Wednesday, January 24, 2007

New Books Rolling On Out

More titles for you.

Adult Fiction

Plum Lovin' by Janet Evanovich. A short, 164 pages, Stephanie Plum novel by Evanovich. Plum is looking for Annie, a matchmaker wanted for armed robbery. Diesel shows up at Plum's apartment offering to tell Plum where Annie is; but only if Plum steps in to work as a matchmaker for Annie's "difficult" clients.

Ravenscar Dynasty by Barbara Taylor Bradford. A family dynasty novel by Bradford. In 1904 England, 18-year-old Edward Deravenel learns he is the only surviving adult male of his family after his father, uncle and cousin die in a suspicious fire. "Power and money, passion and adultery, ambition and treachery all illuminate a dramatic epic saga that brings to life the glittering Edwardian Era."

The Blonde by Duane Swierczynski. I ordered Swierczynski's crime thriller The Wheelman after reading several very positive reviews. The Blonde is Swierczynski's most recent novel. Jack Eisley is flirting with a blonde in an airport lounge when she tells him she has just poisoned him with nanomachines that will kill him unless he stays within 10 feet of another person. Chased by a murderous, covert, government agent Jack and the Blonde are on "another fast, funny, and action-packed outing from a writer who, fortunately for us, doesn't seem to know how to slow down." (Booklist review)

Bad Blood by Linda Fairstein. NYC Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Cooper is prosecuting Brendan Quillian who is accused of hiring a hit man to strangle his wife. Cooper's prosecution is slowly coming together when an explosion in a massive NYC water tunnel shows links to the defendant. Cooper digs deeper and sees connections between the Quillian murder and an old feud among the tunnel workers.

Web of Evil by J.A. Jance. Bestselling mystery author Jance has a new standalone novel with a new character. Former newswoman Ali Reynolds is driving from Sedona, AZ to Los Angeles, CA to complete the divorce with her philandering husband. Ali drives upon a gruesome highway accident and finds that her husband has been murdered. Ali is the chief suspect and "in a twisted and lethal drama of heart-pounding suspense that asks the question: If hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, just what punishment could that fury unleash." (from the book jacket)

The Hunters by W.E.B. Griffin. Griffin's most recent novel in his Presidential Series has Charley Castillo stepping over dead bodies along the dirty-money trail left by the thieves of a U.N. oil-for-food scandal.

Shadow Dance by Julie Garwood. Jordan Buchanan's best friend is marrying Jordan's brother together they are joining two Scottish dynasties. When a medieval history professor shows up at the reception and tells Jordan that one of the families has been secretly carrying out an ancient feud Jordan decides to review the professor's evidence. Jordan's research and questioning bring a new and unexpected romance and a deadly threat to her life.

Mistral's Kiss by Laurell K. Hamilton. Princess Meredith, heir to the Faerie throne, must conceive a child or risk assassination by her cousin Cel. Meredith shares her bed with the new Captain of Guard and together they unlock ancient magic that may save Meredith's reign. Another Hamilton book with a lot of sex.

Lords of the North by Bernard Cornwell. The great Cornwell continues his Saxon Tales about the invasion and settling of England by Danish Vikings. English orphan Uhtred was raised by the Danes. After a falling out with the Danish king Alfred, Uhtred heads North to hunt for his kidnapped step-sister. Lots of sword fighting, treachery, and battles follow.

Arlington Park by Rachel Cusk. A dark comedy following several households in a rich London suburb as the residents cope with aging and family politics.

Large Print

The Hunters by W.E.B. Griffin. Same as above but in large print.

Web of Evil by J.A. Jance. Same as above but in large print.

On Tall Pine Lake by Dorothy Garlock. Nona Conrad is struggling to raise her younger sister and win her rightful inheritance after her parents' deaths. Taking a job in rural Arkansas, Nona collides against two different, and threatening, men.


I Killed: True Stories of the Road from America's Top Comics. This is a very funny book. I started flipping through the book and randomly reading stories and had to tear myself away to get back to work. Stories from a bunch of well known comics (Drew Carey, Tim Allen, Jerry Seinfeld) and lesser known comics.

Music CD

Endless Wire by the Who. I mentioned this one before but the title was detained. Townsend and Daltrey's first studio album in several years. Includes a DVD of a 2005 Who performance in France.

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