Braille Book Review

May-June 2012

Books for Adults


Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder         BR 18644
by Evelyn Waugh
3 volumes
Waugh's classic exploration of faith, tradition, and moral values in a rapidly changing Britain. Charles Ryder narrates the story of an aristocratic Catholic family between the First and Second World Wars. Charles first meets alcoholic Sebastian Flyte at Oxford and later falls in love with Sebastian's married sister Julia. 1945.

The Empress of Mars         BR 18650
by Kage Baker
3 volumes
Former British Arean Company (BAC) employee Mary Griffith and others are stranded after BAC's Martian experiment fails. Mary establishes a barter-and-trade system at her new bar, the Empress of Mars. But when BAC attempts to reclaim colonist land, Mary and her patrons must find ways to outwit the company. 2009.

Home Safe         BR 18665
by Elizabeth Berg
2 volumes
The husband of Chicago author Helen Ames passes away unexpectedly and she becomes overly dependent on her adult daughter. In need of additional income, Helen decides to teach a writing workshop for adults. With assistance from her students, and a developing love interest, Helen embarks upon a new life. 2009.

Diary of a Witness         BR 18777
by Catherine Ryan Hyde
2 volumes
Overweight Ernie and his best friend Will are ridiculed and humiliated by the bullies in high school. When the tortured Will cracks emotionally and plots revenge, Ernie is torn between their friendship and doing the right thing. For junior and senior high readers. 2009.

The Windup Girl         BR 19099
by Paolo Bacigalupi
4 volumes
In a post-oil world where calories are currency, agriculture manager Anderson Lake searches a politically unstable Thailand for new food sources. He meets Emiko, a bioengineered "windup" girl who works in a Bangkok brothel. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2009.

Twisted         BR 19103
by Jay Bonansinga
3 volumes
A Tulane professor's call to his friend Ulysses Grove is cut off right before the professor is murdered. As a hurricane bears down on New Orleans, FBI profiler Grove hunts for the killer with the help of journalist Maura County. Violence, strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2006.

Perfect Victim         BR 19104
by Jay Bonansinga
2 volumes
FBI senior profiler Ulysses Grove teaches new recruits about the archetypal serial killer. Now someone is committing murder using the identical methods outlined in Grove's lectures--right down to the blood-spray patterns. Grove and student Edith Drinkwater investigate and find bizarre links to Grove's Kenyan birth. Violence and strong language. 2008.

Frozen         BR 19105
by Jay Bonansinga
3 volumes
FBI profiler Ulysses Grove collapses while investigating the latest development in the frustrating Sun City serial killings. Grove heads to Alaska to both recuperate and help journalist Maura County profile the murder of a recently uncovered ancient corpse. But the signature patterns of the two cases are identical. Violence. 2005.

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Houston, We Have a Problem         BR 19113
by Erin McCarthy
2 volumes
Dr. Houston Hayes struggles to control his attraction to medical resident Josie Adkins. Chubby Josie, afraid her desire for Houston and extreme clumsiness at the hospital will get her fired, is shocked when she realizes he returns her feelings. Strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. 2004.

The Last Illusion         BR 19114
by Rhys Bowen
3 volumes
New York City, 1903. Private investigator Molly Murphy and her fiancé, policeman Daniel Sullivan, are watching a magic show when an illusionist's trick turns fatal. Harry Houdini's wife Bess believes that whoever tampered with the equipment will target her husband next and hires Molly to find the culprit. 2010.

Miss Quinn's Quandary         BR 19115
by Shirley Marks
2 volumes
Larissa Quinn falsely claims Sir Randall Trent is her husband so they can obtain the last room at an inn. She later runs into Sir Randall at a ball while visiting London with her aunt. When their sham marriage becomes public, the pair face scandal--and fall in love. 2008.

Just Married!         BR 19116
by Cara Colter and Shirley Jump
2 volumes
Two romance novellas about unexpected love. In Kiss the Bridesmaid Samantha meets Ethan at a wedding but isn't impressed--at first. In Best Man Says I Do Vivian returns home for a wedding determined to remain just friends with former boyfriend Colton, the best man and town mayor. 2009.

To Tame a Dangerous Lord         BR 19117
by Nicole Jordan
3 volumes
England, 1817. Former spy Rayne Kenyon, the earl of Haviland, marries spinster Madeline Ellis, the impoverished daughter of one of his late comrades, in order to have an heir. But Madeline wants true love and works to light the spark. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2010.

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A Million Blessings         BR 19121
by Angela Benson and others
2 volumes
Three novellas featuring protagonists whose financial windfalls test their faith. In Showers of Blessing Andrew Gooden, a pastor and compulsive gambler in suburban Atlanta, wins the lottery. But Andrew continues his vice, putting his family in jeopardy--until only a miracle can save him. 2010.

A Golden Web         BR 19124
by Barbara Quick
2 volumes
Fourteenth-century Italy. Alessandra Giliani, a brilliant young girl, defies convention and risks death by disguising herself as a boy to attend medical school at the university and study anatomy. For senior high readers. 2010.

Reliquary         BR 19238
by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
4 volumes
After cops find headless corpses, assistant museum curator Margo Green, journalist Bill Smithback, Lieutenant D'Agosta, and FBI agent Pendergast--from Relic (BR 19235)--team up again to battle a horrific beast that dwells and kills in the tunnels under Manhattan. Violence and some strong language. 1997.

