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Nancy's Notes - July 24, 2008

“No Choice But Seduction” by Johanna Lindsey, “Strip Search” by William Bernhardt, “Plague Ship” by Clive Cussler, “Rogue” by Danielle Steel

           Romance writer Johanna Lindsey is back with “No Choice But Seduction”. After her mother died Katey Tyler fled her dull Connecticut town hoping to meet her relatives in England and find adventure. When she catches the eye of ship owner Boyd Anderson she inadvertently stumbles upon a high-stakes kidnapping.  Sir Anthony Malory’s young daughter is abducted and her kidnapper mistakenly sends the ransom note to the home of Sir Anthony’s brother, James. With James and his wife in the Caribbean, the demands are received by their houseguest, Boyd Anderson. When he searches for the girl with Anthony he hardly expects to find Katey Tyler at the center of the plot.

            William Bernhardt’s “Strip Search” centers around Susan Pulaske a Las Vegas police behaviorist who’s already been canned once but is needed to solve the latest crime. In Sin City someone is ritually murdering handpicked victims, each with a dirty secret in their past. The killer’s gimmick is to leave behind part of the victims’ body and then write an obscure mathematical formula in their blood. Pulaski doesn’t have a clue what the codes mean, but she knows someone who will, Darcy O’Bannon. The twenty-six-year-old autistic savant has the perfect skills for unraveling such mysteries.

            Clive Cussler has written four novels regarding the exploits of the Oregon, a covert ship that is completely dilapidated on the outside but packed with sophisticated weaponry on the inside. The ship is manned by Captain Cabrillo and a crew of former military and spy personnel.  It is a private enterprise available for hire by any government agency that can afford it. The crew has just completed a top-secret mission against Iran in the Persian Gulf when they come across a cruise ship adrift at sea. Hundreds of bodies litter its deck. Cabrillo tries to determine what happened when an explosion racks the length of the ship. Barely able to escape with his own life and that of the liner’s sole survivor, Cabrillo finds himself plunged into a mystery in “Plague Ship”.

            The latest Danielle Steel novel has gotten positive remarks from readers. “Rogue” centers around Blake and Maxine Williams. Being married to Blake had always been an amazing adventure for Maxine. He made millions and grabbed headlines as a dot-com entrepreneur. His only shortcoming was as a husband. His work came first in his life followed by the quest for fun. For five years Blake and Maxine had worked out an amicable divorce with friendly, infrequent visits with his children. Blake enjoys globe-trotting and dating beautiful women while Maxine raises their kids in Manhattan and works as a psychiatrist. Then everything changes.

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