Joanne’s Mystery Picks

The_Murder_Road_copyThe Murder Road by Stephen Booth

This isn’t the gripping story that we’re used to reading from Stephen Booth. Maybe it’s because of the loss of familiar characters and the introduction of new ones as E Division goes through some major staff changes: Ben Cooper is now a DI and is still dealing with his grief over losing his fiancé; Diane Fry is a DS with Major Crime in Nottingham; Gavin Murfin has retired from the force and is looking for work in the public sector; and DS Sharma is new to E Division and Ben isn’t quite sure where his loyalties lie. When Mac Kelsey’s transport truck gets stuck under a bridge in the small community of Shawhead and the cab of his truck is covered in blood but he’s nowhere to be found, E Division is set the task of solving his disappearance. Meanwhile, other officers are attending the scene of an apparent suicide. When a link between Kelsey and the suicide, Scott Brooks, is found Ben starts looking back 8 years to the tragic death of Ashley Flynn, Brooks’ fiancé.

Though there isn’t the same frisson of excitement in this book as in previous ones, the very clever conclusion makes up for it.

Weekend Picks

Autumn and jazz- is there a more inviting combination of season and song? This week we have a film that explores more than just the art of the liner note, in “The Pleasures of Being Out of Step”, the story of legendary journalist and jazz critic, Nat Hentoff.  Though it’s not on our shelves just yet, keep an eye out for “Amy”, and discover why Amy Winehouse truly belongs in the pantheon of jazz singers.

The Pleasures of Being Out of Step

Nat Hentoff is one of the enduring voices of the last 65 years, a writer who championed jazz as an art form and who also led the rise of ‘alternative’ journalism in America. This unique documentary wraps the themes of liberty, identity and free expression around a historical narrative that stretches from the Great Depression to the Patriot Act.



The incredible story of six-time Grammy winner Amy Winehouse – in her own words. Featuring extensive unseen archival footage and previously unheard tracks, this strikingly modern, moving, and vital film shines a light on our culture and the world we live in today.


Jazz Icons Series

You do you know that we have these, right? The Jazz Icons series captures only the rarest, most intimate performances from some of the most musically important artists of our time. The audio and video quality of this collection is simply gorgeous, making each disc a sensory delight.

Weekend Picks

This Book Has Pictures! | Aama: The Smell of Warm Dust


Robbed of his memories, Verloc Nim is handed a journal. Inside the journal, in his own words, is the story of how Verloc ended up on a strange planet and what happened to his memories. Thus begins Frederik Peeters’ Aama: The Smell of Warm Dust. Looking through the pages, Verloc discovers the misery of his former life and that impossible things have been happening on this planet far from Earth.

“Effortlessly, Peeters’ creates a fully formed world. The art is beautiful, the background are packed with details of this strange world, and the panels are full of real, fully-formed, characters. Peeters balances themes of exploration, loss, regret and the belief that we can somehow wipe away our past sins.” -Drew

Frederik Peeters is a Swiss graphic novelist. He received his bachelor of arts degree in visual communication from the École Supérieure d’Arts Appliqués in 1995. In 2013, Aama was awarded for Best Series from the Angoulême International Comics Festival.

Weekend Picks

It’s October! And for the film nerds at the Library, this means two things for us to celebrate: The Edmonton International Film Festival and horror films galore! This week, we feature two films that are among the best independent horror films, released in 2015.

What We Do in the Shadows

Vulvus, Viago, and Deacon are vampires who live here, among us. They are real vampires; undead, immortal creatures who stalk the night and search for human blood, preferably virgins. Witness the many horrid, abominable aspects of vampire life, such as hunting and feeding, vampire rivalry and fighting with werewolves, as well as normal night to night aspects that make them not so different from us like, keeping the flat clean, jobs, shopping, meeting people and trying to fit in.


It Follows

For nineteen-year-old Jay, the fall should be about school, boys and weekends at the lake. Yet, after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter she suddenly finds herself plagued by nightmarish visions; she can’t shake the sensation that someone, or something, is following her. As the threat closes in, Jay and her friends must somehow escape the horrors that are only a few steps behind.


Weekend Picks

YA Picks

With October just around the corner, set the mood for Hallowe’en with these horror-filled tales. Sorry, but you’ll probably have to sleep with the lights on.

Forget About Me(Don’t You) Forget About Me by Kate Karyus Quinn

Skylar lives in Gardnerville where no one can leave, and people age slowly, seldom becoming ill or dying. At regular intervals, however, tragedy strikes the town when the teenagers experience intense emotions and dreamlike fits of madness. Skylar is haunted by the actions of Piper, her older sister, who has been in the Reformatory since leading her classmates to jump from a trestle bridge 4 years earlier. Waiting anxiously for Piper’s release, the secrets left behind taunt Skylar and she realizes that the only way to get her sister back is to stop Gardnerville’s murderous cycle for good.

NightfallNightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski

On Marin’s and Kana’s island, sunrise doesn’t come every 24 hours–it comes every 28 years. Now the sun is just a sliver on the horizon, the weather is turning cold, and the shadows are growing long. The islanders are frantically following bizarre rituals to prepare their houses for the departure, rituals that none of the adults in town will explain. Just as the ships are about to sail, a teenage boy goes missing–the twins’ friend Line. Marin and Kana are the only ones who know the truth about where Line’s gone, and the only way to rescue him is by doing it themselves. But Night is falling, their island is in transformation, and it may already be too late…