Braille Book Review

March-April 2006
Books for Adults--Fiction


Plum Island BR 15599
by Nelson DeMille
5 volumes
When two research biologists are found shot on Plum Island, NYPD detective John Corey, recuperating from wounds sustained on a previous job, joins the case. He finds himself in a perilous world of germ warfare, buried treasure, avarice, and murder. Descriptions of sex, violence, and strong language. 1997.

Vegan Virgin Valentine BR 15649
by Carolyn Mackler
2 volumes
High-school senior Mara's life goes topsy-turvy when her delinquent sixteen-year-old niece "V" arrives to live with the family. Mara loosens up when she falls for her boss at the coffeehouse and when V enjoys her new, stable home. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. For senior high readers. 2004.

All Hat BR 15652
by Brad Smith
3 volumes
Ray Dokes returns to the horse racing world in his Canadian hometown after two years in jail for attempting to murder billionaire Sonny Stanton, his sister's rapist. With a former lover, a pretty jockey, and other friends helping, Ray plots Sonny's demise. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2003.

At Home in Covington: Ladies of Covington BR 15654
by Joan Medlicott
3 volumes
Friends Grace, Hannah, and Amelia from The Spirit of Covington (BR 15227) escape rural life with a Caribbean cruise. Tension mounts between Hannah and Amelia, who leaves for a Maine photography workshop. Hannah finally sets a wedding date, and Grace and her son mourn his partner's death. 2004.

Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: A Sam McCain Mystery BR 15656
by Ed Gorman
2 volumes
Black River Falls, Iowa; 1962. Attorney Sam McCain investigates the murder of Karen Hastings, a prostitute found dead in a bomb shelter. The trail leads to four prominent citizens. Meanwhile two of McCain's former love interests are divorcing their husbands. Some violence and some strong language. 2004.

Ask Me Anything BR 15658
by Francesca Delbanco
2 volumes
Twenty-six-year-old Rosalie Preston writes an advice column for teens. She loves the theater and has very close friends in the First Born Company. But when she starts dating her best friend's father, she suddenly needs to take her own advice. Some strong language. 2004.

Girls in Trouble BR 15659
by Caroline Leavitt
3 volumes
Abandoned by her boyfriend, pregnant sixteen-year-old Sara Rothman opts for an open adoption with Eva and George. But when Sara cannot let baby Anne go, the couple makes a decision that has consequences for years to come. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2004.

The Lion's Game: A John Corey Novel BR 15668
by Nelson DeMille
6 volumes
New York. Former NYPD homicide detective John Corey and his FBI mentor Kate Mayfield are at the airport to meet a Libyan terrorist nicknamed "the Lion." But the aircraft lands with all passengers dead and the lion missing. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2000.

In the Moon of Red Ponies: A Billy Bob Holland Mystery BR 15695
by James Lee Burke
3 volumes
Former Texas ranger Billy Bob Holland from Bitterroot (BR 13715), now a Montana attorney, defends a Native American political activist accused of murder. While investigating, Holland must also protect his own family when his wife's psychopathic attacker is released from prison. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2004.

Carolina Courage: The Holts; an American Dynasty, Volume 3 BR 15698
by Dana Fuller Ross
3 volumes
1890s. Dr. Janessa Holt Lawrence and her husband travel to North Carolina Cherokee country to fight yellow fever and learn the truth about her heritage. Meanwhile, Sam and Annie Brentwood move to Hawaii to start a sugar plantation. Sequel to Oklahoma Pride (BR 8223). Some violence. 1990.

Nightfall and Other Stories BR 15727
by Isaac Asimov
4 volumes
Twenty science fiction stories written between 1941 and 1967. The title piece, considered a classic of the genre and later expanded into a novel, depicts civilization on the planet Lagash, where night falls once in two thousand years. Asimov's comments and notes precede each story. 1969.

Murder at Union Station BR 15763
by Margaret Truman
3 volumes
Washington, D.C. The subject of Richard Marienthal's latest book, mobster-turned-informant Louis Russo, is murdered at the train station before he can testify for the government. Marienthal realizes that material in his manuscript threatens to expose secrets in high places and endanger his fiancée and himself. Some strong language. 2004.

