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The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff

Recommended by Colleen in Outreach Services… Her synopsis: Two stories woven together — one is set in modern day Utah and deals with the murder of a polygamist man.  The second addresses the story of one of Brigham Young’s wives, who sued him for divorce. She says: This book was interesting and thought-provoking.  Many of the events of 1880 were reflected in this modern day “cult” of polygamists.  The author also weaves in a pretty good mystery into the...

Murder in the Bastille by Cara Black

Recommended by Nancy in Readers Services… Nancy’s synopsis: Private investigator, Aimee Leduc is all dressed up in her new Chinese silk jacket, an “exclusive,” for dinner with a difficult client at an elegant restaurant in the Bastille district. She is chagrined to see that the woman seated at the very next table is wearing an identical jacket.  When Aimee tries to return the cell phone the woman left behind, she is brutally attacked and left blind. Her attempts to solve the mystery behind her attack brings Aimee into contact with Eastern European thugs, unscrupulous developers, and assorted other villains living in the changing Bastille neighborhood. She says… If you are a mystery fan or just love Paris, this gritty series is for you. Each novel in the Aimee Leduc series is set in a different arrondissement of...

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Recommended by Colleen in Outreach Services… Colleen’s synopsis… A coming-of-age story of a young boy who, through a long forgotten book, finds a purpose greater than himself and a hero in a man he’s never met. She says: This book is at times confusing but very entertaining and well written. I was drawn into the two stories being told by a young man trying to find out what happened to a little known...