Sunday, December 27, 2015

What I'm Reading Now: The Bitter Season by Tami Hoag

I recently received this book from Dutton, a division of Penguin Random House for the purpose of reading and providing a review.  I am new to Tami Hoag, but I am loving this book! This book is her latest which features beloved characters, Detectives Sam Kovac and Nikki Liska, but because of recent changes, it's perfect for those new to Hoag's work as well as those who are devoted fans. Here's what it's about:
As the dreary, bitter weather of late fall descends on Minneapolis, Detective Nikki Liska is restless, already bored with her new assignment to the cold case squad. She misses the rush of pulling an all-nighter and the sense of urgency of hunting desperate killer on the loose. Most of all, she misses her old partner, Sam Kovac.
Kovac is having an even harder time adjusting to Lisaka's absence, saddled with a green new partner younger than most of Sam's wardrobe. But Kovac is distracted by an especially brutal double homicide: a prominent university professor and his wife, bludgeoned and hacked to death in their home with a ceremonial Japanese samurai sword. Liska's case-the unsolved murder of a decorated sex crimes detective-is less of a distraction: Twenty-five years later, there is little hope for finding the killer who got away.
Meanwhile, Minneapolis resident Evi Burke has a life she only dreamed of as a kid in and out of foster homes: a beautiful home, a family, people who love her, a fulfilling job. But a danger from her past is stalking her idyllic present. A danger bent of destroying the perfect life she was never meant to have.
As the trails of two crimes a quarter of a century apart twist and cross, Kovac and Liska race to find answers before a killer strikes again.
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This book is available to purchase on 1/12/2016. Preorder your copy here.
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Review to follow! 

So, I Bought a Book Shop...



     A few years ago, I was on the hunt for an Indie book shop because I wanted more information about attending BEA, which was taking place in New York. Google led me to this little gem that had been right under my nose for a long time. The owner at the time, Claire, was a delight and I knew I'd found a very special place. A few months later, I received an email that the shop was for sale. I'd wished then that I could become it's new owner. Life circumstances prohibited me from thinking any further than, "I wish..." I took comfort in knowing it would remain a book shop.
     Fast forward to September of this year when I received another email saying the shop was up for sale again. The short version of what took place over the last few months is that the stars aligned and what once was a wish became a dream come true. I've had the good fortune to become friends with Alison, the owner of the last few years. Claire, the owner when I found the shop and the owner of the building, is affectionately known as my Book Shop Fairy Godmother. If not for Claire, none of this would be possible.
     The building has had a number of different uses over the years, but for the last 25, it has served beautiful, quaint Califon as a book shop. Everyone who knows me knows how much I love books. I love when someone comes to me and asks for a book recommendation. I love when someone comes to me and introduces me to a book I've not yet heard of. And for the last several weeks, I've loved when people have come through my door and walked out with their bookish treasures. I feel like I'm right where I belong.
     I am so very grateful to my husband and family who encouraged and supported me, and who continue to encourage and support me, as I travel down this road. I am deeply grateful for the encouragement and support from my friends who are the family of my heart. Melissa and Paul, we never would have opened in time if not for you devoting your time to helping us get the shop together. 
     Thank you so much to everyone who has frequented the shop since we opened. I look forward to all that is to come.
"Not all who wander are lost."
~ J. R. R. Tolkien