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Nancy's notes - May 12, 2016

“The Total Package” by Stephanie Evanovich, “Design for Murder” by Jessica Fletcher, “Property of a Noblewoman” by Danielle Steel.

        Janet Evanovich has been a favorite of our readers with her Stephanie Plum series. Her niece, Stephanie Evanovich, has also begun writing novels. We recently purchased, “The Total Package”, her third book. Star quarterback Tyson Palmer has it all: a million-dollar arm, a winning season and the promise of a Superbowl ring. He is also the ultimate comeback kid. After an addiction to painkillers nearly derailed his career, Tyson got sober and went from zero to hero in the eyes of the public. But Dani Carr, a sports commentator with high ratings and following of her own, remains unconvinced. Can a sports journalist trying to claw her way to the top and a quarterback who knows all about rock bottom make it to the Super Bowl without destroying each other?

Always popular with those who like a lighter, less graphic mystery is the “Murder  She Wrote” series. Jessica Fletcher’s latest, “ Design for Murder”  begins in Manhattan where Fletcher is to attend the debut of a new designer who was formerly Sandy Black of Cabot Cove. The young man has reinvented himself as Xandr Ebon, and is introducing his evening wear collection to the public and to the industry’s most powerful: the stylists, the magazine editors, the buyers, and the wealthy clientele who can make or break him. At the show, the glitz and glamour are dazzling until a young model, taking her first walk down the runway, collapses and dies. Natural causes?  Maybe. But when another model is found dead the fashion world gets nervous.

We have two new titles from Danielle Steel. This week I’m writing about, “Property of a Noblewoman”. The story revolves around faded photographs of a glamorous couple in postwar Europe, old letters hinting of tragic loss, and an assortment of jewelry with spectacular stones. These items are found in a safe-deposit box long abandoned in a New York City bank. If no heir can be identified, the jewelry will be auctioned. Two people, drawn together by chance, begin to unravel the mystery of the jewelry’s owner. Jane Willoughby is a law clerk at the surrogate’s court and Phillip Lawton a fine arts expert for Christie’s auction house. They are doing their jobs when they come to the bank to inspect the contents of the box. But the search turns personal and their efforts will lead from New York to London and Paris, to Rome and Naples, and a series of stunning revelations.

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