Nine Perfect Strangers (F MOR) by Liane Moriarty has romance author Frances Welty arriving at Tranquillum House, a remote health spa, expecting luxury, pampering and meditation. Eight other persons will join her there, but none expect the challenges that they will face during the next ten days. Welty is intrigued by her ostensibly healthy guest and even more by the charismatic director. Does the director have all the answers, or should she run, not walk, back to safety? Read and find out.

I very rarely read a Stephen King book, but when this one came in, it had several things going for it. In the first place, it was in VERY large print, thus making it easy to read (and making it a shorter book) and secondly, it wasn’t really that scary. Elevation (F KIN) is the story of Scott Carey who has been steadily losing weight, even if he doesn’t look any different. Plus there are a couple of other oddities that he shares only with Doctor Bob Ellis. In addition, he has gotten off on the wrong foot with new neighbors, a same-sex couple who live next door. Unlikely alliances, the annual footrace and Scott’s affliction will bring out the best in people, both in town and in his personal life. King always has a different twist to the vagaries of life.

It is hard to keep up with the Eve Duncan series. In Vendetta (F JOH) by Iris Johansen, Carl Venable, head of the CIA task force on terrorism and Jude Brandon’s final link to terrorist ringleader Max Huber, asks Brandon to keep his daughter, Rachel. He does this as he lays dying. But Rachel Venable has a twisted past of her own, that comes rushing back after her medical clinic in Guyana is attacked by Huber; the same man who murdered her father and kept her imprisoned for months. Brandon and Catherine Ling, Rachel’s longtime ally and fierce protector, are determined to keep Rachel out of danger, but she knows that it’s impossible to stay hidden when Max Huber wants you dead. As I haven’t read the book, I don’t know where Eve Duncan come in, maybe these are characters from a previous book. Anyway, you will need to check this out to see what happens.

A ‘customer’ of the library requested this book, plus I saw it and thought it looked interesting. The Clockmaker’s Daughter (F MOR) by Kate Morton, is told by multiple voices across time, and is a story of murder, mystery, and thievery, of art, love, and loss. And flowing through its pages like a river, is the voice of a woman who stands outside time, whose name has been forgotten by history, but who has watched it all unfold: Birdie Bell, the clockmaker’s daughter. Here is a taste of where it starts: the summer of 1862, there is a group of young artists who are led by the passionate and talented Edward Radcliffe. They descend upon Birchwood Manor on the banks of the Upper Thames. The plan: to spend a secluded summer month in a haze of inspiration and creativity. But by the time their stay is over, one woman has been shot dead while another has disappeared; a priceless heirloom is missing; and Edward Radcliffe’s life is in ruins.

I don’t know if any of you watched 60 Minutes on Sunday, November 18th, but there was an interview with Tom Green, a novelist and former football player. He was a former defensive end for the Atlanta Falcons, and has revealed that he is battling ALS. The illness, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, attacks the nervous system and restricts movement. Green famously said back in 1996, during an interview with 60 Minutes, that football players were willing to shave years off the ends of their lives in order to have a chance to play every Sunday. 22 years later, Green says he still supports that statement. He also believes that his illness is linked to his years playing professional football. He is the author of fourteen highly successful suspense novels, including soon-to-be-released False Convictions and national bestseller Above the Law, as well the non-fiction New York Times Bestseller, The Dark Side of the Game. The Library have several of his books, but I plan on buying several of his newer ones, including his latest when it is published.

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