Friday, December 29, 2017

The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor

In 1986, a headless girl's body is found in the woods near the town of Anderbury amidst a series of violent events. Thirty years later, Ed, now an adult, and his friends from that time--Gav, Hoppo, Mickey, and Nicky--are still haunted by what happened. Told in chapters alternating in the past and present, the reader learns what led up to the girl's murder and Ed's attempts now to uncover who killed her and who was responsible for the other gruesome acts. The Chalk Man is a story of childhood, memory, and evil with a nod to Stephen King.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

The Winner's Circle by Gail Bowen

Joanne's husband, Zack, and his law partners have always been close, working together and spending time at their vacation homes on Lawyers' Bay. But with Zack now the mayor of Regina, and the group still suffering from some recent tragedies, the future of the law firm is unsteady. When a current employee seems to be targeting the lawyers, things become even more uncertain. Will Joanne and her family and friends be able to come out of the situation relatively unscathed? The Winner's Circle is the latest book in this long-running Canadian mystery series.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

You Me Everything by Catherine Isaac

Jessica has been a single mom to ten-year-old William since she split up with William's father, Adam, right after William's birth. Now, it's Jessica's mother's wish for Jessica and William to spend part of the Summer at Adam's resort chateau that he's renovated in France. She insists that William and Adam have to really get to know one another and bond. After a few hiccups, including the presence of Adam's much younger girlfriend, Simone, they begin to spend time together. Still, Jessica's mum, Susan, getting sicker every day, from a disease that has no cure, is always in Jessica's mind. Will she be able to relax, enjoy the beautiful countryside, and put her worries aside for a bit? You Me Everything is a heartfelt novel filled with humor and emotion.  Perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes. It will be published in May.

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.