Library Corner
By: Gloria Kinley

New Fiction

 

Ellie Brown thought she'd finally escaped her stifling hometown of Broadlands, Illinois; med school was supposed to be her ticket out. But when her father has a stroke, she must return home to share his care with her older sister, Amelia, who's busy with her own family. Working as a paramedic, Ellie's days are monotonous, driving an ambulance through streets she'd hoped never to see again. Until a 911 dispatch changes everything. The address: her sister's house. Rushing to the scene, Ellie discovers that Amelia and her husband, Steve, have been shot in a home invasion. After Amelia is rushed to the hospital, Ellie tries to make sense of the tragedy. But what really happened inside her sister's house becomes less and less clear. As Amelia hangs on in critical condition, Ellie uncovers dark revelations about her family's past that challenge her beliefs about those closest to her...and force her to question where her devotions truly lie. From author Emily Bleeker comes a compelling novel called Working Fire that tells the story of a bond between sisters, tested by tragedy...

Lawyer Andy Carpenter's true passion is the Tara Foundation, the dog rescue organization he runs with his friend Willie Miller. All kinds of dogs make their way to the foundation, and it isn't that surprising to find a dog abandoned at the shelter one morning, though it was accompanied by a mysterious anonymous note. But they are quite surprised when they scan the dog's embedded chip and discover that they know this dog. He is the "DNA dog". Two and a half years ago, Jill Hickman was a single mother of an adopted baby. Her baby and dog were kidnapped in broad daylight in Eastside Park, and they haven't been seen since. A tip came in that ID'd a former boyfriend of Hickman's, Keith Wachtel, as the kidnapper. A search of his house showed no sign of the child but did uncover more incriminating evidence, and the clincher that generated Wachtel's arrest was some dog hair, notable since Wachtel did not have a dog. DNA tests showed conclusively that the hair belonged to Hickman's dog. Wachtel was convicted of kidnapping, but the dog and baby were never found. Now, with the reappearance of the dog, the case is brought back to light and the search for the child renewed. Goaded by his wife's desire to help a friend and fellow mother and Andy's desire to make sure the real kidnapper is in jail, Andy and his team enter the case. But what they start to uncover is far more complicated and dangerous than they ever expected. David Rosenfelt is at the top of his game with Collared perhaps it is Andy’s self-effacing, droll humor that makes him appealing in this crime fiction novel.

When Darcy runs off on another secret assignment, I am left to figure out how to travel to Italy to help my friend Belinda, as she awaits the birth of her baby. An opportunity presents itself in a most unexpected way-my cousin the queen is in need of a spy to attend a party. The Prince of Wales and the dreadful Mrs. Simpson have been invited, and Her Majesty is anxious to prevent a possible secret marriage. I soon discover that Mother is attending the party and has her own secret task for me. Then Darcy shows up and tells me that the fate of the world on the brink of war could very well depend on what I overhear at dinner! I shouldn’t be surprised when one of my fellow dinner guests is murdered. In Rhys Bowen’s book On Her Majesty’s Frightfully Secret Service the glamour of the Thirties makes for a wonderful backdrop of this delightfully naïve, charming and fresh novel.

People say Beartown is finished. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink and this is the reason people believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior hockey team is about to compete in the national championships and they actually have a shot at winning. All the hopes and dreams of the town now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys. Being responsible for the hopes of an entire town is a heavy burden and the semifinal match is the catalyst for a violent act that leaves a young girl traumatized and a town in turmoil. Hers is a story no one wants to believe since the truth would mean the end of the dream. In Fredrik Backman's book Beartown a woman rediscovers herself after a personal crisis and is a story that is insightful and touching that will make you laugh and cry.

New Non-Fiction

Frances, Helen, Janette and Niki become friends when they joined the same Saturday morning rowing club. As they rowed they dreamt of going on a life-changing adventure. But with eight children between them, full-time jobs, households to run  and every moment accounted for, it would be completely ridiculous, irresponsible. Or would it? Four Mums in a Boat is the incredible story of how four friends and their boat-Rose-took on one of the world's most grueling sporting challenges. A two-month race across the Atlantic, that has defeated even the toughest athletes. Theirs is a story that will encourage real women to do extraordinary things.

 

 

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