Friday, October 24, 2014

Sharyn McCrumb's Ballad Novels

Sharyn Mccrumb is best known for her Appalachian "Ballad" novels - eleven total with the latest a novella: Nora Bonesteel's Christmas Past.



"My books are like Appalachian quilts," says Sharyn McCrumb. "I take brightly colored scraps of legends, ballads, fragments of rural life, and local tragedy, and I piece them together into a complex whole that tells not only a story, but also a deeper truth about the culture of the mountain South." 

Start with: If Ever I Return, Pretty Peggy-O
Read more about this fascinating woman and her novels on her website:  http://www.sharynmccrumb.com


Bones Never Lie by Kathy Reichs

Seventh Book in the Temperance Brennan series, Brennan is investigating a cold case that is related to a new case in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Andrew Ryan and Brennan originally investigated Anique  Pomerleau, a Canadian, wanted for abduction and murder of several young girls. Pomerleau disappeared and was never captured.
Even Brennan's mother, living in a mental health facility, with terminal cancer, does research that helps Brennan tie the two cases together.
Slidell, homicide, and Brennan, forensic anthropologist, often work cases together in Charlotte and now they are looking at a murdered young girl, Lizzie Nance. This time the case also involves the jurisdiction of Quebec and Brennan's old partner both privately and professionally - Andrew Ryan. Andrew Ryan has been on leave from his job since his daughter died. Brennan tracks Ryan to Costa Rica and persuades him that he is needed on the case. Pomerleau has resurfaced and may be responsible for the disappearance of Shelly Leal who may still be alive. Ryan is reluctant but as the case heats up Brennan and Ryan are once again working together.
Find in New Fiction under REICHS

Monday, October 20, 2014

Full Measure by T. Jefferson Parker


Patrick Norris returns home from Afghanistan eager to open a sport fishing business. But he is shocked to learn that the San Diego avocado ranch his family has long owned has been destroyed by wildfire and his parents are facing ruin. Find in New Large Print Fiction PARKER

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Perfect Witness by Iris Johansen


When Teresa Casali was young she discovered she had a strange gift:  the ability to read people’s memories.  But the gift seemed more like a curse as her mob boss father used her to gain the upper hand in his world of corruption and violence.  Exposed by her own family to the darkest impulses of mankind, Teresa is alone and unprotected.  She realizes that if she is to survive, she has to run. from Cover

Find on the new Large Print table: Large Print JOHANSEN

Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II's Most Audacious General by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard




General George S. Patton Jr. died under mysterious circumstances in the months following the end of World War II. For almost seventy years, there has been suspicion that his death was not an accident - and may very well have been an act of assassination. from cover
Find in the Large Print collection:  355.0092 OREILL 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Best to Laugh by Lorna Landvik




Popular Minnesota author, Lorna Landvik, writes about Candy Pekkala, who leaves Minnesota and travels to California to become a stand-up comedian. Best known for writing Patty Jane's House of Curl and Angry Housewives Eating Bon-Bons, Lorna Landvik is also a stand-up comedian, public speaker, playwright and actor. Find in new books: Fiction Landvik
Check out her website: http://www.lornalandvik.com/besttolaugh/

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Those Who Wish Me Dead by Michael Koryta


Jace Wilson, 14, witnesses a murder and is sent to a wilderness skills program in Montana to hide him from the killers. Allison and Ethan run a survival camp for troubled teens and decide they will take him on without the knowledge of which boy in the group is the witness. Jace escapes from two brothers who have an eccentric way of talking to each other as if no one else is present.  They are willing to torture and kill anyone who gets in the way of their hunt for Jace. Meanwhile, in the same vicinity, Hannah, a former hotshot firefighter, quits when her whole team gets overrun by fire and she is the only survivor. Now she lives and works in a fire tower, reporting fires when she spots them in the same rugged terrain that the survival groups practices their skills. When the brothers Jack and Patrick meet up with the local sheriff, they torture him until he gives up the name Allison. They start a fire to hide the evidence of murder and move on to find Allison next. Chilling and suspenseful, Michael Koryta gets better and better. Find in new books: Fiction KORYTA

Friday, September 19, 2014

Writer's Market for 2015


Every writer needs a toolbox filled with craft, a drop of talent, and hope. Writer's Market wants to help you get published and paid for your writing.
Find in new books: 808.2 WRITERS

Monday, September 15, 2014

License to spill by Lisi Harrison

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Students beware!

