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The Promise of a Lie
The Promise of a Lie
by Howard Roughan
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Second Novel, June 23 2004
This review is from: The Promise of a Lie (Hardcover)
David Remler, Psychologist, also happens to be the bestselling author of The Human Pendulum which points out that even the mild-mannered have the power to do evil lurking inside of them. Just when David is contemplating dating again, new patient Samantha Kent turns up.
Sam, as she likes to be called, is a beautiful woman afraid that she is going to kill her husband. Sympathy and attraction combine to send Dr. Remler over the acceptable lines of doctor/patient relationship and he finds himself thrust headlong into disaster.
David runs into Sam at a fundraiser and accepts her offer to cook dinner at his place. He escorts her home by taxi, relieved that he has not given in to his attraction for her.
Two days later, at 2:30 a.m. Samantha calls Remler, saying she has killed her husband. Her voice sounds drugged, but she won't answer David's questions. He races to her house and finds the door open and her husband stabbed to death, but cannot find either Samantha or her son.
David frantically searches the house from top to bottom, desperate to stop more tragedy. David is also surprised to notice that the dead man's face is familiar to him, though he can't remember where.
The police arrive before David has a chance to call them and immediately becomes their main suspect.
Quickly, Dr. Remler discovers that he has been masterfully framed to take the blame for this murder. The murder weapon is his - a knife taken from his kitchen and found outside the dead man's bedroom window. There is no child and the real Samantha Kent has been in Boston all weekend. She has kept her maiden name, but was very much married to the dead Conrad Birch. So who is the Mystery Patient? Will "The Human Pendulum," Dr. Remler's bestseller, be his downfall?
Questions fly and Remler's lawyers race to answer them and save his good name while keeping him out of prison.
Howard Roughan has given readers an astonishing good read in "The Promise of a Lie," proving that his successful first novel "The Up and Comer" wasn't a fluke. His work is outstanding for one who has only written two books. Readers will be thrilled to discover a new author whose work they can devour for many years to come.

Candle In The Darkness
Candle In The Darkness
by Lynn Austin
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 13.60
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Characters Make This Story Even Better, June 23 2004
This review is from: Candle In The Darkness (Paperback)
Caroline Fletcher was brought up in a family and a state that believed slavery was a biblically-tolerant designation. In her world, the slaves were more like members of her family.
She loved them unconditionally and received that same type of love in return. In some instances, they were more like kin to her than her own parents.
Caroline's world was shattered, however, when one morning her best friend, the son of her mammy, was dragged away kicking and screaming to the slave auction as his mother and the others watched in helpless abandon.
Following this horrible experience, Caroline was forced to re-examine everything she had previously taken for granted. What she saw, especially upon visiting "slave row" on her aunt and uncle's estate, was beyond her imagining.
Unable to ignore what she now viewed as a deplorable existence, Caroline found herself becoming a firm believer of the abolitionist movement. Through years of personal turmoil and a raging war between the states, she was able to always keep hold of her faith and let God guide her way thanks to the wise words of her good friend and confidante, Eli...It's not our will be done, it's Thy will be done.

The Light of Eidon
The Light of Eidon
by Karen Hancock
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars First Installment of a New Fantasy Series, June 23 2004
This review is from: The Light of Eidon (Paperback)
Abramm Kalladorne was born a prince of Kiriath, but with four elder brothers his chances of becoming king were nearly nonexistent. Or so he thought.
Lacking the physical strength and agility of his brethren, Abramm renounced his titles, shed his family name and joined the Mataio, a religious order whose duty it was to guard the flames of Eidon.
After serving eight years as a Novice Initiate, Abramm is returning home to touch the flames and be accepted into the rank of Guardian.
And that's where Abramm's orderly life ceases to exist and chaos moves to the forefront. Within moments of setting foot upon Kiriath soil, Abramm learns he has become next in line to the throne and his spiritual leader is a fraud whose sole purpose was to train Abramm to be a pawn. Even worse, his brothers feel threatened by his mere presence and he is forced to leave Kiriath once again. This time, having been sold into slavery by his own family.
Abramm's ensuing struggles require a level of faith he's not sure he possesses any longer. Eidon, however, has plans for this young prince. He has a reason for everything and makes the most of even the worst scenarios.
Despite the torturous life Abramm has been led into, he's to be the deliverer of a suppressed race. He just needs to openly acknowledge the "truth" that in his heart he's been closer to realizing with each passing day.
In time, Abramm will become the Guardian-King.

