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The 5th Horseman (Women's Murder Club, Bk 5)
The 5th Horseman (Women's Murder Club, Bk 5)
Author: James Patterson, Maxine Paetro
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 590
Review Date: 7/16/2006


The Women's Murder Club faces an unspeakable horror in an irresistible hospital and courtroom thriller by #1 bestselling author James Patterson.
SOMEBODY DIES.
A young mother is recuperating in a San Francisco hospital when she is suddenly gasping for breath. The call button fails to bring help in time. The hospital's doctors, some of the best in the nation, are completely mystified by her death. How did this happen?
APOCALYPSE NEARS.
This is not the first such case at the hospital. Just as patients are about to be released with a clean bill of health, their conditions take a devastating turn for the worse.
Accompanied by the newest member of the Women's Murder Club, Yuki Castellano, Lieutenant Lindsay Boxer probes deeper into the incidents. Could these cases just be appalling coincidences? Or is a maniac playing God with people's lives? When someone close to the Women's Murder Club begins to exhibit the same frightening symptoms, Lindsay fears no one is safe.
THE 5TH HORSEMAN RIDES.
It is a wild race against time as Lindsay's investigation reveals a hospital administration determined to shield its reputation at all costs. And while the hospital wages an explosive court battle that grips the entire nation, Lindsay and the Women's Murder Club hunt for a merciless killer among its esteemed medical staff.
The newest addition to the top-selling new mystery series takes the Women's Murder Club to the most terrifying heights of suspense they have yet to encounter. The 5th Horseman proves once again that James Patterson is "the page-turningest author in the game right now."


An Honest Life (Love Inspired)
An Honest Life (Love Inspired)
Author: Dana Corbit
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 65
Review Date: 10/19/2005


A preacher. A deacon. That was the kind of man nurse Charity Sims planned to marry. Which is why her lovesick behavior around Rick McKinley, the contractor building a family center for her church, so confused her. He refused to go to church, let alone lead one. So what if he was handsome and charming? They couldn't be more different.

Infuriating as Rick was, Charity's mission was clear: Help him see the light of church. As a loner who depended only on himself, he'd be tough to reach. But Charity was determined, even though she knew she risked her own strongly built convictions -- about the man who should have her heart.


Another Man's Son
Another Man's Son
Author: Katherine Stone
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 118
Review Date: 11/1/2005


If Sam Collier's life has taught him anything, it's that promises can't be trusted. . .
Especially promises from the people who were supposed to love him. People like his father. . .

Ian Collier abandoned him when he was four, and Sam was a drifter for years afterward. He's finally begun to make peace with his past--and that's when he learns the shocking news. Ian Collier is dead.

He returns to Ian's house in Seattle and finds a woman named Kathleen Cahill living there, the woman Ian had planned to marry. Within weeks Sam has fallen in love with her. Deeply in love--for the first time in his life. And then Kathleen tells him she's pregnant. With his baby? Or Ian Collier's?

Now, thanks to Kathleen, he learns a secret about his father. A secret and a truth. And now--for the first time in his life--Sam Collier understands what fatherhood really means.


At Home in Mitford (Mitford, Bk 1)
At Home in Mitford (Mitford, Bk 1)
Author: Jan Karon
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 683
Review Date: 10/30/2005


Father Tim, a cherished small-town rector, is the steadfast soldier in this beloved slice of life story set in an American village where the grass is still green, the pickets are still white, and the air still smells sweet. The rector's forthright secretary, Emma Garret, worries about her employer, as she sees past his Christian cheerfulness into his aching loneliness. Slowly but surely, the empty places in Father Tim's heart do get filled. First with a gangly stray dog, later with a seemingly stray boy, and finally with the realization that he is stumbling into love with his independent and Christian-wise next-door neighbor. Much more than a gentle love story, this is a homespun tale about a town of endearing characters-- including a mysterious jewel thief--who are as quirky and popular as those of Mayberry, R.F.D.


