Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Legal Thrillers for Your Enjoyment

The Most Dangerous Place is a Jack Swytek novel by James Grippando. According to the FBI, the most dangerous place for a woman between the ages of twenty and thirty is in a relationship with a man. Miami lawyer Jack Swytek is waiting at the airport for his old high school buddy, Keith Ingraham. The high powered banker and his wife Isabelle are based in Hong Kong, but they are coming to Miami so Keith's young daughter can have surgery. No sooner do they arrive than the police arrest Isabelle for conspiracy to murder the man who sexually assaulted her in college. Jack agrees to take her case, but the seasoned attorney doesn't know exactly what he has gotten himself into as he begins sifting through the secrets and half-truths surrounding the case.

Testimony by Scott Turow sees former prosecutor Bill ten Boom--now fifty--reflecting on all the things he loves: his law career, his wife, Kindle County, and his country. Bill is soon tapped to work on a case in front of the International Criminal Court based in Holland. It seems that more than ten years ago, in the chaos of the Bosnian war, an entire Roma refugee camp disappeared. Ferko Rincic has come forward as a witness claiming that a group of armed men marched the entire camp to a nearby cave during the night and blew the opening with a grenade burying 400 Gypsies alive. Ferko was the only survivor. Bill is now charged with finding out if Ferko's testimony is true and reliable. Bill sorts through a host of suspects including Serb paramilitaries, organized crime gangs, and even the U.S. government. He can't shake the feeling that Ferko knows a whole lot more than he is telling.

Things aren't going so well for Grayson Hernandez in The Outsider by Anthony Franze. Gray has just graduated from a fourth tier law school and he's drowning in debt. The only job he can get is as a messenger at the Supreme Court; which makes Gray sad because all he can do is watch the elite law graduates clerk for the justices of the nations highest court. One day, Gray comes to the aid of a man who is being violently mugged. Turns out the victim is none other than the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, so Gray finds himself as the newest--and unlikeliest--clerk at the court. Soon, the FBI approaches Gray and asks him to keep his eyes and ears open inside the court. It seems that a serial killer is connected to the court somehow. Eventually, Gray becomes a suspect; and he will stop at nothing to clear his name.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

 August is Romance Awareness Month and we will be featuring a difference romance author everyday on our Facebook page including both old favorites and newcomers to our shelves.

Pick one up to enjoy today!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

National Romance Awareness Month

According to,  August is National Romance Awareness Month. Most people take this time to do something extra special for their partner or spouse--romantic getaways, couples massages, and candlelit dinners. It is also the time to indulge in reading some good ol' romance novels. To that end, we would like to highlight some of the new romance novels we offer here at the library.

First up is This is Our Song from the Shaughnessy Brothers series by Samantha Chase. Riley Shaughnessy knew that distinguishing himself from the rest of his large family would require him to do something big. He worked hard to make a name for himself as a musician and he's now a bona fide rock star. Unfortunately, he is in a bit of a slump and the relentless demands of his fans are not helping his creativity any. Savannah Daly is a hardline entertainment reporter who knows all about Riley's reputation. She is just there to get her interview so she can write her story, but she is spending an entire month with the Shaughnessy's and anything can happen--like falling for the guy behind the rock star persona.

Next, we have Talk Cowboy to Me by Carolyn Brown. The Fourth of July is coming up and there are definitely fireworks between Adele O'Donnell and Remington Luckadeau. These two are locked in a battle to buy the Double Deuce Ranch; and neither one is backing down. Adele is ready for a fresh start for herself--and her children--since her divorce. She fell in love with the Double Deuce the second she walked onto the property. Remington has decided to shed his carefree playboy persona and step-up to raise his orphaned nephews. He thinks the Double Deuce is just the place to raise two boys, but Adele is as determined as Remington to buy this ranch. Who knows what will happen when the sparks fly between these two.

The Most Dangerous Duke in London is a period romance by Madeline Hunter. Adam Penrose, Duke of Stratton is a dark and brooding member of London's elite Society of Decadent Dukes. He is said to have a thirst for vengeance and has set his romantic sites on Clara Cheswick, the beautiful daughter of his family's sworn enemy. There is a problem, however; Clara is more interested in publishing her women's journal than getting married--especially to a man said to be dead-set on revenge. Her reporter's instinct tell her there may be a story behind this supposed quest for justice, but Adam's persistence with a proposal of marriage seems to be unnerving the usually collected Clara. Could these two be courting danger?

