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LibraryReads: Hall of Fame Authors August 2019

LibraryReads Hall of Fame:  August 2019

The LibraryReads Hall of Fame designation honors authors who have had multiple titles appear on the monthly list since 2013. As of the October 2018 list, when an author’s third title places on a monthly list via library staff votes, the author moves into our Hall of Fame.

 

The Perfect Wife: A Novel

by JP Delaney

Published: 8/6/2019 by Ballantine Books
ISBN: 9781524796747

“Abbie wakes up with no memory of how she ended up in the hospital. Her tech wizard husband tells her that after a horrific accident, he spent five years trying to bring her back. But is Abby’s return a miracle of science, or a nightmare? Delaney’s latest psychological thriller keeps you guessing.”


Joan Meis Wilson, Needles Public Library, Needles, CA

Read-alikes:

Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson
How to Be A Good Wife by Emma Chapman
The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch


The Turn of the Key

by Ruth Ware

Published: 8/6/2019 by Gallery/Scout Press
ISBN: 9781501188770

“Rowan travels to northern Scotland to nanny for a rich, eccentric family; a seemingly perfect job until everything unravels. The isolated location, creepy gothic vibe, unreliable narrator, and brilliant twists keep readers on edge from start to finish in a pulse-pounding read.”

Cyndi Larsen, Avon Free Public Library, Avon, CT

Read-alikes:

Lock Every Door by Riley Sager
While You Sleep by Stephanie Merritt
The Ghost Orchid by Carol Goodman

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LibraryReads: Hall of Fame Authors July 2019

LibraryReads Hall of Fame:  July 2019

The LibraryReads Hall of Fame designation honors authors who have had multiple titles appear on the monthly list since 2013. As of the October 2018 list, when an author’s third title places on a monthly list via library staff votes, the author moves into our Hall of Fame.

 

Brazen and the Beast: The Bareknuckle Bastards Book II

by Sarah MacLean

Published: 7/30/2019 by Avon
ISBN: 9780062692078

“Sparks fly when the brash daughter of an earl and the bastard son of a duke are thrown together in Regency London. Strong character development and sizzling love scenes combine for a swoon-worthy read.”

Rosemary Kiladitis, Queens Library, Queensboro Hill, NY

Read-alikes:

Scandal in Spring by Lisa Kleypas
The Mistress by Susan Wiggs
The Perks of Loving a Scoundrel by Jennifer McQuiston


The Chelsea Girls: A Novel

by Fiona Davis

Published: 7/30/2019
by Dutton
ISBN: 9781524744588

“Amid the paranoia of the Red Scare, two women forge an indelible friendship. Davis’ latest historical fiction gem highlights an important chapter of American history against the vivid backdrop of 1950s New York.”

Debbie Lease, Hillsdale Public Library, Hillsdale, NJ

Read-alikes:

White Collar Girl by Renee Rosen
When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton
The Subway Girls by Susie Orman Schnall


Lady in the Lake: A Novel

by Laura Lippman

Published: 7/23/2019
by William Morrow
ISBN: 9780062390011

“Maddie Schwartz leaves her marriage in 1960s Baltimore and finds her true calling as a reporter after discovering the body of a murdered girl. Desperate for a byline, Maddie triggers a domino effect of tragic consequences when she becomes part of the story instead.”

Linda Quinn, Fairfield Public Library, Fairfield, CT

Read-alikes:

Field of Blood by Denise Mina
November Road by Lou Berney
Black Water Rising by Attica Locke


Never Have I Ever: A Novel

by Joshilyn Jackson

Published: 7/30/2019
by William Morrow
ISBN: 9780062855312

“Amy’s seemingly perfect life is threatened when she’s confronted by a stranger who knows her darkest secrets. This fast-paced thrill ride hooks you from the first page.”

