What Staff are Reading
Kerrie’s pick is ‘Friendly Fire’ by Dale Lucas (Adult Fiction Rental, DAL)
In the most dangerous district of the city, the Fifth Ward, Rem and Torval have been perfecting their good cop, bad cop routine while protecting residents from drug-dealing orcs, mind-controlling elves, uncooperative mages, and humans being typical humans.
But when a perplexing case of arson leads to a series of gruesome, unsolvable murders, the two partners must challenge their own assumptions and loyalties if they are to preserve their partnership, wrest justice from the chaos, and keep their ward from tearing itself apart.
An excellent follow up to ‘The Fifth Ward’ with more high jinks that keeps me hooked until the end
Zuni’s pick is ‘The Big Questions: What is New Zealand’s Future’ (Adult Non Fiction/Society, 303.499 BIG)
This book looks at many aspects of our lives and our nation. Experts in their fields write about the challenges that face us and the opportunities we have to make changes for the better.
An enthralling read on the possible futures that New Zealand may face.
Debbie’s pick is ‘The Diving Bell and the Butterfly’ by Jean-Dominique Bauby (Adult Non Fiction/Autobiography & Biography, 362.196 BAU)
A memoir by journalist Jean-Dominique Bauby. It describes what his life is like after suffering a massive stroke that left him with locked-in syndrome. It also details what his life was like before the stroke.
Wistful, mischievous, angry, and witty.
Philip’s pick is ‘The Hunters’ by Kat Gordon (Adult Fiction Rental, GOR)
Narrated by Theo Miller, fifteen when he first arrives in the country, the son of the new Director of Kenyan railways. Falling under the spell of the glamourous Happy Valley set, he is seduced by rich, reckless Freddie and enchanting Sylvie. But behind their allure lies a dangerous cocktail of love, lust and betrayal that Theo must navigate and all the while, dark clouds are gathering over his family and fortunes as Africa changes around them
This novel is set in the period between the world wars and Kat Gordon paints an accurate picture of the colonial issues and atmosphere. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and look forward to reading more of her work.
Maclean’s pick is ‘Lethal White’ by Robert Galbraith (Adult Fiction Rental, GAL)
When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private eye Cormoran Strike’s office to ask for his help investigating a crime he thinks he witnessed as a child, Strike is left deeply unsettled. While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story. But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic.
A solid book with the usual weaving of plots and romantic frisson. Not as gory as previous titles, this focuses more on relationships and uncovering a political murder tangle.
Lynley’s pick is ‘Leaf Supply’ by Lauren Camilleri (Adult Non Fiction/House & Garden, 635.965 CAM)
A well-organized book full of beautiful photographic examples of ways to display and information on how to care for various indoor plants. Complete with an index and well written interviews with plant lovers. Brilliant!