Jack Pellum, a Detroit detective, has spent two years searching for the man who he believes murdered his wife - a man he last saw wearing a peacoat and a fedora.
Months of posting fliers and combing through crime records yields no leads. When a local writer’s cryptic suicide note suggests the man in the fedora actually exists, Jack begins unraveling twenty years of secrets and unsolved crimes.
This is a mystery where there is far more than meets the eye. Nothing can be taken for granted. I could not put down The Man in the Crooked Hat. Buy it today and enjoy.
This is the story of Turtle (Julia) Alveston, a 14-year-old girl who lives in dysfunctional isolation with her father, Martin, in the woods of Northern California ever since the death of her mother. Martin is charming, protective, and a monster who abuses her psychologically and physically.
Turtle knows how to forage for food and hunt. The creeks, tide pools, and rocky islands are her hiding grounds. She is known to wander for miles. Her physical world is expansive but she knows little about normal social interactions. Her social existence is confined to the middle school and to her life with her father.
Turtle meets Jacob, a high school boy who tells jokes, lives in a big clean house, and has a teenage crush on her. For the first time, she begins to learn about the larger world. Her life with Martin is neither safe nor sustainable.
Motivated by her first experience with real friendship, Turtle starts to imagine for the first time that she could escape, using the survival skills her father has taught her.
This is a well-written psychological thriller of bravery and survival. With Turtle’s acts of physical and emotional courage, you will watch as this teenage girl struggles to become her own hero, and in the process, becomes ours as well.
This is a game every host will want to have at their party! Let your guests know beforehand that they should bring a book of any kind - a cookbook, a mystery, a fiction novel, a biography - any book will do.
Then...let the game begin! Draw a category card, grab your book, and then quickly skim to find the best answer to the prompt from your book.
Some category card examples are:
- Dating advice
- A Line in a ransom note
- A one-liner from an action movie
What I love about this game is how open it is. The framework is so simple that you can easily plug in new ways to play. This is the perfect game for your next party or family gathering.
The Shadow District is the first book in a new series by Arnaldur Indridason.
Arnaldur has introduced a new detective, Konrád, who has retired from active police work but still feels compelled to pitch in from time to time. The novel staggers between two timelines: in the present day, Konrád is helping to investigate the suspicious death of Stephán, a 90 year old man who is discovered dead in his bed, smothered by his own pillow in his Reykjavík apartment, while seventy years earlier, during the wartime occupation of Iceland by the Allies, the crime under investigation is that of a young woman whose body is spotted by an Icelandic woman, Ingiborg, and her American GI boyfriend, Frank. Hoping to solve the young woman’s murder in 1944 are Flóvent, a detective in Reykjavík, and Thorson, a Canadian of Icelandic ancestry on secondment to the US military police. There are, of course, connections between the cases …
This book does an excellent job of keeping you informed of ‘who knew what when’, which could get confusing given the long lapse between the two timelines.
You will be kept guessing until the very end.
The newly discovered element of radium makes gleaming headlines across the nation as the fresh face of beauty and a wonder drug for the medical community. From body lotion to tonic water, the popular new element shines bright in the otherwise dark years of the First World War.
Hundreds of girls toil amidst the glowing dust of the radium dial factories. The glittering chemical covers their bodies from head to toe; they light up the night like industrious fireflies. With such a coveted job, these "shining girls" are the luckiest alive ― until they begin to fall mysteriously ill.
The factories that once offered golden opportunities are now ignoring all claims of the gruesome side effects. As the fatal poison of the radium takes hold, the brave shining girls find themselves embroiled in one of the biggest scandals of America's early 20th century, and in a groundbreaking battle for workers' rights that will echo for centuries to come.
Radium Girls is a highly readable, narrative style book. It tells the incredible story of the lives of inspiring young women exposed to the “wonder” substance of radium, and their awe-inspiring strength in the face of almost impossible circumstances. Their courage and tenacity led to life-changing regulations, research into nuclear bombing, and ultimately saved hundreds of thousands of lives.
The story of these women will provoke great discussion.
Nick Mason returns in this action packed follow-up to The Second Life of Nick Mason.
Nick has gotten out of prison but is controlled by Cole’s lethal bidding, so he is living a life of mobility, not freedom. Nick is eliminating the targets as Cole feeds them to him. When Cole is in danger of having his convictions overturned, he assigns Nick to eliminate the two key witnesses who put him behind bars in the first place.
Exit Strategy is an entertaining, adrenaline-fueled crime thriller that’s hard to put down. This is a must-read series that is set in Chicago and a must-read for Steven Hamilton and crime fiction fans.
If You Knew My Sister tells the story of Irini, who was given away by her parents at the age of three, while her sister was kept within the family. Twenty years later, Irini receives a phone call from her estranged sister to say that their mother has died, compelling her to return to the family home and to uncover the shocking truth that has defined both their lives.
There are plenty of twists in this dark story. It is a compassionate look at mental instability and the emotional toll it takes on families. This is a story of relationships with parents, significant others, and especially siblings. No one is blameless, but no one is past redemption either. This is the kind of book that will make you want to call your siblings and tell them how much you care.
She Persisted is a picture book that shows readers that no matter what obstacles may be in their paths, they shouldn’t give up on their dreams.
American history has always had women who have spoken out for their rights. Many times they have needed to fight to be heard. The stories of 13 American women are in this book, all who have helped shape our country. Each one of them persisted, and show us that persistence is power.
American English, Italian Chocolate is a wonderfully written memoir in essays.
These essays have the feel of short stories and are filled with humor and tenderness. Your own humanity will be reflected back to you. These essays will make you stop and notice the individual pieces of your everyday life.
If you enjoy short essays or would like to start reading short essays, you will find this collection to be very enjoyable.
In the middle of the 20th century, the music of the Mississippi delta arrived in Chicago, drawing the attention of entrepreneurs like the Chess brothers. Their label, Chess Records, helped shape that music into the Chicago blues, the soundtrack for a transformative era in American History.
Windy City Blues explores the relationship between Leeba and Red Dupree. Leeba comes from an Orthodox Jewish family. She comes into her own as a songwriter and befriends performers like Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Chuck Berry and Etta James. Leeba falls in love with black blues guitarist Red Dupree and they find themselves in the middle of the civil rights movement, discovering that music can bring people together.
Leeba’s journey of self-discovery is set against the backdrop of a musical and social revolution. There is so much that I enjoyed about this book. It mixes real people and real events with fictional characters and their lives. The exploration of the characters in the book were a delight to read and very memorable.