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Select Editions: Shadow Dance - Julie Garwood, Francesca's Kitchen - Peter Pezzelli, The Sleeping Doll - Jeffery Deaver, Garden Spells - Sarah Addison Allen
Select Editions Shadow Dance - Julie Garwood Francesca's Kitchen - Peter Pezzelli The Sleeping Doll - Jeffery Deaver Garden Spells - Sarah Addison Allen Author:Julie Garwood, Peter Pezzelli, Jeffery Deaver, Sarah Addison Allen Shadow Dance — Computer whiz Jordan Buchanan meets an odd professor claiming to have piles of research on a feud her family is involved in, and the treasure that started it. Still smarting from FBI Agent Noah Clayborne's pronouncement that her life is too predictable, Jordan meets the professor in Texas to investigate. Shortly thereafter, the pro... more »fessor's body turns up in the trunk of a car. Luckily, Jordan's got Noah for backup. Joyce Bean's rendition of the Scots-Texan professor alone is worth a listen, and she does some great work with the other characters, too? notably Noah and Jordan, plus a corrupt sheriff, a gossipy waitress, and a lecherous, none-too-bright mechanic.
Pezzelli returns with another tale of an everyday Italian-American family, this one an empty nest. Mamma and all-around good egg Francesca Campanile, widowed with children and grandchildren all elsewhere, is floating aimlessly in her Providence, R.I., house. When she decides what she needs is to be needed, Francesca answers the babysitter-wanted ad of Loretta Simmons, a single mother working full-time. Pezzelli nicely renders Loretta's anxieties as she first rejects, and then, out of desperation, hires Francesca, who is not the student-type sitter she'd imagined. He's also lovely on Francesca's reminiscing about husband Leo and on the mutual sniffing-out processes as Francesca parses Loretta's harried home, and neglected children Penny and Will slowly learn to trust Francesca. Francesca's adult son Joey then unexpectedly returns to the nest. He meets Loretta, sparks fly, and suddenly Francesca isn't certain any of this was such a good idea. Most of the action happens in kitchens: home cooking, good pasta and traditional family values conquer all in this amusing and touching story.
The Sleeping Doll
Jeffery Deaver is back with a dark and multilayered psychological thriller about a vicious killer's escape from a California super-prison and the mysterious and deadly quest he embarks on once he's free. Making her first appearance in The Cold Moon (2006), special agent Kathryn Dance?a brilliant interrogator and body language expert?stars in The Sleeping Doll, where she and her partners at the California Bureau of Investigation hunt down escaped killer Daniel Pell, a self-styled Charles Manson. Deaver's most frightening villain to date, Pell is a master of control, who mesmerizes, seduces, and exploits people for his own murderous ends. To track down Pell before he destroys more lives, Kathryn Dance must enlist the help of people from the killer's past: the three women who lived under his sadistic sway in the cult he once headed, as well as the young girl known as The Sleeping Doll, the only survivor of her family's slaughter at Pell's hand. Filled with masterful plot twists: Jeffery Deaver creates plots with so many twists and turns they could "hide behind a spiral staircase" (People), and The Sleeping Doll has Deaver's trademark twists in spades. It is guaranteed to keep readers guessing right up to the breathless end.
Welcome to Bascom, North Carolina, where everyone has a story to tell about the Waverleys. There's the house that?s been in the family for generations, the walled garden that mysteriously blooms year round, and the wild rumors of dangerous loves and tragic passions. Claire has always clung to the Waverleys? roots, tending the enchanted soil in the family garden from which she makes her sought-after delicacies. She has everything she thinks she needs, until one day she wakes to find a stranger has moved in next door and a vine of ivy has crept into her garden... and Claire?s carefully tended life is about to run gloriously out of control.« less