Saturday, October 31, 2015

Gumshoe by Rob Leininger

Former IRS agent turned Private Investigator, Mort Angel, is having a stimulating week. His ex-wife's fiance, who happens to be the mayor of Reno, goes missing at the same time as the city's District Attorney. Heads start to roll. Literally.

Next, Mort comes home to a naked stranger passed out in his bed, a woman he has never seen before, who has disappeared by the time he rolls off the couch in the morning. Then things get really interesting.

This fast-paced mystery puts the pedal to the metal and never lets up. If you like a quick moving story with great characters, lots of suspects, and tons of twists and turns, this one's for you.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

The Kill by Jane Casey

D.C. Maeve Kerrigan, along with her abrasive boss, D.I. Josh Derwent,  is called away from a countryside wedding to investigate a fellow London police officer’s murder.  The victim was found in a compromising position, so the investigators must navigate the politics of the situation, as well as deal with the media.

The pressure for a quick and uncontroversial wrap-up of the case steadily builds.  To be successful, Kerrigan must skirt the internal politics of the department, and deftly handle the testosterone dominated squad room.  Will the secret she keeps come back to haunt her?

This atmospheric, character-driven, fast-paced police procedural is for readers who enjoy Tana French’s, or Robert Galbraith’s (J.K. Rowling) mysteries.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

New Fiction 10/27/2015

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. If you see something you like, simply click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

Playing With Fire by Tess Gerritsen
The Theory of Death by Faye Kellerman
Corrupted by Lisa Scottoline
The Woman Who Walked in Sunshine by Alexander McCall Smith
Naughtier Than Nice by Eric Jerome Dickey
Christmas Bells by Jennifer Chiaverini
After Alice by Gregory Maguire
A Banquet of Consequences by Elizabeth George
Bittersweet Dreams by V.C. Andrews

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Blush by Cherry Adair

Amelia Wentworth is a billionaire CEO of a cosmetics company and someone is trying to kill her. She decides to disappear in Louisana. She now goes by Mia Hayworth and is restoring a house. She has also completing a to do list: learn to cook, buy a truck, have sex with a stranger. She never imagined the sex with a stranger would lead to more.

Cruz Barcelona is a hit man. His last job is to kill Amelia Wentworth. But things don't go as planned. His gut is telling him that something is off. He decides to act has her handyman and find out if she is as despicable as he was lead to believe. He ends up getting up close and personal with her, which is a big no-no in his profession.

As Cruz is trying to figure out what is really going on, Amelia becomes suspicious of Cruz. But not enough to fire him. Because she is falling for him just as much as he is falling for her. But will they be able to uncover the truth before it is too late?

I am a big fan of Cherry Adair's but I wasn't sure at first about this book. It took awhile for me to get into the story and I wasn't a big fan of Amelia's. But I soon warmed up to the characters and we have another winner by Cherry Adair!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

The Question of the Unfamiliar Husband by Jeffrey Cohen and E.J. Copperman

What do you get when you mix an Aspie (short for a person with Asperger’s Syndrome) with a dead body or two?  Throw in a helpful assistant, a straight-shooting mother, and an ex-military cab driver and you have a recipe for a wonderfully quirky mystery.

The main character, Samuel Hoenig, makes it clear that he is NOT a private investigator, but runs a consulting firm called Questions Answered.  He merely answers questions, and his success rate is 100%.  Plus, Samuel has Asperger’s Syndrome, which means that he is highly intelligent and incredibly logical, but completely inept when entering the realm of emotions.  This is where the other characters come in, to help him navigate in this unfamiliar terrain.

