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A review of The Mitford Murders by Jessica Fellowes

Jessica Fellowes, niece of that other guy who wrote Downton Abbey, is best known for her nonfiction books about that show. Here in her debut novel, she blends fact and fiction to great effect. The facts: Florence Nightingale Shore, goddaughter to the famed nurse, was attacked on a train in January, 1920 and died a few days later from her injuries. No one was ever arrested for the crime. Also fact, the Mitfords were (are) gentry in England and the sisters later become famed for being part of the ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
January 18, 2018 | 0 comments
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Reader Spotlight We're mixing things up a little on MADreads! Instead of hearing from library staff, today we're talking with one of our library partners about what they're reading - Poet Fabu. You may have seen her leading Kwanzaa celebrations at the Goodman South Madison Library this past December, or at any one of a number of events around town. This January and February, you can see and hear from her and two other Madison-area authors, Sherry Lucille and Catrina Sparkman, at the ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
January 17, 2018 | 0 comments
A review of Beautiful Lies by Jessica Warman

Beautiful Lies was an amazing book. The fact that it offered many experiences that I haven't been exposed to was incredible. It showed me what could happen with a problem that I may not currently face. Somehow, even though the story was very different from my life, I was still able to relate with the character. I knew how she felt when her twin disappeared as I would be devastated if one of my siblings just disappeared mysteriously. I would definitely recommend this book as well as ...read more

Reviewed by Teen Reviewer on
January 16, 2018 | 0 comments
A review of Brave Chef Brianna by Jillian Crab

A famous chef and restaurateur in failing health decides to pit his children against one another in order for one of them to achieve the rights to his successful empire.  All of the children (12 boys!) and one daughter, Brianna Jakobsson, must start a new restaurant.  The child with the most successful restaurant wins the inheritance.  Each restaurant must be in a different town and all of the children must open their restaurant without any assistance from their father.  ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
January 12, 2018 | 0 comments
A review of Queen Victoria’s Matchmaking: The Royal Marriages That Shaped Europe by Deborah Cadbury

Many a bride or groom in history have been plagued by meddlesome relatives with opinions, solicited or otherwise, on the proper course a couple should—or shouldn’t—take in the path to wedded bliss. There is, after all, one’s happiness at stake. But let’s for a moment take a moment to feel for the offspring of that great matriarch, Queen Victoria. The queen and her beloved husband, Prince Albert, were graced with nine children, who in turn begat 42 grandchildren. To Albert, this ‘royal mob’ wasn ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
January 10, 2018 | 0 comments
Vacation Reading, continued Last week I posted about the lighter reading I did over the holiday vacation, but that was only half the picture. Here's the darker side. With her standalone novels Nora Roberts has been stretching herself a bit more each year and the balance has definitely tipped towards suspense/mystery with some romance. Her latest, not due until May but in LINKcat already, reflects the trend. Shelter in Place begins ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
January 9, 2018 | 0 comments
A review of The Power by Naomi Alderman

Teenage girls across the world begin to develop the ability to shoot electricity out of their hands. I know, I don't need to write anything else - you want to read it already, right? It's just an amazing premise for a novel! In The Power by Naomi Alderman, we see what happens when girls discover that they are becoming physically more powerful than men. The electricity they can channel can cause incredible pain, and while this certainly doesn't make females invincible, it does ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
January 8, 2018 | 0 comments
A review of Old Tracks, New Tricks by Jessica Peterson

Wooden train tracks are good for more than just trains, and this story proves it. It's told in rhyme, with a combination of text boxes and word balloons, and illustrated with colorful photos. The train tracks and toy trains themselves can speak, and the tracks prove to the trains that they have lots of different uses. There's a bonus section at the end showing how you, too, can recreate the fun experiences shown in the book. This is a great STEM read that should inspire lots of play and ...read more

Reviewed by Janelle on
January 5, 2018 | 0 comments
A review of Beau Death by Peter Lovesey

Peter Diamond may wince at being called the ‘veteran superintendent’ of the Bath, England police force, but it will prove impossible to escape historical comparisons with the city’s newest crime scene. Or maybe it’s the oldest crime scene? The recent demolition of eighteenth century row houses reveals a literal skeleton in the attic of one of the condemned buildings—and this one happens to be unmistakably dressed as Beau Nash, one of Bath’s most famous denizens, in authentic 1760s-era clothing ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
January 3, 2018 | 0 comments
Vacation Reading I often read a fair amount of reading (understatement) over holidays and vacations but for this most recent bout of holiday days off I topped myself. Mostly because it's just been so darn cold! What else is there to do other then huddle under a blanket and read? All this is to say, I may have several posts of vacation reads.  I'll start today with a couple of the more romance-y titles. The Wedding Date ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
January 2, 2018 | 0 comments
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