Page Turners

Here is a list of books that have been shared on KMA's Page Turners with the Shenandoah Public Library.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

THE CHEMISTRY OF DEATH—Simon Beckett—Another good mystery/suspense novel which really should be read before Written in Bone due to character development, etc. Set in a lonely isolated Scottish community, Dr. David Hunter has taken a position of G.P. Away from the city life and previous life as a forensic anthropologist following the death of his wife and daughter. There odd and mysterious deaths begin occurring and the police engage Dr. Hunter to help solve the murders, women who are kidnapped but not killed for several days following. Dr. Hunter's becoming very good friend, Jenny, is one of those kidnapped compelling a far greater intrusion into the resolution than he'd wished. Surprises await the reader near to the end in this first novel of Simon Beckett...and one in which Beckett finds his 'voice' close to that of Dick Francis.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

WRITTEN IN BONE—Simon Beckett—A really good mystery/suspense novel set on a remote island off Scotland blending forensic medicine/archeology with an ongoing, current murder investigation which breeds more murders. Set on the remote island the cast of characters is small as Dr. David Hunter, the outsider, works with the local, in this case unqualified, police and a retired police detective to unravel the growing mystery. Fast paced and with a prose and conversational style reminiscent of Dick Francis and with a very last page cliff-hanger ending.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

BAD LUCK AND TROUBLE—Lee Child--(A Jack Reacher Novel) Reacher, the ever wandering hero who 'doesn't make plans', is reached by a former military squad member to help find the killer of another of their elite squad. Other members are contacted, some arrive and others are dead. In the process of attempting to locate, with hardly clues, the murderer they stumble on a planed weapons sale. Lots of fun with numbers, action, quick dialog, almost believable, suspense, a bit of it all.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

TUMULTOUS YEARS: The Presidency of Harry S. Truman, 1949-1953—Robert J. Donovan—The second of a two part series on the Truman Presidency (the first being Conflict and Crisis) the series having been called on of the finest, most balanced, histories of the Truman Administration, deals with a variety of tumultuous events the Korean War, the Communist seizure of China, Truman's firing of General MacArthur, first-steps in Vietnam, organization of NATO, this Hiss conviction and a host of scandals and other miscellaneous problems facing Truman in those four years. Once again the reader is forced to understand that some things remain the same. As long as our form of government remains the same there will always be bickering, backbiting, hyperbole and huge frustrations as the player vie for power—much of which is to the detriment of the country. The author covered the Truman Years for the New York Herald...and later as an historian researched extensively to produce this vivid portrayal of those years.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

THE INVISIBLE—Andrew Britton—With tensions high between Pakistan and India and following the kidnapping of a bus-load of tourists, on a visit to Pakistan the Secretary of State is kidnapped. However, with the shadowy world of Terrorism the possibilities of possible kidnappers seems endless. Ryan Kealey is persuaded to, once again, join CIA efforts to find the kidnappers, then after the abduction of the SoS, her. As often working on his own and outside the chain of command, tensions build on the international scene as well as the attempt to track and rescue the secretary. Good, fun, quick read