Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Wedding Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke

If your reading habits alternate between curling up with a good mystery or with a good cookbook, you should know about Joanne Fluke.

Fans of the Hannah Swensen series have been waiting for Hannah to choose a fiancé and get married, but before Hannah can marry Ross Barton, she must compete in a reality-TV dessert competition. With the help of her sister Michelle, Hannah bakes enough traditional creations with unique new twists to keep readers hungry, and after Hannah wins some early rounds the competition moves from the big lights of New York to Hannah's hometown. During a practice session one of the contest's judges is found murdered, chaos reigns, but Hannah is determined to solve the murder before the investigation gets in the way of her wedding.

Sprinkled throughout this 19th volume of the series are over 20 recipes, including Hannah’s wedding confection, Double Rainbow Swirl Cake. The realistic and delightful characters make this cozy mystery a delight to read.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Just Send Me Word by Orlando Figes

After the end of World War II, Lev Mishchenko was sentenced to ten years in the Gulag. The crime that sent him to the  Russian prison work camp was "treason against the Motherland", because he had acted as a translator for a German officer as a Soviet prisoner of war. Somehow, he and the woman he loved, managed to exchange over 1500 letters during his sentence. The letters were smuggled by friends and sympathetic camp workers, so the camp censors never saw them.

There are no easy resolutions in this biography, and the story of life in Russia, both in the Gulag and in Moscow, during that time is shown vividly through these letters, which the couple preserved, and eventually donated to an archive. Figes uses these letters, as well as a few supplementary sources and interviews, to tell their story, which is intriguing, inspiring, and highly recommended.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Light of Day by Allison Van Diepen

When Gabby Perez is almost drugged at a nightclub, she decides to take action. Teaming up with a mysterious stranger known as X, the two go after a gang who is drugging and kidnapping innocent girls off the Miami streets. As their search deepens, Gabby and X can't ignore their undeniable attraction to each other.   

Light of Day is set in the same world as On the Edge and readers can expect to recognize some of their favorite characters. With action, romance, and friendships, this is a gripping story about finding out where you belong, discovering the power to make a difference, and finding true love along the way.

Join us at one of the branches on May 12th to meet the author, Allison Van Diepen! Call your local branch for appearance times and additional information!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Starflight by Melissa Landers

Solara Brooks is a mechanic and a felon, desperate for a fresh start and passage to the outer realm. She ties herself to Doran Spaulding, the spoiled rich kid who made her miserable in high school. 

However in a strange twist of fate that leaves Doran a fugitive, Solara turns the tables on him and cons him into playing her servant.   

The reviewer enjoyed this book a great deal. The plot had enough twists and turns to keep you wondering what was going to happen next. It is a great young adult read. I would recommend this book to anyone who has a sense of adventure and who likes a good story.