Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen

Vanessa can't leave her past behind. Her ex-husband, Richard, has moved on and is engaged to preschool teacher, Nellie, but, Vanessa cannot let Nellie make the same mistake she made by marrying Richard. Richard was controlling and things went on between them that she cannot confess to anyone, even her Aunt Charlotte, with whom she now lives. However, Vanessa appears unstable--drinking too much and hardly able to keep her job. Will Vanessa be able to warn Nellie before her own self-destructive behavior overwhelms her? The Wife Between Us is a portrait of marriage similar to The Girl on the Train, The Last Mrs, Parrish, and the novels of B.A. Paris, although I felt overall it was more simplistic in characterization and execution than those books. It will be published next month.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg

Senior citizen Arthur visits his wife Nola's grave every day at lunchtime. While there, he looks at the other headstones and speculates about their lives. High school senior Maddy hangs out at the cemetery because she's been ostracized at school and doesn't have a good relationship with her father. When Arthur and Maddie meet, it changes both their lives. They, along with Arthur's next-door neighbor, Lucille, discover that the bonds of friendship can sometimes be stronger than blood. With rich, well-developed characters, Berg has written a heartwarming story similar to Billie Letts and Fannie Flagg. A perfect diversion for the winter season.

Monday, December 4, 2017

The Wanted by Robert Crais

Private detective Elvis Cole is hired by Devon Connor to find out if her son, Tyson, is in trouble. After she finds a Rolex, expensive clothes, and lots of cash in his room, Devon worries about what he's done. Elvis soon finds that Tyson and a couple of friends have been robbing wealthy people's houses. Apparently, they have stolen something very valuable to someone, an item that two murderers named Harvey and Stemms will kill for. Will Elvis and his partner, Joe Pike, be able to stay one step ahead of the killers and find what the men are after? The Wanted is the latest book in the Elvis Cole/Joe Pike series and will be published later this month.  Give to readers who enjoy Thomas Perry.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

The Library at the Edge of the World by Felicity Hayes-McCoy

Hanna, a librarian in the small town of Lissbeg, on the west coast of Ireland, determines that she must renovate the cottage left to her by her Aunt Maggie, because she cannot stand to live with her mother, Mary, anymore. Hanna and her daughter, Jazz, now living in France, had moved back to the area from London three years ago after Hanna discovered her husband, Malcolm, had been cheating on her. With limited funds, since she took no divorce settlement from wealthy Malcolm, Hanna wonders if she has enough money to get the home in shape. Builder Fury O'Shea just might come through for her, despite his unorthodox methods. Hanna also finds herself involved in local government affairs when it appears that some would like to divert money and resources from the Lissbeg area towards touristy areas like Ballyfin and Carrick. Will they succeed in their plan? The Library at the Edge of the World is a cozy story that will appeal to readers of Maeve Binchy, Jenny Colgan, and Gil McNeil.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Force of Nature by Jane Harper

Federal Agent Aaron Falk and his partner, Carmen Cooper, become involved in the case of a missing woman named Alice Russell. Alice was possibly going to expose financial wrongdoing at BaileyTennants (the company where she was employed), and Falk and Carmen were working with her on the case. In fact, Alice was with a group of BaileyTennants employees on a corporate wilderness retreat when she disappeared. Did Alice's whistleblowing have something to do with her disappearance, or could possibly the son of serial killer Martin Kovac be involved? Force of Nature is the second book in Aaron Falk series and will be published in February.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Sunday Silence by Nicci French

Psychotherapist Frieda Klein knows that serial killer Dean Reeve is watching her, but when it appears that he is targeting her family and friends, at times resorting to violence, she wonders how she can protect those she holds dear. She tries to work with both the police and a bit with the media, but the danger to the people close to her is not stopping. How can Frieda put an end to Dean's hold over her life? In this latest book in the Frieda Klein series, the story concentrates on Frieda's relationship with Dean and has a very open ending. I did not find it as satisfying as her novels that add a storyline from another case she's working on in addition to the continuation of the Dean/Frieda dynamic. It will be published in January.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

The House of Unexpected Sisters by Alexander McCall Smith

When Mr. Polopetsi, a part-time employee of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, hears about a woman named Charity Mompoloki, whom he believes was wrongly fired from an office furniture store, he asks if both Mma Ramotswe and Mma Makutsi will help him get her job back. So, the agency goes about finding out about the owner of the store, the other employees, and Charity herself to find the truth about what actually happened. On a more personal note, Mma Ramotswe gets news that her ex-husband, Note Mokoti, who treated her very badly, is back in town.  She also discovers that there is a woman named Mingie Ramotswe who lives in Lobatse. Mma Ramotswe thought that she knew everyone with the last name Ramotswe who lives in Botswana--can Mingie possibly be a relative? Regular readers of this long-running series will enjoy another visit with Mma Ramotswe and friends.