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Nancy's Notes - February 28, 2013

“The Start of Everything” by Emily Winslow, “Touch and Go” by Lisa Gardener, “The Winter Witch” by Paula Brackston

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Emily Winslow’s, “The Start of Everything”, is a psychological thriller.  The story is told through the eyes of many different characters. It begins in Cambridge, England where outside the city, the badly decomposed body of a teenage girl has washed up in the flooded fens. Detective Inspector Chloe Frohmann and her partner, Morris Keene, quickly work to identify the victim before the press gets a hold of the story. Across the campus of Cambridge University, the detectives clues lead them toward the identity of the dead girl. Eventually, their search leads them to Deeping House, a country manor where, over the course of one Christmas holiday, three families, two nannies, and one young writer were snowed in together. Chloe Frohmann begins to unravel secrets, of long-buried crimes and freshly committed horrors. But in order to reveal the truth she may have to betray her partner.

Lisa Gardener’s, “Touch and Go” is the tale of what lurks behind the façade of the darkest secret.  When investigator Tessa Leoni arrives at the crime scene in the Denbes’ home, she finds scuff marks on the floor and Taser confetti in the foyer.  The family appears to have been abducted, with only a pile of their most personal possessions remaining behind.  No witnesses, no ransom demands, no motive.  Just an entire family, vanished without a trace. Tessa knows better than anyone that even the most perfect façades can hide the darkest secrets.

Author Paula Brackston takes readers to the windswept mountains of Wales in “The Winter Witch”, a story of love and magic. In her small early nineteenth century Welsh town, there is no one quite like Morgana.  She is pretty enough to attract a suitor, but there are things that set her apart from other girls. Though her mind is sharp she has not spoken since she was a young girl. Her silence is a mystery, as well as her magic which includes the bad luck that visits those who do her ill.  Concerned for her safety, her mother is anxious to see Morgana married, and Cai Jenkins, the widowed drover from the far hills who knows nothing of the rumors that swirl around her, seems the best choice.
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