At The Scent Of Water
At The Scent Of Water
Author: Linda Nichols
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
 60
Review Date: 10/19/2005


Life is rewarding for Samuel Truelove. Hes a gifted heart surgeon, hes married to the love of his life, and he has a beautiful daughter. But when he mis-diagnoses his daughters illness and is suddenly called away to perform emergency surgery, a deadly cascade of events is set in motion. After multiple tragedies, Sam withdraws into himself, takes a leave of absence, and joins a small town clinic. His search for redemption and healing will test the idea that God has the power--and the will--to repair what seems irreparably broken. From the bestselling author of "If I Gained the World."


Beautiful Lies (Ridley Jones, Bk 1)
Beautiful Lies (Ridley Jones, Bk 1)
Author: Lisa Unger
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 138
Review Date: 6/13/2006


After an act of heroism garners instant fame for 30-something New York freelancer Ridley Jones, she receives a faded photo of a man, a familiar-looking woman and a little girl along with a note asking, "Are you my daughter?" Shaken, she confronts her parents, who affirm she is theirs by birth; that same day, however, hot new neighbor Jake enters her life, and he's less sure. With breathless speed, Unger is off on an action-packed journey of treachery and intrigueand sex and romance. Jake turns out to have just as much at stake in discovering Ridley's past as she, but in the way are Ridley's controlling parents; her drug-addicted brother, Ace; her intrusive former boyfriend, pediatrician Zack; and the people protecting the legacy of her Uncle Max, a real estate mogul who used his influence to fund rescue houses for abused women and children. Following leads garnered from scrutinizing the operations of places Max's foundation supports, Ridley and Jake uncover a chilling scheme for taking infants and toddlers from violent homes; their relationship heats up, and Ridley's family gets very edgy. The premisethat there is a dark side to the safe haven lawis deep as well as clever, and Unger plays it out thrillingly.


The Best Of Enemies
The Best Of Enemies
Author: Taylor Smith
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
 38
Review Date: 11/1/2005


The Best of Enemies takes place in a small Massachusets town just outside of Boston. When A building gets blown up, all of the authoritative figures (Police, FBI, Secret Service...)point their fingers at a young Palestinian who had arrived at the building for a job interview and then leaves with his girl friend. Because she peels out of the parking lot like the hounds of hell on her wheels, she and the Palestinian are the immediate and most likely suspects. People find out that what they want to believe and what really happened are two completely different things.
The story then turns to the girl's teacher who is grieving for Peter VanAken, the man she met and fell in love with ten years ago in Beruit. One night, he shows up out of the blue, actually working on the case, and the relationship does, as expected, continue. Leya, the teacher, however knows of one person who will not be glad to know that her former lover is back and that is her father, Carter Nash.
When he finds out, that the 'evil man' who seduced his little girl is back in town, he is, to say the least, teed off. As the plot of the book unfolds, we find out that the hatred between Leya's father and her lover is mutual. Both men worked for the CIA and Carter sent Peter on an assiginment to check out some 'Suspicious activity', only to later find out that the entire thing was a setup by Carter Nash. However, they find a way to put their differences behind them in a keep you on the edge of your seat climax, where they find out that not all Palestinians are the terrorists.


Blowout (FBI Thriller, Bk 9)
Blowout (FBI Thriller, Bk 9)
Author: Catherine Coulter
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 150
Review Date: 6/10/2006


The latest in prolific novelist Coulter's series of FBI thrillers once again features high-powered husband and wife team Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock. In the middle of a long-awaited vacation with their young son, the two are called to investigate the heinous midnight murder of a Supreme Court Justice, committed in the Court's library despite tight, round-the-clock security. Known as a moderate, Justice Stewart Califano was undoubtedly contemplating an upcoming case involving the death penalty for psychopathic juveniles when he was brutally garroted, his fingers sliced off as he struggled to escape. The FBI is aided in the case by the CIA, Secret Service and metropolitan police as well as by the judge's stepdaughter, an investigative reporter for the Washington Post. Yet within 48 hours, two of the Justice's young law clerks are murdered in the same grisly fashionthe lovable Daniel strangled with his own St. Christopher medal chain, and the formidable Eliza killed while she's on the phone with Savich. The climactic face-off takes place in Savich and Sherlock's own living room.


