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.