Monday, October 19, 2009

Book-A-Week Challenge Reading 13 1/2 by Nevada Barr

This week we are reading a psychological thriller written by Nevada Barr. I have read most if not all of Ms. Barr's Anna Pigeon mystery series and enjoy those very much so it's a real treat to read something that diverges from her series. I hope you'll joing me in reading her latest book and tell us what you think.

Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Vanguard Press (October 6, 2009)
ISBN-13: 978-1593155537



In 1971, the state of Minnesota was rocked by the “Butcher Boy” incident, as coverage of a family brutally murdered by one of their own swept across newspapers and television screens nationwide.
Now, in present-day New Orleans, Polly Deschamps finds herself at yet another lonely crossroads in her life. No stranger to tragedy, Polly was a runaway at the age of fifteen, escaping a nightmarish Mississippi childhood.

Lonely, that is, until she encounters architect Marshall Marchand. Polly is immediately smitten. She finds him attractive, charming, and intelligent. Marshall, a lifelong bachelor, spends most of his time with his brother Danny. When Polly’s two young daughters from her previous marriage are likewise taken with Marshall, she marries him. However, as Polly begins to settle into her new life, she becomes uneasy about her husband’s increasing dark moods, fearing that Danny may be influencing Marshall in ways she cannot understand.

But what of the ominous prediction by a New Orleans tarot card reader, who proclaims that Polly will murder her husband? What, if any, is the Marchands’ connection to the infamous “Butcher Boy” multiple homicide? And could Marshall and his eccentric brother be keeping a dark secret from Polly, one that will shatter the happiness she has forever prayed for?

To find out more about Nevada Barr and her other books, please visit her website at

Happy Reading!


April October 23, 2009 at 12:37 PM  

I REALLY want to read this! It sounds SOOOO great! I saw it on another blog a while back and have been obsessed, lol! I hope you are enjoying it!

Denise October 23, 2009 at 1:41 PM  

April - I can tell you that Nevada did a great, yet sometimes creepy job with this story.

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