Archive for November, 2011

Death Comes to Pemberley by P. D. James

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

  With her new book, Death Comes to Pemberley, P. D. James takes a bit of a departure from her usual mystery novels.  (Find this book in our catalog)

Click here to read an excerpt from her new book provided by her publisher, Alfred A. Knopf.

Summary of Death Comes to Pemberley in our cataog:  “A rare meeting of literary genius: P. D. James, long among the most admired mystery writers of our time, draws the characters of Jane Austen’s beloved novel Pride and Prejudice into a tale of murder and emotional mayhem. It is 1803, six years since Elizabeth and Darcy embarked on their life together at Pemberley, Darcy’s magnificent estate. Their peaceful, orderly world seems almost unassailable. Elizabeth has found her footing as the chatelaine of the great house. They have two fine sons, Fitzwilliam and Charles. Elizabeth’s sister Jane and her husband, Bingley, live nearby; her father visits often; there is optimistic talk about the prospects of marriage for Darcy’s sister Georgiana. And preparations are under way for their much-anticipated annual autumn ball. Then, on the eve of the ball, the patrician idyll is shattered. A coach careens up the drive carrying Lydia, Elizabeth’s disgraced sister, who with her husband, the very dubious Wickham, has been banned from Pemberley. She stumbles out of the carriage, hysterical, shrieking that Wickham has been murdered. With shocking suddenness, Pemberley is plunged into a frightening mystery. Inspired by a lifelong passion for Austen, P. D. James masterfully re-creates the world of Pride and Prejudice, electrifying it with the excitement and suspense of a brilliantly crafted crime story, as only she can write it.” From the Hardcover edition

We also have this title on order as an audiobook on CDs , in Playaway format and in large print

Editor

Take a Second Glance at Large Print Books!

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

The first year of Baby Boomers have now nearly all turned 65.  Statistically speaking that means that a very high proportion of Harford County Public Library customers are finding it harder to read small print – it’s just one of the facts of becoming middle-aged.  I count myself as one of that group – I have to wear reading glasses for both computer and book reading – and lately I have found that I am really enjoying taking advantage of the extensive large print collection available throughout the library system.

It’s great because I can walk into my local branch and find something to browse. More frequently I place a title on reserve online and the book is sent to my branch to pick up.   Just because I am finding it harder to focus on things close to me does not mean I have to change my reading tastes, however!  Large print readers want to read what everyone else is reading.  Large print publishers publish the most current bestsellers available today, sometimes simultaneously with the publishers’ regular print editions.

HCPL provides for its customers current titles in large print by bestselling and highly acclaimed authors.  As well as bestsellers, we have plans in place  to buy fresh new books in every genre; for example,  in recognition that large print readers are a microcosm of our Harford County customers, we select from genres that include gentle fiction, inspirational fiction, romances and nonfiction, as well as literary fiction, mysteries and action and adventure.

This is just a very short list of recent large print titles in HCPL, showing some of the diversity to be found.  Click on a title to go to our catalog and place a reserve:

Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
Moonwalking With Einstein by Joshua Foer
Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness by Alexandra Fuller
22 Britannia Road by Amanda Hodgkinson
The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obrht
Full Black by Brad Thor
Outrage by Robert K. Tanenbaum
The Secret Mistress by Mary Balogh
Monument to Murder by Margaret Truman

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Mailer Prize for Distinguished Biography

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

“This is one for the books if you get my drift–you hacks,” joked Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards  in accepting this month the Mailer Prize for Distinguished Biography for his memoir, Life, the Associated Press reported. Also honored by the Norman Mailer Center and the Norman Mailer Writers Colony were Elie Wiesel (lifetime achievement), Arundhati Roy (distinguished writing) and Gay Talese (distinguished journalism).

  Find Life by Keith Richards in our catalog.

