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Murder Will Out: 2014 Nero Wolf Award Finalists Announced

The 2014 Nero Wolf Award Finalists were announced this past week.  The winners will be announced in December at the annual Black Orchid Banquet.

Ask Not by Max Allan Collins

Murder as a Fine Art by Charles Morrell

Three can keep a secret: a Joe Gunther novel by Archer Mayor

Murder as a fine art by David Morrell

A question of honor by Charles Todd

Look What's In Large Print: July 2014

The focus is on Mystery. The Agatha Christie Estate has authorized release of the complete Agatha Christie crime novels in Large Print. If you haven't read the Queen of Mystery start with her first book, THE MYSTERIOUS AFFAIR AT STYLES which introduces Hercules Poirot. THE PAWNBROKER is the first Charlie Henry book in Aimee and David Thurlo's new series.

The mysterious affair at Styles [large print]: Poirot's first case by Agatha Christie

No man's nightingale [large print] by Ruth Rendell

Pursuit [large print] by Gene Hackman

The pawnbroker [large print] by David and Aimee Thurlo

That old black magic [large print] by Mary Jane Clark

Murder Will Out: July 2014

Carol Carr's India Black,  Lyndsay Faye's Timothy Wilde, and Karen Keskinen's Jaymie Zarling are back. Reed Farrell Coleman is wrapping up Moe Praeger's stories so this book is a flashback to Moe's first detecting job. Looking for something new, try Ian Hamilton's or Ingrid Thoft's debut novels.


Black current by Karen Keskinen


India Black and the Shadows of Anarchy by Carol K. Carr

Seven for a secret by Lyndsay Faye

Onion Street: a Moe Prager mystery by Reed Farrel Coleman

The wild beasts of Wuhan: an Ava Lee novel by Ian Hamilton

Loyalty by Ingrid Thoft

Savvy Seniors: July 2014

The NIHSeniorHealth website was recently redesigned with a more updated look and feel while retaining its senior-friendly format. They’ve added a search function to make it easier for you to find information on their website and on other reputable websites. Users can make the text bigger, the contrast better, even make the site "talk". 

Actor Eli Wallach Died

Actor Eli Wallach died Tuesday, June 25 at the age of 98.  He's probably best known for his role as Tuco, the "Ugly" in  the 1966 Western The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. He earned his bachelor degree at the University of Texas in Austin and it's there that he learned to ride a horse;  in later years he claimed it was his horseback riding that earned him roles in so many Westerns.  In 2010 he received an honorary Academy Award for lifetime achievement.

Look What's In Large Print: June 2014

This month's focus is on historical novels.  A well-written historical fiction offers a good story, a strong sense of place, and provides readers an understanding of another time.

Canton Seniors Book Discussion: July-November 2014

The Canton Seniors Book Discussion Group meets on the fourth Thursday of the month in Group Study Room A from 2:00-3:00PM.   In December we meet to share favorite titles and make suggestions for the coming year. No registration is required.

July 24

Gone girl: a novel by Gillian Flynn




August 28

The light between oceans: a novel by M.L. Stedman





September 25

The book thief by Markus Zusak




October 23

Me before you by Jojo Moyes




November 20 (Meets the 3rd Thursday this month)

Dallas 1963 by Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis

Savvy Seniors: June 2014

Michigan Senior Olympics is celebrating its' 35th. Anniversary this year.  The MSO Summer Games will be held August 6-17.  This year's Honorary Chairperson is National Football Hall of Famer and Detroit Lions tight end Charlie Sanders.  Athletes, 50 years and up can register for the MSO Summer Olympics online, by phone, or by mail.  Call 248-608-0250 or 248-608-0252 for more information.

Canton Seniors Book Discussion: July 24, 2014

Canton Seniors Book Group meets on Thursday, July 24 from 2:00-3:00PM in Canton Public Library's Group Study Room A. We will be discussing Gillian Flynn's GONE GIRL. Request a copy of the book at the Information Services Desk.

Gone girl: a novel by Gillian Flynn — Ideal couple, Nick and Amy will celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary. A lavish party at their McMansion is being planned when Amy disappears and Nick is the prime suspect. With only his twin sister Margo's support, Nick claims he's innocent. So where is Amy? A fast-paced, twisted thriller.

Canton Seniors Book Discussion: June 26, 2014

Canton Seniors Book Group will meet on Thursday, June 26 at 2:00-3:00pm in Canton Public Library's Group Study Room A. We will be discussing Muriel Barbery's THE ELEGANCE OF THE HEDGEHOG. Request a copy at the Information Services Desk.  

The elegance of the hedgehog by Muriel Barbery; translated from the french by Alison Anderson — The lives of three people intersect with unexpected results: Renée, the concierge of an elegant Parisian apartment building and residents Paloma, a twelve year old genius and a wealth Japanese man, Ozu.

Murder Will Out: Greg Iles at Nicola's Books

Greg Iles, New York Times Bestselling Author of Natchez Burning will discuss and sign copies of his recent book at Nicola's Books (2513 Jackson Road; Ann Arbor, MI) on Monday, May 19 at 7:00PM.