Daily Archives: August 28, 2011

In Search of Rose Notes by Emily Arsenault (Review #2)

In Search of Rose NotesReviewed by Caryn St. Clair

As In Search of the Rose Notes opens, sixteen years have past since the event that shapes this novel. Nora, through whose eyes we follow the story, has just heard from Charlotte for the first time since the girls left for college. Charlotte has contacted Nora to let her know that a skeleton has been found that is believed to be Rose, their long missing babysitter. Nora returns to the town she grew up in and stays with Charlotte during the re-opened investigation.

Sixteen years earlier, Nora lived with her single mother on the same street with her classmate Charlotte. Since Nora and Charlottes’ mothers worked together and the girls were best friends, Charlotte’s family hired Rose, a local teenager to watch the girls after school each day. Their after school activities follow the expected path of snacks, homework and television, until the girls discovered a set of Time-Life books on various supernatural subjects in Charlotte’s older brother’s closet. From then on, the world of hypnotic states, dream interpretation, Ouiji boards and communicating with ghosts consume the girls time.

One evening after Charlotte’s father came home, Rose walked Nora home as usual, and continued up the hill to her house-or so everyone thought. Rose not only didn’t arrive home that evening, she was not seen again. Charlotte and Nora decide to investigate by using the Time-Life books.

Moonlight Mile by Dennis Lehane (Review #2)

Midnight Mile by Dennis LehaneReviewed by Allen Hott

The song Moonlight Mile written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards is used to aptly describe this Dennis Lehane mystery. “But I am just about a Midnight Mile down the road” pretty well sums up where the supposedly lost girl in the story is.

About 10 years ago Patrick Kenzie and Angie Gennaro had worked as private investigators finding a four-year-old girl who had been kidnapped. Happily they were able to find her but then unhappily she was reunited with her mother who was worthless and the girl was actually worse off back home.

Since that time Kenzie and Gennaro had married and had a daughter of their own. Angie had become pretty much a stay at home parent while Patrick worked hard at finding steady employment. He was trying to get on with an agency which would afford him better benefits and stable income but that was not that easy.

One night out of the blue the aunt of the girl who had been kidnapped years ago called Patrick and told him that Amanda was again missing. Not for sure if kidnapped again or more than likely just a runaway. The aunt badgered Patrick into hunting for Amanda again because the aunt felt that Patrick should have known that the kidnappers years ago offered Amanda a much better chance at a good life than her own mother offered her.

Families and Other Nonreturnable Gifts by Claire LaZebnik

Families and Other Nonreturnable GiftsReviewed by Julie Moderson

What a wonderful, pleasant book! it is the kind of novel that you love from beginning to end.

Keats Sedlak has an odd family; her father is a Harvard professor and 20 years older than her mother. Keats has been dating and living with Tom; they started dating when she was 15 and Tom was 21. Keats has an older sister Hopkins who is a neurosurgeon and a younger brother Melton who seems to be a recluse. Keats and her boyfriend Tom really don’t like her family so they spend as little time as possible with them. Keats thinks her family doesn’t like Tom and she is right They think he isn’t good enough for her. She has always felt inadequate to her family because everyone is more intelligent than she is or so she thinks.