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)

The Princess in Black and the Perfect Princess Party by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale

Reviewed by Stephanie Ramirez (Library Staff)

Princess Magnolia loves frilly dresses and dainty hats, tea parties and unicorns. Today is her birthday and she can’t wait to celebrate with her other Princess friends! But where does Princess Magnolia keep going during her party?? Why, the Monster Alarm won’t give her a moment’s peace since she’s not only Princess Magnolia–she’s the Princess in Black! Fighting monsters and protecting goats are all in a day’s work for the Princess in Black but will Princess Magnolia be able to enjoy her special day? This delightful entry in the series is full of the same whimsical illustrations by LeUyen Pham and the story level is great for medium level chapter readers. Fun for kids and parents, too!

Located in Children’s Fiction (J FIC HALE)

Fortune and Glory: Tantalizing Twenty-Seven by Janet Evanovich

Reviewed by Jayne S (Library Staff)

I’m not a quitter. I have now read all 27 of the Stephanie Plum books. This one is same-old, same-old. Stephanie gets caught in dangerous situations, has at least one car totaled and cannot decide between the two men in her life.

The author has added a new character into the storyline, it didn’t help much, but there is a new book in the works featuring Gabriela.

Evanovich has made her money on this series and I think it’s time for Stephanie to hang up her stun gun and handcuffs, and settle on her man. Enough said.

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC EVANOVICH)

The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan

Reviewed by Lia (Library Patron)

Percy Jackson is a twelve-year-old boy who has dyslexia and ADHD. He was always a troubled kid, getting kicked out of many schools, not having many true friends, and seeing things that no one else could. His whole life flipped on its head when he discovers that his father (who he never knew) is a Greek god. In this book, he finds friendship, family, and adventure. Percy and two of his new friends set out on a quest to settle an ongoing battle between the gods. Within the fourteen days he had to complete his quest, he discovers things out of this world. This book has a hint of everything–adventure, mystery, action, and of course Greek and Roman mythology.

I love this book and the whole Percy Jackson and the Olympians series! I have read it once before, but am now reading it again and I still love it! I can appreciate how this book sets up for the other books in the series. The author is one of my favorites because he knows how to hook people in and his foreshadowing skills are amazing! Some parts seem so unexpected but then I remember how the author hinted about it earlier in the book. Connecting the dots is truly a great feeling. I’d like to think that I am well-versed in this genre. I think that teens who are interested in Greek and Roman mythology, or just fantasy in general, would greatly benefit from reading this book.

Located in Children’s Fiction (J FIC RIORDAN)