Tatiana : an Arkady Renko novel

Name: Eileen Effrat

Author: Martin Cruz Smith

Title: Tatiana : an Arkady Renko novel

What he/she said about the book: Arakady Renko, Senior Investigator for Very Important Cases in Moscow, is still on the job after 30 years. Politically and socially,things have not changed much. Putin’s “New Russia” is just as corrupt as Renko’s first police investigation at Gorky Park in 1981. This is the 8th novel in the series and Renko is just as cynical and persistent as always. A Russian investigative reporter reputedly jumps from a window,a crime boss is gunned down,and a Swiss translator on business in Kaliningrad is murdered; all three within days. The key to these seemingly unrelated events is a notebook left behind by the translator. As the action shifts between Moscow and Kaliningrad,Smith vividly portrays daily life in Russia. This latest book in the series does not disappoint.

Summer Reading Club: SUMMERS LEASE

From adele gresser

Title: SUMMERS LEASE

Author: JOHN MORTIMER

THE CHARACTERS ARE SOMETIMES EXPERIENCING LAUGHTER OR NEED SYMPATHY. MRS. MOLLY PARGETER FROM ENGLAND GOES LOOKING FOR A VACATION HOMR IN ITSLY FOR 3 WEEKS IN AUGUST. SHE READS AN ADVERTISEMENT AND ITS IN THE CITY OF TUSCANY. AGAINST HER HUSBSND’S APPRVAL SHE GOES TO INSPECT THE VILLA WHICH IS LARGE AND HAS A POOL. SHE APPROVES OF IT EVEN THOUGH THE OWNER LEFT SOME INSTRUCTIONS THAT SEEMED UNUSUAL. SOME OF THE REQUIREMENTS WERE THE RENTER HAD TO BE HALF OF A COUPLE AND AS REQUESTED IN THEIR 40S WITH 3 FEMALE CHILDREN.THE REQUEST IS SIGNED BY S. KETTERING WHO WILL BE AWAY DURING THIS PERIOD OF TIME. MOLLY HAS A WIERD FATHER WHO WANTSTO GO ALONG WITH THEM BUT SHE FINDS HIM A PROBLEM. HE IS IN HIS 60S, HAS A STRONG SEX DRIVE AND FANCT=YS HIMSELF A WRITER. WHEN SHE SAYS OK HE GES TO A NEWSPAPER AND OFFERS TO WRITE DAILY COLUMNS ON LIFE IN TUSCANY FOR SOME SPONSOFRSHIP MONEY. MOLLY’S HUSBAND IN ENFLAND IS HAVING AN AFFAIR UNBEKN OWST TO MOLLY. THEY ALL GO TO THE VILLA AND FOR THREE WEEKS THEY SEEM TO BE ENJOYU=ING THE VACATION. HOWEVER, SOMETHING GOES WRONG WITH THW WATER SUPPLY. THE WELL IS INSPECTED AND FIND OUT IT IS BLOCKED. STILL NO DRINKING, WASHING OR POOL WATER. THINGS HAPPEN ALL ABOUT THE PARGETERS THAT ARE COSTLY, FUNNY AND SAD.

Summer Reading Club Review: Memoirs of a Happy Failure

From Tonie Shannon

Title: Memoirs of a Happy Failure

Author: Alice von Hildebrand

This book is about the life of Alice von Hildebrand. She writes mostly about her 37 years at Hunter College in New York City where she experienced systematic opposition because she defended truth with reason , wit & love & liberated her students from the oppressive relativism of the day. It took her 23 years to get her full professorship. She was a patient & courageous lady.

Summer Reading Club Review: The Story of Us

From Laura Caran

Title: The Story of Us

Author: Dani Atkins

The book starts out with a horrific auto accident. Three girls were in the car and one died and the other two were injured. One girl is trapped in the car and a complete stranger passing by saves her life. The car blew up after he got her out. The story unravels with her life, and her friends’ lives who were with her in car, and she finds out her best friend who died slept with her fiancé. Ultimately, she leaves her fiancé because of that and ends up marrying the guy who saved her life. They had a long history together – 40 years!