What’s a girly-girl like me doing reviewing a hard boiled mystery? After all, hard-nose detectives, bar-room brawls and corrupt businessmen are far from fun and frothy. But after reading “Bones of the Rain,” I couldn’t resist writing about the notorious “Blue Eyed Indian” and his fearless, gun-toting sidekick, Cassie Winnick.
When Travis gets dragged to the Kasperville Folk Festival, he expected a lazy weekend in a sleepy Hill Country town filled with middle age hippies reliving their Woodstock days. But just before he could sit for a spell and tap his boots to the folksy blues, the festival shuts down after Austin music star Trish Mirandez is found dead in her dressing room.
Trav soon finds Kasperville isn’t such a friendly place for half-breed Indians after an ‘Injun’ hating cop, Alvin Turnball busts out a Texas-sized can of whoop ass. Suspended for unnecessary roughness, Alvin sets out on a warpath to finish what he started.
Broken, bruised and down on his luck, Travis returns to Austin to lick his wounds with a bottle of “cactus juice.” He soon finds himself in a hot mess of trouble when his music pals ask him to investigate a shady record label owner who may be swindling their royalties. Things really get complicated when he discovers Trish Mirandez’s murder may be connected to an Austin serial killer who has a major beef with prominent, successful women.
With a little help from his friends – including a critter-hording computer genius, a desperate reporter and a feisty gun-wielding vigilante – Trav discovers a connection between the two cases. And as the pieces come together, Trav realizes the people he trusts know more than they’re telling.
Suspenseful from the get-go, “Bones of the Rain” is centered around a compelling plot with one heck of a villain and two main characters you will come to care deeply about. This blogger was guessing all the way to the end as Trav and Cassie closed in on the killer and a motive no one saw coming!
Hall’s style blends the roller-coaster ride pacing of Rick Riordan with the East Texas down-home humor of Joe Lansdale. And like Lansdale and Riordan, Russ draws on the colorful character of his locale – in this case Austin’s music scene – to pepper his narrative. Austinites will especially enjoy the scenes at some of Austin’s most beloved landmarks. Boy am I craving a Huts hamburger right about now!
Want the inside scoop on this stylish blogger? Well then take a peek at my Q&A on Kate Evangelista’s fabulous blog! Here’s a little taste:
How long have you been blogging?
Since June 2010. I’m very new to the scene!
Why did you decide to blog?
I have a terrible short-term memory, so I decided to create a blog to document the books I’ve read each year. In a way, revisiting my blogs is like looking through an old photo album. Looking back at an old book blog reminds me of where I was while reading the book, and why I selected that book during that specific time of year.
I also created this blog because I needed more creative freedom. I write research briefs about neuroscience and magazine features about political analysts for a living. Although I’m fortunate to make a living as a writer, I don’t have the freedom to write about things I’m truly interested in. So this blog is really just a fun hobby that allows me to enjoy writing again with no restrictions – and best of all – no editor!
It’s official – Chick Lit Cafe has got style! I am now the happy recipient of the Stylish Blogger Award, compliments of Chick Lit Central!!!
And now the rules of the award:
1. Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them in your post.
2. Tell us 7 things about yourself.
3. Award 15 super stylish bloggers this award.
4. Contact those bloggers and let them know they have won.
Here are seven random things about my nerdy, neurotic self.
1. My signature color is hot pink.
2. I’m addicted to “Murder She Wrote” re-runs.
3. I let my 13-lb scruffy cat boss me around.
4. I’m a horror movie junkie. Even when they’re bad, they’re good!
5. My favorite weekend activity is running around Town Lake while listening to an audiobook.
6. I’m trying to build up the courage to try out for the Texas Rollergirls
7. I’m also working up the courage to start writing my first YA novel. Watch out Stephanie Meyer!
Blogs I selected for the award (in no particular order):
Vampire Book Club
Fantastic Book Review
Can’t Put it Down
Writing Strong Women
About Happy Books
Blood Rose Books
Indie Paranormal Book Reviews
Books Make Great Lovers
This is a fun way to let other bloggers know how much you dig their sites. Congrats to all you stylin’ bloggers!
A funny thing happens to me when I get caught up in a really good story. I tend to lose touch with reality. After putting the book down (which was hard to do!) I found myself worrying about Lutie and Fate, two orphaned children fighting to survive in the vast wasteland of lost souls known as Las Vegas.
Their misfortunes begin one grim day at Wal-Mart where their estranged father’s 300-lb girlfriend, and their guardian, plummets to her death in the checkout aisle. What a horrible place to check out of life! That’s even worse than Elvis’ death on the throne…but I digress. Unwilling to become a ward of the state, rebellious Lutie hits the road with her encyclopedia-reading kid brother in their dead guardian’s rusted-out Pontiac to find their father in Las Vegas. Their series of unfortunate events rapidly unfolds after Lutie picks up a hitchhiker with a sick fascination with Hannibal Lector. Things go from bad to worse after Lutie decides to sacrifice her innocence and pride to keep her brother off the streets. Just when she saves enough money to pay for a shabby apartment in a decent school district, a band of thugs robs her blind and beats her to a bloody pulp.
OK so you’re probably thinking that reading this book is just as gut wrenching as watching a puppy get kicked in the ribs, but trust me – it gets better! After the robbery, the orphans’ mysterious protector, Juan Vargas, swoops in and nurses her back to health. He then transports the kids to his family homestead in rural Oklahoma to take them away from the brutal city streets and possibly give them a shot at a real future.
Living with Juan’s family of circus performers, Fate discovers a world of wonder and happiness as he spends his days catching lighting bugs in mason jars and fishing with his new best friend. But according to Lutie, if it’s too good to be true, it probably is. Unable to accept help from Juan’s nurturing mother, Lutie makes it her mission to return to Las Vegas and make it on her own.
Much like her bestselling hit “Where the Heart Is,” this heartwarming tale explores the depths of family ties, the agony of unexpected loss and the resilience of the human spirit. I recommend this book to anyone who likes feisty female protagonists and emotionally rewarding endings.