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August 2023

Strange Sally Diamond

by Liz Nugent

What makes perfect sense to one person can be utter nonsense to another.  Sally Diamond is confused by all the fuss when she follows her father’s wishes & tosses his corpse out with the trash.  Nugent pulls the reader in as Sally’s story begins to unfold with bizarre twists and turns.  You will lose sleep staying up late to finish this one.
This book is available in the library and on OverDrive/Libby as an ebook.
Recommended by: Theresa Hildebrand, Patron Services Manager

Posted in: Adult Fiction


The Enigma of Room 622

by Joel Dicker

After Sloane gets tired of Joel abandoning her for his novel and leaves him, Joel decides he needs to get away. What he does not expect is to meet Scarlett, and end up investigating a murder that took place at the hotel years earlier and led to them changing room 622 to 621A. The writing, the story, the twists, all made this story fantastic.

This book is available in the library and on OverDrive/Libby as an e audiobook.

Recommended by: Chris Schultz, Graphics Information Clerk

Posted in: Adult Fiction


The Only One Left

by Riley Sager

Kit McDeere is a home health aid and after having a problem with her last assignment she is now left with no choice but to work at Hope’s End, the infamous house where three people were murdered and the lone survivor, Lenora Hope, is Kit’s patient.  Most people believe Lenora is responsible for the murders and she has been ostracized and feared the majority of her life. Now, Lenora is in her 70’s, confined to a wheelchair and paralyzed. Her only method of communication is through her typewriter.

A lot of these types of thrillers I am able to anticipate and predict most endings but the  amount of twists and turns in the last 100 pages, most of which I did not see coming, caught me off guard.

This book is available in the library and on OverDrive/Libby as an ebook and e audiobook

Recommended by: Chris Schultz, Graphics Information Clerk

Posted in: Adult Fiction


Verity

by Coleen Hoover

Lowen is an author who has carefully spent most of her time under the radar, and she is just coming off of the death of a family member that has taxed her financially and emotionally. One big meeting in Manhattan changes all that, but she’ll have to figure out how to put herself in another woman’s shoes.

She travels to Vermont in hopes of finding information for 3 new books, but she ends up finding a manuscript that makes her question everything.

This book is a quick read. Do not trust anything! The bad guy isn’t always obvious.

Recommended by: Jackie Boyd, Communications Manager

Posted in: Adult Fiction


Florida

by Lauren Groff

Groff tells 11 separate short stories of people in or from Florida finding themselves in less-than-ideal situations. A story of two young sisters struggling to survive after a big storm knocks out power and leaves them stranded and alone stands out. Several of the stories include or follow the theme of alcoholic, inept, absent, or threatening fathers and father-figures.

Recommended by: Jackie Boyd, Communications Manager

Posted in: Adult Fiction


July 2023

The Boyfriend Candidate

by Ashley Winstead

Shy librarian Alexis has decided to have a one-night stand at the nicest bar in town. There she meets Logan who hangs on her every word. A crazy situation places Alexis quite quickly in a fake relationship. Who knew that Logan was running for Governor? Not Alexis. As Alexis gets to know Logan better, she finds that she is not so shy and he might be a nice guy. Political rallies also abound for Alexis and she comes out of her shell … for a short time. This is a great modern-day romance. A bit heavy on the political scenes but still enjoyable. Fans of Olivia Dade will like this one.
This book is available in the library and on OverDrive/Libby as an ebook.
Recommended by: Michelle Przekwas, Library Clerk

Posted in: Adult Fiction


The Lost Letter

by Mimi Matthews

With the death of her father, Sylvia must survive by taking a position as a governess. Her life is quiet until a young woman visits her and ask for her help in regards to her brother, a retired Colonel who has hidden himself away from society. This young woman claims Sylvia is her brother’s lost love but this only confuses Sylvia. She once wrote him letters but she never received one in return. Sylvia’s kindness places her near the Colonel once again and a sweet, romantic reunion could be possible … or is it?
Author Mimi Matthews is a gem when it comes to historical fiction. If you enjoy Julia Quinn or Lisa Kleypas, this reads well minus the steamy scenes.
Recommended by: Michelle Przekwas, Library Clerk

Posted in: Adult Fiction


Everyone in my Family has killed Someone

by Benjamin Stevenson

Ernie, who has a fascination with crime novels, has accepted an invitation to a family reunion. A family who has shunned him since he testified against his brother who was jailed for murder. As the family gathers, the prodigal son returns, the snow fall becomes an unprecedented storm and the dead bodies begin to pile up. Ernie doesn’t hold back as he narrates the failings of his whole family. Who could be the murderer? There are endless possibilities.
This story is well-written, suspenseful and filled with various ‘Christie’ nods. This is a great read for Agatha Christie and Richard Osman fans.
This book is available in the library and on OverDrive/Libby as an e audiobook.
Recommended by: Michelle Przekwas, Library Clerk

Posted in: Adult Fiction


A Psalm for the Wild-built

by Becky Chambers

One day a traveling tea monk named Dex runs into a robot. No one has seen a robot in centuries after they left to live in the wilds after gaining self-awareness. Humans promised to leave the robots be until they were ready to interact with humans again. That time is now, and the story unfolds as our robot wishes to learn the answer to a simple but complex question. “What do people need?” Dex doing their best to answer that question, as they struggle with finding the answer for themself.  It’s an insightful, funny, and peaceful little novel about purpose and what drives us to do the things we do, even when we seemingly already have everything we need.

This book is available in the library and on Hoopla as an e audiobook.

Recommended by: Abigail Kearns, Adult Services Assistant

Posted in: Adult Fiction


Under the Whispering Door

by T. J. Klune

The book follows Wallace as he is picked up by a grim reaper at his own funeral and taken to a strange teashop/house in the middle of the woods where some of the newly and not so newly dead reside as they learn to be at peace with their own passings. Here Wallace learns to accept his death by learning to accept his choices in life. It is a charming ride with a cast of likeable characters, even the ones that take time to warm up to. Both very funny and uplifting while being a somber take on moving on once it’s our time. It, like a good cup of tea, will warm you up inside by the time you’re done with it.

This book is available in the library and on OverDrive as an ebook.

Recommended by: Abigail Kearns, Adult Services Assistant

Posted in: Adult Fiction


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