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Friday, March 31, 2017

Heartbreak Hotel: An Alex Delaware Mystery

            Join Alex Delaware and Milo Sturgis in their latest murder mystery, the 32nd in the series written by Jonathan Kellerman. Alex, who is a renowned child psychologist and a consultant to the Los Angeles police department, receives a phone call from an unlikely client. Her name is Thalia, she is nearly 100 years old, and she needs his services as a psychologist. They meet at her home, a luxury suite in a once-grand hotel, where Thalia poses a few tantalizing questions to Alex and promises to tell all the next day at their follow-up appointment. But when Alex returns he discovers that she has died. Alex is suspicious that Thalia’s death wasn’t natural; a coroner’s report reveals that she was murdered.
           Now Alex’s best friend, Lieutenant Milo Sturgis of the LAPD is on the scene. They work together to determine why someone would want to murder Thalia, discovering that her life experiences weren’t what they expected and included consorting with a criminal and money laundering. But Alex and Milo can verify that Thalia was basically a good person; they find who is behind her murder and bring them to justice.

Friday, March 24, 2017

New eBooks from the 3M Cloud Library

            Sign up to read eBooks from the 3M Cloud Library. Instructions on how to do so are available on our library’s webpage. Here are some titles we recently have purchased.

A Long Way Home is written by Saroo Brierley. This is a full-length account of the author’s inspirational effort to find his Indian birthplace after he was accidentally separated from his family at the age of five. After struggling on the streets of Calcutta he was adopted by an Australian family. When he became an adult he was able to locate his birth family by searching Google Earth.

Apprentice in Death, written by J.D. Robb, is the latest in the Brotherhood of Death series. Here, Lieutenant Eve Dallas investigates a sniper who is training a protégé.

Bone Box is written by Faye Kellerman. It features regulars Rina Lazarus and Peter Decker, who discover a series of decades-old murders committed by a serial killer who has been hiding in plain sight.

Cesar Millan’s Lessons from the Pack: Stories of the Dogs Who Changed My Life presents stories from the dog behavior expert about the dogs (celebrity and non-celebrity) who have most inspired him.

Chaos, written by Patricia Cornwell, is the latest installment of the series featuring Dr. Kay Scarpetta. Here the medical examiner works with partner Pete Marino and niece Lucy to find the killer of a young woman who was struck by lightning on a clear day.

Devil in Spring is written by well-known romance author Lisa Kleypas. Lady Pandora is accidentally entangled in a compromising position with a rake and is forced to marry him against her will.

Hillbilly Elegy: a Memoir of Family and Culture in Crisis, written by J. D. Vance, a former Marine and Yale Law School graduate. This is his story of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town and the family’s efforts to become middle class. It illustrates the struggles of America’s white working class today.

I See You by Clare Mackintosh is a thriller featuring Zoe, a young woman who after spotting her own picture in a classified ad referencing a mysterious website discovers that other women who have appeared in the ad have become the victims of increasingly violent crimes.

Missing, by James Patterson and Kathryn Fox, is the latest installment of the Private Investigations series.

In My Not So Perfect Life: a Novel, written by Sophie Kinsella, Katie Brenner retreats to her family’s farm to help them set up a vacation business and gets a chance to re-evaluate and reset her life.

Norse Mythology is written by Neil Gaiman and is a New York Times bestseller. It is a novel tracing the origins of the mythological nine worlds and featuring Norse gods Odin, Thor, and Loki.

Thank You for Being Late: an Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations is written by Thomas Friedman. It explains to the reader how to survive the technological, environmental, and economic challenges of the twenty-first century.

These and many other eBooks are available now.





Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Home Design Updates

            Simply Styling: Fresh & Easy Ways to Personalize Your Home is written by Kirsten Grove of SimplyGrove, a popular interior design blog. Grove has created interiors for both residential and commercial properties worldwide. She also contributes to design magazines, and conducts a full design service including e-decorating. The book is a compilation of Grove’s ideas on styling the seven areas of today’s home -- living room, dining room, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, entryway, and kid’s room – using what you have and what you find “on your journey”. Plenty of color photos accompany the text.
            The book The Shopkeeper’s Home: The World’s Best Independent Stores and their Stylish Homes is written by Caroline Rowland, the founder and editor of the online publication 91 Magazine. Do the owners of some of the world’s most beautiful retail stores have equally beautiful homes? This book shows color photos of the homes and shops of more than thirty shopkeepers; highlighting the owners’ excellent taste and unique design skills.

            She Sheds: A Room of Your Own is written by Erika Kotite, who has worked as a magazine editor and book developer in the arts, textile, and crafting sectors. Here she shows the reader what options are available for creating your own getaway from a shed; whether it is built from a kit, built from scratch, or repurposed from a previously used one. Color photos and descriptive text highlight a variety of styles that will tempt you to design your own.