The Bourne Supremacy (Bourne, Bk 2)
The Bourne Supremacy (Bourne, Bk 2)
Author: Robert Ludlum
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 370
Review Date: 9/9/2006


Ludlum has never come up with a more head-spinning, spine-jolting, intricately mystifying, Armageddonish, in short Ludlumesque, thriller than this. A Peking leader of seemingly irreproachable reputation, secretly a Kuomintang fanatic, has masterminded a plot to take over Hong Kong via political assassination, the result of which would be civil war in China and possibly global disaster. His principal agent is an assassin-for-hire masquerading as the legendary "Jason Bourne," a one-time secret U.S. agent now, under his real name David Webb, struggling with the aid of a psychiatrist and his loving wife Marie to recover from amnesia. Only one man can destroy the conspiracy: Webb, who must be persuaded to re-assume his Bourne identity, track down the impostor and through him lay a trap for the vile Shengthe "persuasion" to be by way of his abducted wife. The action jolts from the back alleys of Hong Kong and Kowloon to a secret government complex in the Colorado mountains to the seats of power in Peking and even the interior of Mao's tomb. Every chapter ends with a cliff-hanger; the story brims with assassination, torture, hand-to-hand combat, sudden surprise and intrigue within intrigue. It's a sure-fire bestseller.


Breaker's Reef
Breaker's Reef
Author: Terri Blackstock
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 6/6/2006


Murder and mystery continue in Book Four of the Cape Refuge series A famous mystery writer has just moved to Cape Refuge when a teenage girl is found murdered. Sheila Carusoex-con, mother to Sadie and Caleb, and resident of Hanover Houseis working for the writer when she discovers that a scene in one of his novels matches the crime scene. When Police Chief Cade and Blair Owens discover a second dead teenagermirroring a murder in another of the eccentric writers booksCade is drawn into a web of trickery and deceit. Evidence turns up in Cades own truck, and suddenly he becomes the number-one suspect. Cade tries to clear his name, but when eighteen-year-old Sadie Caruso disappears, tensions mount to a fever pitch. Can Cade find the real killer before Sadie winds up dead? Is the novelist a demented killer, or a hapless victim? And what does Sadies own mother have to do with the crimes? Secrets are uncovered, while lessons are learned about the sins of the father being visited upon his children. Will the consequences of Sheilas life be fatal, or is there redemption and mercy for her and her children?

"Chief Matthew Cade rarely considered another line of work, but news of the dead teenage girl made him long for a job as an accountant or electriciansome benign vocation that didnt require him to look into the eyes of grieving parents."


Charade
Charade
Author: Gilbert Morris
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 2.9/5 Stars.
 5
Review Date: 5/21/2006


A beautiful woman.
A savage betrayal.
The perfect payback.
But is revenge enough?

Ollie Bensons computer program, Moviemaker.com, explodes onto the market, thrusting him into a world of glamour, fame, and fortune. Hes extravagantly rich. But hes still obese and desperately miserableuntil he meets a woman who loves him for who he is. Or so it seems.

When the two people Ollie trusts the most betray him in brutal fashion, he constructs an elaborate plan for revenge. Its brilliant. Its perfect. Theres just one glitch: Ollie is about to come face-to-face with the power of true, unconditional love.

It could change his life.

Or end it.


Charlie All Night
Charlie All Night
Author: Jennifer Crusie
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/27/2005


Plot Synopsis: Dumped by her boyfriend and dropped from WBBB's prime time, radio producer Allie McGuffey had nowhere to go but up. She planned to make temporary DJ Charlie Tenniel a household name -- despite his objections. Footloose Charlie shunned fame. He wanted to kick back, play good tunes, and make love to Allie -- despite her objections.
Throw in a little mystery, a lot of meddling townspeople, a little work sabotage ... and Allie and Charlie are hooked.

