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by Gwen Florio
Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Lola Wicks is a journalist – currently for a small publication in Magpie, Montana, but formerly with a major outlet with international credentials embedded in Afghanistan. She likes it in Magpie where she lives with her Native American husband Charlie and their daughter Margaret near the Blackfeet Reservation. So Charlie practically has to drag her into the car to get her to take a vacation to visit his brother’s family on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona. Just before their arrival, a bombing occurs near a billboard that sang the praises of a controversial coal mine on reservation land that resulted in the death of a tribal elder. Another...

Saturday, September 2, 2017

If you love fantasy, then you should know the name Scott Lynch. His 2006 debut, The Lies of Locke Lamora, is a rollicking great read. Think Ocean's 11 set in a fantasy world with a dash of Robin Hood thrown in and you've nailed it.

Red Seas Under Red Skies, the second in the Gentleman Bastard series, finds con artist extraordinaire Locke Lamora and his trusty bruiser sidekick Jean recovering from the explosive fallout of the first volume by targeting the grandest, most exclusive gambling house in the world. In the midst of playing the long game to get their big score, the cunning, wise-cracking pair finds...

Death of a Ghost

by M. C. Beaton
Friday, September 1, 2017

I love a good cozy mystery, and one of my favorite cozy little towns I keep coming back to is M.C. Beaton’s charming village of Lochdubh, nestled in the Scottish Highlands.  It’s the home of police sergeant Hamish Macbeth, the wiliest crime-solver in that remote part of Scotland.  Hamish used to be the town’s only police officer, until he was saddled with tall, clumsy Constable Charlie Carter.  In Death of a Ghost, Hamish is called to investigate ghostly noises heard at night coming from Castle Drim, a run-down ruin of a place recently purchased by newcomer, Handy Ebrington.  Hamish thinks the local troublemakers are...

Railroad Hank

by Lisa Moser
Wednesday, August 30, 2017

On his way to visit Granny Bett, who is feeling blue, Railroad Hank stops at the farms of several friends and, misunderstanding their offers to help, winds up with a trainload of crazy cargo.  If you have a preschool-age child in your life, they might enjoy this picture book as much as my preschooler and I have been!  During the story silly Hank misunderstands things and wonders where things like milk & apples come from – a great opportunity for your preschooler to share that they know these things!  Check our...

Monday, August 28, 2017


Romance, mystery, and suspense are woven into this breathtaking retelling of the “Bluebeard” fairy tale. Sophie is a seventeen-year-old girl, in the late 1800’s, who just lost her father.  Sophie receives, an invitation—on fine ivory paper, in bold black handwriting—from the Monsieur Bernard de Cressac, the godfather she has never met. When Sophie first arrives at Wyndriven Abbey in Mississippi, she is enchanted by the generosity of Monsieur Bernard de Cressac. She begins to hear rumors about her godfathers past wives. She soon becomes alarmed by what she hears.

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