Thursday, August 14, 2008

Summer Brown Bag Luncheon

I hosted my summer brown bag luncheon yesterday in which I talk about fifteen books. The summer one is always a difficult one to do, falling so soon after our fiscal year has started. We don't always have the new books in yet that I want to talk about. I had to pick some older books from the shelves, but it's always good to remind readers of older titles.

Here's my list of books -

Rubicon by Lawrence Alexander - A political thriller. What happens when a popular U.S. Senator finds out about a plot to destroy the Presidential election?

How Dolly Parton Saved My Life: A Novel of the Jelly Jar Sisterhood by Charlotte Connors - Four women in Atlanta form a catering business.

Flight Lessons by Patricia Gaffney - For sixteen years, Anna has avoided her aunt Rose. Now, she has nowhere to turn, except to her aunt, and the family owned restaurant.

Hell Hole by Chris Grabenstein - The latest Ceepak/Boyle mystery finds the two Sea Haven, NJ cops dealing with the death of a soldier just back from Iraq.

A Clue for the Puzzle Lady by Parnell Hall - Introduces Cora Felton, the queen of crosswords, and her niece, Sherry, who investigate when a body in the graveyard is grasping a crossword puzzle clue.

The Last Embrace by Denise Hamilton - Takes the reader back to 1949, when the starlets flocked to L.A., and women, such as Lily Kessler, a former spy, no longer have war jobs. Lily, investigating the death of a starlet, finds the dark side of Hollywood.

The Sour Cherry Surprise by David Handler - Even small towns, such as Dorset, Connecticut, have large crimes, as the trooper Des Mitry discovers on Sour Cherry Lane.

Shakespeare's Landlord by Charlaine Harris - Introduces cleaning lady, Lily Bard, who tries to keep a low profile, but her secrets come out when she finds a body.

Everything But a Bride by Holly Jacobs - The Hungarian grandmother's curse strikes again when Noah Salo's fiancée dumps him before the wedding.

Silent Thunder by Iris Johansen and Roy Johansen - Hannah Bryson, a marine architect, finds herself teamed up with a mysterious Russian to find the truth about the submarine, Silent Thunder.

Forward From Here: Leaving Middle Age - And Other Unexpected Adventures by Reeve Lindbergh - Essays about life, including the author's family, Captiva Island, and her brain tumor.

The Seventh Sense by T.J. MacGregor - An FBI agent teams up with a psychic to find the person responsible for the death of her husband and her unborn child.

One Coffin With by Margaret Maron - Introduces Sigrid Harald, a police officer with the NYPD, in the investigation of the death of a professor in an art department.

Mercy Street by Mariah Stewart - Mallory Russo is hired by a reclusive billionaire to find two runaway teens who were present when two other teens were gunned down.

Table for Five by Susan Wiggs - Two unlikely people, a teacher and a maverick, are thrown together as guardians for three orphaned children.


Les said...

I read Table For Five about three years ago and really enjoyed it. I haven't read anything else by Wiggs, but I have a couple in my stacks that I hope to get to someday.

You can read my review here if you like.

Lesa said...

Thanks, Les.

I have a copy of her new one on its way to me for review. I like her books once in a while. We'll see how this one is. Can't even think of the name of it offhand.