When the New York Police Department was founded in 1845, the population did not welcome it. New Yorkers protested the forming of what was called a “standing army” and the “Copper Stars” were generally met with suspicion and aggression.
“The Gods of Gotham” by Lyndsay Faye is the story of Timothy Wilde, a detective among the Copper Stars serving in the notorious Five Point Slum area. When a mass grave of dead children is discovered, Timothy is driven to find their murderer.
“Seven For a Secret” the sequel to the marvelous historical mystery, “The Gods of Gotham” is an equally riveting and engrossing thriller. When slave catchers steal a beautiful black woman’s family, Timothy discovers an underworld crime ring where innocent free Northerners are stolen from their homes to be sold as slaves down south.
Mystery and history blended perfectly for the best historic mysteries I’ve read in a while.
Isacc is not your typical librarian. He is a “Libriomancer,” someone who has the ability to draw objects out of books. When local vampires show up to kill him, he gets the idea that this is not going to be a typical week at the Library. With a little assistance from his books and supernatural friends, Isacc might just survive the war to kill all the members of the Libriomancer Secret Society.
Libriomancer by Jim Hines is a fast-paced Science Fiction/Fantasy story that is a ton of fun to read. I finished the book in record time and wanted another dose of delicious Science Fiction medicine. Fortunately, Isacc’s story is continued in Jim Hines new book Codex Born. I’m next in line on the hold list and can’t wait to see what trouble my favorite librarian is going to get into next.
For those readers who enjoyed “Throne of Glass” by Sarah Maas, a young adult fantasy, you may want to add yourself to the hold list for the sequel “Crown of Midnight”.
While you are waiting for your copy of “Crown of Midnight”, check out the prequels that are available for your electronic device on the Ohio E Book Project: The Assassin and the Desert”, The Assassin and the Pirate Lord”, and “The Assassin and the Empire”.
Chris Tomlin, one of my favorite artists, has a new CD titled Burning Lights. It is a marvelous mixture of songs with lyrics that inspire and music that is fresh and exciting. I just love his new songs, “Awake My Soul” and “Lay Me Down” that are included on this album.
If you are looking for an awesome Contemporary Christian Music CD, check out the Burning Lights Album.
Ever read a book that was so good that you immediately want to recommend it to all your friends? For me, that book was “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline.
The story features Wade, a high school senior in the year 2044, who like most of the people in the world has retreated to a life spent mostly online in the world of the “Oasis” Oasis is a virtual game where your Avatar can seem almost human to you and everyone else in the virtual world.
When the multimillionaire that designed the “Oasis” dies, he leaves his entire fortune to the first individual who solves the puzzle of the game. Wade and thousands of others start the quest, to find the “Easter Egg” hidden somewhere in the many worlds of the game. Wade becomes a front-runner in the game and soon learns that not only his game Avatar is in danger of “game over” but that people are searching for and wanting to kill his real self.
Fast paced and exciting, Ready Player One is so much fun. Even if you are not normally a science fiction reader, I think you might enjoy this book.
A cozy mystery is just the thing when I’m looking for a fun, light read. Cozy mysteries usually omit graphic violence and generally take place in a small community with likable characters. Many of the cozy mysteries I enjoy are ones in a series of mysteries. After reading a couple you feel like you know the recurring characters and they feel like old friends.
Elaine Viets has a couple of enjoyable series. “Dead-End Job Mysteries” and “Josie Marcus Mystery Shopper”. The author always combines a sense of humor and engaging characters into her mystery stories.
Think food and murder make a good combination? Diane Mott Davidson, Joanne Fluke, Isis Crawford, and Sammi Carter are authors who include recipes in their stories
Do you have a soft spot in your heart for animals? Give “The Cat Who Series” by Lillian Jackson Braun a try. This is a series featuring KoKo, a delightful Siamese Cat. The human characters in this series are as endearing as the cat. Miranda James’ “Cat in the Stacks” mysteries feature Diesel, a fantastic Maine Coon cat and his librarian owner. “Midnight Louie Mysteries” by Carole Nelson Douglas, “Dixie Hemingway, Cat Sitter Mysteries,” by Blaize Clement, and “Death on Demand Series” by Carolyn Hart all feature cats.
There are cozy mysteries for just about any interest; gardening, crossword puzzles, quilting, pet stores, diners, historical themes, and travel themes, to name a few. So, next time you are looking to curl up with a book, a Cozy Mystery might be just the read you want.
A book for Young Adults that is a little bit fairytale with a hint of dystopia, Throne of Glass by Sarah J. is an excellent fantasy.
