Suggested Reading May 4, 2021

Hi everyone, here are our recommended reads for the week.

Format Note: Under each book title you’ll find a list of all the different formats that specific title is available in; including: Print Books, Large Print Books, CD Audiobooks, eBooks & Downloadable Audiobooks from the Digital Catalog (OverDrive & Libby apps) and Hoopla eBooks & Hoopla Downloadable Audiobooks (Hoopla App).

*More information on the three catalogs is found at the end of the list of recommended reads*

Weekly Suggested Reading postings are published on Tuesdays.

The next Suggested Reading posting will be published on Tuesday, May 10, 2021.

Bailey’s Cafe by Gloria Naylor

(Available Formats: Print Book & Hoopla instant checkout eBook)

Bailey's Cafe

A “moving and memorable” novel about a cafe where everyone has a story to tell from the award-winning author of The Women of Brewster Place (The Boston Globe).

In post–World War II Brooklyn, on a quiet backstreet, there’s a little place that draws people from all over—not for the food, and definitely not for the coffee. An in-between place that’s only there when you need it, Bailey’s Cafe is a crossroads where patrons stay for a while before making a choice: Move on or check out?

In this novel, National Book Award–winning author Gloria Naylor’s expertly crafted characters experience a journey full of beauty and heartbreak. Touching on gender, race, and the African American experience, Bailey’s Cafe is “a sublime achievement” about the resilience of the human spirit (People).

Bitterroot Lake by Alicia Beckman; audiobook read by Linda Jones

(Available Formats: Hoopla instant checkout eBook & audiobook)

Bitterroot Lake

Twenty-five years ago, during a celebratory weekend at historic Whitetail Lodge, Sarah McCaskill had a vision, a dream, a nightmare. When a young man was killed, her guilt over having ignored the warning devastated her. Her friendships with her closest friends and her sister fell apart as she worked to build a new life in a new city. But she never stopped loving Whitetail Lodge on the shores of Bitterroot Lake.

Now that she’s a young widow, her mother urges her to return to the lodge for healing. But when she arrives, she’s greeted by an old friend-and by news of a murder that’s clearly tied to that tragic day she’ll never forget. And the dreams are back too. What dangers are they warning of this time? As Sarah and her friends dig into the history of the lodge and the McCaskill family, they uncover a legacy of secrets and make a discovery that gives chilling new meaning to the dreams. Now, they can no longer ignore the ominous portents from the past that point to a danger more present than any of them could know.

Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough

(Available Formats: Print Book & eBook)

Blood Water Paint

McCullough’s debut, told primarily in verse, introduces 17-year-old Artemisia Gentileschi, who was in real life a talented young painter during the Italian Baroque period. Grudgingly trained by her father and forced to sign his name to her clearly superior work, Artemisia chafes against the confines of being a woman in a male-dominated world. When an established artist takes an interest in her, Artemisia reaches for the opportunity to improve her craft, but she soon learns that his interest is less than noble and her protestations are no protection. Interspersed throughout Artemisia’s story are those of ancient heroines Susanna and Judith, two women who stand against men who covet their bodies and seek to destroy. As Artemisia tries to tell the truths of these women on canvas (“I know/ what it is to be watched, to be leered at what it is to be a thing”), she grows into her own power and finds the strength to stand against her own rapist. A haunting, stirring depiction of an unforgettable woman, Artemisia’s story will resonate deeply with readers today and beyond. Starred Publishers Weekly Review

The King’s Beast: A Mystery of the American Revolution by Eliot Pattison

(Available Formats: Print Book)

King's Beast

The latest installment in Pattison’s excellent “Bone Rattler” series (after Savage Liberty) combines solid historical research with superb storytelling. The year is 1769, and stakes are high. Unless the king intervenes, his war council plans to garrison Boston and New York with troops to put an end to the grumblings of the Sons of Liberty and close down an unidentified agent who’s stealing English manufacturing secrets and smuggling them into America. It’s not time yet for full-out rebellion. The colonists want for their complaints to be aired, but their enemies in England have already branded them as traitors. Duncan McCallum–exiled from Scotland as a Jacobite, indentured in the colonies, whipped at the post alongside slaves, accepted by the Iroquois as truth-seeker–sets out for London to deliver the bones of giant prehistoric animals to Benjamin Franklin, who hopes to use them to secure a private meeting with the king. But London is perilous for Duncan and his friends and allies, some of whom are incarcerated in Bedlam, and Duncan’s worst enemy is getting closer. VERDICT Satisfying as both action thriller and as history, this exciting mystery should also appeal to lovers of historical fiction. Starred Library Journal Review

Readers’ Note: If you’d like to read the entire Mysteries of Colonial America Series; here is the current reading list: 1. Bone Rattler, 2. Eye of the Raven, 3. Original Death, 4. Blood of the Oak, 5. Savage Liberty & 6. The King’s Beast.

