Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Rumor Has It by Jill Mansell

Tilly Cole has just found out her boyfriend has left her. Kind of relieved Tilly takes the weekend to visit her best friend who lives in a town outside of London. Once there Tilly is intrigued by a newspaper ad looking for a Girl Friday. Offered the job, Tilly leaves London and moves to Roxborough. There she lives with Max, an interior designer, and his daughter Lou.

Jack Lucas is the town catch. But it seems like every woman has had him. Determine not to fall into his trap, Tilly tries to maintain a friend vibe. But she starts to have feelings for him and vice verse. And Tilly is starting to think the rumors are not true about him. But can she believe in love enough to trust the real Jack?
I really enjoyed this book. The story doesn't just focus on Tilly and Jack, but on the secondary characters as well. And the story is told from all points of view. My only tiny complaint is the end seemed kind of rushed. Looking forward to reading Jill Mansell's other books!

Monday, December 27, 2010

New Fiction Released the Week of 12/27/2010

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. Please click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

Home Free by Fern Michaels
The Damascus Way by Janette Oke
Naked Cruelty by Colleen McCullough
The Outlaws by W.E.B. Griffin
In Too Deep by Jayne Ann Krentz
Khan by Conn Iggulden
The Metropolis Case by Matthew Gallaway
The Radleys by Matt Haig
Secrets to the Grave by Tami Hoag
The Still Point by Amy Sackville
To Have and To Kill by Mary Jane Clark
Twisted Reason by Diane Fanning
What the Night Knows by Dean Koontz

Friday, December 24, 2010

The Face of Deception by Iris Johansen

This is the first Iris Johansen book I have read and will most likely be the last. Slow pacing and an unbelievable plot left little to be desired in The Face of Deception, the first of the Eve Dallas series.

As a young mother, Eve Dallas fought to stop the execution of the man who murdered her daughter Bonnie. Fraser was the only one who knew where her daughter's body was located, and he took that information with him to the grave.

Now Eve, working as a freelance forensic sculptor, is approached by computer tycoon John Logan who wants her expertise in identifying the skull of a man who Eve eventually learns belongs to the president. The current individual in office is a double, posing as the real president. Eve calls in reinforcement in the form of her friend/police officer Joe Quinn as well as a slew of colleagues to help with the DNA evidence, which will prove their theory. However, it is a race against time as first lady Lisa Chadbourne is pulling the strings in office and will murder anyone who threatens her carefully plotted scandal.

I was so sadly disappointed in this book from a bestselling author. Perhaps I am the one with the problem, but this book just didn't do it for me. However, I will say that she is good at character development and fans of Mary Higgins Clark will enjoy that aspect of her writing; I just hope that her plot formations have improved in more recent offerings in this series.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Happy Ever After by Nora Roberts

Parker Brown is a businesswoman. She started the wedding business, Vows, with her three best friends Laurel, Mac, and Emma. Each one has their own speciality. But Parker's is running the business and keeping the brides happy. Being a 24/7 job, Parker doesn't have time for a love life. But little did she know she would meet Malcolm Kavanaugh, a mechanic. He isn't her typically guy but there is something about him.

Malcolm cannot resist Parker. She is different from any woman he has every known and he wants her bad. Having a difficult childhood he has a hard time opening up. But they decide to give this relationship a try. Everything is moving along fine but Parker is surrounded by her best friends who are all in love and about to get married. She realizes she wants the same. Can Malcolm every learn to trust her and love her back?

This is the last book of the Bride Quartet. Not my favorite but still a good read. And we get to see Mac and Carter get married. The quartet is a definite must read!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Indulgence in Death by J.D. Robb

Lieutenant Eve Dallas cannot escape death. On a anniversary trip in Ireland with her husband, Roarke, Eve is drawn into a murder case. Dallas ends up helping the local police. On her return to New York, a strange case is waiting for her. A limo driver is killed with a crossbow. Being the year 2060, a crossbow is a strange and rare weapon. Also the supposed passenger actually had their identity stolen. As Eve is working the case another body is discovered in an amusement park with a bayonet through the heart.

Eve quickly identifies the killers but needs to prove her case. More victims are cropping up and Eve is getting frustrated. This case is really getting to her because it just a game between two rich men. There is no real motive. But with the help of Roarke, Peabody and the usual crew, Eve will get the job done.

