Nancy's Notes January 3, 2008
I can tell everyone is having a hard time getting going after the holidays. The mornings are very quiet at the library but once people get up and moving things really pick-up. We had only four items checked out by noon the other day but over 100 items in the afternoon.
J.A. Jance brings suspense back in “Hand of Evil”. The story begins as a man, whose hand is trapped in the door of a speeding car, struggles to remain upright. He is dragged along a deserted stretch of road in Phoenix’s South Mountain Preserve. Meanwhile a hundred miles away, Ali Reynolds is grieving when she looses her newscasting job and her philandering husband at the same time. Then a family member who had given Ali a scholarship for her education suddenly asks her for a meeting. Before she can find out why they need to meet a friend calls to tell her that her teenage daughter has disappeared. Ali offers to help but that unknowingly puts her in the middle of a deadly ring of secrets. Jance spins a tale connecting generations, exposing two women with the same secret.
If you need something light and fun after running hard the last month try “Life’s a Beach” by Claire Cook. Ginger finds herself single at forty-one and back home living over the family garage with only her cat for company. She’s hoping for a more fulfilling life as a sea glass artist, but spends most of her time babysitting for her sister’s kids and sharing overnights with Noah, her on-again, off-again glassblower boyfriend. If things aren’t challenging enough, Ginger’s older sister, Geri, is pestering her to ditch Noah and find a real mate. Geri’s facing the big 5-0 and her birthday is threatening to send her over the deep end and possibly take Ginger with her. Throw in a dump-picking, packrat father and a couple of Red Hat realtors and entertainment ensues.
Sue Grafton’s alphabet murders are mystery classics. She is back with “T is for Trespass”. Private eye Kinsey Millhone is returns in the novel that deals with issues of identity theft, elder abuse, and the breakdown in the institutions charged with caring for the weak and dependent. The book revolves around Solana Rojas who is a sociopath. Rojas is not her birth name. It is an identity that she stole and gives her access to caregiving jobs. Will Millhone realize what is happening in time to intervene?
Stop in and check out something to pass the snowy evenings: Monday through Wednesday between noon and 8:00 p.m. or Thursday through Saturday between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.