Braille Book Review

November-December 2012

Books for Adults


Jude the Obscure         BR 18655
by Thomas Hardy
5 volumes
Jude Fawley is forced to marry Arabella, who later abandons him. Jude moves to the town of Christminster, where he meets and falls in love with his freethinking cousin Sue. Jude and Sue opt to live together unmarried, defying social and religious convention. First published in 1895. 1998.

She Shoots to Conquer: An Ellie Haskell Mystery         BR 18771
by Dorothy Cannell
3 volumes
Lost and driving in thick fog, Ellie, her husband, and Mrs. Malloy stop at Mucklesfeld Manor for directions. They learn the manor's lord will marry a participant in the reality-television show scheduled to be filmed at the estate. But one early-arriving contestant has driven into a ravine and died. 2009.

Shadow of Betrayal         BR 18776
by Brett Battles
3 volumes
After body-disposal expert Jonathan Quinn, from The Cleaner (BR 17435), experiences a botched operation in Ireland, he is dispatched to New York City, where Christopher Jackson, an intelligence director, has been murdered. Quinn, framed for the crime, tracks down the culprits. Violence and strong language. 2009.

A Troubled Peace         BR 18781
by L.M. Elliott
2 volumes
1945. World War II pilot Henry Forester, from Under a War-Torn Sky (BR 14673), returns home to Virginia and struggles with nightmares. Henry ventures to France to find a boy who saved his life and is shocked at the lingering devastation. Some violence. For senior high readers. 2009.

Cat Playing Cupid: A Joe Grey Mystery         BR 18786
by Shirley Rousseau Murphy
3 volumes
Molena Point, California. Tomcat Joe Grey's human housemate Clyde finally marries his sweetheart. Meanwhile, Joe's feral friends discover amid the ruins of an old estate a body and a book that reveals the cats' hidden speaking abilities. Joe finds links to a ten-year-old case of a missing bridegroom. 2009.

Fever Dream         BR 18932
by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
3 volumes
Twelve years after his wife Helen was killed in Africa, FBI agent Aloysius Pendergast learns that her death was not an accident. With the help of NYC cop Vincent D'Agosta, Pendergast pursues the killer--and discovers Helen's secrets. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2010.

When You Least Expect It         BR 19344
by Whitney Gaskell
3 volumes
West Palm Beach couple India and Jeremy Halloway decide to adopt after fertility treatments fail. Through an adoption attorney, India and Jeremy meet pregnant, impoverished manicurist Lainey Walker, who dreams of becoming a reality-TV star. Lainey moves in and becomes part of the family--but later has second thoughts. 2010.

House Made of Dawn         BR 19345
by N. Scott Momaday
2 volumes
Rural New Mexico. Native American Abel returns home to his grandfather's house after fighting in World War II but is unable to adjust to the dying Indian culture or the white world. Some violence and some descriptions of sex. Pulitzer Prize. 1966.

To Desire a Wicked Duke         BR 19350
by Nicole Jordan
3 volumes
England, 1817. Two years after Tess Blanchard's fiancé is killed, his rakish cousin Ian Sutherland, the duke of Rotham, sees Tess kissing an actor and declares he can do better. Forced to wed Ian, Tess is unaware that he has always loved her. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2011.

The Gift: Witch and Wizard         BR 19352
by James Patterson and Ned Rust
2 volumes
After escaping imprisonment and execution by the totalitarian regime known as the New Order, powerful siblings Wisty and Whit Allgood become leaders of the Resistance. Though wanted, the Allgoods continue to defy the government. Sequel to Witch and Wizard (BR 18902). For senior high readers. 2010.

The Fall: The Strain Trilogy, Book 2         BR 19353
by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan
3 volumes
Disgraced Centers for Disease Control official Dr. Eph Goodweather struggles to contain the vampire virus that has taken over New York City--and to protect his son from his ex-wife, who has been infected. Meanwhile war develops between the Old and New World vampires. Violence and strong language. 2010.

Awakened: House of Night         BR 19355
by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
2 volumes
In this sequel to Burned (BR 19119), high priestess Neferet swears vengeance on Zoey. Meanwhile, Queen Sgiach is grooming Zoey as her replacement, and everyone's relationships are changing. Strong language and some violence. For senior high readers. 2010.

The Dark and Hollow Places         BR 19384
by Carrie Ryan
3 volumes
Annah waits alone for Elias to return and listens to the moaning of the Dark City dying around her, while longing to find her way back home to her family. Sequel to The Dead-Tossed Waves (BR 19078). Some violence and some strong language. For senior high and older readers. 2011.

Miss Julia Rocks the Cradle         BR 19386
by Ann B. Ross
3 volumes
North Carolina. During a blizzard, elderly Miss Julia helps deliver Hazel Marie's twin babies. When a dead body is found in a neighbor's toolshed, Miss Julia investigates. She also searches for the person who has been writing bad checks in her name. 2011.

The Silenced         BR 19389
by Brett Battles
3 volumes
Professional cleaner Jonathan Quinn, from Shadow of Betrayal (BR 18776), is hired to remove the remains of a body hidden for twenty years inside the walls of a London building that is about to be demolished. But the job endangers Quinn's family. Violence and strong language. 2011.

Then Came You         BR 19431
by Jennifer Weiner
3 volumes
Gold digger India finally snares billionaire husband Marcus. Unable to conceive, the couple hires Princeton senior Jules to donate eggs and married mother Annie to carry the baby. But Marcus's daughter Bettina vows to expose India's past and drive her away. Strong language and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2011.

Happy Birthday         BR 19432
by Danielle Steel
2 volumes
Three people start out miserable on their landmark birthdays but end up happy. Aging style guru Valerie Wyatt turns sixty unattached, Valerie's single daughter April is thirty and pregnant, and quarterback-turned-sportscaster Jack Adams faces fifty alone. Bestseller. 2011.

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