Braille Book Review

March-April 2010

Books for Adults

Fiction

Night Ferry         BR 17640
by Michael Robotham
4 volumes
London. Sikh detective constable Alisha Barba, recovering from a broken back sustained in Lost (BR 16407), responds when a childhood friend needs assistance. Alisha recruits retired inspector Vincent Ruiz's help investigating an Amsterdam gang that steals babies to sell to adopting couples. Violence and strong language. 2007.

Sudden Prey         BR 17705
by John Sandford
3 volumes
Minneapolis cop Lucas Davenport is involved in the shooting deaths of two outlaw women, Candy and Georgie LaChaise. Imprisoned Dick LaChaise (Candy's husband and Georgie's brother) escapes while attending their funeral. He seeks vengeance by going after the loved ones of the officers responsible--including Davenport. Violence and strong language. 1996.

Secret Prey         BR 17835
by John Sandford
3 volumes
Fighting off depression after breaking up with his fiancée, Minneapolis cop Lucas Davenport throws himself into his latest investigation. A bank executive has been shot, and his murder may be linked to past deaths. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 1998.

Beware a Scot's Revenge: The School for Heiresses         BR 17873
by Sabrina Jeffries
3 volumes
Scotland, 1822. Lady Venetia leaves Mrs. Charlotte Harris's School for Young Ladies for home but is kidnapped by neighbor-turned-highwayman Sir Lachlan Ross. Lachlan plans to hold Venetia hostage until her father repays a debt--but the two fall in love despite an old family feud. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2007.

Let Sleeping Rogues Lie: The School for Heiresses         BR 17874
by Sabrina Jeffries
3 volumes
Anthony Dalton requests admittance of his niece to Mrs. Harris's School for Young Ladies. Unconventional teacher Madeline Prescott convinces Mrs. Harris to agree, provided Anthony, the Surrey viscount, gives lessons on avoiding rakes like himself. Madeline also desperately needs his help in another matter. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

Falling for Rachel and Convincing Alex: Stanislaski Saga         BR 17875
by Nora Roberts
3 volumes
In Falling for Rachel Zackary Muldoon meets Manhattan public defender Rachel Stanislaski, who is handling his stepbrother's case. In Convincing Alex New York cop Alexi Stanislaski arrests soap opera scriptwriter Bess McNee for solicitation while she is conducting research. Strong language, some explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 1993.

Waiting for Nick and Considering Kate: Stanislaski Saga         BR 17876
by Nora Roberts
3 volumes
In Waiting for Nick, Frederica moves to Manhattan, where she hopes to make her childhood crush Nick return her love. In Considering Kate, Kate returns home to open a ballet school and falls for carpenter and single father Brody. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1997.

Peculiar Treasures: Katie Weldon, Book 1         BR 17879
by Robin Jones Gunn
2 volumes
The summer before her senior year at Bible college, Katie Weldon catches the bouquet at her best friend Christy Miller's wedding. But Katie's new assignment as resident assistant at her dorm brings up new challenges in her relationship with almost-boyfriend Rick Doyle. For senior high and older readers. 2008.

Simply Perfect: Miss Martin's School for Girls, Book 4         BR 17880
by Mary Balogh
3 volumes
Joseph, the marquess of Attingsborough, chaperones Bath headmistress Claudia Martin on a trip to London to place two girls in nanny positions. Claudia meets Joseph's blind, illegitimate eleven-year-old daughter, a potential student. As they discuss the girl's future, Claudia falls in love with Joseph. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

Third Circle: An Arcane Society Novel         BR 17881
by Amanda Quick
3 volumes
The Arcane Society hires hypnotist Thaddeus Ware to retrieve an heirloom aurora stone and protect it from the Third Circle. Ware encounters psychic crystal worker Leona Hewitt while both are striving to steal the artifact. Some violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.

Winding Ways Quilt: An Elm Creek Quilts Novel         BR 17882
by Jennifer Chiaverini
3 volumes
Elm Creek, Pennsylvania, quilting circle experiences changes. Judy and Steve move to Philadelphia, Summer starts graduate school in Chicago, Sarah expects twins, and newcomers join the camp. Meanwhile Gwen searches for the creator of a quilt found in a church basement. 2008.

Blue Heart Blessed         BR 17889
by Susan Meissner
2 volumes
Minnesota. Coping with a prenuptial breakup, twenty-nine-year-old Daisy Murien opens a secondhand wedding-dress boutique. Sewn into each garment is a tiny blue heart blessed by Daisy's confidante, Father Laurent. When Father Laurent has a heart attack, Daisy meets his recently divorced son, Ramsey, who carries his own sorrow. 2008.

Trick My Truck but Don't Mess with My Heart         BR 17890
by LuAnn McLane
2 volumes
Candie Montgomery returns to Pinewood, Kentucky, to help her ailing father run his used-car lot only to find that the townspeople blame her for her sister's broken engagement. Candie enlists newcomer Tommy Tucker to masquerade as her boyfriend and eliminate gossip. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2008.

Foreigners         BR 17892
by Caryl Phillips
2 volumes
Fictionalized accounts of three figures of the African diaspora in Great Britain. Jamaican Francis Barber--faithful servant of Dr. Samuel Johnson--falls into poverty. Biracial boxer Randolph Turpin briefly becomes Europe's 1951 middleweight champion. In 1949 Nigerian David Oluwale stows away on a ship bound for Leeds to become an engineer. 2007.