Another winner for J.D. Robb. And don't miss the anthology, The Other Side, featuring Eve Dallas. That story picks up right after Indulgence in Death.

Monday, December 13, 2010

New Fiction Released the Week of 12/13/2010 - 12/26/2010

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. Please click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

Caveat Emptor by Ruth Downie
How to Bake a Perfect Life by Barbara O'Neal
Open Season by Maryann Miller
A Place of Peace by Amy Clipston
The Secret History of Elizabeth Tudor, Vampire Slayer by Lucy Weston
There's Cake in My Future by Kim Gruenenfeld

Friday, December 10, 2010

Rescue by Anita Shreve

Single parent Peter Webster is worried about his teenager daughter who seems to be heading down a dangerous path. Having went through this with his wife, an alcoholic who he sent away in order to protect his child, he is concerned that Rowan will follow in her mother's destructive footsteps.

The story then goes back to when Webster was in his twenties working as an EMT in a small town in Vermont, close to the New York border. He and his partner receive a call that a woman has hit a tree with her car and is trapped in her vehicle. After reviving and sending the woman off to the ER, Webster goes against his professional ethics to follow-up on her.

Webster soon discovers that Sheila was running away from an abusive ex-boyfriend when she hit the tree while intoxicated. She is the type of person who needs to be rescued, and for some reason Webster is compelled to rescue her. After a brief courtship, Sheila finds herself pregnant but is not able to let go of her addictions, even if it endangers her family. Can Sheila come back to her daughter and Webster after being away for over ten years?

This was a quick, enjoyable read by Shreve. My only complaint is that I wish the story continued a little longer; there was so much more I wanted to know about the future of these characters, and I question why Shreve didn't develop this more when she had already set-up such an engaging story.

Monday, December 6, 2010

New Fiction Released the Week of 12/6/2010

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. Please click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

Atlantis and Other Places by Harry Turtledove
The Bards of Bone Plain by Patricia McKillip
Buttons and Bones by Monica Ferris
Catacombs: A Tale of Barque Cats by Anne McCaffrey
The Cruel Ever After by Ellen Hart
Dead or Alive by Tom Clancy
The Final Reckoning by Sam Bourne
The Four Stages of Cruelty by Keith Hollihan
The Left-Handed Dollar by Loren D. Estleman
The Life and Opinions of Maf the Dog and His Friend Marilyn Monroe by Andrew O'Hagan
Mr. Hooligan by Ian Vasquez
Queen Hereafter by Susan Fraser King
Seer of Sevenwaters by Juliet Marillier
Under Fishbone Clouds by Sam Meekings
The Waxman Murders by P.C. Doherty

Friday, December 3, 2010

The Reversal by Michael Connelly

Defense attorney Mickey Haller from The Lincoln Lawyer returns to the courtroom, but on the opposite side of the justice system, in this latest from Connelly.

The Los Angeles DA convinces Haller to work for the prosecution in the trial of a convicted child killer who's case was recently reversed in light of new DNA evidence. The city and courts are concerned that after spending 24 years in prison, Jason Jessup will sue for false incarceration. However, the prosecution contends that although DNA identified from the victim's dress as belonging to her now deceased stepfather, Jessup is still guilty of murder.

Haller joins ex-wife and prosecutor Maggie McPherson as second and half-brother Harry Bosch as lead investigator. Haller's key witness, Sarah Landy, the sister of the victim who witnessed the abduction, has a troublesome past involving drug abuse that will play right into Jessup's attorney's, "Clever" Clive Royce, defense. Part of Bosch's responsibility will be to locate this witness and talk her into testifying. Additionally, Bosch is having Jessup followed by the Secret Intelligent Service hoping that he will screw up and can be put behind bars. The last place Bosch suspects Jessup will visit by being tailed is the homicide detective's house.

