help, he would. That was what the Glasgow Humane Society existed for, after all. The sound of morning traffic roared above him as he made his way downstream. The speed of response was tempered by a need to row slowly and carefully once the body was near. Even the smallest of eddies could tip the body, filling the air pocket with water and sending it down and down to the bottom of the river. So, as George Parsonage approached the spot where the body floated,his oars dipped as lightly as seabirds’ wings, his eyes fixed on the shape that seemed no more than a dirty smudge against the embankment.
The riverman could hear voices above but his eyes never left the half-submerged body as the boat crept nearer and nearer. At last he let the boat drift, oars resting on the rowlocks as he finally drew alongside the river’s latest victim. George stood up slowly and bent over, letting the gunwales of the boat dip towards the water. Resting one foot on the edge, he hauled the body by its shoulders and in one clean movement brought it in. Huge ripples eddied away from the side as the boat rocked upright, its cargo safely aboard.

The victim was a middle-aged man. He’d clearly been in the water for some hours so there was no question of trying to revive him. The riverman turned the head this way and that, but there was no sign of a bullet hole or any wound that might indicate a sudden, violent death. George touched the sodden coat lightly. Its original camel colour was smeared and streaked with the river’s detritus, the velvet collar an oily black. Whoever he had been, his clothes showed signs of wealth. The pale face shone wet against the pearly pink light of morning. For an instant George had the impression that the man would sit up and grasp his hand, expressing his thanks for taking him out of the water, as so many had done before him. But today no words would be spoken.There would be only a silent communion between the two men, one dead and one living, before other hands came to examine the corpse.

George grasped the oars and pulled away from the embankment. Only then did he glance upwards, nodding briefly as he identified the men whose voices had sounded across the water. DCI Lorimer caught his eye and nodded back. Up above the banking a couple of uniformed officers stood looking down. Even as he began rowing away from the shore, the riverman noticed a smaller figure join the others. Dr. Rosie Fergusson had arrived.

‘Meet you at the Finnieston steps, George,’ Lorimer called out.

The riverman nodded briefly, pulling hard on the oars, taking his charge on its final journey down the Clyde.
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Excerpt from The Riverman by Alex Gray. Copyright © 2017 by Alex Gray. Reproduced with permission from HarperCollins | WitnessImpulse. All rights reserved.


Review:

This is a really great addition to the DCI Lomax series! It can be read as a standalone as well though, as Alex gives the reader enough of a background, where you don't feel lost with the characters. In many ways it is a novel about 6 degrees of separation, and how the river was the basis for the first degree, in the different cases that Lomax is looking at. Finding out how seemingly different cases could or are linked requires the entire team, plus the help of their contract psychologist, to determine who the killer, or is it killers?, really is. It's a novel that reminds me of a good Agatha Christie novel. You think you know who the murderer is, ut then suddenly your theory has a few holes, and you have to re-think it. It's a novel that keeps the reader on their proverbial toes, and if you like mysteries, not one to be missed.


About the Author:

Alex Gray was born and educated in Glasgow. After studying English and Philosophy at the University of Strathclyde, she worked as a visiting officer for the Department of Health, a time she looks upon as postgraduate education since it proved a rich source of character studies. She then trained as a secondary school teacher of English. 

Alex began writing professionally in 1993 and had immediate success with short stories, articles, and commissions for BBC radio programs. She has been awarded the Scottish Association of Writers' Constable and Pitlochry trophies for her crime writing. 

A regular on the Scottish bestseller lists, she is the author of thirteen DCI Lorimer novels. She is the co-founder of the international Scottish crime writing festival, Bloody Scotland, which had its inaugural year in 2012. Check out his website,  http://www.alex-gray.com/, for more info.


To Purchase:



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Giveaway:

 There will be 3 US winners of one (1) PRINT copy of The Riverman by Alex Gray. 

The giveaway begins on January 9th and runs through February 23rd, 2017.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Vive Health Makes Getting in Shape EASY!

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this info,from Vive Health, for blog posting purposes on this blog, for paid compensation.  Nor was I told how to post about the item. All opinions are my own, and with any medical based product, my experience/opinions may be different than yours.


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As I told you last year, there is a company that knows you might not be 18 any more and your body has the aches and pains to prove it!

As we all tackle New Years resolutions and goals, sometimes we can injure ourselves, yet still need to be mobile, to work out the injury and keep up with our goals.

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Vive Health understands this and has a really great product that can help you get around back pain, et still get those tennis shoes on, so you can walk!

vive health long shoe horn

Their Long Shoe Horn is a handy tool for anyone suffering from limited mobility, be it temporarily, or long term, It is made of a durable plastic material, so that it not only is strong, and sturdy, but also guaranteed not to break during use! Measuring 24” in length, it is designed to allow you to easily slip into shoes without having to bend over, relieving/protecting aching backs, hips, and knees. 

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The easy grip handle is hollow and rounded, making it easy for you to get the grip strength necessary to put on shoes, for those with limited hand mobility. The gentle curve in the shoe horn not only prevents damage to shoes, it provides a comfortable way to insert your foot, allowing for pain free use. 

But don't let me just tell you, check it out in action:

Pretty easy to use, right?

And really, anyone, no matter their age can use it. Just think of all the shoes that wouldn't get stretched out of shape by trying to force a heel into them! And thanks to its lifetime warranty, how can you really go wrong? Plus,  if you join the Vive Newsletter, you'll get a 20% off coupon on your first order, so you might want to order a Long Show Horn for your house AND for your parent's house too!! It really is such an unique item, that will get YEARS worth of use, and one you really DO need!

Don't forget to check out the Vive Health Blog, also on their website, for some great articles that can help you decide what support items you need, health advice and tips on dealing with kids AND seniors! When you sign up for their email, you'll get them directly in your inbox too!  

Vive Health is the company that knows your needs, whether you are working on New Years exercise, dealing with kids with sports injuries or seniors. So give them a look, and you'll find at least 1 or 2 items YOUR family needs!

Wordless Wednesday: Ice Ice Baby (by Miss Grace)

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frozen lbird bath


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