A Book I Won't Forget & Happy 4th

Sunday evening the rain came down in torrents. I stood at the patio door and watched the deluge cascade onto the glass. A few times the electricity flickered on and off. 

I was thankful for it for two reasons. We always seem to need rain. And it kept the folks who otherwise might be outdoors popping firecrackers inside.

I detest firecrackers. Hate the noise. Always have.

I will be having those two small tomatoes setting up there on the top of the bottles with veggie burgers. 

I don't know why the tomatoes are so small. They aren't cherry tomatoes. Taste, however, trumps size in this case. They are juicy and full of flavor.

I finished this book on my Kindle last night.

I've now read two of his books. And after the first one, I was sure it was his absolute best, although I think it was actually his first novel.

But this one surpassed it. Yes, it's that good.

I think maybe it's the best thriller I've ever had the pleasure of reading. And that's certainly saying something because I've read a lot of them.

Obviously I'm not alone.

His work has been praised by James Patterson, Dean Koontz, Michael Connelly, Lee Child, Tess Gerritsen, Jeffery Deaver, Sandra Brown, James Rollins, Brad Thor, Nick Stone, David Morrell, Allison Brennan, Heather Graham, Linwood Barclay, Peter Robinson, Håkan Nesser and Kay Hooper.

The Crime Writers of Canada, The International Thriller Writers and The Private Eye Writers of America have listed his titles among the best in crime fiction. 

As a two-time winner of Canada's Arthur Ellis Award, a three-time Thriller Award finalist and a two-time Shamus Award finalist, the Library Journal calls him, “One of the best thriller writers in the business."

I have the other two books in the Jason Wade series on my Kindle. I can't wait to dig in. Then I want to read every book he's ever authored.
Have a happy 4th doing whatever you plan to be doing. I plan to have a quiet day with the pupsters.  



  1. There's nothing as satisfying as a book you don't want to put down.
    We live near the second-biggest July 14 fireworks in France but never saw them until last year because our kid really hated the sound or we would be in the U.S. at that moment. It was beyond amazing. Google Carcassonne and fireworks for an idea. Although what really impressed me was how polite and well-behaved the crowd was.

  2. Hi Brenda. Happy July 4th! We are having a steady rain here in central KY. I think we will just putter around at home today and won't get out, which sounds just fine. I don't mind watching a professional fireworks display from a distance, but I hate how every other house on the block now has to put on their own fireworks barrage from the driveway. I have grown a tomato variety that only got that size, but I don't remember its name. Wish I did -- it was tasty. I'm not that much into reading thrillers but maybe I will need to check out this author. Hope you and the pups have a pleasant day.

  3. Wishing you a Happy 4th and and no fireworks! I will most certainty be adding this author to my list. Hugs!

  4. Happy 4th of July Brenda! My town had Freedom Fest last Saturday and I can always hear the fireworks from my house and really that is as close as I like to get. I like the colors and display but the noise unnerves me!

    I have tried to grow tomato plants in pots before and no matter if they were supposed to be big tomatoes they never were. As long as they produce and the fruit is good I thought I was lucky!

    This is also my late husband's birthday and my children live 3 to 4 hours away so too far for either me or them to travel for the holiday so I am home by myself. In celebration I believe I am going to try and make a patriotic quilt block to hang on the wall behind where my husband's flag, that was draped on his casket, sits atop my china closet. I think he would like that and it will give me a good feeling.

    I hope you enjoy your day.

  5. I always dread the 4th and the fireworks--it drives my dogs crazy! Trying to calm them down is futile and we all end up stressed. When I was a child, fireworks were only allowed by the people putting on the shows for the city. Now it seems everyone has access to the large loud ones.

  6. Happy 4th of July. Is it still hot, hot, hot?

  7. Happy 4th to you and I hope the fireworks aren't too loud around you tonight. Our dogs are just terrified during them. We spend our evening cuddling them, their little hearts just beating. I do use a special essential oil on them for it but they still suffer.


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