Nancy's Reviews

After working in several word-related fields: copy writing, editing, freelance voice talent and theatre--followed by a long career as a stay-at-home mom I started working at the bookstore almost nineteen years ago, and was fortunate enough to be the manager for eighteen years. From my first day at work I had a sense of being home among the books and fellow book-junkies and that feeling only grew with the ensuing years.

I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with such a terrific team of booksellers and customers, and I am especially indebted to my fantastic family who supported my choice of jobs despite work hours that were definitely not conducive to family and social activities. I'm just now learning what all the fuss about weekends is all about!

My thanks to all of you who supported the store, who mourned its closing, and who asked us to establish this forum so that we can continue our tradition of exchanging opinions and ideas about books.

Whispering Room                                     

 Author:  Dean Koontz                Fiction                        

In this, the second in the Jane Hawk series, Hawk continues to hunt the leaders of a group determined to rule the world through the use of an insidious nanotechnology capable of forcing potential enemies to kill themselves and of creating mindless robots of those they need as the servant, servile, class. Having lost her own husband by way of his “suicide,” Jane has hidden away their son as she follows the trail of similar deaths, to learn that almost all of them had attended meetings or conferences at a resort in Kentucky where the employees and townspeople are eerily placid. While there, Jane meets a Minnesota sheriff in pursuit of the same evil after losing dozens of his friends and neighbors to an act of violence at the hands of a formerly gentle woman.

Koontz is growing into this series as he explores the awful possibilities of a new and dangerous technology in the possession of those who would control the world, and everyone in it.

Hardcore Twenty-Four                                         

 Author:  Janet Evanovich                            Mystery       

Bounty hunting, as always, takes second place with erstwhile Stephanie Plum as she tries to track down those who have failed to appear for their court dates. In this latest entry, Stephanie ends up with semi-custody of a boa constrictor named Ethel while the snake’s owner does his time. While this may not be the best thing in her life, it definitely beats what seems to be a zombie invasion of Trenton, where Stephanie lives while she juggles difficulty with the job along with the help of the two hunky men she can’t decide between. Complicating the plot here is the sudden appearance of adorable Diesel, about whom Stephanie knows almost nothing, except that he comes and goes at will, and doesn’t allow himself to be stopped by normal barriers like doors.

Still conflicted (and who can blame her?) about the attractions of Morelli and Ranger, Stephanie joins forces with them both as the threat of the Trenton zombies proves to be more real than she envisioned.


Man in the Crooked Hat                         

 Author:  Harry Dolan              Mystery                                

Jack Pellum has spent the eighteen months since his wife’s murder trying to find his only suspect: a man he saw once, in the dark. Pellum’s memory of the man is vague, but he specifically remembers the hat, a feature he includes in the hundreds of fliers he has posted, pleading for any information about him. Most days, Pellum recognizes the futility of his search, but the discovery of the body of an author, one whose book begins, “There’s a killer, and he wears a crooked hat,” added to the information given him by the survivor of another victim, lend both credence and momentum to his search which uncovers a trail of many, many more cases, none of which seem connected, except for the glimpses, prior to the deaths, of the man in the hat.