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Do you like the TV show Castle?
It is a crime drama that takes place in New York City, staring Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic. Tough NYC cop, Kate Beckett meets witty writer Richard Castle.
The books are "written" by the character Richard Castle. The Nikki Heat series starts with Heat Wave. A New York real estate tycoon plunges to his death on a Manhattan sidewalk. A trophy wife with a past survives a narrow escape from a brazen attack. Mobsters and moguls with no shortage of reasons to kill trot out their alibis. And then, in the suffocating grip of a record heat wave, comes another shocking murder and a sharp turn in a tense journey into the dirty little secrets of the wealthy. Secrets that prove to be fatal. Secrets that lay hidden in the dark until one NYPD detective shines a light.
Mystery sensation Richard Castle, blockbuster author of the wildly best-selling Derrick Storm novels, introduces his newest character, NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat. Tough, sexy, professional, Nikki Heat carries a passion for justice as she leads one of New York City's top homicide squads. She's hit with an unexpected challenge when the commissioner assigns superstar magazine journalist Jameson Rook to ride along with her to research an article on New York's Finest. Pulitzer Prize-winning Rook is as much a handful as he is handsome. His wise-cracking and meddling aren't her only problems. As she works to unravel the secrets of the murdered real estate tycoon, she must also confront the spark between them.
How does a former slave become friends with a First Lady? By being a very good modiste (dressmaker) Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini is based on factual information about the close relationship between Mary Todd Lincoln and Elizabeth Keckley. This is such an interesting read that you may want to also check out Mrs. Lincoln and Mrs. Keckley by Jennifer Fleischner in our non-fiction collection and Ann Rinaldi's Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker: the unlikely friendship of Elizabeth Keckley and Mary Todd Lincoln in our Juvenile Fiction collection. Don't wait until President's Day to read these great titles!
--Molly Kinney, Executive Director
If you like stories with character development and plot twists that keep you fascinated, you would like "Rot and Ruin" by Jonathan Maberry. But don't let the title give you pause. Yes, it is a zombie apocalypse book and that made me hesitate about reading it. But I am a big fan of Jonathan Maberry and so read this first book.
I was hooked!! The zombie apocalypse happens fourteen years earlier and this is the story of how people (less than 30,000 that they know of) have survived. Civilization only exists if we agree as a community to be civilized. Benny Imura, now age 15, needs to find a job and after failing at several, he joins his older brother in the family business of zombie hunting. But quiet, reserved Tom doesn't seem like the kind of guy to hunt "zoms." He's not tough and mean like Charlie Pink-eye, whom Benny admires. Soon Benny, who sort hates Tom for taking Benny as a baby, abandoning their parents and running away from the violence of First Night, realizes that the zombies are less of the monsters than some of the living people.
The action moves quickly when Benny, an avid bubble gum card collector, gets a card of the Lost Girl, a mythic feral child of 16 who may live out in the Rot and Ruin, the "no-man's land" outside of town. Charlie is very interested in the card, too interested, and suddenly, Benny is helping Tom try to find her and save her-- if she exists at all.
The story is very interesting in that Benny and his friends, especially Nix, can't understand why the adults, who grew up with our world's changing technologies and who survived the initial violence of First Night, now will not change or adapt. The town fences do not expand. Outlaws rule the Rot and Ruin but no thoughts are given to the fact that they could "invade" the town. The adults want things to stay as they are.
If you read this, come find me so we can talk about it. I just loved this and cannot wait to read the second book "Dust and Decay."
-- Susan Miriello- Children's Library
What a heart and soul this book has! Brown is masterful in weaving facts, personal situations, and the historical events into a well-crafted narrative about 9 young men who come of age and achieve great things through self-struggle and teamwork. Powerful, poignant! A must read, even if you aren't a non-fiction reader.
Dr. Molly Kinney- Executive Director
I just finished reading Spilled Blood by Brian
Freeman at the recommendation of one of my patrons at Kish. I had never read anything by Freeman, so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. Needless to say, within the first twenty-five pages, I was hooked!! This tale is set in small town America where a fatal and rare form of leukemia has robbed them of some young, bright lives. People of the town blame the cross town chemical manufacturing plant and have begun
retaliating on their young people. No one is safe from the hatred including the chemical plant owner’s family. He experiences the feeling of loss firsthand, but who is responsible? Reading this novel, I found myself not sure which characters to trust. Surprises at every turn definitely kept me guessing at who actually pulled the trigger. The best part was that I was totally blown away by the ending!! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick reading mystery. I think that I will have to check out more by Brian Freeman.
—Miss Trish, Kish Branch Library
If you are in the mood for a light mystery read Little Black Book of Murder by Nancy Martin.
This book is #9 in a series, featuring sisters, Nora, Libby and Emma Blackbird, three Philadelphia heiresses whose parents have run off with their trust funds, forcing all three women to get jobs for the first time in their lives. The characters are flawed but loveable. The antics are fun and there is always an unusual murder to solve. I have enjoyed every book in this series!
Betsy Tomasik- Cataloging and Collection Development Librarian
Lovers of Downton Abbey will love the Bess Crawford mysteries by Charles Todd. The books start out in 1916 during WWI. Bess Crawford, the only daughter of a career military Colonel, becomes a nurse to contribute to the war effort. Along the way she comes across mysteries that she feels the need to solve.
Her first mystery starts out on the Britannic and leads all across England. A Duty to the Dead is available in hardback and ebook at our library.
Marsha Shilling, Technology Services Coordinator
The original tough guy, the Continental Op is an operative with the world renown Continental Detective Agency. The nameless guy gets thrown off a ship, shot at, and involved with a number of car accidents in this collection of short stories. But he always gets the bad guy. Or girl. The stories take place in the early 1920s when a victim would never his apartment without his hat, when the bad guys carried gats instead of guns. And Chicago is really just Chi. I love this book! I don't remember how I got enamored with "hard boiled" detective fiction like Dashiell Hammett's works, but I absolutely love him!!!
Susan Miriello- Children's Librarian
Brad Thor - Hidden Order
Scott Harvath again stars in Thor's latest installment of mystery, intrigue and conspiracy. You will never think of the Federal Reserve the same way after reading Hidden Order.
Molly Kinney- Executive Director