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Nancy's Notes - September 22, 2016

“Apprentice in Death” by J.D. Robb, "Downfall” by J.A. Jance, "Debt to Pay”, by Reed Farrel Coleman, writing as Robert B. Parker.

   Last week I was in New York City with my sisters. We ran like crazy, so you would think I had no time to read. Once again I downloaded e-books from Bridges so I had things to read at bedtime and during the plane ride. At no cost to me I had reading material on my phone so it was always handy and could be read in the dark. If you need help getting started on your device bring it in and we will help you get started.
        We are now beginning a toddlertime on Thursday mornings at 10:30 a.m. You don’t need to pre-register, just bring your children and enjoy a morning interacting with them and other young mothers.
        Many of our popular authors now have new novels on our shelves. J.D. Robb’s, “Apprentice in Death”, is number 43 in her, In Death series. Our first reader said he thought it was one of the better stories in the series. Amazon gave it five out of five stars. The victims in her latest are a talented young skater, a doctor, and a teacher. Eve Dallas has seen a lot of killers during her time with the NYPSD but never one like this. A review of the security videos reveals that the victims were killed with a tactical laser rifle fired by a sniper, who could have been miles away when the trigger was pulled. Even though the list of locations where the shooter could have set up seems endless, the number of people with that particular skill is not. Eve’s husband, Roarke, has unlimited resources at his disposal. When his computer program leads Eve to the location of the sniper, she learns a shocking fact: There were two, one older and one younger. Someone is being trained by an expert in the science of killing, and they have an agenda.
        J.A. Jance has a new title, “Downfall”. Arizona sheriff Joanna Brady is back in this new mystery set in the desert country of the Southwest. With a baby on the way, sudden deaths in the family from which to recover, a re-election campaign looming, and a daughter heading off for college, Cochise County Sheriff Joanna Brady has her hands full when a new case hits her department, demanding every resource she has at her disposal. Two women have fallen to their deaths from a small nearby peak, referred to by Bisbee locals as Geronimo. What’s the connection between these two women? Is this a case of murder/suicide or is it a double homicide? And if someone else is responsible, is it possible that the perpetrator may, even now, be on the hunt for another victim?
        Jesse Stone has returned in, “Debt to Pay”, by Reed Farrel Coleman, writing as Robert B. Parker. All is quiet in Paradise, except for an outbreak of harmless vandalism. As Stone’s ex-wife, Jenn, is about to marry a Dallas real-estate tycoon, Jesse isn’t too sure his relationship with former FBI agent Diana Evans is built to last. But those concerns get put on the back burner when a major Boston crime boss is brutally murdered. Despite all evidence to the contrary, Jesse suspects it’s the work of Mr. Peepers, a psychotic assassin who has caused trouble for Jesse in the past.

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