Thursday, March 31, 2011

Senseless by Mary Burton

Fire, rape and death happened ten years ago and Eva Rayburn was convicted of murdering a college student, Josiah Cross. Now released Eva is determined to find out what really happened that night. She has no recollection of killing him. She does remember him raping her and losing consciousness. When she awoke the house was on fire and he was dead. But there were three witnesses who swore Eva killed him. But now those witnesses are turning up dead.

Detective Deacon Garrison wants to believe Eva is innocent but it is a weird coincidence that as soon as she is released from prison the witnesses are being murdered. But something isn't adding up and Deacon looks into Eva's past and he is determined to prove her innocence.

I enjoyed this romantic suspense book. It had more suspense than romance but it worked. Mary's next book is Merciless and features Eva's sister.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

New Fiction Released the Week of 3/29/11

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.

1636: The Saxon Uprising by Eric Flint
The Alpine Vengeance by Mary Daheim
Anthem for a Doomed Youth by Carola Dunn
Beloved Dead by Tony Hays
Bent Road by Lori Roy
Big Girl Small by Rachel DeWoskin
Dead by Midnight by Carolyn Hart
Devious by Lisa Jackson
The Free World by David Bezmozgis
The Judgment by Beverly Lewis
I Don't Want to Kill You by Dan Wells
The Land of Painted Caves by Jean Auel
Late Edition by Fern Michaels
Lover Unleased by J.R. Ward
Mystery by Jonathan Kellerman
Phantom Evil by Heather Graham
The Preacher by Camilla Lackberg
The Road to Rome by Ben Kane
The School of Night by Louis Bayard
Sticky Fingers by Nancy Martin
The Troubled Man by Henning Mankell
What You See in the Dark by Manuel Munoz

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Left Neglected by Lisa Genova

Sarah Nickerson is a super busy mom. She's got a high powered job that keeps her busy 24/7, a home, a husband, and three children to keep up with. In between taking calls and emails from work, she's trying her best to keep up with all of the demand. On one particularly frantic morning while driving to work, she tries to make a phone call, and in that moment, her life is changed forever, as she realizes too late that all of the cars in front of her have stopped.

When she wakes up in the hospital, it is with a traumatic brain injury. Her brain no longer recognizes the left side. She can't see anything that's on the left side of her plate. She can't feel or see the left side of her body.

As Sarah goes through rehabilitation, and comes to terms with the fact that she may have to live with this for the rest of her life, she also learns to redefine what is most important in her life, and what the true meaning of success is.

Beautifully written by the author of Still Alice, I think that you'll find yourself devouring this book, and it will stay with you long after you've read it.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Blood Vines by Erica Spindler

Family secrets permeate Erica Spindler's solid novel of romantic suspense.

Detective Danny Reed's investigation into the body of an infant found buried in a Sonoma vineyard leads him to Alexandra Clarkson, who is still reeling from her mother Patsy's suicide. Danny informs Alex that the baby corpse could potentially belong to her brother, Dylan, who was kidnapped 25 years earlier, but Alex doesn't remember ever having a brother or stepsister in Sonoma county.

Never knowing who her father was, Alex rents a cottage near the Sommer family winery in hopes of learning about her past. Harlan Sommer, the stepfather she didn't remember having, won't talk about the past or what happened the night Dylan disappeared. When Alex discovers a bloodied lamb in her house, it becomes clear that someone will do whatever it takes to keep the truth hidden, and Alex finds herself at the center of the unexplained death of the only man who could give her some answers.

With so much suspicion over the Sonomer family and their secrets, you won't guess what happens in the end . If you haven't read Spindler yet, she is definitely worth a shot.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

New Fiction Released the Week of 3/22/11

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.

Afraid of the Dark by James Grippando
Cold Wind by C.J. Box
Breaking the Rules by Suzanne Brockmann
Keep a Little Secret by Dorothy Garlock
Leaving by Karen Kingsbury
A Lesson in Secrets by Jacqueline Winspear
Live Wire by Harlan Coben
Night Road by Kristin Hannah
The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen
The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party by Alexander McCall Smith
The Silent Land by Joyce Graham
Started Early, Took My Dog by Kate Atkinson
Spiral by Paul McEuen

Monday, March 21, 2011

Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult

Picoult's characters are always so complex, which allows the reader to see both sides of whatever controversial topic she is writing about, and Sing You Home is another example of a complicated story where things aren't always what they seem.

After the stillborn birth of their son, Max and Zoe Baxter's marriage has finally reached its breaking point when Max files for divorce. There is no more money to sink into another round of in vitro, and Max feels that him and Zoe no longer want the same things.