Summary in our catalog: “The long-awaited autobiography of the guitarist, songwriter, singer, and founding member of the Rolling Stones. Ladies and gentleman: Keith Richards. With The Rolling Stones, Keith Richards created the songs that roused the world, and he lived the original rock and roll life. Now, at last, the man himself tells his story of life in the crossfire hurricane. Listening obsessively to Chuck Berry and Muddy Waters records, learning guitar and forming a band with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones. The Rolling Stones’s first fame and the notorious drug busts that led to his enduring image as an outlaw folk hero. Creating immortal riffs like the ones in “Jumping Jack Flash” and “Honky Tonk Women.” His relationship with Anita Pallenberg and the death of Brian Jones. Tax exile in France, wildfire tours of the U.S., isolation and addiction. Falling in love with Patti Hansen. Estrangement from Jagger and subsequent reconciliation. Marriage, family, solo albums and Xpensive Winos, and the road that goes on forever. With his trademark disarming honesty, Keith Richard brings us the story of a life we have all longed to know more of, unfettered, fearless, and true.”

We also have Life as an audiobook and a Playaway.

Editor

Thurber Prize for American Humor

Monday, November 28th, 2011

  David Rakoff has won the 2011 Thurber Prize for American Humor for Half Empty (Find in our catalog).

Summary:  “The inimitably witty David Rakoff, New York Times bestselling author of Don’t Get Too Comfortable , defends the commonsensical notion that you should always assume the worst, because you’ll never be disappointed. In this deeply funny (and, no kidding, wise and poignant) book, Rakoff examines the realities of our sunny,  gosh­ everyone-can-be-a-star contemporary culture and finds that, pretty much as a universal rule, the best is not yet to come, adversity will triumph, justice will not be served, and your dreams won’t come true. The book ranges from the personal to the universal, combining stories from Rakoff’s reporting and accounts of his own experi­ences: the moment when being a tiny child no longer meant adults found him charming but instead meant other children found him a fun target; the perfect late evening in Manhattan when he was young and the city seemed to brim with such pos­sibility that the street shimmered in the moonlight-as he drew closer he realized the streets actually flickered with rats in a feeding frenzy. He also weaves in his usual brand Oscar Wilde–worthy cultural criticism (the tragedy of Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, for instance). Whether he’s lacerating the musical Rent for its cutesy depic­tion of AIDS or dealing with personal tragedy, his sharp obser­vations and humorist’s flair for the absurd will have you positively reveling in the power of negativity.”

 Judge Ian Frazier, a two-time Thurber Prize winner, said of Half Empty: “These are funny, well-written, and soulful essays. There is a richness of experience here and his humor is both strong and very subtle.” 

Runners-up were: 

  Mike Birbiglia for Sleepwalk with Me and Other Painfully True Stories (Find in our catalog)

Summary:  “Hello, I am Mike Birbiglia and I want you to read my book. Too on the nose? Sorry. Let me dial it back. I’m Mike Birbiglia and I’m a comedian. You may know me from Comedy Central or This American Life or The Bob & Tom Show , but you’ve never seen me like this before. Naked. Wait, that’s the name of another book. Also I’m not naked as there are no pictures in my book. Also, if there were naked pictures of me, you definitely wouldn’t buy it, though you might sneak a copy into the back corner of the bookstore and show it to your friend and laugh. Okay, let’s get off the naked stuff. This is my first book. It’s difficult to describe. It’s a comedic memoir, but I’m only 32 years old so I’d hate for you to think I’m “wrapping it up,” so to speak. But I tell some personal stories. Some REALLY personal stories. Stories that I considered not publishing time and time again, especially when my father said, “Michael, you might want to stay away from the per sonal stuff.” I said, “Dad, just read the dedication.” (Which I’m telling you to do too.) Some of the stories are about my childhood, some are about girls I made out with when I was thirteen, some are about my parents, and some are, of course, about my bouts with sleepwalking. Bring this book to bed. And sleepwalk with me.”

  Rick Reilly for Sports from Hell: My Search for the World’s Dumbest Competition (Find in our catalog).

Summary:  “The most popular sports columnist in America puts his life (and dignity) on the line in search of the most absurd sporting event on the planet. What is the stupidest sport in the world? Not content to pontificate from the sidelines, Rick Reilly set out on a global journey–with stops in Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Denmark, England, and even a maximum security prison at Angola, Louisiana–to discover the answer to this enduring question. From the physically and mentally taxing sport of chess boxing to the psychological battlefield that is the rock-paper-scissors championship, to the underground world of illegal jart throwing, to several competitions that involve nudity, Reilly, in his valiant quest, subjected himself to both bodily danger and abject humiliation (or, in the case of ferret legging, both). These fringe sports offer their participants a chance to earn a few bucks and achieve the eternal glory that is winning–even when the victory in question might strike some as pointless, like the ability to sit in an oven-hot sauna for the longest time. It’s debatable whether these sports push the body or just human idiocy to the outermost limits, but one thing is for sure: Sports in Hell is laugh-out-loud hilarious and will deliver plenty of unabashed fun.”

