Mystery, love, WW-II and arthritis

New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) Go on a thrilling ride with driven, young detective who is trying to prove herself; read the love story of a woman who knows that she is soon going to lose her husband; get to know of a unique approach to help arthritis sufferers reverse and even heal this condition; and flick through a captivating cross-generational novel about a Jewish family divided by the second World War.

IANS bookshelf has a bunch of interesting reads to offer this weekend.

1. Book: The Late Show; Author: Michael Connelly; Publisher: Orion; Price: Rs 399; Pages: 464
Detective Renee Ballard works “The Late Show” — the notorious graveyard shift at Los Angeles Police Department. It’s thankless work for a once-promising detective, keeping strange hours in a twilight world of crime. Some nights are worse than others. And tonight is the worst. Two shocking cases, hours apart — a brutal assault, and a multiple murder case with no suspect.

Ballard knows it is always darkest before dawn. But what she doesn’t know is how deep her dual investigation will take her into the dark heart of her city, her department and her past.

2. Book: My Last Love Story; Author: Falguni Kothari; Publisher: Harper Collins; Price: Rs 299; Pages: 274
Simi Desai is thirty years old and her husband is soon going to die of cancer. He has two last wishes in his final months — first, that she’ll have his baby and, second, that she’ll reconcile with her old flame Zayaan, their mutual best friend.

During their last summer together, Simi’s husband plans a series of adventures for them, to help them say their goodbyes and to prove to Simi that it would be okay to move on without him — and to even find love again. “My Last Love Story” will pull your heart strings as only unforgettable love stories do.

3. Book: Healing Arthritis; Author: Susan Blum; Publisher: Hachette; Price: Rs 599; Pages: 342
A pioneer in Functional Medicine, Susan Blum MD, MPH, an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, has been treating, healing and preventing chronic diseases for nearly two decades. Her passion and dedication for identifying and addressing the root causes of the chronic illness through the ground-breaking whole-body approach known as Functional Medicine, has helped thousands of people and is transforming our health-care system.

In “Healing Arthritis”, Blum offers a unique, three-step ground-breaking approach to helping arthritis sufferers reverse and even heal this condition.

4. Book: The Silver Music Box; Author: Mina Baites; Publisher: Amazon Crossing; Price: Rs 299; Pages: 272
1914. For Paul, with love. Jewish silversmith Johann Blumenthal engraved words on his most exquisite creation, a singing filigree bird inside a tiny ornamented box. He crafted this treasure for his young son before leaving to fight in a terrible war to honour his beloved country — a country that would soon turn against his own family.

A half century later, Londoner Lilian Morrison inherits the box after the death of her parents. Though the silver is tarnished and dented, this much-loved treasure is a link to an astonishing past. There is a letter from Lilian’s mother, telling her that she was adopted. Too young to remember, Lilian was rescued from the grips of the Holocaust in Germany. Now only she can trace what happened to a family that scattered all over the world, a family forced to choose between their heritage and their dreams for the future.

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