This book was just OKAY. I was disappointed in the several strings left untied by the end, but suspect that Haller will return in another novel. Despite a slow beginning, Connelly biggest success lies in his knowledge of courtroom drama that created a tension filled plot.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

New Fiction Released the Week of 11/30/2010

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. Please click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

City of Dreadful Night
by Peter Guttridge
Demon's Door by Graham Masterson
Every Bitter Thing by Leighton Gage
Fate of the Jedi Vortex by Troy Denning
Music of the Distant Stars by Alys Clare
Of Love and Evil by Anne Rice
Port Mortuary by Patricia Cornwell
Red Station by Adrian Magson
Rescue by Anita Shreve
Sea Change by Jeremy Page

Friday, November 26, 2010

O is for Outlaw by Sue Grafton

Kinsey Milhone's life is turned upside down when she receives a a box of items from her past. In the box is a letter which makes Kinsey question a decision made along time ago. About fifteen years ago when Kinsey was married to Mickey Magruder, he was accused of killing a man. Mickey asked her to lie and say he was with her at the time. Kinsey would not and left him the next day. He wasn't found guilty but that was the end of his career as a policeman. Now Kinsey has proof that he was having an affair and was with his mistress that night. But before Kinsey can make amends, she is informed that Mickey has been shot and is in a coma.

Now Kinsey is suspect number one because the gun used was hers once upon a time. Kinsey is going to make amends by finding out who shot Mickey. She will have to go the past and reconnect with old friends. But alot has changed and no one is what they seem. And it all goes back to the night Benny Quintero was murdered.

Kinsey Milhone books are mysteries that keep you hooked and guessing until the end. Sue Grafton is actually on letter U which was released in 2009. Book V should be released soon.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

New Fiction Released the Week of 11/23/2010

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. Please click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

The Athena Project by Brad Thor
Dead Like You by Peter James
Edge of War by Larry Bond
The Emperor's Tomb by Steve Berry
Hull Zero Three by Greg Bear
Knot of Gneiss by Piers Anthony
The Midnight Show Murders by Al Roker
The Nostradamus Prophecies by Mario Reading
An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin
Palace of Justice by Susanne Alleyn
The Shadow War by Glen Scott Allen
Third Degree by Maggie Barbieri

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Oh No She Didn’t by Clinton Kelly

Clinton Kelly is famous for his unabashed criticism of poor dressers on his hit television show What Not to Wear. In his latest book he shares tips and tricks on how to break free from fashion faux pas and look fantastic at any age.

Clinton’s writing style is quite irreverent and his conversational style makes you feel like he’s sitting next to you, on a bench at the mall, criticizing the same freak in the crazy outfit too! He kept me laughing through every page with pictures of each offense and stories of the mayhem he has witnessed on the streets of New York City and around the country. Some of the offenses covered include the more subtle like matching jewelry or gloppy mascara to the overtly offensive like tattoos and evening wear, matching your mate and holiday sweaters.

Clinton spares no punches when it comes to bad fashion sense and he loves making examples out of the most egregious of offenders. Some of his more inexcusable fashion mistakes: Mothers who insist on dressing from the juniors department, track suits and platform flip-flops. In fact to Clinton, ANY flip-flop worn ANYPLACE other than the beach or the pool is a horrid fashion mistake.

Clothing isn’t the only thing on his mind. He is quick to remind readers that there is more to looking fabulous than just the clothes you buy. He reminds us that women need to pay closer attention to their physical appearance as well. Roots?? Get rid of ‘em. Eyebrows?? Two please! Fidgeting and poor posture are huge no-no’s as well.

I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick guide for overcoming poor fashion sense. Or, if you are reasonably well kempt and you just secretively enjoy pointing and giggling at the crazies in our society, read this book.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Mischief of the Mistletoe by Lauren Willig

Arabella Dempsey has been her aunt's companion for many years and now that her aunt is married, Arabella has come home. Her good friend Jane Austen lives nearby but her family isn't the same. Arabella decides to apply as a teacher at Miss Climpson's Select Seminary for Young Ladies. After receiving the position, she literally bumps into Reginald "Turnip" Fitzhugh. Knowing each other from society they talk for awhile and Turnip gives Arabella his Christmas pudding. As he is leaving, a man comes and tries to steal the pudding. After Turnip takes care of him, Arabella and Turnip discover a secret message in the pudding written in French.

Arabella and Turnip decide to figure out what is going on. Turnip being friends with spies and being mistaken for a spy in the past, knows what to do. But as Arabella starts to have feelings for Turnip she decides to ease away. But Turnip has other ideas. And as the Twelve Days of Christmas party begins, Arabella will be surprised to learn Turnip has his sights on her and as well as the spy.

