Tuesday, January 30, 2007

February 2007


Adrian, Chris, 1970-. The children’s hospital. San Francisco : McSweeney’s Books, c2006.

After the Earth is flooded, a hospital is preserved and set afloat, leaving the doctors and patients left inside to remember the world they have lost and wonder about the new world that awaits them in the future.

Ali, Monica, 1967-. Brick lane : a novel. 1st Scribner ed. New York : Scribner, 2003.
Nanzeen, married off to an older man, moves from her Bangladeshi village to live with him in London in the 1980s and 1990s, where she raises a family, learns to love her husband, and comes to a realization that she has a voice in her own life.

Allan, Clare, 1968-. Poppy Shakespeare : a novel. New York : Bloomsbury, 2006.
Set in a psychiatric hospital where each floor houses patients more disturbed than the floor below, ‘Poppy Shakespeare’ introduces readers to 25 residents whose last names cover each letter of the alphabet, except X. A new arrival to the group is Poppy Shakespeare, who strikes up a friendship with N., a patient for 13 years. What happens in the next six months changes both their lives forever as readers will find themselves asking themselves: Who is mad and who is sane? And, who gets to decide?

Amis, Martin. House of meetings. 1st American ed. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2007.
House of meetings—The last days of Muhammad Atta—In the palace of the end. In 1946, two brothers and a Jewish girl fall into alignment in Moscow. The fraternal conflict then marinates in a slave-labor camp above the Arctic Circle, where a tryst in the House of Meetings will haunt all three lovers long after the brothers are released. For the narrator, the sole survivor, the reverberations continue into the new century.

Bannister, Jo. Requiem for a dealer : a Brodie Farrell mystery. 1st St. Martin’s Minotaur ed. New York : St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2006.
Brodie Farrell’s job is to find things for people. Her agency, aptly named ‘Looking for Something?’ has looked for things and people in some strange places in the past. She’s expecting a quiet day when she agrees to refresh her friend Daniel Hood’s driving skills but, a seemingly innocuous accident with a hysterical girl changes those thoughts in a hurry. With Daniel shaken and haunted, Brodie looks for answers to who the girl is and why she’s now accusing Daniel of trying to kill her.

Benni, Stefano, 1947-. Margherita Dolce Vita. New York : Europa Editions, 2006.
Enjoying the simple life she lives on the outskirts of town, fifteen-year-old Margherita Dolce Vita decides it is up to her to protect her quaint family from their new neighbors and the consumerism that drives their lives.

Boyd, William, 1952-. Restless : a novel. 1st U.S. ed. New York : [S.l.] : Bloomsbury ; Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Pub., 2006.
In the summer of 1976, Sally Gilmartin turns to her daughter Ruth, a struggling single mother, when she realizes someone is trying to kill her, and is forced to reveal the truth about her past to Ruth, even if it means ruining their relationship forever.

Bradbury, Ray, 1920-. Farewell summer. 1st ed. New York : W. Morrow, c2006.
With school approaching, thirteen-year-old Doug Spaulding and his neighborhood friends decide to attempt to stop time by waging war against the elders of their small town, trying everything from fasting to breaking the village clock, and the men, led by school board member Calvin C. Quartermain, fight back.

Bradford, Barbara Taylor, 1933-. The Ravenscar dynasty. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Press, 2007.
The lives of the Deravenel family change forever in 1904 when Cecily Deravenel tells her son Edward, 18, that his father, brother, and cousins have perished in a fire. Edward and his cousin, Neville Watkins, are suspicious. They decide to investigate the deaths and take control of the business empire which has been handled by Edward’s cousin Henry Grant. With both Edward and Henry’s personal lives less than steady, betrayal rocks the family from within. Soon, catastrophe threatens to destroy the family and the business.

Braun, Lilian Jackson. The cat who had 60 whiskers. New York : G. Putnam’s Sons, c2007.
Moose County is in an uproar following vast inheritances from wealthy old families. Only ‘Cool Koko’ knows what’s happening and he’s not telling. Jim Qwilleran thinks it’s because he has more whiskers than ordinary cats, but who’s counting? Meanwhile, Koko meets a piano tuner, Polly goes to Paris, Qwill writes a play, and there’s a mysterious death from a bee sting.

Cameron, Stella. A marked man. Don Mills, Ont. : MIRA, c2006.
When Max savage opens his practice in a remote bayou town he hopes it’s the start of a new life. But soon Max discovers he can’t escape a past riddled with accusations of murder, especially since another woman is missing and he was the last to see her alive. Annie Duhon knows all about nightmares and the need to escape the past, but as her fascination with Max grows she must decide if he can be trusted with her secrets and deepest desires. Max is a marked man, the object of hatred, who has unwittingly attracted danger to anyone he’s cared about. Now he loves Annie, and knows with chilling certainty that he faces one last chance to unmask a killer before there’s nothing left to fight for.

Chen, Da, 1962-. Brothers : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Shaye Areheart Books, c2006.
Half brothers Tan and Shento grow up in different parts of China without knowing about the existence of the other, until their desires and love for the same woman bring them together.

Christiansë, Yvette. Unconfessed. New York : Other Press, c2006.
Sila, imprisoned on South Africa’s Robben Island for the murder of her son, recalls her life as a slave, the chance for freedom that was stolen from her, the children who were taken from her, and the reasons why she decided to set her son free from the sufferings of the world.

Clarke, Richard A. Breakpoint. New York : G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2007.
A group is at work to ‘disconnect the globe’ by destroying internet cable centers, computer grids, communications satellites, and biotech firms. Some see that as impossible to accomplish, but it’s not. Now, a team has assembled to track them down, searching through right-wing militias and Russian organized crime, Jihadist terrorists and enemy-nation states. With the attacks coming more swiftly, and growing in destructiveness, they must double their efforts before it’s too late and nothing anyone does will be able to stop them.

