Monday, September 19, 2016

Forgotten Voyage: the Deadliest Maritime Disaster You’ve Never Heard Of

I just listened to two amazing audiobooks. These books had me staying in my car long after I reached my destination. These stories are  exquisite and the narrators are gifted story tellers.  I recommend you settle in your favorite chair and prepare for a wonderful listening experience.

Salt to the Sea by Ruth Sepetys 
Read by Jorjeana Marie, Cassandra Morris, Will Damron and Michael Crouch

In 1945 World War II is drawing to a close and bands of refugees attempt to escape the oncoming onslaught of the Russian soldiers, by boarding a ship to safety. Among the refugees are Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find strength, courage and learn to trust one another as they journey toward freedom. Each hopes to recover something lost during Hitler's reign of terror. Told in alternating voices, this story will enthrall you and as you realize the story is a fictionalized account of the true story of the Wilhelm Gustloff you will hold your breath as you wait to learn the fate of the beloved characters. This is a story you will not soon forget.

The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne read by Derek Perkins

Truthfully I like this story, but I absolutely adore the narrator, Derek Perkins. Derek's voicing talent makes this a truly enjoyable read. I must confess,  I have never listened to a romance novel. This one was definitely worth listening too.
The story begins in an orphanage where a precocious 8-year-old girl,  Farah Leigh finds an injured 11-year-old boy named, Dougan of the clan Mackenzie and tends his wound. Farah names the boy her friend. She is his first friend ever and they become inseparable. In the way of children they vow to love each other forever and Doughan at the age of 13 handfasts with his Fairy. Unfortunately misfortune befalls them and they are separated. 17 years later Farah Leigh Mackenzie is a widow. Farah meets Dorian Blackwell, the Blackheart of Ben. Dorian is wealthy villain and will fight to the death to get what he wants and to wreak vengeance on those who have wronged him. What he wants now is Farah Leigh Mackenzie. Farah has never met Dorian before and cannot understand why he is interested in her or her secrets. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Woodcarving Books

This month the library is highlighting our Crafting and Home Decorating collection.  I've chosen my favorite craft: woodcarving!  First a few definitions and then on to the great resources here at the library.

Chip--a style of carving in which knives or chisels are used to remove small chips of wood from a flat surface in a single piece.

In the Round--a style of carving that is completed in its entirety and generally has a more "life like" surface and texture.  They can be any topic and any size.

Relief--figures are carved in a flat panel of wood in 3 dimension.  They project only slightly from the background rather than standing freely.

Whittling--a style where an object is carved from wood by repeatedly cutting small pieces from it.

No matter which style you prefer we have books for every woodcarver:

General Carving

Woodcarving: Techniques and Projects for the First-Time Carver by Everett Ellenwood

Woodcarving: 20 Great Projects for Beginners by John Hillyer

Wood Carving Basics by David Sabol

Chip Carving

Chip Carving: Design and Pattern Sourcebook by Wayne Barton

Complete Guide to Chip Carving by Wayne Barton

In the Round Carving

Carving Fantasy and Legend Figures in Wood by Shawn Cipa

Carving Caricature Animals by Desiree Hajny

Halloween Woodcarving by Cyndi Joslyn

Carving and Painting Christmas Ornaments by Betty Paddon

Carving in the Round by Andrew Thomas

Relief Carving

101 Artistic Relief Patterns for Woodcarvers by Lora S. Irish

Great Book of Carving Patterns by Lora S. Irish


Complete Starter Guide to Whittling: 24 Easy Projects You Can Make in a Weekend--736.4 Comp

The Art of Whittling by Walter L. Faurot

The Little Book of Whittling by Chris Lubkemann

Tiny Whittling by Steve Tomashek

Whittling Pencils by Randy True


Art of Chainsaw Carving by Jessie Groese

Make Your Own Walking Sticks by Charles Self

The Complete Book of Gourd Carving by Jim Widess and Ginger Summit

Carving Found Wood by Vic Wood

Thursday, September 1, 2016

September's In the Queue

I know it's September but publishers are releasing Christmas stories early this year. In the hopes that, if you love Christmas stories, you may get one of these before the holidays, I placed them on this month's list. If you don't like holiday reads, never fear there are mysterious murders, tales of traitors, gales of laughter and even Bruce Springsteen's own story found in September's In the Queue. Find a cozy spot and settle down for a great story.


