Hot August Days and Nights! Sounds like a good time for a Hodge-podge column. Remember- that’s a little bit of everything- Reader’s Choice. But, just for fun I am not going to put the books in alphabetical order hodge-podge order.
New Fiction: “Save Me” by Lisa Scottoline, the heroine, Rose McKenna, must make a split second decision that alters the course of her life. It makes you wonder what you would do in her shoes!
“Closer than Blood” by Gregg Olsen, a killer is on the loose. Only one person can identify the killer. Only one person can stop the killing. Only one person knows the face of death, it’s as close as the face in the mirror.
“Devious” by Lisa Jackson, this is a Bentz and Montoya novel. A novice nun, Sister Camile, has been found murdered at St. Marguerite’s cathedral in New Orleans. Her sister becomes convinced the police are not doing enough and become deeply involved with the tranquil retreat.
“Eve” by Iris Johansen, this is an Eve Duncan novel. This is the first book in a trilogy. Eve is a forensic sculptor who puts together bones to create a face and hopefully match an unidentified person. Now with the help of CIA agent Catherine Ling the two find a startling piece of evidence that may uncovered a lead to help Eve find her missing daughter, Bonnie.
“Shadow Raiders” by Margaret Weis and Robert Krammes, this is the first book in the Dragon Brigade series. The Cadre of the Lost are hired by a powerful Countess to find a journeyman who has invented a new warfare invention.
“The Gift” by James Patterson, this is book two in the Witch & Wizard series. After escaping imprisonment by the totalitarian regime known as the New Order, siblings Wisty and Whit Allgood, who possess magical powers, establish themselves as leaders of the Resistance, a hidden community of teenagers like themselves, hunted by the state and determined to defy its ban on the arts, magic, and all other forms of creativity.
“Heat Wave” by Nancy Thayer, this is the story of a woman who, after her seemingly perfect life unravels must find the strength to live and love again.
New Non-fiction: “We All Fall Down: Living with Addiction” by Nic Sheff, a book written candidly about stints at in-patient rehab facilities, devastating relapses, and hard-won realizations about what it means to be a young person living with addiction. No matter how many times we fall, we can pick ourselves up again.
“33 Men: Inside the Miraculous Survival and Dramatic Rescue of the Chilean Miners” by Jonathan Franklin, this is the story from Franklin, who was one of the only reporters to be on the front lines as the story was happening.
New Biography: “Bossypants” by Tina Fey, the biography of comedian Tina Fey. This book reveals all, and proves that you’re no one until someone calls you bossy.
New Audio Books on CD: “Buried Prey” by John Sandford, and “Devious” by Lisa Jackson.
New CDs: “This is County Music” by Brad Paisley, and “My Kinda Party” by Jason Aldean.
New DVDs: “Life as We Know It,” “Megamind,” and “The Brave Little Toaster.”