New Additions New Hardcovers New Paperbacks New Large Print New Audio Book Awards Book Reviews Location Index Job Index Historical Index Diversity Index Genre Index Read-Alikes About this Site FAQ Newsletter Giveaway SYKM Store Contact Us Home Paul Adam Paganini’s Ghost (Minotaur 2010) finds Gianni Castiglione, an aging luthier (violin maker) in Cremona, Italy, in the process of examining an Italian national treasure, Nicoló Paganini’s priceless violin named while rehearsing for the evening concert in the Cremora cathedral.Gianni repairs the bridge, and accepts an invitation to a party following the concert from the grateful young violinist.Ellis has mostly come to terms with his changed circumstances, and enjoys the isolation that keeps his violent streak in check.
Jussi Adler-Olsen The Keeper of Lost Causes [Dutton 2011, Denmark 2007] introduces Carl Mørck, an experienced homicide detective in Copenhagen, Denmark, recovering from a shooting that left one partner dead and another paralyzed.
Since Carl is obviously not ready to resume full time duties, his boss makes him the head of the new one-man Department Q, responsible for cold cases deserving special scrutiny.
Ellis’s quest for the truth leads him to an uneasy partnership with a young journalist who wrote sympathetically about his fall from grace, and the two uncover some unpleasant secrets of Toronto’s rich and powerful.
The investigation forces Ellis to question his life as a hermit as the human connections reawaken his need for companionship.
Willow’s best friend Kaylee and three others have already opened textile boutiques in Threadville, to the dismay of some of the locals, who are concerned that women will soon vastly outnumber the men.
Worried about making ends meet in her new endeavor, Willow applies for a building permit to renovate the tiny cottage at the back of her property next to the creek.
After a few rocky weeks when Lizzie was forced to stop smoking, she surprised everyone by beginning to thrive physically, though still coping with short-term memory loss.
Unfortunately, Lizzie’s savings had been drastically reduced years ago by an unfortunate investment in a shopping mall venture run by William “Bull” Severn.
During his search, Ellis is asked by another street person to check on her daughter Moonstar, who is also living on the street.
Moonstar declares that she is fine under the protection of her pimp, but tells Ellis that pregnant girls have been vanishing from the Second Chance Hostel for Women.
The crime at the center of this book is chilling, but the book is not at all bleak.