Introducing herself to the Cotswold village she’s moved to after early retirement, Mrs. Agatha Raisin enters a quiche in a local contest and promptly finds herself a murder suspect when the judge dies. To clear her name, she turns amateur sleuth. This is the first in a long-running cozy mystery series that finds the former owner of a London PR firm is a feisty outsider who takes on investigations, annoying the local constabulary and slowly warming to life in a small village. These are quick-reading stories filled with delightful characters. After reading, watch the series on AcornTV.
As Frankie's forced to shed her childhood fantasies and face the possibility of losing the idyllic future she had envisioned for her family, she must decide whether loving something means clinging tightly or letting go.
An outrageously funny tale about a wealthy Chinese-American family that has it all, only to lose every last cent. Their spectacular fall from riches to rags brings the Wangs together in a way money never could.
This is different from the usual climate change disasters—it's one where life marches on despite rising sea levels. In a very different physical world human nature remains the same, for good and ill. The interwoven stories of the residents of one skyscraper give us much to fear about the inundation, but remind us humanity is good at figuring things out.
I really liked this book by the former director of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. From the title it sounds like it's about downsizing or simplifying, but it's more an inquiry into the history, beauty and utility of everyday objects. Knowing how things are made helps us connect to the world around us.
FBI special agent Kate O’Hare must partner with charming con man Nicholas Fox to take down big-league criminals. Now Nick has been kidnapped and Kate follows a trail of evidence that leads to their deadliest adversary yet.
A murder in a small English village leads Hercule Poirot into a strange mystery involving a determined, curious spinster, the local doctor, and a wide range of suspects with possible motives and mysterious relationships.
It's been two years since Lena decided to take time to find herself and focus on her child. But the present finds her staring at images of Denise, the one who got away. With her child away, Lena now has time to play. Will she finally move on to someone new, or truly go after the one she's wanted all along?
This comic series, unfortunately cut short, follows Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Bobbi Morse, on solo spy missions. This former Avenger has a scientific mind, a mastery of martial arts and perfect hair making her the perfect asset to save the Queen of England and do a little dog sitting. Get to know this lesser known Avenger, you don't know what you are missing. - Sarah L.
I haven’t read a collection of short stories in a very long time (Thank you DMPL 2019 Reading Challenge!), and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Sittenfeld does a good job of creating characters that are believable and to whom I connected in a short amount of time. I didn’t like all her characters, which was also a bonus as it made them more human, but they’ve lingered with me. As an aside, I listened to this in audio and it’s narrated by both female and male voices.
The discovery of the body of a teen who went missing in the woods 30 years earlier reopens a cold case for a local police officer, who makes contact with six people from his past to uncover what happened.
This mystery starts with the trial and uses flashbacks to fill in the details. As usual with Penny, the characters are more important than the killing but the puzzle is also well done. It's book 13 in the Armand Gamache series which continues to be compelling. If you listen to the audio book version, don't miss the interview at the end!
This graphic novel chronicles the fall from grace of a group of super-heroes plagued by all-too-human failings. Along the way, the concept of the super-hero is dissected as the heroes are stalked by an unknown assassin.
Casey Duncan’s a homicide detective with a secret and her friend's on the run from an abusive husband. They need a place to disappear and may have found it. It means living off the grid in the wilds of Canada and you must be invited. Fortunately, Rockton needs a detective since it just had its first murder. But it’s a town with more secrets than the identity of a murderer. A fascinating setting and intriguing cast of characters make for a gripping crime novel. First book of the series.
If you enjoy reading graphic novels, learning about gods and mythology, great representation of diverse characters, and a little mystery and suspense, you'll enjoy this thrilling series about 12 gods that return as humans every 90 years, but only live two years each time. Book 7 coming in the fall. - Marlu
Every seven years, the people of Three Graces send a sacrifice to the woods. The death of their 'best boy' ensures seven years free from disease, blight, and pain. But this year, the Slaughter Moon has risen early, and three, not one, will run into the forest as a sacrifice.
