Clara Maynard's blog

Deadly Stakes

I was out of town and suddenly found myself in need of another book to read while traveling. My local drug store had a limited selection of mysteries, but I picked up J.A. Jances’ Deadly Stakes as my best prospect. This is her 8th book featuring Ali Reynolds, former newscaster. She, her boyfriend B. Simpson and their employee Stuart Ramey take on a complicated case. A woman was killed and nearby a man was killed. There seems to be no connection between the two at first. Ali takes on the investigation when an acquaintance is arrested for the murder. I found this to be a fun read. Ali seems to have no lack for money, she has a helpful butler, and a rich boyfriend. This must make crime solving somewhat easier!

 

 

Welcome, Julio!

You'll be seeing this nice gentleman around the library a lot. His name is Julio and he is our new computer instructor. If you need help with computer issues, Julio is the man. And he will be offering computer classes in our computer lab starting on Monday, Jan. 13th. Ask at the desk for a complete schedule of the classes.

Julio's picture

 

How the Light Gets In

The Inspector Gamache novels are some of my favorite mysteries. I must not be the only admirer as the last one, The Beautiful Mystery, won an Agatha Award. So I was looking forward to reading the newest, How The Light Gets In. In this story, his corrupt supervisor is plotting something horrible and pushing Gamache towards retirement. His protégé, Jean-Guy Beauvoir, isn’t speaking to him and is deep in the depths of addiction. All of his staff have been transferred and replaced with lazy, impudent thugs. In the midst of all this, he is called to the village of Three Pines to deal with a missing person case. It turns out that the missing person has been murdered and her identity is a big surprise to everyone. These mysteries are wonderful as Louise Penny has created wonderful characters and great plots. I recommend them highly

cover of How the Light Gets In

 

The Man Who Smiled

An older lawyer is driving home after meeting with a client. He is scared and worried. Suddenly in the middle of the road ahead he sees a chair with a human figure sitting in it. He stops the car and gets out to investigate. An assailant hits him from behind and he is instantly dead. At the same time, Detective Chief Inspector Kurt Wallander has been on sick leave for more than a year and he is thinking of resigning. The lawyer’s son, a friend, comes to see him, thinking that his father’s death can’t be an accident. Two weeks later, the son is shot. This upsets Wallander and he decides to go back to work and solve the murder. The dark and moody Kurt Wallander novels present a chance to see the country of Sweden through a native’s eyes. The Man Who Smiled is the fourth in the Wallander series and I enjoyed it thoroughly.

 

Angel's Flight

One reviewer wrote that Angels Flight was not Connelly’s best, but I still found it interesting. In Angel’s Flight, Howard Elias, an African American lawyer fond of suing the LAPD, is found murdered on the Angel's Flight train. This is set shortly after the Rodney King riots and Harry has to deal with department politics and racial tension as he seeks to solve the crime. He’s also trying to give up smoking and his wife has been out gambling again. Bosch breaks all the rules to find the killer as always. I enjoy the hard boiled detective stories that Connelly writes.

copy of Angels Flight

 

Death of the Demon

I’ve been reading Anne Holt since the first English translation of her work, 1222, appeared in the US a few years ago. Now I can’t wait for each book to come out! If you’re starting the series in order, start with Blind Goddess.  The succeeding books are Blessed Are Those Who Thirst, and Death of the Demon. The heroine is lesbian Oslo police officer Hanne Wilhelmsen. In Death of The Demon she has been promoted to police inspector and she is dealing with learning how to be a boss. Her newest case is the murder of a foster home supervisor, a woman who seems to have no enemies!  Along with working on the case, she has to deal with issues at home with her partner who doesn’t understand why Hanne is unwilling to come out of the closet. The mystery kept me guessing and the characters are richly drawn. 

Construction and Destruction Around the Library

We have lots of road construction going on around the library. Right now, Dyna is closed as it is undergoing destruction! So plan your route to the library accordingly. picture of road workHowever, the sidewalk and road improvements will be worth all the trouble!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waiting for W?

Well, I just finished reading W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton. Like many folks I’ve been reading the Kinsey Millhone series since the beginning. However, there is a long wait list for W is for Wasted. If you haven’t started the series, you can start by reading A is for Alibi. If you’re a fan, and you’re waiting to get your copy of W, you can read some series that also feature tough, independent and witty female detectives. Here are some suggestions:


Kate Brannigan
mysteries by Val McDermid


Rachel Alexander and Dash
mysteries by Carol Lea


Anna Lee mysteries
by Liza Cody


Thea Kozak mysteries by Kate Flora


V.I. Warshawski
mysteries by Sara Paretsky


Give one or more of these a try!

Family Movie Night!

Our family movie night is coming up! Be sure to save the date of Monday, Nov. 4th for a fun event for the whole family. We'll get together in the meeting room at 6:30 pm to watch a movie together. For more info, just check with our staff either in person or by phone.

FOLKS ENJOYING MOVIE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Silent Girl

I took a road trip recently and listened to The Silent Girl on the way. On a rooftop, Boston PD Det. Jane Rizzoli finds a woman’s body with a slit throat and a severed hand. Upon investigation, the unknown woman’s death seems to be related to a 19 year old Chinatown murder/suicide. Nineteen years ago a cook, Wu Weimin supposedly shot his coworker, three customers, and himself in the Red Phoenix restaurant.  Rizzoli , with the help of a new associate, explores the culture and history of Chinatown to find out what really happened.  I enjoyed this entry in the Rizzoli and Isles series.  The mystery is a bit predictable but the characters are fun.

The Silent Girl                  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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