September Staff Picks

Takoma Park Library

September Staff Picks

Retracing George Washington's travels in the modern day. A lady's maid with connections to a dangerous enemy. Here are two adult titles I enjoyed reading this month. Copies are available to check out and download from the library system.

Murder Most Fair by Anna Lee Huber
Following events from their last case, Verity and Sidney Kent are off to the Yorkshire Dales. It's been five years since Verity has been home to see her parents. Verity also is grieving for her brother Rob who was killed in action during the war. One evening Great Aunt Ilse Vischering arrives with her new maid Bauer; Verity is shocked and delighted to see her. Aunt Ilse explains there's nothing left for her in post war Germany. The Kents observe that the war has affected the village of Hawes (where Verity's family lives), and Sidney gets attention for his military service from the locals. Throughout their stay, Great Aunt Ilse and her maid are treated with suspicion and distrust by the household servants. One day, Miss Bauer is found dead in a nearby barn. Verity wonders if there is a connection to her war time work in the British secret service and a powerful British lord who's been involved in suspicious business dealings. As the Kents investigate the murder, they discover the dark side of the Dales and the locals.
This novel is the fifth installment in the "Verity Kent Mystery" series. It's best to read this series in order since plot lines build in each book.

Travels with George: In Search of Washington and His Legacy by Nathaniel Philbrick
In 1789, President George Washington took his first tour of the new United States. He bought a special carriage for the trip and was accompanied by a small staff from Mount Vernon. His wife Martha later would join him in New York City. Washington used these regional tours as an opportunity to meet with local citizens and see the various industries firsthand. These tours would influence Washington's decisions for the nation during his administration. Later trips in 1790 and 1791 were to New England, Long Island, NY, and and the South. Prior to his regional tours, Washington provided detailed itineraries to his staff and cabinet so official couriers could reach him at anytime. Each section features maps of Washington's travel route in the region. Of local interest, the author details Washington's stay in Georgetown for the decision to relocate the capital from New York City and meet with prominent local stakeholders. The author and his wife took two week trips retracing Washington's tours and visiting the places the president went. Some sites in the book can be visited today; others are long gone. A fascinating read with travelogue! Black and white archival images and photos of the author on the road accompany the text.
~Elisa Babel, Adult Librarian