June Staff Picks

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June Staff Picks

A gold watch causes trouble. A young couple must save their homeland. A teen talks to ghosts. Below are titles I read and enjoyed this month. Copies can be checked out or downloaded with your library card.

The Deadly Hours by Susanna Kearsley, C.S. Harris, Anna Lee Huber, and Christine Trent
Four best selling historical mystery authors collaborate in their first short story collection about a beautiful gold watch causing trouble through the centuries. When the watch was stolen, it was believed to be cursed by a bishop, or so goes the story.The watch features a mermaid and fine details on its casings. In each of the four stories, the watch has traveled to Italy, Edinburgh, London, and Germany. The main characters must solve a crime involving the watch and how to get rid of it. The four elements of water, earth, air, and fire also feature in each novella. Who knew a gold watch could cause so much trouble in history?
Of interest, Christine Trent is a Maryland novelist.

Flamebringer by Elle Katharine White
Dragons and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen are blended together in this fantasy trilogy! As the story opens, Lord Alastair and Lady Aliza Daired and their dragon Akarra are far from home. An icy storm has them trapped. A sworn enemy, who's back from the dead, is threatening the Kingdom of Arle. The couple do get home only to hear news the royal capital is under threat. It will take more than dragonfire and steel for their mission. A mysterious ambassador from another kingdom is on the way. When the Daireds and their extended family travel to the capital, a major battle will determine the future of the kingdom. This is the third and final novel in the "Heartstone" trilogy--I recommend reading the books in order!

The Library of the Dead by T.L. (Tendai) Huchu
In post apocalyptic Edinburgh, Ropa Moyo talks to ghosts on behalf of family members. It seems to be a harmless job--Ropa needs the money to support her grandmother and young sister. (Her grandmother also was a ghostalker) When a client begs for Ropa to find her missing kid, it's one in a series of mysterious disappearances in the city. One day, Ropa goes with her friend Jomo to a mysterious library underneath the city. It's the start of Ropa's education in magic. Her new skills are put to the test when Ropa sees someone from her past, leading to a showdown with who's been behind all the disappearances. A fast paced and fantastic read! The author combines elements of his native Zimbabwe and Scotland. If you look closely at the cover, you'll see details of Edinburgh's skyline and landmarks.

Honorable Mention
Kingdom of Sea and Stone by Mara Rutherford
In the sequel to Crown of Coral and Pearl, Nor must find a way to save her seaside village from a powerful young king.

Lightbringer by Claire Legrand
Centuries apart, Rielle and Eliana battle the angel Corien in this third and final installment of the best selling teen fantasy "Empirium Trilogy."