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Nancy's Notes - February 20, 2014

“Death Trade” by Jack Higgins, “Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd, “Fear Nothing” by Lisa Gardener.

Nancy’s Notes

    We have several readers who enjoy espionage and adventure stories. Jack Higgins is always a good read for lovers of these types of thrillers. His latest is entitled  “Death Trade”. The story pits his heroes Sean Dillon and Sara Gideon against the nuclear ambitions of Iran. An Iranian scientist has made a breakthrough in nuclear weapons research, but he can’t stand the thought of his country owning the bomb. He would run if he could, but if he does, his family dies. He is desperate; he doesn’t know what to do. It is up to Sean Dillon and the rest of his private army to think of a plan. 
    You may remember the bestseller, “Secret Life of Bees”. The author, Sue Monk Kidd has now written, “Invention of Wings”, which is also getting rave reviews. Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life of freedom  beyond the walls of the  Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women. The novel begins on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership of ten year old Handful, who is to be her handmaid. Readers follow their journeys over the next thirty five years, as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each other’s destinies.
    Boston Detective D. D. Warren is back in, “Fear Nothing”, by Lisa Gardener. The last thing Warren remembers from her latest murder investigation, is walking into the crime scene after dark, a creaking floorboard and a low voice whispering in her ear. She is later told she managed to discharge her weapon three times. All she knows is that she is seriously injured, unable to move her left arm, unable to return to work. Six weeks later, a second woman is discovered murdered in her own bed, her room containing the same calling cards from the first: a bottle of champagne and a single red rose. The only person who may have seen the killer is Detective D. D. Warren, who still can’t recall a single detail from the night that may have cost her everything.
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