Open Carry by Marc Cameron

(Available Formats: Print Book & Hoopla instant checkout eBook)

Open Carry

In this strong series debut, U.S. Marshal Arliss Cutter and his team, experts in tracking down fugitives, face a stern test: a young Tlingit woman has been murdered in a remote part of Alaska, and several crew members of a TV reality show filming in the area have disappeared. Are the murders and disappearances random events or the work of a deranged maniac? Or is there more to the carnage? Cameron effectively combines investigation and straight-ahead action, and he has fashioned a compelling, never-give-an-inch hero who will appeal to Jack Reacher fans. Jump in now for what looks to be a series that thriller fans will follow closely. – Booklist Review

Readers’ Note: The Arliss Cutter series features three books to-date: Open Carry, Stone Cross and Bone Rattle.

Sleuthing For A Living by Jennifer L. Hart; audiobook read by Suzanne Cerreta

(Available Formats: Hoopla instant checkout audiobook)

Sleuthing For A Living

Part 1 of the Mackenzie & Mackenzie P.I. series

From the USA Today bestselling author of The Southern Pasta Shop Mysteries comes a new series that proves blood can be thicker than water… As a young single parent, Mackenzie Elizabeth Taylor has struggled to provide for her teenage daughter. She finally catches a break when she inherits half of an apartment building in Boston from her uncle Al…along with his P.I. business. So what if she doesn’t know the first thing about investigation or if their hot-but-crabby downstairs tenant is a police detective who’s looking for any excuse to handcuff her? Her daughter, Mac the computer whiz, has her back. And these two girls don’t know the meaning of the word quit-not even when their first case takes an unexpected turn. The man Mackenzie’s been hired to follow in a custody case seems to have upset more than just her client when she spies another person tailing him-a mysterious man Mackenzie would bet is up to no good. But when her mark suddenly winds up dead, and her first and only client is accused of his murder, Mackenzie vows to find the truth. Only one problem: she doesn’t know where to start…or when to draw the line. Who is the mysterious man she spotted tailing the victim? Is he the killer? Is she in over her head, or will she uncover the secrets someone killed to keep hidden? Mackenzie and Mackenzie are on the case, and the world of private investigation will never be the same.

Silent Sanctuary by Deanna Raybourn

(Available Formats: Print Book & Hoopla instant checkout eBook)

Silent Sanctuary

Join Lady Julia Grey on her next investigation in book 2 of the acclaimed historical mystery series only from New York Times bestselling author Deanna Raybourn.

Fresh from a six-month sojourn in Italy, Lady Julia returns home to Sussex to find her father’s estate crowded with family and friends. Much to her surprise, the one man she had hoped to forget—the enigmatic and compelling Nicholas Brisbane—is among her father’s houseguests…and he is not alone. Not to be outdone, Julia shows him that two can play at flirtation and promptly introduces him to her devoted, younger, titled Italian count.

But the homecoming celebrations quickly take a ghastly turn when one of the guests is found brutally murdered in the chapel. Lady Julia resumes her unlikely and deliciously intriguing partnership with Nicholas Brisbane, setting out to unravel a tangle of deceit before the killer can strike again.

The Orphan Keeper by Camron Wright

(Available Formats: Print Book & Hoopla instant checkout eBook)

Orphan Keeper

Based on a remarkable true story Seven-year-old Chellamuthu’s life-and his destiny-is forever changed when he is kidnapped from his village in Southern India and sold to the Lincoln Home for Homeless Children. His family is desperate to find him, and Chellamuthu anxiously tells the Indian orphanage that he is not an orphan, he has a mother who loves him. But he is told not to worry, he will soon be adopted by a loving family in America. Chellamuthu is suddenly surrounded by a foreign land and a foreign language. He can’t tell people that he already has a family and becomes consumed by a single, impossible question: How do I get home? But after more than a decade, home becomes a much more complicated idea as the Indian boy eventually sheds his past and receives a new name: Taj Khyber Rowland. It isn’t until Taj meets an Indian family who helps him rediscover his roots, as well as marrying Priya, his wife, who helps him unveil the secrets of his past, that he begins to discover the truth he has all but forgotten. Taj is determined to return to India and begin the quest to find his birth family. But is it too late? Is it possible that his birth mother is still looking for him? And which family does he belong to now? From the best-selling author of The Rent Collector, this is a deeply moving and gripping journey about discovering one’s self and the unbreakable family bonds that connect us forever.

Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich; audiobook narrated by Lori Petty

(Available Formats: Print Book, Large Print, CD Audiobook, eBook, downloadable audiobook & Hoopla instant checkout audiobook)

Two For The Dough

Stephanie Plum Series, Book 2

Sassy, brassy Stephanie Plum, the bounty hunter from Trenton, N.J., introduced to acclaim in last year’s One for the Money, returns to track a bond jumper through her blue-collar neighborhood known as the “burg.” A local funeral home, a slimy undertaker and mutilated corpses figure large in the search for Kenny Mancuso, who, having shot an old high-school friend in the knee, posted bail with Stephanie’s boss, her cousin, and then disappeared. When the old friend is shot again, fatally, Stephanie reluctantly joins forces with her sexy enemy and love interest, Trenton homicide cop Joe Morelli. While looking for Kenny, Stephanie also searches for 24 caskets stolen from Spiro Stiva, heir apparent of Stiva’s Mortuary and also a high-school buddy of Kenny’s. As body parts, cut from “clients” on view at Stiva’s, are used to warn people off the case, Stephanie and Morelli spar in a lively if expected fashion and Stephanie’s feisty gun-toting Grandma Mazur forsakes her usual routine of talk-show TV and attending wakes to join the fight against crime. Readers will likely stay a few steps ahead of the sleuths, but the sharp repartee and Stephanie’s slightly cynical but still fond relationship with her family and the burg hold a treasury of urban-style charms. – Publishers Weekly Review

This is the first book in the twenty-seven book Stephanie Plum Series. The first book is titled One For The Money and the latest is Fortune and Glory (2020).

Whose Body? by Dorothy L. Sayers

(Available Formats: Print Book, eBook & Hoopla instant checkout eBook & audiobook)

Whose Body

In the debut mystery in Dorothy L. Sayers’s acclaimed Lord Peter Wimsey series, the case of a dead bather draws Lord Peter into the 1st of many puzzling mysteries Lord Peter Wimsey spends his days tracking down rare books, and his nights hunting killers. Though the Great War has left his nerves frayed with shellshock, Wimsey continues to be London’s greatest sleuth-and he’s about to encounter his oddest case yet. A strange corpse has appeared in a suburban architect’s bathroom, stark naked save for an incongruous pince-nez. When Wimsey arrives on the scene, he is confronted with a once-in-a-lifetime puzzle. The police suspect that the bathtub’s owner is the murderer, but Wimsey’s investigation quickly reveals that the case is much stranger than anyone could have predicted. Whose Body? introduced a character and a series that would make Dorothy L. Sayers famous. To this day, Lord Peter remains 1 of the genre’s most beloved and brilliant characters. Whose Body? is the 1st book in the Lord Peter Wimsey Mysteries, but you may enjoy the series by reading the books in any order.

Readers’ Note: The entire fifteen book Lord Peter Wimsey Mystery Series is available in omnibus four eBook volumes – in the Hoopla instant checkout catalog. And if you’d just like to follow reading book 1 in the series with book 2; it is titled Clouds of Witness.

Have a great week!

Linda Reimer

*Information on the Three Catalogs*

Digital Catalog:

The Digital Catalog, a catalog containing eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, Digital Magazines and a handful of streaming videos, has two companion apps, Libby & OverDrive. Libby is the app for newer devices and the OverDrive app should be used for older devices and Amazon tablets.

All card holders of all Southern Tier Library System member libraries can check out items from the Digital Catalog.

Hoopla Catalog:

The Hoopla Catalog features instant checkouts of eBooks, downloadable audiobooks, comic books, albums, movies and TV series. Patron check out limit is 6 items per month.

Hoopla is a Southeast Steuben County Library service available to all Southeast Steuben County Library card holders.

The Hoopla App is available for Android or Apple devices and most smart TVs & media streaming players.

StarCat: The catalog of physical/traditional library materials:

Card holders of all Southern Tier Library System member libraries can access StarCat to search for and request materials available at libraries through out the Southern Tier Library System.

The StarCat app is called Bookmyne and is available for Apple and Android devices.

Note: Book summaries are from the respective publishers unless otherwise specified.

Have questions or want to request a book?

Feel free to call the library! Our telephone number is 607-936-3713.

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