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November 3, 2015

 

Have a Taste of Thanksgiving Mysteries

 

     

  1. A Catered Thanksgiving by Isis Crawford
    Mia Alvar's stunning debut gives us a vivid, insightful picture of the Filipino diaspora: exiles and emigrants and wanderers uprooting their families to begin new lives in the Middle East and America--and, sometimes, turning back. Exploring the universal experience of loss, displacement, and the longing to connect across borders both real and imagined, In the Country speaks to the heart of everyone who has ever searched for a place to call home.
     

  2. Bittersweet by Susan Wittig Albert
    This Thanksgiving, be grateful for China Bayles who teams up with an old friend to solve a complex case of theft and murder in a South Texas ranching community.
     

  3. Skating Under the Wire: A Mystery by Joelle Charbonneau
    Rebecca Robbins has pulled the rink she inherited off the market. She's decided to stay in Indian Falls for good. Rebecca is certain that if she can get her maid of honor duties fulfilled and Thanksgiving dinner cooked, life will finally settle down to normal. But when Rebecca is hired to look into a string of home invasions and a dead body turns up at the bridal shower, she is forced to put aside her hopes for a quiet holiday season.
     

  4. The Diva Runs Out of Thyme by Krista Davis
    Few can compete with Natasha Smith when it comes to entertaining, but her childhood rival, Sophie Winston, certainly tries. Natasha may have stolen the spotlight and Sophie's husband, but Sophie is determined to rob her of the prize for the Stupendous Stuffing Shakedown. She just needs the right ingredient. But Sophie's search for the perfect turkey takes a basting when she stumbles across a corpse. And when the police find her name and photo inside the victimas car, Sophie will have to set her trussing aside to solve the murder or she'll be serving up prison grub.
     

  5. Thankless in Death by J.D. Robb
    As the household of NYPSD Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband Roarke prepares for an invasion of family and friends for Thanksgiving, an ungrateful son decides to stop the nagging from his parents - by ending their lives. Soon Jerald Reinhold is working his way through anyone who has ever thwarted him in his path to an easy life. Eve is increasingly frustrated in her efforts to cover all the potential victims as Jerald stays a terrifying step ahead. As the festivities begin, Eve is desperate to identify which victim on Jerald's long list will be the next, so she can stop the killing spree.
     

  6. Strangers at the Feast: A Novel by Jennifer Vanderbes
    A riveting second novel that unfolds over the course of Thanksgiving Day as two families are connected by a horrific crime.

 

 

 

August 10, 2015

 

Short Story Collections by Women

 

  1. In the Country: Stories by Mia Alvar
    Mia Alvar's stunning debut gives us a vivid, insightful picture of the Filipino diaspora: exiles and emigrants and wanderers uprooting their families to begin new lives in the Middle East and America--and, sometimes, turning back. Exploring the universal experience of loss, displacement, and the longing to connect across borders both real and imagined, In the Country speaks to the heart of everyone who has ever searched for a place to call home.

     

  2. Young Woman in a Garden by Delia Sherman
    Delia Sherman takes seemingly insignificant moments in the lives of artists or sailors--the light out a window, the two strokes it takes to turn a small boat--and finds the ghosts haunting them, the magic surrounding them. Here are the lives that make up larger histories, here are tricksters and gardeners, faeries and musicians, all glittering and sparkling, finding beauty and hope and always unexpected, a touch of wild magic.

     

  3. Hikayat: Short Stories by Lebanese Women
    The characters in these stories are on the brink of something - whether it be religious or social divides, or sexual awakening. The language reflects the great tension, and the great beauty in their transformation. And the collection as a whole reveals the rich diversity of the complex multi-cultural society out of which these stories have emerged.

     

  4. Get in Trouble by Kelly Link
    A collection of short stories features tales of a young girl who plays caretaker to mysterious guests at the cottage behind her house and a former teen idol who becomes involved in a bizarre reality show.

     

  5. Refund: Stories by Karen Bender
    We think about it every day, sometimes every hour: Money. Who has it. Who doesn't. How you get it. How you don't. Bender uses this very powerful force to pull together a unified collection of stories that deeply explore the ways in which money and the subsequent estimation of value affect the lives of her characters.

     

  6. The Wilds by Julia Elliot
    In these genre-bending stories, teetering between the ridiculous and the sublime, Elliott's language-driven fiction uses outlandish tropes to capture poignant moments in her humble characters' lives. Without abandoning the tenets of classic storytelling, Elliott revels in lush lyricism, dark humor, and experimental play.

 

 

 

July 7, 2015

 

Dueling Magicians, Illusionists and other Tales of Magic

 

 

  1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
    Waging a fierce competition for which they have trained since childhood, circus magicians Celia and Marco unexpectedly fall in love with each other and share a fantastical romance that manifests in fateful ways.

     

  2. The Disappearance Boy by Neil Bartlett
    When the show moves to the Brighton Grand, Reggie Rainbow, the magician's behind-the-scenes assistant, begins questioning how much of his own life has been an act and sets out to find somebody who disappeared from his own life years before.

     

  3. The Prestige by Christopher Priest
    A 19th Century feud between two English stage magicians. Their rivalry centers over instant displacement by electricity from one end of a stage to the other, the contest degenerating into dirty tricks. Told from the perspective of their descendants, a man and a woman.

     

  4. Vaclav & Lena by Haley Tanner
    Bonded by their shared status as children of Russian e´migre´s in spite of disparate family experiences, Vaclav and Lena team up as aspiring magicians when Lena's abusive domestic situation prompts her rescue by Vaclav's mother.

     

  5. Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician by Daniel Wallace
    Traveling through the Deep South in 1950 with Jeremiah Musgrove's Chinese Circus, magician Henry Walker finds himself in deep trouble with three angry white teenagers, while his friends from the circus describe how Henry received the gift of magic from the devil himself.

     

  6. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke
    In nineteenth-century England, all is going well for rich, reclusive Mr Norell, who has regained some of the power of England's magicians from the past, until a rival magician, Jonathan Strange, appears and becomes Mr Norrell's pupil.

 

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