Another great story in the Pink Carnation series. The Orchid Affair, book eight of the series, comes out in January 2011.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

New Fiction Released the Week of 11/16/2010

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. Please click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

Crescent Dawn by Clive Cussler
Cross Fire by James Patterson
Every Bitter Thing by Leighton Gage
Hollywood Hills by Joseph Wambaugh
Luka and the Fire of Life by Salman Rushdie
The Neighbors are Watching by Debra Ginsberg
The Shooting in the Shop by Simon Brett

Saturday, November 13, 2010

The Confession by John Grisham

Like Grisham's stellar first novel, A Time to Kill, The Confession, which tackles the death penalty, is fraught with racial tension and will trouble the heart of its readers.

In Sloane, TX, black football player Donte Drumm is wrongly accused of raping and murdering cheerleader and fellow student Nicole Yarber, who happens to be white. Even though her body was never found, the police bullied Drumm into signing a confession. In Texas this was enough to put him on death row, where he has been awaiting execution for 9 years, but his time is running out. His lawyer, Robbie Flak, has done every possible appeal, but to no avail.

In Topeka, Kansas parolee Travis Boyette, who is dying of terminal brain cancer, enters Lutheran Minister Keith's office to confess to the murder of Yarber. After verifying Boyette's background, Keith tries to convince Boyette to come forward before the wrong man is put to death, but Boyette is resistant.

The novel did not shed a positive light on Texas's justice system. After reading this book, you will question how many times the wrong man has been executed. Despite the much debated and heated topic, I loved, loved this book and it reminded me why Grisham is the master of legal thrillers. The characters were so well-developed that I was emotionally attached to Donte and his family by the end, and it was definitely a page-turner. I think this latest should please many of Grisham's fans.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Betrayal of the Blood Lily by Lauren Willig

Penelope Deveraux, now Lady Frederick Staines is headed to India with her new husband. He has been named Special Envoy and is to report his findings to Wellesley. Recently married, Penelope is trying to make the best of her marriage. It was not a love match. Their guide is Captain Alex Reid and he would rather be doing anything else but playing baby-sitter to the spoiled Englishman and his bride. Alex may be English by birth but he was raised in India.

Along the way Penelope gets it in her head that someone is out to kill Frederick. Her first suspect is Alex but that just might be her way of deflecting her growing feelings for the Captain. But when a spy named Marigold enters the picture, Penelope is determined to figure out what is going on. Alex is trying to solve the same mystery and he suspects his brother is somehow involved. And when Alex and Penelope start investigating together, the Marigold better watch his back.

And let's not forget the other story being told. Every couple of chapters, the setting is in the present and focuses on Eloise, a young woman who is in London writing her thesis on the spies of the past. This time she is learning more about her boyfriend Colin and his family.

This is book six of the Pink Carnation series and they just keep getting better and better. The newest book, The Mischief of the Mistletoe, was just released. I am sure it is another winner and I cannot wait to read it!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

New Fiction Released the Week of 11/9/2010

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. Please click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

Blood and Fire by Nick Brownlee
The Convent by Panos Karnezis
Crazy by William Peter Blatty
Daniel by Henning Mankell
A Dead Man's Tale by James Doss
Dead Man's Chest by Kerry Greenwood
The Distant Hours by Kate Morton
Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King
Ghosting by David Poyer
Hell's Corner by David Baldacci
The Hidden by Bill Pronzini
I Still Dream About You by Fannie Flagg
The Identity Man by Andrew Klavan
The Insane Train by Sheldon Russell
The Last Confession by Solomon Jones
The Last Days of Ptolmey Grey by Walter Mosley
Outwitting Trolls by William Tapply
The Pericles Commission by Gary Corby
Sunset Park by Paul Auster
Trio of Sorcery by Mercedes Lackey
Valley Forge by Newt Gingrich
The Weight by Andrew Vachss
The Wolves of Andover by Kathleen Kent

Friday, November 5, 2010

On the Street Where You Live by Mary Higgins Clark

Criminal defense attorney Emily Graham recently bought the old Victorian house in Spring Lake, NJ that was once owned by a distant relative in the late 1800's. Emily's ancestor, Madeline Shapely, disappeared without a trace when she was waiting for her fiance on the front porch.

