Monday, November 25, 2013

Storm Front

By John Sandford

College professor, pastor, and part-time archeologist Elijah Jones discovers an ancient inscribed stone during a dig in Israel. This stone has the potential to rewrite the history of the Jewish and Christian people as well as the Bible itself. Fearing the implications of this discovery, Jones smuggles the artifact back home to Minnesota. Jones faces many serious problems: people on the dig are aware that Jones is the person who took the stone, there are many unsavory people who are willing to kill him for it, and Jones is in the final stages of cancer and is in a great deal of pain.

Criminal Investigations agent Virgil Flowers becomes involved in tracking Jones down in order to recover the stone to return to the Israeli authorities. A series of errors, some comical , and a colorful cast of characters (the Turks, and "Ma" Nobles and her many illegitimate children) adds a touch of humor to this mystery/thriller.

I am a fan of John Sandford's Lucas Davenport series, but this is the first Virgil Flowers novel that I have read and it is #7 in this series. Davenport is Flowers' boss in both series and, as such, many of the characters intersect. Fortunately, enough background information is provided that I didn't feel lost. I've really enjoyed the plot and characterization in this story and I look forward to reading more books in this series.

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~ Paula

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Welcome to Last Chance

by Cathleen Armstrong

Lainie Davis needs to get away from the life of drugs she has found herself in. She uses all she has to buy a used car and starts to run as far as she can go. When her car breaks down, she finds herself near the little town of Last Chance and has no choice but to stay there until she can figure out a way to keep running.

The people in this town are way too friendly, too accommodating and too interested in her life. As she gets to know the people in this little town, she starts to feel like she belongs. But will her past catch up to her – even here in the middle of nowhere?

~ Dixie

One Summer: America, 1927

by Bill Bryson

One Summer is a great read! Bill Bryson gives us a taste of one of the most eventful summers in American History.  Some of the key events and people he covers in some detail include : Charles Lindbergh's Atlantic flight, prohibition, Babe Ruth (this was the year he hit 60 home runs) , Henry Ford, and the first talking motion pictures.  

Bryson mixes all this up in  a narrative that is interesting, informative, and easy to read.  He makes history fun!

~ Kathy

Thursday, November 7, 2013

The Little Book of Big Decorating Ideas

287 Clever Tips, Tricks, and Solutions
By Country Living

I was busy re-shelving some of our new titles when this tiny hardcover book caught my attention. As the subtitle mentions, there are 287 decorating tips presented as full color photos, many with instructions, for every room in your home. Some outdoor ideas may have to wait till after the spring thaw, but others would be perfect winter projects to update and beautify your home.

I am a huge fan of all of the Country Living publications and this book did not disappoint.

Love this book!
~ Paula

Stress Test

By Richard L. Mabry, M.D

Dr. Matt Newman wants to leave his high stress job as a surgeon and start a new career in academic medicine. Someone has other plans for him and attacks him in the parking garage at 2 AM while he is leaving his shift at the hospital. He escapes his attackers but ends up in the hospital as a patient with a head injury and a charge of murder against him. Matt calls Sandra Murray, a lawyer to defend him. The police are convinced Matt is a killer and the kidnappers are trying to finish what they started. This turns into the toughest stress test Matt has ever endured.

~ Dixie