Max deals with his emotional grief through alcoholism, but eventually finds Jesus and is "saved" by the Evangelical church his brother Reid and sister-in-law Liddy have been members of for fifteen years. Zoe, a music therapist, finds solace in a same sex relationship with Vanessa Shaw, a high school counselor who has introduced Zoe to students that could benefit from her therapies.

Zoe knows she can never have kids, but Vanessa can, and there are still three frozen embryos from when Max and Zoe were married. She just needs him to sign a release. Zoe's gay relationship does not sit well with Max and his church, so instead he files suit against Zoe for full possession of those embryos, which he intends to give to his brother and sister-in-law, who have not been able to conceive naturally.

Sing You Home was a little slow going at first, but as usual, I get so emotionally attached to the characters that I can't wait to get to the resolution, hoping things will work out in the end. For me, the book really picked up pace during the court proceedings. Even though this isn't my favorite by her, Picoult is very good at mirroring real life, where nothing is ever black and white.

Also, I should mention that the book comes with a music CD which is supposed to be Zoe's voice, but I never listened to it. I was to engrossed in the story to be bothered!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

The Frugalista Files by Natalie P. McNeal

Natalie, a journalist for the Miami Herald, is a normal single working girl who just wants to live a fabulous life. But that fabulous life has gotten her into some serious debt, and now, Natalie needs to get her bills straight. But, she also doesn't want to give up her fabulous life. What's a girl to do?

She starts out by going on a spending freeze, and spends a whole month not spending any money except for the necessities. She starts bringing her lunch to work and cooking at home instead of eating out, doing her own nails, and finds all sorts of fun, free stuff to do. Over the next year, she continues with her new spending habits, and slowly but surely pays down her debts. Along the way, her blog "The Frugalista Files" catches on, and Natalie discovers a new path to revitalise her career.

In her funny, accessible voice, Natalie keeps it real while she figures out that you don't have to go into debt to live a truly fabulous life.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Night Season by Chelsea Cain

A killer octopus, really? Yep, Gretchen is such a hard act to follow from the previous books that in Chelsea Cain's new novel, The Night Season, she need's a new baddie that is out of the box!

Archie Sheridan seems to have gotten his life on track, finally. He is off of the pain killers, not thinking about serial killer Gretchen Lowell , exchanging banter with journalist Susan Ward and back to work during a huge rainstorm in Seattle that is causing major floods. Several bodies are found in the water that seems to be from drowning, but after finding the same small marks on each victim are determined to be murder. Thus begins the race to find the killer before someone else is killed. Add in a kidnapped child, a killer octopus and a back story from 40 some years before and you have an excellent thriller.

I didn't miss Gretchen as much as I thought I would. I couldn't put this book down. Chelsea Cain is excellent at building up suspense and fear for her characters. I also love how well she evoked the rain and flooding. I was surprised to find out it wasn't raining outside my window while reading this!! I was glad to see Archie get his act together in this installment. I did think the killer's motive was lame, but I enjoyed the book anyway.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

New Fiction Released the Week of 3/15/11

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 Dawn Country by Kathleen Gear
Devil Red by Joe Lansdale
Emily, Alone by Stewart O'Nan
An Empty Death by Laura Wilson
Hellhole by Brian Herbert
The King of Diamonds by Simon Tolkien
The Lost Sister by Russel McLean
Lady Protector by L.E. Modesitt
Pacific Glory by P.T. Deutermann
So Much Pretty by Cara Hoffman
Toys by James Patterson
The Trinity Six by Charles Cumming
Up Against It by M.J. Locke
Zero Day by Mark Russinovich

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Triptych by Karin Slaughter

Holy twists and turns Batman! Slaughter's first book in the Will Trent series will catch you off guard more than once.

Detective Michael Ormewood and Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent Will Trent are working the case of a prostitute murdered in her apartment building with her tongue bitten off. This is now the third case in which a victim's tongue has been mutilated and it won't be the last when a fourth murder happens in Michael's own backyard.

Meanwhile, John Shelley, who was only sixteen at the time of his incarceration and has recently been released after doing time for the rape and murder of another teenager, Mary Alice Finney, has noticed some suspicious activity when he went to purchase a TV. Despite being in prison for 20 years, his credit report reveals a near perfect rating and home ownership in Tennessee. After tracing the P.O. Box used while he was in prison, John finds the man responsible for Mary Alice's death all those years ago.

