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Friday, August 7, 2009

Friday Finds 8-7-2009

Here are my finds this week!

Two of the Deadliest: New Tales of Lust, Greed and Murder from Outstanding Women of Mystery by Elizabeth George

About the book: George's all-original anthology showcases 18 stories by established women mystery writers and five by relative unknowns. While not every entry is a winner, the wide variety of styles and settings will please most mystery fans. Especially strong are Linda Barnes's Catch Your Death, a classic tale of love gone wrong told by an appealing narrator, and Stephanie Bond's satisfyingly twisty Bump in the Night. In Gold Fever, Dana Stabenow fits quick characterizations, an exotic locale (Alaska) and a tidy plot into a few pages. Marcia Talley's tightly written Can You Hear Me Now is modest in ambition—but who doesn't like to see a rude cellphone user get his comeuppance? Among the newcomers, Z. Kelley's Anything Helps is particularly notable for its charm. Other contributors include Carolyn Hart, Laura Lippman and S.J. Rozan. (Aug.) (Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. )

Two of the Deadliest: New Tales of Lust, Greed, and Murder from Outstanding Women of Mystery
Publisher/Publication Date: Harper, July 2009
ISBN: 978-0061350337
480 pages

A Quiet Belief in Angels by R.J. Ellory

About the book: Growing up in rural Georgia during the 1940s, Joseph Vaughan finds himself at the center of a series of mutilations and killings of young girls. Just a teenager, Joseph becomes determined to protect his community from the killer, but he is powerless in preventing more murders—and no one is ever caught. Ten years later one of his neighbors is found hanging from a rope, surrounded by belongings of the dead girls; the killings cease, and the nightmare appears to be over. Desperate and plagued by everything he has witnessed, Joseph sets out to forge a new life in New York. But even there the past won’t leave him alone—for it seems that the murderer still lives and is killing again, and that the secret to his identity lies in Joseph’s own history. (Overlook Press)

A Quiet Belief in Angels: A Novel
Publisher/Publication Date: Overlook Press, Sept 2009
ISBN: 978-1-59020-250-0
352 pages

While I'm Falling by Laura Moriarty

About the book: In While I'm Falling, Laura Moriarty presents a compelling depiction of how one young woman's life changes when her family breaks up for good.

Ever since her parents announced that they're getting divorced, Veronica has been falling. Hard. A junior in college, she has fallen in love. She has fallen behind in her difficult coursework. She hates her job as counselor at the dorm, and she longs for the home that no longer exists. When an attempt to escape the pressure, combined with bad luck, lands her in a terrifying situation, a shaken Veronica calls her mother for help--only to find her former foundation too preoccupied to offer any assistance at all.

But Veronica only gets to feel hurt for so long. Her mother shows up at the dorm with a surprising request--and with the elderly family dog in tow. Boyfriend complications ensue, along with her father's sudden interest in dating. Veronica soon finds herself with a new set of problems, and new questions about love and independence.

Darkly humorous, beautifully written, and filled with crystalline observations about how families fall apart, While I'm Falling takes a deep look at the relationship between a daughter and a mother when one is trying to grow up and the other is trying to stay afloat. (Amazon)

While I'm Falling
Publisher/Publication Date: Hyperion, Aug 2009
ISBN: 978-1401302726
320 pages

What great books did you find this week?? Stop over at Should Be Reading and share yours!


gautami tripathy said...

You found some great books. All sound good to me.

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bermudaonion said...

While I'm Falling is on my wish list too!

Jess said...

While I'm Falling sounds great -- fantastic find!

Crystal said...

These all sound great. I am definitely adding While I'm Falling to my list.

Mary said...

All nice finds, Kristi!

Heidi V said...

All three sound like great reads.

Sheila Deeth said...

They sound great, especially the first. I'm trying to write a mystery...


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