Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The Wonder

By Emma Donoghue
Audiobook format

Lib Wright is a nurse that receives an unusual assignment. She is to travel from England to Ireland to watch an eleven year old girl who claims to have not eaten since her birthday four months earlier. Lib is very skeptical for obvious reasons; people cannot survive without food for four months. During her stay with Anna O’Donnell she discovers many secrets. An expected discovery is that Anna is dying a very slow death.

Give this compelling book a listen (or read) and discover if Anna survives her four month fast and what could possibly make her decide to stop eating.

~Beckie H.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Turn of Mind

By Alice LaPlante

64 year-old Jennifer White is a widow, a former acclaimed hand surgeon, and Alzheimer victim. We witness her decline first-hand through Jennifer's own experiences. When someone murders Jennifer's best friend, 75-year-old Amanda, who lives three doors down, suspicion falls on Jennifer because the killer surgically removed four fingers from Amanda's hand.

Jennifer herself has no idea whether or not she has committed this heinous crime. We watch on the edge of our seats as Jennifer moves from one uncomfortable situation to the next, with a sense of entitlement, confusion, and sometimes humor.

This is the first literary mystery by Alice LaPlante.

~ Paula

Monday, February 13, 2017

Tying the Knot

By Elizabeth Craig

It’s so great that Burton Library has been a part of the CLEVNET consortium all these years because I can get books by authors that Burton does not own. Tying the Knot by Elizabeth Craig is one of these books and the fifth Southern Quilting Mystery Series. Two of the reasons I started reading these mysteries is the connection with quilting and a Corgi named Noo-noo in each of the books (I quilt and own a Corgi). I really enjoy the way Elizabeth weaves the story and keeps you guessing till the end.

Since Beatrice moved to Dappled Hills a few years ago to be closer to her daughter some murders have occurred. Beatrice often finds the body and has an uncontrollable impulse to find the culprit. She is great friends with her neighbor who happens to be married to the chief of police (very helpful in solving mysteries). In this book the sister of her “boyfriend” and pastor Wyatt is getting married. The murder happens during the reception and goes un-noticed till after the party is over. If you enjoy soft mysteries, you’ll enjoy this author; you might want to start with the first book Quilt or Innocence, they were all great.

~ Beckie

Turbo Twenty-Three

By Janet Evanovich
Audiobook format

I love listening to Lorelei King read Janet Evanovich’s books! This woman is so great at creating distinct voices for each character. And Janet is so great at producing mysteries that have you laughing out loud. The two of them together make any trip in the car shorter and a whole lot more fun. In this story, Stephanie Plum (bail bondswoman) and Lula (her sidekick, co-worker and former ho) are looking for Larry Virgil (FTA) to reschedule his court date. When they find him, he is driving a stolen ice cream truck and discovered in the back is a man frozen solid, covered in chocolate and chopped pecans. If you are a Stephanie Plum fan you will not be disappointed is the latest saga of her life, all your favorites are included: Joe Morelli (her almost fiancĂ©), Ranger (her extremely desirable mentor and occasional lover) and Grandma Mazur. I don’t think blogs should retell the entire story so you’ll have to take my word for it that this is another great one!

~ Beckie H.