Conant, Susan, 1946-. Gaits of heaven. New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2006.
In the 17th book of the ‘Dog Lover’s’ series, dog trainer Holly Winter is following the tracks of an odd breed of pup to an even stranger breed of human when she’s hired to rein in a dysfunctional New Age couple’s spirited Aussie huskapoo. After the wife dies of an accidental overdose of mixed meds, Holly finds herself embroiled in the family’s secrets and investigating what she suspects is murder.

Crichton, Michael, 1942-. Next : a novel. 1st ed. New York : HarperCollins Publishers, c2006.

Crichton interweaves the stories of various human and animal characters with genetic abnormalities, including a boy who has chimpanzee chromosomes, a parrot that was injected with human genes and can figure out mathematical equations, and an orangutan that can talk, and the complications that are associated with their existence.

De Lint, Charles, 1951-. Yarrow : an autumn tale. 1st Orb ed. New York : Orb, 1997.
Cat Midhir has made a name for herself as the author of many popular fantasy novels. When a thief steals Cat’s mysterious Otherworld—a real place where she wandered at night with bright lords and the horned woman—she cannot write and becomes trapped in the everyday world.

Doyle, Roddy, 1958-. Paula Spencer. New York : Viking, 2007.
Paula Spencer, 47, is now a widow, with two of her four children living on their own. It has been four months and five days since she’s had a drink. Living paycheck to paycheck, she cleans houses to make ends meet. This story tells how Paula begins to get her life back together, how she learns to live again, struggles to reconnect with her ex-junkie son and her two sisters, and meets a man. Could Paula’s luck be truly changing?

Eddings, David. Crystal Gorge. New York : Warner Books, c2005.
The mortal defenders of Dhrall face a new threat when the insectoid Vlagh discover a way to give themselves a human appearance and intelligence, and infiltrate the Dhrall army planting seeds of discontent and rebellion, and to make matters worse it appears that the Elders Gods who have reigned over Drall for centuries are getting senile.

Estleman, Loren D. The adventures of Johnny Vermillion. 1st ed. New York : Forge, 2006.
Johnny Vermillion, leader of a traveling theater troupe dedicated to bringing culture to the Wild West, attracts the attention of a Pinkerton agent who has noticed a suspicious link between the group’s performances and a string of bank robberies.

Fairstein, Linda A. Bad blood. New York : Scibner, c2007.
Attorney Alexandra Cooper is in court to prosecute a young businessman charged with murdering his wife. Although he has an alibi, she intends to prove that the man hired a hit man to do the job. When the city’s rocked by an explosion in a tunnel below the city in the middle of the trial, she discovers a connection between the tunnel workers and the accused. Cooper and Detective Mike Chapman go into the tunnels where they find a body and clues that undermine her case.

Flora, Kate Clark. Playing god. 1st ed. Waterville, Me. : Five Star, 2006.
Detectives Stan Perry and Terry Kyle set out to investigate the mysterious murder of a prominent local doctor, and uncover a long line of suspects including ex-wives, drug dealers, and a mystery girl unknown to anyone on the street.

Flynn, Vince. Act of treason. 1st Atria Books hardcover ed. New York : Atria Books, 2006.
CIA operative Mitch Rapp finds a shocking link between a group of killers and the American government and risks everything to bring them to justice.

Forna, Aminatta. Ancestor stones. 1st American ed. New York :[S.l.] : Atlantic Monthly Press ; Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2006.
Abie travels to the coffee groves of Kholifa Estates in West Africa, where she hopes to rediscover her past and learns of her aunts’ struggle to survive in the midst of change, violence, and loss.

Fowler, Christopher. Ten second staircase. New York : Bantam Books, 2006.
A controversial artist is murdered and displayed as part of her own piece, and Arthur Bryant and John May, the founders of the Peculiar Crimes Unit, must work together to find the killer, who an eyewitness claims is a cape-clad highwayman riding a black stallion.

Frey, Stephen W. The protege : a novel. 1st large print ed. New York : Random House Large Print in association with Ballantine Books, 2006.
Christian Gillette, head of the world’s most powerful private equity firm, hates to be manipulated. But when a shadowy government agent asks his cooperation in exchange for information about the death of Gillette’s father, he consents. Meanwhile, two of the firms’ employees with ulterior motives are vying for his attention. When an attempt is made on his life, he assumes it’s his past catching up with him. He soon discovers however, that it’s not the past, but the present that he has to be concerned about.

Frost, P. R. Hounding the moon. New York, NY : DAW Books, Inc., 2006.
Together with her companion imp, the foul-mouthed, cigar-smoking Scrappy, Teresa investigates the case of a young Navaho girl pursued by a monstrous, doglike demon but soon finds herself shadowed by two men who seem to know more about her than she would like. Frost’s fantasy debut series introduces a charming protagonist, both strong and vulnerable, and her cheeky companion. An intriguing plot and a well-developed warrior sisterhood make this a good choice for fans of the urban fantasy of Tanya Huff, Jim Butcher, and Charles deLint. Library Journal

Gaiman, Neil. Fragile things : short fictions and wonders. 1st ed. New York : W. Morrow, c2006.
“Fragile things” contains over thirty short stories and poems by Neil Gaiman, some previously published, written in the genres of horror, science fiction, dark fantasy, and speculative fiction.

Garwood, Julie. Shadow dance. 1st ed. New York : Ballantine Books, 2007.
A sizzling, tumultuous, and long-awaited pairing between Garwood’s recurring characters, Jordan Buchanan and Noah Clayborne, finally comes to fruition in ‘Shadow Dance’ as their romance shuttles between Boston and Texas.

Gregory, Philippa. The Boleyn inheritance. New York : Simon & Schuster, c2006.
‘The Boleyn Inheritance,’ told in the voices of Jane Boleyn, the only survivor of the Boleyn family, and the two queens she served and betrayed: Anne of Cleeves and Catherine Howard. When Anne comes to England to become queen, she instead nearly ends up being hung as a witch when Jane bears false witness against her. Jane wants Catherine to be queen. While Catherine captures the King’s love, she too finds it’s not enough to save her from his murderous spite.

