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Sandrine's Case

This title caught by attention because of the cover art initially. The picture is a tasteful painting of a nude woman preparing for bed. Then I realized it was by Thomas H Cook, who has won many awards for his mystery novels. In Sandrine’s Case, Sandrine, a professor at Coburn College, has died, apparently from suicide. But her husband, Sam, has been arrested and is being tried for her murder. Through Sam’s memories, we find that Sandrine was a fascinating, brilliant and passionate woman. Over the years, the couple’s relationship had become troubled and she had recently been diagnosed with a terrible illnesses.  At times we’re not sure whether he killed her or not. Sam’s perception of his wife is changed by the revelations that come to light during the trial. The climax to this most satisfying read is enlightening and surprising. 

cover of Sandrine's Case

 

Our winner!

Now that Summer Reading 2013 has completed it's time to select the winners for our prizes! To help inspire participation in the summer program we offered incentives that everyone gets (this year all teens that read 5 books or 600 minutes got a glow in the dark water bottle), and big prizes that every teen who completed the summer reading program could enter to win. HCPL offered 2 back packs filled with books for every branch, and this year at the Aldine Branch our Friends of the Library group was able to contribute a tablet for a teen SRP drawing prize. At the teen program Back To School-A-Pa-Looza we had our drawing for the Nook HD tablet winner, and one of our frequent customers Tavion Nelloms was the lucky teen whose name was drawn.

We are thrilled we could offer such an exciting prize to inspire teen participation in Summer Reading, and that it went to such a great kid.

picture of Maggie and our winner

 

Dissolution

Dissolution is set in 16th century England when Henry VIII had broken with the church in Rome and Cromwell was campaigning to close all of the monasteries. When one of Cromwell’s men is killed at a remote monastery he sends Matthew Shardlake, a humpbacked lawyer, to solve the murder. In addition to trying to solve the mystery, Matthew must deal with increasing doubt about Cromwell’s motives and methods. Readers who like Ellis Peter’s mysteries will like this as it is rich in period detail. And the author does keep you guessing; at least he kept me guessing!  

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Proud Bragging!

We have to brag a bit about how well everyone did in our Summer Reading Programs this year. We had 1,710 kids sign up and they read for 22, 061 minutes! For the teen program, 170 teens took part, and they read a total of 33,142 minutes. And our adults, all 128 of them, read for 27,672 minutes. Our Aldine customers love to read!

The Expats

Kate Moore has a dream life. She’s living a luxury life in Luxembourg. However, Kate is a former CIA agent and her past is filled with dark secrets. Her husband, Dexter, does not know. Once in Europe, Dexter becomes secretive also, working for a banking client that he cannot name. Another American couple becomes their friends, but Kate soon realizes that they are not what they seem. Is her past catching up to her? Are her husband and children in danger? The Expats was very entertaining, and hard to put down, especially when twists and turns start to happen in the plot. 

cover of The Expats

 

New pics created by our teens

Our teens got creative and made some special pictures for our young adult area. Come by and take a look!

our teen space         one of the pictures

Summer's End

Sadly, summer is coming to an end! But you still have time to join our Summer Reading programs! And we have some great programs coming our way. On Monday, Aug 5th at 2 pm,  the teens will be playing Minute To Win It games. If you've seen the TV show, you know it's going to be fun. And on Wed. Aug. 7th at 3 pm,  we'll have an end of summer celebration for all the kids with treats, magic and face painting. Be sure to join us!

Margin for Error

Edna Buchanan has won the Pulitzer Prize for her crime reporter, and she has a popular following for her Britt Montero mystery series. Britt is a Miami crime reporter and she is not pleased when Hollywood movie star Lance Westfell arrives to shadow her in preparation for his new movie. Britt doesn’t want to babysit a movie star, but her boss demands it. Lance is being stalked by an obsessed fan, and soon violent things start to happen. Also, Britt falls for Lance so a little romance sweetens the story. Margin For Error was not my usual cup of tea, but I might read some of the other Britt Montero mysteries as I did like the character. 

Edgar Awards 2013

cover of live by night

 

 

The Mystery Writers of America announced their Edgar Allan Poe Award winners recently. Here are the winners:


Best Novel    Live by Night by Dennis Lehane
Best 1st Novel  The Expats by Chris Pavone
Best Paperback  The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters

 

Harry Potter Fun at Aldine

The other day some students from the Sam Houston Quidditch team came and taught the Aldine kids how to play the game. For those who may not know, quidditch is the game played by the characters in the Harry Potter books and movies. My husband wanted to know where we were going to get the flying broomsticks! Well, they didn’t fly but they had a great time!

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