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Nancy's Note - July 9, 2009

"Deadlock" by Iris Johansen, "Prayers for Sale" by Sandra Dallas,

Iris Johansen entertains readers with, "Deadlock", her latest suspense novel.  Emily Hudson is an artifacts expert for the U.N. who travels to war-torn countries attempting to save their priceless treasures from destruction. Her partner, Joel Levy, is always at her side. One day her entire crew comes under attack and Joel and Emily are held hostage by a captor who is determined to find the missing link to a legendary treasure. For weeks they struggle to survive and are pushed to their limits and beyond. John Garrett has worked for the CIA or whoever else was willing to pay for his services. Now a Washington operative is calling and desperate. The mission: save
Emily and Joel, but there may be more to the job than they reveal.

Sandra Dallas's "Prayers for Sale" tells of bond formed between two women who are generations apart.  It begins in 1936 during the Great Depression which has taken a toll on eighty-six-year-old Hennie Comfort.  She has lived in Middle Swan, Colorado since before it was Colorado.  When she first meets seventeen-year-old Nit Spindle,
she is drawn to the young girl.  Nit and her husband have come to the mining town in search of work, however the loneliness Nit feels is almost too much for her to bear. One day she notices an old sign that reads "Prayers for Sale" in front of Hennie's house.  Hennie invites Nit in.  The hardships each has endured help them to create an instant bond and their friendship is born.   I just had a patron stop and mentioned how well written this story was and mentioned that it had a great story line.

James Patterson has now completed number eight in his Women's Murder Club series. "The 8th Confession" begins in San Francisco at a glamorous party, where a killer is watching and waiting for a chance to take vengeance on Isa and Ethan Bailey, popular communtiy leaders.  Finally the killer makes his move, murdering the couple without leaving a trace.  As Detective Lindsay Boxer investigates the high-profile murder, a preacher is found brutally executed.  His death nearly falls through the crackes until reporter Cindy Thomas decides the story could be huge.  Probing into the victims history she discovers he may not have been quite as saintly as everyone thought.  As the hunt for two criminals tests the limits of the Woment's Murder Club, Lindsay sees sparks fly between Cindy and Lindsay's partner Detective Rich Conklin. The Women's Murder Club now faces its toughest challenge: will love destroy all the the friends have built?

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