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Nancy's Notes - October 17, 2013

“Close Up On Murder” by Jessica Fletcher, “English German Girl” by Jake Wallis Simmons, “Leaving Haven” by Kathleen McCleary

There was a lot of action last Wednesday at the library. We had jugglers on hand to entertain the kids on their early dismissal day. Seventy youngsters attended the presentation and then enjoyed trying some juggling, jumping rope, craft activities, and enjoying a snack of fresh apples.
    One of the favorites of our readers is the Murder She Wrote series. Jessica Fletcher is back with, “Close Up On Murder”. It takes place in Cabot Cove which is about to be invaded by Hollywood. One of Jessica’s older novels is being made into a big-budget movie. The producer has decided to shoot most of the film on location in town, since the book was loosely based on a murder that shocked Cabot Cove over a decade earlier. The murder occurred when a judge was gunned down while walking her dog. The prime suspect: an enraged husband whom the judge ruled against in a child custody case. But further investigation pointed to the victim’s own husband and his mistress. But fiction and reality collide when the actress playing the judge is shot with the only witness her dog  and  a cast and crew of possible suspects. With tensions between locals and the Hollywood crowd mounting, Jessica must find the killer.
    I love historical fiction so the next title really peaked my interest. A tale of World War II, “English German Girl”, is the story of one girl's struggle against a world in turmoil. In 1930s Berlin, choked by the tightening of Hitler's fist, the Klein family is gradually losing everything that is precious to them. Their fifteen-year-old daughter, Rosa, slips out of Germany on a Kindertransport train to begin a new life in England. Charged with the task of securing a safe passage for her family, she vows that she will not rest until they are safe. But as war breaks out and she loses contact with her parents, Rosa finds herself wondering if there are some vows that can't be kept.
    In Kathleen McCleary’s, “Leaving Haven”, Georgia longs for a baby, but she's had miscarriage after miscarriage since her daughter was born more than a decade ago. Through an egg donation, Georgia is thrilled to find herself pregnant, until she makes a startling discovery that changes her mind about how much she really wants the baby.
    Stop in and see us for these or several other good books: Monday through Wednesday between noon and 8:00 p.m., Thursday and Friday between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. or Saturday between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.