Also check out THE MILL RIVER REDEMPTION by Darcie Chan, about a widow who starts over in a small town in Vermont with her young daughters. who later become estranged and move away. After their mother’s death, they are then brought back to the town to hunt for a hidden key to a safe deposit box left by their mother with their inheritance inside. (Kinda like various clues to hidden money that made news recently.) Amy Rubinate narrates, and told me this about the novel and the previous The Mill River Recluse: “I thought both books were beautifully written, with a kind of timeless grace. I like to imagine several generations all enjoying them together; they're books my mom and grandmother and I would have shared. Hope you love them as much as I do! This is the kind of series where you might want to read both books. The first book adds a lot of depth and history to the second one.”
Also new is Haruki Murakami’s COLORLESS TSUKURU TAZAKI, read by Bruce Locke. Murakami is Japan’s greatest writer, author of many bestsellers described as “enigmatic and astonishing.” And THE SLEEPWALKER’S GUIDE TO DANCING by Mira Jacob concerns an East Indian woman coming to live in New Mexico and Seattle in order to confront her family’s painful past. Not without humor, it is read with surprising deftness by the author, which is not always the case! And Preston & Child are back with THE LOST ISLAND (once interviewed for this site), a Gideon Crew novel about a page stolen from the mysterious illuminated manuscript “The Book of Kells” which leads a sick Crew to a Caribbean island that promises many answers to cryptic riddles. The novel is more quickly paced (at least chapter-wise) than some of the duo’s previous creations, perhaps taking cues from James Patterson? Reader this time is David W. Collins, a sound designer for games and TV commercials (much like Paul Heitsch.) Also noteworthy for any alpha males reading this, SNIPER’S HONOR by Stephen Hunter inserts his ace rifleman Swagger into a plan to blow a Russian advance a-la the “Dirty Dozen,” with lots of guns and grenades used in a terrorist plot to which Swagger can direct his skills. Nice tie between present day and WW2, if you’re into combat strategy and the technical aspects of ballistics.