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Staff Picks Adult Fiction

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December 2020

Something’s Wrong With Us

by Natsumi Ando

Married to the enemy! This spin-chilling, sexy and dark psychological series follows Nao a 21-year-old traditional Japanese sweet maker and the man who framed her mother for murder. I highly recommend going into this series with knowing as little as possible. You are certainly in for a treat.
Recommended by: April Balasa, Patron Services Clerk

Posted in: Adult Fiction


November 2020

I, Robot

by Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov lays down the Three Laws of Robotics in this series of interconnected short stories.  Witness the rise of robots, from their beginnings as household curiosities to the super intelligent computers that manage the entire planet.  The stories include a family drama where parents worry that their daughter is too attached to the house’s robot, a mystery where investigators must find a particular robot hiding in a shipment of dozens of robots, and an election drama where one candidate is accused of being a life-like robot and must prove his humanity. This title is also available on OverDrive.

Recommended by: Peter Tew, Adult Services Reference Librarian I

Posted in: Adult Fiction


I Had That Same Dream Again: The Complete Manga Collection

by Yoru Sumino

When grade schooler Nanoka is asked by her teacher to define what “happiness” means to her, she isn’t too sure what the correct answer is. But she is more than sure her friends can help her find the answer. Which consists of an un-happy girl who engages in self-harm, a high school student ostracized by her classmates and an elderly woman looking to live out her twilight years in peace. But what do these three different people have in common? As Nanoka tries to find her place in the world by exploring her relationship with these three strangers, she comes to know herself and the meaning of “happiness”.
Recommeneded by: April Balasa, Patron Services Clerk

Posted in: Adult Fiction


Death by Chocolate Lab (Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery #1)

by Bethany Blake

Resident pet sitter Daphne has a soft spot for every stay that wanders into the lakeside village of Sylvan Creek. That doesn’t stop her however from disliking the arrogant, womanizing owner of the Blue Ribbon K-9 Academy. When Steve turns up dead and his prize-winning chocolate Labrador goes missing Daphne can think of a long list of people who would want to see that man dead. Her sister Piper being at the top of the police departments suspect list. Aided with her two trusty dogs and only armed with her Ph.D. in Philosophy can Daphne find the true killer before she becomes the next victim?
Recommended by: April Balasa, Patron Services Clerk

Posted in: Adult Fiction


Plain Bad Heroines

by Emily M. Danforth

This horror-comedy and highly imaginative novel focuses on a cursed boarding school for girls in New England. Flo and Clara, innocent girls who can easily be lead astray are obsessed with a darling young author Mary MacLane, the author of a scandalous bestselling memoir. With mysterious deaths, sly humor and gothic mischief Plain Bad Heroines is a book you don’t want to miss. This title is also available on OverDrive.
Recommended by: April Balasa, Patron Services Clerk

Posted in: Adult Fiction


October 2020

A Deadly Education (The Scholomance, #1)

by Naomi Novik

Whoever said magic school was going to be easy? This is a magical school for the gifted where failure means certain death (literally). To the students survival is more important than any letter grade because the school will not let them leave till they either graduate or die. The rules are simple: don’t go anywhere alone and beware the monsters lurking in the shadows. But when a student, El, comes and starts to unlock the school’s secrets, could there be a way to actually get out of this place alive?  This title is also available on OverDrive.
Recommended by: April Balasa, Patron Services Clerk

Posted in: Adult Fiction


Confess

by Colleen Hoover

Auburn Reed is in a bind but is determined to make her way out of it with no help from anyone. But when she meets Owen Gentry, her resolve fails her. Is he the one to help her or is he just an unneeded distraction? This realistic romance contains great characterization. This title is available in Large Print and OverDrive.

Recommended by: Becky McCormack, Youth Services Assistant Manager

Posted in: Adult Fiction


September 2020

Little Bookshop of Murder: Beach Reads Mystery, #1

by Maggie Blackburn

Summer Merriweather’s career as a Shakespeare professor is hanging by a thread. But soon that no longer seems to be a problem when she is called back home to Brigid’s Island when her mom shuffles off the mortal coil from what appears to be a heart attack. But when Summer finds a note in her mother’s bookshop that say “Sell the bookstore or die.” It’s clear that someone helped her mother leave this world and now it’s up to Summer to find out who wanted her mother dead and why. Also available on OverDrive.
Recommended by: April Balasa, Patron Services Clerk

Posted in: Adult Fiction


For Whom the Book Tolls: An Antique Bookshop Mystery, #1

by Laura Gail Black

Trouble seems to follow Jenna Quinn. Fleeing some unsavory doings in her hometown, Jenna thinks going to visit her Uncle might do her some good. Soon after she arrives, Jenna finds him dead at the bottom of the stairs and now Jenna who is his primary beneficiary has now become the prime suspect.
Recommended by: April Balasa, Patron Services Clerk

Posted in: Adult Fiction


Booked for Death: a Book Lover’s B&B Mystery

by Victoria Gilbert

Widow and former schoolteacher Charlotte Reed inherits the Chapters Bed and Breakfast from her great aunt Isabella. This reader’s paradise is nestled in the historic waterfront town of Beaufort, North Carolina. But soon the peaceful B&B becomes the scene of a grisly murder and with the victim’s daughter pointing the finger at Charlotte, she is more than ready to find the real killer before it’s too late.
Recommended by: April Balasa, Patron Services Clerk 

Posted in: Adult Fiction


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