Pushing Up Daisies by M.C. Beaton
When a wealthy land developer who plans to turn a community garden into a housing estate winds up dead, Agatha Raisin is hired to find the real killer.

The Christmas Angel Project by Melody Carlson
Four women inspired by their late friend's gifts to them, decide to become someone else's Christmas Angel and find their own lives enriched by the experience. 

Fates and Traitors by Jennifer Chiaverini
The New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker returns with a riveting work of historical fiction following the notorious John Wilkes Booth and the four women who kept his perilous confidence.

Christmas Caramel Murder by Joanne Fluke
The holidays have arrived, and Hannah and her good pal Lisa have agreed to provide all the goodies for the town's annual production of A Christmas Carol. But before anyone can say "Bah, humbug!" a Santa-sized sack of trouble ensues.

Reckless Creed by Alex Kava
Ryder Creed, his K-9 search-and-rescue dogs, and FBI agent Maggie O'Dell are at the center of a mysterious murder investigation, which involves three murders in Chicago, Missouri and Alabama. They soon discover an ominous connection among all the deaths.

Mischling by Affinity Konar
A brave and magnificent testament to a shaken world, this novel tells the harrowing story of Pearl and Stasha, twin sisters who are forced to become curiosities of Mengele's Auschwitz Zoo. Pearl disappears after a performance, and Stasha vows to find her, no matter the cost.

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by the Bolshevik tribunal and sentenced to house arrest in a grand hotel. His attic room overlooks the Kremlin where he watches the world move on without him. Great characters, beautiful settings and prose make this a  fascinating read as the count attempts to understand why he is imprisoned and what it means to be a man of purpose. 

New Books By Best Selling Authors
The Whole Town's Talking by Fannie Flagg
Order to Kill by Vince Flynn
Closed Casket: The New Hercule Poirot Mystery by Sophie Hannah
The Wish by Beverly Lewis
Small Great Things: A Novel by Jodi Picoult
Escape Clause by John Sandford
Pharaoh: A Novel of Ancient Egypt by Wilbur Smith
Seduced by Randy Wayne White


In Such Good Company: Eleven Years of Laughter, Mayhem, and Fun in the Sandbox by Carol Burnett
Carol Burnett shares a behind-the-scenes look at her popular show and explores the elements that made it a success.

Killing the Rising Sun: How America Vanquished World War II Japan by Bill O'Reilly
O'Reilly portrays the events of World War II in 1944, when escalating Pacific battles between U.S. forces and the Japanese army lead to the development of humanity's deadliest weapon and President Truman's impossible choice.

Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life, bringing to these pages the same honesty, humor, and originality found in his songs. 

Monday, August 22, 2016

Super Sleuths to the Rescue!

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created beloved super sleuth, Sherlock Holmes in 1890. If you have not read this mystery series, now is a GREAT time to listen. Brilliance audio created a Complete Sherlock Homes CD Book.  Complete means it includes more than 60 Sherlock Holmes stories. There are 3 CD books and the first CD book has 18 discs. Sherlock, an iconic hero, uses his immense powers of observation to solve complex crimes. He can see a simple clue; a smudged print on a window sill, a stray hair, or detect that dust was moved and determine who committed the crime, how they did it and why. Sherlock's deductive skills are simply amazing! He can solve a complex crime in no time at all.  If you love super sleuths this is a not to be missed collection. 

Still not sure this is the book for you? Then consider the narrator, Simon Vance. Simon is one of the best narrators in the business.  He has narrated 100's of books including winning the best voice award for Stieg Larsson's Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. He is a multi-award winner for his narrations. When his narrative skills are combined with the fantastic stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle there's no way to lose. Sherlock always gets the villain. 

If you enjoy mysteries with great sleuths... you may enjoy  these stories.

From Doon With Death by Ruth Rendell
This legendary crime fiction debut novel written by Rendell introduces readers to Inspector Wexford the clever detective who investigates the demise of the timid house wife, whose body ends up brutally mangled in the woods. His intriguing character, great deductive skills make for a dazzling suspenseful read.

