Nancy's Notes, May 8, 20008
The Elm Creek Quilt series has become a favorite of many of our patrons. Jennifer Chiaverini’s newest installment is “The Winding Ways Quilt”. Quilters have flocked to Elm Creek Manor to learn from Master Quilter Sylvia Compson and her colleagues. When to the founding members of the club depart to pursue other opportunities she wonders if the new teachers will be able to fill in the gaps created by the loss of their expertise and their friendship. As Sylvia contemplates a tribute to the partnership of the Elm Creek Quilters, she is reminded of a traditional quilt pattern whose curved pieces symbolize a journey. Winding Ways is a mosaic of overlapping circles and intertwining curves that capture the spirit of their friendship at the moment of its transformation.
Author Ted Dekker has written a couple of different series that have been quite popular. His newest is entitled “Adam”. Profiler Daniel Clark knows the elusive killer he’s been stalking. He’s devoted every waking minute to find the serial killer known only as Eve. He’s pored over the crime scenes of sixteen young women who died mysterious deaths, all in underground basements or caverns. What Daniel couldn’t possibly know is that he will be Eve’s next victim. He will be the killers first Adam. After sixteen months, the case takes a turn when Daniel is shot and left for dead. Resuscitated after twenty minutes, Daniel finds himself haunted by the experience. He knows he’s seen the killer’s face, but the trauma of near dying has obscured his memory.
Good Western stories are sometimes few and far between. If you like stories from long ago you may enjoy “Shavetail” which is set in 1871. It centers around Private Ned Thorne, a seventeen-year-old boy from Connecticut who has lied about his age to join the Army. Young and troubled, Ned is as green and stubborn as a “shavetail”, the soldier’s term for a dangerous, untrained mule. To endure in this world, Ned must not only follow the orders of the camp’s captain but he must also submit to the cruel manipulations of the camp’s mule driver. Both have been damaged by their long military service.
After a band of Apaches attack a nearby ranch killing two men and kidnapping a young woman, Ned’s lieutenant, a man seeking atonement for his own mistakes, leads Ned and the rest of his patrol on a near suicidal mission in the hopes of saving the woman’s life.
Linda Fairstein brings readers the new thriller, “Killer Heat”. Manhattan D.A. Alex Cooper’s celebrating a victory in a rape case when she gets a call: the body of a young woman has been found in an abandoned building. The brutal murder is disturbing enough, but when a second body, beaten and disposed of in the same manner is found the city’s top brass want the killer found before the tabloids start churning out headlines of serial killers. A serial killer on the loose is the last thing she needs on her plate right now. Then a third victim is found and it becomes clear to Alex that time is not on her side.
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