May 012017

The best psychological suspense authors as reported by Library Journal are:

  1. Megan Abbott-her work exemplifies the focus on complex character motivations in murky crime stories.
  2. Sara Blaedel-Denmark’s popular Detective Inspector Louise Rick series.
  3. Daphne du Maurier-adept at understated psychological dread. She wrote from 1936-1971.
  4. Gillian Flynn-break out novel was Gone Girls.
  5. Tana French-writes an unconventional series based around the Dublin Murder Squad.
  6. Sophie Hannah-there’s always something not quite right in her novels.
  7. Patricia Highsmith-wrote in the 1950s.
  8. Margaret Millar-wrote in the 1950s and some of her work has recently been resurrected.
  9. Ruth Rendell-began writing in 1965 and also published under the pseudonym Barbara Vine
  10. Cornell Woolrich-wrote mostly in the 1940s.
Apr 252017

Mystery books continue to be the most popular genre circulated at libraries across the country. If you love a good mystery, you’ll be happy to know that there is a great list of books coming out in the summer and fall of 2017.

Authors don’t even have to be alive to write new books. Tom Clancy, who died in 2013 has two new releases: Tom Clancy Point of Contact by Mike Maden will be released in June and Tom Clancy Power and Empire by Marc Cameron will be released in November and continues the Jack Ryan series. The late Robert Parker has a new Spenser mystery called Robert B. Parker’s Little White Lies by Ace Atkins that will be released in May. In September the Jesse Stone book, Robert B. Parker’s The Hangman’s Sonnet by Reed Farrel Coleman will be on the shelves. At her death, Elizabeth Peters (aka Barbara Mertz) was working on a manuscript about the intrepid Egyptologist Amelia Peabody. Longtime friend Joan Hess completed the book and you will be pleased at how true Hess stays to Peter’s storyline and characters. Look for The Painted Queen in July.

Mar 282017

Experience another world! You can visit the Eiffel Tower or Venice, go through a haunted house and more all from the comfort of your home! Come to a hands-on talk all about Virtual Reality on Thursday, April 13th at 6:30pm. Bring your own VR capable Smartphone and explore the word of VR with Google Cardboard. Don’t have a compatible phone? That’s OK, just come to learn about the world of Virtual Reality and the devices and Apps that are available to use. To use Google Cardboard you need a phone that is an Android 4.1 or higher, or iOS 8.0 or higher. Supports larger phones with screens sizes 4 to 6 inches. For full compatibility your phone should also have a gyroscope. Download the google cardboard app ahead of time here – Android Apple