Terri Smith, Cornelia Library, Mt. Airy, GA

Read-alikes:

Not That I Could Tell by Jessica Strawser
The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
A Simple Favor by Darcey Bell


Shamed: A Kate Burkholder Novel

by Linda Castillo

Published: 7/16/2019
by Minotaur Books
ISBN: 9781250142863

“An Amish grandmother is murdered, a girl with special needs is abducted, and the clock ticks on police chief Burkholder’s hopes of finding her alive. This thrilling page-turner explores the lengths one will go to save a child.”

Aubrey Parker, Charles B. Stewart-West Branch Library,Montgomery, TX

Read-alikes:

In the Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer-Fleming
Blessed Be the Wicked by D.A. Bartley
Circle of Influence by Annette Dashofy


The Wedding Party

by Jasmine Guillory

Published: 7/16/2019
by Berkley Jove
ISBN: 9781984802194

“Maddie and Theo love to hate each other until they find themselves together at the one place they least expected–in bed. This laugh-out-loud story is the perfect companion to Guillory’s earlier romances.”

Afton Finley, Waseca Public Library, Waseca, MN

Read-alikes:

Sofia Khan Is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
Intercepted by Alexa Martin

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LibraryReads: Hall of Fame Authors February 2019

The LibraryReads Hall of Fame designation honors authors who have had multiple titles appear on the monthly list since 2013. As of the October 2018 list, when an author’s third title places on a monthly list via library staff votes, the author moves into our Hall of Fame.

 

The Lost Man

by Jane Harper

Published: 2/5/2019 by Flatiron Books
ISBN: 9781250105684

“When rancher Cameron Bright is found dead in the unforgiving Australian Outback, his older brother Nathan, a social pariah, is left to uncover family secrets and ferret out the mystery of Cameron’s demise. Harper’s tense standalone will captivate her fans and leave them eager for more.”

Lori Hench, Baltimore County Public Library, Baltimore, MD

Readalikes:

Bearskin by James McLaughlin
Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke
The Hired Man by Aminatta Forna
The Round House by Louise Erdrich
The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey


I Owe You One: A Novel

by Sophie Kinsella

Published: 2/5/2019
by The Dial Press
ISBN: 9781524799014

“Kinsella is back with a sweet, thoughtful book about family loyalty and breaking out on your own. Fixie Farr is trying to keep her family’s store afloat while her siblings plot expensive plans to modernize. Meanwhile, Fixie is juggling two interested suitors. For readers who love Meg Cabot and Marian Keyes.”

Kathryn Neal, Skiatook Library, Skiatook, OK

Readalikes:

Anybody Out There by Marian Keyes
A Vintage Affair by Isabel Wolff
The Perfect Find by Tia Williams
Life’s a Beach by Clare Cook
A Perfect Proposal by Katie Fforde

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LibraryReads November 2018: top ten books librarians love!

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November 2018 LibraryReads List

My Sister,the Serial Killer:
A Novel

by Oyinkan Braithwaite

Published: 11/20/2018 by Doubleday
ISBN: 9780385544238

“Nigerian nurse Korede puts up with so much from her sister Ayoola (the serial killer). Braithwaite tells a dark, lively, and funny story of how begrudgingly cleaning up after someone else’s deadly habits is just one of those things one does for family. For fans of satirical humor.”

Lisa Hoffman, Bloomfield Public Library, Bloomfield NJ


The Adults: A Novel

by Caroline Hulse

Published: 11/27/2018 by Random House
ISBN: 9780525511748

“Divorced couple Claire and Matt devise a terrific idea for Christmas: spend it at Happy Forest Holiday Park with their new partners and their seven-year-old daughter Scarlett (and her imaginary friend). Hilarious and heartrending, this debut novel asks the age-old question: ‘What could possibly go wrong?’”

Todd Krueger, Baltimore County Public Library, Towson, MD


The Best Bad Things: A Novel

by Katrina Carrasco

Published: 11/6/2018 by MCD/Farrar, Straus & Giroux
ISBN: 9780374123697

“Alma is a cross-dressing, bisexual, half-Mexican, badass woman who goes undercover in this historical fiction story set in 1887 Washington state. She lives life on the edge with gusto and nerve. An enjoyable ride for readers who like a fast-paced story and don’t mind graphic content.”

