Thursday, June 08, 2017

Seven Books: I'll make things up again


Death on Nantucket by Francine Mathews. Ben Franklin has accomplished a lot in life. When he hears of a unsolved murder on Nantucket Island he decides to try his hand at homicide investigator. Will Franklin's wit overcome his inexperience?

Shiver Hitch by Linda Greenlaw. Bucky Dayton was a famed NFL linebacker know as "Shiver" for his forearm blasts to offensive lineman. Since retiring from his Hall of Fame career Shiver has realized how lonely has life has been. When single mom Bernadette moves in next door Shiver starts to wonder about what he missed.

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate. Bo and Sven were orphans in the Ukraine before adoption by the Smithers family in Wyoming. The Smithers hope that the boys will leave the trauma of their old life behind them as they begin life in the U.S. But Bo and Sven saw things in the Ukraine. And the people involved don't want witnesses.

Love Story by Karen Kingsbury. Professional cyclist Kate struggles in a sport dominated by the men's racing series and wants more freedom from her dominant father. When Kate meets Sara-May she learns about cycling, and love, than she thought possible.

Dis Mem Ber by Joyce Carol Oates.  Mitch Keeper's arrest and trial have ostracized him from most everyone in town. Even his alcoholic drinking buddies won't acknowledge their friendship with Mitch. With not friends, no family, and no job Mitch is apart from his old life. He is Dis Mem Ber.

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn. You've heard of the Bob Convention? Open to anyone named Bob? Well Alice Krachtner decides her plain name needs some sprucing and starts the Alice Network.

Lonesome Lies Before Us by Don Lee. Connor Bookman earned a lot of money after his lonesome country songs hit the charts. But, unlike some artists, Connor's success has been great. A loving wife, young children, and the end of money troubles have put him in a song writing funk.

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy. Residents of the Kingdom of Quirrish are required to be happy. Sadness sends you to the Ministry of Utmost Happiness where they discuss their issues.


Jackie's Girl: my life with the Kennedy Family by Kathy McKeon. McKeon was Jacqueline Kennedy's assistant and we find out if they really played football all that much.

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Five Novels With Made Up Plots By The Library


Murder in Saint-Germain by Cara Black. Opal the Lessor fears she will be scapegoat when the handsome herdsmen hired by the convent is found dead in the vespers chapel. Opal starts to question her religious superiors and her life.

Indecent Exposure by Stuart Woods.  Middle-aged lawyer Vance Harkins has to defend his brother-in-law, Bart "the Cart", from an indecent exposure charge.  Vance finds out his brother has been been doing more than over-drinking and how can Vance hide those secrets from his own wife?

Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz. Australian magpies sing at night. Charlotte's great-aunt used to say the magpies warned of witches. That was when Charlotte was just a child. But, a 15-year-old knows better. Right?

The Sunshine Sisters by Jane Green. Olivia and Tobi are 'summer sisters'. They have spent 10 years together every summer as their families vacationed on the beaches of Georgia's Jekyll Island. This year their interests have turned from sand castles and seashells to boys and bikini-phobias. Will their joined interest of dreamy Charlie Carter keep them together, or split them apart?

Camino Island by John Grisham. Small town Florida lawyer Skip Battersea has made a modest living on real estate, divorce, and estate planning. When Miss Gretchen brings him a far fetched case of illegal toxic disposal on her land he finds that the facts lead to county government, to state government, to a small mobster with big time anger issues.

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