All of us who have loved Ariana Franklin's Mistress of the Art of Death mystery series will find a bittersweet pleasure in this final book, which she was writing at the time of her death. Nimbly completed by her daughter, The Siege Winter takes place before the time period of her mystery series, during the fierce wars of succession between King Stephen and Empress Maud in 12th century England. Franklin interweaves the stories of a disillusioned mercenary, a young noblewoman trying to protect her castle and her people, and a child who is assaulted and left for dead. Between them they hold the key to a deadly secret. Part historical novel, part mystery, this book is totally fascinating.
Who can resist a book with a title like this? As a lover of dark Swedish mysteries, I was captivated by this story of an unlikely hero who inadvertently thwarts the machinations of a pretty inept group of criminals. As he escapes his 100th birthday party at his nursing home, Allen Karlsson collects a motley group of misfits including a petty thief, a perpetual student, a red-haired beauty, and an elephant. Interspersed with their flight through Sweden is the incredible story of Allen's life, in which he has managed to have an impact on many of the crucial events of the twentieth century. This is a perfect antidote to the coming of the cold weather and dark evenings of fall.
Three generations of an American family include Rose, a disillusioned Communist whose powerful personality still sets her at odds with almost everyone around her, Miriam, her angry daughter whose rebellion takes her to Greenwich Village in the 1960's, and Miriam's son Sergius, the bewildered offspring of her marriage to an Irish folk singer. Add in Cicero Lookins, the gay son of Rose's African-American lover, whose consciousness Rose is determined to raise, and you have a rich, tumultuous, tragic and wildly funny epic that moves from the late 1940's through post-9/11. Exquisitely written, this is a story and a family you won't soon forget.
On a hot summer night in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn, two restless teenage girls make a fateful choice that will reverberate through their community. As individual characters try to sort out the implications of what has happened, they must confront difficult truths about their own lives. This second book to come out under the Dennis Lehane imprint is a compelling story, steeped in the atmosphere of a tough, resilient town and the remarkable, diverse people who live there. I found it unforgettable!
I am fascinated by Lawrence and am so excited by this book, which not only details the amazing story of Lawrence himself but also puts him and the other key players in the context of the modern, troubled Middle East.
I was totally enthralled by this book, which begins with an art student in Prague who's trying to avoid an irritating boyfriend, and turns into an incredible story of love, magic, angels and devils.
Harlan Coben's first mystery for young adults is the story of 15 year-old Mickey Bolitar, who's trying to cope with the tragic death of his father and his mother's struggles with drug abuse. When his girlfriend suddenly disappears and he discovers that she isn't who he thinks she is, Mickey's search for answers leads him first to a rundown old house and a crazy old lady who seems to have some secret connection to his family, and then to an encounter with an underworld crime ring and a shattering revelation.
Ages 12 and up.
I love this mystery set in Istanbul, with a smart, feisty, bookselling heroine. Kati Hirschel is a German woman who runs the only mystery bookstore in Istanbul. When a high school friend who has become a famous movie star comes to film in Istanbul, Kati is plunged into a murder mystery that features a sexy Turkish police inspector, a group of courteous gangsters, and her own collection of eccentric friends. Funny, absorbing, and a little bit racy, this book is full of wry observations about Turkish society and politics.
A gripping story about a family's escape from the Taliban, and a boy's efforts to find the little sister who was accidentally left behind.
Grace feels a strange connection to the wolf watching from the woods. Who is he? A great story for lovers of the Twilight series.
Wil is determined to save his newspaper delivery job and his little town. With the help of his quirky family and the people on his route, Wil becomes an investigative journalist himself, with surprising results. A great story!
A year of global warming induced storms, droughts, and resultant carbon rationing as seen through the diary of a British teenager and how it affects her family, friends, and the punk band that is her lifeline. A gritty, suspenseful, untimately surprising read.
Ages 13 and up.
A chilling, suspenseful story of a town with a dark secret. 16 year-old Mackie is a Replacement, an unearthly child left in place of a human baby. The elements of the human world are slowly killing him when he discovers that his real world is the murky underground. But his human family has fiercely embraced him, and a human girl is begging for his help to save her stolen sister. Mackie faces a terrible choice that will define who he will be. I couldn't put it down!
Ages 12 and up
An abandoned orphan discovers he has extraordinary powers - for good or evil? Chased by zombie-robots, rescued by an android, taken to a fantastic island, this is an awesome adventure!
My current favorite board book! Funny, clever, witty illustrations, the drama of near and far, up and down, fat and thin. A must for baby!
When architect Elephant visits his friends the penguins in Ice Town - there's a disaster! Fortunately, friendship and cooperation save the day! I love the detail and humor in the illustrations of this book!
This book blew me away from the first page, and I loved everything about it - the narrator, the characters, the form of the action, the humor, the pain. When I came to the end, I didn't know what to do with myself - the surest sign that a book has taken ahold of you. One of the best ever.
I loved this book! A funny sci-fi adventure with giant spider aliens, flying saucers, two resourceful kids and a most unusual refrigerator.
A terrific adventure story with spies, gadgets, pirates and gigantic sea monsters!
Oh those boys' boarding schools! Set in South Africa at the end of apartheid, Spud has the most dysfunctional life ever! Midnight raids, raging hormones, and bizarre roommates.
A story that moves from the present, when Tamar inherits a mysterious box from her grandfather, to the second World War, when he fought in the Dutch resistance.
A betrayed country. A blood-oath of friendship. A mysterious young woman with a message. And Finnikin, a young man confronting his destiny. Brilliantly weaves elements of magic, intrigue, war, and romance.
Veronica and Sophie are both writing about their life on their tiny royal island. But it's the eve of World War II, and their peaceful if eccentric existance is suddenly imperilled when two Germans land on the island.