Three girls, two guys, five secret journals.
The five most popular students at Noble High have secrets to hide; secrets they wrote down in their journals. Now one of their own exposes the private entries...
When our parents were growing up they were encouraged to make mistakes. That's how they learned. But us? Our mistakes go viral. There is no delete button on the Internet. What kind of future do we have if we can't escape our embarrassing pasts? I must come off as quite the hypocrite; complaining about our overexposed lives in a book of secret journals I have leaked. But these pages hold proof of how this pressure affects the "best" of us... so until the heat's turned down, keep reading. From Goodreads
Second book in the pretender series.
Find in Young Adult Fiction Harrison

Simon Brett, Author


Simon Brett worked as a producer in radio and television before taking up writing full-time and is well known for the Fethering mysteries, the Mrs. Pargeter novels, and the Charles Paris detective series.
Cinderella Killer, the latest Charles Paris mysteries, revolves around the Christmas production of Cinderella in Eastbourne, England. Charlie is an actor and amateur detective with nineteen books in the series. Find under Fiction Brett

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Julia Keller, Author


Julia Keller is the author of a new mystery series set in West Virginia mountains:

A Killing in the Hills

Bitter River

Summer of the Dead

Read in order and visit the author's website: juliakeller.net

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Uncaged The Singular Menace Book 1 John Sandford & Michele Cook


Singular is a ruthless corporation conducting unspeakable experiments.  A radical animal-rights group raids their Eugene, Oregon lab.  The raid turns into a disaster but Odin Remby escapes with a set of encrypted flash drives and a post-surgical dog.

Shay Remby gets a frantic call from Odin.  He is on the run and is currently in the LA area.  Almost immediately, Singular’s security team shows up to question her.  Shay knows her brilliant autistic hacker brother needs immediate help.  She arrives in Hollywood with $58 and a handmade knife.

John Sandford and Michele Cook have written a fast paced thriller for young adults.  It is a definite page-turner and adults should also try it.  There is tension throughout and some very likable characters. The artist, Twist, who takes Shay in almost immediately upon her arrival in Hollywood, seems almost too good to be true but he adds an extra dimension to the story. 


 I enjoyed the book and will look for the sequel. Nancy
Find in Young Adult Fiction: Young Adult SANDFORD

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Long Way Home by Louise Penny




In How the Light Gets In, the previous book in this series, Clara's husband Peter Morrow, was banished from Three Pines by Clara, but told he could come back in a year if he still loved her and could accept her rising success as an artist while his own artistic career was in a decline. One year later, and a few weeks after the date of return, Clara goes to Former Chief Inspector Gamache who has retired to the remote village of Three Pines in Canada, to get help to find Peter. No answer from Peter was not what Clara was expecting.
10th in the series, you may want to start with the first book, Still Life. 
Find in new books: Fiction PENNY and here is Louise Penny's website: http://www.louisepenny.com/

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Windigo Island by William Kent Krueger

Minnesota author, William Kent Krueger has a new book out in his long running series based in northern Minnesota. Put your name on the reserve list to read this suspenseful Cork O'Connor mystery.
Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
Visit the website here: http://www.williamkentkrueger.com/

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Act of War by Brad Thor




After a CIA agent mysteriously dies overseas, his top asset surfaces with a startling and terrifying claim. There’s just one problem— no one knows if she can be trusted.

But when six exchange students go missing, two airplane passengers trade places, and one political-asylum seeker is arrested, a deadly chain of events is set in motion.

With the United States facing an imminent and devastating attack, America’s new president must turn to covert counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath to help carry out two of the most dangerous operations in the country’s history.

