New Book Highlights
|Hill, David,||Australia and the monarchy||AUS 321.870994 HILL|
|Baxter, Carol J.||Black Widow||AUS 364.1523082 BAXT|
|Baragwanath, Pam||These walls speak volumes||AUS 374.9945 BARA|
|Mundle, Rob||Great south land||AUS 994.01 MUND|
|Blanch, Lesley||Wilder shores of love|
|Garrett, Peter||Big blue sky|
|Modjeska, Drusilla||Second half first|
|Nicholl, Charles||The lodger|
|Steinem, Gloria||My life on the road|
|Wilson, Sarah||I quit sugar|
The Japanese Lover / Isabel Allende
Themes of lasting passion, friendship, reflections in old age, and how people react to challenging circumstances all feature in Allende ’s newest saga, which moves from modern San Francisco back to the traumatic WWII years. As always, her (Allende) lively storytelling pulls readers into her characters’ lives immediately.
Irina Bazili, personal assistant to elderly designer Alma Belasco, suspects her employer has a lover. What else would explain her secretive excursions from her nursing home and the mysterious yellow envelopes arriving in Alma’s mail? Intervening sections reveal the lifelong bond between Alma, a Polish Jewish refugee sent to live with California relatives in 1939, and Ichimei Fukuda, sensitive youngest son of her family’s gardener.
Despite many separations over the years, their love remains strong. Descriptions of the Fukudas’ forced internment at a Utah camp, where life continues behind barbed wire, create a memorable impression…
(Booklist, vol. 112, number 3, p. 30)
Thirteen ways of looking / Colum McCann
A novella evoking insecurity in the age of security cameras and three heartbreaking stories make up McCann’s latest short-fiction collection. Various ways of looking —which are referenced in the title novella and serve as the highlight of this outstanding volume—include cameras installed in elderly Judge Mendelssohn’s Upper East Side apartment, at the neighbourhood restaurant where Mendelssohn meets his son for lunch, and along the street where Mendelssohn, walking home alone, is assaulted just outside camera range. Mendelssohn’s memories and observations alternate with video images that police examine and re-examine to identify his assailant.
Human and technical perspectives (and even a housefly’s) are captured in spare, suggestive prose. Videotapes, for example, show something of a Greek epic, “the old, grey man with his walking stick, venturing out, into the snow, out of frame and away like an ancient word stepping off a page.” Insights into aging, the justice system, and dislocation widen the novella’s scope; details of how things work keep it real..
(Publishers Weekly, vol. 262, issue 29)
|Albom, Mitch||The magic strings of Frankie Presto|
|Allende, Isabel||The Japanese lover|
|Ashley, Trisha||A Christmas cracker|
|Bagshawe, Tilly||Sidney Sheldon’s Reckless|
|Bedford, Sybille||A compass error|
|Boyne, John||The boy at the top of the mountain|
|Bridge, Ann||Illyrian spring|
|Cussler, Clive||The pharaoh’s secret|
|Daley, Melissa||Molly and the cat cafe|
|De Kretser, Michelle||The Hamilton case|
|Dovey, Ceridwen||Blood kin|
|Ferrante, Elena||The story of a new name|
|Gaarder, Jostein||The world according to Anna|
|Irving, John||Avenue of mysteries|
|Joyce, Rachel||A snow garden and other stories|
|Lemaitre, Pierre||The great swindle|
|McCall Smith, Alexander||Chance developments|
|McCann, Colum||Thirteen ways of looking|
|McGuane, Thomas||Driving on the rim|
|Miller, Alex||The simplest words|
|Millet, Lydia||Mermaids in paradise|
|Moyes, Jojo||After you|
|Oe, Kenzaburo||Death by water|
|Pym, Barbara||Less than angels|
|Swan, Karen||Christmas on Primrose Hill|
|Tuil, Karine||The age of reinvention|
|Watkins, Claire Vaye||Gold fame citrus|
|Hilton, Lisa||The stolen queen|
|Peel, Wallis||Louise of Sarnia|
Good people / Ewart Hutton
The first novel by an award-winning author of radio plays for the BBC has the kind of fast pace and immediacy we associate with radio. Hutton ’s hero, half-Welsh, half-Italian Detective Sergeant Glyn Capaldi, has been exiled from Cardiff for getting a man killed and sent to what the city cops call the “Wild and Wooly West” of Wales, where he is supposed to stay out of the way of his superiors.