Joseph Jones, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Cuyahoga, OH


The Colors of All the Cattle: No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency

by Alexander McCall Smith

Published: 11/6/2018 by Pantheon
ISBN: 9781524747800

“Each new book in this series unwraps another layer of the lives of the minor characters. Along with solving the requisite mystery, Precious delves into local politics and comes to rely more on her family and friends for their input. A charming addition to this heartwarming series.”

Fran Hegarty, Peabody Institute Library of Danvers, Danvers, MA


Empire of Sand

by Tasha Suri

Published: 11/13/2018 by Orbit
ISBN: 9780316449717

“A modern take on the classic Disney tale of Mulan, this fantasy-adventure story features Mehr, a governor’s daughter who wants to make a name for herself and is passionate about saving the lives of those in her kingdom. Mehr’s unique magical powers make her a target and give the classic storyline a new twist.”

Megan Marong, Lackawanna Public Library, Lackawanna, NY


How Long ‘Til Black Future Month: Stories

by N. K. Jemisin

Published: 11/27/2018 by Orbit
ISBN: 9780316491341

“This first short story collection from the most celebrated speculative fiction author of our time features her signature blend of sharply observed, provocative tales of magic steeped in realism and social commentary. Both SFF fans and adventurous readers of genre-blending literary fiction such as Station Eleven and The Underground Railroad will find much to admire.”

Annabelle Mortensen, Skokie Public Library, Skokie, IL


The Kinship of Secrets

by Eugenia Kim

Published: 11/6/2018 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9781328987822

“A sweeping, historical, family saga in which two sisters are separated during the Korean War. One is raised in the United States and the other in South Korea. For fans of Pachinko.”

Cat Ng, Palm Beach County Library System, Wellington, FL

 


A Ladder to the Sky: A Novel

by John Boyne

Published: 11/13/2018 by Hogarth
ISBN: 9781984823014

“Enter the disturbing world of high stakes publishing and meet an author so twisted and unscrupulous you will beg for justice. For readers who like an unlikeable character and sardonic tone.”

Kimberly McGee, Lake Travis Community Library, Austin, TX

 


Newcomer: A Mystery

by Keigo Higashino

Published: 11/20/2018 by Minotaur Books
ISBN: 9781250067869

“Newly transferred Tokyo Police Detective Kaga is assigned a baffling murder. The story is told almost entirely through the perspective of people he interviews, gradually revealing the puzzling who, how, and why in this mystery. For fans of Sherlock Holmes, Agatha Christie and Columbo as well as lovers of international crime novels.”

Julie Graham, Yakima Valley Libraries, Yakima, WA


Someone to Trust: A Westcott Novel

by Mary Balogh

Published: 11/27/2018 by Berkley/Jove
ISBN: 9780399586101

“Love defies societal expectations in this historical romance set in the Regency period. For fans of Tessa Dare and Amelia Grey.”

Kathy Setter, Indianhead Federated Library System, Eau Claire, WI

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LibraryReads August 2017: top ten books librarians love!

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August 2017  LibraryReads List

Young Jane Young:  A Novel

by Gabrielle Zevin

Published:8/22/2017 by Algonquin Books
ISBN: 9781616205041

“Aviva Grossman was involved in a relationship with her boss, who just happened to be a member of Congress. She becomes ostracized as her name is associated with scandal and  reinvents herself as Jane Young.  She has a daughter, Ruby, who decides to run away to look for her father. Ruby learns things are not always what they seem. I loved Zevin’s engaging style. The characters are flawed and real. You are rooting for them until the end.”

