Before She Knew Him

March 14, 2019 by

Before She Knew Him: A Novel  A couple moves in to a new house in the suburbs of Boston. They meet the couple next door.  When Henrietta (Hen) and her husband have dinner at their neighbor’s home, she spots an object on the shelf that rings alarm bells: this belonged to a young man who was murdered.  How did it end up here?  Could her new neighbor, Matthew, really be a killer? He is a school teacher and appears ordinary, but Hen is sure he knows more than he is letting on. Hen becomes more obsessed and concerned that he is a murderer and may be planning his next kill.

Blood Orange

March 13, 2019 by

Alison Wood has been a practicing lawyer in England for 15 years when she is handed her first murder case. Madeleine Smith has been arrested and charged with the death of  her husband Edwin, stabbing him multiple times in their bedroom. But there is a lot buried under the surface of this apparently cut- and -dried case, as Alison discovers in the process of defending her client. But she has a few distractions to deal with along the way: her excessive drinking is affecting her judgement, and she is cheating on her husband with a lawyer friend. This is a debut novel by Harriet Tyce, and she employs a shocking twist at the end that the reader will enjoy. I’m looking forward to her next novel.

Trouble in YA Publishing

March 12, 2019 by


Recently a YA novel that I had ordered got pulled by the publisher – this isn’t the first time this has happened. Over the past two years I’ve had three or four books that I had planned on adding to the collection suddenly disappeared from my lists. Why? Read this article to find out why this book joins the others in an era where the internet directly effects the Publishing market.

New Kid

March 7, 2019 by

New Kid Set in the Bronx, the graphic novel “New Kid” sets up 7th grader Jordan Banks as the new kid at an elite private school (modeled after Riverdale Country Day, perhaps). Jordan is one of the few kids of color and experiences stereotyping, teasing, exclusion and bullying by teachers and students.  He tries to fit in and find friends, but is continually rebuffed and misunderstood.  Teachers and students assume he wants to play sports when what he really likes is art and drawing.  As Jordan navigates the school and looks for a way to fit in, his own pencil “sketches” combine with full-color illustrations that capture his emotions, fears and daily frustrations. Recommended ages 10+.

Library Planet

March 6, 2019 by

portugal libraryIf you plan on traveling and want to visit a distinctive library, check out Library Planet, a blog that is a “crowd-sourced travel guide to libraries”. The blog was started by two librarians from Denmark, who love to visit libraries of all kinds when they travel, but only found flagship or historical libraries listed in travel books. They are currently looking for more U.S. entries, so drop an email to to enter your own township library. [ The library pictured here is the Sâo Lázaro Public Library, in Lisbon, Portugal]

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