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Nancy's Notes - March 22, 2012

“Death Comes to Pemberley” by P.D. James, "The Careful Use of Compliments" by Alexander McCall Smith, “Mr. Monk on Patrol” by Lee Goldberg.

 I can’t believe it is the middle of March and I can sit out on my patio and read! It’s a nice break from (or excuse to ignore ) your yard work. We also have audio books or e-books that can be played on an I-Pod while you are raking.
    P.D. James’, “Death Comes to Pemberley”, draws from the characters in Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice”. It begins in 1802, six years since Elizabeth and Darcy began their life together at Pemberly. Elizabeth life seems perfect as she settles in as the mistress of the Darcy’s estate. They have two sons, family nearby, and the autumn ball is approaching. On the evening of the ball, a coach careens up the drive carrying Lydia, Elizabeth’s disgraced sister, who along with her husband, Wickham, have been banished from Pemberley. She is hysterical, shouting that Wickham has been murdered.
    Now available is the fourth installment of the Isabel Dalhousie series written by Alexander McCall Smith. Isabel now has a son, Charlie, whose father James has proposed marriage to Isabel. But life takes a bump when Professor Dove has seized Isabel’s position as editor of the “Review of Applied Ethics”. However when she recognizes that two paintings attributed to a deceased artist have simultaneously appeared on the market, she can’t help but think that they’re forgeries. So Isabel begins an investigation and soon finds herself diverted from parenthood, marriage and her professional life to solving the puzzle of the forged paintings.
    If you’ve ever enjoyed the “Monk” series on television, you will enjoy, “Mr. Monk on Patrol”. Things have been going well for former SFPD lieutenant Randy Disher in New Jersey, where he lives with Monk’s previous assistant, Sharona, and works as the police chief. But when the city’s leadership is arrested for fraudulently inflated salaries, Disher finds himself as the acting mayor. Now Disher has to manage the police department and the responsibilities of running a town that is in the midst of a wave of residential robberies. In desperation, Disher reaches out to Adrian Monk. When Monk and his assistant, Natalie, arrive in New Jersey, Disher makes them temporary police officers. When the string of home burglaries escalates to arson and murder, Monk and Natalie find that someone is trying to send them home in a coffin.
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