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Nancy's Notes - November 5, 2009

“Capitol Offense” by William Bernhardt, “Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’easter” by Lisa Patton, “The Twilight Zone” by Rod Serling.

Nancy’s notes


            William Bernhardt will thrill readers with “Capitol Offense”.  Professor Dennis Thomas arrives at the law office of Ben Kincaid with a bizarre request: he wants to know if Kincaid can help him beat a murder charge of a killing yet to happen.  The professor’s intended victim is a Tulsa cop who had refused to authorize a search for Thomas’s missing wife.  For seven days, Joslyn Thomas had lain in the twisted wreckage of her car, dying a slow death.  Now, insane with grief, Thomas wants to kill Detective Christopher Sentz.  Kincaid warns him not to, but that very same day someone fires seven bullets into the police officer.


            We have several patrons who ask for something light or funny.  Lisa Patton’s “Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’easter” should fill that bill.  Leelee Saterfield seems to have it all: a great husband, two daughters, and a hometown she loves in Memphis, Tennessee. When her husband gets the idea to uproot the family to run a quaint Vermont inn, Leelee is devastated.  She discovers pretty fast that there’s a truckload of things nobody tells you about Vermont until you live there: mud season, vampire flies, and the danger of ice sheets careening off roofs.  The inn they’ve bought also has its own host of problems.  The whole operation is managed by Helga, a stern German woman who loves to bully Leelee.  It doesn’t take long for Leelee to start wondering when to drag out the moving boxes again.  When an unexpected hardship takes Leelee by surprise, she finds herself left alone with an inn to run, a mortgage to pay, and two daughters to raise.  Drawing on her inner strength, Leelee decides to turn around the inn, her attitude, and her life.


            I bet many of you remember “The Twilight Zone” that first aired on television in 1959.  The 156 episodes sparked the imaginations of countless writers.  In conjunction with the celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the first broadcast, some of today’s well-known writers have written all-new stories to celebrate Rod Serling’s series.  Carol Serling, widow of Rod Serling, compiled this commemorative book.  She worked closely with her husband during the creation of the original show.  Carol has devoted herself to maintaining Rod’s legacy since his death in 1975.


            Come in and choose one of these or many other books: Monday through Wednesday between noon and 8:00 p.m. or Thursday through Saturday between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.