While finishing the work for an in-ground pool that the previous owners had started, the excavators come across a grave buried in Emily's backyard that contain the bones of two young women: one is identified as Madeline Shapley and the other is the remains of another young women who disappeared in Spring Lake 4 1/2 years earlier.

How is it possible that the remains of two young women, over 100 years apart, could be buried in the same place? A local psychologist questions if it could possibly be the work of the same killer who was reincarnated, but Emily believes that the present-day killer is still at large and she is determined to find the answer. Added to her stress is the threatening correspondence she receives that is similar to what she received in Albany. The Albany stalker is still in this a new stalker out to haunt her?

Meanwhile, police detectives Duggan and Walsh also reopen the case of Martha Lawrence and re-question all the guests that were present at the party the night that she disappeared. With over 20 guests, it seems as though everyone that night has something to hide.

As typical of Clark, there are about a gazillion characters and subplots that add to the mystery. With so many possible suspects, the truth comes as a surprise. This 2001 title is another stellar novel of suspense by Clark.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

New Fiction Released the Week of 11/2/2010

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. Please click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

A Butterfly in a Flame by Nicholas Kilmer
Criminal Innocence by Jeffrey Ashford
Echo by Jack McDevitt
Edge by Jeffery Deaver
Foreign Bodies by Cynthia Ozick
A Holiday Yarn by Sally Goldenbaum
Indulgence in Death by J.D. Robb
Innocent Monster by Reed Farrel Coleman
Kind of Blue by Miles Corwin
Mary Ann in Autumn by Armistead Maupin
Moonlight Mile by Dennis Lehane
On Christmas Eve by Thomas Kinkade
The Passages of H.M. by Jay Parini
Valley of Dry Bones by Priscilla Royal

Friday, October 29, 2010

Ape House by Sara Gruen

Isabel Duncan is a scientist who works with bonobo apes at the Great Ape Language Lab. Bonzi, Sam, Jelani, Lola, and Mbongo, the bonobos, are no ordinary apes. They have learned American Sign Language, and use it to communicate with humans and with each other. The bonobos are a very intelligent species, and use reasoning, as well as build strong relationships.

John Thigpen is a reporter who comes to visit the apes and interview Isabel, and finds that his life is forever changed. When protesters bomb the facility and "free" the apes, Isabel is injured and unable to protect them. The apes fall into unscrupulous hands and land on a reality TV show. Now, John and Isabel must work together, with a little help from an unusual cast of characters, to save the bonobos.

I really liked this book. The plot was well paced and kept you drawn in, and it was well researched. The bonobos were real characters in this story, each with their own personality, and I found myself getting attached to them. Another thing I liked was that the book was unpredictable. I didn't finish it and say "Well, that was another Sara Gruen book", because it's so different, and I really like that about Ms. Gruen's books - they're all different from each other. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

New Fiction Released the Week of 10/26/10

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. Please click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

An Amish Christmas
by Cynthia Keller
Cat Coming Home by Shirley Rousseau Murphy
Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor by Lisa Kleypas
The Christmas Journey by Donna Vanliere
A Christmas Odyssey by Anne Perry
Coming Back by Marcia Muller
The Confession by John Grisham
Dangerous to Know by Tasha Alexander
Daughter of Darkness by V.C. Andrews
Dead Spy Running by Jon Stock
The Killing Storm by Kathryn Casey
Knot Gneiss by Piers Anthony
The Last Run by Greg Rucka
The Mischief of Mistletoe by Lauren Willig
Side Jobs by Jim Butcher
Surface Detail by Iain Banks

Friday, October 22, 2010

Room by Emma Donaghue

Jack has just turned five years old. He and Ma live in Room, where he's lived for his whole life. To Jack, Room is the whole world, but for Ma, it's a prison where she's been held against her will for seven years.

In this small 11x11 room, she's been able to protect Jack from Old Nick, and create a whole world for him. But as he gets older, his imagination and curiosity grow, and she knows that soon, Room will not be big enough.

Told from five year old Jack's perspective, this story is one that really captures your attention. I read it over two days, and when I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about it or talking about it. I just couldn't wait to see what would happen next, and I didn't want it to end.

Ms. Donahue really did a great job in creating a story that shows the human side of a shocking situation.