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Best Mysteries Print Email

Jacket covers from the five titles on this list

Looking for a last minute stocking stuffer for a reader who loves mysteries?  Library Journal picked an interesting five for their "best of mystery" list this year; with the exception of Louise Penny, the other four authors are not so well-known.  Paul Thomas's gritty procedural Death on Demand is set in New Zealand and features a Maori detective.  Other stories on this list will take you to Québec, Korea, and 18th century Europe.

 
Treat Yourself to Seasonal Thrills Print Email

Cover of new Robert B. Parker mystery entitled

Robert B. Parker's famed Boston private eye Spenser returns in time for the holidays in the new mystery Silent Night. Though the manuscript was unfinished at the time of Parker's death in 2010, his longtime agent Helen Brann has filled in the gaps. Spenser is planning his Christmas dinner when he's approached with a high-stakes case. The Street Business shelter, which provides job opportunities for homeless boys, is being threatened by some seriously bad guys, but Spenser is ready to take them head on, as always.

 
Historical Fiction - A Winning List Print Email

Jacket covers from five books on this list

Library Journal's editors have pegged some uncontestable winners in this best of 2013 historical fiction list.  The Good Lord Bird by James McBride won the National Book Award for fiction this year, and Life after Life was also picked as a best book of the year by Amazon, Publishers Weekly and Bookmarks magazine.  If you recall, Thomas Keneally is the author of Schindler's List; his novel Daughters of Mars travels back to WWI and two Australian sisters who volunteer as nurses.  If you are a Jane Austen or Downton Abbey fan, don't miss Jo Baker's retelling of Pride and Prejudice (where Elizabeth and Darcy take a backseat).  Turn-of-the-century East Texas is the setting for Joe R. Lansdale's The Thicket, a coming-of-age story laced with grave diggers, bank robbing bandits, and even a bounty-hunting dwarf named Shorty!

 
Best in Christian Fiction Print Email

Library Journal's Best of 2013 in Christian fiction list includes stories set in places as diverse as a medieval fantasy world and an Old Order Mennonite community, and topics ranging from domestic abuse to a fictional examination of Judas Iscariot's life.  Terri Blackstock is an extremely well-known CF author, but the other four authors might be new discoveries for readers of this genre.  I like that they have highlighted two books that are first titles in intended series - something to look forward to reading in the future if you enjoy these first-in-series titles!  Next week we'll take a look at their picks in historical fiction.

 
Library Journal's Top Ten Titles Print Email

Jacket covers from three books on the LJ Top Ten list - The Panopticon, The Searchers, and A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

Library Journal (LJ) is arguably the most trusted and respected journal for the library community; each year, their reviewers evaluate 8000+ books, ebooks, audiobooks, videos/DVDs, databases, systems and websites!  (Did you know that our library director Christine Perkins is a long-time reviewer for LJ? Click here to read her review from the October 1st issue.)  Their end-of-the-year lists are particularly good and usually include plenty of titles not found on other more commercial lists.  Starting with their Top Ten list, we'll feature other LJ "best of" lists through the end of the year.  Of these top ten titles, LJ says that together they "form a picture of humanity’s struggle against injustices great and small but also kept us up late turning the pages."  Enjoy!

 
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