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Nancy's Notes - December 31, 2009

“Locked In” by Marcia Mueller, “Southern Lights” by Danielle Steele, “The Book of the Shepherd”, by Joann Davis.

Marcia Mueller has written “Locked In”, the story of San Francisco private eye Sharon McCone. Shot in the head by an unknown assailant, McCone finds herself trapped by locked-in syndrome, almost total paralysis but an alert, conscious mind. The natural conclusion was that the assault was connected to one of the firm’s cases. As she lies in her hospital bed, trying to break out of her body’s prison and discover her attacker’s identity, the members of her agency fan out to find the reason she was attacked. While locked in her body, McCone uses the clues from her staff’s investigations to discover unsettling truths that could put her life in jeopardy again.


Danielle Steel’s, “Southern Lights” begins eleven years after Alexa Hamilton’s divorce and her escape from her ex-husbands prominent Charleston family. She is now a D.A. in Manhattan where she is a single mom to teenage daughter Savanah. Vowing that neither she nor her daughter will ever return to the South, everything changes when Alexa is handed her latest case, the trial of serial killer Luke Quentin. As Alexa prepares for the high-stakes trial threatening letters throw her life into turmoil. The letters are addressed to her daughter. Alexa is certain that Quentin is behind the letters and that they are too dangerous to ignore. Suddenly she must make the choice whether to send her daughter back to the place she swore she would never return, the place where her marriage ended, her ex-husband’s world in Charleston.


New on the inspirational fiction shelf is, “The Book of the Shepherd”, by Joann Davis. When a rare book is discovered in the study of an old Vermont farmhouse, the house’s new owner has the volume translated. Set in mythical time, in an unnamed land, the story tells the tale of a shepherd, Joshua. He is troubled by the harsh code of “an eye for an eye” that governs his world. Called by a dream, the shepherd sets off on a journey to find “the new way”. Accompanied by Elizabeth, a former slave, and David, the shepherd knows the “an age of miracles” will come when the new way is found. On their journey the travelers meet many characters including the Storyteller, the Apothecary, the Blind Man, and the Stranger. Each imparts an important lesson that pushes the travelers toward their destiny.

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