Page Turners

Here is a list of books that have been shared on KMA's Page Turners with the Shenandoah Public Library.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

 aired the week of June 6, 2022

The Fields by Erin Young is set in Black Hawk County, Iowa.  Sergeant Riley Fisher is sent to investigate the body of a young woman found in a corn field. Riley quickly realizes it is the body of childhood friend Chloe Miller and vows to do whatever she can to bring the killer to justice. Riley is getting strange vibes off Chloe's husband but is repeatedly told to back off.  When another woman is found dead the tensions mount.  Recommended for fans of Jane Harper, Linda Castillo and Margaret Mizushima.  

 aired the week of May 30, 2022

The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells is the story of a stranger who arrives at the inn in a small village.  He won't give anyone his name and remains wrapped up from head to toe.  When strange things start happening in the village he reveals that he has rendered himself invisible and thus begins a brief reign of terror on the shocked English countryside.  Written in 1897 this is a classic tale of science fiction.

 aired the week of May 23, 2022

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion is a humorous look at what life is like when you march to the beat of your own drum.  Associate Professor Don Tillman is fine with being different but he wants to find a wife.  That is when he comes up with the Wife Project as a way to weed out unsuitable candidates.  Then he meets Rosie who is everything he thinks he doesn't want.  If that is the case, why is he so drawn to her? 

1. The Rosie Project (2013)

2. The Rosie Effect (2014)

3. The Rosie Result (2019)

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

aired the week of May 16, 2022

Shadow Ridge by M.E. Browning opens with an apparent open and shut case of suicide.  But Detective Jo Wyatt has her doubts and the more she digs the more she realizes something sinister is going on with the group of college students who are working on their final project for their visual arts class.  Two have died of an apparent suicide and one of the others is receiving threatening emails.  A twisty police procedural for fans of Emily Littlejohn, John McMahon, Robert Dugoni and P.J. Tracy.

Jo Wyatt series

1. Shadow Ridge

2. Mercy Creek

 aired the week of May 9, 2022

Last Bus to Wisdom by Ivan Doig follows eleven-year-old Donal on his cross-country trip from Montana to stay with relatives in Wisconsin while his Gram is having surgery for female trouble.  Filled with an eclectic cast of characters that Donal meets along the way to what will be the adventure of a lifetime.  For fans of William Kent Krueger's coming of age stories.

 aired the week of May 2, 2022

Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson references a blog post that bookstore owner Malcolm Kershaw wrote years ago compiling a list of 8 books that he thinks exhibit the perfect murder.  Now it seems that someone is using his list to commit murder.  But does Malcolm know more than he is letting on to FBI Special Agent Gwen Mulvey?  Recommended for fans of A.J. Finn and B. J. Parris.

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

 aired the week of April 25, 2022

This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger is a coming of age story set in 1932.  Odie and Albert are brothers who are living at the Lincoln Indian Training School in southern Minnesota.  When something horrible happens to Odie the boys decide to run away taking their best friend Mose who is from the Sioux tribe and little Emmy Frost the daughter of one of the school's teachers with them.  They strike out for St. Louis where the boys only living relative resides.  A beautiful coming of age story set along the banks of the Gilead River. For fans of Ivan Doig, Louise Erdrich and Donna Everhart.

 aired the week of April 18, 2022

My Sister's Grave by Robert Dugoni introduces Seattle Police Detective Tracy Crosswhite.  Tracy became a police officer so she could work to track down the killer of her younger sister Sarah 20 years prior.  When Sarah's body is finally uncovered by hunters it opens a whole new case and calls into question the conviction from years earlier. For fans of J.A. Jance, Lisa Gardner and Heather Gudenkauf.

1. My Sister's Grave

2. Her Final Breath

3. In the Clearing

4. The Trapped Girl

5. Close to Home

6. A Steep Price

7. A Cold Trail

8. In Her Tracks

9. What She Found (August 2022)

 aired the week of April 11, 2022

Murder with Peacocks by Donna Andrews is the first title in the Meg Langslow cozy mystery series.  Meg who is a blacksmith takes the summer off to try to bring order to the three weddings she is playing maid of honor for during the season.  When the sister-in-law of one of the grooms is found dead and other strange things start happening to people in the wedding party Meg takes it upon herself to track down the killer and save the day.  There are currently 30 titles in this series which debuted in 1999.  For fans of Ellen Byron's Cajun Country mysteries and Joanne Fluke's Hannah Swensen series.

 aired the week of April 4, 2022

The Ride of Her Life by Elizabeth Letts is the meticulously researched story of 63-year-old Annie Wilkins of Minot, Maine who along with her horse Tarzan and little dog Depeche Toi embark on a cross country journey on horseback to see the Pacific Ocean in November of 1954.

Other titles include:

- The Perfect Horse

- The Eighty Dollar Champion

Monday, February 28, 2022

 aired the week of March 28, 2022

Best Laid Plans by Gwen Florio introduces the Nora Best mystery series.  Nora and her husband are planning on a year long road trip with an Airstream trailer that they will use as a basis for a book.  However when Nora interrupts her husband and their neighbor in the act she knows her marriage is over and so are her book plans.  She flees with the trailer in tow and stops at a random campground in Wyoming where she is accused of murdering one of the campground hosts. 

