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Nancy's Notes - September 25, 2014

“Long Way Home” by Louise Penny, Angels Walking by Karen Kingsbury, “Virtue Falls” by Christina Dodd.

   You may have noticed that we have been closed for staff development twice in the past month. All of our librarians are certified with the State Library of Iowa. In order to keep our certification we must earn 45 continuing education units every three years. Both of these classes were to help us fulfill those requirements as well as to help us serve you better. 
   Louise Penny’s, “Long Way Home” centers around happily retired Armand Gamache, a former Chief Inspector of Homicide who has finally found peace. While Gamache doesn’t talk about his wounds, his neighbor Clara tells him about hers. Peter, her artist husband, has failed to come home. She wants Gamache’s help to find him. Having finally found solitude, Gamache feels a near revulsion at the thought of leaving home. However he decides to join her in her hunt. Together with the help of a former coworker, they journey through Québec. Their search takes them to Peter Morrow. A man so desperate to recapture his fame as an artist, he would sell that soul. And he may have. 
      Author Karen Kingsbury is probably the favorite of our readers of inspirational fiction. When former national baseball star Tyler Ames suffers a career-ending injury, all he can think about is putting his life back together the way it was before. He has lost everyone he loves on his way to the big leagues. Then just when things seem to be turning around, Tyler hits rock bottom. Tyler’s one true love Sami Dawson has moved on. A series of small miracles leads Tyler to a maintenance job at a retirement home and a friendship with Virginia Hutcheson, an old woman with Alzheimer’s who strangely might have the answers he so desperately seeks.
     We have recently purchased the mystery, “Virtue Falls”, by Christina Dodd. Twenty-three years ago, in the isolated coastal town of Virtue Falls, Washington, four year old Elizabeth Banner witnessed her mother's brutal murder. Elizabeth's father was convicted of killing her and sentenced to prison. Elizabeth was sent to live with relatives, and grew from a solitary child to a woman with a cool scientific mind and a distrust of love. Now Elizabeth is back in Virtue Falls, a geologist like her father, her life guided by logic and facts. But nothing can help her through the chaos that follows the return of her ex-husband, Garik Jacobsen, an FBI agent on probation for his past deeds. Nor can it help her deal with her father, now stricken with Alzheimer's and haunted by his wife’s ghost. When a massive earthquake reveals long-concealed secrets, Elizabeth soon discovers her father is innocent. Is the killer still at large?

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