Gregory, Jill. The book of names. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Press, 2007.
Professor David Shepherd finds himself in possession of knowledge that holds the world in a delicate balance. He has discovered the Book of Names, an ancient text originating with the biblical Adam that contains the 36 names of righteous souls called the Hidden Ones. Legend states that when all the Hidden Ones are dead, the world would end. With only three Hidden Ones still alive, Shepherd finds himself battling those whose goal it is to eliminate them. The world’s future depends on his success.

Griffin, W. E. B. The hunters. New York : G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2007.
The man that presidential agent Charley Castillo and his crew are pursing for his role in the UN/Iraq oil-for-peace scandal is killed right before their eyes, although they personally don’t see who was responsible. Charley suspects it’s someone higher up the money chain who doesn’t want their secrets revealed. Unfortunately for them, they’ve left just enough of a trail for Charley to follow. With carte blanche from the President to go wherever it takes, the trail leads Charley somewhere totally unexpected.

Grippando, James, 1958-. When darkness falls. 1st ed. New York : HarperCollins, c2007.
Miami attorney Jack Swyteck immediately knew something wasn’t right when his homeless client came up with his $10,000 bail in cash. Then the body of a murdered woman was found in the trunk of the car in which the man was living. On the run, the man took Jack’s best friend Theo hostage, and Jack had only hours to rescue him. What Jack didn’t realize was, the man had a bigger agenda and that there were people behind the scenes who didn’t want their secrets revealed.

Harris, C. S. When gods die : a Sebastian St. Cyr mystery. New York : New American Library, c2006.
Sebastian St. Cyr, the Viscount Devlin, a detective in Regency England, is called to investigate when the young wife of an aging marquis is found dead in the arms of the dissolute Prince Regent, and discovers a conspiracy that threatens his own family, as well as the monarchy.

Harvey, John, 1938-. Darkness & light. 1st U.S. ed. Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, c2006.
Former cop Frank Elder must struggle with the weight of the past when he reluctantly agrees to his ex-wife’s request that he look into the disappearance and subsequent murder of a friend’s sister—a case that bears striking similarities to one he investigated years earlier.

Hearn, Lian. The harsh cry of the heron : the last tale of the Otori. New York : Riverhead Books, 2006.
Lord Otori Takeo battles intruders and assassins from far and wide and struggles with the prophecy that he will die by the hand of one of his family members.

Hillerman, Tony. The shape shifter. 1st ed. New York : HarperCollins, c2006.

Retired from the Navajo Tribal Police, Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn is called out of retirement to investigate a crime that seems to be linked to Joe’s last case, which remains unsolved and continues to haunt him.

Hoffman, Alice. Skylight confessions. 1st ed. New York : Little, Brown and Co., 2007.
This tale of three generations of a family haunted by love begins the night Arlyn Singer’s father dies and John Moody knocks on her door. Believing in destiny and in love, Arlyn marries John, although they are exact opposites in every way that’s important to a marriage. Their search for family and identity carries over to their children, Sam and Blanca, and even to their grandson, Will, who will ultimately have to deal with people who don’t know the first thing about love.

Hollingshead, Greg, 1947-. Bedlam. 1st U.S. ed. New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2006.
James Tilly Matthews, committed to Bethlem, the British insane asylum, in the wake of the French Revolution, contends he is a political prisoner, while his wife works steadfastly to secure his release, and John Haslam, the Bethlem apothecary, confronts his own motives for keeping Matthews confined.

Hood, Ann, 1956-. The knitting circle. 1st ed. New York : W.W. Norton, c2007.
Following the loss of her only child, Stella, Mary Baxter finds solace in the company of a knitting circle. Each woman teaches Mary a new knitting technique, and as they do, they share their own personal stories of grief, which allows her to reclaim love for her husband, face the hard truths about her relationship with her mother, and come to terms with the loss of her child.

Hunter, Faith. Bloodring. New York, N.Y. : Roc, 2006.
The apocalypse has come and gone, and now seraphs and demons rule the world, waging war on an Earth plunged into an ice age. Only a few gifted humans, such as Thorn St. Croix, live as fugitives among normal humans. When Thorn’s ex-husband is kidnapped, Thorn is accused of the crime, and she is forced to use her magic to find him at the risk of her own life and freedom. Hunter’s distinctive future vision offers a fresh though dark glimpse into a newly made postapocalyptic world. Library Journal.

Hyzy, Julie A. Deadly interest : an Alex St. James mystery. 1st ed. Waterville, Me. : Five Star, 2006.
When Alex returns home after a humiliating evening with her former lover, she’s dismayed to discover that Evelyn Vicks, her elderly neighbor, has been murdered. Evelyn, who worked at a bank, had earlier asked Alex’s advice about some suspicious financial business involving the bank. Alex soon finds herself stalked by an ex-con and dealing with the victim’s estranged son. New romantic interests and the care of her handicapped sister further complicate Alex’s life as she puts her keen investigative skills to work for the police under the direction of the efficient, astute Detective Lulinski. Publisher’s Weekly.

Johansen, Iris. Stalemate. New York : Bantam Books, 2007, c2006.
Forensic sculptor Eve Duncan was close to discovering the identity of a murdered child from the skull she was examining when a phone call came from one of the most sinister men she’d ever encountered. One of the world’s most wanted men, Luis Montalvo, had a reconstruction for her and was willing to ensure her cooperation with an offer she couldn’t refuse, even if it could destroy her relationship with Atlanta detective Joe Quinn, while opening the mystery of her past.

Kellaway, Lucy. Who moved my BlackBerry? 1st ed. New York : Hyperion, c2006.
Martin Lukes, successful businessman, husband, and father, has managed to climb the corporate ladder by stepping on anyone who gets in his way, but his own karma kicks in when his company restructure wreaks havoc on his life.

Kelman, Judith. Backward in high heels. 1st world ed. New York : Severn House, c2006.

