Tuesday, September 17, 2013

September 17, 2013

Cooler weather is coming our way….how about curling up on the couch with a blanket, the beverage of  your choice, and a good detective novel from the Freading site !

“Valentinto: Film Detective” by Loren Estleman is a intriguing collection of stories about a UCLA film archivist whose job it is to find lost movies. His work often sends him to remote locations and occasionally he discovers that not everyone wants these works to be found ! The author of this book has won 4 Shamuses from the Private Eye Writers of America for his detective novels, and 13 other major awards.

“The Night Detectives: A David Mapstone Mystery” by John Talton “….is thoroughly satisfying” says Publishers Weekly. Booklist  states “Mapstone’s seventh outing (after South Phoenix Rules, 2010) features tight prose and plotting and a pair of complex and fallible protagonists whose character development continues in a series that just keeps getting better."

This year marks the bicentennial of the first publication of “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen.  You can read about Jane Austen’s life and unfortunate death in “The Mysterious Death of Miss Jane Austen” by Lindsay Ashford.  Critics give it rave reviews…
 ”This solid historical puzzle will appeal even to readers with only passing familiarity with Austen's works." – Publishers Weekly
 "No zombies and none of the twee twaddle that characterizes too many Austen pastiches. Rather, this is a lively Regency romance about murder, serial adulteries, and other pastimes of your typical extended family…”- Library Journal

Other choices on Freading to warm you up without a blanket include:
 Fire In My Belly by Kevin Gillespie is a fresh, fun cookbook full of exciting ideas. In addition to recipes, the author shares entertaining stories about where food comes from.  Gillespie was featured on the XM Radio show “Cooking with Emeril”. He has also won and been nominated for many awards including “The People’s Best New Chef” from Food and Wine Magazine.  Fans of the television show “Top Chef” voted him as Fan Favorite
“Night of Flames: A Novel of World War II”  by Douglas Jacobson is a gripping war story told primarily through the eyes of a young polish couple who are separated for most of the war but play an important part in the Belgian resistance. Award Winning Author James Conryd Martin calls it "A taut and twisting thriller with memorable flesh and blood characters . . . Jacobson's clockwork plot draws the reader onto its roller coaster ride [and] clicks along at breakneck speed."