Sunday, July 30, 2017

Weekly Book Haul.....July 30, 2017

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly book meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews, The Sunday Post is another great site hosted by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer.  The Sunday Salon is a Facebook page where great readers share what they've read this week and Mailbox Monday is a weekly roundup of the new books people have received.

This has been a cloudy, humid weekend in sunny Arizona.  Every time I go outside, I think about how much I would love to live by the ocean, but I know I couldn't stand the humidity.  It makes me feel so dragged down, and my hair is uncontrollable.  

I watched the first episode of Midnight, Texas last week and I was seriously underwhelmed.  Parts of it, I really liked.  But the talking cat and the glowing house were so hokey, I was turned off.  I'm going to give it a few more weeks and hope it finds its footing.

I've been re-reading the McNally series by Lawrence Sanders and they are just as fun as I remembered.  I've really enjoyed revisiting Archy McNally and his mysteries.

The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain.....In 1944, twenty-three-year-
old Tess DeMello abruptly ends her engagement to the love of her life when she marries a mysterious stranger and moves to Hickory, North Carolina, a small town struggling with racial tension and the hardships imposed by World War II. Tess’s new husband, Henry Kraft, is a secretive man who often stays out all night, hides money from his new wife, and shows no interest in making love. Tess quickly realizes she’s trapped in a strange and loveless marriage with no way out.
The people of Hickory love and respect Henry and see Tess as an outsider, treating her with suspicion and disdain, especially after one of the town’s prominent citizens dies in a terrible accident and Tess is blamed. Tess suspects people are talking about her, plotting behind her back, and following her as she walks around town. What does everyone know about Henry that she does not? Feeling alone and adrift, Tess turns to the one person who seems to understand her, a local medium who gives her hope but seems to know more than he’s letting on. 
When a sudden polio epidemic strikes the town, the townspeople band together to build a polio hospital. Tess, who has a nursing degree, bucks Henry’s wishes and begins to work at the hospital, finding meaning in nursing the young victims. Yet at home, Henry’s actions grow more alarming by the day. As Tess works to save the lives of her patients, can she untangle her husband’s mysterious behavior and save her own life?

A Guide for Murdered Children.....We all say there is no justice in this world.
But what if there really was? What if the souls of murdered children were able to return briefly to this world, inhabit adult bodies and wreak ultimate revenge on the monsters who had killed them, stolen their lives?

Such is the unfathomable mystery confronting ex-NYPD detective Willow Wylde, fresh out of rehab and finally able to find a job running a Cold Case squad in suburban Detroit. When the two rookie cops assigned to him take an obsessive interest in a decades old disappearance of a brother and sister, Willow begins to suspect something out of the ordinary is afoot. And when he uncovers a series of church basement AA-type meetings made up of the slain innocents, a new way of looking at life, death, murder and missed opportunities is revealed to him.

 Mystical, harrowing and ultimately tremendously moving, A Guide for Murdered Childrenis a genre-busting, mind-bending twist on the fine line between the ordinary and the extraordinary.

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