 Though the plot is a bit forced, the characters in this story are so fully realized that you will barely notice.  If you enjoyed The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion, then this book is for you.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

New Fiction 10/20/2015

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. If you see something you like, simply click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

Golden Age by Jane Smiley
Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham
Golden Lion by Wilber A. Smith
The Lake House by Kate Morton
Host by Robin Cook

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Until We Break by Jamie Howard

Sloane and her sister Blaire, of the affluent Avery family, are helping out their grandmother at the diner this summer in Briscoll Bay where she meets Luke Evans. He is gorgeous but has a bad reputation, so there is no way Sloane will let her heart fall victim to another beating again, especially by a man with a history of thinking with his penis.

Luke feels that Sloane is something different than the quick lay he is accustomed to, and pursues her, at least as a friend. Sloane is slowing letting down the wall that she has built up and is learning to trust again. But when Luke learns that he will not be accepted by her family, he convinces himself to do what he thinks is best for Sloane and responds with the ultimate betrayal.

Fast forward five years. Sloane has been traveling the world and is called back when she learns Gran is sick. Luke has changed and is now in a committed relationship even though his heart belongs to Sloane. Sloane has changed too, but not for the better. Can Luke and her family get the old Sloane back or has her heart been crushed by a vice one time too many?

Howard’s complex debut is not the playful, lighthearted story readers might expect, which makes this new adult a standout. But at the core of the struggles each character faces is the kind of romance that makes readers tick. The author is planning another book, Until It’s Right, which will give readers Haley’s (Luke’s girlfriend) story.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | October 22, 2015

Thursday, October 15, 2015

The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain

Parisian bookstore owner Laurent Letellier takes an abandoned burgundy purse to the police, realizing that it was probably dumped after a robbery. The police are underwhelmed.  Certain that the woman would like her belongings back, Laurent gingerly opens the purse and begins his own investigation.

In an effort to locate the mystery woman, an intrigued Laurent reads from a red notebook found in the handbag.  Who is she?  What happened to her?  Snippets from the journal allow the bookseller to get to know the owner of the purse, and forces him to think about his own relationships and confront issues in his own life.

In this elegant and charming tale of lost and found, you will grow to root for these characters and you can’t help yourself when you hope for their happiness.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

New Fiction 10/13/2015

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. If you see something you like, simply click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.  

Twain's End by Lynn Cullen
Front Runner by Felix Francis
Winter Stroll by Elin Hilderbrand
All the Stars in the Heavens by Adriana Trigiani
Carrying Albert Home by Homer H. Hickam
The King's Justice by Stephen R. Donaldson
The Tsar of Love and Techno by Anthony Marra
The Adventuress by Tasha Alexander
Hell's Foundations Quiver by David Weber
An Irish Doctor in Love and at Sea by Patrick Taylor
An Apprentice to Elves by Elizabeth Bear
Foreign Affairs by Stuart Woods

Saturday, October 10, 2015

The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan

Kiernan chronicles the lives and events of Oak Ridge, Tennessee during World War II. The government pushed residents out of their homes and took over their land in order to set up a place known as Clinton Engineering Works (CEW). Thousands of people, especially women who's loved ones were sent off to fight in the War, were hired from all over to work in the factories at CEW.

No one told them what they were actually doing; they were just told that their duties will bring a speedy end to the war. There was a strict policy of not talking about what you are doing to anyone and do not ask any questions, or you might find yourself without a job. Little did they know, they were actually separating tubealloy in order to create an atomic bomb, which is what blew up Hiroshima and ultimately ended the War with Japan. The government was able to keep the secret by compartmentalizing duties and only telling employees what they needed to know to do the job, nothing more.

Some of the names who's individual stories are told include Celia Szapka, a secretary who transferred from the Project's NYC offices; Kattie Strickland, an African American janitor who had to face segregation at CEW and worked to send money home to her family in Alabama; and Colleen Rowan, who was recruited to "spy" on her coworkers and report back on anyone she discovered talking too much.