Editor

The prize is sponsored by Thurber House and honors the author and publisher of the outstanding book of humor writing published in the U.S.

Editor

Librarians’ Choice – Top Historical Fiction You May Have Missed

Monday, November 28th, 2011

  All Other Nights: a Novel by Dara Horn (Find in our catalog)

Summary: “How is tonight different from all other nights? For Jacob Rappaport, a Jewish soldier in the Union army, it is a question his commanders have answered for him: on Passover in 1862 he is ordered to murder his own uncle, who is plotting to assassinate President Lincoln.After that night, will Jacob ever speak for himself? The answer comes when his commanders send him on another mission-this time not to murder a spy but to marry one. A page-turner rich with romance and the history of America (North and South), this is a book only Dara Horn could have written. Full of insight and surprise, layered with meaning, it is a brilliant parable of the moral divide that still haunts us: between those who value family first and those dedicated, at any cost, to social and racial justice for all.”

   The Coral Thief  by Rebecca Stott (Find in our catalog)

Summary: “In 1815 on his way to Paris, young medical student Daniel Conner is robbed of his letters of introduction and his rare coral samples by a mysterious woman. Thus begins his frantic search for his belongings and the thief in postrevolutionary Paris. To restore his name and appointment at the famous Jardin des Plantes botanical garden and museum, Daniel is drawn into an underground of thieves, philosophers, students, artists, and thugs. When he finally tracks down Lucienne, the beautiful coral thief, Daniel becomes intoxicated with her mystery and her vast knowledge of the natural world. As he learns about Lucienne’s dark secrets, Daniel is slowly pulled into a daring heist to steal a precious diamond hidden in the museum where he works.”

  Devil’s Dream by Madison Smartt Bell (Find in our catalog)

Summary: “A powerful new novel about Nathan Bedford Forrest, the most reviled, celebrated, and legendary, of Civil War generals. With the same eloquence, dramatic energy, and grasp of history that marked his previous works, Madison Smartt Bell gives us a wholly new vantage point from which to view this complicated American figure. Considered a rogue by the upper ranks of the Confederate Army, who did not properly use his talents, Forrest was often relegated to small-scale operations. In Devil’s Dream, Bell brings to life an energetic, plainspoken man who does not tolerate weakness in himself or in those around him. We see Forrest on and off the battlefield, in less familiar but no less revealing moments of his life: courting the woman who would become his wife; battling a compulsion to gamble; overcoming his abhorrence of the army bureaucracy to rise to its highest ranks. We see him treating his slaves humanely even as he fights to ensure their continued enslavement, and in battle we see his knack for keeping his enemy unsettled, his instinct for the unexpected, and his relentless stamina. As Devil’s Dream moves back and forth in time, providing prismatic glimpses of Forrest, a vivid portrait comes into focus: a rough, fierce man with a life fill of contradictions.”

  Four Freedoms by John Crowley (Find in our catalog)

Summary: “In his 11th novel, acclaimed author Crowley (Daemonomania) presents a work of historical fiction about several people working at an Oklahoma aviation factory during World War II. The company, run by two farsighted brothers, is attempting to produce a bomber plane extraordinaire. With the majority of able-bodied men away fighting, it is a disabled man, Prosper Olander, and several women working at the plant whose intimate lives become the story’s focus. Prosper’s various liaisons give readers a glimpse into all the characters’ backgrounds and experiences and show what led them to employment at the plant. Crowley interweaves scenes showing how the workers as a whole bond together in their plant-constructed housing and dance halls.”

