Monday, 28 October 2013

New fiction titles for November

The library has acquired the following titles for your Spring reading pleasure:

King and Maxwell David Baldacci
Strangling on stage Simon Brett
Command authority Tom Clancy
Gods of guilt Michael Connelly
Standing in the shadow Peter Corris
Bombshell Catherine Coulter
Dreams to sell Anne Douglas
Errors of judgement Caro Fraser
Casting the first stone Frances Fyfield
Cry of the children J.M Gregson
Kindred of darkness Barbara Hambly
Hard going Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
All change Elizabeth Jane Howard
In search of hope Anna Jacobs
Summer at the lake Erica James
Bourne retribution Robert Ludlum
Forest ghost Graham Masterton
Sins of the flesh Colleen McCullough
Winter sea Di Morrissey
Cockroaches Jo Nesbo
Tournament Matthew Reilly
Murder at Maddleskirk Abbey Nicholas Rhea
Bellagrand Paullina Simons
Embassy of Cambodia Zadie Smith
Taint in the blood Dana Stabenow
Identical Scott Turow
Asian dawn Michael Wilding
You can place your (free!) hold via our online catalogue or come into one of our branches and ask for a recommendation from our friendly staff. We're always happy to offer suggestions for your next great read.


Monday, 21 October 2013

Death of a neighborhood witch by Laura Levine

This is the 11th installment of the humorous Jaine Austen mystery series revolving around Jaine, a freelance writer with a sweet tooth who lives with her cat Prozac in the less prestigious part of Beverley Hills. She unwittingly gets involved in solving murders or mysteries with her sleuthing skills.

In this episode murder takes precedence when one of her neighbors, Eleanor Jenkins, a cantankerous Hollywood has-been who once played the part of Cryptessa Muldoon, television’s fourth most famous monster mom is stabbed with her own “Do not Trespass” sign on Halloween night. The bitter, paranoid old dame, Cryptessa spent her days making enemies with everyone on the street, including Jaine whose cat unwittingly scares to death her pet parakeet. Everyone becomes a suspect, including Jaine whose ape suit was used by killer to commit the murder during a new neighbor’s Halloween party. Jaine had taken the ape suit off to battle taking off her tortuous Tummy Tamer which causes some hilarious moments in the book along with the decapitation of a Buddha statue.

Along with the murder is the competition Jaine has with her neighbor, Lance, over the affections of an attractive new male neighbor whose sexual preferences are in doubt and the exploits of her elderly parents who live in Tampa, especially her father who enters a Halloween garden competition which results in trouble.

The motives for murder are endless and a few skeletons come out the closest regarding some of her neighbors. There’s the barracuda husband and wife realtors whose landscaping Cryptessa had bulldozed, the seemingly sweet old lady whose beloved dog was the object of Cryptessa’s wrath or even her own nephew who is desperate to get his hands on her money.  

This is a fun, hilarious light read and you can’t help but like Jaine, the strawberry scented bubble bath addict with a sweet tooth who gets herself involved in funny moments but who definitely has a knack for solving mysteries. I found once I had started to read this book I couldn’t put it down.


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Monday, 14 October 2013

Roll with it by Nick Place

Detective Senior Sergeant Tony “Rocket” Laver is the sixth Victorian policeman to shoot a suspect in four months.  Suspended from the Major Crime Squad pending an inquiry, and demoted to the Mobile Public Interaction Squad (aka the mountain bike police), he is supposed to help tourists get from Bourke Street to Elizabeth Street and hand out the occasional ticket to haphazard drivers.

Laver may be a tough cop but in his new position, he is able to coax distressed old ladies to co-operate and to turn a blind eye to graffiti artists and a jilted girlfriend defacing her ex’s car.

Bitter, struggling with post traumatic stress of the fatal shooting and a shaky relationship with his fiancĂ©, the career cop still cannot stop his “spider instincts” noticing bad crims Stig and Wild Man.  Laver becomes involved with keeping safe nerdy supermarket assistant Jake who falls for a hippy chick, an ex of Stig.

The author has fleshed out the character of Laver with family, friends, and a love life in reaction to the lone wolf protagonists of other crime stories.

I enjoyed this cop story told with humour also because it is set in a world quintessentially Melbourne with its busy streets and laneways, the ever changing weather, the cafes and the cosmopolitan mix of people.

Hopefully this will be the first of a series.


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