The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
If you liked Gone Girl and Girl on the Train, add this book to your summer reading list. Lily Kanter is an expert at planning and justifying the murder of individuals who she feels do not deserve to live. She offers to help a man she meets at an airport bar murder his wife who is having an affair. Lily’s interesting back story is interwoven with the other characters whose moral compass is also off. The plot has enough surprise twist and turns to keep you turning the pages. A good summer read.
Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling)
Career of Evil begins when a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, Private Detective Cormoran Strike’s “Girl Friday”, and she discovers it to be a woman’s severed leg. Strike and Robin go through his past and all over the U.K. to determine which of four men could be responsible for such a heinous act. The third (and most twisted) of the Cormoran Strike series maintains the same dry humor and chilling revelations as the earlier two novels. The entire series is clever, surprising, and suspenseful but I would highly recommend starting the series with the first book, The Cuckoo’s Calling. Written by Robert Galbraith, a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling (possibly the worst kept secret in the publishing world), Rowling brings the same gift of storytelling and intricate plot that she did to the Harry Potter series. Highly recommend to all lovers of crime fiction.
Exit, Pursued By A Bear by E.K. Johnston
Give a young adult book a try! Hermione Winters is the captain of the school cheerleading team. On the annual trip to cheerleading camp, she is drugged and assaulted. The focus of this novel is Hermione’s refusal to be treated as a victim. She leans on her good girlfriends, supportive parents and personal strength. It is a young adult book but very readable for an adult.
The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah
Tired of rereading Agatha Christie to fulfill your love of classic British mysteries? Hercule Poirot returns after 40 years and author Sophie Hannah, with the authorization of the Christie estate, does an admirable job. While taking some time away from detective work, Poirot is drawn into the investigation of a triple murder in London. Putting his “little grey cells” to work with the help of Scotland Yard Inspector Catchpool brings many of the typical Christie elements into play. Multiple suspects, numerous clues and a true portrayal of Poirot makes for a satisfying read.
Lin/Technical Services Assistant Librarian
My Life in France by Julia Child and Alex Prud’homme
Julia Child was one of the first well known TV chefs. Her husband, Paul Child, an American civil servant and diplomat, was assigned to Paris after the war. With time on her hands, Julia decided to take cooking lessons at the Cordon Bleu after experiencing and enjoying the wonderful cuisine of France. The memoir, based on her many letters written to family members over the years, brings the reader into the world of food and France and makes one want to sit down to a good dinner and say “Bon Appetit!”.
Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
Set in 1950 New Orleans, Josie Moraine, a spunky young woman has made her own way, working in a local bookstore in exchange for a safe place to sleep and cleaning the brothel to earn money toward her planned escape from the Big Easy. Filled with intrigue, romance, and mystery; Josie’s strong spirit and feistiness will pull you right in.
Kim/Adult Services Librarian
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Mr. Rothfuss’ take on magic is a good one. It centers around binding two objects together to impact one with the other. For instance, a piece of wood could be bound to a tree and muttering a few choice words will set the wood on fire, which in turn would set the tree on fire. Interesting stuff. More interesting is the power of names, hence the title of the book. His take is that everything has a name of its own, one separate from the name humans give it.