Wednesday, August 12, 2015

New adult fiction

Jan Karon fans who love Mitford will be pleased to see the tenth novel in the successful Father Tim series Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good has arrived at PWPL.  Five years after retirement, Father Tim finds that retirement is not that exciting.  He considers a return to the ministry.  His adopted son is struggling with his own issues and bookstore owner Hope Murphy may be facing tragedy with her unborn baby.  As usual, Karon spins multiple storylines into a compelling story about the residents of Mitford, South Carolina.
            The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant is an absorbing historical novel.  Addie, the daughter of Jewish immigrants was born in Boston in 1900.  A spirited and strong girl and woman, Addie and her two sisters thirst for adventure.  During her life, she witnesses wars, faces heartbreak and comes into her own as a woman.  Diamant’s previous novel, The Red Tent, is another skillfully written historical chronical.
            Emma Healey has a degree in bookbinding and attended art school in London.  After both of her grandmothers suffered from dementia, she started to explore the disease by writing a novel.  Elizabeth is Missing centers around Maud who knows something is not quite right in her life.  She keeps buying cans of sliced peaches, even though she has a cupboard full, and forgets to drink her tea.  She does know her friend Elizabeth is missing and her disappearance may relate to the mystery of her sister’s disappearance following World War II.  This debut novel explores how Maud tries to solve a mystery when she can’t remember all of the clues.
            Lisa and Joe Stone have been married for twenty years.  The two attorneys run a small law firm in Henry County, Virginia.  They handle ordinary cases and try to appease their difficult client Lettie VanSandt.  When Lettie dies in a freakish fire, they have to determine if the fire was an accident or if someone intended to do away with her.  Settling her peculiar estate becomes endlessly complex and reveals a number of deadly secrets.  The Jezebel Remedy by Martin Clark is a well plotted and quirky legal thriller.
            Sara Taylor’s first novel The Shore is set in a group of small islands in the Chesapeake Bay just off the coast of Virginia.  Here inhabitants, wealthy and destitute, have lived for generations.  The characters in this novel are all deeply connected to the land and possess a resilience that only the place they call home could create.  Spanning a century, this saga is filled with characters and an intertwined narrative that tells their stories.
            Detective Gabriella Versado has seen a lot of bodies, but this one is unique even by Detroit standards.  As stranger and more disturbing bodies are discovered, the city tries to hold on.  Broken Monsters is an eye opening thriller about broken cities, broken dreams and broken people trying to put themselves back together again.

           C.J. Box captivates readers with his Joe Pickett novels set in Wyoming.  In Shots Fired, Box shares ten short stories about colorful western characters including Pickett. Filled with character, suspense and a sense of place, these stories will appeal to Box fans and introduce new readers to his style and unforgettable characters.
            Ruby by Cynthia Bond is the epic and unforgettable story of a man determined to protect the woman he loves from the town desperate to destroy her.  Another debut novel, Bond tells the story of Ephram Jennings and the beautiful girl he has loved since childhood.  Ruby is the girl he never forgot, but as soon as she was old enough, she fled Liberty, Texas for the bright lights of New York City.  When a telegram from her cousin forces Ruby to return home, Ephram must choose between his loyalty to the sister who raised him or his dreams of love and life with Ruby.
            Ben and Caroline Tierney and their two young boys are hoping to start over after Ben hits a dead end with his latest novel and Caroline loses her banking job.  When Ben inherits land in the village of Swannhaven, the couple moves to a remote corner of upstate New York.  Strange things begin to happen as Ben discovers chilling, dangerous and deadly secrets.  What seemed to be a fresh start has turned into a nightmare as Ben and Caroline try to survive in the House of Echoes by Brendan Duffy.
            Dexter Morgan is a man people love to watch in action.  As the star of seven national bestsellers and a phenomenal TV series, author Jeff Lindsay has created a character unlike any other.  In his eighth Dexter novel Dexter is Dead, Lindsay elevates his witty, dark and fascinating character to new heights one last time.  This novel is purported to be the final novel in the Dexter series, and Lindsay does not disappoint.  Dexter is confronted with the end.  He has lost his wife, kids, career and the loyalty of his sister.  He is in jail for murders he didn’t commit, but an unlikely savior, his twisted brother, may save him.
            These and many more readable works of fiction are available on the new book shelves of the Peter White Public Library.

By Pam Christensen
Library Director

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