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Nancy's Notes - September 24, 2015

“Rock With Wings” by Anne Hillerman, “Starlight on Willow Lake” by Susan Wiggs, “Silver Bay” by Jono Moyes.

Tony Hillerman has been a favorite with readers for many years. He is now deceased however his stories of the South West are continuing with his daughter, Anne Hillerman. She has now released “Rock With Wings”, the second in her Leaphorn Chee and Manuelito series. Doing a good deed for a relative offers the perfect opportunity for Sergeant Jim Chee and his wife, Officer Bernie Manuelito, to get away from the daily grind of police work. But two cases will call them back from their vacation and separate them, one near Shiprock, and the other at  Monument Valley. Chee follows a series of seemingly random clues that lead to a missing woman, a coldblooded thug, and a mysterious mound of dirt and rocks that could be a gravesite. Bernie has her hands full managing the fallout from a drug bust gone wrong.
        Susan Wiggs has become popular with readers who also enjoy Debbie Macomber and Robin Carr. Her latest is “Starlight on Willow Lake”. It is the next in her Lakeshore Chronicles series. When caregiver Faith McCallum arrives at the lakeside estate of Avalon's renowned Bellamy family, she's intent on rebuilding her shattered life and giving her two daughters a chance at a better future. But she faces a challenge in the form from her difficult new employer, Alice Bellamy. While Faith proves a worthy match for Alice, she often finds herself at a loss for words in the presence of Mason Bellamy, Alice’s charismatic son, who clearly longs to escape the family mansion and return to his exciting life in Manhattan. The last place Mason wants to be is a remote town in the Catskills, far from his life in the city, and Faith McCallum is supposed to be the key to his escape. Hiring the caregiver as a live-in nurse gives his mother companionship and Mason the freedom to return to his routine. For Faith, it means stability for her daughters and a much-needed new home. When Faith makes a chilling discovery about Alice's accident, Mason is forced to reconsider his desire to keep everyone, including his mother, at a distance
        The latest from Jono Moyes is entitled, “Silver Bay”. Liza McCullen will never fully escape her past. But the beaches and tight-knit community of Silver Bay offer the freedom and safety she craves for herself and her young daughter, Hannah. That is, until Mike Dormer arrives as a guest in her aunt’s hotel. The mild-mannered Englishman with his smart clothes and distracting eyes could destroy everything Liza has worked so hard to protect, not only the family business and the bay that harbors her beloved whales, but also her conviction that she will never love again.

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