The day Maggie heard her husband’s office had burned down, she was heartbroken. Never again would he refuse a restaurant table, niggle about a hotel room or carp about the Yankees or the Giants. But actually, the disaster was worse than she thought. Harold wasn’t in the building. He was in bed with a twenty-three-year-old. He didn’t even have the decency to go for a bimbo; he was with a beautiful graduate student, younger, firmer, prettier and brighter than Maggie. Now he’s leaving her, and Maggie has to pull herself together. Who should she listen to? The lawyer who’s certain he’s diddling her on the settlement? Janine, fashionista and benevolent bully, whose motto is ‘A bitch in time does fine’? Or her overbearing mother, who keeps pointing out that a woman Maggie’s age is statistically more likely to be kidnapped by aliens than to find another man?.

Knox, Tyler. Kockroach. 1st ed. New York : William Morrow, 2007.
In the mid-1950s, Kockroach is living in a hotel off New York City’s 42nd Street, perfectly content with his life as an arthropod. Then one night he awakens to discover that he’s become a human. Step by step, Kockroach learns the ways of humans: how to walk, talk, and dress. The question is: can a cockroach, with its primitive desires and amorality, survive or thrive in the world of men? Will Kockroach change humanity, or will humanity change him?.

Levack, Simon. Shadow of the lords. 1st U.S. ed. New York : Thomas Dunne Books : St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2006, c2005.
A strange figure with the face of a snake and the body of a bird strikes fear in the Aztec capital of Mexico in 1517, and Yaotl, the chief minister’s slave, takes advantage of the turmoil to run from his master, but when he stumbles upon a mangled corpse, he must choose between stopping a killer and maintaining his freedom.

Lucarelli, Carlo, 1960-. Carte blanche. New York : Europa Editions, 2006.
Author of the Grazia Negro series set in contemporary Bologna, Lucarelli also writes stand-alones. This one, set in Milan near the end of World War II, finds the country in chaos, with the south liberated by the Allies and the north under the control of the Nazis and a collaborationist government run by Mussolini. Commisario De Luca is a policeman caught between the various factions (there were 14 different police forces in Milan at the time) and trying to solve the murder of a local power broker. Following the tangled plot proves tough sledding, but the appeal here isn’t story but mood: the darkened city streets, teeming with danger, both imagined and real; the trench-coated hero, dodging from shadow to shadow, hoping to get to the bottom of the problem in front of him but, contrarily, trying to stay off everybody’s radar. Booklist.

Mailer, Norman. The castle in the forest : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Random House, 2007.
In Norman Mailer’s first novel in 11 years, he offers readers the first of a planned series of books on Hitler. The narrator, a mysterious SS man who is later revealed to be an exceptional presence, gives us young Adolf from birth, as well as Hitler’s father and mother, his sisters and brothers, and the intimate details of his childhood and adolescence.

Maxted, Anna. A tale of two sisters. New York : Dutton, c2006.
Sisters Lizbet and Cassie are very close in spite of their vastly different lifestyles, but things become strained when Lizbet announces she is pregnant, and the balance of their relationship changes.

May, Peter, 1951-. Extraordinary people. 1st ed. Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, 2006.
Enzo Macleod, a Scottish forensic biologist who lives in France, bets that he can solve an old case with new science. Lonely and bored with his teaching career, the widowed biologist takes on the unsolved case of Jacques Gaillard, a public intellectual with a controversial political career who disappeared without a trace 10 years earlier. With the help of his adored daughter, Sophie, and new flame, Charlotte, a beautiful psychologist trained in criminal profiling, Enzo traverses France and Germany to follow a series of clues that lead to scattered body parts and Gaillard’s dangerous killers. Despite some unlikely coincidences, this travelogue-cum-murder mystery makes for a fun puzzle. Publishers Weekly.

May, Antoinette. Pilate’s wife. 1st ed. New York : William Morrow, c2006.
A novel which imagines the life of Claudia, a woman who schemed to marry the ambitious Pontius Pilate and supported his efforts even though her heart was given elsewhere, and whose often prophetic dreams led her to urge her husband, who presided over the crucifixion of Jesus, to have nothing to do with the divine martyr.

McCafferty, Megan. Charmed thirds : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Crown, c2006.
During the summer after her first year in college, Jessica has a hard time fitting in with the hipster staff at the Brooklyn-based magazine for which she’s interning and is tempted by three very different guys—a neoconservative resident assistant, an “emo” boy, and a married Spanish graduate student—when problems with Marcus arise.

McPherson, Catriona, 1965-. The Burry Man’s day. New York : Carroll & Graf Publishers, c2006.
Summer 1923, and as the village of Queensferry prepares for the annual Ferry Fair and the walk of the Burry Man, feelings are running high. With his pagan greenery, his lucky pennies and the nips of whisky he is treated to wherever he goes, the Burry Man has much to offend stricter souls like the minister or temperance pamphleteer. And then at the Fair, in full view of everyone, including Dandy Gilver, invited to hand out the prizes, the Burry Man falls down dead. If he has been poisoned then the list of suspects includes anyone with a bottle of whisky in the house, and, here at Queensferry, that means just about everyone.

Morgan, Philippa. Chaucer and the doctor of physic. New York : Carroll & Graf, 2006.
Poet and diplomat Geoffrey Chaucer, newly returned from a delicate mission to Florence on behalf of Edward III, is dispatched to sort out a home-grown problem in the Devon seaport of Dartmouth. Geoffrey must leave his family in London and travel west, expecting to solve the theft of the cargo of a Genoese ship with comparative ease. Chaucer and his companions are lodging with a wealthy doctor of physic in his fine house overlooking the water. But there is deep hostility in the port town between citizens and sailors - accusations and daggers fly.

Navarro, Julia, 1953-. The brotherhood of the Holy Shroud. New York : Bantam Books, 2007, c2006.
Marco Valoni, an art historian and chief of the special Art Crimes Department in Turin, Italy, becomes involved in a case that has roots in the history of early Christianity when he is called upon to investigate a fire at the cathedral that houses the Shroud of Turin and the discovery of a strangely mutilated body that bear marks identical to those of a mystery man serving out a sentence in a Turin prison.

