Wednesday, May 22, 2013

I have been a fan of the murder mystery since, at a tender age, I first discovered Hercule Poirot and Nero Wolfe. You see, I was an voracious reader and my parents allowed me to read these classic series. To this day, I find mysteries highly entertaining.

When I looked at my list of books (yes, I do keep a list of everything I have read), I realized that I have gone into "Summer Reading" mode and have begun to read mysteries. It helps that my favorite authors have written new books this Spring.

Murder in the Palais Royal by Cara Black is set in Paris of the 1990s  and features Aimée Leduc, owner of a detective agency specializing in corporate security.
First in the series: Murder in the Marias

Drawing Conclusions by Dona Leon is set in Venice and features Commisario Guido Brunetti along with Sergente Vianello and the well-connected Signorina Elettra.
First in the series: Death at La Fenice

Night Rounds by Helene Tursten is set in Goteborg, Sweden and features Irene Huss, a detective inspector in the Violent Crimes Unit.
First in the series: Detective Inspector Huss

Leaving Everything Most Loved by Jacqueline Winspear set in London during the 1920s and 1930s and features the clever Maisie Dobbs, a psychologist and investigator.
First in the series: Maisie Dobbs

Death of Yesterday by M.C. Beaton is set in Lochdubh, Scotland and features the red- haired, unambitious Hamish Macbeth.
First in the series: Death of a Gossip
(Another series and just as much fun: Agatha Raisin, a London advertising retiree living in the Cotswolds, England. First in the series: Agatha Raisin and the Quiche of Death)

Midnight at Marble Arch by Anne Perry is set in Vicorian London and features Policeman Thomas and Charlotte Pitt and the elegant Lady Vespasia. First in the series: The Cater Street Hangman (Another series by Anne Perry: again, set in Victorian London features William Monk police inspector, later a private detective and the feisty Hester.First in the Series: The Face of a Stranger

The Woman who Wouldn't Die by Colin Cotterrill is set in 1970s Laos and features the wonderful Dr. Siri Paiboun, the 70-something national coroner and shaman, Nurse Dtui, and Geung, who assist him in the morgue.
First in the series: The Coroner's Lunch

The Bookseller by Mark Pryoris set in modern day Paris and features Hugo Marston the head of security at the US embassy in Paris. This is the first in what I hope will be a long series.
Next in the series: The Crypt Thief

The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths is set on the saltmarsh near Norfolk, England and features Ruth Galloway, a forensic archaeologist, and Harry Nelson, a detective chief inspector. A library customer recommended this series. She said she could not put these down. First in the series: The Crossing Places

For those you who prefer something of the non-mystery variety....

Requiem by Frances Itani
In 1942 the government removed Bin Okuma's family from their home on British Columbia’s west coast and forced them into internment camps. One hundred miles from the “Protected Zone”’ they formed makeshift communities. Fifty years later, Bin embarks on an unforgettable journey into his past. He travels across the country to find the biological father who made a fateful decision that nearly destroyed the family.

A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy
Stoneyville is a small town on the coast of Ireland where all the families know each other. When Chicky decides to take an old decaying mansion, Stone House, and turn it into a restful place for a holiday by the sea, the town thinks she is crazy. She is helped by Rigger (a bad boy turned good who is handy around the place) and her niece Orla (a whiz at business). Finally the first week of paying guests arrive.
The Supremes at Earls All-You Can-Eat by Edward Kelsey Moore
Meet Odette, Clarice, and Barbara Jean. Earl's All-You-Can-Eat is home away from home for this inseparable Plainview, Indiana, trio. Dubbed The Supremes by high school pals in the tumultuous 1960s, they weather life's storms together for the next four decades.

The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout
Haunted by the freak accident that killed their father when they were children, Jim and Bob Burgess escaped from their Maine hometown as soon as they could. Jim, a corporate lawyer, has belittled his big-hearted brother their whole lives, and Bob, a Legal Aid attorney who idolizes Jim, has always taken it in stride. But their long-standing dynamic is upended when their sister, Susan, urgently calls them home. Her son is in a world of trouble, and Susan desperately needs their help.

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
"What if you could live again and again, until you got it right? On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. Does Ursula's apparently infinite number of lives give her the power to save the world from its inevitable destiny? And if she can -- will she? Darkly comic, startlingly poignant, and utterly original -- this is Kate Atkinson at her absolute best. "-- Provided by publisher.

Ah.... a glass of Iced Tea or Lemonade and a good mystery or any other good book!
Happy Reading!
Peggy @ Woods Branch


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

E-Reader Big Library Read

Overdrive is sponsoring the "Big Library Read."  For the next two weeks there will be unlimited access for Grosse Pointe patrons to the downloadable e-book Four Corners of the Sky.

Here is more info from their blog:

Today is the rollout of the Big Library Read pilot. This pilot program allows millions of patrons from more than 7,500 participating libraries to simultaneously read Michael Malone’s critically-acclaimed ‘Four Corners of the Sky’ in OverDrive Read, Kindle and EPUB formats. Big Library Read enables users from 10 different countries on five different continents to join in one of the largest global reading events ever to occur. From now until June 1st, users will be able to log in to their digital library website and check out this wonderful tale about love, secrets and the mysterious bonds only families can form.

