The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

Reviewed by Holly (Library Patron)

This is a classic who dun-it mystery. As I read the book I was reminded of how much detective work has advanced in recent years. The book was written in a different time and place. Of course, Christie’s excellent writing transports the readers to that time and place. The characters are well developed and keep you guessing if they did it. I found myself playing a perpetual game of CLUE in my head. The ending was not an easy guess as it is in some murder mysteries. I found it to be a very pleasant read.

Available through the Bridges Library System

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Deep End by Jeff Kinney

Reviewed by Ethan H (Library Patron)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Deep End by Jeff Kinney is a book mostly about the struggles that Gregory (the main character) faces after having to move into his grandparent’s home, because of what happened in the previous diary of a wimpy kid book. Greg is a boy in 6th grade who feels he needs some time away from his family because of how close they have been recently. His mom is not fond of this idea though because she thinks they should spend more time as a family before Greg and his siblings grow up. All of a sudden, Greg’s dad gets a call from his grandma saying there’s an old camper that Greg’s uncle left behind and that the camper is up for the taking. Greg’s family see this as an opportunity to get out of Grandma’s house and to just take a road trip for however long it is needed. Everything is going great on the road trip but after a day or two and getting kicked out of multiple places they start to get tired. Greg’s family starts to consider going home when they see a sign called “Campers Eden.” They decide to give this resort a try and find out they actually like it. There are a lot of activities to keep them busy and everything seems to be going amazing but after half a week or so things start to fall off the deep end. When it’s all over can they save their vacation “or are they already in too deep”?

Located in Children’s Fiction (J FIC KINNEY)

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

Reviewed by Anonymous (Library Patron)

The first book in the Truly Devious trilogy by Maureen Johnson is a unique mystery filled with unsolved crimes and new dramas. It takes place at Ellingham Academy, a school started by the great for the great. Stevie Bell, a new student there, has a fairly normal experience until a project goes wrong. I enjoyed the book because it was able to hook me in and I want to read the rest of the trilogy. The main character, Stevie, loves true crime and it’s the reason she is at the academy, this makes her character very relatable and seem like an ordinary person who got to experience her dreams of being a detective. I love mystery stories and I would recommend this series to people who like to be the detective as they read.

Located in Teen Fiction (TEEN FIC JOHNSON)

Deal Breaker by Harlan Coben

Reviewed by Emily Terasa (Library Staff)

I’ve always enjoyed Harlan Coben’s standalone novels, but for whatever reason I was always hesitant to read his Myron Bolitar series. After multiple people told me I had to read them, I decided to take the leap and try the first one, and I am so glad that I did.

Myron Bolitar is a sports agent, and while he can be hotheaded, he is also compassionate. In Deal Breaker, Myron’s client, Christian Steele, is entangled in the disappearance and suspected death of his ex-girlfriend. Myron attempts to find out the truth of what happened and who is responsible while dodging the underbelly of the crime and sports world.

Clearly I should have read this series sooner because I’ve already finished the second one, and I’m about to start on the third! So if you are looking for a new series that has some mystery, action, sports, and memorable characters, try the Myron Bolitar series.

Available through the Bridges Library System

Clementine’s Letter by Sara Pennypacker

Reviewed by Stephanie Ramirez (Library Staff)

The third installment in the popular Clementine series for kids, Clementine’s Letter is a funny and touching addition to the series. Clementine panics when she hears her teacher might leave for a research trip. When the principal asks the kids to write letters on behalf of their teacher, Clementine can’t help herself to tell how downright horrible he is…..or is he? While a bit wordy and in need of some editing scissors, Clementine’s Letter is a fun read for kids.

Available through the Bridges Library System

The Midnight Lock by Jeffrey Deaver

Reviewed by Cassidy Hammel (Library Staff)

I picked up Deaver’s latest title accidentally thinking it was part of his Colter Shaw series- which I highly recommend- however this is the latest installment in his Lincoln Rhyme series. I wouldn’t normally jump into a series on the 15th title but the description sold me. Women are waking up in their apartments to find their things rearranged, a chair pointed right at the bed as if someone had sat there and watched them sleep, a half eaten cookie or glass of wine on the counter. Someone, somewhere is capable of picking the most secure locks in the world leaving the citizens of New York more than a little worried.

Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are called to investigate the escalating crimes but when a rift occurs with Rhyme’s prior case, the NYPD question his judgement and become overly concerned with the optics in the public eye. They respond by firing Rhyme, their best chance to solve the case of the man who has dubbed himself “the Locksmith”

I enjoyed this book so much I have checked out the first in his series and am looking forward to many more to come.

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC DEAVER)

Spider Lake by Jeff Nania

Reviewed by Jayne S (Library Staff)


This is the second book of the series by a Wisconsin author. Figure Eight introduces us to John Cabrelli, a former Chicago cop who moves to northwestern Wisconsin after an on-duty tragedy.

Spider Lake picks up with John recuperating after a confrontation with a crooked local cop in Musky Falls.

The new Chief of Police recruits him to assist in finding a missing federal agent. John has found his late uncle’s secret vault of photos that include a picture of the federal agent, suitcases of cash, and an incriminating photo of a FBI agent that is currently working on the case.

This is an easy-to-read, fast paced mystery. I enjoyed it and picked up the third book of the series, Bough Cutter.

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC NANIA)

Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone by Diana Gabaldon

Reviewed by Katy Zignego (Library Staff)

I have been reading the Outlander books for about twenty years, and I say now with the greatest affection that it’s time for the saga to end. The adventures of Jamie and Claire–and now their children and grandchildren–have been ever so entertaining, but I sincerely hope that the next book–the tenth in the series–will be the last.

The ninth book in the Outlander series, Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone, seems to acknowledge that the end is drawing nigh: author Diana Gabaldon teases the idea of Claire’s eventual death right in the title. (Spoiler: She doesn’t die.) But the 800 or so pages of GTTB only advance the story about one year, plodding through the seasons on Fraser’s Ridge one meal and bear attack at a time.

The reason for the slow development is that the reader is following five major storylines: one for Jamie and Claire, one for their daughter Brianna, one for their nephew Ian, one for friend Lord John Grey, and one for William (whose connection to the family is a major spoiler and so won’t be revealed here). When you split 800 pages into 5 sections, each storyline only gets a modest 160 pages. So instead of a rushing river of pounding narrative–as it was in the days of just Jamie and Claire–Outlander has become a delta of meandering streams.

I don’t want to see this grand adventure series continue into books eleven, twelve, and fifteen, following each of the different storylines to yet more storylines. Outlander gained its popularity on the strength of Jamie and Claire’s epic love story, and they don’t deserve to become supporting cast in their own saga. My message to Diana Gabaldon, as both an adoring fan and a discerning reader, is this: Bring Jamie and Claire’s story to a close with a bang, not a whimper.

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC GABALDON)

Ocean Prey by John Sandford

Reviewed by Jayne S (Library Staff)

Two great characters in one book! Sandford’s latest novel features both Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers.

Federal Marshall Davenport is assigned to work with the Florida-based FBI to find the murderers of three Coast Guardsmen that were killed during a drug raid.

When it becomes apparent that organized crime is involved, Lucas brings in Virgil to go undercover as a deep sea diver for hire. Virgil needs to infiltrate the Mafia that are trying to retrieve the remaining heroin stashed off the coast, and then get the evidence to nail them for the murders.

This was a fast-paced page turner. I recommend this one as a good summer read. Enjoy!

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC SANDFORD)

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