Private Patient: An Adam Dalgliesh Mystery         BR 18102
by P.D. James
3 volumes
Forty-seven-year-old investigative reporter Rhoda Gradwyn hires London plastic surgeon George Chandler-Powell to remove a disfiguring childhood scar. Gradwyn is murdered while recuperating at the surgeon's Dorset manor clinic. Commander Adam Dalgliesh and his team are sifting through the staff's secrets when a second murder occurs. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2008.

Moviegoer         BR 18216
by Walker Percy
2 volumes
New Orleans. Apathetic young businessman and avid movie fan Binx Bolling undertakes a quest for authenticity that outrages his family, endangers his aunt's fragile stepdaughter Kate, and leads him into the chaos of Mardi Gras--during which he opens up to love. Some strong language. National Book Award. 1960.

Dead as a Doornail: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel         BR 18270
by Charlaine Harris
2 volumes
Louisiana. Telepathic cocktail waitress Sookie Stackhouse helps the were-people, who are being attacked by a stalker, even though Sookie's shapeshifting brother Jason is a suspect. Sookie asks sexy vampire Eric for help before becoming the killer's next target. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2005.

His First Wife         BR 18272
by Grace Octavia
2 volumes
Raised in affluence in an elite African American community in Atlanta, expectant mother Kerry Jackson discovers that her husband of ten years is having an affair. Despite their different backgrounds and family issues, however, Kerry's husband Jamison still loves her and wants to preserve their marriage. Strong language. 2008.

Pale Horse: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery         BR 18277
by Charles Todd
3 volumes
England, 1920. WWI veteran and Scotland Yard inspector Ian Rutledge investigates the case of a body found in the ruins of an abbey near an enormous prehistoric chalk carving of a horse. When his suspects are murdered, Rutledge realizes the War Office and the locals are working against him. 2008.

Cocaine Blues: A Phryne Fisher Mystery, Book 1         BR 18278
by Kerry Greenwood
2 volumes
Free-thinking Phryne Fisher leaves 1920s London for her native Australia to try being a perfect lady detective. Phryne soon finds herself embroiled in mysteries involving a drug-smuggling ring, corrupt cops, communism, a sexy Russian dancer, and a colonel's daughter suspected of being poisoned by her husband. 1989.

Jaded: An Indigo Novel, Book 4         BR 18280
by Monica McKayhan
2 volumes
Fifteen-year-old Jade Morgan tries to reunite her divorced parents after they move into the same apartment complex in Atlanta. Her efforts fail when her father proposes to his girlfriend, Veronica. Jade's boyfriend Terrence suggests giving Veronica a chance, yet his own behavior is suspicious. For senior high readers. 2008.

Kendra         BR 18282
by Coe Booth
2 volumes
Fourteen-year-old Kendra, raised by her strict grandmother while her mother Renée attends college, expects to be reunited with her mom after Renée graduates. But Renée rejects her and Kendra turns to a boy for affection. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. For senior high readers. 2008.

Clockwork Orange         BR 18284
by Anthony Burgess
2 volumes
A teenaged hooligan named Alex, who uses a dialect known as "nadsat,"roams the streets of London randomly terrorizing people. He is arrested and subjected to corrective brainwashing at the hands of government psychologist Dr. Brodsky--with unanticipated results. Basis for Stanley Kubrick's film. Violence and some strong language. 1962.

Dope Sick         BR 18314
by Walter Dean Myers
1 volume
Seventeen-year-old Lil J, a suspect in the shooting of an undercover cop, hides in an abandoned crack house. He encounters Kelly, a man who is watching clips of Lil J's life on television. Kelly urges Lil J to examine choices he's made. Some strong language. For senior high readers. 2009.

Brooklyn         BR 18385
by Colm Tóibín
2 volumes
1950s. Young Eilis Lacey emigrates from Enniscorthy, Ireland, to Brooklyn, New York, encouraged by her family and with a priest's help. Eilis is lonely and homesick but takes night courses, meets an Italian boy, and adjusts to American life--until a tragedy occurs back home. Some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2009.

Shanghai Girls         BR 18386
by Lisa See
3 volumes
In 1937 Shanghai, after their gambling father loses everything, beautiful Pearl and May Chin are married off to two Chinese brothers living in Los Angeles. Escaping from the invading Japanese, the sisters arrive in California and experience unexpected difficulties as they adapt to a new life. Some violence. Bestseller. 2009.

Living Dead in Dallas: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel         BR 18388
by Charlaine Harris
2 volumes
The morning after Sookie Stackhouse takes drunk Andy Bellefleur's car keys, she discovers the Merlotte's flamboyant cook, Lafayette, dead in Andy's car. Before she can investigate, vampire Eric summons Sookie and vampire Bill for an errand in Dallas. Violence, explicit descriptions of sex, and some strong language. Bestseller. 2002.

Club Dead: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel         BR 18389
by Charlaine Harris
2 volumes
After Sookie's cheating boyfriend, vampire Bill, disappears, his boss Eric convinces Sookie to rescue Bill from kidnappers. She travels to Jackson, Mississippi, where werewolf Alcide helps Sookie search nightclubs for her wayward lover. Strong language, explicit descriptions of sex, and some violence. 2003.

Wicked Prey         BR 18390
by John Sandford
3 volumes
Lucas Davenport learns that the Republican convention has attracted a redneck with a sniper rifle to St. Paul. Meanwhile thieves plan to steal millions in illegal cash from lobbyists, and a criminal who blames Davenport for his injury plots revenge involving Davenport's stepdaughter. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2009.

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