Dec 3, 2011

Library Finds: Mystery Novels and Historical Fiction

My tour of my local library turned up four mysteries and an historical romance.

Title: The Real Macaw: A Meg Lanslow Mystery by Donna Andrews
Meg juggles twins, murder, and a back-talking bird in the next side-splittingly funny installment in the award-winning, New York Times bestselling series. (book description)

Title: Dog On It: A Chet and Bernie Mystery by Spencer Quinn
Meet Chet, the wise and lovable canine narrator of Dog On It, who works alongside Bernie, a down-on-his-luck private eye. Chet may have flunked out of police school but he's a detective through and through. (book description)

Title: Thereby Hangs a Tail: A Chet and Bernie Mystery by Spencer Quinn
In the second Chet and Bernie mystery, Chet gets a glimpse of the show dog world turned deadly.What first seems like a walk in the park to canine narrator Chet and his human companion Bernie turns serious when pampered show dog Princess and her owner are abducted. (Goodreads)

Title: Mr. Monk Is Cleaned Out by Lee Goldberg
Monk's been swindled out of his savings-but now it's payback time, in the original mystery featuring the famous detective with OCD.

Title: Beside a Burning Sea by John Shors
A man and a woman from different worlds, whose love is put to the ultimate test as they struggle to survive an extraordinary set of circumstances. A small band of survivors from the sinking of a hospital ship during WWII, including an injured Japanese soldier and a young American nurse whom he saves from drowning, makes it to the deserted shore of a nearby island.

I enjoy mysteries with animals and my husband is a fan of Monk. He has just finished Shors' latest book and so I got Beside the Burning Sea for him, hoping he'll like this one too.

Any library books you want to share with us?


  1. These all look like great reads, and like things I would be interested in. I can't wait to see what you think of them to see if I should add them to my library holds list too!

  2. I just visited my library yesterday and brought home:
    The Night Circus
    Books Can Be Deceiving (cozy)
    The Mercy (book 3 amish)
    Reservation Road
    Sizzling Sixteen (Plum Series)

  3. I tried to read the Quinn books but after 20 or so pages in the first, I thought, okay, I get the idea, and while it was cute, it just wasn't cute enough for me to keep going! I hope you like them better! :--)

  4. I love finding new books to read! I see you are tryiing the floating bar. Maybe you should put it to the left, so it doesn't go over your articles/words.

  5. I actually stopped by the library today and picked up (4) audio books:
    - Buddha in the Attic
    --The Bible Salesman
    --The Keeper of Lost Causes
    --Birds of Paradise

    I also got a few holiday childrens books which looked adorable.

    I'll be anxious to see how you like these.

  6. I'm a big fan of my local library and especially need quick trips to calm my nerves during the frenzy of the holiday season. I just picked up:

    The Lady's Slipper by Deborah Swift (historical fiction), The Herring Seller's Apprentice by L.C. Tyler (British crime with humor), and American Boy by Larry Watson (a literary mystery).

  7. I love my local library and used it constantly. I really need to finally get around to trying John Shors.


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