Readers who like their history books with plenty of anecdotes, sidebars, and little-known facts will enjoy Assassination Vacation, Sarah Vowell’s stories-behind-the-stories of the assassinations of United States Presidents Lincoln, Garfield, and McKinley. Vowell actually visited virtually every site connected with these three assassinations and recounts not only the history of the individuals involved (namely, the presidents and assassins and their respective families), but also the stories of contemporary-era individuals (historians, museum curators, tour guides, descendants of the famous and infamous) whose lives and livelihoods have been touched by these heinous crimes. An offbeat but very entertaining and educational read.
Lauren Stillwell's life turns upside down when she suspects her husband of having an affair. Her revenge seems swift and sweet, but soon leads to a crime she never imagined possible. Can Lauren recover from the lies and betrayal one night unleashed? Patterson keeps the story moving with his trademark suspense and pacing. Good beach reading!
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Mysteries on the Move
WOW! What happened to the mysteries? As many of you may have noticed, the library has been doing a lot of rearranging of the fiction collection, including the mystery section.
One thing that often distinguishes mysteries from suspense novels is that most mysteries are part of a continuing series. Suspense novels are usually stand-alones.
Many readers of mysteries (myself included) enjoy following these series. You get to know the main characters, their family, friends, and co-workers and how their lives and careers change over time. As soon as you finish the newest title, you look forward to the next book, especially if the latest one ends in a cliff-hanger.
The Miracle at Speedy motors (Latest in the series "No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency)by Alexander McCall Smith
Are gas prices keeping you home this summer? Don't worry, sit back on an easy chair and join Precious Ramostwe for a "ride". Mma Ramotswe is the number one lady detective of Botswana! Granted, she is "traditionally built" and her white van is tiny, but she won't crowd you, she is very accommodative! The roads in Botswana may be bumpy but the landscape is quite exotic! In this ninth title in the series, Mma Ramotswe tackles the mystery of some anonymous hate letters and that of a missing family. She is endowed with such grace, intuition and intelligence that she is a natural problem solver. Her knowledge of "The Principles of Private Investigation" by Clovis Anderson is so thorough, that she can quote any passage from it anytime! Of course she has help from her big-spectacled associate, Mma Makutsi; a graduate from Botswana Secretarial College with a fantastic score of 97% in the final exam!
The Last Secret of the Temple
Set in the Middle East, this gripping suspense weaves a spellbinding mix of archaeology, murder, and history. With the discovery of a body found in Egypt, detective Yusuf Khalifa becomes involved in a case that entails murder, corruption, and a conspiracy that will lead far beyond what he could have imagined.
It's summer, finally. Find farmers' markets, farm markets, pick your own, and roadside markets in your county by going to www.ohioproud.com. Click on "farm markets" in the banner under the photo and create your own list. Contact information, hours of operation, and products carried are given for each market.
The Cozy Mystery (a.k.a. the traditional British mystery)
Among the many sub-genres of mysteries, one of the most popular is the cozy mystery. The mystery website cluelass.com defines a cozy as a traditional style of mystery that usually includes an amateur sleuth or eccentric professional solving a crime in a country house or quiet neighborhood, with very little description of violence or sex. There is a limited roster of suspects, all part of the victim's social circle, and a mildly romantic sub-plot.
It's summer time where the Phoenix lander sits at what would be the Martian arctic circle. Its mission is limited to only around 92 (Earth) days because, even as it sits there in Mars's summer season, the high temperature never exceeds something like 20 degrees (F) below zero and, at night, well, your ice cream would never melt. EVER! They tell us that, as winter sets in on Mars, the Phoenix lander will become entombed, yes completely covered in snow and ice --mostly frozen carbon dioxide-- effectively "killing" the immobile robot about three (Earth) months from now. When summer returns to the northern regions of Mars, the lander will be exposed again. The solar panels will generate electricity again. And NASA will listen. There is a small chance Phoenix will stir back to life and, if it does, her handlers don't want to miss it! In the mean time we sit and watch the show from the warmer climes of Earth and marvel.