Friday, March 16, 2018

Mysteries. Large Print. Women in Red.


The Handmaid's Tale: season one starring Elizabeth Moss. The future is not very hopeful.

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The Temptation of Forgiveness by Donna Leon. Inside cover has a map of Venice. I like maps.

Caribbean Rim by randy Wayne White. The 25th Doc Ford novel. That is a lot of books. Author lives on Sanibel Island and I won't look that place up online.

Duel to the Death by J.A. Jance. Some sort of scary spy killer thing. I think. The dust cover description lost me after the first paragraph. This has a release date of March 20 so you'll have to wait.

Red Alert by James Patterson and Marshall Karp. Oh, this book has a March 26 release date. You'll have to wait on this one too.

Fade To Black by David Rosenfelt. Is Rosenfelt the guy with 20 dogs? No. He is the guy with 25 dogs. I'm not kidding, he has that many beasts at home.

Monday, March 12, 2018

David. Laura. Candice. Taylor.


Wind River starring Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner. Forests. Mountains. Guy with a rifle. COld weather clothing.


By Schism Rent Asunder by David Weber. Science fiction novel about people in space.

Plum Tea Crazy by Laura Childs. Is this a cozy mystery with recipes? It sure looks like it.

Crimson Lake by Candice Fox. Oh, okay, the author bio explains why her name is familiar. Fox co-writes some of those James Patterson novels. This story has a Sydney, Australia Police Detective cleared of an abduction but with a name of mud.

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Diversionary Discs

Use This Disc of Plastic to Play Musical Notes

By the Way, I Forgive You by Brandi Carlile. Woman sings songs of something or other. Let's find a video.


American Wrestler: The Wizard starring William Fichtner. What is with that title? I assume that the "Wizard" part is a subtitle. Anyway. Teen moves to California, has trouble fitting in, starts wrestling and wins lots of matches, and people like him.

They Live By Night starring Farley Granger. Famous 1948 crime film about a prison escapee who falls in love but is stuck with his fellow escaped convicts.

Frantz starring [French actors] and [German actors]. After World War One a German widoe finds a Frenchman leaving flowers on her German soldier husband's grave.


The Escape Artist by Brad Meltzer. Novel about body... Alaskan wilderness... on the run... determined... trouble follows... aftermath... quiet... levels of power.

A Rogue of Her Own by Grace Burrowes. Romance paperback with rich people, high society, and such. Give it a try.

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Romance. Mystery. Sci-Fi.


The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers. Famous artist goes out at night to graffiti buildings. His assistant does stuff, too.

The Undertaker's Daughter by Sara Blaedel. Danish photographer Ilsa hears that her long absent father willed her a funeral home in Racine. She flies to Racine, looks through his things and finds murder.

The Hush by John Hart. The dust cover plot description is kinda vague. Let's read a quote, "'Gear's in the truck.'"

Summer Hours at the Robbers Library by Sue Halpern. Well, with a title like that how can we not buy a copy?  Page 203 says, "Still, Rusty kept pulling books off the shelf and turning pages, and watching him, bent over an oversized volume of black-and-white photographs, his brown hair no longer spilling over his collar, it occurred to Kat that he liked it there in the Riverton Public Library, shabby as it was."

The Bad Daughter by Joy Fielding. Fielding lives in both Florida and Toronto. My family has been trying to decide on a summer vacation destination and I've thought about Toronto and Montreal.

Winter Sisters by Robin Oliveira. I mostly like the cover but the photo image has a horse down sled carriage being pulled crossways on a residential street. There is no room for the sled to turn that way. Oliveira lives in Seattle and knows Russian. That reminds me that Brent Ghelfi no longer writes his Volk series of crime/thriller novels based in modern Russia.


Amish Sweethearts by Amy Clipston. Amish themed romance.

Beneath the Summer Sun by Kelly Irvin.  More Amish romance.

 Science Fiction

Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories by Kelly Barnhill. A bunch of stories by author with a Newbery nomination and a World Fantasy Award. She lives in Minnesota. Has she met Anthony Neil Smith? Smith has another novel coming out later this year.

By Heresies Distressed by David Weber. "The battle for the soul of Safehold has begun."

Off Armageddon Reef by David Weber. This novel precedes the one listed above. Read them in whatever order you like. I don't care, just enjoy them.


A Dangerous Crossing by Ausma Zehanat Khan. Canadian cops go to Greece to help a cop's relative who is accused of murder after working in Syrian refugee camp. I have no idea how to pronounce this lady's first name. She lives in Colorado. I wonder if she goes hiking.

Death in the Stars by Frances Brody. Ninth book in the Kate Shackleton series. This must be popular for nine books.

NonFiction Power Pack!


Jackie, Janet and Lee: the secret lives of Janet Auchincloss and her daughters Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Lee Radziwill by J. Randy Taraborrelli. POW! Famous rich people. BAM!

What Are We Doing Here?: essays by Marilynne Robinson. ZAM! "Robinson's peerless prose and boundless humanity are on full display." ZOOM!

Beer Lover's Wisconsin: best breweries, brewpubs, and beer bars by Kathy Flanigan. WHAM! "Brasserie V wants you to believe they are a little bit of Belgium in the state's capital." ZING!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Book. Book. Book. Book. Book.


The French Girl by Lexie Elliott. I read the big font on the cover and thought this was a new novel from Tana French. Nope. Six English college pals on vacation in Oxford meet a neighbor woman who disappears. Ten years later the neighbor's body is discovered and things happen.

The French Girl by Lexie Elliott. This is the exact same book but part of our Lucky Day Collection. That means the book goes right back to shelf after it is returned. The book does not fill any hold requests.

