Library Column for October 28, 2022

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Trade paperback books are seeing a resurgence in popularity by publishers. They are more willing to take a chance on a new, unproven author as their commitment in terms of expenses to produce the book are less. Here are six new titles that all looked intriguing. I’ve been reading about this title for months now and am excited to have a copy of One Woman’s War by Christine Wells. It is a novel of the real Miss Moneypenny who worked with Ian Fleming in World War II. Ms. Bennett is offered the chance to work as an agent in the field and encounters another strong woman who on the surface is also working for British intelligence. Women spies definitely seem to be a hot topic at the moment as That Summer in Berlin by Lecia Cornwall is also about an English spy. This time set in Germany during the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Viviane is in Berlin with her trusty Leica camera to get evidence that Germany is rearming.

Books about the book world are always fun. Thank you for Listening by Julia Whelan is about an audiobook narrator who had dreamed of being a star of film, but only found success in the sound booth. She is even able to attend book conventions and meet fans and is asked to perform the last book of a beloved romance author with the industry’s hottest, most secretive voice. Secrets and of course, their revelation abound in this funny, sexy and complex love story. I love behind the scenes exposes and this should be a fun, light read.

The Strange Inheritance of Leah Fern by Rita Zoey Chin is about Leah, a lonely young woman trying to uncover the truth about her mother’s disappearance when she was six. Now twenty-one, a mysterious neighbor has left her a series of letters that will lead her on a journey to reveal the truth about who her mother was and what happened.

Sarah Bonner has written a compulsive read in Her Perfect Twin. Megan discovers photographs of her estranged identical twin sister on her husband’s phone and wants answers. Of course, one thing leads to another and soon one sister is trying to live as both sisters, then the lockdown happens, how can she continue to live two lives?

Mur Lafferty plays with the traditional cozy murder mystery – how can one unlikely person always be around when a murder happens in cozy murder mysteries. Mallory is constantly embroiled in murder cases that only she seems to have to insight to solve. But being surrounded by death, murder and mayhem doesn’t make one popular in real life, even if it does in the classic mystery novel. So, when she gets a chance to move to a sentient space station, she thinks her troubles will be behind her as her only company will be aliens. Combining science fiction with cozy mysteries sounds like a great romp of a read in Station Eternity by Mur Lafferty.

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