Oates, Joyce Carol, 1938-. Black girl/White girl : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Ecco, c2006.
Genna Meade looks back from the perspective of fifteen years to 1975 when, as a student at an exclusive women’s liberal arts college near Philadelphia, she tried to befriend one of the school’s few African-American students who was the victim of racially-motivated harassment.

O’Connell, Carol, 1947-. Find me. New York : G.P. Putnam’s Sons, c2006.
After a mutilated body is found in Chicago on Adams Street, also known as Route 66, it brings to the area a bevy of parents looking for missing children. They have heard the rumors about the gravesites supposedly found along this route. Detective Kathy Mallory drives with them. The child she seeks, though, is not like the others. It is herself, the feral child adopted off the streets. She’s also hunting a killer like none she’s ever known.

Page, Katherine Hall. The body in the ivy : a Faith Fairchild mystery. 1st ed. New York : William Morrow, c2006.
Caterer Faith Fairchild accepts a job on novelist Hélène Prince’s private island, but when she arrives she realizes the writer is trying to solve a mystery about her sister’s death and all of the guests are suspects.

Patterson, Richard North. Exile : a novel. 1st ed. New York : H. Holt, 2007.
David Wolfe’s life is as near perfect as it can get. He’s a successful lawyer, about to get married, and is being primed for a stint in Congress. When he gets an unexpected phone call from a woman he’d had a brief fling with while in law school, he faces a choice. Will he, a Jew, represent a Palestinian woman accused of masterminding the assassination of Israel’s prime minister and risk his career and impending marriage for a woman he’s never been able to forget?.

Randisi, Robert J. Everybody kills somebody sometime. 1st ed. New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2006.
Eddie G, a pit boss at the Sands Casino, may not be a detective, but when Dean Martin begins receiving threats while the Rat Pack is in town for the filming of Ocean’s 11, Eddie hopes to find the culprit and endear himself to his idols. Aided by a private eye friend and some muscle from New York, Eddie’s search leads him to a murder and a realization that being a Rat Pack fan is bad for his health.

Riggs, Cynthia. Indian pipes. 1st ed. New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St Martin’s Minotaur, 2006.
Ninety-two-year-old Martha’s Vineyard native Victoria Trumbull is enjoying a vacation with her granddaughter, Elizabeth, when she sees a young man fall to his death and is pulled into an investigation that will change her life and have a lasting influence on Elizabeth’s.

Ripley, Ann. Death in the orchid garden : a gardening mystery. New York : Kensington Pub. Corp. c2006.
Louise Eldridge, host of a PBS show, Gardening with Nature, is on location to the Hawaiian island of Kauai, the lush setting for an elite botanical conference. Louise has scheduled a panel featuring an explosive mix of egos and agendas from plant explorer and entrepreneur Dr. Bruce Bouting, pharmaceutical company consultant Dr. Matthew Flynn, environmentalist Dr. Charles Reuter and Pacific Island plant expert Dr. Tom Schoonover. But on a sunset walk along the beach, Louise discovers one of these men dead, the deep wound gouged at the base of his skull definitely not sustained from a fall off a cliff. As another botanist perishes, Louise once again turns amateur detective to solve the murders.

Robbins, Harold, 1916-1997. The devil to pay. 1st ed. New York : Forge, 2006.
Nash Novak, a struggling Seattle businesswoman, is frantically trying to raise money for her legal defense against arson and murder charges that someone is framing her for. Her only solution is to make the coffee plantation she’s inherited profitable. The only problem is, it’s located in the jungles of Colombia, the land of drug lords and warlords. Home to men like Pablo Escobar, king of the Medellin drug cartels, and one of the most dangerous men in Colombia. Can she protect her plantation and stay alive?.

Robbins, David L. 1954-. The assassins gallery. New York : Bantam Books, 2006.
History hangs in the balance as Professor Mikhal Lammeck, a specialist in the history and weaponry of assassins, pits his skills against an unknown killer who has targeted President Franklin Roosevelt in the waning days of World War II.

Rollins, James, 1961-. Black order : a Sigma Force novel. New York : W. Morrow, c2006.
The elite scientists of Sigma Force race to crack the ultimate mystery of mankind in a quest that will save or destroy the human race.

Rowland, Laura Joh. Red chrysanthemum. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2006.
Seventeenth-century Japanese chamberlain Sano Ichiro’s wife, Reiko, is suspected of murdering Lord Mori, a man accused of treason and pedophilia, and together the couple work to clear her name.

Rozan, S. J. In this rain. New York : Delacorte Press, 2007.
Ex-con and former Building Department inspector Joe Cole lives a broken life, cut off from his wife and daughter after having been wrongly convicted of a child’s death in New York City. Now, the murder of a woman and a young man’s death open old wounds, plunging Joe and his former partner into the darkest corners of the city and into a race to expose the secrets that help the powerful hide their crimes.

Salvatore, R. A., 1959-. Road of the patriarch. Renton, WA : Wizards of the Coast, c2006.

Ruthless assassin Artemis Entreri and his dark elf companion Jarlaxle Baenre are heralded as heroes by King Gareth of Bloodstone for vanquishing the evil undead sorcerer Zhengyi, but there are some who are not at all ready to honor the duo, and they must still contend with enemies who would much rather see them dead.

Sharfeddin, Heather. Mineral spirits : a novel. 1st ed. Bridgehampton, N.Y. : Lanham, Md. : Bridge Works Pub. ;Distributed in the U.S. by National Book Network, c2006.
While struggling to fit into the community, newly appointed Mineral County sheriff Kip Edelson investigates the murder of a woman whose decomposed body was found by a neglected ten-year-old boy.

Simmons, Dan. The terror : a novel. New York : Little, Brown and Co., c2007.
The crewmen in ‘The Terror’ are trapped in the Arctic ice aboard their stranded ship and at the mercy of the elements. But, the real threat is whatever is out in the frigid darkness that stalks them, snatching one seaman at a time, leaving only mangled bodies behind. Now one lone man strikes out on foot in hopes of finding help for his crew who become more deranged and mutinous by the day, only to face an even-more- inconceivable nightmare.

