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Nancy's Notes - June 13, 2013

“Echoes of My Soul” by Robert Tannenbaum, “Keeper of Secrets” by Julie Thomas, "Odd Series" by Dean Koontz.

We had our first summer reading program last Thursday. There were around 75 people in attendance. The kids enjoyed the duos juggling, stories, and magic. Our next program will be held Thursday, June 27, at 1:00 p.m. Blank Park Zoo will bring animals for the children to enjoy. This tends to be our most popular program.

Dean Koontz has added another novel to his “Odd” series. How do you make sure a crime that hasn’t happened yet, never does? That’s the question facing Odd Thomas, the young man with a unique ability to commune with spirits and help them find peace. Now the living desperately need Odd on their side. Three helpless innocents will be brutally executed unless Odd can intervene in time. Who the potential victims are and where they can be found remains a mystery. The only thing Odd knows for sure is who the killer will be.
Robert Tannenbaum’s newest is entitled, “Echoes of My Soul”. It was a muggy summer day in New York when Janice Wylie and Emily Hoffert were raped and murdered in their apartment on Manhattan's fashionable Upper East Side. Months passed then finally, Brooklyn police arrested George Whitmore, Jr., a nineteen-year-old with an I.Q. of less than 70. His incarceration would ultimately entail a host of cover-ups.
Whitmore had confessed. Yet Mel Glass, a young Manhattan Assistant D.A. not even assigned to the Homicide Bureau, was troubled by the investigation. So Glass tirelessly immersed himself in the case.  So began a quest for justice, which ended in a courtroom showdown in which the Brooklyn arresting cops refused to admit their flagrant errors.
Julie Thomas’, “Keeper of Secrets” should be of interest to both historical fiction and suspense lovers. In 1939 Berlin, 14-year-old Simon Horowitz’s world is stirred by his father's 1742 Guarneri del Gesu violin. When Nazis march across Europe and Simon is sent to Dachau, he finds unexpected kindness, and a chance to live.
In the present day, orchestra conductor Rafael Gomez finds himself inspired by Daniel Horowitz, a 14-year-old violin virtuoso who refuses to play. When Rafael learns that the boy's family once owned a precious violin believed to have been lost forever, Rafael seizes the power of history and discovers a family story like no other.
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