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Here we will post our musings on a wide variety of titles. You can comment on our posts and find the titles in our catalog.

Lowcountry Boil by Susan M. Boyer

imagesI don’t usually read cozy mysteries, preferring something with a harder edge and a bit more action. However, Lowcountry Boil caught my attention due to the fact that this debut title from Susan M. Boyer won the 2012 Agatha Award; a rare feat. The book introduces us to feisty southern belle Liz Talbot, a private eye who carries a Sig Sauer in a Kate Spade handbag. When her grandmother is murdered, Liz comes back to her South Carolina home to catch the murderer. Family secrets, local intrigue, ghostly visits, and the quirky nature of the town’s inhabitants keep Liz guessing right to the very end. This is fast-paced tale, full of wit and charm. Boyer’s writing style is inviting and fun, and
in the middle of all her characters’ hijinks lurks a very well-plotted mystery.

Annette G.


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Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaiman

imagesWe’ve all heard the old sally as we head out the door….”Remember the milk….”.  Neil Gaiman and SKottie Young develop a wonderfully cumulative tale titled Fortunately the Milk outlining a father’s many fabulous adventures while on a neighborhood errand.  It’s a great book for bedtime reading and for sparking tall tales of your own.  Gaiman is an award winning author of Nebula, Hugo, Newbery and Carnegie medals.  Scottie Young is an award winning cartoonist and writer winner of many Eisners.  Recommended for family reading or for writing prompts.

Amy P.


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Just What Kind of Mother Are You? by Paula Daly

imagesIn Just What Kind of Mother Are You? by Paula Daly, Lisa Kallisto is a modern mom who has overextended herself like so many others.  She has 3 children, a house, and several pets to take care of.   All of the kids are constantly needing this or that, she feels she is neglecting her hard working and stoic husband, and she has a high pressure job as the head of and animal shelter.  She is very well meaning but kind of a “jack of all trades, master of none”.  One day her best friend’s child (who is best friends with Lisa’s daughter) goes missing and she was supposed to be spending the night at Lisa’s house.  Lisa had forgotten about giving permission for it and when her daughter had gotten up sick that morning, Lisa told her to just go ahead and stay home from school and she went on to work.  Since the other girl was supposed to come over after school for the sleepover, no-one realizes the child is missing until the next day.  The community lays the blame at Lisa’s feet.  This book is stuffed with secrets: secrets between children and parents, between husbands and wives, and between family and outsiders.  There are also a lot of interesting animal shelter situations.  Fast paced.

Stacy W.


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Girl Hunter by Georgia Pellegrini

imagesIn Girl Hunter, author Georgia Pellegrini is on a mission to try and eat more meat that she hunts and kills and less meat from grocery stores.  Already a chef by trade, she also blogs about food and wrote Food Heroes.  She reminisces about when she was a little girl, she was always out in nature gathering food but then her family sent her to private school in NYC.  Next was Wall Street and the corporate world until she realized she wasn’t living the life she wanted to lead.  She went to culinary school and after cooking in a few restaurants  decided that she would appreciate her food more if she actually put the work into hunting it (not to mention how much healthier a wild animal is for you compared to factory farm animals).  Some of her insights were interesting-when she went on hunting trips to England she observed that in that country shotguns and rifles are “symbols of class and sophistication” but in America a lot of people seem to see them as a symbol of being a redneck.  She also said that more cows are killed every day in America than bison are killed in a year!  This was fascinating to me as I’m a big beef fan but bison burgers are also delicious.  Anyway, this book is chock full of recipes for venison, quail, duck, elk, etc-if you are concerned about where your food is coming from, or are a hunter yourself, this book is a good read.

Stacy W.


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I Hear the Sirens in the Street by Adrian McKinty

imagesI liked the first book in Adrian’s McKinty’s “Troubles Trilogy” (The Cold Cold Ground) enough to read the second book I Hear the Sirens in the Street and that second book was awesome.  I really like gloomy dark stories about Northern Ireland anyway and in the early 1980s Belfast the sun never seems to shine!  In this second book, Detective Sean Duffy is trying to solve the mystery of a torso stuffed in a suitcase along with constant last minute call outs to riot duty and of course trying to stay alive himself.  Normal people are emigrating to other places in droves, leaving the Belfast streets to be taken over by thugs of either the Catholic or Protestant persuasion.  As a Catholic living on a Protestant street (and a policeman to boot), Duffy must inspect under his car every time he gets in it for bombs.  Police management has ordered all their employees to stop wearing seat belts as more police are dying from ambushes, bombs under cars, etc than car wrecks.  Seconds count when you need to try and get away from your car and getting your seat belt off wastes too much time.  Despite all these obstacles, Duffy plugs away at his case and faces fresh hurdles from various fronts including the F.B.I. and car maker John DeLorean.  I loved this book and can’t wait for the next one-just wish the author would change his mind and not stop with a trilogy.

Stacy W.


