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
After Annie: a novel by Michael Tucker
Games traitors play by Jon Stock
Ministers of fire: a novel by Mark Harril Saunders
The scent of cherry blossoms: a romance from the heart of Amish country by Cindy Woodsmall
The burning edge by Rick Mofina
Cliff Walk by Bruce DeSilva
A dark anatomy: a mystery by Robin Blake
Death's door by Jim Kelly
England's Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her Diamond Jubilee this year, commemorating 60 years on the British throne. Her reign is the second longest for a British monarch after Queen Victoria who reigned for 63 years and 7 months. Princess Elizabeth was crowned on June 2, 1953 at Westminster Abbey after the death of her father George VI. Although she had been proclaimed queen when her father died in February, 1952, the official ceremony was not held until after a period of mourning for the late king.
Even if you can't make it to the Olympics in London this summer, you can use these books to plan (or daydream about) a trip to this fantastic city.
Fodor's 25 best London by Louise Nicholson; [additional writing by Sue Dobson]
London by main contributor, Michael Leapman
Frommer's London day by day by Joe Fullman
The language of flowers: a novel by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Winterdance: the fine madness of running the Iditarod by Gary Paulsen
My name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira
1984: a novel by George Orwell ; with an afterword by Erich Fromm
Has your book group tried our Book Club in a Bag kits? Each kit has 8 books, a resource guide with book discussion questions, author information, and articles relating to the book. A complete list of kits is available at: Book Club in a Bag. To reserve a kit for your group, contact the Adult Reference Desk at (734) 397-0999.
An unfinished life [Large print kit] by Mark Spragg
Water for elephants: [kit] a novel by Sara Gruen
If Prince William and Kate Middleton's upcoming wedding has piqued your interest in all things royal, then check out the following films and television series from the Library's collection. And don't forget to set your alarm clock for 6:00AM Friday morning to catch all of the festivities!
Elizabeth I by HBO Films
Elizabeth R. Discs 1 & 2 by British Broadcasting Corporation
Join us on Friday, April 29th from 2:00-4:00(PM!) for an Afternoon Tea. We'll dish about the Royal Wedding while eating wedding cake donated by the Back Home Bakery along with other goodies provided by the Friends of the Canton Public Library.
Fellow Royal Watchers, it will be too, too delightful to sip tea in our Purple Room decorated with wedding finery from "I Do", Too! Bridal.
Do say you'll come.
Are you looking for someone new to read? Maybe a new mystery author? I'm hoping I'll find time to read at least one of these five titles this summer. Meredith Cole won the St. Martin's/Malice Domestic Best First Traditional Mystery Competition. Let us know what you think.
Angel's advocate by Mary Stanton
Bait by Nick Brownlee
Hangman blind by Cassandra Clark