April Staff Picks

Shepherd Park/Juanita E. Thornton Library

April Staff Picks

Head west, walk the streets of Paris, and uncover mysteries in 19th century Great Britain. Below are titles I enjoyed reading this month. Copies are available to check out and download from the library.

My Calamity Jane by Cynthia Hand et al.
In 1876, Wild Bill's Traveling Show is a must-see in the country. For the show's lead stars, Calamity Jane and Frank "the Pistol Prince" Butler, it's a cover for hunting garou (werewolves) during tour stops. Annie Oakley, who's eager to join the show, helps the two during a garou sighting outside of town. Unfortunately, Calamity Jane is bitten by a garou during the fight and begins to see suspicious symptoms. With rumors of a garou cure in Deadwood, Jane heads there and discovers not everything is what it seems. The gang must get to Deadwood before they're a day late and a Jane short. An exciting story with plenty of amusing and informative asides and comments from the authors!

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
In this classic literary memoir, Ernest Hemingway recounts his life in Paris during the early 1920s. At the time, he had left his journalism job and had rented an apartment with his first wife Hadley. Hemingway writes about fellow authors, developing his craft of writing, and his trips outside of Paris. Hemingway's observations and thoughts are funny, sharp, or critical. I enjoyed reading about Paris through Hemingway's eyes and recognized some of the places he mentions. Archival photos accompany the text. Recommended if you enjoyed the new Ken Burns documentary on PBS!

The Diabolical Bones by Bella Ellis
The second and new Bronte Sisters Mysteries novel featuring Charlotte, Emily and Anne as detectors (detectives)!  In December 1845, the three sisters are busy with their writing at Haworth Parsonage and preparing for Christmas. One evening, their housekeeper Tabby tells them about a child's skeleton found in the chimney of a neighbor's home. News of the discovery spreads throughout the surrounding countryside. Because the owner won't allow the body to be buried, his adult son sneaks it out of the house, and the Bronte sisters start their investigation. What happens next reveals an unsolved disappearance and someone using the investigation as a trap for the three sisters.

A Wicked Conceit by Anna Lee Huber
Edinburgh, Scotland, March 1832. Kiera and Sebastian Gage are expecting their first child. There's a new novel and play about Bonnie Brock Kincaid, the prominent criminal gang leader in the city. Both are popular with people wanting more. Bonnie Brock is furious and confronts the Gages for answers. The couple's investigation takes a turn when a local publisher is found dead, and the crime scene appears to be inspired by the play. Meanwhile Kiera is reconciling with her sister Alana and keeping a family secret from Sebastian that she learned two months ago. The Gages' investigation closes in on the murderer, leading them to the underground vaults of Edinburgh for a showdown. This novel is the ninth installment in the Lady Darby Mystery series.