Wine and Mysteries Book Discussion, which meets monthly at Vintners Winery, will not be meeting in the month of December. Have a festive, safe and fun Christmas holiday! A few recommended titles to help you enjoy this season are:
The Christmas cookie club: a novel by Ann Pearlman
Hot toddies: mulled wine, buttered rum, spiced cider, and other soul-warming winter drinks by Christopher O'Hara; photographs by William A. Nash
The End of the Wasp Season: a novel by Denise Mina — has received the Martin Beck Award for best translation. Romantic Times Book Reviewers Awards for Mystery, Suspense, and Crime were recently announced in Orlando, Florida.
Edgar Allan's official crime investigation notebook by Mary Amato — There's a thief at Wordsworth Elementary School and Edgar is determined to find out who it is! But this thief doesn't just stop with the classroom goldfish. Soon other classroom items disappear, and the culprit is leaving poems behind for clues. A fun mystery that will surprise readers at how much fun poetry can be.
The perfect book for a book discussion is one that's not too easy, not too hard, that will hold the interest of a diverse group of readers and will also inspire a lively discussion. For additional book club resources check out CPL's Book Club in a Bag kits.
The true memoirs of Little K by Adrienne Sharp
The tiger's wife: a novel by Téa Obreht
With the much anticipated movie release of Janet Evanovich's One For the Money in January, 2012 fans of Stephanie Plum may enjoy listening to these authors.
Agatha Raisin and the quiche of death [sound recording] by M.C. Beaton
Merry Wives of Maggody [sound recording] by Joan Hess
Murder on a girls' night out [sound recording] by Anne George
If you're a foodie who enjoys listening to audiobooks and a fan of Joanna Fluke's Hannah Swenson's mysteries you might enjoy:
Death in paradise [sound recording] by Carolyn Hart
The merlot murders [sound recording]: a wine country mystery by Ellen Crosby
A dilly of a death [sound recording] by Susan Wittig Albert
Imagine this: unexplained deaths, mysterious suspects, murky alibis and suspenseful prose, all happening in — Ann Arbor, Michigan? Author Harry Dolan has written two books (below) featuring the mystery magazine editor, David Loogan, and his detective sidekick, Elizabeth Waishkey, set in the famous college town. As an extra, Stephen King has recommended them. Be forewarned: reading books set in local communities may lead to murder mystery roadtrips.
Bad things happen by Harry Dolan
Very bad men by Harry Dolan
The Babe and the Baron [Large print] by Carola Dunn
Cutting for Stone [Large print] by Abraham Verghese
Dreams of Joy [Large print]: a novel by Lisa See
Eve [Large print] by Iris Johansen
When the Spanish Conquistadors first came to America, they found the Native Americans performed a ritual that seemed to mock death. Skulls were displayed as trophies and used to honor the dead during a month long ceremony. Today, in Mexico and the Southwest U.S., people don wooden skull masks called calacas and dance in honor of their deceased relatives. The wooden skulls are also placed on altars that are dedicated to the dead. Sugar skulls, made with the names of the dead person on the forehead, are eaten by a relative or friend. For books about this holiday, see:
Books and DVDs on this topic can also be found in our Youth Department as well.
The Canton Public Library staff is reading:
The dovekeepers: a novel by Alice Hoffman
The marriage plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
Motor City shakedown by D.E. Johnson
Room: a novel by Emma Donoghue
The Astounding, the Amazing, and the Unknown by Paul Malmont
Death on Tour by Janice Hamrick
Fadeaway Girl : a novel by Martha Grimes
First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones
Lucifer's Tears by James Thompson
Ashes of the earth: a mystery of post-apocalyptic America by Eliot Pattison
The cradle in the grave by Sophie Hannah
Sentenced to death by Lorna Barrett
Skating around the law: a mystery by Joelle Charbonneau
The billionaire's vinegar: the mystery of the world's most expensive bottle of wine by Benjamin Wallace — Come join us for a discussion this book, which concerns the fraudulent auction of an extremely expensive bottle of wine reputed to belong to Thomas Jefferson. Learn a lot about the history of wine in Europe and America as well! Our discussion runs from 7:00-8:00 PM on Tuesday, November 15th. Register online, and don't forget to ask for the book at Adult Reference.
Willard Library in Battle Creek is pleased to present An Evening with Carol Higgins Clark, Thursday, October 13th at 7:00 PM (doors open at 6:00 PM) at the Burnham Brook Community Center.
Mobbed: a Regan Reilly Mystery by Carol Higgins Clark — Best-selling mystery author Carol Higgins Clark will talk about her Regan Reilly detective series, take questions, and sign books. The program is free of charge and all are welcome! Burhnam Brook Community Center is located at 200 W. Michigan Avenue, Battle Creek, MI 49017. Please call 269-968-8166 with any questions.
Northwest Angle: a novel by William Kent Krueger — Meet William Kent Krueger, author of the Cork O'Connor mystery series on Thursday, October 6 at 7:00 PM at Aunt Agatha's in Ann Arbor. Mr. Krueger will discuss and sign his new Cork O'Connor novel, Northwest Angle.
Register and join us for wine and a mystery book discussion on Tuesday, October 18th from 7:00-8:00 PM at Vintners Canton Winery. Drop by the Main Reference Desk to pick up a copy of this month's book:
The night inspector : a novel by Frederick Busch — William Bartholomew, a maimed veteran of the Civil War, returns from the battlefields to New York City a hardened man, bent on reversing his fortunes. This is a gripping portrait of a nation trying to heal from the ravages of war, of the desolation of a people searching for hope in a new age, and of one man's attempts at recapturing a lust for his own life.
Want action? Want mystery? Try these books out:
Sure fire by Jack Higgins; with Justin Richards
The last thing I remember by Andrew Klavan
Fake ID by Walter Sorrells
Evil genius by Catherine Jinks