Sunday, January 22, 2012

Whatcom Reads 2012

Ever year the Whatcom County Library System picks a Washington Author's Book to read as a whole county- Whatcom Reads. Along with the book picked there are all kinds of activities as well.  I have yet to make it to an actual author talk but maybe this is the year.

This year's pick is Elizabeth George's In the Presence of the Enemy.

Hailed as the "king of sleaze," tabloid editor Dennis Luxford is used to ferreting out the sins and scandals of people in exposed positions. But when he opens an innocuous-looking letter addressed to him at The Source, he discovers that someone else excels at ferreting out secrets as well.
Ten-year-old Charlotte Bowen has been abducted, and if Luxford does not admit publicly to having fathered her, she will die. But Charlotte's existence is Luxford's most fiercely guarded secret, and acknowledging her as his child will throw more than one life and career into chaos. Luxford knows that the story of Charlotte's paternity could make him a laughingstock and reveal to his beautiful wife and son the lie he's lived for a decade. Yet it's not only Luxford's reputation that's on the line: it's also the reputation—and career—of Charlotte Bowen's mother. For she is Undersecretary of State for the Home Office, one of the most high-profile Junior Ministers and quite possibly the next Margaret Thatcher.   (Amazon)

I read this on my Kindle. I really enjoyed this mystery.  I had forgotten how much I enjoy a good who done it. This one kept me guessing to the very end. I am looking forward to reading more Elizabeth George.

One activity  I plan to do is the letterboxing activity similar to geocaching.  They will be releasing clues to letterboxes located  in the library.  The letterboxes have image stickers you collect to form a rebus (a visual puzzle). So far, 2 clues have been released.  There are 5 clues total. Once you collect all the stickers and solve the rebus.  You can enter the drawing for Elizabeth George's next book Believing the Lie. So if you are local, give this a go.

I have read previous Whatcom Reads selections but so far this is my favorite.  Previous Selections have included The Absolute True Diary of a Part Time Indian, Border Songs and Old School.

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