Tuesday, December 9, 2008


by Michael Connelly: Attorney Mickey Haller, tapped to take over when his former colleague Jerry Vincent is murdered while in the middle of defending Hollywood producer Walter Elliot against a charge of killing his wife and her lover, scrambles to prepare a case while also working with detective Harry Bosch to find Vincent's killer who has apparently targeted Haller as his next victim.

A SPOONFUL OF POISON by M.C. Beaton: Middle-aged private detective Agatha Raisin and her young assistant, Toni, investigate two murders by poisoned jam at a near-by church festival.

THE GATE HOUSE by Nelson DeMille: The story returns to the Gold Coast of Long Island and the changing world of ultra-Wasp John Sutter to tell a stunning tale of love and lust, redemption and retribution.

EXTREME MEASURES by Vince Flynn: Counterterrorism operative Mitch Rapp, on the trail of a terrorist cell whose leader is obsessed with the notion of becoming the next head of al-Qaida, struggles to prevent another attack on the country after he finds himself hobbled by select members of Congress who are suddenly concerned about Rapp's unorthodox methods.

THE ELEVENTH MAN by Ivan Doig: The "Supreme Team" was Treasure State University's 1941 undefeated football team whose WWII exploits are reported by teammate Ben Reinking--the eleventh man--whose war record tests the law of averages.

THE WHISKEY REBELS by Davis Liss: Ethan Saunders, a former spy, is hired by his former fiancée to find her missing husband, which also means working for his former enemy--Alexander Hamilton.

THE GLASS OF TIME by Michael Cox: In 1876, nineteen-year-old orphan Esperanza Gorst goes undercover, at the request of her guardian, as a maid working for Emily Duport, the widowed Baroness Tansor, and uncovers secrets about her employer's past as well as her own.

GREETING CARDS IN STITCHES by Sharon Jankowicz: A detailed basics section includes general embroidery information plus an overview of all techniques and tools.

AMERICAN PRINCE by Tony Curtis: The motion picture actor's memoir of his life, rise to the top of his profession, and insiders look at Hollywood and its stars.

CHARLES GOODNIGHT COWMAN AND PLAINSMAN by J. Evetts Haley: Chronicles the life of nineteenth-century American cattle business legend Charles Goodnight, discussing his childhood on the frontier and his rise to immortality among rangers in Texas.

DOGOLOGY by Vicki Croke: Discusses the personality types of dog owners and examines the connection between canine pets and their owners with quizzes, psychological insights, and humorous analysis of people's selection of certain breeds as companions, and contains checklists, tips for training, and exercises for bonding with one's dog.

LIFE OF A SOLDIER ON THE WESTERN FRONTIER by Jeremy Agnew: Young men joined the frontier army only to endure a life of tedious drills, bad meals, uncomfortable quarters, and ill-fitting uniforms all for $13 a month.

TRIED BY WAR by James M. McPherson: Chronicles the military leadership of President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War, his strategic insight, and how he often overstepped the boundaries of his political office to assume the role of commander in chief, ultimately changing the course of the war and saving the Union.

CREATING CANDLES by Luisa Sacchi: How to make 104 different kinds of candles is described and illustrated with concise text and more than 1,000 beautiful color photographs.

by Barbara Hallman Kissinger: A collection of over 150 illustrations depicting holiday traditions from Europe and the United States, capturing the many faces of Father Christmas, children enjoying their Christmas toys, and other symbols of the season.

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