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Nancy's Notes - November 27, 2008

Holiday hours: close 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday Nov. 26 and open at noon on Mon. 12/1 “Comforts of a Muddy Saturday” by Alexander McCall Smith, “Damage Control” by J.A. Jance, “Devil Bones” by Kathy Reichs,

You may want to stop early next week and stock up on reading materials.  The library will be closed over the Thanksgiving weekend.  We will close at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday and open at noon on Monday.  Remember you can always read on a full stomach and it can give you a break from football or shopping overload.

Alexander McCall Smith is famous for his No. 1 Ladies Detective Series.  We recently purchased “Comforts of a Muddy Saturday”, the fifth installment of his Isabel Dalhousie series.  In the latest novel, Isabel is asked to help a doctor who has been accused of scientific fraud concerning a newly marketed drug.  Would a doctor with a solid reputation make such a grave mistake?  If not, what would explain the tragic accident that resulted in the death of a patient.  Could he be the victim of someone else’s mistake, or would he be willfully deceived by a pharmaceutical company with a great deal to gain?

J.A. Jance brings cases to life in “Damage Control”.  It’s just another day in the life of Cochise County sheriff Joanna Brady.  The sun is shining at the Coronado National Monument when an elderly couple’s car goes off the side of a mountain.  The terrain is so rocky that a helicopter must be flown in to retrieve the bodies, and a thunderstorm is looming on the horizon.  Hours later, and miles away, the subsiding rain reveals gruesome evidence:  two trash bags containing human remains.  The remains belong to a handicapped woman who had wandered away from a care facility along with those of another resident with whom she may have been involved.

Author Kathy Reichs is also a forensic anthropologist.  Her newest novel, “Devil Bones”, uses those skills to create a great suspense story.  When a plumber uncovers a cellar during a house renovation, he finds a decapitated chicken, animal bones, cauldrons containing beads and feathers, and other relics of religious ceremonies.  In the center of the shrine there is the skull of a teenage girl.  Meanwhile, on a nearby lakeshore, the headless body of a teenage boy is found by a man walking his dog.  It is not clear where of when either death occurred.  Led by a preacher turned politician, citizen vigilantes blame devil worshipers and set about to seek revenge.  Forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan is called in to investigate.

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