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April 2020

Death Overdue: A Haunted Library Mystery

by Allison Brook

Carrie has recently taken on the position of programs and events director at a library in Connecticut. When one of her first programs abruptly ends with the guest speaker’s death, Carrie wonders if she should have even taken the job. Who could have wanted the speaker, a former police detective, dead? As a murder investigation begins, Carrie must deal with library politics, learn to manage her support staff, handle date nights with a cute guy, and his complicated family as well as look into the suspicious death of a former library aide. And if that isn’t enough on Carrie’s plate, there is also a library ghost! Thank goodness it’s a friendly one! Fans of Victoria Gilbert or Jenn McKinlay might like this ghostly cozy mystery. Also available on OverDrive.

Recommended by: Michelle Przekwas, Adult Services Shelver

Posted in: Adult Fiction

A Cry in the Dark (Carly Moore: Book 1)

by Denise Grover Swank

Carly, a young woman with a brand new identity, is on the run from a family mired down in shady business dealings. But while on the road to a new town, her car breaks down. Carly then meets a handsome tow-truck driver, takes on a part-time job, witnesses a murder and then becomes the target of those murderers. A few bad people, in this small, forgotten town in the Smoky Mountains, think she’s someone she’s not. So she’ll have to solve a murder to prove them wrong. And while all this goes on around her, she worries that someone may recognize her. Will she find the chance to get back on the road before her father finds her? If you enjoy suspense with some light romance, this might be the series for you. Available on OverDrive.

Recommended by: Michelle Przekwas, Adult Services Shelver

Posted in: Adult Fiction

Terns of Endearment

by Donna Andrews

Meg and family join Meg’s grandfather Dr. Blake, on a cruise in which he will be giving lectures. All seems to be going well until a famous writer falls overboard. Was it a suicide, the curse of the Bermuda Triangle, or foul play? Also available on Hoopla.

Recommended by: Holly Balasa, Youth Services Shelver

Posted in: Adult Fiction

Someone to Remember

by Mary Balogh

Lady Matilda has spent her life dutifully caring for her mother. Due to recent family marriages and expanding acquaintances, Matilda’s circle now includes Charles Sawyer who she hasn’t seen since they were 20 years old and courting. Their courtship ended but her heart never stopped loving him. Charles, who is an especially charming and thoughtful character in this story, reaches out to Matilda. He sets the stage for romance with their shared memories and a renewed hope for their future….together. This novella, with a historical setting, is an especially sweet romance. Fans of Julia Quinn will not be disappointed in trying Mary Balogh. Also available on OverDrive.

Recommended by: Michelle Przekwas, Adult Services Shelver

Posted in: Adult Fiction

Chasing Cassandra

by Lisa Kleypas

What happens when a man who has everything money can buy starts to fall in love? For Tom, a businessman who rose from nothing, a decision to marry is not an easy one. He is not a hard man but he doesn’t think he knows how to love a wife. And when he chooses a woman who would make a good wife, that woman would prefer to love him or just not have him at all. While its title mentions ‘Cassandra’, this story is more about Tom, his childhood, and an orphan he begins to mentor. It takes ‘Cassandra’ to show our hero Tom that he does know how to love. Lisa Kleypas’ stories can always stand on their own even if part of a series. This is a great read for those who enjoy historical romance along the lines of Tessa Dare and Sarah MacLean. Also available on OverDrive.

Recommended by: Michelle Przekwas, Adult Services Shelver

Posted in: Adult Fiction

My Hero Academia (Volume One: Vigilantes)

by Hideyuki Furuhashi

Izuku Midoriya is a powerless boy in a superhuman society. His friends (if he can even call them that) have all left him in the dust with their quirks. Until one fateful day he meets his personal hero the pillar of justice himself, All Might and his world is changed forever. A brilliant story with volumes upon volumes to spare it’s a great story of triumph over adversity. The first volume is available on OverDrive.

Recommended by: Kevin Carroll, Adult Services Shelver

Posted in: Adult Fiction

This Earl is Mine

by K. C. Bateman

Will a false marriage lead to true and lasting love? In the first book of the Bow Street Bachelors– men who work undercover for London’s first official police force-and the women they serve to protect…and wed? When shipping heiress Georgiana Caversteed hatches a madcap scheme to marry a man before he is executed so she can become a widow. Who would have thought she would pick the wrong man? After his supposed execution Benedict runs into his widow weeks later at a society gathering and now will do anything to win her heart for he already has her hand.

Recommended by: April Balasa, Patron Services Clerk

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Death of a Gigolo

by Laura Levine

Jaine’s life is finally coming up roses. She is back with her ex, she gets a fabulous job co-writing with a famous romance writer. Life is good, until the much younger man the romance writer is seeing end up dead. Now Jaine must find the killer. What could go wrong? Also available on Hoopla.

Recommended by: Holly Balasa, Youth Services Shelver

Posted in: Adult Fiction

Magpie Murders

by Anthony Horowitz

A book editor, Susan Ryeland, is given a manuscript written by author Alan Conway whose novels are of a famous fictional detective named ‘Atticus Pund’. While Susan is still editing, Conway suddenly and suspiciously dies which leads Susan to take a deeper look at the author’s manuscript. What about it, and his death, is making her uneasy?
This mystery is actually two stories.  Conway’s suspicious death is one part and the full manuscript featuring Atticus Pund is a second.  ‘The manuscript’ is very well written while some of the story concerning Conway seems choppy. Susan herself is not a very likable character but I admired her perseverance to get at the truth.
Mystery fans that enjoy Agatha Christie, Sophie Hannah and Lee Goldberg’s ‘Monk’ series might be interested in discussing ‘Magpie Murders.’ Also available on OverDrive.
Recommended by: Michelle Przekwas, Adult Services Shelver

Posted in: Adult Fiction

A Curious Beginning (Veronica Speedwell Series: Book 1)

by Deanna Raybourn

It is London, 1887.
Upon the death of an aunt who raised her, Veronica meets a German baron who wishes to tell her something about her parents. Veronica, who has never been curious about them would rather study butterflies and is all prepared for foreign travel. The baron convinces her to travel to London where he is soon murdered. Veronica, determined to find the Baron’s murderer, sets upon an investigation that begins to intertwine with her own unknown story. The Baron’s friend, a scientist who goes by ‘Stoker’, is a good romantic interest for Veronica and their relationship brings on witty, amusing dialogue as the story progresses. This first in a series is fast-paced and well written. I recommend the entire series featuring ‘Veronica Speedwell’. Fans of Anne Perry or Victoria Thompson might enjoy giving it a try. Also available on OverDrive.
Recommended by: Michelle Przekwas, Adult Services Shelver

Posted in: Adult Fiction

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