fiction

Have You Heard About... The Next Always

… the historic hotel that is being refurbished in BoonsBoro, Maryland? In The Next Always* by Nora Roberts, the three Montgomery brothers and their very eccentric mom take over redoing an old inn. The descriptions are like reading a very expensive design magazine. Each room at the new inn will be named after a literary couple.

Have You Heard About... A Bride's Story

… the manga based in nineteenth-century Asia? Kaoru Mori’s A Bride’s Story transports readers to the Silk Road, where a young woman from a nomadic tribe (Amir Halgal) has been married to a twelve-year-old boy in a small village (Karluk Eihon).

Have You Heard About... The Good House

… the African spirits haunting the Washington woods? Angela Toussaint is struggling to cope with the death of her fourteen year old son, who committed suicide in her grandmother’s old house. But other townspeople are dying in similar, brutal ways, and everything seems to center around Angela’s childhood home, the Good House. Do the strange events have anything to do with Angela’s deceased grandmother, who could raise the African spirits of her native homeland?

Have You Heard About... 39 Clues

…the fast-paced adventure starring Dan and Amy Cahill, two normal kids whose lives are thrown into a tailspin when their beloved grandmother dies? Their story is told in the popular 39 Clues series.

Have You Heard About... Death by the Dozen

… the Scottsdale Food Festival? Jenn McKinlay’s newest book, Death by the Dozen*, has Mel, Angie, Tate and all of the DeLaura brothers back for the baking festival of the year. This one comes with a $10,000 prize and a lot of prestige.

Have You Heard About... Angel Interrupted

…the Dead Detective?  Angel Interrupted is the really good second book in Chaz McGee’s series*.  Kevin Fahey was a drunk and a so-so detective in life and is now a ghost trying to help his replacement, Maggie Gunn. He can only guide Maggie in solving crimes through his thoughts, which are at times both funny and gritty.

Have You Heard About... Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

…the stuck-in-a-time-loop orphanage that serves as a home for some very peculiar orphans? Jacob learns the truth about it in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs. When Jacob’s grandfather is brutally murdered by monsters only Jacob can see, he is determined to find answers.

Have You Heard About... To Kill a Mockingbird

… the classic novel of race and justice in Alabama? For me, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is the ultimate. It has long been the book I take with me if I am going somewhere and want to take a book. I have probably read it over 100 times. It makes me laugh, cry, think, laugh some more, wonder, get angry and everything in between.

Have You Heard About... Well-Offed in Vermont

… a pret’ near perfect murder? Well-Offed in Vermont is the first book in a new series by Amy Patricia Meade. Nick and Stella are “flatlanders” (out-of-staters) who try to move into a vintage farmhouse in a sleepy little town in Vermont. They never get moved in until the very end of the book though.

Have You Heard About... Desolate Angel

… the ghost who has to fix the mistakes he made in life?  It may sound familiar, but Desolate Angel* by Chaz McGee puts a different spin on it.  Kevin Fahey was a crummy husband and father and only a mediocre detective, who was more often drunk than sober on the job, when he was killed in a drug bust.

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