First Grave on the Right

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Darynda Jones
First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones cover

This is the first installament in a fun, fast paranormal romantic suspense series. The wise-cracking, smart, capable, and kick-butt protagonist, private investigator, and Grim Reaper Charley Davidson uses her unique supernatural abilities to help solve murders in Albuquerque, NM. She's surrounded by a wonderful cast of secondary characters who add flavor and fun to Charley's exploits.

One warning to you: once you start this series, you will not be able to stop! Luckily for us all, author Darynda Jones recently published the 10th book in the series and shows no signs of stopping soon!

So, grab this first book, sit back, and hang on for a wild ride in Charley's world, which just keeps getting better and better!

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Brandi T., Reference

A Dog's Purpose: A Novel for Humans

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Bruce Cameron
A Dog's Purpose: A Novel for Humans

For any dog lover out there, this is a heartwarming and insightful tail. Written from a dogs perspective, this story tells the emotional journey of one dog and his quest, over many lives, to find his purpose.  The narrative swings from sadness to happiness to laugh out loud funny.  Guaranteed you will never look at your dog quite the same way.  Check our catalog.

Tanya H., Reference


Behind Closed Doors

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
B.A. Paris
Behind Closed Doors
Jack and Grace look to be the perfect married couple.  Or is it the perfect lie?  A suspenseful story line that keeps you engaged in the story and what is to come.  I enjoyed this book and definitely would recommend it.

The Elegance of the Hedgehog

Friday, April 28, 2017
Muriel Barbery
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
An elegant apartment building in the center of Paris is the setting for this story told through two narrators - concierge Rene Michel and twelve-year-old Paloma Josse - who are both hiding parts of themselves. Their lives are transformed by the arrival of a new tenant, Kakuro Ozu. Written by a philosophy teacher, this novel tackles philosophy, class consciousness, and personal victories in a moving and funny way.  Check our catalog.
SueA2, Reference

The Cardturner

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Louis Sachar
The Cardturner

Okay, okay, my only exposure to playing the card game bridge was when I was 12 years old and my dad tried to teach me.  He lost me at "left bower" . . . nevertheless, both my parents were avid bridge players - my mother still plays occasionally when her friends need a fourth.  That's what attracted me to this book.  

Alton Richards is a high schooler who is "volunteered" by his parents to drive his wealthy, sickly, great-uncle to and from his bridge club 4 times a week and be his cardturner.  Alton at first finds this job to be boring and tedious but before long, he starts to pick up on the rules of the game and begins to learn bridge.  He begins to forge friendships with his uncle's bridge buddies and with a girl his age, Toni, who used to be his uncle's card turner until they had a falling out.  
Along the way, Alton learns some things about life, death, love and himself.
The author gives quite a bit of information about playing bridge - but if you're not interested in that you can skip those details and still enjoy a good story about a young man forging friendships with both kids his own age and adults that are a couple generations older than he is.  Check our catalog.
Peggy G.,Circulation


Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Travis Mulhauser

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 tired of the wondering where she was, and of the constant alarm that gripped my heart like a strangler vine.

So I took Detroit to Grove...where the houses and lives improved considerably.  ...the shoreline where the real cash was.  The downstate and Chicago money put their roots down in sand – their seasonals all perfectly placed along the water for maximum panorama, and not a soul there to enjoy it because it wasn’t nice that time of year.

I couldn’t blame them.  It was the middle of January in Cutler County Michigan.  We’re at the northwest tip of the lower peninsula, the top of your left ring finger if you map it by the back of your hand, and unless you go the whole Jack London, ends of the earth vibe, why wouldn’t you fly off to somewhere else if you could?  It was only 9 o’clock at night and downtown was already 3 blocks of black windows behind banks of snow and there wasn’t a single other car in the streets…

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Diane, Administration

The passenger : a novel

Friday, March 17, 2017
Lisa Lutz
The passenger : a novel

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


First Light

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Bill Rancic
First Light
I love survival stories and this one was a gripper.  A plane crashes into a mountain and the passengers struggle to stay alive until rescued. The story is told by one couple to their grown son and there is an amazing twist before it is over. Couldn't put it down.  Check our catalog.
Sue N., Youth Services

The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

Friday, March 3, 2017
Katarina Bivald
The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend

This is a great book for a cold winter night, a warm blanket, and a cup of tea! Young Sara travels from Sweden to the small town of Broken Wheel to visit her pen pal Amy, but arrives just in time for Amy's funeral. When Amy's friends find out who she is, they insist she stay in Amy's house as planned. What happens after that surprises Sara and changes the town forever. Full of delightful characters, readers will also enjoy all the references from popular books that will give you a list of what to read next!  Check our catalog.

Sue A2., Reference


The Friends We Keep

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Susan Mallery
The Friends We Keep
This is the 2nd book of Mallery's Michief Bay Series in which she entwines the lives of three girlfriends.  There is Gabby, who is excited to go back to work when her twins start school in the fall.  Hayley, who wants desperately to have a baby.  And Nicole, who is struggling to raise her young son after her divorce.  All three run up against roadblocks of course, but rely on each other to get through their trials.  A good “light” read. Check our catalog
Jan H., Technical Services


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