Thursday, September 29, 2016

Til Death Do Us Part by Amanda Quick

Calista Langley runs an agency which introduces respectable ladies and gentlemen. She has found success but now she has become the target of a stalker. He has been sending her little trinkets associated with funerals. And one he left in her bedroom.

Trent Hastings decides to visit Calista about his sister, Eudora, belonging to her agency. He soon becomes involved in Calista's problems. He thinks he can help since he is a famous mystery writer. Calista reluctantly accepts his help and soon they are on the trail of her stalker. But then the case takes a deadly turn. Will they be able to figure out the mystery before they wind up dead?

I don't know what it is about Amanda Quick but I love her books. This one was just as great. The characters, the story it is all fantastic. If you haven't read her, what are you waiting for?!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

New Fiction 9/27/2016

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.

Reckless Creed by Alex Kava
Mercury by Margot Livesey
Presumption of Guilt by Archer Mayor
The Girl in the Castle by Santa Montefiore

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

On the invitation of an acquaintance, Scott Burroughs boards a small private plane headed to New York from Martha's Vineyard. Also on board: a television news network magnate, a Wall Street VIP, their wives, 2 children, and the crew. Midway through the flight, the unthinkable happens - the plane crashes into the ocean, and Scott and one four year-old boy survive.

In the aftermath, Burroughs is bemused to be lauded as a hero, and tries to keep a low profile. But, as speculation into the crash grows, along with the media tumult, he begins to question his choice.

The story unfolds in a non-linear style - going back and forth between characters and time, with a plot that's straight out of today's headlines. The suspense continues to build, and you'll find yourself at the edge of your seat until the very end. Loved this book, and I can't wait to see what Mr. Hawley has in store for us next.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Goodbye Summer, Hello, Autumn by Kenard Pak

If you’re looking for an exquisite, calm, and captivating way to let go of summer and greet autumn, read Goodbye Summer, Hello, Autumn by Kenard Pak, with your favorite child, or as a treat for yourself.

Follow a little girl's conversation with nature about the changes she sees as summer passes into autumn.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

New Fiction 9/20/2016

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.

Home by Harlan Coben
The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter
Infamy by Robert K. Tanenbaum
Pushing Up Daisies by M.C. Beaton
Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd by Alan Bradley
The Wonder by Emma Donoghue
Blind Sight by Carol O'Connell

Saturday, September 17, 2016

The Girl With All the Gifts by M. R. Carey

Melanie is 10 years old, and attends school with other "gifted" children just like her. She is very smart, and especially likes doing sums and spelling. She has a crush on her teacher, Miss Justineau. Miss Justineau reads stories to her students, and teaches them about "outside".

Something seems to be going on at the school, because students are being taken out of class, and then not returning. When they come for her, Melanie makes a daring escape, along with her favorite teacher and a scientist. As the group makes their way through the post-apocalyptic landscape, survival is their main focus. But, as they continue on, they make shocking discoveries, including what caused the infection that has wiped out most of humanity. They also learn about love, trust, and family - things that seem to have been wiped out as well.

Despite whatever else you may read or see about this book (or the movie coming out September 23), this is not "just another" zombie tale. There is so much suspense, you'll be at the edge of your seat. I read it in one sitting because I just couldn't put it down - I had to know what happens next! Trust me - you're gonna want to read this before you see the movie - it's totally worth it.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Calendar Girl Volume One by Audrey Carlan

Mia Saunders is an actress. Or trying to be one. She is struggling to put her younger sister through college and then she finds out her father owes a ton of money to his bookie. It is so bad that he gets beaten up and is in a coma. Now Mia is desperate for money.

Her aunt runs an escort business and in one year Mia could make enough money to pay off her dad's debt and her sister's schooling. She would be with a different guy each month and doesn't not have to have sex with them. But if she does, she receives a bonus. Mia decides to give it a try.

In January, Mia is with Wes, a hotshot screenwriter in L.A. Her job is to go to parties and basically run interference with all the gold-diggers. In February, Mia is with Alec, a French artist. She is to be his muse and pose naked. In March, Mia is with Tony, the head of a family business. Her job is to be his pretend fiance because Tony is gay and his family doesn't know and he thinks it will hurt the business.