The Alias Man BR 15765
by Bill Pronzini
2 volumes
A complex drama of deception and fraud engulfs three attractive young women, who discover the common denominator in their lives: the man they love. As these victims jointly uncover the con man's deadly scheme, they must confront their individual fears. Some violence and some strong language. 2004.

Jack in the Pulpit: A Martha's Vineyard Mystery BR 15768
by Cynthia Riggs
2 volumes
Ninety-two-year-old Victoria Trumbull is well prepared to be the deputy police chief: she knows everyone in town and their ancestry. When four local residents die in one month, Turnbull investigates, uncovering the secrets of missing corpses and gravestones in the process. Some strong language. 2004.

Evidence of Things Unseen BR 15773
by Marianne Wiggins
3 volumes
Ray "Fos" Foster returns to Tennessee after WWI and begins married life with his wife, Opal. Eventually Fos lands a job building the atomic bomb. When he and Opal succumb to radiation poisoning, their adopted son tries to decipher clues about their past. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2003.

The Havana Room BR 15780
by Colin Harrison
4 volumes
With career and marriage over, lawyer Bill Wyeth frequents a Manhattan steak house, where he agrees to help intriguing manager Allison Sparks's friend finalize a deal in the restaurant's private bar. His new client's dangerous obsessions soon ensnare him. Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2004.

The Kite Runner BR 15785
by Khaled Hosseini
3 volumes
An Afghan in California recalls a fateful 1975 day in Kabul that seared his soul at age twelve--the day he won a kite tournament and abandoned a younger companion to rape. That cowardice keeps haunting him during exile in America until the opportunity for atonement arises--back in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan. Violence and some strong language. 2003.

Private Peaceful BR 15787
by Michael Morpurgo
1 volume
When Thomas Peaceful's older brother Charlie is drafted into the British army in World War I, Thomas lies about his age and enlists. On guard duty years later, Thomas reminisces about his family, love for his mentally disabled brother, and neighbor Molly. Some strong language. For senior high readers. 2003.

The Singing Fire BR 15802
by Lilian Nattel
3 volumes
Nineteenth-century London. Young Jewish runaway Nehama is tricked into prostitution shortly after arriving from Poland. She eventually escapes and helps pregnant refugee Emilia, who gives birth then disappears. Nehama adopts the newborn as both women struggle to build their lives. Some explicit descriptions of sex and some violence. 2004.

Miss Smithers BR 15805
by Susan Juby
2 volumes
In this sequel to Alice, I Think (BR 14898), former home- schooled misfit Alice, sixteen, continues her journal describing her latest experiences. She makes new friends, joins clubs, and competes in the local beauty pageant that gives competitors a much-needed clothing allowance. Some strong language. For senior high readers. 2004.

The Outside World BR 15806
by Tova Mirvis
3 volumes
Two dissimilar Orthodox Jewish families are brought together by their children's marriage. Twenty-two-year-old "spinster" Tzippy Goldman and Bryan Miller, who wants to go by his Hebrew name, Baruch, fall in love in Jerusalem. As the couple builds a future together their relatives struggle to reconcile traditional and modern values. 2004.

The Courage Consort: Three Novellas BR 15807
by Michel Faber
2 volumes
Author of bestseller The Crimson Petal and the White (BR 14394) presents three tales of desolation and resolution. In the title piece, an a cappella vocal ensemble rehearses a challenging new work in a Belgian chateau. The soprano contemplates suicide until a tragedy shocks her into reality. 2004..Bestseller2004.

The Rules of Engagement BR 15808
by Anita Brookner
2 volumes
Two girlhood friends, both born in London in 1948, have the same name, Elixabeth, though one prefers Betsy. After troubled young adult years Elizabeth lives mannered and conventionally, while Betsy opts for catastrophic romance. Their relationship is strained when later in life they inadvertently share a lover. 2003.

Bucking the Sarge BR 15809
by Christopher Paul Curtis
2 volumes
Involuntarily involved by his cold, manipulative mother (the "Sarge") in her shady business dealings, fourteen-year-old African American Luther keeps a sense of humor. He runs the Happy Neighbor Group Home for Men for Sarge while dreaming of going to college and becoming a philosopher. For senior high readers. 2004.

