During the school year students acquire reading skills. However, over the months of summer vacation students lose reading skills if they are not encouraged to read. Students who spend approximately 11 minutes per day reading score in the 50th percentile in reading skills, while students who spend 38 minutes per day reading score in the 90th percentile. Students gain in reading skills after reading just five books over the summer. So sign up for Summer Reading today!
“Pam’s Pick” is a mystery this week: “The Heiresses” by Sara Shepard, Poppy, Aster, Corrine, Natasha, and Rowan are the heiresses of the Saybrook’s jewellery empire, a family business that is known for both its wealth, and a very old curse that leads to family members dying suddenly. When one of the five heiresses is killed, and an online gossip site publishes a statement “One Heiress Down, four more to go.” It is the one of the heiresses or someone else out to get them all?
New Fiction: “Skin Game” by Jim Butcher, this is book fifteen in the Dresden Files. Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard serves as Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, and this time Mab has traded his skills to pay off a debt, and now he must help his dread enemy Nicodemus Archleone to break into the highest security vault in town.
“Gone Missing” by Linda Castillo, this is a chilling novel about a rite of passage gone horribly wrong. Investigating the disappearance of an Amish teenager, chief of police Kate Burkholder and state agent John Tomasetti stumble on a dead body at the same time another girl goes missing, and later discover sinister links to numerous cold cases.
“Deadly Heat” by Richard Castle, this is book five in the Nikki Heat series. Nikki Heat and Jameson Rook race to stop a deadly threat from Heat’s past as well as serial killer. He has named Nikki as his next victim. Can they stop him?
“Ghost Ship” by Clive Cussler, this is a Kurt Austin adventure. When Kurt Austin is injured attempting to rescue the passengers and crew from a sinking yacht, he wakes with fragmented and conflicted memories. Did he see an old friend and her children drown, or was the yacht abandoned when he came aboard? For reasons he cannot explain, Kurt doesn’t trust either version of his recollection. Determined to know the truth, he begins to search for answers. Can he find the truth?
“The Prodigal Son” by Kimberla Lawson Roby, this is a Reverend Curtis Black novel. Curtis and Charlotte are having their own problems. Curtis’s long-lost-son Dillon has settled into their household and Charlotte feels he’s trying to take over. She is determined to get Dillon out of the house, but doing so won’t be as easy as she thinks. Dillon quickly figures out what Charlotte is up to and launches his own plan to turn Curtis against her. Will their family ties be undone once and for all?
New Christian Fiction: “Dancing with Fireflies” by Denise Hunter, this is book two in the Chapel Springs Romance series. Jade McKinley is pregnant, alone, and broke, she has no other choice but to return to Chapel Springs. Daniel Dawson, has been an honorary member of the McKinley family for years. He has loved Jade for years, but she always saw him as a big brother. Now that she is back, his feelings are stronger than ever. Will he win her heart?
“Echoes of Mercy” by Kim Vogel Sawyer, this is the story of secrets and truth. Caroline Lang goes undercover in a chocolate factory to investigate the circumstances of an accident and how the factory treats its child workers. She meets Ollie Moore, who is posing as a common worker in the factory to find out more about the business that he will one day inherit. The two become friends both with different ideas about child labor. When they both become involved with three children in need, they each worry that the truth about who they really are will destroy the love that is just beginning to grow between them. (also in large print)
New Mysteries: “Death at the Door” by Carolyn Hart, this is a Death on Demand Bookstore Mystery. Bookstore owner and sleuth Annie Darling is convinced that the apparent suicide of a local doctor and the murder of Jane Corley, wealthy 30-something, are connected. Jane’s husband, Tom is the logical suspect, not least because his mallet was the weapon that killed Jane. Perhaps the killer is Tom’s lover, Frankie, who seems to realize that Tom would never leave his wife. Or perhaps she was murdered by Kevin Hubbard, an employee suspected of malfeasance, or by Kevin’s wife, who stands to lose a lot if her husband’s shenanigans are exposed. Annie has her hands full solving this one.
“Circles in the Snow” by Patrick F. McManus, this is a Bo Tully mystery. Sheriff Bo Tully, is contemplating retirement when he is faced with perhaps his most perplexing case yet. When area bald eagles start getting picked off by a ghost-like killer, and when a prominent local rancher is murdered by an arrow with eagle fletching, things get complicated fast. Is this case the one he will end his career with or will it end him?
New Biography: “Guardian of the Republic” by Allen West, this is the inspiring life story of a veteran, patriot, former congressman, conservative icon and warrior for personal liberty, Allen West has had many titles bestowed on him.
New Non-fiction: “Digging Through History” by Richard A. Freund, this book will take you on a journey through some of the most fascinating archaeological sites of human history.
“Man Stuff” by Josh Turner, this country music singer gives you his thoughts on faith, family and fatherhood.
“The Boom” by Russell Gold, this is the story of how fracking ignited the American energy revolution and changed the world.
“If I Can’t Have You” by Gregg Olsen, this is the tragic story of the mysterious disappearance, of Susan Powell and the murder of her children and suicide of her husband and brother-in-law.
“Southern Fruit & Vegetable Gardening” by Katie Elzer-Peters, this book will help you plant, grow, and harvest the best edibles around.
“Canada” by Eyewitness Travel, this is a color coded guide of each area of Canada with photographs, maps, and tips for each area.
“The Fights on the Little Horn” by Gordon Harper, this is the unveiling of the mysteries of Custer’s Last Stand.
New Audio Books: “Live to See Tomorrow” by Iris Johansen, “The One & Only” by Emily Giffin, “Night Vision” by Randy Wayne White, and “The Viper’s Nest” by Peter Lerangis.
New CDs: “The Outsiders” by Eric Church, and “Riser” by Dierks Bentley.
New DVDs: “August: Osage County,” “Philomena,” and “Chuggington: Wilson and the Ice Cream Fair.”
TV Season: “Andy Griffith” Season two. Happy Reading!
The Cadiz Record’s Library Notes feature is submitted by John L. Street Library Director Pam Metts.