Staff's Picks

The Twelve Clues of Christmas

Bowen, Rhys

Recommended by: Ellen P

This is a short entertaining holiday themed mystery.

The Corpse of St. James's

Jeanne M. Dams

Recommended by: Earnestine B

                                                                  THE CORPSE OF ST.JAMES'S by Jeanne M. Dams

  Dorothy Martin and her husband, retired Chief Constable Alan Nesbitt, had just left Buckingham Palace following  a ceremony honoring a friend for  the George Cross. Jonathan Quinn, was injured in the line of duty saving a child from a fire. The three of them are walking in St. James Park when they discovered the body of a young girl.

  Dorothy and her husband and Quinn try to find out who murdered this girl. Complicating the matter is Quinn knows the victim and he soon is the main suspect in her murder.

  This is the 12th book of this series. The author is a resident of South Bend, Indiana. She also has another series that takes place in South Bend. The main character is a Swedish immigrant who works at the Studebaker Mansion in the late 1800's to the early 1900's.

  Both of these series are cosy mysteries and are fun read.

The Christmas Day Kitten

James Herriot

Recommended by: Sheila U

I love James Herriot's writing - the stories are funny, heartwarming, and endearing.  I was thinking of some of my favorite Thanksgiving and Christmas stories, and this one is one of the best.  

Angels at the table

Macomber, Debbie

Recommended by: Ellen P

This is a lighthearted Christmas.story.  It is sure to put you in the Christmas spirit.


Hazel Holt

Recommended by: Earnestine B

                                                            MRS. MALORY AND A NECESSARY END by Hazel Holt

    Mrs. Malory is talked into helping at the village charity shop while one of the ladies is away. She happy to do it because she likes dealing with books and its for a good cause.

    The only draw back is the store supervisor, Desmond Barlow, who is a bad-tempered bully. He locks horns with another volunteer frequently. His poor wife, also works there and is constantly bullied by him.

    One evening Barlow stayed after hours at the store. He found dead in the back storeroom. He had been stabbed in the chest. Now Mrs. Malory is helping the police find out who killed him.

    I recommend this series. If you enjoy British Cosies, you will love this series.

The Fifth Witness

Michael Connelly

Recommended by: Sheila U

I'm a big fan of thrillers, and really enjoy when an author takes a great character and writes a series of books with that character.  "The Fifth Witness" is the fourth book in the Mickey Haller series by Michael Connelly, and it is great!  If you haven't read any of the Mickey Haller series, the 1st book (and best place to start) is "The Lincoln Lawyer" - which last year was made into a fantastic movie starring Matthew McConaughey and Marisa Tomei.  Mickey Haller is a middle-age defense lawyer who operates from the back seat of his Lincoln Towncar; and with this novel, has expanded into foreclosure defense.  His client Lisa Trammel is implicated in the murder of the banker who is foreclosing on her house.  Fast-paced, and full of interesting information on the recent mortgage crisis, "The Fifth Witness" has a great ending (the twist ending is not a huge surprise, but how it plays out is very satisfying).

The Total Money Makeover: a proven plan for financial fitness

Ramsey, Dave

Recommended by: Ellen P

This is an excellent basic financial primer for those needing help getting their finances in order.

Death of a Neighborhood Witch

Laura Levine

Recommended by: Earnestine B

                                               Death of a Neighborhood Witch by Laura Levine

  This is the newest installment of the Jaine Austen  Mystery series. Jaine finds  herself in hot water with the neighborhood grouch when her cat Prozac scares her parakeet to death. The Hollywood has-been is at war with just about everyone on the street and now Jaine is in her sights.

  When the woman is found dead on her lawn, Jaine is on the top of the suspect list. So Jaine quickly starts questioning the other residents in her neighborhood to try and find out who really killed her before the police arrest her for the murder.

  This is a very entertaining series. It will make you laugh and keep your interest.