Finally, we have an anthology by Julia Quinn, Elizabeth Boyle, Laura Lee Guhrke, and Stefanie Sloane called Four Weddings and a Sixpence. Four friends from Madame Rochambeaux's Gentle School for Girls find an old sixpence in their bedchamber and decide that this will be the lucky coin for each of their weddings. "Something Old" introduces Beatrice Heywood as well as the premise for the book. In "Something New," Anne Brabourne's ever-vigilant guardian decrees that she must marry by her twenty-first birthday, but love comes in the most unexpected of ways. Cordelia Padley has invented a betrothed to keep her family from constantly pestering her in "Something Borrowed." When they call her on her bluff, she will have to borrow a fiance that will convince them she is truly in love. "Something Blue" sees the sixpence stolen by a rake just before Lady Elinor Daventry has a chance to walk down the aisle. It will take all of her charms to convince the thief to give it back before her wedding. In "...and a Sixpence in Her Shoe," Beatrice Heywood never really believed in the power of the coin, but it seems to have worked for her friends, so she is willing to try to believe--if only it would stop sending her to the wrong man!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Thanks for your participation!

Another Summer Library Program season has come to an end.  We started off with a fantastic kickoff party featuring Magic Man Dorian LaChance.

That was followed by two movies, a marshmallow construction challenge, a duct tape workshop and a mystery engineering challenge!

We hope everyone who joined in had a great time and will join us again next year!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

A Couple of Louis L'Amour Story Collections

Louis L'Amour is, by far, the most recognized writer of Westerns anywhere. The library maintains a large collection of the writer's works and, to that end, we now present two collections of his stories for our Western-loving readers.

The first is The Man From Battle Flat: A Western Trio. In the title story, Krag Moran is a range rider who becomes entangled in a range war between ranchers and new settlers. This conflict leaves a town divided and, when the first shots are fired and the death toll rises, Krag is going to have to answer to the wrong people. In"Mistakes Can Kill You," Johnny O'Day was a sick child who was taken in and nursed back to health by a young couple. Growing up, he harbored nothing but resentment for their natural child, Sam. When Sam finds himself in a heap of trouble, however, Johnny must stand between him and a pair of gunman.  Finally, in "The Rider of Ruby Hills," twenty-seven-year-old Ross Haney is broke, armed, and ready to settle down. When a feud breaks out between two of the biggest landowners in Ruby Hills, Ross decides to put an end to the fighting that threatens to tear apart his new home. He may have been a loner before, but now he has allies and a plan.

Nine stories make up the second collection titled, Mistakes Can Kill You. These selections highlight some of L'Amours earlier short stories (sometimes written under the pen name Jim Mayo) that demonstrate the ambiguous morality of the best Western writing. For example, in "Black Rock Coffin-Makers," two men who readily kill over ownership of a ranch get more than they bargain for when a stranger gets caught in their crossfire. Other stories include, "The Nester and the Piute"; "Law of the Desert Born"; "Ride, You Tonto Raiders!"plus five more tales. As always, L'Amour's characters come vivaciously to life and the rough-and-tumble spirit of the Wild West leaps from the page.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

July is National Culinary Arts Month!

 Celebrate National Culinary Arts Month by looking over our large selection of cookbooks featuring everything from soups and appetizers to desserts.  Every day favorites or specials occasions, find a new twist on an old family favorite or try something new!

Most of our cookbooks will be found in the 641 section of the Adult Nonfiction, but we also have cookbooks for junior chefs in the Childrens Nonfiction section which include both regional and seasonal selections.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

New Cozy from Miranda James

Twelve Angry Librarians by Miranda James is the newest Cat in the Stacks Mystery featuring Charlie Harris and his Maine coon, Diesel. Charlie finds himself as the acting director of the Athena College Library and he's under the added pressure of hosting an academic library convention. Charlie's worries aren't limited to the convention, however. His son-in-law has received a job offer in Virginia and is poised to take Charlie's daughter and their unborn child. Poor Diesel is feeling all the stress surrounding Charlie and is trying his best to help.
Charlie learns that the keynote speaker at the conference is Gavin Fong--Charlie's library school rival--he's less than thrilled at having to socialize with the man even though it's been thirty years. It becomes quite clear that Gavin hasn't changed after all these years, so when he turns up dead, there is no shortage of suspects. When a heated argument with Gavin moves Charlie to the top of the list, he and Diesel must work extra hard to solve the case or he may have to move his office to the county jail.