Monday, February 21, 2011

Suggestions From the Group

Here is a list of books from past votes (compiled by a book group member) along with books mentioned by the group as worth while reads.  If I have missed any, or you would like me to add a suggestion, just make a comment below.  If we own the title, I have added the cover below with a link to our catalog.

Happy reading,
Jan

Along Came A Spider (James Patterson), A Bad Day For Sorry (Sophie Littlefield), The Beach House (Jane Green), The Chill of Night (James Hayman), Dream Man (Linda Howard), Guilty Pleasures (Laurell K. Hamilton), Killing Me Softly (Maggie Shayne), The Late Lamented Molly Marx (Sally Koslow), Life Expectancy (Dean Koontz), A Season for the Dead (David Hewson), Shakespeare's Landlord (Charlaine Harris), Shoe Addicts Anonymous (Beth Harbison), Sir Apropos of Noting (Peter David), Sweet Love (Sarah Strohmeyer), True Evil (Greg Iles)

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Friday, February 18, 2011

Second Sight by Amanda Quick (Jayne Ann Krentz)

book jacketThis is our romance selection for March, voted by our book group members.  Hope you enjoy the book and share your comments.
~Jan


Writing as Amanda Quick (Lie by Moonlight, etc.), Jayne Ann Krentz offers another spirited Victorian romance, light on Victorian, heavy on romance. Photographer Venetia Milton supports her brother, sister and maiden aunt while keeping secrets: her late father's bigamy, her paranormal gift for seeing people's auras ("like looking at a negative image of the world") and her more-than-willing ravishment by client Gabriel Jones...


Sarah's recommendation:
I absolutely love all of Amanda Quick's novels.  They usually involve a very strong, independent main female character, which is unusual for the time period in which they are set.  This particular one has the paranormal aspect which is where many of Jayne Ann Krent'z novels have been going lately.


Book member's recommendation: "Jayne is always a good read!"

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Agnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer

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This is our Mystery/Suspense selection for March, voted by our book group members.  Hope you enjoy the book and share your comments.
~Jan 


Food writer Agnes Crandall knows how to use a frying pan to create delicious meals and to deal with difficult men. It's that second skill that gets her into trouble. When a masked intruder tries to take her bloodhound Rhett, Agnes whacks him with a frying pan full of hot raspberry sauce. The teenage dognapper ends up dead; but before the police arrive, Shane, the nephew of an old family friend, turns up at Two Rivers, the faded southern mansion Agnes calls home, to offer his professional services. Shane quickly discovers that while Agnes certainly seems capable of taking care of herself, she could use a little help dealing with a two-timing fiancé, a local crime family determined to kidnap Rhett, and a long-lost fortune. A southern, Mob-flavored, flamingo-motif wedding provides the richly comic setting for the second literary collaboration between the highly entertaining team of Crusie and Mayer. Generously seasoned with an acerbic wit and graced with a wonderfully original pair of protagonists and a wickedly amusing cast of secondary characters, Agnes and the Hitman is fabulous fun.
--Booklist


Suggested by a group member, and also by Jan:
"This was suggested by a member, but Jennifer Crusie is one of my favorite authors.  Her books are always witty and entertaining, although I have never read the ones co-written with Bob Mayer.  I'm sure this will be a fun read."


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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Share your favorite horror!

Hello everyone,

Who are your favorite horror authors and books?  Post a comment with title or author, and I'll add their covers below with a link to our catalog.  The horror genre is not one of my strong areas to discuss, though I have read a few and enjoyed them, especially Stephen King and Anne Rice.  However, I have enlisted the help of all our staff, so I also have their favorites to add. 

Hope to see you in our library someday soon,
Jan

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Friday, February 4, 2011

Vote for February's Books

Our next book group vote is ready to go.  Sarah and I have chosen some of our favorites, along with group suggestions from January's meeting - but remember this vote is only the first round of eliminations, the top three from each category will be voted on in person at our next book group meeting on February 17, 2011 at 6:00 pm.  I will post all the covers below.  If you see any favorites you want encouraged for our next group read, please make a comment. 
~Jan

VOTING HAS CLOSED!
THE WINNERS ARE...
Agnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer
Second Sight by Amanda Quick (Jayne Ann Krentz)


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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Share your favorite thriller/suspense!

Hello everyone,

Who are your favorite thriller/suspense authors and books?  Post a comment with title or author, and I'll add their covers below with a link to our catalog.  Sarah reads more in this genre than I do, so most of these titles come from her, though I do have a few favorites to add.

Hope to see you in our library someday soon,
Jan

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