Handful of Suggested Titles for Book Clubs Part 3

Continuing after Part 2   THE MERMAID COLLECTOR by Erika Marks
More than a century ago, lighthouse keeper Linus Harris left his beloved wife and waded into the ocean with three other men to reunite with their mermaid lovers. The mysterious Mermaid Mutiny of 1888 has become legend for the residents of Cradle Harbor, Maine, honored by the town’s Mermaid Festival every August, when wind chimes are hung from seaside porches to drown out the alluring sound of mermaid song.

For thirty-five-year-old Tess Patterson, the legend is more than folklore; it’s proof of life’s magic. A hopeless romantic who is profoundly connected to the ocean in which she lost her mother, Tess ekes out a living as a wood-carver and longs to find a love as mystical as the sea. But when she’s hired to carve the commemorative mermaid sculpture for the coming festival, a chance to win the town’s elusive acceptance might finally be in her grasp.

For Tom Grace, life’s magic was lost at eighteen, when the death of his parents left him to care for his reckless brother, Dean. Now thirty-five and the new owner of Cradle Harbor’s prized lightkeeper’s house, Tom hopes the quiet town will calm Dean’s self-destructive ways. But when Tom discovers Tess working on her sculpture, an unlikely and passionate affair ignites between them that just might be the stuff of legend itself—even as it brings to the surface a long-buried secret that could tear everything apart.

THE INNER CIRCLE by Brad Meltzer
Beecher White, a young archivist, spends his days working with the most important documents of the U.S. government. He has always been the keeper of other people’s stories, never a part of the story himself…

When Clementine Kaye, Beecher’s first childhood crush, shows up at the National Archives asking for his help tracking down her long-lost father, Beecher tries to impress her by showing her the secret vault where the President of the United States privately reviews classified documents. After they accidentally happen upon a priceless artifact – a 200 hundred-year-old dictionary that once belonged to George Washington, hidden underneath a desk chair, Beecher and Clementine find themselves suddenly entangled in a web of deception, conspiracy, and murder.

Soon a man is dead, and Beecher is on the run as he races to learn the truth behind this mysterious national treasure. His search will lead him to discover a coded and ingenious puzzle that conceals a disturbing secret from the founding of our nation. It is a secret, Beecher soon discovers, that some believe is worth killing for.

Gripping, fast-paced, and filled with the fascinating historical detail for which he is famous, THE INNER CIRCLE is a thrilling novel that showcases a brilliant author writing at the height of his craft.  Any of Meltzer’s books make great book club reads!

Songs in Ordinary Time takes place in Vermont in 1960. A strong but vulnerable woman whose loneliness and ambition for her children make her easy prey for a dangerous man. This book is a masterful epic; an Oprah Book Club selection which is pure magic and more than worthy of its many awards.

THE OTHER WOMAN by Hank Phillippi Ryan
A new series is created by author Ryan to introduce us to reporter Jane Ryland. After being fired by her TV station, she lands a job on a Boston newspaper with the help of  police detective Brogan. Determined to claw her way back, Jane finds interesting implications in a political campaign trail. Soon tensions build as she discovers her interest in Detective Brogan is more than business. Meanwhile bodies keep turning up in the Charles River and some think it the work of a serial killer. Our detective disagrees.  This is the novel we will be discussing at Books and Bars; mandatory reading

JUST LET ME LIE DOWN by Kristen Van  Ogtrop
A collection of hilarious work/life words to live by written by the Managing Editor of Real Simple Magazine, this book is filled with madcap parenting moments in the life of a working mother. The reader shares all the printed word and is enticed to turn each page faster and faster. You will whip through this delightful book in a few days…have fun!