The Skeleton Road by Val McDermid

Val McDermid returns with another gritty police procedural that will keep you reading late into the night!

In The Skeleton Road, cold case detective DCI Karen Pirie is called in when skeletal remains are found in the high pinnacle of an abandoned Victorian Gothic building. Forensics ultimately identifies the remains as Mitja Petrovic, a former general of the Croatian Army. Not only must Pirie solve the mystery of his death, but now there is a mystery of international significance: Petrovic was believed to have been responsible for murders of 11 Serbian war criminals…except he’s been dead for 8 years!

While you are waiting for your copy of The Skeleton Road to come in, why not try these suspense-filled mysteries, with complex plots and strong characters.

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Seniors Book Club February Selection

Who by fireThe Seniors Book Club will meet February 11 at 2 pm in the 2nd floor Training Room. This month we’re discussing Who by Fire by Alberta author Fred Stenson.

The heart of this moving story belongs to Tom Ryder–a man whose expectations for the future and assumptions about his own strength and power are persistently and devastatingly undermined by the arrival of a sour gas plant on the border of his southern Alberta farm in the early 1960s. The emissions from the plant poison not only his livestock but the relationships he has with his family, most especially with his wife, Ella. The family is left without viable legal recourse against the plant, and Tom must watch his farm dwindle away, his sense of himself dwindling away with it. The novel moves into the present with the story of Tom”s son, Bill, who reacts to his father’s disappointments by rising through the managerial ranks of an oil company in Fort McMurray, hiding from his guilt in the local casino. Bill pushes himself towards a crisis in conscience through a relationship he has with a Native woman whose community is threatened by the actions of his company.

Fred Stenson’s biography

Fred Stenson’s autobiography

A Winnipeg Review Interview

A Calgary Herald interview

A Globe and Mail review

Alberta Energy information about Natural Gas / Sour Gas

Monday Evening Book Club February Selection

Burgess BoysThe Monday Evening Book Club will meet February 9th @ 7 pm in Forsyth Hall. This month we will discuss The Burgess Boys by Pulitzer Prize winning author Elizabeth Strout.

Elizabeth Strout “animates the ordinary with an astonishing force,” wrote The New Yorker on the publication of her Pulitzer Prize–winning Olive Kitteridge. The San Francisco Chronicle praised Strout’s “magnificent gift for humanizing characters.” Now the acclaimed author returns with a stunning novel as powerful and moving as any work in contemporary literature.

Haunted by the freak accident that killed their father when they were children, Jim and Bob Burgess escaped from their Maine hometown of Shirley Falls for New York City as soon as they possibly could. Jim, a sleek, successful corporate lawyer, has belittled his bighearted brother their whole lives, and Bob, a Legal Aid attorney who idolizes Jim, has always taken it in stride. But their long-standing dynamic is upended when their sister, Susan—the Burgess sibling who stayed behind—urgently calls them home. Her lonely teenage son, Zach, has gotten himself into a world of trouble, and Susan desperately needs their help. And so the Burgess brothers return to the landscape of their childhood, where the long-buried tensions that have shaped and shadowed their relationship begin to surface in unexpected ways that will change them forever.

With a rare combination of brilliant storytelling, exquisite prose, and remarkable insight into character, Elizabeth Strout has brought to life two deeply human protagonists whose struggles and triumphs will resonate with readers long after they turn the final page. Tender, tough-minded, loving, and deeply illuminating about the ties that bind us to family and home, The Burgess Boys is Elizabeth Strout’s newest and perhaps most astonishing work of literary art. (www.amazon.ca)

Elizabeth Strout’s website

Goodreads Interview with Elizabeth Strout

Publisher’s Reader’s Guide (including Discussion Questions)

A Washington Times review

A New York Times review

Somali diaspora in U.S. and Canada

Somali Americans (Wikipedia article)

NYT article about real “pig’s head” incident in Lewiston, Maine in 2006

2007 Follow-up on news story

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Girl on the trainTouted as the next Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train by British debut author Paula Hawkins is the new runaway bestseller that everyone wants to get their hands on – our library holds are up to 48 now, seemingly out of nowhere!

The plot: After witnessing something shocking, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

While you’re waiting for your copy with bated breath, why not try one of these psychological suspense nail biters?

Harrison, A.S.A., The Silent Wife. 2013.

Flynn, Gillian. Gone Girl. 2012.

Watson. S.J. Before I go to sleep. 2011.

French, Tana. The Secret Place. 2014.

Hannah, Sophie. The Other Woman’s House. 2012.

Silent wife Gone girl Before I go to sleep Secret place Other woman's house

Seniors Book Club January Selection

100 foot journeyHappy New Year! Our first Seniors Book Club meeting in 2015 will be Wednesday, January 14th at 2:00 pm in Forsyth Hall. We will be discussing The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais.

About the book:

Follows the life journey of chef Hassan Haji, who progresses from his family’s modest restaurant in Mumbai to master haute cuisine in an elegant Parisian restaurant. “That skinny Indian teenager has that mysterious something that come along once a generation. He is one of those rare chefs who is simply born. He is an artist.” And so begins the rise of Hassan Haji, the unlikely gourmand who recounts his life in this novel. Lively and brimming with the colors, flavors, and scents of the kitchen, it is a succulent treat about family, nationality and the mysteries of good taste.

(source: http://www.simonandschuster.ca)

Visit Richard C. Morais’s website

Interview with the Author

New York Times Review of the book

Discussion questions for the book

What are the Michelin Stars?