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Nancy's Notes - February 3, 2010

"The Lost Art of Gratitude" by Alexander McCall Smith, "The Castaways" by Elin Hilderbrand, "Hardball" by Sara Paretsky.

I didn't think I had to say this every single week, but if the weather is bad call ahead and make sure we're open.  I tried to be open all day last Tuesday, but Mother Nature didn't cooperate.  We seem to be in a never-ending cycle of bad weather.  Please don't worry about returning materials.  If the weather is bad, you can call and renew.  If we are closed, no fines are imposed that day.

Alexander McCall Smith has now written the sixth installment in her Isabel Dalhousie series, "The Lost Art of Gratitude". Isabel's son, Charlie, is now eighteen months and old enough for her to have a social life, so off they go to a birthday party.  Isabel is surprised when she encounters an old adversary, Minty Auchterloinie, a high-flying financier.  Minty had seemed ruthless to Isabel but now she takes Isabel into her confidence about a personal matter.  Is Minty to be trusted or is she the perpetrator of a huge fraud?

Maybe you can feel a little warmer when you read "The Castaways" by Elin Hilderbrand. The story takes place on Nantucket where everybody's business is everybody's business.  When the music teacher, Greg MacAvoy, shares an evening with a high school senior, rumors swarm the island. The stories strain Greg's marriage to his wife, Tess.  Hoping to heal the rough waters, the MacAvoys head out on a sailboat to celebrate their anniversary.  Soon there is heartbreaking news: Greg and Tess have mysteriously drowned, leaving behind two small children. Their closest friends are devastated, and they set out to answer the question: What happened to Greg and Tess.

Sara Paretsky is back with, "Hardball". V.I. Warshawski is asked to find Lamont Sadsden, a man who's been missing for four decades.  A search that she figured would be futile turns lethal.  Old skeletons from the city's racially charged history, as well as family secrets, rise up to brush her back from the plate with a vengeance.

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