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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

Walter Dean Myers 1937-2014

 Walter Dean Myers, author of numerous young adult and children's books, died after a short illness at the age of 76.  His books mostly featured inner city youth and dealt with tough issues.  His career spanned nearly 46 years, and produced 100 books.

Wellness for Teens

Looking to be a healthier you by the end of the summer?  These books can help!

You: the owner's manual for teens: a guide to a healthy body and happy life by Michael F. Roizen, Mehmet C. Oz, and Ellen Rome ; with Ted Spiker ... [et al.] ; illustrations by Gary Hallgren

A girl's guide to fitting in fitness by Erin Whitehead and Jennipher Walters

Take a Trip with Kid's Graphic Novels

Graphic Novels are a great way to see the world this summer. We have some great titles that will help you earn your Around the World Badge in no time at all!

A bag of marbles by based on the memoir by Joseph Joffo ; adapted by Kris ; illustrated by Vincent Bailly ; translated by Edward Gauvin


The storm in the barn by Matt Phelan


Around the world: three remarkable journeys by Matt Phelan


Geronimo Stilton. Vol. 2. The secret of the Sphinx by Geronimo Stilton


The adventures of Tintin: Explorers on the moon by Hergé [i.e. G. Remy] ; [translated by Leslie Lonsdale-Cooper and Michael Turner]

Fiction about Technology

Obsessed with your smartphone? In love with your tablet? These novels explore the dark side of placing too much trust in technology.

Extinction by Mark Alpert

Ready player one by Ernest Cline

Super sad true love story: a novel by Gary Shteyngart

C by Tom McCarthy

For the win by Cory Doctorow

The chemistry of tears by Peter Carey

Utopia: a novel by Lincoln Child

If You Like Legal Thrillers

Prime witness by Steve Martini

The Lincoln lawyer: a novel by Michael Connelly

Running from the law by Lisa Scottoline

The fifth assassin by Brad Meltzer

The cheater by Nancy Taylor Rosenberg

Suggestions for Traveling "Around the World" with CYS

If exotic locales do not fit your summer travel plans, here are some suggestions for reading and listening. Remember "travel" can be in your own backyard as well as "around the world."

Broaden children's listening horizons with:

The rough guide to world playtime [sound recording]

Mariachi fiesta! [sound recording]: sing-along

The rough guide to African music for children [sound recording]

Putumayo kids presents Asian dreamland [sound recording]

Sing-along travel songs [sound recording]

The rough guide to African lullabies [sound recording]

Swing around the world [sound recording]

Beyond our comprehensive selection in travel guides, these choices might catch adult interests:

Video Games Unplugged

From Pac-Man to the Xbox One, video games have kept our minds entertained and our thumbs (if not the rest of our body) moving. Check out these great reads on the history of digital gaming.

Sleuth It: Dead and Done VIII

Historical mysteries let the reader be picked up and be transported to different times and places. A good story is a painless way to get into the period, and, if it features a unsolved crime or two, give a look at history’s darker underside.

Sweet poison by David Roberts

Christine Falls: a novel by Benjamin Black

The day the music died: a mystery by Ed Gorman

The hell screen by I.J. Parker

Shadow trade by Alan Furst

Learn about Weird, Gross and Awesome Animals

Not all animals are cute cuddly. Some of them are gross or downright weird.

Weird sea creatures by Erich Hoyt

Odd animal helpers by Gabrielle Reyes

Animal grossapedia by Melissa Stewart

Ack! icky, sticky, gross stuff underground by Pam Rosenberg ; illustrated by: Beatriz Helena Ramos

Animal grossology: the science of creatures gross and disgusting by Sylvia Branzei ; illustrated by Jack Keely

Sleuth It: Dead and Done II

Historical mysteries let the reader be picked up and be transported to different times and places. A good story is a painless way to get into the period, and, if it features a unsolved crime or two, give a look at history’s darker underside.

A free man of color by Barbara Hambly

A test of wills by Charles Todd

Crocodile on the sandbank by Elizabeth Peters

Hawkwood: a Regency crime thriller by James McGee

Murphy's law: a Molly Murphy mystery by Rhys Bowen

Sleuth It: Dead and Done IX

Historical mysteries let the reader be picked up and be transported to different times and places. A good story is a painless way to get into the period, and, if it features a unsolved crime or two, give a look at history’s darker underside.

The empty mirror: a Viennese mystery by J. Sydney Jones

Hangman blind by Cassandra Clark

Some danger involved: a novel by Will Thomas

Murder on Astor Place by Victoria Thompson

The janissary tree by Jason Goodwin

Magical Beasts and Where To Find Them

These animals may not exist-but we love them anyway.  Dragons and monsters and unicorns, oh my!

Dreams and shadows by C. Robert Cargill

Storm riders by Margaret Weis and Robert Krammes

The fellowship of the ring: being the first part of The Lord of the Rings by with a new foreword by the author, J.R.R. Tolkien

His majesty's dragon by Naomi Novik


A game of thrones by George R.R. Martin

Dragon keeper by Robin Hobb

Sleuth It: Dead and Done III

Historical mysteries let the reader be picked up and be transported to different times and places. A good story is a painless way to get into the period, and, if it features a unsolved crime or two, give a look at history’s darker underside.

Thirteenth night: a medieval mystery by Alan Gordon

The Bughouse affair: a Carpenter and Quincannon mystery by Marcia Muller, Bill Pronzini

What angels fear by C.S. Harris

The inspector and Mrs. Jeffries by Emily Brightwell

Venus in copper by Lindsey Davis

If You Like Iris Johansen

If you enjoy suspense with romantic interest, are a fan of Iris Johansen, Tami Hoag, or Catherine Coulter try...

Love me to death: a novel of suspense by Allison Brennan

Trust me by Brenda Novak

Show no mercy by Cindy Gerard

Shiver by Karen Robards

Die for me by Karen Rose

Sworn to silence by Linda Castillo

Live to tell by Wendy Corsi Staub

Sink Your Teeth In: Fiction Featuring WereBeasts

Be it a furry romance, or a spine-tingling horror novel, these part-human, part-beast creatures have taken hold of our literary imaginations!

Red moon: a novel by Benjamin Percy

Dead until dark by Charlaine Harris

Moon called by Patricia Briggs

Darkness devours by Keri Arthur

Beauty and the werewolf by Mercedes Lackey

Bullet by Laurell K. Hamilton

Bound to shadows by Keri Arthur

Sleuth It: Dead and Done IV

Historical mysteries let the reader be picked up and be transported to different times and places. A good story is a painless way to get into the period, and, if it features a unsolved crime or two, give a look at history’s darker underside.

The Germanicus mosaic by Rosemary Rowe

Mark of the lion by Suzanne M. Arruda

One for sorrow by Mary Reed & Eric Mayer

Some welcome home: an Elizabeth Pepperhawk/Avivah Rosen mystery by Sharon Wildwind

Callander Square: a Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novel by Anne Perry