I really liked the concept of this series. I enjoyed the characters and the different stories. Sometimes the stories dragged a little bit but overall I liked it. I will definitely read the next three volumes.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

New Fiction 9/13/2016

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.
Pirate by Clive Cussler
Robert B. Parker's Debt to Pay by Reed Farrel Coleman
Nutshell by Ian McEwan
Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Let's Play Make-Believe by James Patterson

Christy is going through a divorce. She was blindsided by the decision and suddenly finds herself living in a one bedroom apartment in a hotel. This is a big adjustment since she used to live in a mansion that she redecorated. Out one night with her friend, Christy meets Martin. They immediately connect.

Soon Christy is doing things she has never done. They call it playing make-believe. But when Martin wants to scare his ex-wife, make-believe suddenly becomes very real.

This is one of James Patterson's Bookshots. They are less than 150 pages and fun. This was a good one with a sinister twist at the end.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Troublemaker by Linda Howard

Morgan Yancey has just returned home from being away for six months doing highly classified jobs as an operative. So the last thing he expected was to be shot at his front door. There is a mole in the agency and he has to hide out as he recovers. His boss ships him off to the last place anyone would look for him.

Isabeau "Bo" Maran has had a rough couple of years but she has finally found her place as the police chief in a small town in West Virgina. The last thing she needs is some strange man recuperating at her house.

Slowly they start to get use to each and of course they become attracted to each other. But Morgan hasn't told Bo that he is really bait and danger could show up at anytime. When danger does arrive will everyone make it out alive?

We had to wait a couple of years for this book and while it was a good read I don't think it was worth the wait. Here's hoping we don't have to wait a couple more years for her next one!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

New Fiction 9/6/2016

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.

Downfall by Judith A. Jance
Apprentice In Death by J.D. Robb
Razor Girl by Carl Hiaasen 
Revenge In a Cold River by Anne Perry
The Wish by Beverly Lewis
Closed Casket by Sophie Hannah

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Britt Marie Was Here by Fredrik Bachman

When Britt Marie finds out that her husband has been cheating on her, she packs her bags and leaves him. This is a big change for Britt Marie, and Britt Marie dislikes change. And disorganization - she hates disorganization With nowhere to go, and very little money, she finds herself in immediate need of a job, so she presents herself at the unemployment office, much to the dismay of the counselor who finds herself handling Britt Marie's file.

Being middle aged with no job skills and quite socially awkward, Britt Marie is going to be next to impossible to place. When a temporary job for a janitor comes up in a small suburban village community center, Britt Marie immediately accepts it, and sets off for the village. Her hopes are a bit dashed when she arrives, as the recession has hit the village pretty hard and there's not much life in it. But, Britt Marie perseveres and settles in.

As she begins to get acquainted with some of the interesting characters living in the village, she finds herself getting attached. No one is more surprised than Britt Marie herself when she takes on the daunting task of preparing the local youth soccer league for an important match.

I loved this book! As difficult as Britt Marie can be, she really grows on you the more time you spend with her, and I'm sure she'll grow on you too. By the author of A Man Called Ove and My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Marrying His Best Friend by Jennifer Gracen

Living near Dublin, Ireland, single parent Maura Callahan and Aidan McKinnon have been best friends since University. After her fiancee abused her while she was pregnant and subsequently abandoned them, she has been raising Chloe mostly on her own, with the help of Aidan, Chloe’s godfather.

Now Niall, her ex, is back and he wants to see his daughter. Aidan reads up on Ireland law and discovers that if Maura marries him and he adopts Chloe, Niall will have no legal rights to his child. For Aidan, marrying Maura is so much more than helping a friend, as he has been love with her since the moment they met. Maura agrees to his plan and they soon find out that their affection is mutual.

However, Maura has been independent for so long that when Niall starts threatening her, she thinks she can handle it alone. Their long held could trust could be broken when Aidan learns what Maura has been hiding.

You can almost hear the authentic Irish accents in Gracen’s (The Doctor’s Love) sweet novella and Bk.3 in The McKinnon Brothers series. The characters are emphatic, and this is a sure bet for readers wanting a feel good story that is light on intimacy and strong on heart.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | September 1, 2016