Speaking in Bones: a Novel

Reichs, Kathy. “Speaking in Bones: a Novel”

Forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan knows exactly how to do her job but she’s at a loss wondering how to answer police detective Andrew Ryan’s marriage proposal. This problem takes a backseat when Hazel “Lucky” Strike an amateur detective who mines the internet for cold cases comes to Brennan with a tape recording of an unknown girl being held captive and terrorized. Strike is convinced that it is victim Cora Teague who went missing 3 years earlier. Even though Temperance has her doubts the evidence adds up so she travels on a forensic field trip to the backwoods where she encounters more untimely deaths, nocturnal phenomena and a sinister religious cult.

Perfect Touch: a Novel

Lowell, Elizabeth. “Perfect Touch: a Novel”

Sara Medina the owner of a design studio The Perfect Touch travels the world to find the perfect artwork for each of her clients. Her sophisticated and solitary life in San Francisco requires her to concentrate on business. Into her life steps client Jay Vermillion a veteran of two wars and owner of a ranch in the Grand Tetons inherited from his father. He finds himself in a vicious battle with his former stepmother over some of his late father’s paintings. It is practically love at first sight when Sara and Jay meet which is soon complicated by a double murder at the edge of the ranch and a betrayal closer to home.

The Marriage of Opposites

Hoffman, Alice “The Marriage of Opposites”

Set on the tropical island of St. Tropez in the early 1800’s, Rachel dreams of a life in faraway Paris. Rachel’s mother, a pillar of the small community of Jews who escaped the Inquisition, has never forgiven Rachel for being such a difficult strong-willed child. In order to save her father’s business Rachel is married off to a rich widower with three children. When her husband dies suddenly his nephew Frederick arrives from Paris to settle the estate. Rachel seizes the opportunity to begin a passionate love affair that starts a scandal that affects her family including her favorite son,  the artist Camille Pissarro, the Father of Impressionism.

Collision: a Novel

Cohen, William S. “Collision: a Novel”

Sean Falcone, former Naval Security Adviser to the president attacks a gunman during a mass shooting at a prominent Washington D.C. law firm, but a second perpetrator escapes with a laptop containing information about an asteroid being mined by an American billionaire and his Russian partner. The incident catapults Falcone into a Washington mystery involving the White House, NASA, corrupt politicians, and an international crime lord that could ultimately destroy mankind.

One Way or Another: a Novel

Adler, Elizabeth. “One Way or Another: a Novel”

Angie Morse is spending a beautiful evening at a party on the deck of a luxury yacht when suddenly she feels a stunning blow to her head and then a push into the water. She can see people on the yacht but they don’t seem to notice that she is gone as the yacht pulls slowly away. Her friends and her lover are onboard as well as two who had reason for getting rid of her. Revenge burns brightly inside her and she knows that she will survive – one way or another.

Slow West

Slow West

This film is a great addition to the western genre but not in the traditional sense of conflict between cultures or survival.  A young man, Jay, is in search of the woman he’s in love with who has fled Scotland to the American west with her father.  On his journey west, Jay meets Silas and realizing he is out of his depth contracts Silas to guide him through this wild and dangerous territory.  Unknown to Jay there is a bounty on his sweetheart and her father, dead or alive, and Silas is after the $2000 reward among other interested parties.  Michael Fassbender and Kodi Smit-McPhee provide excellent performances as well as Ben Mendelsohn who plays an eccentric outlaw.  There are lots of fortunate and misfortunate events that provide humor and further the characters on their journey which is filmed beautifully in an atmospheric landscape.

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