  Parrot and Olivier in America by Peter Carey (Find in our catalog)

Summary: “From the two-time Booker Prize-winning author comes an irrepressibly funny new novel set in early nineteenth-century America. Olivier–an improvisation on the life of Alexis de Tocqueville–is the traumatized child of aristocratic survivors of the French Revolution. Parrot is the motherless son of an itinerant English printer. They are born on different sides of history, but their lives will be connected by an enigmatic one-armed marquis. When Olivier sets sail for the nascent United States–ostensibly to make a study of the penal system, but more precisely to save his neck from one more revolution–Parrot will be there, too: as spy for the marquis, and as protector, foe, and foil for Olivier. As the narrative shifts between the perspectives of Parrot and Olivier, between their picaresque adventures apart and together–in love and politics, prisons and finance, homelands and brave new lands–a most unlikely friendship begins to take hold. And with their story, Peter Carey explores the experiment of American democracy with dazzling inventiveness and with all the richness and surprise of characterization, imagery, and language that we have come to expect from this superlative writer.” From the Hardcover edition.

Editor

Book to Movie – We Bought a Zoo

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

  Cameron Crowe’s We Bought A Zoo will get ” a special early preview”  on Thanksgiving weekend, ahead of its official December 23 release date. Read more from Deadline.com “Once in a while, we’re lucky enough to have a picture to which audiences of all kinds and all ages respond so strongly, that it demands a big and unexpected event,” said the studio’s marketing department in a statement.  We Bought A Zoo stars Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, and Thomas Haden Church and is based on the true story by Benjamin Mee.  Copies of the book are available in Harford County Public Library.

Summary in our catalog: “Following the death of his father, Mee took on the challenge of helping his 76-year-old mother find a new home. This relatively simple task resulted in life-altering, unexpected outcomes, not the least of which was taking on the responsibility of owning and renovating a dilapidated zoo in rural England. Mee has a strong interest in animal behavior and was trained as a science journalist, which influenced his decision to move his family to a run down 30-acre zoo complete with animals. Readers will delight in his anecdotes, most notably about escapees Sovereign the jaguar and Parker the wolf, who attracted a fair share of media attention and antizoo feeling from the public. While the Mee family dream was coming to fruition, Mee’s wife, Katherine, suffered from the return of a brain tumor and died before the zoo was restored and reopened. The author’s touching description of this tragedy stands in contrast to his otherwise conversational tone and the humorous events depicted in the book.”

Editor

Two Inspirational Tiles Recommended by Christy

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

  Edge of Grace by Christa Allan (Find in our catalog)

What is Grace? Webster’s dictionary gives several definitions of Grace among them are mercy, clemency, free unmerited love and favor of God, a time or period in which to seek forgiveness, to dignify or honor.

In Edge of Grace, Christa Allan does an amazing job of showing the journey Caryn Becker takes through a roller coaster ride of disbelief, rejection and finally understanding when beloved brother tells her he’s gay.  This is the journey that Caryn begins the morning David calls and tells her he’s leaving for Mexico with a man.  The shock adds more stress to her already hectic life of trying to raise her son and run a catering business to support the family after the early death of her husband, Harrison.

Caryn has difficulty sorting out her reactions to David’s announcement.  At first, rejection of both David and this new life style seems her only option. What does she say to Lori, the girl David was to marry and to her friends?

Not until David is attacked and almost dies does Caryn realize she has to confront and get through her own prejudice and pain concerning homosexuality.  Making some hard choices about what really matters to her about family, her and Ben’s future and her faith takes Caryn to the Edge of Grace where she finds that God and love await.

  Water’s Edge by Robert Whitlow (Find in our catalog)

It is a though Tom Crane is standing on the water’s edge of his life:  his dream of becoming a partner in a high profile law firm is about to become a reality.  Before he can wade further into the deep waters of the law  he receives mysteriously word that his father has died in a boating accident.  This is to be the start of a chain of events that disrupts his life and brings his future in jeopardy.

To add to the disaster of losing his father in such a way, the firm where he hoped to make partner tells him there needs to be consolidation within the firm.   Tom loses his job.  Then his girlfriend lets him know by letter that she’s breaking up with him.

With both his faith and future shaken Tom returns to Bethel, Georgia to close his father’s law firm.  At his father’s firm he finds a secret bank account of $2 million dollars and evidence of a fraud operation.  Where will this trail of lies, deceit, theft and betrayal lead Tom as he seeks for answers and renewal of his wavering faith?

