Fiction

The Marriage Lie

Friday, November 24, 2017
Kimberly Belle
The Marriage Lie

Think there’s only one thing a spouse can lie about? When a plane goes down, and her husband, Will, is listed as a passenger, Iris learns there are numerous things a spouse can lie about. And in Will’s case, none of those things involve cheating.  Disbelieving Will is dead, Iris sets out to learn the truth about her husband, and all the plot twists keep us guessing too.  Check the catalog

Doris, Reference

The Lines We Cross

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
The Lines We Cross
The Lines We Cross

This is a young adult story about a girl who is an Afghan refugee in Australia and a boy, Michael, whose parents are very involved in an Aussie Values group that stands against accepting refugees.  Their paths cross at a protest and then again at school and they begin to get to know each other.  As they do, Michael begins to get a better understanding of what it means to be a refugee and who they are.  It is a timely novel, given the situation in today's world.  The Australian setting was also interesting to me because it is so similar to things we hear in the United States.  It was a quick and thought provoking read.

Laura G., Youth Services

Button Holed

Monday, October 30, 2017
Kylie Logan
Button Holed

This is the first in the Button Box Mystery series and introduces the reader to Josie Giancola who is an expert in buttons and the owner of the newly opened Button Box store in Chicago.  Josie has helped design costumes for a cult classic film and through the director, has come to the attention of a rising starlet Kate Franciscus, who is currently designing her wedding gown.  Ms. Franciscus returns early for a second appointment with Josie and is mysteriously murdered while Josie's assistant has popped into a neighboring shop.  When an errant button is discovered in the aftermath, the police ask Josie to help them locate the source and hopefully the killer. Between juggling her ex-husband and the investigating detective, with whom she's had an unsuccessful blind date, Josie tries to balance crime-solving and running her new business.  Although there are some unbelievable moments, there are some nice twists and the solution isn't completely obvious.  I plan to follow up this debut with the next installment HOT BUTTON, which is also owned by Howell Carnegie Library. This book was in a LARGE PRINT format. Check our catalog

Dana, Administration

 

 

News of the World

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Paulette Jiles
News of the World
Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through post-Civil War Texas performing readings from major world newspapers to paying audiences who are hungry for news of the world.   After becoming a widower and losing his printing business to the Civil War, he takes to the freedom of the road to         make a meager, but honest living.  At the ripe age of 70 he has established a reputation of integrity.  For this reason, a friend asks him to deliver a 10 year
old orphan to her relatives near San Antonio for a 50 dollar gold piece.  The blond blue-eyed orphan had been captured by the Kiowa Indians four years
earlier and recently recovered by the U.S. Army.  The 400 mile trip to the girl’s relatives home is long, and treacherous because of unforgiving terrain
and the anarchy that reigns in much of Texas due to a corrupt Reconstruction administration in the State government.  This is a masterful story told of
family, responsibility, trust and honor and the terrible choices that come when faced with hostile conditions.  Check our catalog
 
Kathleen Z., Administration

Bulls Island

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Dorothea Benton Frank
Bulls Island

Elizabeth “Betts” McGee of Charleston was once engaged to J.D. Langley, the son of the wealthiest Charleston family.  Now 20 years later, she is a successful banking executive in New York.  When her boss asks her to head up a building project on Bulls Island, her favorite childhood spot, she is leery of going back.  Can you guess who she is forced to work with? Find out what happens and what other secrets the McGee family has is this easy, fun read.  Check our catalog

Jan, Tech Services

 

Last Bus to Wisdom

Thursday, September 14, 2017
Ivan Doig
Last Bus to Wisdom

 

Orphaned 11 year old Donal Cameron has to leave Montana when his Gram becomes ill, so he sets off on a Greyhound bus for Wisconsin to live with an aunt. This memorable trip turns into more of an adventure than Donal ever dreamed. A thoroughly enjoyable coming of age tale!  Check our catalog
 
Sue A2, Reference

Railroad Hank

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Lisa Moser
Railroad Hank
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 catalog
 
Janice H., Youth Services

Strands of Bronze and Gold

Monday, August 28, 2017
Jane Nickerson
Strands of Bronze and Gold

 

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 in the first person as Sophie unravels the plan Monsieur Bernard de Cressac has for her. The author takes great care to describe that house and the grounds with all of it’s locked doors, dark secrets and hidden objects. The scene is set. Can Sophie solve the mystery of the 4 wives and save herself?  Check our catalog

Sara D., Youth Services

 

Nine Women, One Dress

Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Jane Rosen
Nine Women, One Dress

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 different women.  Check our catalog

Tanya H., Reference

The Enemy

Thursday, August 17, 2017
Lee Child
The Enemy

Meet Jack Reacher, a high level military cop. When he is unexpectedly transferred New Years Eve to a base in North Carolina, the beginning of his troubles start. First, a two-star general is found dead in a cheap motel on New Year's Day.  His briefcase is missing.  Then his wife is murdered a few hours later.  From there the plot twists and turns keeping you guessing "who done it" until the end.  I enjoyed the book very much and look forward to reading other books from the Jack Reacher series.  Check our Catalog.

Jan H., Tech Services

 

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