Good Reads - Fiction
Good Reads and a Little More...
Satisfying reads in which you also learn about
a wide variety of subjects—from the complex world
of international finance to ancient vampire mythology.
Abraham, Pearl - The
Romance Reader - 1995,
A fascinating and engrossing novel about a young
coming of age while growing up in a strict Hasidic family.
Rachel, the oldest daughter of an Orthodox Jewish Rabbi,
longs for the freedom and independence of other girls her
age. She repeatedly defies her parents and breaks their
rules. This high-spirited girl is soon forced into an arranged
marriage which seems doomed from the start, as Rachel's
independence is not to be stifled.
Browne, Gerald A. - 18mm.
Blues - 199,3
The thrilling, sometimes sinister, world of international
gems is the backdrop for this dramatic tale. After two
amas (women pearl divers) discover rare blue pearls while
diving off the Burmese coast, they are brutally murdered
by the captain who keeps the precious catch for himself.
The novel then switches locales to Thailand, where Grady
Bowman, a down on his luck gem merchant, and his girlfriend
Julia Elkins are acquiring gems to set Grady up in his
own business. How these people and events are woven together
is an exciting story of love, greed and betrayal.
Davies, Linda - Nest
of Vipers - 1994,
This financial thriller is a fascinating behind-the-scenes
look at the complex profession of international banking.
Sarah Jensen, a foreign exchange trader in London, goes
undercover at a prestigious bank to expose what she thinks
is insider trading. Solicited by the British secret service,
Sarah soon finds she was not fully briefed on her assignment
and discovers corrupt practices which include links to
the Mafia and the top financial minds across Europe. When
a colleague is murdered, Sarah realizes she must expose
the scandal before she also becomes a victim.
Dunning, John - The
Bookman's Wake - 1995,
The world of antique and rare books is explored in
this series featuring Cliff Janeway, former Denver cop,
antiquarian book dealer. Cliff agrees to do a job for a
former colleague which sounds simple enough-retrieve a
young woman, Eleanor Rigby, in Seattle and return her to
Taos. Complications arise when Janeway realizes Eleanor
is also a rare book aficionado; and when she is kidnapped,
Janeway finds himself in a race against time to find Eleanor
and save his own life.
Elkins, Aaron - Old
Scores - 1993, 242p.
A compelling inside
view of international art features Chris Norgren, art
curator of the Seattle Art Museum. When
the eccentric Renee Vachey decides to donate a Rembrandt
painting he recently discovered to the Seattle museum,
Chris is summoned to France to authenticate and accept
the painting. However, after the unveiling ceremony, Vachey
is murdered and his murder and other complications make
Chris' task almost impossible.
Evans, Nicholas - The
Horse Whisperer - 1995,
The unique relationship between horses and humans
is explored in this novel of a modern day horse "healer".
After a near fatal riding accident in which she loses a
leg, Grace Graves seems to be giving up on life. Her mother
Annie soon realizes that restoring the horse Grace was
riding to his old self is the key to restoring Grace's
health. Grace and Annie journey with Pilgrim, Annie's
horse, to Montana to enlist the help of Tom Booker, who
through patience and determination heals not only Pilgrim,
but Grace as well.
Hambly, Barbara - Those
Who Hunt The Night - 1988, 296p.
in vampire lore, this suspenseful novel tells the story
of Professor James Asher, who arrives home to find
his wife under the spell of Don Simon Ysidro, one of the
oldest vampires in London. Her safety depends on Asher's
ability to solve a series of murders plaguing the city's
nocturnal predators. As events hurl them toward a dramatic
confrontation with the murderer, Asher and Ysidor form
an uneasy alliance that develops into respect and a strange
Holt, A.J. - Watch
Me - 1995, 326p.
The high-tech and complex
world of computer networking is explored in this suspenseful
novel. When F.B.I. agent
Jay Fletcher jeopardizes a murder case with illegal computer
evidence, she is reassigned to Santa Fe, New Mexico to
assist with an arson investigation. While there, she uncovers
a network of serial killers and proceeds to track each
one down and deliver her own style of vigilante justice.
Melville, James - A
Haiku For Hanae - 1989,
Exotic Japan and insights into the life and culture
of the modern Japanese people are interwoven throughout
engaging mystery featuring Superintendent Otani. While
vacationing in the resort town of Awaji, Otani reflects
on a murder case he had been involved in over twenty years
ago. The bizarre case involved a young American missionary
stabbed to death in a Shinto shrine. Otani must sort though
local myths, superstitions, and even an exorcism in order
to finally arrive at the truth.
Michaels, Barbara - Shattered
Silk - 1986,
Colorful details of the vintage clothing business,
and believable although often eccentric characters, make
a delightful romantic suspense novel. Karen Nevitt, recently
divorced, decides to open an antique clothing business
in Washington, D.C. What starts out as a simple entrepreneurial
venture turns into a web of deadly suspense as a series
of disturbing events puts Karen's life in jeopardy.
O'Toole, G.J.A. - Poor
Richard's Game - 1982,
Was Benjamin Franklin a double agent? This meticulously
researched novel explores the possibility that one of the
most revered men in American history was a traitor. The
manuscript that details Franklin's activities is
an intricate account of spying, counter spying, blackmail,
sex, and scandal, and is the basis for a modern day lawsuit.
Anyone fascinated by the U.S.'s own Renaissance man
and that period of history will enjoy this novel. The copious
footnotes are not to be ignored as they are almost another
interesting book in themselves.
Sherwood, John - The
Mantrap Garden - 1986,
Monk's Mead, a historic garden created by the
famous horticulturist Gertrude Jekyll, is the scene of
mystery featuring the unpretentious Celia Grant as an unlikely
heroine. Since the untimely death of Mrs. Mortlock, the
owner, the magnificent garden has been in a state of deliberate
decline. Celia soon finds herself enmeshed in the fate
of the garden and its owners. Gardening enthusiasts, as
well as mystery readers, will enjoy the interesting footnotes
by Gertrude Jeckyll.
Stabenow, Dana - Play
With Fire - 1995,
The Alaskan frontier in summer is authentically
depicted in this mystery adventure featuring Aleut private
Shugak. While picking morrel mushrooms, Kate stumbles on
the corpse of a naked man, and soon discovers it is the
father of a ten-year-old boy who "hired" Kate
to find his father. Unanswered questions about Daniel Seabolt's
death haunt Kate, and she soon finds herself involved in
not only finding the answers for her "client," but
herself as well.
Tey, Josephine - The
Daughter of Time - 1951,
Was Richard III the tyrant history portrays? Policeman
Alan Grant, while confined to a hospital bed, becomes fascinated
by the character of Richard after studying several portraits
of the late King. With information provided by a researcher,
he is astonished by the evidence which contradicts the
popular tradition of Richard as a villain. This lively
account makes historical research genuinely exciting, and
the reader shares Grant's dismay and pleasure as
Richard's true nature is revealed.
Prepared by Sheila Guenzer, October 1996