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January 12, 2007 Edition

Insight, by Sylvia Browne

Browne, who has been working as a psychic for fifty years, writes about her early years as well as some of her more recent cases. By the time she was in elementary school, her friends accepted Browneís visions as normal for her, but she went through a period of denial as a young adult when she feared for her sanity. Encouraged by friends she made at university, she regained her confidence in her psychic abilities, and now regularly helps people contact deceased loved ones, discover their past lives, and become healed of emotional, psychological, and physical wounds.

No Regrets, and Other True Cases, by Ann Rule

Seven new cases are here for True Crime fans, including one involving a retired sea captain in Seattle whose disappearance at the age of 80 left police and family wondering. Known for his philandering, and also for bouts of depression, Neslundís family believed he could have run off with a woman as easily as committing suicide, but the truth was much grimmer and took years to reveal. The other six cases range from national headliners to small local mysteries which, under Ruleís experienced hand, become gripping page-turners.

Death Without Company, by Craig Johnson

Set in Wyoming, this features Sheriff Longmire in his second book, this time trying to solve the mysterious death of a Basque woman in an assisted-living facility. Mari Barojaís death by poison leads Longmire deep into the communityís past and soon his dreams of a young Mari lead him to discover another murder that took place 50 years earlier. But when he solves the mystery, he finds that he was one of only a few in town kept in the dark.

Once upon a Day, by Lisa Tucker

Two parallel stories intertwine here: the first is of a young man and his sister who have escaped from their fatherís isolated safe haven into the modern world in search of the truth about their motherís death. The second story is that of their parents: how they met and how their fatherís obsessive and controlling nature ruined their motherís career. In their quest for truth, Jimmy and Dorothea are yanked from their comfortable lives and assumptions into a modern world full of surprises, some good, some horrible.

The Second Wives Club, by Jane Moore

Four women come together for support in this chick-lit novel. All four are second partners to their husbands, whose children they raise and whose first wives they have to contend with, but their circumstances are very different. Not all the women are admirable: Alison has actually helped her husbandís first marriage break up and Julia prides herself on being the perfect trophy wife. But Susanís troubles stem from her inability to measure up to Caitlyn, who died a tragic and youthful death, and Fiona has a surly 16-year old stepson she wants to befriend. They are all earnestly trying to work things out, with mixed success. An interesting take on the difficulties of expectations and etiquette in family life today.

The Long Night of Winchell Dear, by Robert James Waller

Fans of Wallerís romances might not find this to their tastes, but those who like tales of drug-running, card-sharking, and Texas ranching will have it made. Winchell Dear has been playing poker since he was in his teens, and is a good and honest player with excellent instincts. Tonight, his instincts are telling him that something is wrong, and he stays up playing solitaire with his gun at his side while elsewhere on his ranch, his housekeeper welcomes a drug runner, a squatter keeps watch, a hungry rattlesnake hunts its prey, and two well-dressed thugs draw ever closer.

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