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Nancy's Notes Oct. 11, 2007

“A Wrongful Death” by Kate Wilhelm, “Peony in Love” by Lisa See, “Someone to Love” by Jude Deveraux "Sweet Revenge" by Jane Mott Davidson.

Kate Wilhelm brings readers a tale of suspense in her newest, “A Wrongful Death”. The story begins when the phone call of a terrified young boy interrupts Barbara   at her Oregon coast retreat. His phone call leads her to a cabin deep in the woods where his mother’s battered body lies, left for dead. Barbara runs for help but by the time she returns with the police both mother and son are gone. The puzzle deepens when Barbara learns that the boy she met is the grandson of a wealthy and prominent family who   accuses her of aiding in his disappearance. With the help of her father, she dives into solving the mystery of the missing child, only to realize that the kidnapping is a ruse for a more sinister plan.

            Romance readers will enjoy “Peony in Love” by Lisa See. Peony, the cloistered daughter of wealthy parents, lives in the Chen Family Villa where she is betrothed to a suitor she has never met. When a small theatrical troupe is invited to perform in the garden of the villa her mother is against letting Peony attend as “Unmarried girls should not be seen in public.” Her father assures Peony’s mother that proprieties will be maintained and that the women will watch from behind a screen. Hidden from view Peony catches sight of a handsome man and begins a journey of love, destiny and sorrow.

            The author of over thirty-three novels, Jude Deveraux, is back with “Someone to Love”. After three years, Jace Montgomery is still grieving over his fiancée Stacy’s mysterious suicide. Her family still blames him for her death. While flipping through one of her old paperbacks Jace discovers a photo of a house stuck between the pages, it bears the message, “Ours again. Together forever. See you there”.  The note was dated the day before her death. Jace seeks out the property known as Priory House and buys it. He soon finds that the ghost of Ann Stuart haunts the house. Ann died under circumstances similar to those of his late fiancée, and he has a hunch that there is a connection between the two.

            Jane Mott Davidson usually sprinkles some fun into her mystery novels with the addition of a few recipes. The heroine of her books, Goldy Schulz, is a caterer who is hired to cater a holiday breakfast at the Aspen Meadow Library. While setting up, Goldy spots a woman lurking in the stacks who bears a striking resemblance to Sandee Brisbane who killed Goldy’s ex-husband. But Sandee is supposed to be dead. Goldy’s suspicions mount when the body of the former district attorney is found in a corner of the library with a map worth thousands of dollars stashed in his clothing. She’s convinced that Sandee is involved. Soon she’s drawn into the world of high-end map dealing and Sandee keeps making an appearance. Could she be out to prove that revenge is sweet?