Library Column for January 30, 2019

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This week includes more books to read while in full hibernation mode. Last week I talked about suspense and psychological thrillers to keep you warm. This week’s titles are historical but still plenty of action.

Maisie Dobbs continues to investigate in To Die But Once by Jacqueline Winspear. She started as a young private investigator shortly after serving as a nurse during World War I and fifteen books later in the spring of 1940 as Great Britain realizes that war again will require great sacrifice, Maisie tries to solve the disappearance of a young apprentice working on a hush-hush government contract.

Three authors, Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig and Karen White wrote the book The Forgotten Room about three generations of women, now they are back with The Glass Ocean about three women and their links to the doomed passenger liner RMS Lusitania.

Move to New York’s Grand Central Terminal and meet two women fifty years apart who are striving to make their mark on the world. Fiona Davis, of The Dollhouse and The Address fame returns with The Masterpiece.

A well-known historian – if you follow Tudor history anyway, has written her first fiction title, the first of a planned trilogy about the close of the Tudor era and the beginning of the Stuart Reign. The King’s Witch by Tracy Borman follows the ups and downs of Frances Gorges, nurse, witch and pawn of her family as the court intrigue heats up.

Charles Todd recently released the tenth Bess Crawford mystery, A Forgotten Place. It is the end of World War I, but the suffering hasn’t stopped with the silencing of the guns and the signing of the Armistice. Bess is working with soldiers who have been severely injured. A group of Welsh soldiers return to their valley utterly changed and when she receives a letter back as ‘return to sender’ she decides to take her ten days of leave to investigate what is happening to them. She soon finds herself caught in deadly circumstances on a remote Welsh headland with no one knowing where she is.

The Book of Hidden Things by Francesco Dimitri is a debut novel about four friends with a pact to meet on the same day each year in their small southern Italy hometown. One year the most adamant of the group doesn’t show up and the friends searching reveals worrying information. Can they help their friend before it is too late?

Joyce Carol Oates is a good author to end with and her latest is a dystopian tale of both future and past in Hazards of Time Travel. A young woman resists the constraints of an oppressive society and finds herself sent back in time for a course of ‘rehabilitation.’

Storytime for anyone ages 5 and below and their caregiver is Thursday morning at 10:30. Come enjoy about 30 minutes of stories, rhymes and other activities about forest and woodland animals followed by about 30 minutes of free play with the library early learning toys.

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