A Mind Reader's Christmas: An Eric Beckman Mystery
Eric Beckman, a mind-reading private investigator, is spending Christmas in snowy Vermont with his wife and daughter. He needs a break from solving cases, but the townspeople convince him to look into the village mystery: Every holiday season, someone switches the baby Jesus with one of the other figures in the town’s nativity scene.
With the help of his ten-year-old daughter, also a mind reader, he soon learns that some of the residents of the small town are not who—or even what—they seem to be. There’s something supernatural going on in Newburn, Vermont.
Drive, Ride, Repeat: The Mostly-True Account of a Cross-Country Car and Bicycle Adventure
Author Al Macy is a character and a tightwad with a unique sense of humor. He and his wife squirreled away enough money to retire early, do interesting things, and take unusual trips. As he puts it:
“Every day I wake up with nothing to do, and by the end of the day, I've only gotten half of it done.”
During his working life, Macy was a neuroscientist, computer game programmer, jazz trombonist, chef, CEO, piano player, clam digger, and technical writer.
The book is a journal of a car/bicycle/camping trip from California to St. Louis and back, but Macy promises that “if it starts sounding like one of your brother-in-law’s boring slide shows, I will stop this book, and we’ll turn around and go home. I mean it.”
Satellites are disappearing one by one. Not exploding, not dropping out of the sky, just disappearing.
When the Hubble Space Telescope vanishes, Jake Corby is dispatched to figure out who or what is responsible. He's used to solving problems for the FBI, but hunting down missing satellites? That's a new one.
Corby must struggle to track down and thwart the terrorists yet stay true to the promise he made to his wife: "I won't do anything heroic." In the heat of the moment, he finds that it's no easy matter to achieve both goals. Especially when the future of the United States space program is at risk.