Another month, and another lively Rave Reviews here at Central. This month, there was a lot of fiction on tap from Sue and Jodie. Here is what we read:
Naked Came the Manatee by Hiaasen, Carl et al
A quirky and hilarious thriller put together by 13 of the funniest writers in the States. The book involves murder and intrigue, tied together by Booger the Manatee. Ridiculous and convoluted, but the story moves quickly, wraps up nicely, and will make you laugh and fall in love with manatees.
Death at the Door by Hart, Carolyn
Annie Darling is the envy of us all: owner of her own mystery book store on an island in South Carolina, married to a doting, rich and handsome husband, she often finds herself in the midst of solving murders that the police deem “solved”. Like a grown-up Nancy Drew, with likeable island characters, and allusions to other mystery writers, this Death on Demand series is soothing and entertaining.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Gaiman, Neil
Childhood memories can be funny things. Did it really happen that way? Did I imagine it? The protagonist of this book returns to his childhood home and recalls the strange and magical events that happened to him as a seven year old. The book is beautifully written, making its scary ugliness easier to swallow.
The Heretic’s Creed by Buckley, Fiona
Ursula Blanchard is the illegitimate half-sister of Queen Elizabeth I. As such she is in a unique position to help the security of England by performing missions assigned by the Queen. This time she is being asked to retrieve a manuscript that may be heretical. Two people have tried previously to retrieve it have vanished. Will Ursula succeed?
Maiden Lane by Januska, Michael
1923 Windsor may look serene with its streets covered in snow and ice filling the Detroit river. But between rival bootlegging gangs and a mystery surrounding the occult, violence and evil are permeating the city. Bootlegger Jack McCloskey and Detective Campbell make an unlikely team fighting the chaos in the city.
The History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund
A young teen aged girl is stuck in the middle of 2 tragic stories, and doesn’t do anything to help in either situation. Themes of sexual inappropriateness and child endangerment run throughout this debut novel.
The Woman Next Door by Caroline Green
A lonely next door neighbor’s helpfulness turns stalkerish-like “Hand That Rocks the Cradle” meets “Fatal Attraction”.
On Second Thought by Kristan Higgins
Two half sisters rekindle their relationship while each recovering from the loss of their significant other. Always, with Higgins, the heftier topics are told in a lighthearted tone.
The Fifth Letter by Nicola Moriarty
Four childhood friends meet for their yearly girl’s week away to catch up. Most of them are now married, and ¾ have children. One evening, after many glasses of wine, they decide to resurrect a shared journal idea by each writing a letter that uncovers a secret. There are only 4 friends, yet 5 letters – and the last one is a doozy! Told in the point of view of one character who is confessing (really just chatting) to a priest.
The Hope Chest by Viola Shipman
If you are looking for a read that will tug on your nostalgia, this one is for you. A dying childless woman unpacks her hope chest – and its hopes and dreams – on her young nurse and her daughter, who become the woman and her husband’s family. Very heartwarming read!
The Wicked City by Beatriz Williams
A woman leaves her husband and life in SoHo and moves to a trendy apartment in Greenwich Village to rebuild her life, where she is told never to go into the basement after midnight. Really? Of course she goes…and there is where we hear the story from the other side of the wall; setting is a 1920’s speakeasy and the character is a flapper called “Gin”. How can these 2 stories even begin to connect? Read this whimsical tale to find out!
Hope you can join us for next month’s Rave Reviews session on June 7th at 2:30pm at Central Library.