Smith, Ali, 1962-. The accidental. 1st American ed. New York : Pantheon, c2005.
Eve Smart is immediately suspicious of Amber, a thirtysomething woman who shows up on Eve and her husband Michael’s front porch and talks her way into the family’s life, but as Eve and Michael begin to view their life through Amber’s eyes, they make some startling realizations about their so-called perfect family.

Spring, Michelle. The night lawyer : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Ballantine Books, 2006.
Michelle Spring, hailed by the ‘London Times’ as ‘one of the 20th century’s 100 masters of crime,’ brings readers a story drawn from a harrowing real-life experience. In contemporary London, a young woman has just accepted a job with a daily tabloid. Working the evening shift, her task is to vet the morning edition. By day, the offices and docks along the Thames bustle with activity. It’s different at night. For somewhere in the darkness a stalker is lurking.

Stabenow, Dana. A deeper sleep : a Kate Shugak novel. New York : St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2007.
P.I. Kate Shugak has been working on a case for the Anchorage D.A. involving the murder of a woman by her husband. What makes this case most intriguing for authorities is that this particular man had been the subject of previous investigations, but they were never able to get a conviction. Kate and State Trooper Jim Chopin are convinced ‘this time’ will be different. When he’s acquitted again, Kate and Jim, sure the man has gotten away with murder, know he’ll kill again. They’re right!.

Summers, Rowena, 1932-. Blackthorn Cottage. Sutton : Severn House, 2006.
As a city girl, Jasmine Wyatt isn’t at all sure what to think at inheriting a cottage in a small Somerset village. Her irascible widowed father is totally against her living there, and the opposition of local estate agent William Hedges puts her in a defiant mood. Even when she discovers the cottage has a bad reputation, Jasmine falls in love with it at first sight. Could she live there, in such a different environment, isolated from her father and sister and her busy life in Bristol? It seems that Blackthorn Cottage weaves a magic of its own, and despite doubts on all sides, circumstances dictate the future for her. As Jassy’s twenty-first birthday approaches, and her father finally comes to terms with this milestone day, Jassy discovers that she is not the only one to find unexpected happiness through the legacy of Blackthorn Cottage.

Swierczynski, Duane. The blonde. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2006.
Jack Eisley, a husband and a father, thinks there’s no harm in a little flirting with the blonde sitting next to him in the airport bar. That is, until she leans toward him and says, ‘I poisoned your drink.’ She tells Jack that unless she keeps someone within ten-feet of her at all times, she’ll die, and if he wants the antidote, he’ll have to take her back to his hotel room, and stay by her side. Will ‘either’ of them live to see the morning?.

Swofford, Anthony. Exit A : a novel. New York : Scribner, c2007.
In Swofford’s fiction debut he tells the story of Severin Boxx, 17, who lives on an Air Force base in Japan and is secretly in love with Virginia, the general’s daughter. Unknown to Severin, she had fallen in with the Japanese underground following her Japanese mother’s death. Then she disappeared. Although Severin’s family is transferred stateside shortly afterward, he can’t forget Virginia and decides to return to Japan to search for her.

Tabucchi, Antonio, 1943-. It’s getting later all the time : a novel in the form of letters. New York : New Directions Pub., 2006.
This epistolary novel is composed of 18 love letters; the fictional authors are 17 men and one woman, whose sweeping, summative voice closes the collection abruptly. Are all the letters addressed to her? Does she even exist? There are no names—she is, variously My dear; My love; My sweet Ophelia (a nickname), among other second-person addresses. Written from places all over Europe, the letters are intimate and often exquisite, lingering over transcendent details of landscape, or ruefully soliloquizing on memory. One rancorous letter, “A Good Man Like You,” recalls a betrayal seven years in the past, while another contemplates a journey never taken: “Do you remember when we didn’t go to Samarkand?” The whole makes for delicious voyeurism, leavened with pointed bafflement at these partially rendered relationships: just as the reader wishes for all the gaps to be filled in, the letter writers wish to re-compose fractured relationships. Publisher’s Weekly.

Taylor, Sarah Stewart. Still as death. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2006.
Art history professor Sweeney St.George is in the middle of putting together an exhibit on her specialty, “the art of death,” for the university museum when she makes an unusual discovery: A valuable piece of Egyptian funerary jewelry that should be in the museum’s collection seems to be missing. Searching for answers, Sweeney learns that a student intern at the museum was the last person to check out the piece, a young woman who died of an apparent suicide soon after she handled the piece, more than twenty-five years ago.

Thom, James Alexander. Saint Patrick’s battalion : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Ballantine Books, c2006.
Thom offers a fictionalized account of the Mexican-American War of 1846 in which two soldiers on opposite sides of the battle recount their experiences as they fight alongside of the Hidalgo horsemen and native Indians.

Tracy, P. J. Snow blind. New York : G.P. Putnam’s Sons, c2006.
Minneapolis Detectives Magozzi and Rolseth, along with the new sheriff, Iris Rikker, are on high alert after two policemen are killed during a friendly snowman-building contest, and set out to find the killer before he claims another victim.

Tremayne, Peter. Master of souls : a mystery of Ancient Ireland. 1st St. Martin’s Minotaur ed. New York : St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2006, c2005.
In seventh-century Ireland, Sister Fidelma investigates the brutal murders of an abbess—who is the niece of the Ui Fidgente warlord Conri—and one of the abbey’s senior scholars as well as the disappearance of six young nuns, events that may be connected to the mysterious “Master of Souls” stirring up trouble in the countryside.

Truman, Margaret, 1924-. Murder at The Washington tribune : a Capital crimes novel. Large print ed. Waterville, Me. Thorndike Press, 2005.
At the big, aggressive newspaper The Washington Tribune, a young woman has been murdered. Then a second woman is killed, in Franklin Square. Like the first, she was young, attractive, and worked in the media. For veteran Trib reporter Joe Wilcox, the case strikes close to home. His own daughter is a beautiful rising TV-news star. Joe sees a chance to renew himself as a reporter and as a man. Spearheading the Trib’s investigation, he baits a trap with a secret from his own past.