Celaena, a former Assassin serving time in a death camp, is offered a way out of the prison if she can win a contest and become the “King’s Champion”. As much as she hates the evil ruler of the country, King of Adarlan, she cannot turn down a chance to escape the sentence of eventually dying in the salt mines.
She soon finds out that winning the contest is not going to be easy, as other contestants are being brutally murdered one by one. Her captors, Dorian, the Crown Prince, and Chaol, the Captain of the Guard, are becoming her friends and complicating matters further by perhaps being more than friends. Throne of glass is a fast paced story that will keep you guessing.
One of my favorite authors of historical fiction has created a series about the Houses of Lancaster and York of 15th century England. The story of the War of the Roses, told through the voices of four women of the time period, is the focus of The Cousins’ War series by Phillipa Gregory.
The White Queen is the story of Elizabeth Woodville, Queen consort of King Edward IV of the House of York.
The Red Queen tells of Lady Margaret Beaufort and her driving ambition to see her son, Henry Tudor, from the House of Lancaster, on the throne of England.
The Lady of the Rivers is the story of Jaquetta of Luxembourg, mother of Elizabeth Woodville.
The Kingmaker’s Daughter tells the story of Anne Neville, daughter of the “Kingmaker”, the 16th Earl of Warwick, who becomes Queen Consort to Richard III.
The White Princess will be the fifth book in the “Cousin’s War” Series, and is due to be released in August 2013.
As a master of bringing the Tudor Family and their stories to life, Philippa Gregory writes equally well about the Houses of Lancaster and York.
I also recently read her first Young Adult book, The Changling. I really enjoyed this first book in the “Order of Darkness” series. It combined history with fantasy and was a really fun read.
So, I raced through Season One and Season Two of Downton Abbey, enjoying the Edwardian family saga immensely. The television series about The Earl and Countess of Grantham, their family and the lives of their servants in the fictional English Manor House of Downton Abbey became my new favorite show. But alas, Season Three is not yet available, and what to do to fill in the time until it arrives?
Below Stairs-The Classic Kitchen Maid’s Memoir That Inspired Upstairs, Downstairs and Downton Abbey by Margaret Powell is a fun read. A true story of Margaret’s life as a kitchen maid and then later as a cook in upper class households in England in the early 1920’s. The story is humorous as well as a vivid view of life as a servant during that time period.
Want an inside look at Highclere Castle, the place where the fictional, Downton Abbey is filmed? Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey: The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle is the true story of the fifth Countess of Carnarvon, whose life Downton Abbey’s fictional Lady Cora Crawley was based upon.
Still want a little more insight into the characters, costumes, sets and actors of the show? The World of Downton Abbey is a companion book to the television series which is filled with pictures and stories about the popular British show.
Did you fall in love with the wonderful score while watching the series? Clermont County Public Library has you covered with Downton Abbey (Original music from the television series) John Lunn’s original music performed by the Chamber Orchestra of London will bring the music of the series to your CD player.
A couple of DVDs Downton Abbey fans might enjoy are: Secrets of the Manor House, a look of how real life was in British Manors in the early 20th Century. Upstairs, Downstairs is also a classic choice.
Season three of Downton Abbey is not expected to air on PBS until early 2013, but once it becomes available on DVD, probably after the show airs here in the United States, we will all be able to queue up on the hold list.
Justine’s journey to travel across country to see her terminally ill father before he dies, takes a horrible turn when her beloved Sheltie, Mack, is accidentally taken from her by the truck driver who was giving her a ride. Afraid of the consequences of being accused of stealing the dog, the driver dumps Mack along the highway. Justine, frantic to get her beloved pet back, starts a search to find Mack while dealing with an imminent death in the family. As the story progresses, you learn that Justine’s life has been a mess for years, with the trip to see her dying Father revealing painful family issues that are slowly coming to the surface.
Ed and Alice have spent the last seven years mourning the loss of their teenage daughter. Blame and heartbreak have caused them to withdraw from each other to the point of living almost as strangers in the same house. When they find a little black and gray dog by the side of the road they start to open up to each other as the Sheltie becomes a part of their family.
I admit the Sheltie on the cover of “The Dog Who Danced” by Susan Wilson was what first drew me to pick up the book and start reading. Shetland Sheepdogs hold a special place in my heart since our family has the joy of sharing our home with these smart, sensitive and very loveable dogs. More than just a really good story about a dog, “The Dog Who Danced’, is about people and how even the most messed up life can be redeemed.