Sunday, May 30, 2010

The Face-Changers by Thomas Perry

Jane Whitefield is settling in to married life, having given up her career as a “guide” by helping people disappear. But her husband, Dr. Carey McKinnon, asks her to do one last job—helping his mentor Richard Dahlman disappear. Dahlman has been arrested for murdering his physician partner, Sarah Hoffman. Both Jane and Carey know he's not guilty, but it appears that other people are after him besides the police. While aiding Dahlman, Jane also discovers that there are some other guides out there who are using her name and don't have their clients' best interests at heart. As time goes on, Jane worries for both her and Carey's future wondering if Carey will end up in jail. The Face-Changers is the fourth book in the series.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Bodily Harm by Robert Dugoni

David Sloane has just won a big case against a pediatrician in the death of six-year-old Austin McFarland. As he's leaving court, a man named Kyle Horgan tells Sloane that he caused Austin's death, not the doctor. Horgan gives Sloane information that says a toy called Metamorphis is dangerous to children and that a boy died of the same symptoms that Austin exhibited. Sloane's search for the truth leads him and his family into personal danger and a confrontation with some tenacious opponents: the toy industry and a government regulatory agency. Bodily Harm is the third legal thriller to feature David Sloane.

Friday, May 21, 2010

The Broken Circle by Shirley Wells

Forensic psychologist Jill Kennedy is making visits to a local prison to interview Claire Lawrence, who was convicted of murdering her own daughter (even though no remains have ever been found). Claire said she wanted to talk to Jill after the authorities have been pressuring her to tell them where her daughter is. Meanwhile, the body of American Bradley Johnson, the owner of Kelton Manor, is found in the woods. Johnson was considered an outsider in the small village of Kelton Bridge and it appears that he was also a blackmailer. DCI Max Trentham heads up that investigation with help from Jill, since she lives in Kelton Bridge. Will Max and Jill's cases end with finding the truth or in frustration? The Broken Circle is the fourth book in this consistently enjoyable series.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Red Thread by Ann Hood

Maya Lange opened the Red Thread Adoption Agency eight years ago after the death of her own daughter. Maya is both confidante and intermediary in helping her American clients adopt baby girls from China. In the novel, the reader is introduced to six couples who are interested in enlisting the services of the agency in order to get a child. Maya herself has often thought of adopting, but her past keeps holding her back. In The Red Thread, Hood sensitively explores the process of foreign adoption and the various situations that cause Chinese women to give up their daughters. I've always enjoyed Ann Hood's books, especially Something Blue, Places to Stay the Night, and Ruby.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Needles and Pearls by Gil McNeil

It's been one year since Jo's husband died and left her as a widow with two sons (Archie and Jack, aged five and seven). She's healing, becoming an integral part of the local community by making many friends, being there for her children, and making her knitting shop the best it can be. A possible romance with Martin, a carpenter, even looks promising, but something surprising occurs that throws Jo for a bit of a loop. Luckily, Jo is able to handle the situation with her usual down-to-earth good humor and aplomb. Needles and Pearls continues the story of Jo and the other residents of Broadgate that began in The Beach Street Knitting Society and Yarn Club. It's as charming and addicting as the first book. More please....