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Wednesday, January 11, 2012 • Posted January 11, 2012

Nancy and I hope that everyone has begun the New Year blessed with good health, prosperity, happiness, and good books! Some of you will be reminiscing about the past year—resolutions kept or forgotten, special events happy or sad. If you have lost someone dear to you, you might consider giving a memorial donation to the library in his or her honor. We will purchase a book, and a special bookplate will be placed inside the cover. The honoree’s name and that of the donor will also be recorded in our Memorial Book kept in the Sesquicentennial Archives Room. You could also choose to have a memorial brick added to our sidewalk. The next order for bricks will be sent in April. Bricks are $40.00 each, and order forms are in the foyer.NEW ARRIVALS: (All quotes are from publishers’ summaries)Fiction:D.C. Dead by Stuart Woods (F WOO Sto.22)“President Will Lee needs Barrington’s and Bacchetti’s legendary discretion for a particularly sensitive case. Stone’s investigation takes him from the multimillion-dollar houses of Washington’s elites to . . . the private residence of the president himself.”Treason at Lisson Grove by Anne Perry (F PER Pit.26)Pitt arrives a second too late at a rendezvous with a secret informant prepared to divulge details of a potentially devastating international plot against the British government. Meanwhile, his supervisor finds himself accused of embezzling government funds.”Sleepwalker by Karen Robards (F ROB)“Micayla Lange is a cop with an “uncle” who loves her like family. But if he knows that she’s seen evidence that implicates him in a murder, she doesn’t like her chances.” The Harvest of Grace by Cindy Woodsmall (F WOO Ada.3)“Reeling from an unexpected betrayal, Sylvia makes a painful mistake that forces her to seek work far from her family. Will she find relief from the echoes of her past . . . or will they shape her future forever?”77 Shadow Street by Dean Koontz (F KOO)“The Pendleton was a Gilded Age palace that was rechristened in the 1970s as a luxury apartment building. Almost from the beginning, its history was scarred by episodes of suicide, mass murder, and more. Since the ‘70s it has been at peace, but now a terrifying certainty grows . . . whatever drove its past occupants to their unspeakable fates is at work again.”Covert Warriors by W.E, B. Griffin (F GRI Pre.7)“At a Mexican roadblock, three passengers in a U.S. Embassy SUV are murdered, and a fourth kidnapped. Everything points to the drug cartels, but Charley Castillo has his doubts.”Moonlight in the Morning by Jude Deveraux (F DEV Edi.7)“Sparks are flying between Jecca Layton and Dr. Tristan Aldredge in a summer of sensual delights. But when Jecca must return to the big city, the lovers must decide who will sacrifice the life they’ve created for themselves to be together.”The Cross Gardener by Jason F. Wright (F WRI)“John Bevan, a man touched by tragedy, must rediscover the joy to be found in life, love, and family. John discovers a stranger touching up the paint on the crosses placed where his wife and unborn child died. Conversations with the mysterious stranger begin John’s healing.”Prey by Linda Howard (F HOW)“In this novel of romantic suspense, Howard brings us deep into the wild, where a smart and sexy outdoor guide and her ruggedly handsome competitor must join forces to survive.”An Angel for Christmas by Heather Graham (LTE F GRA) “The MacDougal family has never felt less like a family, but still, they gather in the Blue Ridge Mountains to try to make Christmas merry. Two strangers appear—one of these men can’t be trusted—one is about to bring Christmas into their hearts. But which of them should they believe?”Murder on Bank Street by Victoria Thompson (LTE F THO)“Since her husband’s death, midwife Sarah Brandt has become an angel of mercy in the tenement of turn-of-the-century New York. Out of his affection for Sarah, Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy is trying to solve the murder of Dr. Tom Brandt. When he discovers what he believes to be the truth, the shocking revelation may destroy Sarah.”Elvis and the Grateful Dead by Peggy Webb (LTE G WEB)“There’s a murderer on the loose, and he’s killing Elvis Presley impersonators. The murders have Tupelo all shook up, until Elvis, the sleuthing Bassett hound decides to lend a helping paw.”

LIBRARY NOTES: Check out our Facebook page—search for Mason County M. Beven Eckert Memorial Library!LIBRARY INFORMATION:Location: 410 Post Hill; Phone: 325-347-5446; FAX: 325-347-6562; Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1785, Mason, TX 76856; E-mail: masonlibrary@verizon.net; Web Site: http://bcls.tsl.state.tx/mason

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