What We’re Reading – September Edition

staff picksAnother look at what the library bloggers are reading.

Emily – Fun House by Chris Grabenstein – The 7th installment in this New Jersey-set mystery series has Officers John Ceepak and Danny Boyle reluctantly overseeing security for the raunchy and rambunctious cast of a Jersey Shore-esq reality show.

Wanna Get Lucky? by Deborah Coonts – I’ve just started listening to the audio version of this mystery that stars Lucky O’Toole, a “fixer” for a major Las Vegas casino.  The first in a series, Lucky finds herself investigating the mysterious death of a woman who died falling from a casino-owned helicopter.

Cara – I just started The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann (JF). I’m only a few chapters in, but I love mysterious and sinister tone that’s set for the reader as a whole town disappears, faeries are integrated into English society, and Bartholomew, a changeling, seems to be headed for trouble as a strange visitor to the town sees him for what he is. Hits shelves September 18, 2012.

Sarah – Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. YA fantasy set in an alternate Russia, where magic-wielding children are raised to form an army under the mysterious Darkling. Alina’s gift is so strong and frightening that it might save the country–if she can learn to control it without being controlled herself.

Vanessa – I am reading Private Patient by PD James. It’s an Adam Dalgliesh mystery that is British detection at it’s finest. If you’re looking for a good mystery whose ending you’ll never see coming, PD James is your lady!

Laura S. – I’m only reading books with their cover art painted by Daniel Dos Santos. Touched by an Alien by Gini Koch, My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland, Moon Called by Patricia Briggs are the first titles in some of the series. He only picks the best books to work on, they are all hilarious; the covers reflect that. He paints them all in traditional oils.

Phyllis – The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty – historical fiction loosely based on the life of Louise Brooks, silent film actress.

Spring Fever by Mary Kay Andrews – Love lost, love found and secrets revealed.

Donna -  Currently, I’m reading a cozy mystery in “A Cat in the Stacks Mystery” series titled Classified as Murder by Miranda James.  This series is a fun read, I love that the main character is a college librarian in a small southern town. His Maine Coon Cat, Diesel, adds a lot of character to the story.

I’m listening to The Innocent by David Baldacci, a really exciting mystery that is making me tempted to drive farther so I can listen to just one more chapter.

MacKenzie – I’m reading The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of her own Making by Catherynne Valente. With a title like that you know it’ll be good. I’m also reading “The Best of the Best: 20 Years of the Year’s Best Science Fiction” edited by Gardner Dozois.

Andrea – I’m listening to Summerland by Elin Hilderbrand about four high school students and their families after a fatal car accident on Nantucket.

I’m reading Heaven is Here by Stephanie Nielson who survived a plane crash with third-degree burns over 80 percent of her body and embraces the fullness of life, love, motherhood and faith everyday.

Laura – I’m reading Spy the Lie in which former CIA agents explain how to spot signs that someone may be lying to you. Interesting to discover that things that we all accept as a sign of lying like not making eye contact isn’t actually a reliable sign at all.

Susan – When the Mississippi Ran Backwards; Empire, Intrigue, Murder, and the New Madrid Earthquakes by Jay Feldman. The 1811-1812 earthquakes that violently shook the midwest in and around New Madrid, Missouri are the backdrop to major historical events including the Indian and U.S. Government relations between Tecumseh, his brother The Prophet, and William Henry Harrison, the Louisiana Purchase, the War of 1812, and the first steam boats to run on the Mississippi river.  This was a time when Ohio was still considered “wilderness”, Indian tribes were plentiful and Spain, France and England were still influential in the young United States development.

Diane – I’m listening to Night Watch, by Linda Fairstein.  Book 14 in her Alex Cooper series, we find Alex in France with her lover, Luc Rouget, famed restaurateur.  48 hours into her one week vacation, a former employee of Luc’s is murdered. Before Alex can become embroiled in this case, she’s called back to New York for a high-profile rape case involving, coincidentally, an important French economist.

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