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Nancy's Notes - May 30, 2013

“Dangerous Refuge”, by Elizabeth Lowell, “Let the Dead Sleep” by Heather Graham, “Miss Julia Stirs Up Trouble” by Ann B. Ross.

 I hope all parents of small children have marked our Summer Celebration program on the calendar. On Thursday, June 6, “Laughing Matters” will present a program at 9:30 a.m. Jay and Leslie perform juggling, mime, magic and lots of nonsense. The program is open to kids of all ages, however we do ask that preschoolers be accompanied by a responsible party.

Please be aware that the library will change their Saturday hours starting June 1. We will now be open from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. During the summer most of the patrons come in early so they can enjoy nice weather in the afternoon. We will re-evaluate hours open at the end of the summer.

Murder and romance are featured in “Dangerous Refuge”, by Elizabeth Lowell. On the surface Shaye Townsend has little in common with Tanner. He's a big city cop come home to the historic Davis family ranch to settle his uncle's estate. She's working for an environmental conservancy that acquires and protects old ranches and she wants to preserve the Davis homestead. When the suspicious death of Tanner's uncle at his ranch throws the two together, tempers flare. While they have trouble seeing eye to eye, Shaye and Tanner agree on one thing: They need to uncover the truth. Combining their unique skills—Shaye's low-key approach and local connections and Tanner's experience as a homicide detective—the unlikely pair share long nights in the pursuit of justice.

Mystery writer Heather Graham is back with, “Let the Dead Sleep”. The centuries-old bust of an evil man is stolen. It's an object desired by collectors—and by those with wickedness in their hearts. One day, its current owner shows up at Danni Cafferty's antiques shop on Royal Street. But before Danni can buy the statue, it disappears, the owner is found dead, and Danni discovers that she's inherited much more than she realized. In the store is a book filled with secret writing: instructions for defeating evil entities. She'd dismissed it as a curiosity…until the arrival of this statue, with its long history of evil and even longer trail of death.

Our Miss Julia series is quite popular with those who enjoy a quick, humorous read. Her latest adventure is called, “Miss Julia Stirs Up Trouble”. With a cool bite in the air, Miss Julia is enjoying a respite by her new fireplace. But autumn leaves aren’t the only things falling: James, Hazel Marie’s housekeeper, has had a nasty tumble down some stairs. How can Hazel Marie feed and take care of him—not to mention a husband and two babies? It’s Miss Julia to the rescue.

Come and see us: Monday thru Wednesday between noon and 8:00 p.m. or Thursday and Friday between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

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