Turnbull, Peter, 1950-. False knight. 1st World ed. New York : Severn House, 2006.
Mary Golightly was not a happy woman: she and her husband were known throughout the neighborhood for their violent fights. But in the last few weeks before she vanished, she seemed almost joyful, as if something wonderful had come into her life. That was before a bin man found her thigh in a refuse sack. Her husband makes no pretence at grief—but does that mean he killed her?

Vincenzi, Penny. Almost a crime. 1st ed. Woodstock, N.Y. : Overlook Press, 2006.
In late 1990s London, Tom and Octavia Fleming glitter among the chattering classes. Tom, a brilliant political consultant, and Octavia, an equally talented charity consultant, appear to have it all, three pretty children, money, success, health and good looks, everything but precious time together. When Octavia realizes that Tom is having an affair, she turns for support to her best friend, Louise Cheltenham, a former top model now married with children, and embarks on professional and sexual revenge against her husband. But her initial hurt is magnified tenfold when she learns the identity of Tom’s mistress, and her misdemeanors hardly compare to the revenge plan of Tom’s very troubled lover once he ends his affair. Publisher’s Weekly

Wambaugh, Joseph. Hollywood Station : a novel. 1st ed. New York : Little, Brown, 2006.
Oracle, a sergeant for the Hollywood police force, and the other members of his team work together to solve the robbery of a Hollywood jewelry store and find themselves pulled into the city’s dark underworld.

Whyte, Jack. The eagle : the concluding volume of the Camulod chronicles. 1st hardcover ed. New York : Forge, 2007.
In the conclusion of Whyte’s retelling of the Arthurian legend, Lancelot has come to Arthur’s court where he and the King form a strong bond. Together they share a vision for peace and law that will unite all the peoples of Britain. With Guinevere at Arthur’s side, they work to make that vision a reality. Then dark forces rise in opposition and it becomes hard to tell friend from foe.

Willig, Lauren. The deception of the emerald ring. New York : Dutton, c2006.
In 1803, as England and France continue to battle, Letty Alsworthy is rushing to save her sister Mary from eloping with Geoffrey Pinghingdale-Snipe. Following an accidental meeting, Letty’s forced into a wedding with Geoffrey, who later steals away on a ship bound for Ireland. Mistaken identities and surprise romance provide the backdrop to the third novel in the Pink Carnation series while the League of the Pink Carnation works to stop the Irish Rebellion.

Winegardner, Mark, 1961-. The godfather’s revenge. New York : Putnam, 2006.
The Corleones and the assassination of JFK go head-to-head in this, the third and last volume of the official Mario Puzo-sanctioned ‘Godfather’ trilogy. This story opens in 1963 with Nick Geraci, Michael’s right hand man, who has betrayed him, on the run from Michael and the FBI. In the background is Carlos Tramonti, a New Orleans mob boss who has just returned from Colombia where he’d been sent at the orders of Robert F. Kennedy, brother of the President. Now Carlos wanted revenge.

Zweibel, Alan. The other Shulman : a novel. New York : Villard, c2005.
While at a crossroads in his personal and professional life, Shulman, a chubby, middle-aged stationery-store owner, encounters a man who has become successful and happy by making the life and career choices Shulman has spurned.

158.1 BYR
Byrne, Rhonda. The secret. New York : Hillsboro, Ore. : Atria Books ; Beyond Words Pub., c2006.
This tie-in to the independent movie of the same name shares ‘the secret’ of obtaining anything one desires. Once known only to the elite, it is now shared by prominent physicists, authors, and philosophers through the understanding of the law of Attraction. The best part is, it is something that is contained within each of us.

179.7 KIE
Kiernan, Stephen. Last rights : rescuing the end of life from the medical system. 1st ed. New York : St. Martin’s Press, 2006.
Drawn from medical research and personal stories, the author addresses the difficult issues associated with dying; and discusses how patients and families can regain control of the dying process.

211 DAW
Dawkins, Richard, 1941-. The God delusion. Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2006.
Evolutionary theorist Richard Dawkins is not an atheist who sits quietly in the pews. The scientist dubbed “Darwin’s Rottweiler” refuses to regard religion as mere harmless nonsense; he views it instead as one of humanity’s most pernicious creations. In ‘The God Delusion’, he attacks arguments for the existence of God; accuses religions of fomenting divisiveness, war, and bigotry and castigates believers in intelligent design.

306.81 DOO
Doocy, Steve. The Mr. & Mrs. Happy handbook : everything I know about love and marriage (with corrections by Mrs. Doocy). New York : William Morrow, 2006.
A whimsical and provocative guide to understanding the opposite sex counsels readers on the intricacies of dating, marriage, and parenthood in spite of stereotypical shortcomings, in a volume that draws on the experiences of the author, his friends, and celebrities.

613.2 ROI
Roizen, Michael F. You, on a diet : the owner’s manual to waist management. New York : Free Press, c2006.
Presents a comprehensive study that explains how and why the body stores calories, burns fat, and reacts to certain foods; and offers advice on creating an effective diet and exercise plan.

793.2 SED
Sedaris, Amy. I like you : hospitality under the influence. 1st ed. New York : Warner Books, 2006.
Amy Sedaris offers a tongue-in-cheek guide to entertaining with practical advice on how to avoid nosy guests, what to serve uptight neighbors, how to help guests relax, and more.

818 POU
Poundstone, Paula. There’s nothing in this book that I meant to say. 1st ed. New York : Harmony Books, c2006.
Part memoir, part monologue, with a pinch of self-deprecation and a dash of startling honesty, this surprisingly unique laugh-out-loud book features biographies of legendary historical figures from which Poundstone can’t help digressing to tell her own. Mining gold from the lives of Abraham Lincoln, Helen Keller, Charles Dickens, Joan of Arc and Beethoven, among others, the eccentric and utterly inimitable mind of Paula Poundstone dissects, observes, and comments on the successes and failures of her own life with spot-on comedic timing. If you like Paula Poundstone’s ironic and blindingly intelligent humor, you’ll love this book.