Audra Bartholomew, Bossier Parish Library, Bossier City, LA


Glass Houses: A Novel

by Louise Penny

Published: 8/29/2017 by Minotaur Books
ISBN: 9781250066190

“A new threat arises in Three Pines as a mysterious masked figure stands watch on the village green. ‘It’ refuses to communicate in any way, which is just the start of another thrilling adventure in this long-running series. Gamache is still trying to restore the Sûreté du Québec back to what it was before it was corrupted under the previous regime. Choices are made that will forever change our hero in ways we can only begin to imagine. The next book can’t get here fast enough.”

Joseph Jones, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Brooklyn, OH


How to Find Love in a Bookshop

by Veronica Henry

Published: 8/15/2017 by Pamela Dorman Books
ISBN: 9780735223493

“When Emilia’s father dies, she returns to her small English village, takes over his beloved bookshop, and begins working through both her grief and the myriad renovations and changes the store needs. The author weaves stories of multiple village residents and their romantic travails and triumphs. I admired the well-crafted nature of this story, with the interwoven storylines offering wide variety without becoming scattered or straining to remain believably interrelated. All in all, just lovely.”

Carol Reich, Hillsboro Public Library, Hillsboro, OR


If the Creek Don’t Rise: A Novel

by Leah Weiss

Published: 8/22/2017 by Sourcebooks Landmark
ISBN: 9781492647454

“It is 1970 and pregnant seventeen-year-old Sadie Blue is trapped in a marriage with her horrific moonshiner husband Roy in an Appalachian mountain town. Their friends and neighbors live stark, gritty lives that are written with vivid and captivating detail. Hope and strength shine through in bits and pieces in this terrific debut about Sadie’s struggles. Weiss’s fresh voice captivates the reader as this tale spins from several perspectives that draw the reader into Sadie’s world. A terrific debut that will keep you riveted until the last page.”

Carol Ann Tack, Merrick Library, Merrick, NY


Reincarnation Blues: A Novel

by Michael Poore

Published: 8/22/2017 by Del Rey
ISBN: 9780399178481

“A witty and fascinating look at reincarnation. Milo has been reincarnated more than any other human. He’s been enjoying his lives and grown wise without quite achieving perfection, the ultimate goal. He is absolutely in love with Death, who’d rather just be called Suzi and ultimately would like to settle down and run a candle shop. Unfortunately, he comes to find out there’s actually a limit on how many chances you get at perfection. A moving and lovely story about love, meditation, the journey of life, and becoming the best person you can be.”

Jessica Trotter, Capital District Libraries, Lansing, MI


Morningstar: Growing Up with Books

by Ann Hood

Published: 8/1/2017 by W.W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393254815

Morningstar is Hood’s account of growing up in a family and a town that did not value books and learning to love them anyway, finding them a gateway into ‘a big, beautiful world.’ Her taste in literature runs the gamut from Dickens to Jacqueline Susann, Frost to Rod McKuen, and Hood makes a powerful case for what each contributed to her life. Give this to avid readers; it will likely send them off to reread old favorites and maybe inspire curiosity about titles they missed. Fascinating reading.”

Beth Mills, New Rochelle Public Library, New Rochelle, NY


The Address: A Novel

by Fiona Davis

Published: 8/1/2017 by Dutton
ISBN: 9781524741990

“In New York City in the 1880s, Sara Smythe emigrates from England to manage a new apartment building, the Dakota. She soon becomes the lover of the architect, Theodore Camden. After Sara murders Theodore, she is sent to an insane asylum which is infiltrated by journalist Nellie Bly. A second story line also takes place at the Dakota, but this time in 1985. Bailey is hired to renovate the apartment after she gets out of rehab and uncovers mysterious secrets and her personal connections to Camden. This suspenseful book provides a fascinating look at the history of New York during this period.”

