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The Hypnotist by Lars Keplar

Dr. Erik Maria Bark has sworn never to hypnotize a patient again.  Then Detective Joona phones about a triple homicide in which a single survivor may be able to identify the killer and save another possible target.  Joona and the … Continue reading

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The Widower’s Tale by Julia Glass

Percy Darling is a 70-year-old widower settling into retirement.  He lives in a historic home near Boston.  He has given the adjoining barn to a pre-school with the proviso that his daughter will work there.  This tale of family complications … Continue reading

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The Night Strangers by Chris Bohjalian

Chip Linton’s life and the lives of his wife and twin daughters changed forever when – through no fault of his own – the plane he was piloting crashed into Lake Champlain.   Thirty-nine on board lost their lives.  The Linton’s … Continue reading

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Budding cartoonist, Junior (Arnold) Spirit, a 15-year-old Spokane Indian boy, transfers to a white school off the reservation because of his eagerness to learn and frustration over conditions at the “res” school, including 15 year-old science textbooks.  This account of … Continue reading

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Bent Road by Lori Roy

Described as an American Gothic Suspense thriller, this story centers around Arthur Scott’s childhood home on Bent Road  in western Kansas.  He left in the 1940’s following the tragic death of his beloved older sister. In 1967 when racial tensions … Continue reading

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A Bitter Truth by Charles Todd

Bess Crawford, home on leave from her nursing duties in World War I France, finds a woman cowering in the cold doorway of her London flat.  Julianna has run from her abusive husband and has nowhere to turn.  At Julianna’s … Continue reading

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The Lantern by Deborah Lawrenson

Billed as a modern-day Rebecca, this gothic tale of love and mystery is set in a crumbling villa in Provence.  Eve and Dom, after a whirlwind romance, have moved in and begun the slow process of renovation.   The summer is … Continue reading

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Travels with Charley: in Search of American by John Steinbeck

On Labor Day, 1960, before cell phones and GPS devices, the author set out with his poodle, Charley, to see and take the pulse of America.  He took Charley for company and because a dog is a good ambassador when … Continue reading

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The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin

A story of love, class and the “American Way” in Gilded Age England, this is definitely several cuts above the traditional historical romance.   Aptly named Cora Cash is the richest debutante in America in 1893, and her mother will stop … Continue reading

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State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

Marina Singh, Minnesota research pharmacologist, is sent to the Amazon jungle to find the remains of her dead office mate who went there to check progress at the company’s research station.  There are many reasons why she does not want … Continue reading

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