Saturday, January 29, 2011

Play Dead By Meryl Sawyer

Hayley Fordham is dead. Or so everyone thinks she is. While on a working trip to Costa Rica that no one was aware of, Hayley's car was blown up. In the car was actually her friend who was escaping her abusive husband. The only one trying to find answers is Hayley's aunt Meg. She asks Ryan Hollister, an FBI agent, to investigate. Meg thinks Hayley's half brother and half sister are somehow involved.

As Ryan is investigating he becomes fascinated with Hayley. Only having seen a picture of her, Ryan wishes he could have known her. To his surprise while he is at her apartment, Hayley turns up. And together they work to solve the mystery of who wants Hayley dead.

Play Dead is a great romantic suspense novel. The premise reminded me of the 1944 movie Laura starring Dana Andrews and Gene Tierney. If you haven't seen it, I recommend it!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

New Fiction Released the Week of 1/25/2011

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 Anatomy of Ghosts by Andrew Taylor
The Book of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern
The Choir Director by Carl Weber
A Cup of Friendship by Deborah Rodriguez
The Cypress House by Michael Koryta
A Decadent Way to Die by G.A. McKevett
Delirious by Daniel Palmer
Electric Barracuda by Tim Dorsey
The Red Garden by Alice Hoffman
Restless Heart by Wynonna Judd
Tick Tock by James Patterson
While Mortals Sleep by Kurt Vonnegut

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Count to Ten by Karen Rose

Karen Rose is a decent romantic suspense author; however, I have to say that all the subplots in Count to Ten weren't necessary. She already had a really good main plot.

Chicago homicide detective Mia Mitchell and fire marshal Reed Solliday are teamed-up together when an autopsy reveals that the unrecognizable remains of a college student, who was found in a house fire, was actually shot and raped first. The killer knew what he was doing, using plenty of sophisticated methods to make sure all evidence would be destroyed, and this is only the tip of the iceberg. Similar fires throughout the city keep occurring, with a victim always killed first, and the body counts getting higher and higher.

Meanwhile, a young teacher at a reformatory school reports suspicious behavior from one of her students. When Solliday and Mitchell reach the school, they find that something isn't quite right with the administration and that there has to be a connection to the fires.

While working these cases, both investigators find that they are attracted to one another, but are hesitant to take that next step: Reed is a widower with a teenager daughter who wants a no strings attached relationship, and Mia is struggling with a whole slew of problems, including dealing with the death of her abusive father, who was also a cop, and a sister in prison for armed robbery.

There are not a lot of surprises here in the romance arena, as Mia and Reed hook-up and both of their troubled pasts cause relationship problems, but you might be thrown for a curve when you learn the identity of the killer. Fans of romantic suspense authors such as Linda Howard and Sandra Brown will easily transition to Karen Rose.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

An Accidential Wedding by Anne Gracie

Nash Renfrew doesn't know who he is. A freak horse accident has left him in the hands of a strange woman and five children. Confused beyond belief, he is also fascinated by this woman. Stranded in a tiny cottage, Nash tries to make the best of the situation while trying to get his memory back.

Maddy Woodford cannot believe she allowing a strange man to stay in her home with her brothers and sisters. But never one to refuse a person in need, Maddy will do what she can to help this man. But she needs to fight the attraction that is between them. Of course it doesn't help that at night she has to sleep in the same bed as him!

With someone trying to scare Maddy and the children, Nash is determined to help them. And when his memory returns, he doesn't let on. He is able to convince Maddy into marriage so her reputation isn't ruined. But before the wedding can take place, Nash needs to come clean and flush out the sinister presence in their lives.
I love Anne Gracie's books! This one was another great historical romance. She is definitely one to read!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

New Fiction Released the Week of 1/18/2011

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.

Among Others by Jo Walton
Call Me Irresistible by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Cold Shot to the Heart by Wallace Stroby
The Death Instinct by Jed Rubenfeld
Falling More Slowly by Peter Helton
A Gift for Murder by Karen McCullough
Heartstone by C.J. Sansom
Home Fires by Gene Wolfe
The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths
The Kenken Killings by Parnell Hall
Love Letters by Katie Fforde
The October Killings by Wessel Ebersohn
The Officers' Club by Ralph Peters
The Orchid Affair by Lauren Willig
Other Eyes by Barbara D'Amato
Playdate by Thelma Adams
Separate Beds by Elizabeth Buchan
Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning
Strategic Moves by Stuart Woods
The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown
World's Greatest Sleuth! by Steve Hockensmith
You Know When the Men are Gone by Siobhan Fallon

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter

Karin Slaughter is my new favorite author! Blindsighted is the first in the Grant County series that features small town pediatrician/county coroner Sara Linton and contains just the right amount of graphic violence for me.

