Tuesday, November 30, 2010

New Fiction Released the Week of 11/30/2010

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. Please click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

City of Dreadful Night
by Peter Guttridge
Demon's Door by Graham Masterson
Every Bitter Thing by Leighton Gage
Fate of the Jedi Vortex by Troy Denning
Music of the Distant Stars by Alys Clare
Of Love and Evil by Anne Rice
Port Mortuary by Patricia Cornwell
Red Station by Adrian Magson
Rescue by Anita Shreve
Sea Change by Jeremy Page

Friday, November 26, 2010

O is for Outlaw by Sue Grafton

Kinsey Milhone's life is turned upside down when she receives a a box of items from her past. In the box is a letter which makes Kinsey question a decision made along time ago. About fifteen years ago when Kinsey was married to Mickey Magruder, he was accused of killing a man. Mickey asked her to lie and say he was with her at the time. Kinsey would not and left him the next day. He wasn't found guilty but that was the end of his career as a policeman. Now Kinsey has proof that he was having an affair and was with his mistress that night. But before Kinsey can make amends, she is informed that Mickey has been shot and is in a coma.

Now Kinsey is suspect number one because the gun used was hers once upon a time. Kinsey is going to make amends by finding out who shot Mickey. She will have to go the past and reconnect with old friends. But alot has changed and no one is what they seem. And it all goes back to the night Benny Quintero was murdered.

Kinsey Milhone books are mysteries that keep you hooked and guessing until the end. Sue Grafton is actually on letter U which was released in 2009. Book V should be released soon.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

New Fiction Released the Week of 11/23/2010

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. Please click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

The Athena Project by Brad Thor
Dead Like You by Peter James
Edge of War by Larry Bond
The Emperor's Tomb by Steve Berry
Hull Zero Three by Greg Bear
Knot of Gneiss by Piers Anthony
The Midnight Show Murders by Al Roker
The Nostradamus Prophecies by Mario Reading
An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin
Palace of Justice by Susanne Alleyn
The Shadow War by Glen Scott Allen
Third Degree by Maggie Barbieri

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Oh No She Didn’t by Clinton Kelly

Clinton Kelly is famous for his unabashed criticism of poor dressers on his hit television show What Not to Wear. In his latest book he shares tips and tricks on how to break free from fashion faux pas and look fantastic at any age.

Clinton’s writing style is quite irreverent and his conversational style makes you feel like he’s sitting next to you, on a bench at the mall, criticizing the same freak in the crazy outfit too! He kept me laughing through every page with pictures of each offense and stories of the mayhem he has witnessed on the streets of New York City and around the country. Some of the offenses covered include the more subtle like matching jewelry or gloppy mascara to the overtly offensive like tattoos and evening wear, matching your mate and holiday sweaters.

Clinton spares no punches when it comes to bad fashion sense and he loves making examples out of the most egregious of offenders. Some of his more inexcusable fashion mistakes: Mothers who insist on dressing from the juniors department, track suits and platform flip-flops. In fact to Clinton, ANY flip-flop worn ANYPLACE other than the beach or the pool is a horrid fashion mistake.

Clothing isn’t the only thing on his mind. He is quick to remind readers that there is more to looking fabulous than just the clothes you buy. He reminds us that women need to pay closer attention to their physical appearance as well. Roots?? Get rid of ‘em. Eyebrows?? Two please! Fidgeting and poor posture are huge no-no’s as well.

I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick guide for overcoming poor fashion sense. Or, if you are reasonably well kempt and you just secretively enjoy pointing and giggling at the crazies in our society, read this book.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Mischief of the Mistletoe by Lauren Willig

Arabella Dempsey has been her aunt's companion for many years and now that her aunt is married, Arabella has come home. Her good friend Jane Austen lives nearby but her family isn't the same. Arabella decides to apply as a teacher at Miss Climpson's Select Seminary for Young Ladies. After receiving the position, she literally bumps into Reginald "Turnip" Fitzhugh. Knowing each other from society they talk for awhile and Turnip gives Arabella his Christmas pudding. As he is leaving, a man comes and tries to steal the pudding. After Turnip takes care of him, Arabella and Turnip discover a secret message in the pudding written in French.

Arabella and Turnip decide to figure out what is going on. Turnip being friends with spies and being mistaken for a spy in the past, knows what to do. But as Arabella starts to have feelings for Turnip she decides to ease away. But Turnip has other ideas. And as the Twelve Days of Christmas party begins, Arabella will be surprised to learn Turnip has his sights on her and as well as the spy.

Another great story in the Pink Carnation series. The Orchid Affair, book eight of the series, comes out in January 2011.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

New Fiction Released the Week of 11/16/2010

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. Please click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

Crescent Dawn by Clive Cussler
Cross Fire by James Patterson
Every Bitter Thing by Leighton Gage
Hollywood Hills by Joseph Wambaugh
Luka and the Fire of Life by Salman Rushdie
The Neighbors are Watching by Debra Ginsberg
The Shooting in the Shop by Simon Brett

Saturday, November 13, 2010

The Confession by John Grisham

Like Grisham's stellar first novel, A Time to Kill, The Confession, which tackles the death penalty, is fraught with racial tension and will trouble the heart of its readers.

