A review of Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd: A Flavia de Luce Novel by Alan Bradley

I was so excited when my co-worker Jane gave me the galley to Alan Bradley's lastest novel, Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd: A Flavia de Luce Novel. My favoirte precocious sleuth has returned. She is a bit wiser and more grownup, but she's still Flavia, twelve going on thrity. Flavia de Luce, has returned home to England after being kicked out of her Canadian boarding school. It's more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
June 27, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of How to Be a Victorian: A Dawn-to-Dusk Guide to Victorian Life by Ruth Goodman

Has there ever quite been an era like the years of Victoria’s reign? Between 1837 and 1901, the world saw tremendous change in technology, politics and social standards, particularly in Britain. It’s a time that’s always held a particular fascination with modern thought—how many times has the liberality of our times been compared to the straight-laced, everyone-in-their-place conception of Victorian society? But what really was it like to live as an ordinary person in Victorian England? more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
June 23, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain

The next Big Library Read from Wisconsin's Digital Library, OverDrive, will start tomorrow and will run from June 23rd – July 7th, 2016. The Big Library Read offers simultaneous use of A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain for community-wide access.  What is Big Library Read? Big Library Read is the worldwide digital version more

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June 22, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of First Star I See Tonight by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Susan Elizabeth Phillips was an auto-read author for me for a long time, and then for some reason, probably because of the hundreds of other books vying for my attention, she fell out of sight for me. So when I received a pre-publication of her latest I thought I'd check her out again. And I'm happy I did. This one is sparkly (and not just on the cover). Snarky humor and sharp dialogue spoken by clever characters makes this a a sparkly read. Piper Dove is desperate to make her detective agency more

Reviewed by Jane J on
June 21, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of A Front Page Affair by Radha Vatsal

The Lusitania has recently been sunk. World War I is on going and the United States is trying to stay neutral. That is the setting for a new historical mystery set in 1915 New York City. The main character of more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
June 20, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of What in the World: Numbers in Nature by Nancy Raines Day

This unique counting and concept book is a beautifully illustrated excursion into the natural world that invites readers to count sets of things. “What comes one by one? A nose. A mouth. The moon. The sun.”  Realistically rendered illustrations provide a close-up view of the things being counted, five starfish cluster on a wet rock at the beach, with the foaming wave receding on a sandy beach, barnacles, sand dollars and sea shells all around. Kurt Cyrus (Tadpole Rex and The Voyage of more

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June 17, 2016 | 0 comments
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July Titles Midsummer tends to see a bit of a slowing in publishing compared to the big releases of June, but this July still has its share of notable titles. It’s a good month for authors undertaking their sophomore efforts: both Jessie Burton (last year’s bestseller The Miniaturist) and Eleanor Brown (author of The Weird Sisters more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
June 16, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Booked by Kwame Alexander

Let me think of a few words to describe reading a book about a 12-year-old boy whose father is a linguistics professor and famous author of the "Weird and Wonderful Words" dictionary, and who attends a school where the coolest adult is the rapping librarian. Enchantment. Enthrallment. Estimation. Now let me think of a few words to describe my feelings about a boy character using clever word play to describe assigned reading including but not limited to more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
June 15, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of The Study of Seduction by Sabrina Jeffries

What happens when circumstances bring together a curmudgeon and a beautiful independent woman? Sit back and watch the sparks fly between old friends. Edwin and Clarissa may think that they don't suit, but as the story unfolds in The Sinful Suitors series second novel, The Study of Seduction, we discover that where there's smoke there's fire.   The story begins at St George's Club. Three men--Warren more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
June 14, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Mr. Splitfoot by Samantha Hunt

A friend pointed me in the direction of this book. Not because she'd read it, but because the flap copy says the author is "in the company of Kelly Link," and my friend knows that I am a hand-to-your-heart gigantic superfan of Kelly Link. If you haven't read her, stop what you're doing and put one of her books on hold. You won't regret it. Anyway. Samantha Hunt lived up to the promise big time. Mr. Splitfoot more

Reviewed by Beth on
June 13, 2016 | 0 comments
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