What Staff are Reading

What Staff are Reading

Maxine’s pick is ‘Death of a Dog Whisperer’ by Laurien Berenson (Adult Fiction Paperback, BER)
It’s summer in Connecticut, and Melanie’s life has become an endless string of dog shows, soccer camp, and the antics of her energetic toddler. She hardly has time to pay much attention to her Aunt Peg’s new protégé, Nick Walden, a self-proclaimed “dog whisperer” with an uncanny gift for decoding dog-speak. The well-heeled dog owners of Fairfield County are lapping up his alleged talents, anxious to discover exactly what their pampered pets are thinking — that is until the pooches start spilling their secrets.
Great story, easy to read. A nice little quote from the story is "the best things in life never come easy. But the effort is always well worth it in the end."

Kerrie’s pick is ‘Isle of Blood and Stone’ by Makiia Lucier (Young Adult Fiction, LUC)
18 years ago two princes of the island kingdom of St. John del Mar were kidnapped and murdered, a deadly plot by the rival kingdom of Mondrago. Everyone knows the story, but for Elias, Mercedes, and Ulises, the aftermath of that tragic day is deeply personal. Elias grew up without his father, who was killed trying to protect the princes. Mercedes is half-Mondragan, leaving her to grow up in the shadow of del Mar’s hate. Ulises, as the youngest and only remaining prince, inherited the throne meant for his older brothers. Now, the three friends just want to move on with their lives. But when two maps surface, each with the same hidden riddle, troubling questions arise. To discover what really happened that fateful day, Elias, Mercedes, and Ulises must follow the clues hidden in the maps, uncovering long-held secrets and unimaginable betrayals along the way. But the truth is dangerous, and not everyone wants it to come out.
A captivating read with an intriguing mystery

Zuni’s pick is ‘To the Mountains’ by Laurence Fearnley and Paul Hersey (Adult Non Fiction/Hobbies and Leisure, 796.522 MOU)
An exciting compendium of adventure and nature writing, history, philosophy and literature, from the quirky to the sublime.
An eclectic mix of enthusiasm and love for our wonderful mountains, from Victorian women climbing in dresses to modern helicopter-assisted short sharp ascents.

Maclean’s pick is ‘The Book of Speculation’ by Erika Swyler (Adult Fiction, SWY)
Simon Watson, a lonely research librarian, lives alone in his family home, a house perched on the edge of a cliff that is slowly crumbling into the sea. His parents are long dead, his mother having drowned in the water his house overlooks.
One day, Simon receives a mysterious book from an antiquarian bookseller; it has been sent to him because it is inscribed with the name Verona Bonn, Simon's grandmother. Simon must unlock the mysteries of the book, and decode his family history, before fate deals its next deadly hand.
I love books with a supernatural undertone.

Fanua’s pick is ‘The Stranger’ by Kate Riordan (Adult Fiction Rental, RIO)
Cornwall, 1940.
In the hushed hours of the night a woman is taken by the sea.
Was it a tragic accident? Or should the residents of Penhallow have been more careful about whom they invited in?
In the midst of war three women arrive seeking safety at Penhallow Hall. Each is looking to escape her past. But one of them is not there by choice.
As the threat of invasion mounts and the nightly blackouts feel longer and longer, tensions between the close-knit residents rise until dark secrets start to surface.
And no one can predict what their neighbor is capable of. In a house full of strangers, who do you trust?
A gripping story of secrets and lies. Woohoo what a read

Kerrie Gamble