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Nancy's notes 12-13-07

Santa, “Tell-tale Horse” by Rita Mae Brown, “Last Known Victim” by Erica Spindler, “The Gift” by Richard Paul Evans

            The library will sponsor a special guest on Wednesday evening December 19. Santa will be at the library at 5:30 p.m. to read a story and visit with youngsters. There will be some Christmas activities for children to enjoy as well as hot dogs and chips for a light supper.  We picked this time slot so parents can pick-up children after work and get them home early for bed or religion classes.

            Rita Mae Brown is back with “Tell-tale Horse” the next installment in her foxhunting series. The locals must track down a killer and save the life of one of the most beloved folks in town. A woman is found brutally murdered, stripped naked, and placed atop a horse statue outside a tack shop. The theft of a treasured foxhunting prize inside the store may be linked to the scene. With few clues to go on, Jane Arnold, master of the Jefferson Hunt Club, uses her common sense to try to solve the mystery of this “Lady Godiva” murder. As she gets closer to the truth, she could become the killer’s next victim.

            Author Erica Spindler lives in New Orleans with her family. Her latest novel, “Last Known Victim” takes place in her hometown amid the destruction of hurricane Katrina. As rescue efforts begin in the city the discovery is made in a refrigerator “graveyard”. One of them contains six human hands-all female, all right hands. The press has dubbed the unknown perpetrator, “The Handyman”. With no way to trace the origin of the refrigerator and evidence lost to the elements, the case dead-ends. Captain Patti O’Shay the by-the-book cop who is assigned to the case is broken hearted when her husband, also a police captain, is found murdered surprised by looters. Still grieving, Patti gets a call from homicide: skeletal remains have been unearthed in City Park. The unknown victim is a female who is missing her right hand. Even more shocking, found by the victim’s bones is her husband’s police badge.

            If you like sentimental stories Richard Paul Evans is a popular choice. He is back with “The Gift”.  The story begins when Nathan Hurst, a Tourette’s-suffering security chief for a retail chain gets snowed in at the Denver airport at Thanksgiving. He offers half of his hotel suite to a stranded needy family, a single mom and her children Lizzy and Collin. Collin, who has leukemia, cures Nathan’s Tourette’s with his gift of healing touch. Exercising his secret gift makes Collin sicker, and as news of his healing powers leaks out, it leads to a demand for his services which worsens his condition.

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