Police Chief Sheila Dawson discovers that Larry Kirk’s death is not suicide but murder, possibly connected to a burglary, but further investigation reveals that Kirk recently asked her friend China Bayles for legal advice in regards to a stalker, and it is up to Sheila to prove she has got what it takes to hunt down the killer that is loose on the streets of Pecan Springs.
The Gilly Salt Sisters by Tiffany Baker: Polar opposite sisters Jo and Claire Gilly grow up on a salt farm in the Cape Cod town of Prospect and face secrets and old loves when Claire returns as an adult.
Days of Magic, Nights of War by Clive Barker: Candy Quackenbush’s adventures in the Abarat continue as she makes a startling realization as to who she is, and the forces of Night begin plans for war.
The Shadow Patrol by Alex Berenson: John Wells goes undercover in Afghanistan to investigate not only the Taliban, but also his fellow Americans, as he seeks the source of the hostility, mistrust, and drug trafficking involving people within the CIA, the military, and the Taliban.
Downfall by Terri Blackstock: Emily Covington has been clean of drugs for almost a year but everyone still has a hard time trusting her. When one woman is murdered, Emily discovers the plot for a double murder. She has a hard time convincing the authorities, and everything turns back on her.
Sonoma Rose by Jennifer Chiaverini: Rosa Diaz Barclay, mourning the loss of four of her eight children, lives on a rye farm in California with her abusive husband when she finally leaves him in order to save two of her remaining children from succumbing to a mysterious wasting disease and when she reunites with her ex-husband, the father of her two healthy children, they try to start a winery in the midst of prohibition.
Agony of the Leaves by Laura Childs: Theodesia discovers the body of her ex-boyfriend while catering an event at the Charleston Aquarium and begins an investigation despite the belief of emergency responders that his death was an accident
A Catered St. Patrick’s Day by Isis Crawford: When Mike Sweeney is found floating in a vat of green beer and the nephew of one of their best customers is accused of the crime, Bernie and Libby Simmons, the owners of A Little Taste of Heaven, must find the real killer.
The Thief by Clive Cussler: Two European scientists with a new invention are barely rescued from abduction by the Van Dorn Detective Agency’s chief investigator, Isaac Bell, but the thugs attack again-and this time one of the scientists dies. A ruthless espionage agent has spotted an opportunity to give the Germans an edge, before that can happen Isaac Bell must figure out who he is, and stop him unless it is already too late.
The Lost Witness by Robert Ellis: Los Angeles detective Lena Gamble, held in disgrace by her superiors for her handling of a previous case, has not been assigned a murder investigation in eight months, and she realizes she is in for another trial when her chief sends her to solve the mystery surrounding an unidentified victim found in a dumpster, chopped into pieces.
Based on the bestselling novel of Nicholas Sparks, The Lucky One hits theaters on April 20th, so you still have plenty of time to read the book. Available in our collection in both book and audio format.
After U.S. Marine Logan Thibault finds a photograph of a smiling young woman buried in the dirt during his tour of duty in Iraq, he experiences a sudden streak of luck — winning poker games and even surviving deadly combat. Only his best friend, Victor, seems to have an explanation for his good fortune: the photograph — his lucky charm.
Back home in Colorado, Thibault can’t seem to get the woman in the photograph out of his mind and he sets out on a journey across the country to find her. But Thibault is caught off guard by the strong attraction he feels for the woman he encounters in North Carolina – Elizabeth, a divorced mother — and he keeps the story of the photo, and his luck, a secret. As he and Elizabeth embark upon a passionate love affair, his secret soon threatens to tear them apart — destroying not only their love, but also their lives.
The Call by Yannick Murphy is narrated by a rural vet whose son has been precariously shot by an unknown hunter. As the boy lies in a coma, the man makes his calls and realizes it is most likely that, in his rural home of 600 or so people, his customers know who shot his son, causing him to become obsessed with uncovering the identity of the mystery hunter. All the while, he and his family continously sight an unidentified flying object, which becomes a beacon of hope during their time of crisis.
This novel was fresh and beautiful. The narration was original and the author was able to develop the characters with an ease and natural ability that few writers possess. Every sentence in this book seems well thought out and deliberate. In fact, certain passage can be taken for tiny poems. For example:
“What is taking place is as layered as something in nature. I won’t ever be able to figure it out. It is the pond surface rippling, the meandering grooves of bark on a tree, the tall grass and milkweed leaning over in a strong wind looking like a form of a man lying down on it, only there is no man.” (p. 220)
“WHAT THE WIFE SAID IN BED WHILE THE LIGHT OF THE FULL MOON CAME IN THROUGH THE WINDOW: Somebody turn off that light.” (p. 13)
“WHAT THE COYOTES SAY: You have crossed over to where we live and now our howls could be the howls of your own heart you are hearing, or just us, our coats slightly ruffled from the November wind.” (p. 34)
I highly recommend this book. It would make a wonderful selection for a book club.
Please help support the Friends of the Library by attending their semi-annual booksale. Funds raised are used for programming (Summer Reading wouldn’ t be what it is without the Friends) and for special purchases such as new furniture, prizes for reading contests (the splendid baskets for Library Lover’s Month) and most recently a brand new storytime activity cart! Book sale times are as follows:
- Tuesday: 12-4pm members only, 4-7pm public
- Wednsday: 9am-6pm public (bake sale starts at 9am)
- Thursday: 12-5pm public.
Don’t need any more books in the house? Monetary donations are welcome and encouraged!
Bret Easton Ellis has written several novels, including American Psycho, The Rules of Attraction, and most recently Imperial Bedrooms. He tends to intermingle his characters from story to story, in a way that is akin to the web of connections formed within social groups. His characters tend towards the priviledged side of society and his writing style is often times graphica and raw with strong voices. Two of his books have been adapted for the screen, American Psycho, which tells the story of an investment banker/serial killer, and Rules of Attraction, which graphically unfolds the psyche and antics of Camden college students. It is very possible that Rules of Attraction might be the best college movie yet made.
We have Imperial Bedrooms, Glamorama, and Rules of Attraction available for checkout at FIC ELL.
So, Happy Birthday Bret Easton Ellis, and many more!
The Invention of Hugo Cabret: a novel in pictures and words by Brian Selznick was turned into a film adaptation released last year. While it didn’t fair well in theatres, it was nominated for eleven academy awards, making it the most nominated film of 2011. The story is exquisite and is part novel, part art project and thoroughly enjoyable. The book is available in YA SEL.
Caldecott Honor artist Brian Selznick’s lavishly illustrated debut novel is a cinematic tour de force not to be missed!
Orphan, clock keeper, and thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, Hugo’s undercover life, and his most precious secret, are put in jeopardy. A cryptic drawing, a treasured notebook, a stolen key, a mechanical man, and a hidden message from Hugo’s dead father form the backbone of this intricate, tender, and spellbinding mystery.
Winner of the 2008 Caldecott Medal