In Sloane, TX, black football player Donte Drumm is wrongly accused of raping and murdering cheerleader and fellow student Nicole Yarber, who happens to be white. Even though her body was never found, the police bullied Drumm into signing a confession. In Texas this was enough to put him on death row, where he has been awaiting execution for 9 years, but his time is running out. His lawyer, Robbie Flak, has done every possible appeal, but to no avail.

In Topeka, Kansas parolee Travis Boyette, who is dying of terminal brain cancer, enters Lutheran Minister Keith's office to confess to the murder of Yarber. After verifying Boyette's background, Keith tries to convince Boyette to come forward before the wrong man is put to death, but Boyette is resistant.

The novel did not shed a positive light on Texas's justice system. After reading this book, you will question how many times the wrong man has been executed. Despite the much debated and heated topic, I loved, loved this book and it reminded me why Grisham is the master of legal thrillers. The characters were so well-developed that I was emotionally attached to Donte and his family by the end, and it was definitely a page-turner. I think this latest should please many of Grisham's fans.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Betrayal of the Blood Lily by Lauren Willig

Penelope Deveraux, now Lady Frederick Staines is headed to India with her new husband. He has been named Special Envoy and is to report his findings to Wellesley. Recently married, Penelope is trying to make the best of her marriage. It was not a love match. Their guide is Captain Alex Reid and he would rather be doing anything else but playing baby-sitter to the spoiled Englishman and his bride. Alex may be English by birth but he was raised in India.

Along the way Penelope gets it in her head that someone is out to kill Frederick. Her first suspect is Alex but that just might be her way of deflecting her growing feelings for the Captain. But when a spy named Marigold enters the picture, Penelope is determined to figure out what is going on. Alex is trying to solve the same mystery and he suspects his brother is somehow involved. And when Alex and Penelope start investigating together, the Marigold better watch his back.

And let's not forget the other story being told. Every couple of chapters, the setting is in the present and focuses on Eloise, a young woman who is in London writing her thesis on the spies of the past. This time she is learning more about her boyfriend Colin and his family.

This is book six of the Pink Carnation series and they just keep getting better and better. The newest book, The Mischief of the Mistletoe, was just released. I am sure it is another winner and I cannot wait to read it!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

New Fiction Released the Week of 11/9/2010

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. Please click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

Blood and Fire by Nick Brownlee
The Convent by Panos Karnezis
Crazy by William Peter Blatty
Daniel by Henning Mankell
A Dead Man's Tale by James Doss
Dead Man's Chest by Kerry Greenwood
The Distant Hours by Kate Morton
Full Dark, No Stars by Stephen King
Ghosting by David Poyer
Hell's Corner by David Baldacci
The Hidden by Bill Pronzini
I Still Dream About You by Fannie Flagg
The Identity Man by Andrew Klavan
The Insane Train by Sheldon Russell
The Last Confession by Solomon Jones
The Last Days of Ptolmey Grey by Walter Mosley
Outwitting Trolls by William Tapply
The Pericles Commission by Gary Corby
Sunset Park by Paul Auster
Trio of Sorcery by Mercedes Lackey
Valley Forge by Newt Gingrich
The Weight by Andrew Vachss
The Wolves of Andover by Kathleen Kent

Friday, November 5, 2010

On the Street Where You Live by Mary Higgins Clark

Criminal defense attorney Emily Graham recently bought the old Victorian house in Spring Lake, NJ that was once owned by a distant relative in the late 1800's. Emily's ancestor, Madeline Shapely, disappeared without a trace when she was waiting for her fiance on the front porch.

While finishing the work for an in-ground pool that the previous owners had started, the excavators come across a grave buried in Emily's backyard that contain the bones of two young women: one is identified as Madeline Shapley and the other is the remains of another young women who disappeared in Spring Lake 4 1/2 years earlier.

How is it possible that the remains of two young women, over 100 years apart, could be buried in the same place? A local psychologist questions if it could possibly be the work of the same killer who was reincarnated, but Emily believes that the present-day killer is still at large and she is determined to find the answer. Added to her stress is the threatening correspondence she receives that is similar to what she received in Albany. The Albany stalker is still in prison...is this a new stalker out to haunt her?

Meanwhile, police detectives Duggan and Walsh also reopen the case of Martha Lawrence and re-question all the guests that were present at the party the night that she disappeared. With over 20 guests, it seems as though everyone that night has something to hide.

As typical of Clark, there are about a gazillion characters and subplots that add to the mystery. With so many possible suspects, the truth comes as a surprise. This 2001 title is another stellar novel of suspense by Clark.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

New Fiction Released the Week of 11/2/2010

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. Please click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

A Butterfly in a Flame by Nicholas Kilmer
Criminal Innocence by Jeffrey Ashford
Echo by Jack McDevitt
Edge by Jeffery Deaver
Foreign Bodies by Cynthia Ozick
A Holiday Yarn by Sally Goldenbaum
Indulgence in Death by J.D. Robb
Innocent Monster by Reed Farrel Coleman
Kind of Blue by Miles Corwin
Mary Ann in Autumn by Armistead Maupin
Moonlight Mile by Dennis Lehane
On Christmas Eve by Thomas Kinkade
The Passages of H.M. by Jay Parini
Valley of Dry Bones by Priscilla Royal