When a minibus full of young men back from a rugby game disappears into the forest, and only five later emerge, Capaldi is told to ignore the incident. What Capaldi can’t ignore is that a prostitute, perhaps one caught in human trafficking, is one of the people who doesn’t return. The local constabulary wants to pretend the incident didn’t happen, as do the local people. Capaldi’s investigation in the teeth of opposition is a joy to follow. And the wit of the first-person narration is priceless.
(Booklist, vol. 109, number 14, p. 50)
The outsmarting of criminals / Steven A. Rigolosi
After being mugged in New York City, Miss Felicity Prim plans to embark on a new career: “criminal outsmarting .” She is going to do it the cozy way by moving to a small hamlet in Connecticut, where she’ll buy a cottage with a garden…Investigating as a concept gets decidedly real when a corpse turns up in her basement!
The tongue-in-cheek humor Rigolosi showed in his earlier work (Androgynous Murder House Party ) is key to this pitch-perfect mash-up of the greatest traditional/cozy mystery tropes. Similar in tone to Kerry Greenwood’s Phryne Fisher series although with a contemporary setting; a pleasure from cover to cover.
(Library Journal, vol. 139, issue 4, p. 74)
The Torso / Helene Tursten
In Swedish author Tursten’s outstanding second police procedural to feature Irene Huss of the Göteborg Violent Crimes Unit (after 2003’s Detective Inspector Huss ), the discovery of a dismembered corpse initiates a frustrating chase for a wily serial killer. The trail leads to Copenhagen, where Huss realizes the same murderer committed a similar horrific crime. After several more deaths, the complex investigation reaches a frightening climax and stunning conclusion.
Smart and intuitive, Huss is a fully realized character, whose demanding job often collides with obligations to her chef husband, twin teenage daughters and wandering terrier. While the locales and sensibilities resemble those of such other Scandinavian writers as Henning Mankell and Karin Fossum, the private lives, work habits and personal quirks of Huss’s colleagues are as individual as those of the cops in Ed McBain’s 87th Precinct.
(Publishers Weekly, vol 253, issue 5, p43)
|Atkins, Ace||The redeemers|
|Ball, John Dudley||In the heat of the night|
|Beaton, M. C.||Dishing the dirt|
|Bonner, Hilary||Death comes first|
|Bowen, Rhys||Queen of hearts|
|Capes, Bernard Edward Joseph||The mystery of the skeleton key|
|Carrisi, Donato||The hunter of the dark|
|Chandler, Tania||Please don’t leave me here|
|Clark, Mary Higgins||All dressed in white|
|Crais, Robert||The promise|
|Durbridge, Francis||Paul Temple|
|Evanovich, Janet||Tricky twenty-two|
|Fyfield, Frances||A painted smile|
|Galbraith, Robert||Career of evil|
|George, Elizabeth||A banquet of consequences|
|Griffiths, Elly||Smoke and mirrors|
|Highsmith, Patricia||The price of salt|
|Hutton, Ewart||Good people|
|Kellerman, Jonathan||The Golem of Paris|
|King, Laurie R.||Dreaming spies|
|La Plante, Lynda||Tennison|
|Miske, Karim||Arab jazz|
|Patterson, James||Murder House|
|Perry, Roland||The honourable assassin|
|Rankin, Ian||Even dogs in the wild|
|Rigolosi, Steven A.||The outsmarting of criminals|
|Rose, Karen||Alone in the dark|
|Smith, Patrick||In the name of love|
|Smith, Fiona Veitch||The jazz files|
|Spindler, Erica||The first wife|
|Tursten, Helene||The glass devil|
|Tursten, Helene||The torso|
|Taylor, C. L.||The accident|
Fromelles and Pozieres: in the trenches of hell / Peter FitzSimons
On 19 July 1916, 7000 Australian soldiers – in the first major action of the AIF on the Western Front – attacked entrenched German positions at Fromelles, in northern France. By the next day, no fewer than 5500 were wounded and just under 1900 were dead – a bloodbath that the Australian War Memorial describes as ‘the worst 24 hours in Australia’s entire history’.
