Enjoy a good murder mystery?
I just finished the Gaslight Mystery Series by Victoria Thompson and I thoroughly enjoyed them. These are set in the early 1900's in NYC. A midwife and NYC detective team up to solve unusual murders.
Thompson uses contemporary themes (slave trade) incorporated into these unique stories and always creates surprising endings. Pick one up and enjoy!
-Mary Walker, Library Clerk
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Tags: Action, Drama, Complex, Intense
A house that is bigger on the inside than it is on the outside. We’ve all heard of some version of this; however, a house that changes its size on the inside, creates corridors and blocks exits, and is more akin to a labyrinth than a house; now you have my attention. This is only part of Danielewski’s brain child House of Leaves.
Inside this tome you will uncover the mysteries of the new property purchased by the Navidsons, follow the daily life of Johnny Traunt, and hear desperate pleas from Johnny’s mother through the Whalestoe Letters.
Danielewski’s writing style is elegant, complex, and deliberate in a provocative way I had never encountered before as he twists the concepts of text to reflect different mediums. The typeface in and of itself is a depiction of what is happening in the book. This is a common thread that connects much of his larger work.
If you enjoy books that challenge not only literary conventions but also challenge their readers to immerse themselves fully in them, then think of picking this book up. Be forewarned this book is not a light read but rather a beautiful experience in and of itself.
Wind through the complex maze that is this book as the Navidsons wind themselves through their new house.
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If you are tired of the dark, the dreary, and the depressing and you need a happy and lovable TV show to take you by the heartstrings, look no further. Available on Netflix and taking America by storm is this darling PBS program featuring 12 bakers who compete to be crowned the UK's Best Amateur Baker.
Contestants participate in three challenges every week and are in turn judged on the items they bake. The challenges are: a signature bake where they show off their personality and tried-and-true recipes, a technical bake where they are given a bare-bones recipe and must depend on their own baking knowledge to fill in the gaps, and a showstopper bake where the contestants are expected to go all-out in taste, concept, and design. The bakers have one week to test and prepare for the signature and the showstopper bakes, but the technical bake is always done blind.
The judges are Mary Berry, a British food writer and television presenter, and Paul Hollywood, a British celebrity chef and artisan baker.
The show is filmed at Welford Park in Berkshire and takes place under a tent surrounded by buttercups and frolicking sheep and has been decorated as the epitome of a charming English country kitchen.
Aside from the beautiful set and amazing baked goods, the overall feeling of the show is very positive. The contestants are not catty or rude to one another - in fact they often help and support each other. It is so refreshing to watch a "reality" television show where people are treating each other kindly! If you love British television, I dare you not to fall in love with this show.
The setting is St. Oswald's school, an all boys school in a small English village. The main character is the Latin master who has been at the school thirty plus years and usually has a good relationship with his "boys."
Some of these boys return years later in the midst of the school's fiscal and academic troubles and one of them is capable of terrible things. His story is told in a series of letters addressed to an old friend; letters that detail all of the terrible things. Seeing these boys again digs up some of the buried memories of a scandal from their time and threatens to reveal the full extent of the scandal.
How well do we know our friends and acquaintances? The twists and turns and secrets that are revealed show just how little we may know about the people close to us.
-Kate, Adult Librarian
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"I got lost in this beautifully written Victorian mystery. A multilayered story about a search for a killer, a master thief, an elusive woman, and a cast of rich and compelling characters. You will find the cold and fog as you are completely spirited away.
To say any more is to detract from the joy of reading this superb novel. I give it an A."
-Todd, Library Patron
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I know they say not to judge a book by it's cover, but I will be the first to admit that the reason I originally checked this book out because the cover caught my eye (and who wouldn't love those adorable cat pillows?). The book itself, however, is a wonderful knitting book which I would recommend to knitters of all levels.
I was especially fond of the fingerless lace mitts. The pattern was easy to follow and would be great for someone beginning with knitting lace. The mitts were knit flat and then sewn together up the side, leaving a hole for the thumb. The mitts are very attractive and I receive a lot of compliments on them! I chose a soft alpaca wool to go on my hands, but in the future I may choose something a little more sturdy, as alpaca tends to grow (or stretch) over time.
Overall I found the patterns very easy to read and creative. I am excited to try making a cat pillow in the future!
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