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March's Must Read

03/16/2018 07:00AM ● By Robert Frey

Books - March 2018

By Raymond “Ray” Saadi — Book Editor

By Rev. A.G. Sertillanges

Author, Father Sertillanges, a priest who lived in Jerusalem, creates vivid images of what Jesus might have seen as he hung from the cross: Jerusalem, where jostling crowds who cheered him only days earlier, now yelling recriminations and curses; the Mount of Olives; Gethsemane; and the indifference of so many. Still, he must have found comfort in the tender love revealed in the sorrowful face of His Blessed Mother.



By A. J. Finn (William Morrow $26.99)

38-year old recluse Anna Fox spends her days indoors viewing old movies or at her window keeping her eyes out for whatever her neighbors are up to. She’s terribly excited when new neighbors move into the house next door, but terrified when she sees something horrible happen in their living room. She telephones the police but neither they, nor anyone else will believe her and soon she fears she’s losing her mind. But, is she?

By Alafair Burke (Harper $26.99)
Fresh from the news headlines of female abuse by superiors comes this story of the effects on the forgotten wife. Angela, who loves her husband Jason, but must decide whether or not she’ll support him when he is accused of molesting a college intern and later is charged with a more serious crime. Seen through the eyes of the victims and the accused, it’s a gripping page-turner.

By James Patterson & James O. Born  (Little, Brown $28)

If there’s anything as frightening and painful as losing a child, it’s possibly losing one to the prison system. Detective Michael Bennett, helpless to aid Brian, his 17-year-old son, imprisoned for dealing drugs. To protect the rest of his family, Bennett escapes with them to the Maine woods, but even there, he can’t find peace when recruited by the local police to solve a puzzling crime.

By Anne L. Simon
Former Judge Anne Lennan Simon has now covered the bayous and cane fields of Iberia and St. Mary Parishes in her exciting bloody series. Now, from her experience as a trial judge for these parishes, she adds St. Martin. In this one she welcomes back homicide detective Ted D’Aquin who had taken leave to search for his wife. Now back, Ted is horrified when his 10-year-old son gaffs a body while crabbing. This precipitates parish-wide suspicions and incriminations ending in a usually exciting trial, Simon style.

Editor Julian Rothenstein (Princeton Architectural $40)

Next time someone tells you to go see a psychiatrist, tell ‘em you’ve already successfully complete the exercises in this book that were, not only fun, but gave you a new outlook on life. Then you might suggest they buy a copy. In this mix of irony and humor, including classic tests from the Rorschach Inkblot Test to The Odor Imagination Test and new reimagined quizzes. This is a seriously fun book.