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Showcased Author Author Sandra Brannan lived in Wyoming, Washington DC, Washington state, and Colorado, before returning to her hometown in South Dakota. Brannan's other mystery thrillers include "Lot's Return to Sodom" and "Noah's Rainy Day."

Character Liv "Boots" Bergen is shocked when the body of a stunning college intern working in her Colorado limestone quarry is found on the shores of a nearby reservoir. The clues are scarce, except that the crime scene appears to be a macabre, intricately staged tableau.  

The first in the Liv Bergen Mystery series, "In the Belly of Jonah," is an engrossing story with a memorable protagonist that will have readers eagerly awaiting Sandra Brannan's next book.

Weekly Online Book Club The DearReader.com Book Club offers many selections to Internet patrons. Each book runs for five days, Monday through Friday. Some genres offer selections every other week. Check out this service by registering at the library's Web site, http://vpl.sdln.net<http://vpl.sdln.net/> and clicking on the book club icon. The Online Book Club is asking it's readers to write and tell what they enjoy about this special library.  

E-mails can be sent to Susan@DearReader.com.The following selections for the week of November 29th, 2010 are:

AUDIO BOOK: Tell-All, by Chuck Palahniuk

BUSINESS: Appetite for America, by Stephen Fried

FICTION: Major Pettigrew's Last Stand, by Helen Simonson

GOOD NEWS: Shades of Morning, by Marlo Schalesky

MYSTERY: Mrs. Jeffries and the Yuletide Weddings, by Emily Brightwell

NON-FICTION: French Toast, by Harriet Welty Rochefort

PRE-PUB:  Please check on-line for this selection.ROMANCE: Pure Temptation, by Connie Mason

SCIENCE FICTION: Do Unto Others, by Michael Z. Williamson

TEEN:  Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer, by John Grisham

THRILLER:  Revenge Served Cold, by Jackie Fullerton

CLASSICS UPCOMING BOOK FOR NOVEMBER:  The Penguin Book of Gaslight Crime

New Adult Mystery 

Fans of the Isabel Dalousie mystery series will be excited to read the latest and most felicitous addition, "The Charming  Quirks of Others," by Alexander McCall Smith. Isabel has been asked to help in a rather sticky situation. A successor is being sought for the headmaster at a local boy's school. When Isabel looks into the pasts of three final candidates, she finds out more than she bargained for.

For once, it seems, no one is trying to pin a murder on Eleanor Swift, owner of the scrumptious pizzeria A Slice of Delight in the quiet town of Timber Ridge, North Carolina. But someone has to answer for that body in her kitchen. "Pepperoni Pizza Can Be Murder," by Chris Cavender serves up more trouble than the slices on a large pizza.

Billy Boyle, the Irish-American Boston cop turned US Army detective, is sent to London to investigate the murder of a Soviet embassy official. Billy's uncle Ike, aka General Eisenhower is taking the murder seriously wanting to avoid a breach with the Russian allies. Author James R. Benn adds another hit to his World War II mystery series with "Bag and Bone."

World War I nurse Bess Crawford, introduced in mystery "A Duty to the Dead," returns in an exciting new adventure in which murder draws Bess inexorably into the sights of a cunning killer. In the early summer of 1917 Nurse Crawford has returned to England from the trenches of France with a convoy of severely wounded men. New York Times bestselling author Charles Todd is back with "An Impartial Witness."

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