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In This Grave Hour

by Jacqueline Winspear
Friday, April 21, 2017

It is September 3, 1939, Great Britain has declared war against Germany, and Maisie Dobbs has reopened her private investigations office with her partners and friends Billie and Sandra. As everyone in London is preparing for the imminent conflict, Maisie receives a visit from the mysterious Belgium Embassy official and secret agent Francesca Thomas asking her to look into the murder of a man who was a Belgian refugee during the First World War.  Dr. Thomas suspects that there is more to the story than the police have come up with and hopes that Maisie can dig deeper and find out what really may have happened.  While the investigation gets underway...

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

The subject of the book is theoretical physics, but it is written in beautiful prose for a reader who has an enthusiasm for the wonder of the universe.  This works even if you don’t understand the complicated equations that are included for those who do understand them.  The author’s enthusiasm is contagious as he presents some amazingly creative ideas that challenge how to think about “reality”.  Some of the best sections are the descriptions of the
evolution of physics from ancient times to present....

Sweetgirl

by Travis Mulhauser
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

While searching for her meth-addicted missing mother,16 year-old Percy James discovers a baby girl in the freezing home of a local minor criminal.  Taking the child, (or is it a rescue?), forces her to confront the nature of her mother’s affliction while she finds her own fate tied to that of the child’s.  Mulhauser captures the sweeping sense of cultural and geographic isolation of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in a story of courage and sacrifice.

Sample some of Percys' story and get an idea of the author's excellent sense of place:

...Still I missed her.  I missed her …and I was...

Friday, March 17, 2017

Tanya Dubois goes on the run as her husband’s body cools. She claims she didn’t kill him, but why then does she feel compelled to run? And who is she really? This mystery has as many twists and turns as the protagonist has new identities. It’ll keep you guessing until the very end.  Check our catalog.

Doris M., Reference

 

Friday, March 17, 2017

This was such a fun little series to watch.  There is only one season with a handful of episodes.  Each episode is based on one of MC Beaton’s mystery books about an amateur detective named Agatha Raisin.
 
The main character is a successful PR executive who decides to retire early and move to the Cotswolds in England.  As she attempts to make friends and fit in to her new country environment she encounters some resistance from her new neighbors.  To overcome their reluctance to take in a newcomer, she enters the village quiche competition.  Agatha doesn’t let the fact that she can’t...

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