I know my synopsis sounds convoluted, but the plot eventually converges in an unexpected way. Karin is a master of violence, suspense, and surprises in this heart-pounding thriller. Fans of Stieg Larsson's Lizbeth Salander series will enjoy the kick-ass protagonist, disturbing plot elements and mystery of Slaughter's Will Trent series.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Ghost Shadow by Heather Graham

David Beckett was accused of murdering his ex-fiancee ten years ago. Cleared of the charges David left Key West to pursure his career. Now he is back and determined to find the killer. His cousin Liam is a cop and gets him access to the case files. But before he starts another body is found.

Katie O'Hara is a native of Key West and knows all about David. After a run in with him, Katie decides to help him. David reluctantly lets her. Along the way they start to fall in love. But Katie has a secret. She can see ghosts. But they have bigger problems. The killer has made Katie his next target.

Ghost Shadow is the first book in the Bone Island trilogy. I enjoyed this book and look forward to Sean and Liam's stories.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

New Fiction Released the Week of 3/8/11

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.

Altar of Bones by Philip Carter
The Bone Yard by Jefferson Bass
Butterfly's Child by Angela Davis-Gardner
The Complaints by Ian Rankin
The Informationist by Taylor Stevens
The Jungle by Clive Cussler
Love You More by Lisa Gardner
One of Our Thursdays is Missing by Jasper Fforde
Public Anatomy by A. Scott Pearson
Satori by Don Winslow
Silent Mercy by Linda Fairstein
The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht
Three Stages of Amazement by Carol Edgarian
Twice a Spy by Keith Thomson
When Tito Loved Clara by Jon Michaud
When the Thrill is Gone by Walter Mosley

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

Becky Brandon nee Bloomwood has a new shopping partner; her two year old daughter Minnie. Life is going good for the Brandons. Becky has a job as a personal shopper and Luke has finally finished a nightmare project. The downside is house #4 has fallen through so they are still living with Becky's parents. And Becky is starting to considered that Minnie might be spoiled. And then Elaine, Luke's estranged mother, wants to see Minnie. Maybe things aren't as good as Becky thinks.

Then Becky gets this idea to throw Luke a surprise birthday party. Being Becky, the party cannot be simple or cheap. Before she knows it she is over budget and the secret has gone viral. And when help comes from an unexpected source, Becky is unsure what to do. Will Becky be able to throw the surprise party of the year? Or will Becky get in her own way?

Another great read in the Shopaholic series. Sophie Kinsella is at the top of the game when it comes to the chick lit genre!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

The King of Torts by John Grisham

The King of Torts is another heart-pounding legal thriller from Grisham, but this time with a focus on tort law.

Underpaid and overworked Washington D.C. public defender Clay Carter has just been handed another murder case to defend Tequila Watson, a young black man who at random killed another young kid. The case is strange since the defendant has no motive or reason other than he simply felt the urge to kill. Even more ironic is the fact that one of Clay's colleagues is in the midst of a very similar case.

Realizing Clay might be on to something, Max Pace a.k.a. "the firefighter," approaches him on behalf of his client, a mega player in pharmaceuticals. Apparently, the company released a drug to rehab centers that helps addicts kill the cravings but has a liable side effect that makes you want to randomly kill.

Dangling millions in potential attorney fees, Pace talks Clay into quitting the OPD, opening his own firm, and representing the victim in a quiet settlement. Easily swayed by the quick buck and the rich life, Clay takes on another case with Pace, earning millions once again. This shady life will eventually catch up to him, however, when he finds himself on the other end of the law.

Even though I really didn't like the protagonist and at some point hoped he would show at least a little bit of integrity, you couldn't put this one down. The only disappointment was the ending, but at least you will have a fun time getting there.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

New Fiction Released the Week of 3/1/11

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.

An Act of Treason by Jack Coughlin
Betrayal by Fern Michaels
Bless the Bride by Rhys Bowen
The Brothers of Baker Street by Michael Robertson
Deliverance From Evil by Frances Hill
An Embarrassment of Riches by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
Emily and Einstein by Linda Francis Lee
Family Storms by V.C. Andrews
A Heart for Home by Lauraine Snelling
Hearts Aglow by Tracie Peterson
Lyrics Alley by Leila Aboulela
Minding Frankie by Maeve Binchy
The Morning Star by Andre Schwarz-Bart
Murder in Passy by Cara Black
The Night Season by Chelsea Cain
Other Kingdoms by Richard Matheson
Past Tense by Catherine Aird
River Marked by Patricia Briggs
Rock Bottom by Erin Brockovich
Rodin's Debutante by Ward Just
Scones & Bones by Laura Childs
Sing You Home by Jodi Picoult
Twilight's Dawn by Anne Bishop
The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
The Witches on the Road Tonight by Sheri Holman