Readers of the Ruth Galloway mysteries will want to check out The Ghost Fields by Elly Griffiths (M GRI), her seventh in the series. Here the remains of a World War II pilot are discovered near Ruth’s home, and Ruth, a university professor whose expertise is bone analysis, is called in. Readers of previous Galloway series titles will find this a satisfying continuation of the story. New readers can enjoy The Ghost Fields and will likely want to read earlier titles in the series.
Those readers who like a blending of mystery with contemporary themes will delight in Abandon the Dark by Marta Perry (M PER). Perry continues her romantic suspense with a dark, puzzling mystery that moves into Amish culture.
The Kaufman’s are a typical family in The Fragile World by Paula Treick DeBoard (DEB). Curtis is a high school teacher; Kathleen restores furniture. Daniel is away at college and Olivia is the preteen daughter. Life comes to a halt when they receive a phone call and are told that Daniel was killed by a hit and run driver. Each person grieves in their own way and the story is an emotional read. While enduring pain, the family comes back together in the end, though not probably as expected by some readers.
If you like an Amish theme, pick up authors Mindy Starns Clark and Susan Meissner’s The Amish Clockmaker (GF CLA), which is Book 3 in the Men of Lancaster County series. It explores the men of an Amish community and how their beliefs play out in their unique roles, and the women who are instrumental in their lives.
Beaded Chains & Ropes: create easy-to-wear jewelry using popular stitches by Karin Van Voorhees (Crafters Jewelry Beading Van) provides ideas for making over 25 chains and ropes. It uses popular stitches such as tubular herringbone, spiral rope, right-angle weave, bead crochet and more. Voorhees features favorite designers like Jill Wiseman, Anna Elizabeth Draeger, Beth Stone, Carolyn Cave, Rebecca Combs.
Bead Crochet Basis: 22 jewelry projects by Candice Sexton (Crafts Jewelry Beading Sexton) takes the reader step-by-step through a variety of techniques and project styles (beginners to advanced, simple to more complex) to build insights and confidence. The book contains clear instruction and an accompanying DVD is very helpful.
If you are looking for a new way to invest, consider The Complete Guide to Investing in Real Estate Tax Liens & Deeds by Alan Northcott (Business Real Estate Northcott). This well researched book provides information to get started and provides updated laws, websites and a chapter guiding you through the steps to get your tax lien investment portfolio stated. It also includes hints, tricks and secrets on how to purchase tax liens and deeds.
Cocaine Cowboys Reloaded (FL 362.298 COR) is a 2-hour DVD documentary about the cocaine economy that built modern-day Miami. True crime enthusiasts who like flashy crimes and personalities will find much to consume here. Director Billy Corben moves the story along through interviews with smugglers and hit men. Suffice it to say, it’s a down & dirty Wild West story. And if you can’t get enough, there are even two dozen deleted scenes as a bonus feature.
Erin Hunter’s The Warriors series continues. See Fire & Ice (Book 2), Forest of Secrets (Book 3) and Rising Storm (Book 4). The series began with Into the Wild. Each title can be found at J HUN. Erin Hunter is a collective pseudonym used by the authors Kate Cary, Cherith Baldry, Gillian Philip, Inbali Iserles and Tui Sutherland, along with editor Victoria Holmes. Each of the authors plays a different role.
If your child is crazy about anything to do with monsters, or Monsters University of Disney, then pick up Boo on the Loose by Gail Herman (J EZ HER). This particular story leaves some of the movie’s plot and adds adventure but that doesn’t detract in the least.
Dr. Leroy Hommerding
Beach Library Director