Monday, October 31, 2011

The Weed That Strings the Hangman's Bag by Alan Bradley

In the bucolic village of Bishop’s Lacey, England in the l950’s, there is a mad
woman in the woods, a beloved puppeteer, a German obsessed with the Bronte sisters, a spinster aunt, malicious older sisters, a Philatelist father, and the mysterious deaths, of a child and a popular puppeteer.

Quick-witted, Flavia de Luce, a precocious heroine, is articulate, glib, and a self-educated chemist. She is quick thinking and “more often than not, busy fantasizing of new and interesting ways of bringing her enemies to sudden death.” Her philosophy: poisons were put on earth to be put to good use by persons with the wits but not necessarily physical strength. Flavia, a fully developed child character, must solve the riddle of both deaths. Canadian, Alan Bradley has written a thoroughly satisfying mystery.

Reserve this book here.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Murder, She Wrote: The Fine Art of Murder by Donald Bain and Jessica Fletcher

Friends had encouraged Jessica to take a vacation to relax.  So she went to Rome, Italy, for her enjoyment, not as a research trip for another book.  But while there she 'experienced' the world of art theft.  Having a gun pointed directly at her and being pushed hard enough to send her to the hospital as well as witnessing a murder certainly kept her from relaxing.  When she returned to the U.S., writing her next novel consumed her time and was progressing quite nicely until she had an unexpected visitor.  The step son of a friend in Chicago appeared on her doorstep soon after his father was murdered.  Jessica became involved in investigation of the Chicago case and the art theft and murder in Italy as well as supporting her friend.  When Mafia involvement became an issue Jessica was really scared.  She certainly was not in control of this investigation.  

The descriptions of the architecture and art in Italy are good and help imagine the setting of the story and objects of the crimes.  I enjoyed this fast paced story revealing the world of art theft.  It is a change of pace to have Jessica 'along' for the ride.

We have this book in the Adult Department or you can reserve it in the catalog. ~Beth H.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Dakota Dawn by Lauraine Snelling, Book one, The Dakota Plains series

Nora Johanson traveled from Norway to North Dakota to marry the man she loved.  There were difficulties going by ship and train with many delays.  Upon arrival at her destination she had only four cents remaining and no one met her train.  As it was late at night, cold and she did not have money for a hotel room, the depot master took her to the pastor's house.  There she became friends with Ingeborge and Reverend Moen and their children.  They, too, spoke Norwegian so she was able to relay her story to them.  It seems her intended had died of the fever before Nora arrived in North Dakota.  Until she found a place for herself she could stay with the Moen family.  The situation she found for her to work and live was most unexpected and most certainly a hard path. 

Place this book on hold in the catalog. It is also available in large print.

~Beth H.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Dial M for Murder



Dial M for Murder
Friday, October 21
Saturday, October 22, 2011

Dinner at 6:30 pm
Performance at 7:30 pm

Admission $25.00

Tickets on sale now
in the library’s Adult Services Department.

Cash….. Check…..MC/VISA

For further information
and/or tickets, call

Teen High Tech Hide-n-Seek (Geocaching) at the library

all kinds of interesting stuff inside the geocacheHigh Tech Hide-n-SeekThe Alabama Rambler teaches about geocachinginvestigating the geocaching treatsthe 2 winners of the handheld geocaching GPS deviceshunting the first cache
found the first cachelet's see what's insidegeocaching treatsfound & investigating the second cachetiny but very intriguing geocache find at the librarythe official geocaching website