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Check it out @ the Library October 31st

The Night Fire by Michael Connelly. Secrets of the Chocolate House by Paula Brackston. Agent Running in the Field by John Le Carre.

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The Night Fire by Michael Connelly.  As a rookie homicide detective, Harry Bosch had a highly influential mentor who taught him to take every case personally and never to let the fire burning inside him go out.  His name was John Jack Thompson, and after his funeral, his widow puts a murder book that Thompson took with him when he left the LAPD 20 years ago into Harry’s hands.  The file contains the details of an unsolved murder, a troubled young man found dead in an alley usually associated with drug deals.  Bosch goes to his friend Renee Ballard for help in figuring out just what it was about the case that haunted Thompson for over 20 years.  As the details unravel, one question must be answered; did Thomson steal the file to keep working on the case or to make sure it was never solved?

Secrets of the Chocolate House by Paula Brackston.  Xanthe Westlake has returned to the present day, and is doing her best to leave behind the memories of Samuel and the 1600s.  She feels the need to focus on the antique shop she runs with her mother, and to ignore the calls of the various items around the shop.  However, her power to sense the history of objects cannot be shut off and soon she senses something disturbing from an antique chocolate pot, Samuel is in trouble.  Returning once again to the 17th century, Xanthe finds the man she loves held by a local aristocrat who knows far more about both of them than she would like.  Desperate to free Samuel, Xanthe finds herself caught up in the political and social struggles of the time, and even if she can make it back to the present she wonders if even wants to. 

Agent Running in the Field by John Le Carre.  After running agents under diplomatic cover in Estonia, Nat has returned to London to spend his remaining time as part of an obscure subsection keeping tabs on Russian affairs though separated from the main Russian desk.  Based out of a slightly decrepit building on a Camden backstreet, the branch of “the Office” is said to be a “home for lost dogs”, or those on their way out.  Content with this posting, Nat divides his time between work and playing badminton with his new acquaintance Ed.  A young man furious with the current Brexit mess, Ed reminds Nat of the type he used to recruit to the service.  However, any distraction is soon overshadowed by news leaking from the upper echelons of the Office, an operation named Jericho is being considered.  The Jericho plan revolves around appeasing a rogue American administration by making some inadvisable moves against former European allies.  The more Nat looks into Jericho and the current political situation, the more he finds leading back to his badminton partner.

Looking to read along with a group but don’t want to go anywhere to do it?  The Today Show book club is reading The Dutch House by Ann Patchett.  Read with Jenna hosted by Jenna Bush Hager will be reading and posting about this book for October.

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