Wednesday, June 24, 2009

My Summer of Stalking Southern Writers

I thought I would do something fun this summer so I am traveling to some of the cities and towns that add flavor to my favorite books. First stop...Natchez, Mississippi. Greg Iles sets a lot of his thrillers in his hometown of Natchez. The Quiet Game is the first Penn Cage novel. He returns home from Houston (after the death of his wife) to find his father being blackmailed and is then talked into investigating an unsolved civil rights murder that some people in the town had just as soon stay unsolved...this book pulls you in and does not let go!

Turning A
ngel is a little risque. The most popular girl in school is brutally murdered and all clues lead to her boyfriend, the forty-year-old, married doctor! And the doc is Penn's best friend. Penn has to clear his friends name and navigate the waters of teenagers, sex and drug dealing. This book is not for the faint of heart.

I just loved Natchez, the people were friendly, the town was quaint, and the coffee at the Natchez Coffee Co, was delish! I am looking forward to a visit again soon.

Greg's books are a little more graphic than I usually read but that is probably what keeps me coming back, I never know what is going to happen next. Devil's Punchbowl is being released July 7th, be sure to place a hold for your copy today.

Friday, June 5, 2009

DVDs on TV- for people who don't have the attention span to watch a 2 hour movie!

I love DVDs on TV, they are my most prized possessions. Seriously, they are mentioned in my will! Sorry kids Auntie Claire called dibs.
I checked Friday Night Lights: Season 1 out from the library and just loved it! I am now on Season 3! It is a series based on the bestselling book and full length movie.
Great characters and surprisingly for adults as well as teens (most shows which take place in high school makes me ill, I did not like it the first time and don't want to go back even on TV). It is not a comedy but a realistic portrayal of a small Texas town where football is king and Friday nights at the game is as sacred as Sunday morning at church. You will fall in love with the characters, they will become part of your family. We went to my daughter's powder puff game and sat in the bleachers and tried to "find" the characters. We had Tyra picked out in a second. Come by the library and put it on hold, you have a week to watch it but I bet it won't take that long. Go Panthers!