Friday, August 9, 2013

The Shadow Tracer by Meg Gardiner and White Sangria

It's Friday and that means it's time for a summer reads and matching drink guest post. This week it's from Kim Hammond

Meg Gardiner writes another fast-paced, action-packed novel. If you’re looking for a great summer read that you won’t be able to put down, look no further.

Think you know your friends? Your child’s classmates? Your co-workers? Not everything is as it seems. Sarah Keller is a single mom living a lie in Oklahoma with five year old daughter Zoe. She stays off the grid as much as possible, uses false addresses, and has a “go-bag” ready for her and Zoe.

Sarah works for a skip tracing service and she’s good at her job. She can find people who don’t want to be found. They’re hiding from the court, the police or child support obligations to their ex-spouse.

People on the run, people attempting to hide, stayed out of the sunlight. Often they couldn’t be seen directly. But the left shadows. And that’s what Sarah traced.

While Sarah is in Oklahoma City looking for Kayla Pryce in order to serve a subpoena on her, Zoe’s school bus is in an accident and everyone is taken to the hospital. This is every parent’s nightmare, but when she gets to the ER she’s told Zoe is fine. Sarah is obviously relieved, until a doctor shows her Zoe’s x-ray and asks why there’s an RFID microchip imbedded in Zoe. Sarah needs to get Zoe out of the hospital immediately.  But before she can leave the doctor scans the microchip and all hell breaks loose.

Sarah and Zoe are on the run. Everyone is looking for them. The police, the FBI, and Zoe’s father’s family who want Zoe and will kill anyone that gets in their way. Sarah doesn’t have anyone to turn to. Except…..would he help her? She last saw him five years ago when she killed a man in the woods and he told her to run. She makes the call and things go spiraling out of control.

Meg Gardiner originally hails from Santa Barbara, California but now lives in London. She has ten other books that include the Jo Beckett series and the Evan Delaney series. The Shadow Tracer was fantastic page-turner.

Since summer is in full force here in Ohio. I wanted to share a refreshing drink that I enjoy sitting on my deck with a good book.

Shadow Dancer White Wine Sangria


1 Bottle of white wine- I use a Riesling or Moscato but you can use anything you like

2/3 cup white sugar 

3 oranges (sliced) or may substitute 1 cup of orange juice)

1 lemon (sliced)

1 lime (sliced)

2 oz. brandy (optional)

1/2 liter of ginger ale (I use diet)

Pour wine in the pitcher and squeeze the juice wedges from the orange, lemon and lime into the wine, add brandy if desired. Toss in the fruit wedges and add sugar. Chilling overnight is optional. Add ginger ale just before serving.  I serve over lots of ice. You can also add sliced strawberries, peaches, handful of fresh blueberries, raspberries, or kiwi.


  1. I can't wait to make this sangria and dig into this wonderful book. Thanks for a great post Kim!

  2. I'm always looking for a good Sangria recipe, can't wait to try it. I honestly don't think I've ever read a Meg Gardiner I didn't like, so I can't wait to start that too.

  3. Meg's book sounds exciting. Can't wait to read it . It's a standalone right?