Readers who liked Jeannette Walls' gripping memoir, "The Glass Castle," will want to read her new novel, "The Silver Star," that deals with the effects of a mentally ill parent on a child. Bean Hollady is twelve, and her sister Liz is three years older. It's 1970 in small town California, and their mother, a misunderstood singer-songwriter, has taken off to "find herself." With money running low, and the child welfare authorities at their door, the sisters take a bus to Virginia, to vist an uncle they haven't seen in years.
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Looking for a light and breezy beach read for the end of summer? Claire Cook's "Time Flies" takes the reader on a road trip on Cape Cod with Melanie and her best friend B.J. Melanie's husband Kurt has left her for a woman named Crissy, and she lets B.J. talk her into attending their high school reunion. It's been..umm..decades since they graduated. The reunion plans, which include a week at a classmate's beach cottage, don't quite turn out to be what Melanie signed up for. Cook is the author of "Must Love Dogs."
In "Carte Blanche," a James Bond thriller from Jeffery Deaver, the author has transported the super spy into the twentieth century. This Bond is a veteran of Afghanistan and is working for a super secret agency. There are still beautiful woman with unlikely names (Felicity Willing) and fast cars (a Bentley Continental GT coupe). There are still bad guys and detailed instructions to bartenders on how to contruct a drink. But hey, it's not the fifties anymore. See if you like this new Bond better.
"Murder for the Halibut" has got to be one of the best mystery titles ever. In Liz Lipperman's third book in the "Clueless Cook" series, Jordan McAllister, food columnist, sails on a cruise where she will judge a celebrity cook-off. The problem? Jordan hates to cook, and gourmet food makes her gag. On the first night at sea, one of the chefs dies after sampling his dish. Was it a simple case of a food allergy or was he murdered?
Readers who enjoy Joanne Fluke's mysteries will want to read this series.