Sunburn by Laura Lippman. Who know who really enjoys Laura Lippman novels? Megan Abbott. Abbott is a Big Deal Author and I pay attention to what she says.

Death of an Honest Man by M.C. Beaton. The honest man is also a jerk. So someone killed him.

Fifty Fifty by James Patterson Literary Industries, Amalgamated and Candice Fox. Australian police officer Harriet Blue has an outburst at her brother's parole hearing and is punished by an assignment to the middle of the Outback. When the 75 person town is threatened with massacre Blue does something or other.

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The Deuce: the complete first season starring That Welsh Name Lady and That Guy Accused of Misbehavior. HBO series about the sex trade in 1971's New York's Times Square. Speaking of Megan Abbott, she wrote for this series.

Reclaiming Life: faith, hope and suicide loss.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Ezra Furman! Neil Finn! Steven Saylor (no relation)

Musicians Play Instruments and Sing And As Those Sounds Are Recorded and Digitized and Transferred By Industrial Ingenuity Onto Thin Plastic Discs That You Borrow From the Library.

Transangelic Exodus by Ezra Furman. American singer sings songs and plays instruments.

Out of Silence by Neil Finn. Kiwi singer sings songs and plays instruments and occasionally posts on Twitter.


The Throne of Caesar by Steven Saylor (no relation). Steven Saylor (no relation) writes another novel set in Rome. Steven Saylor (no relation) has written some very good mysteries Featuring Gordianus the Finder. I heard the audiobook of Steven Saylor's (no relation) Roma and that was excellent as well. Steven Saylor (no relation) does a fantastic job using the history of Rome in his stories. (No relation).


The Sinner - season one starring Jessica Biel and Bearded Bill Pullman. Woman on  a trip to the beach suddenly stabs a man to death.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Argy Bargy


Poison by John Lescroat. Yarg barg targ.

White Houses by Amy Bloom. Torsher smorsher gorsher.

Night Moves by Jonathan Kellerman. Shlar gar far.


Wallis in Love: the untold life of the Duchess of Windsor, the woman who changed the monarchy by Andrew Morton. Fffffffffff-tibbit.

The Wisdom of Sundays: life-changing insights from super soul conversations by Oprah Winfrey. Psssss-gurp.

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Friday, February 09, 2018

Fiction. Fashion. Photos.


As Bright As Heaven by Susan Meissner. Is Meissner pronounced MESS-ner or MICE-ner? Young family moves to Philadelphia in 1918 and lives through the Influenza Epidemic.

In The Fall They Come Back by Robert Bausch. I like the cover but it uses that white typeface that everyone else uses. Teacher discovers he really likes and wants to teach. Three students effect him and he gets too deeply involved.

The Body in the Casket by Katherine Hall Page. Isn't that where bodies are supposed to go? Caskets? Dang, Page has nominations for the Edgar, Mary Higgins Clark, and Macavity awards. That is impressive. She did receive the Malice Domestic Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Death by Chocolate Cherry Cheesecake by Sarah Graves. "First in a new series!" says the cover. Graves lives in Maine, according to Page's bio she lives there as well.


The Bag Boutique: 20 beautiful and bright bags to sew by Debbie von Grabler-Crozier. Lots of pretty pictures and directions. Wait, does that mean the directions are also pretty?

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Thursday, February 08, 2018

More Critiques of Covers and Photos


The Largess of the Sea Maiden by Denis Johnson. I like the cover art, it is very simple. Author photo is in black and white and looks like it is from 1984.

Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire. The cover art is not my style. The author photo is head and shoulder shot with nice color.

Next Year in Havana by Chanel Cleeton. The cover photos is too pink for me. Author photo is black and white and printed on the inside pages. Printing on those inside end pages means the photo quality is never that good.

City of Endless Night by Preston and Child. Cover art is too blue for me. The photo of the two authors has them in black clothes against a black background. Their heads are floating.

Mood Indigo by Ed Ifkovic. The cover is nice. Not great, but nice. Author is a head and shoulder shot that looks like a standard business guy photo. Ifkovic is a neat name. The word seems like a mix between Polish and something like Xhosa.

Tarnished City by Vic James. Cover art has too much going on for me.  Author photo is a very nicely lit black and white. Best photo so far.

Atomic City Girls by Janet Beard. Cover art is nice. I like the images. Author photo is a teeny tiny color image on the back cover. Beard lives in Columbus, OH. They are supposed to have a nice library system.

How to Stop Time by Matt Haig. This is my favorite cover. Author photo is nicely done with good color.

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Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Patterson, again. Other big names


The 6th Target by James Patterson Literary Industries Amalgamated and Maxine Paetro. I do not know how to pronounce Paetro. Let's see if we have any non-Patterson novels by her in the system... Looks like one or two. She's been collaborating with Patterson for a long time now.


An American Marriage by Tayari Jones. Newlyweds visit the husband's family and he is arrested and convicted for something he did not do. When his conviction is overturned after five years the wife has a lot of trouble adjusting.

A Death in Live Oak by James Grippando. I've never read a Grippando book. According to the author bio he has written 26 novels. That's a lot of novels. But, nothing compared to Joyce Carol Oates. Speaking of...

Beautiful Days by Joyce Carol Oates. I'm not sure if I ever read a Oates novel either. I started to read The Corn Maiden by Oates and was way too creeped out to continue the story. I suppose that speaks to Oates's skill.

Look For Me by Lisa Gardener. Man, Gardner has a wicked sharp looking author photo. She sells a lot books. Let me take a look at her bib and see what I've read... dang. I've not read any of her novels either. Maybe I should branch out. Right now I am reading a John McFetridge novel. It is the second novel in the Eddie Dougherty series set in 1970s Montreal and I really love the setting. It is freaking great.