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Nancy's Notes - September 26, 2013

“Bones of the Lost” by Kathy Reichs, “Bran New Death” by Victoria Hamilton, “The Cuckoos Calling” by Robert Galbraith

We had showers in the community rooms both Saturday and Sunday. This has become a popular spot for this type of activity. For a minimal fee you have parking, chairs and tables, and you don’t have to clean your house. To rent the room call the library to make a reservation.
Kathy Reichs, “Bones of the Lost”, begins when Charlotte police discover the body of a teenage girl along a desolate stretch of two-lane highway. Temperance Brennan fears the worst when the girl’s body shows signs of foul play. Inside her purse, police find an airline club card bearing the name of prominent local businessman John-Henry Story, who died in fire months earlier. How did Story and the girl know each other? Was she murdered? Was he?
For those who like a lighter mystery, “Bran New Death” by Victoria Hamilton should be to your liking.  Merry is making a fresh start in small-town Autumn Vale, New York, in the mansion she’s inherited from her late uncle, Melvin. The house is run-down and someone has been digging giant holes on the grounds, but with its restaurant-quality kitchen, the place has potential for her new baking business. However, Merry soon finds that quite a few townsfolk didn’t like Uncle Mel, and she has inherited their antagonism as well as his home. Local baker Binny Turner and her crazy brother, Tom, blame Melvin for their father’s death, and Tom may be the one vandalizing her land. But when Tom turns up dead in one of the holes in her yard, Merry needs to prove she had nothing to do with his death.
You may have read about Robert Galbraith’s, “The Cuckoos Calling”. It received excellent reviews but was not a fast seller until it was announced that the author was really, J.K. Rowling, the author of the “Harry Potter” series. After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, and creditors are calling. He has also just broken up with his longtime girlfriend and is living in his office. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: His sister, the supermodel Lula Landry, known to her friends as the Cuckoo, fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every enticement and delusion known to man.
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