When you read older works by many authors, you can clearly see their development as authors -- their early works pale in comparison to their newer stuff. Crusie is an exception. Her older titles are delightful, full of sparkling wit and wonderful characters.

"Charlie All Night" contains all the great Crusie elements -- two sensational characters drawn together despite themselves, great witty banter, and marvelous and -original- sensual writing. Throw in some meddling secondary characters and a cute puppy who only drinks his milk to Billy Joel, and you have a hoot of a story.


The Christmas Box
The Christmas Box
Author: Richard Paul Evans
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/13/2006


Richard Paul Evans originally wrote The Christmas Box as an expression of love for his two daughters, never intending for it to be published. Many Christmas seasons (and a rich publishing contract) later, this touching tale relates the meaning of Christmas in a profound but simple way. Rick, Keri, and their 4-year-old daughter, Jenna, are hired as caretakers and are welcomed into the home of Mary, an ailing widow, just in time for the holidays. Before long, it becomes apparent that Mary cherishes their companionship, and this young family begins to understand that their relationship to Mary is more special than any one of them could have realized. These tender relationships, fraught with real-life struggles, are the backdrop for unraveling a mysterious secret that gently propels the reader through this short story. Unlike most generic Christmas stories, Evans manages to bypass triviality, imbedding these pages with humble truth and emotion. This tiny treasure will cause you to rejoice in the blessings of the season while stirring up a childlike vigor as old profundity is revealed anew. In a season often shrouded in selfishness and materialism, Evans reminds the reader that the only way that we can genuinely love one another is by accepting the greatest gift of love ever given--that of a Father who "so loved His children that He sent His son, that we might someday return to Him."


The Cuckoo Clock of Doom (Goosebumps, Bk 28)
The Cuckoo Clock of Doom (Goosebumps, Bk 28)
Author: R. L. Stine
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 36
Review Date: 6/17/2006


FROM THE PUBLISHER
When his father brings home an antique cuckoo clock, Michael is cautioned not to touch it, but he turns back the hands and suddenly he is getting younger by the minute--a year younger to be exact.


Dark Angel (Maplecreek Amish, Bk 3)
Dark Angel (Maplecreek Amish, Bk 3)
Author: Karen Harper
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 199
Review Date: 10/27/2005


Well-researched and rich in detail, this addictive follow-up to 2004's Dark Harvest transports readers back to the peaceful Amish community in rural Maplecreek, Ohio. Young spinster schoolteacher Leah Kurtz becomes involved in a conflict between her horse-and-buggy culture and futuristic genetic research after she agrees to adopt the infant daughter of a friend dying from one of the hereditary diseases that plague the Plain People (in real life as well as in fiction). Vicious graffiti targeting "English" outsider Mark Morelli, a doctor researching disease cures, sets a sinister mood that grows darker when his ultra-responsible, teenage Amish assistant mysteriously vanishes. After someone switches Leah's adopted baby in the cradle for another infant, Leah and Mark team up to investigate a series of unsolved disappearances that may lead back to Leah's former fiancé, who abandoned her at the altar years earlier. With its tantalizing buildup and well-developed characters, which ensure that the burgeoning romance between Leah and Mark is as potent as the book's suspense, this offering is certain to earn Harper high marks.


Dark Sky (U.S. Marshals, Bk 4)
Dark Sky (U.S. Marshals, Bk 4)
Author: Carla Neggers
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 205
Review Date: 5/17/2006


New York Times bestselling author Carla Neggers is at the top of her game with this gripping tale of action, drama and suspense.

Deputy U.S. Marshal Juliet Longstreet has made her share of enemies, and now one of them is out of prison and threatening to kill her. Her mission: find him first.