The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
This mesmerizing classic detective novel is the debut of brilliant Detective Hercule Poirot. He is faced with a locked door murder of Emily Inglethorpe, a wealthy woman who was poisoned in her locked bedroom. How someone is able to enter her room, poison her and escape without anyone seeing them is quite a mystery.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Explore Your Wild Side! Mystery Series in the Great Outdoors

This month the library is highlighting our large and extremely diverse mystery novel collection.  I wanted to share a few of my favorites plus come up with some kind of theme.  It turns out that most of my selections relate to the outdoors in some way--whether it is about wildlife, environmental concerns, or just the grandeur of mother nature.  So, enjoy some great mystery series and explore our big, beautiful, planet from the comfort of your favorite chair.

*= my favorites

Sarah Andrews--Em Hansen is a forensic geologist in the western United States--Tensleep is the first in the series.

Sandi Ault--Jamaica Wild is a resource-protection agent for the Bureau of Land Management in northern New Mexico--Wild Indigo.

*Nevada Barr--Anna Pigeon is a law enforcement ranger at various National Parks in the U. S.--Track of the Cat.

Pamela Beason--Summer "Sam" Weston is a wildlife biologist and free-lance writer in North America--Endangered.

C. J. Box--Joe Pickett is a game warden in the Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming--Open Season.

Paul Doiron--Mike Bowditch is a game warden in the wilds of Maine--The Poacher's Son.

*Tricia Fields--Josie Gray is a west Texas police chief in small-town Artemis on the Mexican border--The Territory.

Joseph Heywood--Grady Service is a Dept. of Natural Resources Conservation officer in Michigan--Ice Hunter.

*Tony Hillerman/Anne Hillerman--Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee are Navajo Tribal Police in the Four Corners area of Arizona and New Mexico--The Blessing Way.

*J. A. Jance--Joanna Brady is the sheriff of Cochise County, Arizona in the small desert town of Bisbee--Desert Heat.

Craig Johnson--Walt Longmire is the sheriff in Absaroka County, Wyoming--The Cold Dish.

William Kent Krueger--Cork O'Connor is a Irish/Native American former sheriff in northern Minnesota--Iron Lake.

*Virginia Lanier--Jo Beth Sidden is a bloodhound trainer and search and rescue handler in the Okefenokee Swamp area of Georgia--Death in Bloodhound Red.

Keith McCafferty--Sean Stranahan is a painter, fly fisherman, and P.I. in the Madison River area of Montana--The Royal Wulff Murders.

Skye Kathleen Moody--Venus Diamond is a small but mighty U. S. Fish and Wildlife agent in Washington--Rain Dance.

Kinley Roby--Harry Brock is a painter, naturalist, and P.I. on an island in southwest Florida--Death in a Hammock.

Kirk Russell--Ex-DEA agent John Marquez is an undercover warden with the CA Dept. of Fish and Game--Shell Games.

*Jessica Speart--Rachel Porter is an apolitical U. S. Fish and Wildlife agent starting in New Orleans, Louisiana--Gator Aide.

*Dana Stabenow--Kate Shugak is a part Aleut investigator in remote southeast Alaska--A Cold Day for Murder. (Fantastic heroine!)

Randy Wayne White--"Doc" Ford is an ex-operative, marine biologist on Sanibel Island, Florida--Sanibel Flats.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The Suicide Motor Club

She saw them with true eyes, saw what they were. Saw the catlike reflection in their eyes, saw the driver’s smile, his foxlike canines, the wolfish teeth on the one wrestling with her. Saw the sharp red hole that was the woman’s mouth, the teeth in it the teeth of biting gar.

They like fast cars. They like the nighttime. They prowl the lonely highways of America, headlights off, hunting. Always hunting. They are the Suicide Motor Club, and you should pray very hard that you never meet them.
Judith Lamb wasn’t so lucky. She first met the Suicide Motor Club one night in 1967, on the road to Amarillo with her husband and her son. One minute, things were normal, the next, a carful of monsters with human faces pulled up out of nowhere and dragged her boy right out of the car. Then, to leave no witnesses, they ran Judith and her husband off the road and vanished into the night.

The dead ride quickly, indeed.
Flash forward two years. Judith is the sole survivor, her husband dead from his injuries, her son’s whereabouts unknown. Only she can tell the tale of what happened that night in 1967, but who would believe that monsters with shining eyes had ambushed them and taken her son? No one save a clandestine group calling themselves the Bereaved. And they offer her the one thing no police officer, therapist, or holy order can: revenge.  
Good luck, Judith.

