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Bake Sale!

Everyone enjoyed lots of home made cookies, cheesecake, and pastries at our Aldine teen bake sale. Best of all, the teens raised money for a very important project! If you bought some goodies, thanks for supporting our teen programs.

picture of teens at the bake sale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dead To Me

Dead To Me

 

New Mysteries!

Here are some new mysteries that you might be interested in:
Bad Wolf by Nele Neuhaus
The body of a 16 year old girl is found on a German river bank. Who is she?

cover of Bad Wolf

 

 

Lasso Some Mysteries!

Every year the Texas Library Association chooses the best adult fiction for their Lariat Reading List. There are some interesting mysteries on the list this year. Check them out!

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Burial Rites

 

The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Gabraith

The Cuckoo's Calling

 

 

Murder as a Fine Art by David Morrell

Murder As A Fine Art

 

The Fate of Katherine Carr

On the way to a family event, I took along the audio version of The Fate of Katherine Carr by Thomas H. Cook. I recently acquired a copy of his book, The Crime of Julian Wells, and have become interested in his work. In The Fate of Katherine Carr, the narrator, George Gates, is traveling on a boat and he’s sharing his story with the boat captain. George’s son was tragically kidnapped and murdered some years before. George had been a travel writer but now he writes light pieces for the local paper. Every day he grieves for his murdered child. Then a retired detective gives him a story written by Katherine Carr, a young woman who disappeared years ago. George is captivated by the story and starts to investigate on his own. I enjoyed this book because it was well written, and it had a supernatural element. The ending was clever.  

The Fate of Katherine Carr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Silence of Our Friends

The Aldine teens will be meeting and discussing The Silence of Our Friends on Friday, Feb. 21st at 3 pm. There will be pizza and lively conversation. Come and join us!

cover of The Silence of Our Friends

 

Compound Fractures

I’d been reading Stephen White’s series about Boulder, CO. psychologist Alan Gregory right from the beginning. I always like the working relationship Alan had with his friend Sam, a Boulder cop. And I enjoyed the ethical quandaries Alan would find himself him regarding the confidentiality of his patient’s information when there was a murder or other crime.  In Compound Fractures, the final book in the series, White ties up a lot of loose ends regarding Sam, Alan and their respective families. Sam and Alan have a tragedy to deal with and a secret to hide and a lot of the plot involves their attempts to avoid being caught. It’s a bit strange to see our heroes on the wrong side of the law, but it is suspenseful. Some fans didn’t like this finale but I found it interesting and entertaining. If you haven’t read the series, I recommend starting with
Privileged Information
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compound fractures

Love Stephanie Plum? Here's some other funny mysteries!

I’ve just finished reading the latest Janet Evanovich title, Takedown Twenty, and I really enjoyed the silliness, as usual. However, I had to wait my turn to get it and there are still over 200 requests for this title. While you’re waiting for your copy to come in, you can read the previous Stephanie Plum novels, or you can read these mystery series that feature humor and sassy female detectives.

 

cover of Bubbles Unbound


Bubbles Yablonsky
mysteries by Sarah Strohmeyer

cover of Louisiana Hotshot


Baroness Pontalba
mysteries by Julie Smith

You can also try these!


The Spellman Files
by Lisa Lutz
 Wollie Shelley
mysteries by Harley Jane Kozak
Heather Wells
mysteries by Meg Cabot

Enjoy!

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.

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