What We’re Reading

Small Crimes

Posted October 17, 2014 | Posted in Readers Advisory,What We're Reading

When you are short on time but still want to satisfy the craving for a great mystery, check out a mystery short story volume. They come in all types: from gritty police procedurals to warm, cozies. Here is a sampling:

A Hot and Sultlry Night for CrimeMom, Apple Pie and MurderDeadly HousewivesOnce Upon a Crime

Ripped From the Headlines

Posted October 15, 2014 | Posted in Readers Advisory,What We're Reading

Sometimes fiction authors capture events or possible events so thoroughly that it feels as though you are reading about something that has actually happened or is happening now.

These books seem to have that knack for placing the reader right in the fray.

Sharp ObjectsThe Good WifeWe Need to Talk About KevinNineteen Minutes

China Bayles Mysteries

Posted October 13, 2014 | Posted in Readers Advisory,What We're Reading

Chile DeathLove Lies BleedingRueful Death

A native of Illinois, Susan Albert Wittig writes mysteries with a garden vibe.

Here is her China Bayles Mystery series, in order:

Zombies: Enter At Your Own Risk

Posted October 11, 2014 | Posted in Readers Advisory,What We're Reading


Tis the season…for Zombie Books.

If you are looking for an undead read, why not try one of these titles:

Banned Books Week – Featuring a Banned Classic

Posted September 24, 2014 | Posted in Readers Advisory,What We're Reading

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien

In Book 1, The Fellowship of the Ring, Frodo Baggins continuously evades the Ringwraiths as they search for him and the Ring of Power. He learns that, if Sauron takes possesion of the Ring he would destroy all good in Middle-earth. Friends gather and form the Fellowship as Frodo bears the ring away from Sauron.

In Book 2, The Two Towers, the Fellowship is scattered. Some brace hopelessly for war against ancient evil. Some contend with the treacherous wizard Saruman. Frodo and Sam begin the arduous quest to destroy the accursed Ring of Power in the fires of Mount Doom. They are followed closely by Gollum, the original owner of the Ring.

In Book 3, The Return of the King, the armies of the Dark Lord are massing as his evil shadow spreads ever wider.  The True King of Middle-earth is revealed. Meanwhile, Frodo and Sam are joined and thwarted by Gollum, as they struggle further into Mordor on their heroic quest. Other members of the Fellowship strive to distract the evil eye of Sauron from the Quest.

This trilogy is both romance and fantasy fiction. With a clever mix of humor, comfort, realism and drama, this epic narrative moves us through beautiful scenery, bonds us with our favorite characters and convinces us in this imaginary world described in magnificent detail. Some say that Tolkien’s work set the stage for the fantasy fiction genre.

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