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Nancy's Notes - January 8

"Cruel Intent" by J.A. Jance, "Scarpetta" by Patricia Cornwell, "Just After Sunset" by Stephen King.

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Suspense lovers should enjoy "Cruel Intent" by J.A. Jance where ex-television journalist, Ali Reynolds, wants a break from excitement. In the midst of a remodel, the last thing she expects is a murder investigation that will stop the construction on her home.  When the murdered body of stay-at-home mom Morgan Forester is found, Ali's contractor Bryan is the prime suspect.  He swears he has nothing to do with his wife's murder-but as the investigation progresses, Ali seems to be the only resident of Sedona who believes him.  Determined to prove Bryan's innocence, Ali unknowingly lands herself directly in the path of a calculating killer.  Will Ali be able to decode the actions of a ruthless man determined to destroy women-before he uses his website to find her?
Patricia Cornwell is one of the most popular female crime writers.  She is back with "Scarpetta".  Private forensic pathologist, Kay Scarpetta, takes up an assignment in New York City, where the NYPD has asked her to examine an injured patient on Bellevue Hospital's psychiatric prison ward.  The patient, Oscar Bane, has specifically asked for Scarpetta.   When she examines the patient, he begins to talk and the story he has to tell turns out to be one of the most bizarre she has ever heard.  Is Bane a criminally insane stalker who is fixed on Scarpetta?  Or is his paranoid story true and he is being spied on, followed and stalked by the actual killer? The one thing Scarpetta knows for certain is that a woman has been tortured and murdered and more violent deaths will follow.

Two of the world's most famous authors have recently published books of short stories.  Stephen King, who is famous for his horror stories, has written a collection of stories in "Just After Sunset". These stories have appeared in several publications in the past.  Also popular with children and adults is J.K.Rowling.  She has published a collection of short stories in "The Tales of Beedle the Bard".  I find it remarkable that we have not had one request for Rowling's book.  In the past we have long lists of reserves on her titles.  I will be interested to hear what our readers think about this title.

Now that the holidays are over, barring bad weather, we will be back to our regular hours:  Monday through Wednesday noon until 8:00 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.