Allison Public Library Notes 2/15
“THE BLACK PAINTING” by Neil Olson . . . Four adult cousins from a family that has been estranged for decades amid suspicions regarding the theft of a cursed Goya painting gather at the mansion of their grandfather, who is found murdered.
“HEART SPRING MOUNTAIN” by Robin MacArthur . . . A young woman returns to her rural Vermont hometown in the wake of a disastrous storm to search for her missing mother and unravel a powerful family secret stretching back through three generations of women ancestors. Given in memory of Bob Shultz.
“PROMISE NOT TO TELL” by Jayne Ann Krentz . . . After one of her artists sends her a painting before apparently taking her own life, Seattle gallery owner Virginia teams with private investigator Cabot to catch the true killer and uncover the truth about the cult they were a part of as children.
“BLUEBIRD, BLUEBIRD” by Attica Locke . . . Forced by duty to return to his racially divided East Texas hometown, an African-American Texas Ranger risks his job and reputation to investigate a highly charged double-murder case involving a black Chicago lawyer and a local white woman.
“THE EDGE OF DREAMS” by Rhys Bowen . . . After her police-captain husband receives taunting notes from a serial killer whose victims appear to have nothing in common, Molly Murphy is injured in a train crash that identifies her as an intended target.
“TO WAGER HER HEART” by Tamera Alexander . . . Set against the real history of Nashville’s Belle Meade Plantation and the original Fisk University Jubilee Singers ensemble, To Wager Her Heart is a stirring love story about seeking justice and restoring honor at a time in American history when both were tenuous and hard-won.
“LITTLE BROKEN THINGS” by Nicole Baart . . . When her estranged sister, Nora, disappears after asking her to keep a frightened little girl named Lucy safe, Quinn Cruz struggles to honor her sister’s desperate request, while Nora faces a life and death situation as she goes to great lengths to protect the ones she loves.
“A FRIEND OF MR. LINCOLN” by Stephen Harrigan . . . Depicts Abraham Lincoln in his twenties and thirties, as he works as a lawyer and in the state legislature and spends time with a fictional poet, Cage Weatherby. In memory of Bob Roelf.
“EVERY DOG HAS HIS DAY” by Jenn McKinlay . . . After being trapped with his neighbor, single mother Jessie Connelly, and her daughters, during a blizzard, Bluff Point brewery owner Zachary Caine has second thoughts about his self-proclaimed bachelorhood as they spend more and more time together.
FOR YOUNG READERS:
“HOLDING UP THE UNIVERSE” by Jennifer Niven . . . After years of homeschooling and a surgery that helped her lose hundreds of pounds, Libby enters high school but soon becomes entangled in a cruel game with Jack, a boy whose disability prevents him from recognizing faces.
“NOW” by Antoinette Portis . . . This is my favorite cloud. . .because it's the one I am watching. This is my favorite tree. . .because it's the one where I'm swinging. This is my favorite tooth. . .because it's the one that is missing. Follow a little girl as she takes you on a tour through all of her favorite things, from the holes she digs to the hugs she gives. In fond memory of Delores Allan.
“WINDOWS” by Julia Denos . . . Walking his dog at dusk, a boy catches glimpses of the lives around him in a lyrical ode to autumn evenings, exploring one's neighborhood and coming home. Given in memory of Bob Shultz.
NEW DVDs for your viewing enjoyment: DUNKIRK, LEAP, and THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US.