Maggie Holmes, Richards Memorial Library, North Attleboro, MA


Emma in the Night: A Novel

by Wendy Walker
Published: 8/8/2017 by St. Martin’s Press
ISBN: 9781250141439

“One night, Emma and her sister Cass go missing. Three years later, Cass returns home without Emma and tells the story of a couple who held the girls hostage and kidnapped the child to whom Emma gave birth. FBI Special Agent Abby Strauss is brought in to interview Cass with the hope of finally finding Emma. The more answers Cass gives, the more questions Abby has, and she knows that beneath all of Cass’s stories lies the truth. This thriller, with many unreliable characters, will keep readers off-kilter and uncertain, even after one final twist.”

Jennifer Winberry, Hunterdon County Library, Flemington, NJ


The Burning Girl: A Novel

by Claire Messud

Published: 8/29/2017 by W.W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 9780393635027

“Julia and Cassie were once inseparable, but once they start middle school, things unexpectedly change. Cassie has found new friends, and it is clear Julia is not welcome. Julia doesn’t understand how Cassie could just forget how close they were and leave her to navigate a new school alone. When things start to go wrong for Cassie, Julia steps in to help but is left to wonder how close they really were. Messud really captures the anguish of the early teen years, when friendships are heartbreakingly intense and can change in an instant. Beautifully written and moving.”

Pamela Wiggins, Wake County Public Libraries, Cary, NC


The Clockwork Dynasty: A Novel

by Daniel H. Wilson

Published: 8/1/2017 by Doubleday
ISBN: 9780385541787

“When an inventor, employed by Peter the Great, creates two human-like clockwork automaton robots using anima discovered near a stream, he has no idea about the history behind those anima, nor could he imagine his creations’ future. Weaving through the present and the past, this book creates a world where humans co-inhabit alongside a group of powerful automaton robots. Fun, intriguing and nearly impossible to put down! I loved reading this book.”

Katherine Rose, Edwardsville Public Library, Edwardsville, IL

 

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LibraryReads August 2016: top ten books librarians love!

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August 2016 LibraryReads List

A Great Reckoning blogA Great Reckoning:
A Novel

by Lousie Penny

Published:8/30/2016 by Minotaur Books
ISBN: 9781250022134

“Armand Gamache is back, and it was worth the wait. As the new leader of the Surete academy, Gamche is working to stop corruption at its source and ensure the best start for the cadets. When a copy of an old map is found near the body of a dead professor, Gamache and Beauvoir race against the clock to find the killer before another person dies. A terrific novel that blends Penny’s amazing lyrical prose with characters that resonate long after the book ends. Highly recommended.”

David Singleton, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, Charlotte, NC 


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 The Couple Next Door

by Shari Lapena

Published: 8/23/2016 by Pamela Dorman Books
ISBN: 9780735221086

“This book is so full of twists and turns that my head was swiveling. Who took baby Cora? Marco and Anne decide to leave their baby home alone. After all, they share a wall with their neighbors, with whom they are partying. They would take turns checking in on her baby monitor. But when they return to their flat the first thing they find is an open door and no Cora. Who’s to blame? Could it be an unlikely suspect that you won’t see coming? If you like a book that keeps you guessing until the very end you won’t be disappointed.”

Debbie Frizzell, Johnson County Library, Roeland Park, KS


 

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by Camilla Way

Published: 8/2/2016 by NAL
ISBN: 9781101991633

“Twisty psychological banter makes this book a thrill ride. Edie was the girl in high school who had it all. Heather was the awkward girl who wanted so badly to be accepted. That was high school and now Edie is a single mom caught in a dead end job. She is about to lose it when Heather comes to her rescue. While Edie loves being able to get her life back, the hold that Heather has on her and the baby is disconcerting. The story jumps back and forth between past and present and you will change your mind about their friendship right up to the last page.”

Kimberly McGee, Lake Travis Community Library, Austin, TX

 


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The City Baker’s Guide to Country Living

by Louise Miller

Published: 8/9/2016 by Pamela Dorman Books
ISBN: 9781101981207

“Talented chef Olivia Rawlings didn’t make the best decisions in her love life, but it takes an accident with a flambéed dessert to force her into a major life change. She flees to a small town in Vermont and takes a job at a small inn. She soon discovers that even though the town is small, the world she has known is about to get much bigger. Miller’s writing is descriptive enough to imagine Olivia in this setting, smell her pastries baking, and hear the music in the story. Miller has captured the essence of a great character in a setting that could easily feel like home to many readers.”

