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Library Corner by Gloria Kinley & Library Lines by Andrea Trembath

Library Corner January 18th

New Fiction 

Nobody loves an honest man, or that was what police sergeant Hamish Macbeth tried to tell newcomer Paul English. Paul had moved to a house in Cnothan, a sour village on Hamish's beat. He attended church in Lochdubh. He told the minister, Mr. Wellington, that his sermons were boring. He told tweedy Mrs. Wellington that she was too fat and in these days of increasing obesity it was her duty to show a good example. Angela Brody was told her detective stories were pap for the masses and it was time she wrote literature instead. He accused Hamish of having dyed his fiery red hair. He told Jessie Currie - who repeated all the last words of her twin sister - that she needed psychiatric help."I speak as I find," he bragged. Voices saying, "I could kill that man," could be heard from Lochdubh to Cnothan. And someone did. Now Hamish is faced with a bewildering array of suspects. And he's lost the services of his clumsy policeman, Charlie, who has resigned from the force after Chief Inspector Blair berated Charlie one too many times and the policeman threw Blair into the loch. Can Hamish find the killer on his own? Sergeant Hamish Macbeth - Scotland's most quick-witted but unambitious policeman - returns in M.C. Beaton's new mystery called Death Of An Honest Man.

It's Midsummer's Eve, the celebration of the longest day of the year, and on Sandhamn it's the longest party of the year. But the fun comes to a dead halt when a young reveler is murdered, a teenage girl is found drugged and dazed on the beach, and other young women vanish. So far, what links the victims is a mystery. For Nora Linde and her new boyfriend, Jonas Skold, the crimes are personal: one of the missing girls is Wilma, Jonas's daughter. And her disappearance could test Nora and Jonas's relationship in ways they never expected. Thrust into the investigation, they soon discover that it's more than a case of bad blood between friends. But the truth, which has receded into a haze of carousing, drugs, and liquor, is getting harder to see. If Nora and Jonas are going to find out what happened to Wilma, they'd better do it fast - before the ebbing tides sweep away all the terrible secrets of that night on Sandhamn Island.

What's a lie among friends? It's murder - in this riveting thriller by Viveca Sten, called In The Heat Of The Moment.

Hunkered down in the west coast rainforest, his handlers said he was safe. Kyle might have been safe but he was also bored out of his mind. Then he met Monica. Kyle didn’t believe in love at first sight until he met this woman. She might just change his life. Things were perfect until she disappeared with all his money. She also left a trail of clues that the drug cartel could use to track him down. Kyle had a past and the drug lords didn’t want him sharing it with anyone, especially in a court of law. They were prepared to do whatever it took to silence him. In Gregory Ast’s new book called Bonds Of Deceit  Kyle knew he had them right where he wanted them.

DC Simon Serrailler's last, devastating case was nearly the death of him and left him confronting a new reality.

Recovering on a remote Scottish island, his peace doesn't last long. He is pulled in to a murder inquiry by the overstretched local police. A newcomer, popular with the islanders, has died in perplexing circumstances. The community's reactions are complicated and fragile. It's good to be back on the job. And when Simon returns to Lafferton, an arsonist is on the rampage and a woman whose daughter disappeared some years before is haunting the police station seeking closure. She will not let it rest, and Simon is called in to do a cold-case review. At home, Simon is starting to get used to having a new brother-in-law - in the form of his Chief Constable Kieron Bright. His sister Cat has embarked on a new way of practising medicine, and his nephew Sam is trying to work out what to do with his life. And then their tricky father, Richard, turns up again like a bad penny. In this gripping new Serrailler thriller called The Comforts Of Home, by Susan Hill, Simon's personal and professional lives intertwine in more complex and demanding ways than ever before. 

New Non Fiction 

When Hillary and Jeff Whittington posted a YouTube video chronicling their five-year-old son Ryland’s transition form girl to boy, they didn’t expect it to be greeted with such fervor. Now for the first time, they tell their story in full, offering an emotional, moving account of their journey alongside their exceptional child. After they discovered their daughter Ryland was deaf at age one and needed cochlear implants, the Whittingtons spent nearly four years successfully teaching Ryland to speak. But once Ryland gaine the power of speech, it was time for them to listen as Ryland insisted, “I am a boy!”Hillary and Jeff made it their mission to support their child-no matter what. Raising Ryland, by Hillary Whittington, is the incredible story of one family’s unconditional love for their transgender son.

Krista Law