If you enjoyed this one you might enjoy the 3 other titles in the Tides of Truth series – Deeper Water, Higher Hope and Greater Love.

Christy

2011 World Fantasy Winners

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

The 2011 World Fantasy Awards were given out at the World Fantasy Convention in San Diego in October.  Read more… Winners include:

  Novel: Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor (Find in our catalog)

Summary: “An award-winning literary author presents her first foray into supernatural fantasy with a novel of post-apocalyptic Africa. In a far future, post-nuclear-holocaust Africa, genocide plagues one region. The aggressors, the Nuru, have decided to follow the Great Book and exterminate the Okeke. But when the only surviving member of a slain Okeke village is brutally raped, she manages to escape, wandering farther into the desert. She gives birth to a baby girl with hair and skin the color of sand and instinctively knows that her daughter is different. She names her daughter Onyesonwu, which means “Who Fears Death?” in an ancient African tongue. Reared under the tutelage of a mysterious and traditional shaman, Onyesonwu discovers her magical destiny-to end the genocide of her people. The journey to fulfill her destiny will force her to grapple with nature, tradition, history, true love, the spiritual mysteries of her culture-and eventually death itself.”

Novella: “The Maiden Flight of McCauley’s Bellerophon” by Elizabeth Hand (in Stories: All-New Tales)

Short Story: “Fossil-Figures” by Joyce Carol Oates (in Stories: All-New Tales)

  Stories: All-New Tales (Find in our catalog)

Summary: “This brilliant collection of all-new, original imaginative fiction contains some of the most acclaimed writers at work today–including Lawrence Block, Chuck Palahniuk, and Peter Straub. It is a visionary work sure to redefine our notions of great literature.”

Editor

Book to Movie

Monday, November 21st, 2011

The movie, We Need To Talk About Kevin  (see trailer), the adaptation of Lionel Shriver’s novel directed by Lynne Ramsay and starring  Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly and Ezra Miller, opens in limited release December 9.   The movie screened at  Cannes and recently won best picture at the London Film Festival.

Find this book in Harford County Public Library:

  Summary: “”If the question of who’s to blame for teenage atrocity intrigues news-watching voyeurs, it tortures our narrator, Eva Khatchadourian. Two years before the opening of the novel, her son, Kevin, murdered seven of his fellow high school students, a cafeteria worker, and the much-beloved teacher who had tried to befriend him. Because his sixteenth birthday arrived two days after the killings, he received a lenient sentence and is currently in a prison for young offenders in upstate New York.” “In relating the story of Kevin’s upbringing, Eva addresses her estranged husband, Frank, through a series of startingly direct letters. Fearing that her own shortcomings may have shaped what her son became, she confesses to a deep, long-standing ambivalence about both motherhood in general – and Kevin in particular. How much is her fault?” “We Need To Talk About Kevin offers no pat explanations for why so many white, well-to-do adolescents – whether in Pearl, Paducah, Springfield, or Littleton – have gone nihilistically off the rails while growing up in the most prosperous country in history. Instead, Lionel Shriver tells a compelling, absorbing, and resonant story with an explosive, haunting ending. She considers motherhood, marriage, family, and career – while framing these horrifying tableaus of teenage carnage as metaphors for the larger tragedy of a country where everything works, nobody starves, and anything can be bought but a sense of purpose.”–BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Editor

Sherlock Holmes – Reborn

Friday, November 18th, 2011

(Titles for this column were suggested by an article in Library Journal, 4/15/10, edited by Neal Wyatt.  All these books are available through Harford County Public Library.  Click on the links to the catalog to place your reserves)

There’s something about the fictional Sherlock Holmes that continues to capture writers’ imaginations.  Try some of these reincarnations of the Great Detective.