Jennifer Ohzourk, St. Louis Public Library, St. Louis, MO

 


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The Dollhouse: A Novel

by Fiona Davis

Published: 8/23/2016 by Dutton
ISBN: 9781101984994

“This is the story of the women who stayed in the Barbizon Hotel in the 1950’s. A reporter is tipped off about one of the women, who still lives in the building over 60 years later. As she tries to research a murder and a case of switched identities, she starts becoming part of the story. The narration switched between 2016 and 1952 and as I read the novel, I soon got caught up in the next piece of the puzzle. It had history, romance, and a way to view the changing roles of women. Enjoyed it very much!”

Donna Ballard, East Meadow Public Library, East Meadow, NY

 


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The Book That Matters Most: A Novel

by Ann Hood

Published: 8/9/2016 by W.W. Norton
ISBN: 9780393241655

“A recently separated woman seeks solace and purpose in a local book group, while her daughter is dealing with her own life-changing problems that just might be resolved with a little literary assistance. The juxtaposition of the idyllic small town and the harsh reality of the seedier side of Paris, the weight of memory and regret, and the power of human connection, along with the engaging characters all work together to create an enthralling read. Readers will be carried away with the hope that these lovely and damaged characters can find their own happy ending.”

Sharon Layburn, South Huntington Public Library, South Huntington, NY

 


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Arrowood: A Novel

by Laura McHugh

Published: 8/9/2016 by Spiegel & Grau
ISBN: 9780812996395

“Arden Arrowood returns to the family home, a stately Second Empire mansion, after the death of her father. She is hoping to find some peace and possibly an answer to the decades old mystery of her twin sisters’ kidnapping. Arden, at age 8, was the only witness to their disappearance, but memory is a tricky thing. The spooky old house, the setting on the Iowa side of the Mississippi River Bluffs, the small town atmosphere, a creepy caretaker, and many family secrets make this novel Un-put-down-able! Highly recommended.”

Mary Vernau, Tyler Public Library, Tyler, TX

 


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Behind Closed Doors

by B.A. Paris
Published: 8/9/2016 by St. Martin’s Press
ISBN: 9781250121004

“On the surface, Jack and Grace have the perfect marriage, the perfect house, and the perfect jobs. What lies beneath the surface is something so sinister yet so believable that it will horrify most readers. What happens behind closed doors and could, or would, you believe it? This is a superb story of psychological abuse that will have your heart racing right up to the end.”

Marika Zemke, Commerce Township Public Library, Commerce Twp, MI

 


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First Star I See Tonight: A Novel

by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Published: 8/23/2016 by William Morrow
ISBN: 9780062405616

“First Star I See Tonight is a satisfying addition to the Chicago Stars series. Cooper Graham has just retired as the quarterback when he meets private investigator Piper. Their relationship starts off with a mutual dislike that quickly turns into one full of sparks. Watching them navigate the waters is fascinating. In the end Cooper lays it all on the line in order to win his biggest game ever…a happily ever after. I highly recommend the book.”
—Jennifer Cook, L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire , WI

Jennifer Cook, L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire , WI

 


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Die Like An Eagle: A Meg Langslow Mystery

by Donna Andrews

Published: 8/2/2016 by Minotaur Books
ISBN: 9781250078551

“Meg and her family embrace America’s favorite past time. It’s the opening weekend for the Caerphilly Summerball baseball league and Meg finds a body in the porta-potty. Meg, her friends and family must catch a killer and figure out how to oust the petty league president before everyone’s weekend is ruined. Reading Andrews’ books are like a visit home to your favorite relatives, plus she weaves humor and fun while still penning an enjoyable mystery.”

Karen Emery, Johnson County Public Library, Franklin, IN


 

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