CEW workers were invested in wining the war and bringing their men home. They could also be considered the unsung heroes of the WWII. Kiernan also brings forth the inequity of women during this time. I am not much of a nonfiction reader, but the intrigue of this real life event kept me reading. Anyone interested in WWII will find this to be a fascinating and accessible read, even the science parts about atoms.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

The Martian by Andy Weir

Astrobotanist Mark Watney was left behind on Mars when a piece of equipment hit him during a sandstorm. The rest of the crew assumed he was dead, and there was no more time to go back and look for him, so Captain Lewis made the decision to save the rest of the crew.

Well it turns out Watney is alive. And is stuck on Mars. Alone. He has the Hab and other equipment, but it will be four years before a rescue crew can reach him, and he will run out of food long before then. So to stay alive, Watney uses his smarts and perseverance to beat all odds.

Like an astronaut MacGyver, Watney tricks out all the equipment he has at his disposal to ensure his survival, and not all the things he has to do are pleasant. But he has figured out how to cultivate bacteria to grow potatoes, make water, and navigate the harsh terrain. If he can get to the lander, he will even be able to communicate with NASA and his family will know he isn't dead. But how he will make it off this Godforsaken planet remains to be seen.

Weir hit it big with his science fiction debut, The Martian, that will appeal to wide ranging audience, not just those science and techie readers. There are a lot of science elements in the book, but the story is told through Watney's journal, and his honesty and humor keep readers invested in his story. There will be moments that will make you gasp as Watney escapes death more than once, and readers will be just as terrified as Watney. I don't want to ruin too much, so just read this book if you enjoy characters who make you laugh and are deserving of your sympathies for their plight. I promise you will be recommending this book to all your friends.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

New Fiction 10/6/2015

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. If you see something you like, simply click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks
The Survivor by Vince Flynn
A Call to Arms by David Weber
Parchment and Old Lace by Laura Childs
Killing Titan by Greg Bear
A.D. 33 by Ted Dekker
Ghost to the Rescue by Carolyn Hart
Fear the Dark by Kay Hooper
Closer to the Heart by Mercedes Lackey
An Ancient Peace by Tanya Huff
The Gap of Time by Jeanette Winterson
The Diamond Caper by Peter Mayle
Dashing Through the Snow by Debbie Macomber
Pretending to Dance by Diane Chamberlain

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Captive by Brighton Walsh

Madison Frost hates her life. She comes from a privileged life but her father is a workaholic and her mother is an alcoholic. She choose to go to Northwestern for college because it is close to home to take care of her mom. One day after leaving class, Madison is kidnapped.

When Madison wakes up she is tied up on a couch in a cabin. Her abductor is huge and scary and goes by the name Ghost. Madison tries to get him to tell  her what is going on but he won't. Soon Madison realizes that Ghost isn't going to hurt her and confides in him.

This isn't a normal job for Ghost. He has never kidnapped an innocent before. He tries to keep up the tough guy facade but Madison keeps getting under his skin. But when she finds out the truth it will have devastating consequences.

This is the second book I've read by Brighton Walsh and I am hooked. Great characters and great stories are what keeps me coming back. If you enjoy the New Adult genre, Brighton Walsh is one to read!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Ove is surrounded by complete idiots.  No one fixes things anymore, or uses their common sense.  No one understands that right is right and wrong is wrong. The world is upside down, and nothing can make it better. When did everything become so complicated?

 Then Ove’s neighbors come knocking at his door, needing this and borrowing that, always requiring his help.  First, it’s the husband and very-pregnant wife who irritate Ove when he is forced to intervene before the husband wrecks his own vehicle, his wife rolling her eyes. What sort of man can’t back up a trailer?  Next, it’s the twenty-something male he sees at all hours of the day (lazy!) who barges in with a nearly frozen cat that needs rescuing. Ove is not amused. Over and over, Ove’s neighbors interrupt his life, whether he wants to see them (he doesn’t!) or not.

 This heartwarming tale, with it’s quirky and wonderful characters, slowly reveals Ove’s personal journey and explains his curmudgeonly attitude toward the world. If you enjoyed the Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce, then this book is for you.