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Nancy's Notes, April 10, 2008

“Now and Then” by Robert Parker, “Plum Lucky” by Janet Evanovich, “The Appeal” by John Grisham, “Eat this not that” by David Zinczenko, Matt Gouldin

          Robert Parker fans will enjoy “Now and Then” where Boston P.I. Spenser returns to solve his latest mystery. Spenser knows something’s wrong when Dennis Doherty walks into his office and asks the P.I. to investigate his wife, Jordon. Spenser agrees and soon catches her with another man. He considers the case closed when he reports back to Doherty. But a couple of days later three people are dead and Spenser knows this is not just a marital affair gone bad. As he digs further into the deaths Spenser discovers Jordan’s former lover Perry Alderson is the leader of a group that helps sponsor terrorists. The Boston P.I. will use all his connections to uncover the truth behind Alderson’s antigovernment organization and solve the murders.

            Janet Evanovich has a huge following. She brings Stephanie Plum back in “Plum Lucky”.  Stephanie has a way of attracting dangerous, oddballs, and mystery men. No one is more mysterious the Diesel. He’s on the trail of a little man in green pants who’s lost a giant bag of money. The problem is, the money isn’t exactly lost. Stephanie’s Grandma Mazur has found it and she’s hightailed it in a Winnebago to Atlantic City and hit the slots. When Stephanie attempts to bring Grandma home she finds herself in over her head with a caper involving thrice-stolen money, a racehorse, a car chase, and a bad case of hives.

            “The Appeal” by John Grisham is full of political intrigue. The story begins in a Mississippi courtroom where the public is awaiting the verdict against a chemical company accused of dumping toxic waste into a town’s water supply causing the worst “cancer cluster” in history. The company appeals to the Mississippi Supreme Court whose nine justices will one day either approve the verdict or reverse it. The chemical company is owned by a Wall Street predator named Carl Trudeau, who is convinced the Court is not friendly enough. With judicial elections looming, he decides to try to purchase himself a seat on the Court. Through a web of conspiracy his political operatives recruit a young unsuspecting candidate. They finance him, manipulate him, and mold him into a potential Supreme Court justice.

            No article is complete without a review of some type of diet book. “Eat this not that” is supposed to be a no-diet weight loss book.  The author tells readers they can burn fat and build the body by not eating less but eating smarter. It is an illustrated guide to thousands of foods and secrets that lead to fast and permanent weight loss.

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