Allison Public Library Notes 9/19
“SMOKESCREEN” by Iris Johansen . . . Racing to Africa when a village is attacked by guerilla forces, Eve Duncan begins to suspect a deeper plot before finding herself stranded in the jungle of an unstable country.
“LADY IN THE LAKE” by Laura Lippman . . . A divorced reporter in racially torn 1966 Baltimore triggers unanticipated consequences for vulnerable community members while investigating the murder of an African-American party girl.
“THE ORPHAN'S SONG” by Lauren Kate . . . Longing to escape from the eighteenth-century music orphanage in Venice where she has lived her entire life, talented singer Violetta bonds with Mino, a gifted violinist who flees from the orphanage to find his missing mother.
“THE CHAIN” by Adrian McKinity . . . A parent receives a panicked phone call from a stranger who reveals that both of their children have been kidnapped by someone who demands that they abduct another child to prevent the murders of their own.
“MIDNIGHT AT THE BLACKBIRD CAFE” by Heather Webber . . . A parent receives a panicked phone call from a stranger who reveals that both of their children have been kidnapped by someone who demands that they abduct another child to prevent the murders of their own.
“D-DAY GIRLS” by Sarah Rose . . . The dramatic, inspiring story of the extraordinary women recruited by Britain's elite spy agency to sabotage the Nazis, shore up the Resistance, and pave the way for Allied victory in World War II.
“HIDDEN AMONG THE STARS” by Melanie Dobson . . . The year is 1938, and as Hitler’s troops sweep into Vienna, Austrian Max Dornbach promises to help his Jewish friends hide their most valuable possessions from the Nazis, smuggling them to his family’s summer estate near the picturesque village of Hallstatt. He enlists the help of Annika Knopf, his childhood friend and the caretaker’s daughter, who is eager to help the man she’s loved her entire life. But when Max also brings Luzia Weiss, a young Jewish woman, to hide at the castle, it complicates Annika’s feelings and puts their entire plan—even their very lives—in jeopardy.
“THE AMISH SWEET SHOP” by Emma Miller . . . At thirty-six, bachelor Jacob Beechy is a master candy maker. Convinced he'll need extra help with the holidays coming, Jacob's mother interviews applicants – for his future wife. In honor of Joy Schueler.
“WHEN TO CALL A COWBOY” by June Faver . . . When her father is murdered, Dixie Moore returns to Langston where she must decide whether or not to open her heart again to Beau Garrett or let him go to keep him safe from the danger that has followed her home.
FOR YOUNG READERS:
“THE REST OF THE STORY” by Sarah Dessen . . . Unexpectedly sent to spend the summer with her late mother's estranged relatives at scenic North Lake, a teen finds herself torn between her mother's working-class relatives and her father's wealthier associates.
“THE NIGHT LIBRARY” by David Zeltser . . . Upset to learn that he will be getting a book for his birthday, an inquisitive boy is visited in his dreams by New York Public Library stone lions Patience and Fortitude, who whisk him away on a tour of the library and its wonders. Given in memory of Marilee Reiher.
“BEAR CAME ALONG” by Richard T. Morris . . . An assortment of animals living separate lives discover they need each other when they have a chance encounter on a river. In memory of Marilee Reiher.