Staff's Picks


Force Of Nature

Box, C.J.

Recommended by: Nancy B

This is another C.J. Box mystery with Joe Pickett, a Wyoming game warden.  Joe's friend, Nate Romanowski  was in a special forces unit in Central Asia when a  colleague did something terrible. This is coming back to haunt Nate as the colleague is killing everyone who may have known what he did. Nate knows what he must do to save his life and the lives of Joe's family. 


Lady of the rivers

Phillipa Gregory

Recommended by: Ellen P

Gregory pens wonderful historical fiction.  If you like Medival England you will live this book.


Why Not Me?: The inside story of the making and unmaking of the Franken presidency

Al Franken

Recommended by: Sheila U

Presidential politics getting you down?  Enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at a fake presidential run, by politician and comedian Al Franken.


Misery Bay

Steve Hamilton

Recommended by: Earnestine B

     Misery Bay by Steve Hamilton

  Alex McKnight is a retired Detroit Police Officer. Injured in the line of duty, he retired to the Upper Peninsula in Michigan. In this the eighth installment, he is asked by his enemy, the Sault Ste Maria Chief of Police to look into an apparent suicide of a college student. The young apparently hung himself in a lonely called Misery Bay.

  When Alex starts questioning the young man's friends, it quickly turns into a nightmare of murder and revenge. McKnight must move fast to find this ruthless killer before someone else dies.

  If you are familiar with Upper Peninsula in Michigan, you might want to check out this series.
 


Sacre Bleu

Christopher Moore

Recommended by: Sheila U

Like all Christopher Moore's works, Sacre Bleu is absurd, witty, raunchy, weird, and fun.  It's difficult to summarize the plotline; but it basically follows young painter Lucien Lessard through 1890's Paris, as he falls in love with a mysterious Muse and tries to thwart the evil Colorman.  If you've never read a Christopher Moore novel, this might not be the best one to start with. But if you have ventured into one of his strange worlds, and enjoyed the ride, you will probably enjoy this one as well.


The Witness

Roberts, Nora

Recommended by: Nancy B

Abigail Lowery lives in seclusion on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks, where she writes sophisticated security systems. In addition to her own high end security systems she protects herself with, Abigail also has a well  trained, large, ferocious dog. She protects herself from the Russian Mafia, who are looking for Elizabeth Fitch, who as a seventeen year old, witnessed the murder of one of their own and her friend. They must eliminate her as the  FB who are also looking for her hope to put a big dent in the Russian Mafia's operations, with her testimony. Add to the mix the good looking sheriff who is very curious about the reclusive resident and you have quite a story. 


Dead Level

Sarah Graves

Recommended by: Ellen P

Another winner in this excellent series.


Cooking The Books

Kerry Greenwood

Recommended by: Earnestine B

  Cooking The Books by Kerry Greenwood

  Corinna Chapman is enjoying her vacation when an old school friend asks her to temporary fill in for her pastry chef who was injured. Her friend's catering company is working for a television series providing food for the stars and crew on the set. Meanwhile, her companion is busy on a case of bullying in the workplace. 

 Soon , both are involved in finding the person who is causing the accidents and near misses on the set.

This is the next installment in this series. Its a good read


Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics

Ross Douthat

Recommended by: Sheila U

If you are interested in church history and theology, this is a thought-provoking read. While the author, a columnist for the New York Times, writes from a Catholic perspective, he has a good understanding of the changes in American Protestantism. The first part is a history of theology and religious practice in America, mainly through the 20th century; the 2nd part covers more recent events and talks alot about the mixture of politics and religion we are currently experiencing. Mr. Douthat makes a convincing argument for a return to orthodox Christianity. I'm not sure I agree with everything he says, but he makes several good points and the book will make you consider your beliefs and the way you practice your faith.


Ties That Bind

Bostwick, Marie

Recommended by: Nancy B

Ties That Bind, F BOS,  is the fifth book in the Cobbled Court Quilts series. Marie Bostwick has a very successful series about Evelyn Dixon, owner of Cobbled Court Quilts and her circle of friends. Book five  revolves around Margot Matthews, who is sure that at her age, her chances of finding true love, marriage and of having children are very slim.  Add to the storyline a new pastor, who turns out to be a female, and you have one very good story.  There is romance, but a very good story is what kept me interested. I highly recommend any of Bostwick's books. We have the series of five books. A Single Thread F BOS,  is the first book in the series.

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