Staff's Picks


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.


Hush now, don't you cry

Bowen, Rhys

Recommended by: Ellen P

A well-written historical mystery.


Cinammon Roll Murder

Fluke, Joanne

Recommended by: Ellen P

Another Winner in the Hannah Swensen series.


HOW IT ALL BEGAN

Penelope Lively

Recommended by: Earnestine B

         HOW IT ALL BEGAN By Penelope Lively

  When Charlotte Rainsford is mugged and injured on a London street, it set off a chain of events that would change the lives of several people. 

  An affair is exposed when a message goes awry, a new business opportunity that seems to good to be true, an unlikely friendship develops, and so it goes.

  The writer is a gifted storyteller that shows us how one event can affect so many lives.  A good read.


Death comes to Pemberley

James, P.D.

Recommended by: Ellen P

If you like both Jane Austen and mysteries you will love this novel.

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