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Maddaddam by Margaret Atwood

imagesWhy are people often up in arms about genetic modification, cloning, and climate control? What about bioengineering, where can that lead? How desensitized are we as people becoming because of the violence that we watch in entertainment?  Imagine what the perfect human would be like? Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam  gives us a look, that at first, may seem farfetched, although you end up asking yourself, is it really? A blend of speculative fiction, satiric futurism, this post-apocalyptic series leads us down a road that shows the decimation of the planet and eventually humanity. Throughout the series we are given the point of view of a handful of characters, their experiences, and a view into the world they each live in. Pharmaceutical companies try to control health and disease. Private security in place of government police. Bioengineering chicken meat to eat-without growing a whole live chicken. A stark contrast between rich and poor; uneducated and educated. And the perfect human that knows no jealousy, rage and eats only plants. This story starts with Orxy and Crake in which we are introduced to Snowman and the Crakers-genetically modified perfect humans. We learn of the current state of the planet-desolate and much of it unlivable and a super virus killed almost all of humanity. Without giving it all away, Year of the Flood fills in all the questions we are asking throughout Orxy and Crake- MaddAddam is the story of rebuilding a world we have broken. This book may seem fantastical, however perhaps like me, as you are reading you will see all of the truth behind what the story is telling us, and maybe you will recognize that this story is possibly a shadow of our society today, and a very real possibility of what the future could look like. After you read this book, I have two questions for you, what year does this all take place in? How far in the future does Atwood see this as a possibility?

Denise P.


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Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

imagesAs I loved Stephen King’s The Shining (both the book and the movie), I couldn’t wait to read the sequel to it called Doctor Sleep.  I’m not sure I was as frightened when I read it as I was when I read its predecessor, but then I was a lot younger back then.  Doctor Sleep was a great story though and after the adult Dan Torrance fights through his alcohol issues he turns into a really good guy (if young Danny in The Shining had seen the future and known that he would end up a drunk just like his dad he wouldn’t have been able to believe it).    Dan uses his “shining” for good things-mostly in nursing homes helping dying patients but he discovers that there is a group of evil people called the True Knot roaming America in RVs killing children who have the shining.  The only way the Knot can survive is to torture these children and inhale their “steam” as they are dying.  The Knot looks and dresses just like typical retired people and certainly don’t come across as monsters who are hundreds of years old.  When Abra Stone, a girl who has one of the most powerful shinings that anyone has ever seen, is targeted, Dan knows he has to go after the group and kill them.  Over 500 pages long but a fast, easy, exciting read.  I know King hated the movie version of The Shining so I wonder if he will have this made into a movie and if so, how will he handle all the flashbacks to his childhood that Dan has in Doctor Sleep?  Would he use scenes from The Shining or make new ones?

Stacy W.


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Amy Falls Down by Jincy Willett

imagesSerendipity is a grand thing!  While waiting for a meeting to start one day, I browsed the new fiction display…and came away with Amy Falls Down simply because….my name is Amy.  Now I did peek at the blurb and Amy Falls Down by Jincy Willett contains many fiction elements that I enjoy.  The main character, Amy Gallup, is an author and a writing instructor living in California with her dog Alphonse.  A freak accident reinvigorates her literary career and leads to many adventures.  There is much in the book about the ‘business’ of authorship and publishing…and it’s all accomplished with a light, ironic touch.  Willett has also written The Writing Class (winner of the National Book Award) and Jenny and the Jaws of Life, a book of short stories.  I’ll certainly be reading those in the future.

Amy P.


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Dogtripping: 25 Rescues, 11 Volunteers, and 3 RVs by David Rosenfelt

imagesAnimal rescue groups probably wish they could clone mystery author David Rosenfelt and his wife Debbie-I know I do.  Rosenfelt was never around dogs much until he met Debbie ad got to know her golden retriever, Tara.  When Tara dies, David wants to get another dog immediately but Debbie is unsure.  They compromise by volunteering at animal shelters and have their eyes opened to the bad situations that exist in many of them so they decide to start their own rescue group.  Their mission is to take on older dogs, especially goldens, and dogs with health problems because these dogs don’t stand a chance in regular shelters.  David and Debbie adopt out many of their rescues to good people but inevitably end up with lots of dogs themselves.   Dogtripping: 25 Rescues, 11 Volunteers, and 3 RVs is about their move from California to Maine after Debbie retires from her job and they can finally live where they want to.   Interspersed with the chapters on the trip itself are chapters describing how they came to adopt particular dogs.  A pleasant and funny read.

Stacy W.


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Ten Things I’ve Learnt About Love by Sarah Butler

imagesAlice and Daniel are both searching.  Alice, near thirty has always seen herself as the outsider in her family.  She lost her mother to a car accident at four and never felt the closeness that seemed to bind her father and two older sisters.  She is out of the country (as she often is) when she learns her father is dying and makes it home with little time but for saying goodbye.  Alice is filled with regret and searching for answers.  Daniel has been homeless nearly thirty years.  He loved a woman once and she was nearly his undoing. He is searching for the daughter he’s never met.  Ten Things I’ve Learnt About Love is told in alternating chapters by our two main characters.  Each begins with a list. Some are funny and some are heartbreaking.  They give us some insight to the inner workings of two very different people who similarly try to make order of their world.  Anticipation builds with each list/chapter in hopes of both Alice and Daniel finding what they’re looking for.

Sherri M.


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