Larry Greico, Gilpin County. Amanda Quick, a popular pseudonym for Jayne Ann Krentz, has a new romantic novel called Otherwise Engaged. This one centers around Miss Amity Doncaster, a world traveler who has frequently met with adventure in her storied life. As this book begins, Amity is accosted on a London street in broad daylight by a masked man. Wielding a sharp blade, he attempts to abduct her, but she fights him off and escapes. It becomes apparent that the masked man is known in the press as “the Bridegroom,” and he has “left a trail of female victims in his wake.” This fiend is “unwholesomely obsessed” by Amity’s relationship with Benedict Stanbridge, a man of science and a spy for the crown. In possession of scandalous allegations about Amity and Benedict, the Bridegroom attacks her reputation. Benedict refuses to “let this resourceful, daring woman suffer for her romantic link to him.” They both go after the Bridegroom, intent on ending his reign of terror in London. And in so doing, they must confront the powerful feelings they have for each other. Amanda Quick fans will not be disappointed with this new offering.
Stephen King is back with another novel of suspense and terror. In Mr. Mercedes, Bill Hodges, a depressed ex-cop contemplating suicide, is re-awakened and motivated by an obsession to find a serial killer who uses a vehicle, a Mercedes, to kill and maim. Bill has received a note from the killer, and is hell-bent on apprehending him before the next series of “vehicular homicides,” which may claim thousands this time. The killer is a man named Brady Hartfield, who lives with his mother, and who “loves the feel of death under the wheels of his Mercedes.” In an exciting battle between good and evil, King does equal justice to the mind of the pursuer and the mind of the crazed murderer. And he manages to keep you in suspense every step of the way.
Lastly this week, we’ve just added the new memoir by Hillary Rodham Clinton, Hard Choices. This long treatise (over 600 pages in all) is mainly about her four years as Secretary of State in the first term of the Obama administration. All of Secretary Clinton’s crises, choices, and challenges are described here in great detail. “All of us face hard choices in our lives. Life is about making such choices. Our choices and how we handle them shape the people we become,” she writes in her foreword. In the years in President Obama’s cabinet, she had to decide with the president “how to repair fractured alliances, wind down two wars, and address a global financial crisis.” As is well documented, Secretary Clinton visited 112 countries, traveled nearly one million miles, and “gained a truly global perspective on many of the major trends reshaping the landscape of the 21st century, from economic inequality to climate change to revolutions in energy, communications, and health.”
The Summer Reading Program for kids is called Rock Out With a Good Book! As in the past, all you need to do is register by filling out a simple form. Then, read, read, read! Every week you turn in a slip with at least one book read, you get to pick out your own prize from the library’s display case. This goes on all summer, nine weeks in all. In the first week, more than 67 kids registered, which marks the best start we’ve had in years. The program runs June, July, and into August, and comes to a rousing conclusion on Saturday, Aug. 9, with the annual Meadow Gold ice cream party, featuring lots of grand prize drawings. Registration is open all summer, so come on board any time you want.