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Nancy's Notes - July 16, 2009

"The Perfect Poison" by Amanda Quick, "Pursuit" by Karen Robards, "The Associate" by John Grisham.

Amanda Quick is popular with our female readers.  She is back with,"The Perfect
Poison", a suspense novel.  Notorious botonist Lucinda Bromley is pagued by rumors that she poisoned her fiance. She now lives on the fringes of Victorian polite society.  Lucinda is occasionally called in to consult on murder investigations as she can detect almost any type of poison, especiallly those of the botanical kingdom.  The death of a lord has shaken Lucinda. At the murder scene she picks up traces of a poison so rare only one speciman exists and it was stolen from her conservatory last month.


Karen Robards brings readers a tale of political conspiracy in "Pursuit".  When
rookie lawyer Jessica Ford gets a call from her boss, John Davenport, the senior partner at her powerful law firm, she can tell he is drunk.  He needs Jess to meet First Lady Annette Cooper, for whom Davenport is a personal lawyer.  Jess is thrilled.  This high-profile assignment must mean that she's earned her boss's trust and she's on her way to bigger things.  She finds bigger isn't always better. Jess doesn't remember much only that in the course of the late-night meeting with Annette Cooper, she ended up in the backseat of a car, speeding off into the darkness.  All Jess knows is that the car crashed en route, and the other three passengers were killed, including the First Lady.  Badly injured, Jess is the only survivor of the accident.  She is bothered by one question, was it really an accident?


John Grisham is back once again with "The Associate". It is the tale of Kyle McAvoy who grew up in his father's small-town law office. He excelled at Yale and his future looked limitless. But Kyle has a secret, an episode from college that he has tried to forget. The secret falls into the hands of the wrong people and Kyle is forced to take a job he doesn't want. Three months after leaving Yale, Kyle becomes an associate at the largest law firm in the world where, in addition to practicing law, he is expected to lie, steal, and take part in a scheme that could send him to prison, if not get him killed.
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