Yet the sad truth is that, nearly a century on from those battles, Australians know only a fraction of what occurred. This book brings the battles back to life and puts the reader in the moment, illustrating both the heroism displayed and the insanity of the British plan. With his extraordinary vigour and commitment to research, Peter FitzSimons shows why this is a story about which all Australians can be proud.
Goodreads – http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25968693-fromelles-and-pozi-res
|Gilbert, Elizabeth||Big magic||153.35 GILB|
|Tedeschi, Mark||Kidnapped||363.25 TEDE|
|Fogle, Ben||Labrador||636.7527 FOGL|
|Ginnane, Antony I.||The unusual suspects||791.4375 GILL|
|FitzSimons, Peter||Fromelles & Pozieres||940.4144 FITZ|
|Binchy, Maeve||A few of the girls|
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Darkness on his bones / Barbara Hambly
In the sixth instalment of the James Asher vampire series, Hambly deftly nests one historical story inside another. The key to a mystery on the eve of WWI lies in James Asher’s fever dreams reliving the exploits of his old friend, Don Simon Ysidro, at the beginning of the 17th century, when Simon navigated the politics of religious dissent among his fellow vampires in Paris.
When James’s practical wife, Lydia, receives word that he has been tossed from a church steeple in Paris in a vampire attack, she calls upon Simon for resources and protection while James heals in a hospital, despite James’s new resolve to destroy all vampires.
Series regulars who crave more of Simon’s backstory will find the focus on him satisfying, and Lydia’s fans will enjoy her skills in medicine, disguise, lock picking, and not dissolving in sunlight…
(Publishers Weekly, vol. 262, issue 34.)
|Canavan, Trudi||Angel of storms|
|Hambly, Barbara||Darkness on his bones|
|King, Stephen||The bazaar of bad dreams|
|De Waal, Edmund||The white road||TRV 738.209 DEWA|
|Bryson, Bill||The road to Little Dribbling||TRV 914.104 BRYS|
|Brett, Michael||South Africa||TRV 916.80468 BRET|
|A Dirty Job||Christopher Moore||Humor (Fiction)|
|Childhood’s End||Arthur C. Clarke||Science Fiction|
|Constant Fear||Daniel Palmer||Suspense|
|Gone With the Wind||Margaret Mitchell||Classic Literature|
|Just Like Heaven||Julia Quinn||Romance|
|Sometimes a Rogue||Mary Jo Putney||Historical Romance|
|The Art of Memoir||Mary Karr||Non-fiction|
|The Bone Labyrinth||James Rollins||Thriller|
|The Girl on the Train||Paula Hawkins||Thriller|
|The Magician’s Lie||Greer Macallister||Historical Fiction|
|The Midnight Watch||James Rollins||Thriller|
|The Winter People||Jennifer McMahon||Suspense|
|First Degree||David Rosenfelt||Mystery|
|Mrs. Roosevelt’s Confidante||Susan Elia MacNeal||Mystery|
|Ringworld||Larry Niven||Science Fiction|
|The Enemy Inside||Steve Martini||Suspense, Thriller|
|The Other Daughter||Lauren Willig||Historical Fiction|
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