Library Treasures


The 17th book in A Scumble River Mystery series is here and Denise Swanson keeps readers involved. In Murder of a Needled Knitter (M SWA), Skye and Wally are married and on their honeymoon. The honeymoon cruise was going great until a body is discovered and the gang gets together to find the killer. Skye thinks that she saw her mother on the ship, which adds another layer of intrigue to this mystery.

When We Met:  A Fool’s Gold Romance, by Susan Mallery (MAL), is book 13 in the series. Angel Whittaker is the elusive man; Taryn Crawford is his match. Mallery’s strength is creating perfectly flawed characters who feel so real it’s easy to stay with the story. The quick read is likely to pick up additional readers in addition to the regulars who must read Mallery’s works.

Western readers can find a perfect selection in Sixkiller, U.S. Marshal, by William W. Johnstone with J.A. Johnstone (JOH). This story centers around a Native American in the time of gunslingers who is sworn into the office of a U.S. Marshall. One can expect the usual ingredients–outlaws, a ruthless enemy, facing a great challenge.

Gentle Fiction readers can pick up Emma Blooms at Last, by Naomi King (GF KIN), to enjoy an Amish romance but this work doesn’t pull any punches: sticking with one’s goals and forgiveness take a lot of work, and the Amish gossip, fight and are less than ideal just like everyone else.

A Woodland Miracle, by Ruth Reid (GF REI), has a way of pulling you into the story as the plot engages and thrills the reader. Those who like to see how a character develops will delight in Reid’s ability to let Ben and Grace stand in all their fragilities and good.

If you like a story that keeps you guessing to the end and where secondary characters are as intriguing as the main ones, then pick up Cindy Sproles’ Mercy’s Rain:  An Appalachian Novel (FL SPR). Sproles description of life in the mountains makes is easy to image the setting and the challenges in such a setting.

The seventh book in the Iron Druid Chronicles, Shattered by Kevin Hearne (HEA), starts with a summary of the story, allowing those who have not read previous works the opportunity to get up to speed. Here Atticus O’Sullivan is the last Druid and has trained an apprentice to follow. There’s plenty of action and mythology to keep the reader moving forward.

Science fiction master Peter Hamilton offers the first of a new two-book saga set in his popular Commonwealth universe. The Abyss Beyond Dreams (HAM) offers dazzling scientific speculation and a cast of characters that truly enables the reader to enjoy the story–the year is 3326 when Nigel Sheldon, one of the founders of the Commonwealth, receives a visit from the Raiel, the self-appointed guardians of the Void. Once inside, Nigel seeks to uncover their secrets.

In Brain Maker, Dr. David Perlmutter (612.33 PER) presents new research attesting to the health of the human brain as dictated by the state of one’s microbiomes–the organisms that live in the body and the potent interplay between intestinal microbes and the brain. He offers easy strategies for nurturing gut health to improve brain health potential.

Haiku Inspirations, by Tom Lowenstein with Victoria James (Poetry Lowenstein), is a beautifully illustrated celebration of the places, people, customs and festivals evoked by lavish photographs, woodcut prints and calligraphy that captures the spirit of old Japan. A haiku is a short Japanese poem, mostly of three lines, often capturing the fleeting moment in a Zen-like experience. The narrative alone offers an inviting explanation of the background on the history and culture of Japan makes this worth reading.

The final installment in the Sisters in All Seasons series, Season of Change by Lisa Williams Kline (TEEN KLI), is here. It tackles the issues of a blended family. If you haven’t discovered this series yet, consider volume 1 in Summer of Wolves, followed by Wild Horse Spring, volume 3 in Blue Autumn Cruise, followed by Winter’s Tide.

             The Swimming With series for children age 6 and up offers a few facts about each animal’s varieties, anatomy, diet, habitats and danger. On each open set of pages, large type is set opposite a splashy full-color photo. Introduced in this series are Swimming with Dolphins, Swimming with Manatees, Swimming with Penguins, Swimming with Sea Lions, Swimming with Sea Turtles and Swimming with Sharks (J 598.47 COL). The series returns after the previous one was so well used that it called for replacement. Each volume offers a brief Glossary and Index.

Dr. Leroy Hommerding

Beach Library Director