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Nancy's Notes - January 30, 2014

"Forget Me Not" by Fern Michaels, "Mr. Monk gets on Board" by hy Conrad, "Bull River" by Robert Parker


Nancy’s Notes
   Another adventure in weather this week, and I hate to keep repeating myself but in case of inclement weather call and make sure we are open. We may shorten up our day or not open if the snows too deep.
   Fern Michaels has recently written, “Forget Me Not”, where Lucy Brighton should be in a happy place. But the ache of a lonely childhood remains. Even though she still lives in the New Jersey house where she grew up, Lucy has had little contact with her parents since they moved to Florida five years ago. Then Lucy receives a call that her parents have been killed in a car crash. While settling their affairs in Florida, Lucy begins to realize how little she really knew about their lives. She has no way to explain the mysterious safe in their bedroom, with its cache of fake passports, cash, and weapons.   Were they even who they claimed to be?
   Our Monk books are enjoyed by many of readers who appreciate a clean, light story. His latest escapade is entitled, “Mr. Monk Gets On Board”. Of all the things that make Adrian Monk uneasy a change of ranks is high on the list. So when Natalie completes her P.I. license and technically becomes Monk’s boss it’s not easy for him to accept. Since he can’t he imagine Natalie attending a business seminar at sea without him, he tags along even though it means spending a week with her on a cruise ship. Between choppy waters and obnoxious kids, Monk finds himself in a storm of anxiety. Mariah, the cruise director, is always able to smooth things over until someone pulls the man overboard alarm, the ship drops anchor, and the crew fishes Mariah’s dead body out of the water. Finding alcohol in Mariah’s system, the ship’s doctor declares her death an accident, but Monk isn’t convinced. 
   Robert Parker’s “Bull River” will appeal to our western readers. After hunting down the notorious desperado Alejandro Vasquez, Territorial Marshal Virgil Cole and Deputy Everett Hitch return him to San Cristóbal to stand trial. No sooner do they remand him into custody than a major bank robbery occurs and the lawmen find themselves with another job: investigating the robbery of the Comstock Bank, recovering the loot, and bringing the criminals to justice. But when their primary suspect is found severely beaten outside a high-class brothel and turns out to be using a false identity to escape a torrid past, it is Alejandro who becomes the key to their investigation. 
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