Book of the Week: ‘Dear Committee Members: A Novel’
Feb19

Book of the Week: ‘Dear Committee Members: A Novel’

Dear Committee Members: A Novel Julie Schumacher 2014, 180 pages Adult Fiction (Comedy)   Jason R. Fitger, professor of creative writing and English at Payne University, somewhere in the Midwest, claims to have written over 1,300 LORs, or letters of recommendation. He has written them for good students, bad students, teaching assistants, graduates, fellow faculty members, ex-wives, girlfriends and – on one occasion – an extremely...

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Book of the Week: ‘The Colors of All the Cattle’
Feb12

Book of the Week: ‘The Colors of All the Cattle’

The Colors of All the Cattle Alexander McCall Smith 2018, 228 pages Fiction/Mystery   The Colors of All the Cattle is the latest in this series set in Botswana, Africa, featuring detective Precious Ramotswe. Precious has a full and happy life. She owns the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency and runs it with the help of Mma Makutsi. She is married and has two young children. Her friend Mma Potokwane pressures her to run for City Council....

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Book of the Week: ‘Burning Ridge’
Feb05

Book of the Week: ‘Burning Ridge’

Burning Ridge Margaret Mizushima 2018, 280 pages Fiction/Mystery Officer Mattie Cobb and her black German Shepherd, Robo, are the K-9 team working for the police in Timber Creek, Colo. Not only are they partners, but they have a unique bond. They are called to join a team riding up into the back country to investigate some grisly remains. A body has been burned in a fire pit on a ridge. Then three more sunken places in the grass are...

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Book of the Week: ‘The Big Book of Female Detectives’
Jan29

Book of the Week: ‘The Big Book of Female Detectives’

The Big Book of Female Detectives Otto Penzler (editor) 2018, 1115 pages Mystery/short stories This large volume is a treasure trove of mystery short stories featuring female detectives and crime solvers. It is arranged chronologically in sections starting with The Victorians and Edwardians (British) and ending in modern times. There are some authors that you might recognize: Agatha Christie, Sue Grafton and Nevada Barr. And some...

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Book of the Week: ‘Murder at the Brightwell’
Jan22

Book of the Week: ‘Murder at the Brightwell’

Murder at the Brightwell Ashley Weaver 2014, 325 pages Fiction/mystery This traditional mystery starts in Kent, England, in 1932. Amory Ames is fed up with her playboy husband, Milo, who keeps going off to Europe to gamble, leaving her at home. After five years of marriage, she sees him so little, she wonders if they should even stay together. Her ex-fiancé, Gil Trent, asks her a favor. Gil’s sister Emmeline is engaged to another...

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