Fasten your seatbelt, dear reader, because The Suicide Motor Club is a ride to hell and back you won’t soon forget. Christopher Buehlman (Those Across the River, The Lesser Dead) continues to impress as a top-caliber horror writer, so if horror is your preferred genre, do yourself a favor and add him to your reading list right now.
And stay off the road at night.

Monday, August 1, 2016

August's In The Queue

As summer comes to a close make time to read a good book! 

Puppet Master by Dale Brown
Recruited in the wake of a miraculous rescue, a robotics genius is swept up by a dangerous conspiracy that compels him to unleash the most powerful cyber weapons the world has ever seen.

A Time of Torment: A Charlie Parker Thriller by John Connolly
A dying man whose heroism resulted in his own demise inspires private investigator Charlie Parker to bring justice to an isolated community under the control of men who rule by intimidation and murder.

Here I Am: A Novel by Jonathan Safran Foer
Foer's most searching, hard-hitting, and grandly entertaining novel yet. It traces the fracturing of a family in crisis as they confront the paradoxes between the lives they think they want and the lives they are actually living.

Sunday Kind of Love by Dorothy Garlock
Dorothy Garlock presents a heartland America romance that explores the challenges of finding love in unexpected places.

Broken Trust by W.E.B. Griffin
Having investigated his share of gruesome murders, Philadelphia homicide Sergeant Matt Payne is beginning to think nothing can shock him until the case of a young socialite's death lands on his desk.

Nine Women, One Dress by Jane L. Rosen
This charming, hilarious, irresistible debut novel brings nine unrelated women together, each touched by the same little black dress that weaves through their lives, bringing with it a little magic.

New Books By Best Selling Authors

Insidious by Catherine Coulter
With breakneck speed and unexpected twists and turns, Insidious will leave you breathless until the shocking conclusion.

Home by Harlan Coben
Drawing on his singular talent, Coben delivers an explosive and deeply moving thriller about friendship, family and the meaning of home.

Pirate by Clive Cussler
An eight hundred year old treasure, an ancient cypher wheel, a brutal murder and a man who will stop at nothing to claim what he considers rightfully his. 

The Wonder by Emma Donoghue
A simple tale of two strangers, who will transform each other's lives, a powerful psychological thriller and a story of love pitted against evil in its many masks.

Curious Minds by Janet Evanovich
A brand new series introduces a fun and entertaining crime-solving team complete with great romantic chemistry.

Darkest Journey by Heather Graham
Shocked when her father is implicated in the murders of two civil war reenactors, Charlie Moreau reunites with FBI Krewe of Hunters agent, Ethan Delaney to infiltrate a band of reenactors to identify the one among them who has a motive to kill.

Three Sisters, Three Queens by Phillipa Gregory
Brought to the Tudor court as a young bride, Katherine of Aragon forges a unique sisterhood with the kings sisters.

Razor Girl: A Novel by Carl Hiaasen
A razor sharp, hilarious and entertaining novel.

Downfall by Judith A. Jance
Arizona sheriff Joanna Brady returns in this outstanding southwest Arizona mystery.

Crash and Burn by Fern Michaels
The women of the sisterhood are united in their bond to help those who cannot help themselves. In this new exciting thriller the sisterhood takes on 'the Chessman' who are a formidable force in DC.

Woman of God by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
The world is watching as historic crowds gather in Rome, waiting for news of a new pope, one who promises to be different from any in the church's history.

Revenge in a Cold River by Anne Perry
Unable to remember anything before a carriage accident he suffered years earlier Commander Monk is framed for murder by a man from his past and must rely on his wife and close friend to prove his innocence.

Damaged by Lisa Scottoline
Damaged will have readers riveted to the last page as they root for the beloved characters and their fight for justice.

The Kept Woman by Karin Slaughter
A searing novel of love, loss and redemption.

Rushing Waters: A Novel by Danielle Steel
When a major hurricane descends on New York City and wreaks unimaginable chaos and devastation. Yet through the darkness, the characters form unlikely new friendships, and together find hope.


Liars: How Big Government Progressives Exploit Our Fears by Glen Beck
This scathing critique of progressivism traces its history and what he believes are the dangers it poses to the future. 

The Perfect Horse: The Daring US Mission to Rescue the Priceless Stallions Kidnapped by the Nazis by Elizabeth Letts

The riveting true story of the valiant rescue or priceless pedigree horses in the last days of World War II.