February 2023 Book Discussion

musical chairs 2 Please join the Tuesday Evening Book Group at 7 pm on February 28 for our discussion of Musical Chairs by Amy Poeppel. This contemporary novel is full of family, humor and drama, music, home repairs and falling in love. My earlier review is here.

Copies of the book are available for checkout at the Circulation Desk, and eBook and eAudiobook copies are available from Media on Demand/Libby.

Please register at the Computer Help Desk or online.

Hope to see you there!

Brenda

January 2023 Book Discussion

mystery of mrs. christie jacketPlease join the Tuesday Evening Book Group at 7 pm on January 24 for our discussion of The Mystery of Mrs. Christie by Marie Benedict in the 2nd floor Meeting Room. This is a historical mystery, based on the real-life disappearance of young English mystery writer Agatha Christie in December 1926, after an argument with her husband Archie. Agatha never revealed what happened while she was gone; this is one writer’s take on what might have happened and why. Here’s my earlier review. Copies of the book are available for checkout at the Circulation Desk, and eBook copies are available from Media on Demand/Libby, Hoopla Digital, and eRead Illinois. Please register online here, or at the Computer Help Desk.

Brenda

November 2022 Book Discussion

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Please join the Tuesday Evening Book Group at 7pm on November 29* for our discussion of Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus. In this first novel, Elizabeth Zott is a chemist in the early 1960s who becomes the host of an unexpectedly popular television cooking show. My earlier review is here.

Copies of the book are available for checkout at the Circulation Desk. eBook and eAudiobook copies are available from Media on Demand/Libby. Please register online or at the Computer Help Desk.

*Note different week. We are meeting on the 5th Tuesday, the week after Thanksgiving.

Hope to see you here!

Brenda

October 2022 Book Discussion

Please join the Tuesday Evening Book Group at 7 pm on October 25 in the 2nd floor Meeting Room for our discussion of The Violin Conspiracy by Brendan Slocumb. This debut novel is about a young Black musician whose violin is stolen on the eve of an international music competition. My earlier review is here. Copies of the book will be available for checkout at the Circulation Desk. Visit Media on Demand/Libby or eRead Illinois for eBook or eAudiobook copies. Please register online or at the Computer Help Desk.

Hope to see you here!

Brenda

September 2022 Book Discussion

last-thing-jacketPlease join the Tuesday Evening Book Group at 7 pm on September 26 for our discussion of The Last Thing He Told Me by Laura Dave. This compelling novel of suspense features Hannah, who finds that she knows little about her husband Owen’s past until he goes missing, leaving her to protect her teen stepdaughter, Bailey. My earlier review is here

Copies of the book are available at the Circulation Desk. eBook and eAudiobook copies are available from Media on Demand/Libby and from eRead Illinois. Please register online or at the Computer Help Desk.

Hope to see you here!

Brenda

 

July 2022 Book Discussion

Please join the Tuesday Evening Book Group at 7 pm on July 26 to discuss Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey, an intriguing blend of mystery and fantasy. My earlier review is here. We plan to meet outside on the plaza between the library and the village hall, weather permitting, or in the 2nd floor Meeting Room if needed. We will provide chairs, lanterns, and refreshments. 

Copies of the book are available for checkout at the Circulation Desk. Visit Libby/Media on Demand, Hoopla Digital, or eRead Illinois for e-book and downloadable audiobook copies. Please register online or at the Computer Help Desk.

Hope to see you on the plaza!

Brenda

A Pair of Mystery Story Collections

I recently had the good fortune to read two new collections of mystery short stories. This is my idea of perfect armchair or bedtime summer reading, as the stories are focused on character and setting, but not so much on a detailed plot.

Bruno’s Challenge and Other Stories of the French Countryside by Martin Walker

If you’d like to read about Bruno, Chief of Police visiting the weekly market in St. Denis France, and then cooking or enjoying the local food and drink with a collection of villagers, then look no further. Berries from a local French or farmer’s market make an excellent accompaniment to the stories. Occasional trips around the southwest region of France, horseback riding, and a cave in Lascaux add to the ambience. The mysteries are slight and easily solved by Bruno and company. The other 14 books begin with Bruno, Chief of Police. Some of these get rather dark in tone, though the writing and setting are always top notch.

The Lady With the Gun Asks the Questions by Kerry Greenwood

If you’d rather visit Melbourne, Australia in 1928 or 1929, the delightful Miss Phryne Fisher will be your guide. Elegant, witty, and streetwise, Phryne is delightful and extremely well-dressed company, who occasionally takes justice into her own hands. Raised poor and currently rich and generous, Phryne shines in a wide variety of settings and mysteries. Sometimes the mystery is simply to discover if there’s actually been a crime, or just an accident. Another story features an eloping couple and no crime at all. Four of these stories are brand new; some older stories have been recently revised. Phryne is popular for the television series Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, and has delighted mystery readers in 21 other books, beginning with Cocaine Blues and (so far) ending with Death in Daylesford.

Brenda

June 2022 Book Discussion

Please join the Tuesday Evening Book Group at 7 pm on June 28 for our discussion of Better Luck Next Time by Julia Clairborne Johnson. We plan to meet outside on the plaza between the library and the village hall, weather permitting, or inside off the the lobby as needed. We will have chairs and lanterns; feel free to bring your own lawn chair. Better Luck Next Time is a historical novel set in 1938 on a dude ranch near Reno. My earlier review is here

Copies of the book are available for checkout at the Circulation Desk. Visit Libby/Media on Demand, Hoopla Digital, or eRead Illinois for e-book and downloadable audiobook copies. Please register online or at the Computer Help Desk. Hope to see you on the plaza!

Brenda

May 2022 Book Discussion

Please join the Tuesday Evening Book Group at 7 pm on May 24 for our in-person discussion of Apples Never Fall, by Liane Moriarty, a contemporary novel about a recently retired couple and their four children, and what happens after someone goes missing. See my earlier review here. Copies of the book are available for check out at the Circulation Desk. eBook and eAudiobook copies are available at Media on Demand/Libby and at eRead Illinois.   Please register online or at the Computer Help Desk. Hope to see you here!

Brenda