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Nancy's Notes - March 1, 2012

“Damage Control” by Denise Hamilton, “Betrayal of Trust” by J.A. Jance
We have two book clubs that might be of interest to you. The library hosts a book club the fourth Thursday of each month. It is held over the noon hour and limited to one hour of discussion. This month’s selection is “Caleb’s Crossing”. We have also ordered books for the Methodist Church. They are reading books chosen from a Methodist reading list. Their selection is, “Same Kind of Different than Me”. This will be held at noon at the Church the 3rd Tuesday in March. Anyone is also welcome to attend this club also. I did start the Methodist book last night and I think I’m really going to enjoy it.
    Denise Hamilton has written, “Damage Control”, which involves a murder involving a political family. Maggie Silver is middle class with a mortgage to pay and an ill mother to support. She is trying to climb the corporate ladder at the PR firm where she works. Now Maggie has to tackle her roughest client yet: Senator Henry Paxton, who also happens to be the father of Maggie’s estranged best friend. Senator Paxton’s young female aide has been found murdered, and Maggie is hired to control the scandal. Thrown back into the Paxton’s glamorous world, Maggie is flooded with memories of stormy years she spent in high school with the Senator’s daughter. The two girl’s friendship was severed by a tragedy that neither was able to forget. As Maggie gets embroiled in the lives of the Paxtons, she realizes that the ties of her old friendship are stronger than she thinks.
    J.P. Beaumont is back in J.A. Jance’s “Betrayal of Trust”. A video emerges showing a childish game: a teenage girl smiles for the camera, a scarf tied around her neck. Suddenly things turn murderous, and the girl ends up dead. The clip has been discovered on the phone that belongs to the grandson of Washington State’s governor. The boy, who has a troubled background, swears that he’s never seen the victim before. The governor turns to his old friend J.P. Beaumont for help. Beaumont soon determines that what appears to be a childish prank gone wrong has a much deeper implication.
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