920 U B
U2 by U2. 1st U.S. ed. New York : HarperCollins, 2006.
The members of the rock band U2 chronicle the group’s history, describing the band’s beginnings in high school, their rise to fame, the making of their albums, aspects of their personal lives, and other topics.

Burrell, Paul, 1958-. The way we were : remembering Diana. 1st ed. New York : William Morrow, c2006.
Paul Burrell opens the door to Kensington Palace to provide a unique visual tour. With previously unseen interior photographs, the reader is led inside the world of Princess Diana—room-by-room, memory-by-memory. He paints a faithful and poignant tribute in remembrance of ‘the boss’ as the person who shared her private world and knew her best. In this fascinating new account, he allows the reader to feel ‘at home with Diana’, sharing her innermost feelings, hopes and philosophies that teach us more about her mind and the way she thought. From the Publisher.

Bradford, Sarah, 1938-. Diana. New York : Viking, 2006.
Presents a comprehensive biography on the life and tragic death of Diana, Princess of Wales; and describes how the shy Lady Diana Spencer came to marry Charles, Prince of Wales, their troubled marriage, separation and divorce, and Diana’s struggle with the press.

DeYoung, Karen, 1949-. Soldier : the life of Colin Powell. 1st ed. New York : Knopf, 2006.
A biography of Colin Powell that covers his childhood as the son of Jamaican immigrants in the Bronx, personal life, military career, and work as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and chief diplomat.

Touchette, Charleen. It stops with me : memoir of a Canuck girl. Santa Fe, NM : Touch Art Books, c2004.
Charleen Touchette shares how she healed a legacy of anger, alcoholic rages, violence, and denial through her artwork and writing.

Vidal, Gore, 1925-. Point to point navigation : a memoir, 1964 to 2006. 1st ed. New York : Doubleday, c2006.
Gore Vidal reflects on his remarkable life, sharing the moments that shaped his life and career and the people who have inspired him along the way.

940.54 MIL
Miller, Donald L., 1944-. Masters of the air : America’s bomber boys who fought the air war against Nazi Germany. New York : Simon & Schuster, c2006.
Miller presents a narrative of the American bomber crews who flew hundreds of missions against Nazi Germany during World War II, and describes life in wartime England and in German POW camps.

Coffin, Bruce, 1942-. The long light of those days : recollections of a Vermont village at mid-century. Woodstock, Vt. : Woodstock Historical Society, c2005.
“You can go home again, if only in memory,” Bruce Coffin assures us in this illuminating record of growing up in a small Vermont village fifty years ago....With the remarkable clarity of Norman Rockwell paintings, the author reveals the people, sights, sounds, and atmosphere of Woodstock, whose natural and manmade beauty has made it a memorable landmark.

Higgins, Dan. Vacancy, art & transformation : Winooski, 1969-2005, recollections and photographs. Winooski, Vt. :The Photo Lounge, c2006.
‘Vacancy, art & transformation’ offers a remarkable 35-year photographic record of social change in this unique Vermont community. Dan Higgins describes a 1970s downtown where people socialized in the restaurants, where shuffleboard table were ubiquitous, and where people filled the bingo parlors nightly. He describes the Urban Renewal Project that demolished the east half of the neighborhood and uprooted many of its residents. He recalls the importance to musicians of the Melanson’s Mill Restaurant, of the town’s ongoing attraction for artists, and of the city’s visionary proposal to use federal funds to cover Winooski with a dome. He describes the regional excitement over the “Renaissance Project” in the 1980s, and finally honors the influx of residents from other countries who have added to Winooski’s cultural richness.


CD 793.2 SED
Sedaris, Amy. I like you : [hospitality under the influence].
New York : Hachette Audio, p2006.
Read by the author.

CD 956.7044 GAR
Garrels, Anne, 1951-. Naked in Baghdad : [the Iraq war as seen by NPR’s correspondent]. Unabridged. New York, NY : Audio Renaissance, p2003. Read by Anne Garrels and Vint Lawrence.
One of only sixteen un-imbedded American journalists who stayed in the now-legendary Palestine Hotel in Baghdad throughout the American invasion, Garrels was uniquely placed to describe the war. She narrates her evolving relationship with her Iraqi driver, Tahir, who becomes her friend and confidant, often serving as her eyes and ears among the populace and taking her where no other reporter was able to penetrate. Tahir’s own opinions and poignant personal story provide a trenchant counterpoint to the headline news. The diary is also punctuated by e-mail bulletins sent by Garrels’ husband, Vint Lawrence, to friends around the world, providing a private view of the
rough-and-tumble, often dangerous life of a foreign correspondent, along with much-needed comic relief. The result is an enthralling, deeply personal, utterly authentic picture of this war that no one else could have written.

Frey, Stephen W. The power broker. North Kingstown, RI : BBC Audiobooks America, p2006. Narrated by Holter Graham.
In this tense thriller, Christian Gillette, hero of The Protégé, is approached by a shadowy group representing vast wealth (but vague motives). It’s a politically conservative alliance interested in a partnership with Gillette’s company, Everest Capital. Then he is contacted by a charismatic liberal politician named Jesse Wood, who is about to announce his candidacy for President; Wood and his advisors want Gillette to run for vice President. Skeptical of both offers, Gillette tries to discern who can be trusted. But he soon realizes a colleague has ties to one party... and ultimately, he can’t trust anybody at all.

DVD 974.3 LIF
Life in Franklin County. [Waterbury, VT : Peregrine Productions, 200-?].
Fifteen Franklin County residents share their stories of what life was like!.

Shall we dance? [United States] : Burbank, Calif. : Miramax Home Entertainment ; Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment, [2005]. Koji Yakusho, Tamiyo Kusakari, Naoto Takenaka, Eriko Watanabe.
A middle-aged businessman’s dull life takes an interesting turn when he signs up for a ballroom dance class just to meet the beautiful dance instructor.

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