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The drawing for the handmade quilt is Friday, April 30. Please come by and take a look at the beautiful quilt my sister-in-law, Linda, donated to our Friends of the Library. Tickets are just $1 each, 6 for $5 or 12 for $10. Drop in and buy 1 or 100 tickets! All donations benefit the library.
I’m in the middle of Jaqueline Winspear’s latest Maisie Dobbs novel, The Consequences of Fear, and it is so, so good! Great Britain is at war with Germany and Maisie not only is employed as a private investigator, but is also secretly working for the government. As the book opens, a young message “runner” has witnessed a murder and the police believe he imagined it. He turns to Maisie for help. In the meantime, Maisie is called upon to help recruit and train agents who will be dropped into France to work with the Resistance. This is my absolute favorite series, but you need to start with the first one, Masie Dobbs.
Now, back to our April Library Reads list. One of their top picks is People We Meet on Vacation by Emily Henry. “This is a romance focused on chaotic sprite Poppy and buttoned up Alex and their twelve years of summer vacations. Set in present- day Palm Springs and interspersed with flashbacks from the previous vacations, the story is full of yearning, friendship, and the discussions of what it means to find a home. This is for fans of This Time Next Year, One Day in December, and Waiting for Tom Hanks.” (5-11) Elizabeth Gabriel
Arsenic and Adobo by Mia Manansala is a “fast paced, cozy mystery with a diverse and colorful cast that will make you laugh, cringe, and salivate. Lila has returned home to help with the family’s failing Filipino restaurant, which is repeatedly panned by her food blogger ex. When he comes to lunch and ends up face down in his dessert, Lila becomes the prime murder suspect. This one’s for those who enjoyed Dial A for Aunties and Mimi Lee Gets a Clue.” (5-4) Laura Eckert
In Mary Jane by Jessica Anya Blau, “it’s 1975 and Mary Jane takes a job babysitting while all her friends are away at summer camp. The job comes with exposure to a celebrity and her addicted rock star husband. Mary Jane experiences a world very different from her own. This is for readers who enjoyed Be Frank with Me, Nothing to See Here, and This Tender Land.” (5-11) Jan Fisher
Popular author Mary Kay Andrews’ latest is The Newcomer. “Letty is on the run with her four-year-old niece, afraid she will be accused of her sister’s murder. She ends up at a beach-front motel in Florida. The place is filled with interesting and entertaining characters. Murder, fugitives, romance and a great cast of characters, this is a perfect beach read. Fans of Elin Hildenbrand and Janet Evanovich will love this one.” (5-4) Sandy Ruhmann
Talk Bookish to Me is by Kate Bromley. “A must-read novel, this enemies-to-lovers contemporary romance has enough tension and sizzle to satisfy any romance reader. Bonus, the lead character is a romance writer and readers get a romance novel within a romance novel. This is for readers who loved Much Ado About You and The Invitation.” (5-25) Hannah Spratt
Remember that we’re open on Saturday from 10-1. We’re hoping that gives everyone a few extra hours to visit the library. Happy reading!
Helen Thompson, Director - Mount Pleasant Public Library