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! 

Fiction
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.

Nonfiction

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.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Awesome Audios!

To round out the month of July and our focus on everything audio, I present two of my favorite audiobooks. Personally, I am not an audiobook person. I appreciate the audiophiles who have such an intense love and knowledge of all things audiobook, but I seem to have a very fraught relationship with them. However, everyone once in a while, I come across one that grabs me.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
First of all, you have to read this book. Whatever format you prefer, just read this book. I highly recommend the audio version because you get the delight of a good story paired with the vocal stylings of Wil Wheaton. Actually, if you love audiobooks or Wil Wheaton, I recommend any book he narrates.
The story is set in 2044 when the Earth has been ravaged by famine, poverty, and disease. All the people who struggle with a day-to-day existence escape to the OASIS, a virtual world lacking all of the misery in the real world. The creator of the OASIS has hidden puzzles that will lead to a massive fortune, but no one has been able to unlock one until Wade comes along. From there, the story turns into a fantastic, action packed adventure into 80s nostalgia.

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Authors are not necessarily the best choice as narrator for audiobooks. However, memoirs and other personal nonfiction seem to be the most logical books to be read by the author. Personal accounts of sensitive topics or life altering events can sometimes only best be read by those who lived them.  Ta-Nehisi Coates’s book, Between the World and Me, is one of these books.
Coates’s poignant memoir framed as a letter to his teenage son is a must read. It discusses the impact of American history and ideals on the safety and perception of black Americans. It is Coates’s personal history and his awakening to the truth about his place in the world, which is best told in the author’s voice rather than by a disconnected narrator. 

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Naomi Novak’s Temeraire series

Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series

The historical ‘what if?’  has long been one of the more fascinating questions : Victor Milan look at what if dinosaurs were still around in the 14th century, Marie Brennan looks at what if dragons were a part of nature, Eric Flint looks at what if a 21st century West Virginia mining town was dropped it into 1632 Germany. These types of fiction let the writer mix their imaginations with (hopefully) well researched fact.

Naomi Novik looks at the Napoleonic wars if dragons were not only used, but were intelligent, speaking creatures. We follow Captain William Laurence of the HMS Reliant as he is forced from the Navy due to circumstances. While capturing a French frigate, he finds himself bound for life to Temeraire, an exceptionally intelligent dragon, and thus committed to a lifetime service in the Aviator’s Corps. The story follows the intrepid duo through battles, politicking, storms, revolts, and plague all throughout the world as they try to thwart the forces of Napoleon.

Naturally, this is primarily an adventure series, but it is obvious that Novik's imagination is only equaled by her research into the time period. Little details really bring the world together and provide and excellent backdrop for the story. Also, while it would be easy to simply write a long string of battles with dragons, the Temeraire series also brings in politics, cultural differences, class differences, philosophy, and many other fascinating elements that serve to add depth to both the characters and the story. 

The audio versions of the Temeraire series are read by Simon Vance and are most excellent to listen to during the day. Vance does an admirable job giving life to so many characters from so many different countries.

I would highly recommend both the audio and the print version for anyone that is a fan of ‘what ifs’, dragons, Patrick O’Brian’s Master and Commander, and Horatio Hornblower.


Monday, July 18, 2016

The Best Audiobooks!


I have been converted. I admit I am now an audiobook lover. It was not always like that and usually, I still prefer a 'good old fashioned book' in my hands to an e-book or an audiobook, but lately I have found fantastic narrators who make listening an auditory pleasure. I especially enjoy listening to multi-voiced audiobooks.  

So if you love listening to a great narrator...you are sure to enjoy these books. If you have never listened to an audiobook give it a try.   For added incentive here are a few activities you can do while listening to a book: exercise, cook, bake, garden, write thank-you cards or even housework. Just think you can get work done while hearing a fantastic book! Life doesn't get much better than that, well if you were listening to a book, while sitting on the beach...that would be heaven. I can see it now.  The sun, the waves and a beautiful story.. pure unadulterated bliss.



Audie Award Winners That I LOVE! 

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (multi-voiced edition) 
2015 Audie Award Winner: Multi-Voiced Performance and 
2015 Winner Distinguished Achievement in Production

I've listened to both the multi-voiced edition and the one read by Neil Gaiman himself. I enjoyed them both, but the multi-voiced version is fantastic! 
Nobody "Bod" Owens is an orphan and is adopted and raised by ghosts in the graveyard where he crawled to safety after his parents were murdered. This is an enchanting tale that you won't want to stop listening too. 

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
2016 Audie Award Winner: Multi-Voiced Performance

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents, including emails, maps, files, IMs, medical reports, interviews and more...Illuminae is the first book in a heart stopping trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth and the courage of everyday heroes. Beautifully voiced.

The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle Read by Simon Vance
2014 Audie Award Winner: Classics

Classic Sherlock Holmes made exceptional by an amazing narrator.

Mandela: An Audio History available on Hoopla (translation this book is always available, there's no waiting to listen)
2015 Audie Award Winner: Audiobook of the Year 

All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr  
2015 Audie Award Winner: Fiction

Nonfiction
The Boys In the Boat by Daniel James Brown
I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

Fiction
Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler
The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
The Postmistress by Sara Blake
The Roundhouse by Louise Erdich

If you have an audiobook that you love.....PLEASE do not keep us in suspense. Please tell us (or at least me) what it is... I promise I'll give it a try.