But hot on her suspect's trail is Special Forces officer Ethan Brooker, who has a way of dropping into Juliet's life without warning. Haunted by his wife's death, Ethan is a man Juliet knows she should avoid. And now he's focused on a related mission of his own and can't -- or won't -- give Juliet any details.

When she finds her doorman dead and her New York apartment ransacked, Juliet tracks down Ethan -- this time she wants answers. They agree to team up, and as they fight their growing attraction to each other, their race to stop a ruthless killer takes them north to Juliet's family in Vermont . . . and into the heart of a dangerous web of lies, greed, deceit -- and murder.


Dead of Night ((Hidden Faces, Bk 3)
Dead of Night ((Hidden Faces, Bk 3)
Author: Brandilyn Collins
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.4/5 Stars.
 49
Review Date: 10/19/2005


All words fell away. I pushed myself off the path, noticing for the first time the signs of earlier passagethe matted earth, broken twigs. And I knew. My mouth turned cottony. I licked my lips, took three halting steps. My maddening, visual brain churned out pictures of colorless faces on a cold slabDebbie Lille, victim number one; Wanda Deminger, number three . . . Hed been here. Dragged this one right where I now stumbled. Id entered a crime scene, and I could not bear to see what lay at the end. . . .
This is a story about evil. This is a story about Gods power.

A string of murders terrorizes citizens in the Redding, California, area. The serial killer is cunning, stealthy. Masked by day, unmasked by night. Forensic artist Annie Kingston discovers the sixth body practically in her own back yard. Is the location a taunt aimed at her?

One by one, Annie must draw the unknown victims for identification. Dread mounts. Who will be taken next? Under a crushing oppression, Annie and other Christians are driven to pray for Gods intervention as theyve never prayed before.

With page-turning intensity, Dead of Night dares to pry open the mind of evil. Twisted actions can wreak havoc on earth, but the source of wickedness lies beyond this world. Annie learns where the real battle takes placeand that a Christians authority through prayer is the ultimate, unyielding weapon.


Deadline (Ollie Chandler, Bk 1)
Deadline (Ollie Chandler, Bk 1)
Author: Randy Alcorn
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 82
Review Date: 10/25/2005


Involved in a tragic accident under suspicious circumstances, award-winning journalist Jake Woods must draw upon all his resources in order to uncover the truth in this rerelease of the Randy Alcorn bestseller. Jake soon finds himself swept up in a murder investigation that is both complex and dangerous. Unaware of the threat to his own life, he struggles for answers to the mystery at hand and in doing so is plunged into a deeper search for the meaning to his own existence.


Deadline (Ollie Chandler, Bk 1) (Audio CD)
Review Date: 3/8/2006


Involved in a tragic accident under suspicious circumstances, award-winning journalist Jake Woods must draw upon all his resources in order to uncover the truth in this rerelease of the Randy Alcorn bestseller. Jake soon finds himself swept up in a murder investigation that is both complex and dangerous. Unaware of the threat to his own life, he struggles for answers to the mystery at hand and in doing so is plunged into a deeper search for the meaning to his own existence.


A Delicate Finish
A Delicate Finish
Author: Jeanette Baker
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 22
Review Date: 10/27/2005
Helpful Score: 1


The wine-growing valley between the San Rafael and Santa Ynez mountains makes a lush backdrop to this romance about Francesca DeAngelo and her widowed mother-in-law, Julianne. Francesca has had a tough time after her husband, Jake, suddenly left her and their then six-year-old son, Nick. Julianne stayed with her daughter-in-law and helped keep her family's winery in business. Now the two women face unexpected challenges: Jake has returned, and a corporate winery is hoping to set up shop in the quiet valley. Mitch Gillette, the company man, is not the devil that Francesca wants him to be (he is a good man, clueless about raising his teenage twins), and neither is Jake. Mitch falls for Julianne, while Jake tries to convince Francesca that he is back for good. The two men set out to woo their reluctant love interests, while the women attempt to learn how to trust again and believe in the power of love. Baker's sweet romance will appeal to young and old alike.


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