Tonight You’re Dead

January 25, 2021 by

Written by Vivica Sten, this title is part of the Sandhamm Murder series, translated from the original test in Swedish. When two detectives begin to investigate an apparent suicide of a college student, they find much more to the story. After additional murders occur, they uncover a link between all the victims that dates back to an old case from 30 years ago.

Mock Newbery Awards

January 14, 2021 by

Later in January the 2021 Newbery Awards will be announced for the best children’s books of the past year. One way to stay updated on the best reviewed titles is to peruse the mock Newbery lists for your what-to-read-next book. Anderson’s Bookshop in Illinois is a reputable source of recommended children’s books. This year’s list of 25 books has some recognizable and new authors. Even if the winner is not on their list you’re sure to find a great read.


January 11, 2021 by

The Washington Public Library in Missouri has developed a children’s program titled “Dial-a-story,” where parents can listen to a pre-recorded book by dialing an automated number. choosing it from a list of monthly titles. There is no limit to the number of times a patron can call, and the number is live 24/7. Their goal is to satisfy children who want to hear a particular story many times. Four librarians have recorded stories to date. Sounds like a neat plan. The cost was $700 to set up, the article gave the impression that it was a one time fee.

Newest Louise Penny mystery

January 7, 2021 by
All the Devils Are Here (B&N Exclusive Edition) (Chief Inspector Gamache Series #16)

Penny’s latest Gamache mystery is set in Paris. Armand and his wife, Reine-Marie, are visiting their children and grandchildren in France when his godfather gets run down in a hit-and-run accident. Early on, Gamache suspects the accident was planned and begins investigating along with his son-in-law, Jean-Guy, his ex-sidekick in the police force. As a fan of the Penny series, I enjoyed reading more about the Gamache family as the individual characters are revealed more at length. Armand is friends with the police chief of Paris who turns out to be the number one suspect along with the director of Jean-Guy’s company. As more details are exposed, Armand begins to unravel the complicated cover-up his wealthy godfather was involved in. I enjoyed this Gamache mystery as much as the others although the usual residents of the Three Pines village are absent. If you’re a fan of the series, you won’t want to miss this one. This review is based on the audio edition.

Troubled Blood

December 19, 2020 by
Title: Troubled Blood, Author: Robert Galbraith

J.K. Rowling’s 5th adult detective novel in the Cormoran Strike series will be sure to please fans. Writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, Rowling’s newest tops out near 1,000 pages as the 2 detectives are hired to solve a 40 year-old murder mystery. Robin and Strike are hired by a woman whose mother disappeared about 40 years ago. The case was never solved and no one knows what happened to the young doctor who was supposed to be meeting her friend for a drink in the pub, but never showed up. There was a serial killer on the loose at the time and some people believe that must have been how Margot Bamborough met her fate. Others suspect her husband. Most agree she would not have walked out on her young 2 year-old daughter. As Strike and Robin interview witnesses and gather clues, we are given a further glimpse into their personal lives as well. We also wait to see if the romantic attraction that is obvious between them will be addressed. I enjoyed the personal parts of the novel most of all as the cover is slowly lifted to reveal a bit more of Strike’s vulnerable side. As the book ended with a cliff-hanger, it appears Rowling is planning another in the series.

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