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Nancy's Notes - December 15, 2011

“A Plain and Fancy Christmas” by Cynthia Keller “Virals” by Kathy Reichs, “Zero Day” by David Baldacci.


    The Christmas books have been flying off the shelves. One you might enjoy is, “A Plain and Fancy Christmas”. Raised in a Pennsylvania Amish community, Rachel Yoder has led a simple life. Widowed three years ago, she has moved back in with her parents to raise her young daughter. Four hours away, in New York City, Ellie Lawrence is focused on a high powered career with little time for family or friends. Then one day the two very different women receive shocking news, thirty years earlier they were switched at birth at the hospital. Rachel and Ellie are plunged into an exploration of who they are and where they belong. Ellie is eager to learn more about her Amish family. Rachel cannot help but feel jealous as shewatche s the only mother she has ever known bonding with her natural daughter. But Rachel knows that her own biological family is out there and with Katie at her side she heads for Manhattan where she establishes a connection with the spirited Lawrences. As Ellie and Rachel make their way through unfamiliar territory, they face challenges with the question: will their old conventions and desires give way to new customs?
    Like her character Temperance Brennan, author Kathy Reichs is a forensic anthropologist In her latest novel, “Virals”, Reichs introduces Tory Brennan, niece of world-famous forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan. When Tory moves to the middle of nowhere to live with the marine biologist dad she has never known, Tory tries to adjust to her new life. She meets a group of science geeks, like herself. Her new friends have grown up exploring the marshlands on Loggerhead Island. But there is something strange going on at the Loggerhead Research Institute, perhaps even deadly. After rescuing a stray wolfdog pup form a top-secret lab, Tory and her friends are exposed to a rare strain of canine parvovirus, changing them, and their DNA, forever.
    David Baldacci is quickly becoming a favorite of mystery readers. His newest thriller is entitled, “Zero Day”. John Puller is a combat veteran and the best military investigator in the U.S. Criminal Investigative Division. Now Puller is called out on a case in a remote, rural area in West Virginia coal country far from any military outpost. Someone has stumbled onto a brutal crime scene. The local homicide detective joins forces with Puller in the investigation. As he digs through the various deceptions, he realized that absolutely nothing he’s seen in this small town, and no one in it, is what it seems. Facing a potential conspiracy that reaches far beyond the hills of West Virginia, he is one man on the hunt for justice.
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