Book Lovers Circle May 2014
Joan is a ballerina who once had a passionate love affair with a famous dancer and she helped him defect from the Soviet Union. As his career took off, hers declined, as did their relationship. She eventually marries and has a son, and ends up teaching ballet in her suburban town. But ballet and the great Arslan Rusakov have not finished with her yet. Her son, Harry, is dance prodigy, and his talent pulls her back into the world of professional ballet and her former lover. Secrets emerge which change the lives of all involved. Check Our Catalog
Be Safe I Love You
Lauren's experience in Iraq changes her forever. She enlists because she needs the sign up bonus to help take care of her divorced father and younger brother. When she returns from Iraq, it is apparent that she is just not right. Things come to a head when she takes her younger brother on a camping trip. As it turns out, she is suffering from extreme post-traumatic stress disorder. This is a beautifully written story about the terrible effects of war on all those involved. Check Our Catalog
Twenty-two year old Beth Krause was murdered 25 years ago in a small town in Michigan. Interest in the case is reignited when some film students come to town to make a documentary about the case. The detective who first took on the case sees some new information in the film, and starts to search again. The novel is told in a "stream of consciousness" format. The case reveals all the secrets that are hidden behind closed doors in a small town. Check Our Catalog
Kimberly Rae Miller grew up as an only child on Long Island, but what should have been an idyllic childhood was anything but. Her father was a hoarder, and his obsession created an environment that was depressing, as well as unhealthy and unsafe. Miller realized as a young child that her family wasn't like others.
She would never invite people home or even talk about where she lived. Her story of how she "came clean" and dealt with her problem and her parents about their dirty secret is unsettling, yet inspriring. Check Our Catalog
Kinder than Solitude
Three people in their youth were involved in a mysterious accident which resulted in a friend's fatal poisoning. The novel moves back and forth in time, between America today and China in the 1990's. The novel was written by a native of Beijing, who has won numerous writing awards and now lives in Oakland, California. She is a great new voice. Check Our Catalog
Mimi Malloy, at Last!
Mimi Malloy has been forced into an early retirement in her 60's. She has been living a quiet, independent life on her own. Now a brain scan has shown some possible trouble, and her daughter wants her to move into a "place," the kind of place that Mimi refers to as "one of those storage facilities for unwanted antiques." Mimi's life starts to change again when she starts to remember long repressed memories of her difficult childhood, with a step-mother and a sister who just "disappeared." Mimi begins to solve some mysteries from her past while she deals with how she wants to live her life in the future. A good story with a strong female protagonist. Check Our Catalog
Murder in Pigalle
It is Paris in June 1998. Aimee, a private investigator, is trying to slow down and take it easy, as she is five months pregnant and it is already a hot, sticky summer. But when the daughter of the proprietor of her favorite café disappears, the girl's parents, desperate with fear, ask her to help with the case. Since a serial rapist has been attacking young girls in the neighborhood, and already one has died from the attack, time is truly of the essence. This is based on a true crime story involving a serial murderer in Paris in the summer of 1998. It has some twists and surprises, and it also recreates the wonderful environment of Paris. Check Our Catalog
The Red Road
This is the fourth novel to feature Glasgow detective, Alex Morrow, a feisty, single-minded female DI. Morrow gets swept into a complicated case. She is testifying against an offender currently in prison, when his fingerprints show up at a brand new murder. In trying to figure out how this might be possible, she follows a trail that takes her deeper and deeper. Now the trail has led her back to two murders committed in 1997. As Morrow continues to investigate, she begins to believe that if she solves the case, her career could be put in jeopardy. Is there something deeply wrong with the Glasgow police force? Read this one and see.
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This is a debut adult novel by a YA author. It is London, 1794, and four nouveau riche fathers have five marriageable daughters. They decide that the girls will learn how to play the pianoforte and that will attract English men with titles and no money. The girls will make suitable matches, and their problems will be over. A piano teacher is hired and then the girls turn the tables to take life into their own hands. This is witty and sophisticated, with some dark overtones. Check Our Catalog
The Wife, the Maid and the Mistress
This is a fictional account of the 1930 disappearance of Judge Carter. In this novel, 39 years after his disappearance, Stella Crater is willing to reveal everything she knows. There were 3 women in his life-Stella, the wife; Ritzi, a would-be showgirl-the mistress; and dutiful Maria, the maid whose husband got some very nice promotions while his wife was working for Judge Crater. This is an historical mystery which is full of details about a bygone era. It will keep stringing you along, as the "truth," according to the author, is not revealed until the final page. Check Our Catalog