1. Best Laid Plans

2. Best Kept Secrets

 aired the week of March 21, 2022

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig introduces Nora who has decided she is done living.  Her life is full of regrets and she can't continue the way things are.  After taking too many pills she finds herself in front of a library.  Inside are books full of lives she could have lived had she done things differently.  What life is the best life and how will she know?

 aired the week of March 14, 2022

Deep into the Dark by P.J. Tracy is the first in a series featuring LAPD homicide detective Margaret Nolan.  She and her partner are investigating the suspicious death of a man in a high rise when they meet Sam and Melody who are coworkers at a trendy bar.  Sam a veteran with PTSD might be good for the murder but there are many other things in play and the body count keeps rising.  A gritty character drive police thriller, for fans of Harlan Coben, Reed Farrel Coleman and Robert Crais.

Detective Margaret Nolan

1. Deep into the Dark

2. Desolation Canyon

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

 aired the week of March 7, 2022

We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter tells the story of the Kurc family and their daring escape from the city of Radom, Poland during World War II.  Author Georgia Hunter has meticulously researched her family and tells their stories in this fictionalized account of their survival.  By the end of the Holocaust, 90% of Poland's three million Jews were annihilated; of the more than thirty thousand Jews who lived in Radom, fewer than 300 survived.  Hunter is right, "We were the lucky ones."  A powerful story of survival under unimaginable circumstances.

 aired the week of February 28, 2022

We Begin at the End by Chris Whitaker introduces young protagonist Duchess Day Radley who is just trying to keep her family together.  Tragedy follows the Radley family and soon the man who killer her young aunt in a hit and run accident 30 years ago is released from prison.  A short time after his release Duchess's mother is killed.  The local police chief is certain he knows who killed her but while he is building his case Duchess and her young brother Robin must forge a new life for themselves with a grandfather they have never met.

 aired the week of February 21, 2022

The Lights of Sugarberry Cove by Heather Webber is a work of southern women's fiction with a touch of magical realism. The Scott women are brought together after mother Susannah suffers a heart attack.  This is a chance for them to air their feelings and mend fences, but it won't be easy.  Set on a lake in Alabama with a lovely old Bed and Breakfast as the backdrop, this is a light read with a good message.

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

 aired the week of February 14, 2022

The Miracles of the Namiya General Store by Keigo Higashino is a difficult book to pigeon hole.  There is so much packed into this story of redemption and self-discovery.  Three thieves have found a place to lie low in an old general store.  But when letters asking for advice start slipping through the mail slot the young men have no idea how to help the letter's author and this sends them on a journey of discovery themselves.

 aired the week of February 7, 2022

This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash is set against the backdrop of the 1998 Major League Baseball homerun record chase.  Easter and Ruby Quillby are in foster care after their mother died of an overdose.  Their absentee father Wade Chesterfield has just arrived and taken the girls on the run with him.  What he doesn't realize is there is someone on his tail who will stop at nothing to see Wade Chesterfield dead. For fans of southern gothic authors like Daniel Woodrell.

 aired the week of January 31, 2022

And Now She's Gone by Rachel Howzell Hall introduces investigator Grayson Sykes who has just been given her first case. Isabel Lincoln has disappeared with her boyfriend's Labradoodle and he wants his dog back.  This should be pretty easy but Isabel Lincoln doesn't want to be found, or is she no longer living and someone is sending Grayson on a wild goose chase.

 aired the week of January 24, 2022

Don't Look Now by Mary Burton is a suspenseful thriller that has homicide detective Jordan Poe in hot pursuit of a killer. His victims look like Jordan's younger sister Avery who has had a substance abuse problem.  When Jordan gets too close to the killer she is hurt but refuses to back off the case until he is brought to justice.

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

 aired the week of January 17, 2022

The K-Team by David Rosenfelt introduces a PI foursome made up of Laurie Collins a retired cop married to smart mouth lawyer Andy Carpenter, her friend from the force Cory Douglas, his K-9 partner Simon Garfunkle and Marcus who is the muscle.  The K-Team has just landed their first case.  A judge has been sent an anonymous threatening note and he wants to know who is behind it before his reputation is ruined.  This laugh out loud funny mystery is the first in a series. 

K-Team Mystery Series

1. K-Team

2. Animal Instinct

3. Citizen K-9 (March 2022)

 aired the week of January 10, 2022

April in Paris, 1921 by Tessa Lunney introduces Kiki Button a newly minted society reporter stationed in Paris.  However Kiki has been given instructions by her former boss and spymaster to find a mole in the City of Light while also searching for a missing Picasso panting.  There is much afoot and Kiki is working hard to get to the bottom of each mystery.

Kiki Button Mysteries

1. April in Paris, 1921

2. Autumn Leaves, 1922

 aired the week of January 3, 2022

Carrie's Top Ten Picks of 2021

These are in no particular order other than the order I read them last year.

1. Finlay Donovan is Killing It by Elle Cosimano - humorous mystery

2. Darling Rose Gold by Stephanie Wroble - thriller

3. The Paper Daughters of Chinatown by Heather B. Moore - historical fiction

4. The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett by Annie Lyons - woman's fiction

5. The Right Sort of Man by Allison Montclair - historical mystery

6. Open Carry by Marc Cameron - thriller

7. Miss Benson's Beetle by Rachel Joyce - historical fiction

8. Steel Fear by Brandon Webb & John David Mann - thriller

9. The Kitchen Front by Jennifer Ryan - historical fiction

10. This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash - mystery / thriller