While stepping into the restroom at a town diner, Sara happens upon a professor from the local college who is bleeding out, and Sara is moments too late to save her. Clearly a case of rape and murder, police chief and Sara's ex-husband, Jeffrey Tolliver, is called to the scene. But this case hits home for Lena, a cop who happens to be Sybil's identical twin sister. The three are left wondering what kind of monster who could prey on someone who is blind and are determined to bring about justice.

While still hunting the killer in Sybil's case, Tolliver and crew are called in to investigate the suspicious disappearance of a college student whose controlling boyfriend was the last one to see her alive. Does this have any connection to Sybil's murder? For Sara, these cases bring back the disturbing memories of when she was raped and left for dead. Could it be that her assailant has come back to torment her?

Some of the descriptions of the crime scenes as well as Sara's findings as a medical examiner are pretty gruesome, so this isn't for the faint of heart. However, if you like a page-turning plot in which the suspect is the last person you would expect, then this is the book/series for you!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Huck by Janet Elder

Don’t underestimate the power of a small pup to galvanize a community. Huck is the energy-filled pet of Janet Elder’s family who becomes the “family member” of so many others as the search begins when Huck runs away from a relative’s home he is staying in while his own family is on vacation.

Connecting families whose lives he touches if only by an indirect connection takes on new meaning and energy in the search to return this tiny pup to his home and the family that loves him. This is not a sappy story but a look into the life of a family and its puppy and how a community pulls together and strangers join together in a unified goal and search.

What started out as an agreement to include a puppy in the Elder family as a comfort turned out to be a story about never giving up. For animal lovers it’s a no-brainer wonderful true story about an adorable and much loved puppy. For others, it’s a story of perseverance and staying the course despite grim odds. For others, still, it’s a story about the best in people coming out. It’s, in any case, a pleasing and conversational read and a reminder that we are all – critters and people – connected and family.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

New Fiction Released the Week of 1/11/11

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 Best Laid Plans by Lynn Schnurnberger
The Border Lords by T. Jefferson Parker
Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland
The Inner Circle by Brad Meltzer
Love, Honor, and Betray by Kimberla Lawson Roby
The Sentry by Robert Crais

Friday, January 7, 2011

Barefoot by Elin Hilderbrand

The is the first Elin Hilderbrand novel for me, and I loved it, especially because it takes place on the island of Nantucket, which is a great location for a book when you are reading it in the dead of winter.

In Barefoot, sisters Vicki and Brenda Lyndon decide to spend the summer away at the cottage they inherited from a great aunt. Both sisters have a reason to escape: Vicki was recently diagnosed with lung cancer and will be begin her sessions of chemotherapy; Brenda lost her job and is facing a lawsuit after having sexual relations with a student at her university.

Besides Vicki's two young children Blaine and Porter, joining the sisters is close friend Melanie, who has worries of her own. Melanie and her husband have been trying for months to conceive a child and the in vitro has taken a toll on their marriage. Shortly after Melanie discovers Peter's infidelity, she realizes that she is pregnant and has yet to tell him.

So that she can concentrate on writing her screenplay of the beloved novel she used to teach, the only chance she has for income, Brenda hires Josh, a local boy who crosses paths with the women at the airport, to look after the kids. Josh's presence becomes so more than just a caretaker. A connection between Melanie develops, and a summer of relaxation turns into one of love, self-reflection, and survival.

Hilderbrand approaches her plot and characters with tenderness, as she discusses each of her protagonist's individual plights. Readers who enjoy the psychological aspects of a Jodi Picoult but without the heavy topics and signature twist endings should try Hilderbrand.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

New Fiction Released the Week of 01/04/2011

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 Attenbury Emeralds by Jill Paton Walsh
Being Polite to Hitler by Robb Forman Dew
Cat Sitter Among the Pigeons by Blaize Clement
Citadel by John Ringo
Damage by John Lescroart
Dream of Ding Village by Yan Lianke
Family Affair by Debbie Macomber
A Hard Day's Knight by Simon R. Green
Hell's Horizon by Darren Shan
Home for a Spell byMadelyn Alt
The Judas Gate by Jack Higgins
The Lake of Dreams by Kim Edwards
Left Neglected by Lisa Genova
A Lonely Death by Charles Todd
The Lost Gate by Orson Scott Card
The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan
Nocturne by Syrie James
Of Truth and Beasts by Barb Hendee
The Poison Tree by Erin Kelly
Softly and Tenderly by Sara Evans
Shore Thing by Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi
Three Seconds by Anders Roslund