A Nose for Justice         BR 19269
by Rita Mae Brown
3 volumes
Mags Rogers leaves her Wall Street job behind and moves to the Nevada ranch of her wealthy great-aunt Jeep. When a skeleton is found in the barn, Mags's dachshund Baxter and Jeep's shepherd-mix King join the investigation. Meanwhile a water-rights war leads to sabotage and more dead bodies. 2010.

One Fine Day You’re Gonna Die         BR 19277
by Gail Bowen
1 volume
On Halloween, a caller to radio personality Charlie D.’s talk show threatens to commit suicide—but not until he kills the young daughter of Charlie’s on-air guest Dr. Robin Harris, who happens to be an expert on death and dying. Uncontracted braille. 2010.

The Magic Knot         BR 19279
by Helen Scott Taylor
2 volumes
London accountant Rosenwyn Tremain travels to Cornwall to investigate a pub's finances and find her father. Rose is shocked to discover, through pub owner Niall O'Connor, that she is part fairy. Niall must help Rose accept her destiny--and their bond. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.

The Way It Works BR        19280
by William Kowalski
1 volume
Twenty-year-old biracial Walter Davis becomes homeless after his mother’s death. He struggles to maintain his dignity and make his own place in the world through hard work—and some luck. Uncontracted braille. 2010.
BR 19280

Five Flavors of Dumb         BR 19295
by Antony John
2 volumes
Eighteen-year-old Piper who is deaf, volunteers as a manager for a rock band called Dumb. While trying to make Dumb profitable, Piper learns a few things about music and business--and about herself. For senior high readers. Schneider Award. 2010.

Felaheen: The Third Arabesk         BR 19299
by Jon Courtenay Grimwood
3 volumes
North Africa. Ex-policeman Ashraf Bey, from Effendi (BR 16867), investigates an assassination attempt on the emir of Tunis--who may be his father. Bey becomes embroiled in the politics he despises while searching for his parentage. Strong language, some violence, and some descriptions of sex. 2006.

The Deceived         BR 19301
by Brett Battles
3 volumes
After the events in The Cleaner (BR 17435), body-disposal expert Jonathan Quinn is asked to clear out the corpse of his friend and former CIA colleague Steven Markoff. Quinn and his team go to Singapore to search for Markoff's fugitive lover Jenny Fuentes. Violence and strong language. 2008.

Private Lessons         BR 19303
by Donna Hill
2 volumes
African American studies professor Naomi Clarke has a fling with a stranger named Brice Lawrence during her summer vacation in Antigua. Back at her Georgia college, Naomi must choose between work and love when she discovers Brice is a student in her class. Descriptions of sex. 2010.

The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein         BR 19304
by Peter Ackroyd
3 volumes
Percy Bysshe Shelley challenges his friend, scientist Victor Frankenstein, to study electricity as a source of life and energy. Frankenstein ponders this idea and reanimates newly departed Jack Keat, but quickly abandons his creation out of fear. Then Jack follows Frankenstein, bringing death and destruction. Some violence. 2008.

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Stolen         BR 19305
by Lucy Christopher
2 volumes
Sixteen-year-old Gemma, a British city-dweller, is abducted while on vacation with her parents and taken to the Australian outback. She soon realizes that escape attempts are futile and comes to an understanding about her captor. Some strong language. For senior high readers. 2010.

Buried Prey         BR 19398
by John Sandford
3 volumes
When the Jones sisters' remains are discovered, Minneapolis detective Lucas Davenport revisits his first plainclothes investigation--the siblings' 1985 disappearance. Never happy with the case's outcome, Lucas is now convinced the wrong man was convicted and the killer is at large. Violence, strong language, and some descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2011.

Sixkill         BR 19399
by Robert B. Parker
2 volumes
Boston police captain Martin Quirk asks PI Spenser to quietly investigate after a young woman is found dead in bad-boy actor Jumbo Nelson's bed. Spenser takes in Nelson's bodyguard, Zebulon "Z" Sixkill, after Z is fired, and together they dig for the truth. Strong language and some violence. Bestseller. 2011.

The Passion of Mary-Margaret         BR 19405
by Lisa Samson
3 volumes
Orphan Mary-Margaret Fischer grows up at a Catholic convent school on a small island in the Chesapeake Bay and can speak with Jesus. Mary-Margaret wants to pursue a religious life, but Jesus instructs her to marry Jude Keller, a troubled childhood friend. Christy Award. 2009.

A Gift to Last         BR 19410
by Debbie Macomber
2 volumes
Two novellas. In Can This Be Christmas? passengers create an impromptu celebration at a New Hampshire depot when their train is stranded by a blizzard on Christmas Eve. In Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy three hapless angels reform an aging man. 1998.

A Good Man Is Hard to Find         BR 19413
by ReShonda Tate Billingsley
2 volumes
When investigative reporter Ava's company is bought out, she is reassigned to a tabloid magazine. Her first assignment is to report on pop star India's wedding in Aruba. Photographer Cliff joins Ava and the irregularities they discover involving India's manager and the groom put Cliff and Ava in danger. 2010.

Frenchman's Creek         BR 19428
by Daphne Du Maurier
2 volumes
Cornwall, England. Lady Dona St. Columb, tired of London frivolity and ashamed of a scandalous prank, flees with her children to her husband's country estate. She meets a French pirate and enjoys adventures aboard his ship--until her husband's arrival forces her to choose between family and romance. Some violence. 1941.

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