Ain't She Sweet?
Ain't She Sweet?
by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Humorous Read Full of Drama and Sexy Romps, June 23 2004
This review is from: Ain't She Sweet? (Hardcover)
Sugar Beth Carey once reigned over the townspeople of Parrish, Mississippi. The small town girl with big city dreams left behind her life in Parrish to embark on bigger and better things and vowed never to return to the mess she left behind.
Fifteen years later, with three marriages under her belt and nothing to show for it but a mangy hound with a bad attitude, Sugar Beth is forced to return to Parrish. She is no longer the beauty queen that everyone adored.
Sugar Beth returns looking more like a high end hooker without a cent to her name in search of a famous painting she inherited and is in desperate need of finding in order to regain her financial footing. She must now face all the skeletons in her closet and the people whose lives she ruined.
Colin Byrne, once a school teacher of Sugar Beth, is now a famous writer. He seeks revenge on Sugar Beth for ruining his life with the lie that he tried to get her into bed while she was his student. Now Colin owns Frenchmen's Bride, the mansion that once belonged to Sugar Beth's family.
Without a penny to her name, Sugar Beth is forced to stay in the carriage house of Frenchmen's Bride while she searches for her painting. She must also face her half sister Winnie who is her father's love child whom she spent her childhood fighting for the love and attention of her father over.
Winnie now has the upper hand on Sugar Beth. Their father's estate was left to her and when Sugar Beth ran off to marry another man, she also left behind Ryan Galantine for Winnie to snatch up and marry.
There are many of Sugar Beth's other childhood friends whom she betrayed and they all vow to make her pay upon her return to Parrish. Colin and Sugar Beth wrestle with a passionate, yet hateful relationship. Colin tries hard to concentrate more on his revenge and less on Sugar Beth's beauty and she tries to ignore the attraction between them to concentrate more on finding her famous painting.
The pace of the book will keep readers enthralled with all of its secrets and steamy romps between Colin and Sugar Beth.

I Dreamed I Married Perry Mason: A Cece Caruso Mystery
I Dreamed I Married Perry Mason: A Cece Caruso Mystery
by Susan Kandel
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars Witty, Fun and Suspenseful, May 12 2004
Mystery buff Cece Caruso is busy digging around through research for her biography of the legendary Erle Stanley Gardner, creator of Perry Mason when she finds herself in the middle of her own mystery to solve. Running from creepy men that chase her, interviewing murderers and trying to salvage her daughter's collapsing marriage is more than Cece bargained for.

While doing research for her book, Cece comes across a letter written by Joseph Albaco who was accused and found guilty of murdering his wife. Looking over all of the details of the trial, Cece is not convinced that Joseph is guilty. An interview with Joseph and a brief chat with the prison chaplain intensify her belief that he may have been wrongly accused.
Cece embarks on an adventurous journey of finding a killer, breaking into crime scenes, discovering dead bodies and attempting to finish her book all the while helping her daughter try to salvage her marriage. Can she keep up with all of these tasks AND manage to not get herself killed?

Leaving Cecil Street
Leaving Cecil Street
by Diane McKinney-Whetstone
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Intense Story About a Close-Knit Community, May 12 2004
This review is from: Leaving Cecil Street (Hardcover)
Welcome to Cecil Street; a strip of West Philadelphia inhabited by an interesting group of black Americans. The year is 1969. Afros abound, jazz music is "hot" and the topics of the day include the Vietnam War and hippies.
In Leaving Cecil Street, Diane McKinney-Whetstone vividly portrays a neighborhood that is pleasant to both the eye and heart as she gives us an intimate look at the innermost thoughts of the people.
In the story, we are privy to the private thoughts of only a few of the people in the neighborhood. There is Joe, a passionate saxophone player who in sadness of having to lay down his instrument to start a family has discovered other ways to fulfill his passion. His wife Louise, who has a significant lack of compassion and empathy and a fear of pain, is ironically a successful nurse. Their daughter Shay is a typical teenager faced with the challenge of dealing with love lost-both between her parents and her and her best friend.
Their churchy next-door neighbor Alberta is so ostracized by everyone for her decision to follow a strict religious group, it's a wonder she remains on Cecil Street. Neet is Alberta's daughter. The innocence she thinks she has reclaimed with love causes an eerie catastrophe that affects everyone on Cecil Street. Deucie, a character who unknowing to everyone, becomes a mysterious resident of Cecil Street.
As the story progresses, we learn more and more about how each of the characters is disconnected from the rest, until at the last party of the story, we discover they are more connected than they could have ever imagined.

