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Nancy's Notes - April 19, 2012

“Lunatics” by Dave Barry, “The Rope” by Nevada Barr, “Believing the Lie” by Elizabeth George.
    Popular columnist Dave Barry has recently written, “Lunatics” his first novel. The story revolves around the lives of Philip Horkman and Jeffrey Peckerman. Horkman is a happy man, owner of a pet store and a part-time referee for a local kids’ soccer league. Peckerman is the sole sane person in a world of jerks. The two collide in an escalating series of events that will send them running.
    Nevada Barr is back with, “The Rope”. Thirty-five years old and fresh off the bus from New York City, Anna Pigeon takes a decidedly unglamorous job as a seasonal employee at a national park. On her day off, she goes hiking into the park never to return. Her co-workers think she’s moved on, her cabin is cleaned out and her things gone. Anna herself wakes up, trapped at the bottom of a dry well. She has no supplies and no memory of how she got into this situation. It soon becomes clear that someone has trapped her there and that no one knows that she is even missing.
    Inspector Thomas Lynley is sent undercover in, “Believing the Lie” by Elizabeth George. Lynley is mystified when he’s sent undercover to investigate the death of Ian Cresswell at the request of the man’s uncle, Bernard Fairclough. The death has been ruled an accidental drowning, and nothing on the surface indicates otherwise. But when Lynley enlists the help of his friends Simon and Deborah St. James, the trio’s digging soon reveals that the Fairclough clan is awash in secrets, lies, and motives.
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