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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.
 

The story is told...

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

As part of our staff summer reading challenge, to read in a format you don’t normally read, I chose this novel because it is an epistolary read.  Which is a fancy word that means a collection of stories.  In the case of this novel, each chapter is a short story which centers around one of the nine different women and the little black dress that weaves them together. 

This was a quick, funny and very charming read - the perfect book if you are looking for an escape read.  I’m normally not drawn to chic lit, but I loved how the author developed the characters and used a dress as the common thread between nine completely...

The Fragment

by Davis Bunn
Monday, August 21, 2017

This work of Christian Historical Fiction takes place in the early 1920s and introduces us to Muriel Ross, a young woman who works as a research fellow at the Smithsonian. In a time when women have just earned the vote and are slowly entering the work force, she has been unknowingly guided by a close family friend to develop the necessary skills to make her valuable on his life quest which is to identify a reliquary holding a piece of the true cross.

Their journey for this relic takes them to Paris and Constantinople during a politically volatile time and the danger makes this an Indiana Jones-type adventure.  Visiting the shop of Coco Chanel...

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