Code-named “Gold Dust” and “Blackbird,” they are shrouded in absolute secrecy as either of them, if discovered, will constitute an act of war. from Brad Thor's website: http://www.bradthor.com/

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Have a Nice Guilt Trip by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella



Lisa and Francesca are back with another collection of warm and witty stories that will strike a chord with every woman. Their series is among the best reviewed humor books published today and has been compared to the late greats, Erma Bombeck and Nora Ephron. In praise of Lisa and Francesca's books, Booklist says, "No subject is off-limits here, as Scottoline and Serritella include relevant quips for women from 18 to 82. With the title serving as a sure-fire indicator, readers can count on an ab-toning laugh session, a silly giggle, a sympathetic sigh, and a lump in the throat as life’s moments are rehashed through the keen eyes and wits of this lovable mother-daughter duo." In HAVE A NICE GUILT TRIP, Lisa and Francesca continue to share their lives in their hilarious, and often, poignant stories. from scottoline.com



Written in My Own Heart's Blood by Diana Gabaldon



The eighth major novel in the Outlander series of novels continues the story of Jamie and Claire.  Diana Gabaldon has her own website: http://www.dianagabaldon.com/
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Monday, July 28, 2014

New Family Movies on DVD


Gru, the girls and the Minions are back in this very funny sequel.



A mischievous squirrel has a mission to find the tastiest nuts for winter.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Goodreads: Meet your next favorite book!

The Battles of Monte Cassino by Glyn Harper and John Tonkin-Covell




The Battles of Monte Cassino (1944) were some of the toughest that occurred in the Western theatre of operations during the Second World War. German, New Zealand, British, Indian, Polish, French and American troops played prominent roles at Cassino, and each country takes pride in what its forces achieved. from the foreword. Find in new books 940.5421 HARPE

Friday, July 18, 2014

Gentlemen Bootleggers by Bryce T. Bauer





Tells the story of Joe Irlbeck and Templeton, Iowa, known during prohibition for creating Templeton rye whiskey. Find in new books: 364.132209777465 BAUER

Counting Down Bob Dylan: His 100 Finest Songs by Jim Beviglia




The author established one rule: only official recordings were considered from their original albums. An ideal companion for Dylan fans who love to make up their own playlists and analyze Dylan's lyrics.
Find in the new book section under: 782.42164092 BEVIG

Monday, July 14, 2014

Five Days at Memorial by Sheri Fink




"If we didn't experience Hurricane Katrina ourselves, we saw it: the ominous red pinwheel on the radar, the wrecked Superdome, the corpses. And certainly we saw our shame — America's inequality, negligence and violence were all laid bare by the storm.
But one tragedy went largely unwitnessed. And this is the subject of Sheri Fink's provocative new book, Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital. The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer examines what happens when people make life-and-death decisions in a state of anarchy." from the NPR article. 
We have the book in new nonfiction: 362.110976335 FINK

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Top Secret Twenty-one by Janet Evanovich

The latest Stephanie Plum is here! Put your name on the reserve list and enjoy the antics of Stephanie with her friends and relatives in Trenton, New Jersey.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Indefensible by Lee Goodman

First line:
"I don't honestly expect to find a body."
But Federal prosecutor Nick Davis, on his way out of town with his daughter, go with the witness, Cassandra Randall and check the area where she had been bird watching. And they find the area where the ground has been disturbed and a body has been buried.
First book by a new author.
Find in new books under Fiction GOODMAN

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Shots Fired: stories from Joe Pickett Country by C. J. Box





This book of short suspenseful stories is a great introduction to the Joe Pickett series. Joe, game warden, with his dog, Daisy, investigates crimes and accidents in Wyoming. In one story, he finds lights from a submerged car below the ice. When Joe hikes across the lake to investigate, he finds a former basketball star frozen with her arm in the ice above the lights. He is sorrowful that young adults with great potential throw their lives away on drugs and alcohol. Other short stories include a young girl who loves her grandfather and appreciates the fishing lessons he gives her; and a couple of criminals who think they will become rich stealing rare microorganisms from another criminal who has illegally collected the bio-samples from Yellowstone Park. C. J. Box has written 18 books, 14 of them in the Joe Pickett series. Find in new fiction under Fiction BOX.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Faceoff




Edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author David Baldacci and including stories by Michael Connelly, Lee Child, Jeffery Deaver, and more, this one-of-a-kind anthology pulls together the most beloved characters from the best and most popular thriller series today. Worlds collide!

In an unprecedented collaboration, twenty-three of the world’s bestselling and critically acclaimed thriller writers have paired their series characters—such as Harry Bosch, Jack Reacher, and Lincoln Rhyme—in an eleven-story anthology curated by the International Thriller Writers (ITW). from www.goodreads.com