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August 2014 Staff Picks Week 4
Monday, August 25, 2014


A Cast of Killers by Sidney Kirkpatrick

Hollywood is still in its infancy when a famous director is found murdered in his home with clues implicating a number of the town’s movers and shakers.  Was he the victim of a rival director seeking to eliminate the competition?  Did he fall prey to one of the beautiful young starlets eager to find fame and fortune in one of his films?  Or was it really the butler who did it?  This has all the makings of a typical whodunit except this story wasn’t the product of a Hollywood writer, it actually happened.  In 1922, director William Desmond Taylor was murdered and his killer was never brought to justice.  In the 1960s, another director, the legendary King Vidor, decides to take up the case and make a film about it.  However, what he discovers is still too hot for Hollywood to handle even after the passage of so many years, so he puts the notes away and never makes his film.  Following Vidor’s death, author Sidney D. Kirkpatrick uncovers Vidor’s notes while doing research for a proposed biography of Vidor.  What Kirkpatrick writes instead is a fascinating, page-turning mystery that brings the early days of Hollywood to life and puts forth a plausible conclusion to the still unsolved case. 



August 2014 Staff Picks Week 3
Monday, August 18, 2014


The Silence of the Library by Miranda James
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If you like your mysteries cozy, love libraries, and have a fondness for cats, then The Silence of the Library, the latest installment in Miranda James’ Cat in the Stacks series is just the book for you.  Athena, Mississippi librarian Charlie Harris is happily immersed in activities surrounding National Library Week.  The highlight of the week is supposed to be a visit from the 100-year-old author of a beloved children’s series who is rumored to have written additional books in the series that have yet to be published.  The town is swarmed by fans, collectors, and publishers who all want an audience with the author and a chance to get their hands on the unseen stories.  When one of them turns up dead, it is up to Charlie and his Maine Coon cat Diesel to find the killer.  The mystery will make you nostalgic for childhood days spent engrossed in the pages of Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, and Trixie Belden. 


August 2014 Staff Picks Week 2
Monday, August 11, 2014


Secondhand Stiff by Sue Ann Jaffarian
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Spending the holidays with the relatives can be murder on the nerves, but as Sue Ann Jaffarian’s gutsy character Odelia Grey discovers in Secondhand Stiff, mixing your own family and your in-laws can be murder of a different kind.  Odelia is feeling stressed about the presence of her somewhat overbearing mother and things only get worse when her husband’s cousin shows up with some very nasty bruises, but without her husband.  Naturally, the cousin’s spouse turns up dead the next day and the cousin becomes the chief suspect.  This leaves the plus-sized paralegal/sleuth Odelia with no choice but to rally behind her less than ideal family, solve the mystery, and save the day.  Although this is the eighth book in the popular Odelia Grey mystery series, fans and newcomers should both thoroughly enjoy this funny, fast-paced adventure.



August 2014 Staff Picks Week 1
Monday, August 04, 2014


The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker

The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker is an international bestseller that has received considerable attention in the press and some impressive reviews.  This always makes a skeptical reader wonder if the book really lives up to all the praise or if it is just the latest literary star created by a slick PR machine.  Since it arrives via translation from its original French, you also have to wonder how much is gained or lost in the translation. Far from being the equal of Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo as some critics have suggested, it is nevertheless a somewhat entertaining mystery/thriller that centers on a successful young writer who seeks the help of his former professor in overcoming writer’s block.  When the professor becomes the suspect in the long ago disappearance of a teenage girl, the writer seeks to clear the professor’s name and write his next bestseller about the case in the process.  There are enough twists and turns, eccentric characters, and shallow dialogue here to make an 80’s television mini-series and like those glittery old mini-series, if you don’t expect anything more than a little entertainment, you’ll come away quite happy.        




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Locke and Key: Vol. 1 Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe Hill
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Annie Sullivan and the Trials of Helen Keller by Joseph Lambert
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