Not the End of the World: Stories
Not the End of the World: Stories
by Kate Atkinson
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Anthology Painting the Picture of the End of the World, May 12 2004
Not the End of the World is an anthology of loosely related pieces. These stories all drift around the common theme of the End of the World. Whether it is on a global scale, or simply changing one's path through life, these World Ending events are never addressed directly. Like so many people, the characters in "Not the End of the World," rarely meet their fate directly. Then again, events that often appear to be the End of the World are not really the end of the world at all.
In keeping with the theme of not facing an event directly, what is most intriguing about these pieces is not the central plot, but rather the peripheral occurrences. For example, in the first piece "Charlene and Trudi Go Shopping," the plot is summed up by the first sentence, "'I want,' Charlene said to Trudi, 'to buy my mother a birthday present.'" In the end, Charlene finds a present; however, that is not what is fascinating about the story. What is fascinating are the details in the periphery hinting that the end of the world is nigh. It is a world where men see how drunk they can get before the curfew, bombs explode in the distance and the city runs out of diesel and gin. But these details do not directly relate to the selection of a birthday present.
In the subsequent pieces, the intriguing peripheral aspects come in the form of defining a larger picture. How are these vignettes related? On the surface, these pieces are related through the relationships between the characters of each story. There is though a deeper relationship, just waiting for reader to tease it out.
Despite the lack of a emphasis on plot, this collection is continuously fascinating. What "Not the End of the World," has to say about life is not something that can be easily expressed. Like any good magician, Kate Atkinson does not reveal how she performs her tricks.

Train: A Novel
Train: A Novel
by Pete Dexter
Edition: Hardcover
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Honest But Bleak Journey, May 12 2004
This review is from: Train: A Novel (Hardcover)
Miller Packard plays games with himself. He pushes life right up to the edge and then balances there as long as possible. His life is a mess. When he meets black caddy Lionel "Train" Walk, he hasn't lost his propensity for drama and has discovered a talented young golfer prohibited by an invisible yet ever present color barrier.
As the story progresses, complicated Packard strikes up a relationship with Nora, a woman who survives a terrible attack in which she is raped and two black men kill her husband. Tension builds when Packard begins to either expose or exploit Train's golfing talents for profit - neglecting Nora. Three lives dance in an ugly, circular motion.
Climb aboard for a bleak ride through the lives of confused souls. In this well-written story, happiness seems an elusive proposition. This raw story is told without apology from a decidedly male perspective.
Don't expect the journey to be pretty. Expect it to be honest.

Dead Witch Walking
Dead Witch Walking
by Kim Harrison
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: CDN$ 9.02
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Debut Novel, May 12 2004
White witch Rachel Morgan has been a bounty hunter for Inderland Security for the last three years and it's been a constant bumbling battle for good assignments to prove her worth. She's become bored and disillusioned with the job and she wants out. Problem is, retiring from I.S. means a swift and sure retirement from life. The I.S. doesn't take kindly to broken contracts.
She's got a risky idea that may get her around that, though...if she lives long enough to see it through. Rachel figures that if she can tag the largest brimstone dealer in the Hollows and Cincinnati area, she'll be able to get her contract paid off. However, getting the evidence to bring him down will be far from easy.
With the help of her pixy bodyguard and her living vampire roommate, she may just succeed. If she can quit getting caught.
Enter Kim Harrison's gripping debut novel and step into a world unlike any other. A world of vampires, pixies and fairies, witches and werewolves. A place where humans not only can no longer deny such beings exist, but in some cases, embrace the fact.
Harrison is sure to find success with this preternatural tale of intrigue. The individual characteristics of the bounty-hunting trio entwine to form a bewitching and mysteriously endearing partnership and add further depth to an already captivating tome. Welcome to The Hollows. Watch your back.

Murder Walks the Plank
Murder Walks the Plank
by Carolyn G. Hart
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Part of an Ongoing Series But Also a Great Stand Alone, May 12 2004
This review is from: Murder Walks the Plank (Hardcover)
Mystery book store owner Annie Darling and the Death on Demand crew are back to brainstorm over a new whodunit that once again puts their fiction-obsessed minds to real use.
Annie has arranged a mystery cruise complete with hidden treasure and an interactive play meant to entertain and maybe even drum up some extra business. The evening takes a nosedive, however, when a well-loved guest plunges off the deck into the waters below.
Annie and her cohorts are unconvinced by the ruling that the fall was an accident. And when it's followed by the apparent suicide of a woman who is found to be acquainted not only with the unfortunate cruise guest, but also a recently murdered man, it seems that the police chief may have to pay closer attention to Annie's ideas.
In an almost competitive partnership, the small group of amateur sleuths "take over" the investigation, determined to prove something more sinister is going on than mere coincidence. If the clues aren't pulled together in time, the next victim(s) might be closer than Annie can handle.
While Murder Walks the Plank is part of an ongoing series, it has the capability of standing alone at the same time that it awakens curiosity toward, what may be for some, previously unexplored tomes. Characters such as the indomitable Annie with a mind that holds an eternal fount of mystery-book-garnered knowledge, her doting and indulgent husband, and her author friend whose attitude is just as overly-confident, demanding and often-annoying as the protagonist in her own novels pull the reader inexorably into the depths of don't-stop-'til-the-last-page readability. With the delightful cast and steadily-rising suspense that explodes in a climactic scene, Carolyn Hart's fifteenth "Death on Demand" novel holds firmly to its footing on the "plank" of success.

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