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.


 Author:  Jeff Abbott                  Fiction                        

After a horrific car crash, Jane has regained most of her memory, except for that of the accident itself, and of the three years before it. She’s been told, however, that she was driving, and that her best friend David was killed. On the anniversary of the wreck, Jane, practically homeless, tormented by the loss of someone she only remembers as being a child, makes the mistake of checking her Faceplace page, knowing that she will find tributes to David and accusations directed to her, but discovering, in addition, that someone has posted a threat. Someone who claims to know what really happened that night, someone who insists that “all will pay.” As Jane starts to recreate her life before the crash, she finds that everything she thought she knew is a lie. Now she has to find out why no one told her the truth.

Fourth Monkey                                     

 Author:  J.D. Barker                            Fiction       

For five years, Detective Sam Porter has been taunted by the killer dubbed 4MK by the Chicago Police Department, but this serial murderer has yet to make a mistake…all the clues he leaves are deliberate, and are the same in every case. Their meaning was an easy puzzle to figure: hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil, each admonition underscored by the arrival of first, the victim’s ear, then eyes, and finally, tongue, each neatly boxed up in small white boxes tied with black string. And this killer chooses his prey not because he thinks they need to be punished, but because they are the children of evil parents who will live their lives knowing that it is their actions that have resulted in the death of those they love most.

A fantastic thriller! Barker’s creepy, cerebral killer is in the same realm as Hannibal Lector, with cop Sam Porter a worthy opponent…this really is a book you don’t want to miss.


Stranger in the House                      

 Author:  Shari Lapena                Fiction                                

Karen Krupp has pretty much everything she could ever have wanted: a husband who adores her, a beautiful house, a best friend. There is absolutely no reason for her to have been in that neighborhood, at night, driving well above the speed limit, plowing into a utility pole. But she was. And now she has no memory of the accident, and certainly none of the dead man in the deserted restaurant. She does, however, remember finding odd things in her home in the last few weeks: the imprint of a person in the center of the crisply made bed, the underwear rumpled in the drawer, small things out of place in her neatly ordered home. Karen knows those incidents must have something to do with whatever happened on the night of the accident but, despite increasingly accusatory questioning by the police and the doubt creeping into her husband’s eyes, the night is a blank.



Y is for Yesterday                                     

 Author:  Sue Grafton                      Fiction                          

Still jumpy from an almost-fatal attack, PI Kinsey Milhone hesitates before taking the case of wealthy parents whose son has just been released from prison after completing his sentence for the murder of a high school classmate ten years earlier. Although their son is now free, the parents have been sent a graphic, incriminating video of the boy, participating in the rape of an unconscious girl, the tape accompanied by a note demanding money or a copy will be sent to the police.

As Kinsey deals with the threat of another attack, she unravels layers of questions about what actually happened among the members of the decade-old class activities and struggles with not only the fact that Henry, her friend and landlord, has allowed a tent to be erected in his backyard to shelter a manipulative homeless woman, but also the nagging worry that her sometimes lover has taken up with someone new.

As always, a little over-long and meandering, but comforting, in a way, to touch base with characters who, after twenty-five books in the series, seem like old friends.