Meeting Miss Edilean Harcourt changed young Jocelyn Minton's life forever. When Miss Edi passes away, she leaves Jocelyn all her worldly possessions, including an eighteenth-century house and a letter with clues to a mystery that began in 1941... Book 2 of this new series by Jude Deveraux will be available in December, 2009 and is entitled Days of Gold! Enjoy
The Spanish Game
by Charles Cumming
Alec Milius is living in Spain since his disastrous ending as a British Intelligence officer a few years earlier. He still keeps to the old spy ways and paranoia, though, expecting enemies behind every corner and sensing conspiracy with every unusual personal or professional contact. This life in exile is suddenly changed when a casual meeting with a Basque politician turns deadly and Alec finds himself embroiled in international espionage once again. A first rate spy novel in the ranks of Le Carre and Ludlum!
Heart and Soul
by Maeve Binchy
The multifaceted people linked to a cardiac care center in Dublin are highlighted as they sort out the troubled relationships and difficult decisions facing them. Readers will recognize some of the characters from earlier Binchy novels now associated with the hospital. It's more of the signature drama and romance that fans have come to expect from this beloved author.
by Frank Delaney
Robert Shannon, a Marine chaplain in the Great War, suffers from post traumatic stress disorder and shell shock. In 1922 he travels to Ireland in search of his family roots hoping to find the remnants of peace and faith he had before his wartime experiences. He discovers an Ireland torn apart by political strife and steeped in myth and tradition. An unforgettable story by the author of other notable Irish novels.
by Mary Pat Kelly
An Irish couple leaves their homeland during the Great Starvation and travels to America to begin a new life in Chicago. They raise their family in this frontier town and contribute to its transformation into a great city. The novel spans six generations and is a wonderful celebration of family history.
People of the Book
by Geraldine Brooks
Hanna Heath, an Australian rare book expert, is recruited to analyze an ancient Jewish prayer book recently recovered in a Bosnian library. In her work she finds clues to the history of the manuscript dating back to the Spanish Inquisition. The author fills in the many stories over the centuries of the people who once possessed the book, but then lost it through misfortune and tragedy. Hanna also uncovers secrets from her own past connecting her to the fate of the treasure. It's another complex, yet beautifully written book from this Pulitzer Prize-winning author.
Readingradar.com is an interesting new "mashup" for people who love bestsellers.
What's a mashup? It's a Website that combined content from two different resources into a brand new site. Readingradar.com combines the New York Times bestseller lists with customer reviews, and other material from Amazon.com. The resulting Website brings together a lot of information about individual titles, in an easy to use interface: just click on the name of the bestseller list, and browse the ranked titles.
If you like your series fiction nice and linear, Orson Scott Card would drive you nuts. Ender in Exile displaces Speaker for the Dead as the sequel to the classic Ender's Game, filling in some of the massive gap in time and space between those two novels.
Ender in Exile picks up in the immediate aftermath of the conclusion to the third war with an insect race, which has launched human colonization into numerous different worlds. Ender is still a teenager, and still at Battle School, waiting to learn whether he will be able to return to Earth. Ultimately, be begins his to many new worlds, stopping first at the colony "Shakespeare," where he finds something that will determine his course for the rest of his life.
In Soon I Will Be Invincible, author Austin Grossman expands the world of superheroes and supervillains, giving comic book archetypes rich lives and emotional states. There are two story lines in the novel.
Donald Westlake, the so-called "Neil Simon of the crime novel," died on 12/31/08 while vacationing in Mexico. He wrote more than 90 books in his career.
He was known for incorporating comedy and slapstick in to traditional crime novels. In 1993, he was named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America.
For a biography from the Washington Post, click here.
In The Jesuit and the Skull: Teilhard de Chardin, Evolution, and the Search for Peking Man, the author provides a concise history of human evolution, and an intriguing personal history of French Jesuit priest and scientist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, who had been exiled to China by the Vatican for writings that asserted humanity's evolutionary relationship to apes and challenged the doctrine of original sin.
Told through the eyes of a 15 year old autistic boy, author Mark Haddon provides an insightful glimpse into the thought processes of an autistic mind. Though uncomfortable with strangers and unfamiliar situations, young Christopher is determined to discover who murdered his neighborâ€™s dog. As he embarks on his search, Christopherâ€™s unique approach to solving the predicaments he finds himself in are often humorous and always unusual. His determination and unorthodox approach captivate the reader who will find themselves rooting for this determined young man who perseveres despite overwhelming odds as his search leads to discoveries that will impact his life and those closest to him.