  The Italian Secretary by Caleb Carr (Find in our catalog)

Summary: “Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are summoned to the aid of Queen Victoria in Scotland by a telegram from Holmes’ brother, Mycroft, a royal advisor. Rushed northward on a royal train-and nearly murdered themselves en route-the pair are soon joined by Mycroft, and learn of the brutal killings of two of the Queen’s servants, a renowned architect and his foreman, both of whom had been working on the renovation of the famous and forbidding Royal Palace of Holyrood, in Edinburgh. Mycroft has enlisted his brother to help solve the murders that may be key elements of a much more elaborate and pernicious plot on the Queen’s life. But the circumstances of the two victims’ deaths also call to Holmes’ mind the terrible murder-in Holyrood-of “The Italian Secretary,” David Rizzio. Only Rizzio, a music teacher and confidante of Mary, Queen of Scots, was murdered three centuries ago. Holmes proceeds to alarm Watson with the announcement that the Italian Secretary’s vengeful spirit may have taken the lives of the two men as punishment for disturbing the scene of his assassination. Critically acclaimed, bestselling author Caleb Carr’s brilliant new offering takes the Conan Doyle tradition to remarkable new heights with this spellbinding tale.”

  The Language of Bees by Laurie R. King (Find in our catalog)

Summary: “In a case that will push their relationship to the breaking point, Mary Russell must help reverse the greatest failure of her legendary husband’s storied past–a painful and personal defeat that still has the power to sting…this time fatally. For Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, returning to the Sussex coast after seven months abroad was especially sweet. There was even a mystery to solve–the unexplained disappearance of an entire colony of bees from one of Holmes’s beloved hives. But the anticipated sweetness of their homecoming is quickly tempered by a galling memory from her husband’s past. Mary had met Damian Adler only once before, when the promising surrealist painter had been charged with–and exonerated from–murder. Now the talented and troubled young man was enlisting their help again, this time in a desperate search for his missing wife and child. When it comes to communal behavior, Russell has often observed that there are many kinds of madness. And before this case yields its shattering solution, she’ll come into dangerous contact with a fair number of them. From suicides at Stonehenge to a bizarre religious cult, from the demimonde of the Café Royal at the heart of Bohemian London to the dark secrets of a young woman’s past on the streets of Shanghai, Russell will find herself on the trail of a killer more dangerous than any she’s ever faced–a killer Sherlock Holmes himself may be protecting for reasons near and dear to his heart.”  The Beekeeper’s Apprentice is the first in King’s series about Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell, though all the books may be read alone.

  Oscar Wilde and a Death of No Importance by Gyles Brandreth (Find in our catalog)

Summary: “One of Britain’s premier royal biographers pens the first in a series of fiendishly clever and stylish historical murder mysteries Lovers of historical mystery will relish this chilling Victorian tale based on real events and cloaked in authenticity. Best of all, it casts British literature’s most fascinating and controversial figure as the lead sleuth. A young artist’s model has been murdered, and legendary wit Oscar Wilde enlists his friends Arthur Conan Doyle and Robert Sherard to help him investigate. But when they arrive at the scene of the crime they find no sign of the gruesome killing — save one small spatter of blood, high on the wall. Set in London, Paris, Oxford, and Edinburgh at the height of Queen Victoria’s reign, here is a gripping eyewitness account of Wilde’s secret involvement in the curious case of Billy Wood, a young man whose brutal murder served as the inspiration for The Picture of Dorian Gray . Told by Wilde’s contemporary — poet Robert Sherard — this novel provides a fascinating and evocative portrait of the great playwright and his own “consulting detective,” Sherlock Holmes creator, Arthur Conan Doyle.”

The Baker Street Letters by Michael Robertson (Find in our catalog)

Summary: “First in a spectacular new series about two brother lawyers who lease offices on London’s Baker Street and begin receiving mail addressed to Sherlock Holmes In Los Angeles, a geological surveyor maps out a proposed subway route – and then goes missing.  His eight-year-old daughter, in her desperation, turns to the one person she thinks might help – she writes a letter to Sherlock Holmes. That letter creates an uproar at 221b Baker Street, which now houses the law offices of attorney and man about town Reggie Heath and his hapless brother, Nigel. Instead of filing the letter like he’s supposed to, Nigel decides to investigate. Soon he’s flying off to Los Angeles, inconsiderately leaving a very dead body on the floor in his office. Big brother Reggie follows Nigel to California, as does Reggie’s sometime lover, Laura – a quick-witted stage actress who’s captured the hearts of both brothers.  When Nigel is arrested, Reggie must use all his wits to solve a case that Sherlock Holmes would have savored and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle fans will adore.”

Editor