New Western fiction: “Texas Standoff” by Elmer Kelton, this is book eight in the Texas Rangers series. Texas Rangers Andy Pickard and Logan Daggett are dispatched to a small burg in central Texas to quell some violence that seems generated mostly by a long-simmering feud between two local families.
“Owl Hunt” by Richard Wheeler, this is a Barnaby Skye novel. It’s 1878 and series hero Barnaby Skye is dead; his son, Dirk, a half-white, half-Shoshone reservation schoolteacher, struggles to teach Indian children the white man’s education.
After Waiting Wolf, one of his students, has a vision from an owl that the whites will go away and the rich Shoshone life will return, Waiting Wolf re-christens himself as Owl and becomes the beloved prophet of desperate followers called Dreamers.
New Western Audio Books on CD: “Shane” by Mach Schaeffer this is an old classic, and “Speedy” by Max Brand.
New Western DVDs: “Assassination of Jesse James,” and “3:10 to Yuma.”
Now you have the Westerns how about a little mystery and a little SciFi? And maybe a little romance!
New SciFi: “Trio of Sorcery” by Mercedes Lackey, this is an urban fantasy novel with powerful women who solve magical mysteries. Modern witch Diana Tregarde, returns. As a freshman studying at Harvard, Diana is solicited by an officer intervening for a distraught mother whose daughter has been kidnapped. In hiring a psychic to find her daughter, the mother certainly means well, but Diana’s intuition quickly exposes the psychic as a witch with diabolical ends.
New Mysteries: “Sweet and Deadly” by Charlaine Harris, this is an engrossing Southern mystery. Set in the small town of Lowfield, Mississippi, it is a gothic-influenced novel about a series of murders starting with the town doctor and his wife. Six months later, newspaper reporter Catherine, the daughter of the murdered couple, discovers a body at an abandoned cabin on the family land.
At first, Catherine is the only one who believes that the new murder is connected to her parents’ death, but her eager fellow reporter, Tom, desperate for a big story, joins her investigation, and together they begin to uncover a plethora of small-town secrets.
“Huckleberry Murders” by Patrick McManus, this is a Sherriff Bo Tully mystery. When huckleberry pickers find three bodies, Sheriff Bo Tully, must share his investigation with FBI agent Angela Phelps. They need to find out where the young men had been before they were killed and what they were doing that would get them killed.
“To Have and to Kill” by Mary Jane Clark, this is a Wedding Cake mystery. A down-on-her-luck actress Piper Donovan, after a painful breakup and too few acting gigs in Manhattan, returned home where she’s assisting her mother, Terri, at the family bakery.
Piper is pleased to be preparing the cake for the upcoming wedding of her friend Glenna Brooks, the star of a daytime soap opera that Piper appeared in before her character was killed off. An actual murder, the poisoning of one of Glenna’s co-stars and her former lover, Travis York, threatens to derail the wedding.
New Christian fiction: “The Waiting” by Suzanne Woods Fisher, this is book two in the Lancaster County Secrets series.
“The Search” by Suzanne Woods Fisher, this is book three in the Lancaster County Secrets series.
New Non-fiction: “Seven Wonders that will Change your Life” by Glenn Beck and Keith Ablow, two of the most popular and influential personalities in American media today, have joined forces to present a powerful guide to personal transformation and fulfillment that is as unique as their own unlikely partnership.
New CDs: “Seussical the Musical,” “Bing Crosby on Broadway,” and “Illuminations” by Josh Groban.
The Cadiz Record’s Library Notes feature is submitted by John L. Street Library Director Pam Metts.