A fresh, charming rom-com about Nathan Bird, an aspiring screenwriter who has sworn off happy endings but is sorely tested when his former best friend, Ollie, moves back to town. After a painful mix-up when they were little, Nate finally has the chance to tell Ollie the truth about his feelings. But can Nate find the courage to pursue his own happily ever after?
When Louise's boyfriend mocks Native people in front of her, she dumps him. She turns her focus to the school newspaper where she is paired up with Joey and in no time they find themselves with a story to cover: the musical's inclusive approach to casting has been provoking backlash in their mostly white, middle-class Kansas town. As tensions mount, so does a romance between Lou and Joey.
Vera’s mother can’t afford to send her to a luxury summer camp, so Vera attends Russian summer camp. Nothing could prepare her for all the "cool girl" drama, endless Russian history lessons, and outhouses straight out of nightmares!
When Long Island teens Miri, Soleil, Penny, and Jonah befriend a bestselling YA novelist, they find their deepest, darkest secrets in the pages of her next novel, with devastating consequences. Told from different perspectives as interviews, journal entries, and book excerpts.
Sensitive Molly tries to support her once-cynical twin Cassie when Cassie falls head over heels with a cute new girl. If Molly can win over the girl’s hipster boy-sidekick, her life will be made, but an unexpected love triangle and twin dynamics complicate things.
When her father is diagnosed with Hungtington's disease, eighteen-year-old Vanni abandons her plan to flee her small New Mexico hometown after high school graduation and instead spends the summer keeping herself busy with part-time jobs and boys, but that changes after she meets Leigh, whose friendship dares Vanni to ask herself big questions and make new plans.
Ariel Stone is the perfect college applicant until a failed Calculus quiz sends his grades into a tailspin that can only be halted by a handsome tutor, but adding a burgeoning romance to his other commitments may push Ariel past his limit.
Henry Denton has spent years being periodically abducted by aliens. Then the aliens give him an ultimatum: The world will end in 144 days, and all Henry has to do to stop it is push a big red button.Only he isn't sure he wants to.
Asra is a demigod with a dangerous gift: the ability to dictate the future by writing with her blood. To keep her power secret, she leads a quiet life as a healer on a remote mountain, content to help the people in her care and spend time with Ina, the mortal girl she loves.
When seventeen-year-old Abby Turner is rejected from an art show because her work “has no heart” she gives herself one month to do ten things, ranging from face a fear (#3) to learn a stranger's story (#5) to fall in love (#8). Funny and romantic, this effervescent story about family, friendship, and finding yourself is perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen and Jenny Han.
On the anniversary of their best friend Summer's death, a seemingly insignificant discovery resurrects the mystery and pulls Mia and Brynn back together once again. But as the lines begin to blur between past and present and fiction and reality, the girls must confront what really happened in the woods all those years ago--no matter how monstrous.
Seven strange and adventurous siblings tackle problems together even when their new neighbors try to tear them apart.
Filled with mystery, humor, and adventure, this is an unforgettable tale of finding the courage to face any problem heart-first.
After the tragic death of their father, Emily and Navin move with their mother to the home of her deceased great-grandfather, but the strange house proves to be dangerous. Eventually, they enlist the help of a small mechanical rabbit named Miskit. Together with Miskit, they face the most terrifying monster of all, and Em finally has the chance to save someone she loves.
It's been five years since Livy and her family have visited Livy's grandmother in Australia. Now that she's back, Livy has the feeling she's forgotten something really, really important about Gran's house. It turns out she's right.
A beautiful and inspiring portrait of four poignant years in the childhood of American civil rights icon Dr. Betty Shabazz. Betty overcomes the challenges of self-acceptance and belonging that will resonate with young readers today.
This story of how one boy's quest for knowledge about space leads him to become a star scientist is perfect for young readers who are fascinated by the universe, aspiring scientists, and the dreamer in all of us. It will ignite your own sense of wonder.
Zak also has autism, so he sometimes responds to the world around him in unconventional ways. As Zak describes his point of view, young readers gain a better understanding of his behaviors and learn valuable lessons about patience, tolerance and understanding.