The Bishop and the Missing L Train: A Blackie Ryan Mystery BR 15811
by Andrew M. Greeley
2 volumes
Chicago. When unpopular bishop Augustus Quill and the "L" train that he was riding on disappear, Bishop "Blackie" Ryan is dispatched to investigate. Suspects include Ryan's friend, stockbroker Tommy Flynn, and divorcée Jenny Carlson, whose first marriage was annulled. Strong language. 2000.

The Finishing School BR 15814
by Muriel Spark
1 volume
Husband-and-wife team Rowland Mahler and Nina Parker run an unusual school, College Sunrise, as a means of support while Rowland works on a novel. But when gay, seventeen-year-old Chris Wiley enters Rowland's creative writing class, a rivalry ignites between the two authors. Strong language. 2004.

Much Ado about Jessie Kaplan BR 15817
by Paula Marantz Cohen
2 volumes
New Jersey housewife Carla Goodman worries about her family as she prepares for her daughter's bat mitzvah, contends with her son's hyperactivity, and sympathizes with her husband's lackluster medical practice. Worse, her mother Jessie believes she's the reincarnation of Shakespeare's girlfriend, the "dark lady" of the sonnets. 2004.

Life Expectancy BR 15828
by Dean Koontz
3 volumes
As Jimmy Tock is born, his dying grandfather foretells dire events in Jimmy's future. In the same hospital, a clown murders medical staff before escaping with his own newborn son. Years later the predictions come true when the clown's son abducts Jimmy. Some violence and some strong language. Bestseller 2004.

A Blessed Event BR 15830
by Jean Reynolds Page
3 volumes
Darla Stevens, infertile, asks friend Joanne to carry husband Cal's child. More than four months pregnant, Joanne is left comatose after a bizarre car crash. Darla fights to save the baby and uncovers heartwrenching revelations about the accident and Cal's feelings for Joanne. Descriptions of sex and strong language. 2004.

Cruise Control BR 15839
by Terry Trueman
1 volume
Basketball star Paul's senior year seems perfect but his misdirected anger could ruin everything. He's upset with his father for abandoning the family and struggles to accept brother Shawn's severe cerebral palsy. Companion to Stuck in Neutral (BR 14082). Some strong language. For junior and senior high readers. 2004.

Whiteout BR 15864
by Ken Follett
3 volumes
As head of security at Stanley Oxenford's Scottish pharmaceutical firm, Antonia Gallo investigates a technician's horrifying death. Meanwhile terrorists steal a deadly virus, and the Oxenford family, stranded at home by a blizzard, discover a traitor in their midst. Strong language, some descriptions of sex, and some violence. Bestseller 2004.

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency BR 15865
by Alexander McCall Smith
2 volumes
Mma "Precious" Ramotswe opens a detective agency in Botswana when she inherits her father's cattle. People consult her about straying husbands, fraudulent business associates, and missing children. Along the way she learns their life stories and tales of Africa. Bestseller 1998.

Finding Grace BR 15866
by Alyssa Brugman
2 volumes
Australia. Quirky eighteen-year-old Rachel is hired as a live-in caregiver for Grace, recently brain-injured. Rachel starts university, makes friends, and learns never to leave Grace alone. While trying to piece together Grace's former life, Rachel gains insights about herself too. Some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2001.

When Christmas Comes BR 15868
by Debbie Macomber
2 volumes
Emily Springer wants to be near her daughter in Boston for Christmas, while Charles Brewster seeks a quiet place to work on his book. The two strangers swap homes over the Internet, and surprises follow at their respective houses as unsuspecting holiday visitors arrive. 2004.

State of Fear BR 15892
by Michael Crichton
4 volumes
Philanthropist and environmental sponsor George Morton suspects that ecoterrorists plan to create natural disasters to promote the theory of global warming. When Morton dies his assistant Sarah Jones and attorney Peter Evans help scientist and FBI agent John Kenner stop the destruction. Strong language and some violence. Bestseller 2004.

No Place like Home BR 15896
by Mary Higgins Clark
3 volumes
Celia Nolan is horrified when her new husband surprises her with a gift. He has bought the New Jersey house where, at age ten, Celia accidentally killed her mother while trying to protect her from an estranged husband. Now a killer is threatening Celia's new family. Bestseller 2005.

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