During this campaign, we will post discussion questions on Facebook and Twitter, so be sure to encourage your staff and patrons to follow us and Michael Malone and be a part of the dialogue. In addition, there will be a worldwide conversation using the hashtag #BigLibraryRead, so tweet your thoughts often. Next week, the book’s publisher, Sourcebooks, will host a live Facebook chat with author Michael Malone, enabling readers to have their questions answered in real time. More details will be coming soon.

If you would like to participate in this chat, please send questions during the week to us on Twitter (@OverDriveLibs) and stay tuned for more information. This program is the first of its kind, so head to your library’s digital collection to check out the title and join the #BigLibraryRead conversation!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Hearing Challenges

Do you have ringing in your ears (tinnitus), miss pieces of conversation or laugh at jokes without hearing a punch line?  Learn more about causes, possible cures and misleading marketing for tinnitus cures and hearing aids from an expert.  Jill Wells, AuD, the Lead Audiologist for St John Hospital and Medical Center, is an experienced clinical audiologist with over 20 years practice in ear, hearing and balance testing. She will give the final talk for this year's GPPL Senior Symposium on Wednesday, May 15.  Refreshments available at 1:30, with program to follow at 2:00 p.m. at the Ewald Branch.  Sign up on the online calendar, or call 313-343-2072.

Saturday, May 04, 2013

Rivera's Detroit: the Detroit Industry Murals

Diego Rivera considered the Detroit Industry murals the most successful of his career, yet they sparked controversy when installed 80 years ago at the Detroit Institute of Arts.  Scott Boberg, Head of Interpretive Programs with the DIA, will explore the DIA's signature artwork and the stories behind it on Wednesday, May 8 at the Ewald Branch.  This program is part of the library's Senior Symposium series. Light refreshments will be available at 1:30 p.m., followed by the program at 2:00.  There is no charge, but registration is recommended.  Register online or call 313-343-2072.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Grosse Pointe Public Library and the Wayne County Community College District are joining forces once again to bring an outstanding program to Grosse Pointe.

What is the program? A presentation and panel discussion on Detroit Future City with George W. Jackson, Jr., President and CEO of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation;  Dan Kinkead, Director of the Detroit Future City Program Management Office;  and Laura Trudeau, Senior Program Director of the Kresge Foundation.  The panel of experts will be moderated by John Gallagher, Journalist, Author and Architecture and Business Writer at the Detroit Free Press.  His latest book is Revolution Detroit.

What is Detroit Future City? Detroit Future City is a comprehensive strategic framework to help a variety of stakeholders -- community groups, philanthropy, business entities and economic developers, government, investors, and more -- make decisions around a shared vision that improves the quality of life for all.

When?  Tuesday, May 14, 7:30 p.m.

Where?  The Grosse Pointe War Memorial, 32 Lake Shore Road in Grosse Pointe Farms

The program is free of charge, but seating is limited.   Please reserve a spot by calling the library at 313-343-2074 x222 or register on the library's online calendar.

Monday, April 22, 2013

2013 Senior Symposium

You may not know it by the temperature outside, but the month of May is right around the corner and so is GPPL's Senior Symposium.
May 1:  Jazz historian and collector Stu Johnson will present a musical slide show, A Travelogue in Jazz - the Cities, with stops in Kalamazoo, Paducah, Monterey, New York and more.  Johnson is a member of the Michigan Jazz Record Collectors, with a special interest in Dixieland jazz.  He has been lecturing in Michigan since 2007. 
May 8:  Explore the stories behind Rivera's Detroit:  the Detroit Industry Murals.  This year marks the 80th anniversary of the DIA's signature artwork by Diego Rivera.  Controversial when installed, these are now widely admired and a prime attraction at the museum.
May 15:  Jill Wells, lead audiologist with St. John Hospital and Medical Center, presents Tinnitus & Other Hearing Challenges on May 15. Do you have ringing in your ears (tinnitus), miss pieces of conversation or lugh at jokes without hearing a punch line?  Learn from the expert about causes, possible cures and misleading marketing for tinnitus cures and hearing aids.
All programs will be held at the Ewald Branch.  Light refreshments will be available at 1:30 p.m., followed by the program at 2:00 p.m.  Admission is free of charge, but seating is limited.  Please reserve a seat on the online calendar, or call 313-343-2072.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

What We Are Reading Now...

No author evokes working class Boston more than Dennis Lehane. His thoughts on the tragic events of the Boston marathon appear in the New York Times today, in the op-ed piece “Messing with the Wrong City.”
Lehane's books can be taut, suspenseful entertainment, yes, but so much more. The characters are complex and ambiguous and the depiction of Boston seems to come straight from the heart. In the words of critic Pam Lambert, they have "a sense of place as palpable as the pungent tang of garlic in the North End air."
Several of his books have been made into terrific movies as well, including Mystic River, Shutter Island and Gone Baby Gone. Lehane's two most recent books are a slight departure in genre and take place in a Boston of the past.  Live by Night is set during Prohibition, and is nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel this year.  It follows The Given Day, in which the Boston Police Strike as well as the Molasses Disaster of 1919 are brought vividly to life. 
All are recommended. 
The library has many of Lehane's books in audio and ebook as well as good old paper.