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s -  November 2020

Are you interested in what some of the QWPL staff are reading, watching or listening to? Here is a sampling of staff reviews of materials available to library users in our community. We hope that you find these informative and entertaining.  Look for new reviews each month. 


The Defence
By:  Steve Cavanagh
Recommended by Krista

Steve Cavanagh hits the ground running with this fast paced debut novel.  Eddie Flynn is a con man who makes the change to the straight life as a lawyer only to find himself forced to do the bidding of the Russian mob. Eddie’s character is full of life and oozing quick wit. The book takes off in the first few pages and doesn’t slow down till it is over. Great read!

We also have book two in the Eddie Flynn series: The Plea
This title is available in Regular Print format.


By:  Fern Michaels
Recommended by Kim

Weaving a thread of suspense into her trademark powerful storytelling, #1 New York Times bestselling author Fern Michaels delivers a compelling new novel about a woman who learns that her new life may not be all it appears . . .

Anna Campbell is ready to take her first tentative steps back into the world after widowhood. On a singles cruise, she meets divorced professor Ryan Robertson, and the sparks between them are undeniable. Back home in West Texas, Anna and Ryan continue their romance, and Anna decides it's time for their families to meet.
Anna is delighted when her daughter, Christina, hits it off with Ryan's daughter. The two girls are close in age and have lots in common. Ryan's son, Patrick, is college-bound and somewhat aloof, but Anna feels sure they'll grow closer in time. She happily accepts Ryan's proposal, confident in the bond they've formed.
But the idyllic relationships Anna is hoping for is quickly thrown into doubt. Ryan and his children may not be all she thinks they are. And as the situation grows more desperate, Anna must reach deep within and draw on all her courage and self-reliance to fight for the family and home she deserves . . .

This title is available in Regular print and Downloadable eBook formats.
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Miss Graham’s Cold War Cookbook
By: Celia Rees
Recommended by Marilyn

World War II has just ended, and Britain has established the Control Commission for Germany, which oversees their zone of occupation. The Control Commission hires British civilians to work in Germany, rebuild the shattered nation and prosecute war crimes. Somewhat aimless, bored with her job as a provincial schoolteacher, and unwilling to live with her stuffy genteel parents any longer, twentysomething Edith Graham applies for a job with the Commission—but is instead recruited by the OSS. To them, Edith is perfect spy material…single, ordinary-looking, with a college degree in German. And there’s another thing—the OSS knows that Edith’s brother went to Oxford with one of their most hunted war criminals, Count Kurt von Stabenow, who Edith remembers all too well from before the war.
Intrigued by the challenge, Edith heads to Germany armed with a convincing cover story: she’s an unassuming schoolteacher sent to help resurrect German primary schools. To send information back to her OSS handlers in London, Edith has crafted the perfect alter ego, cookbook author Stella Snelling, who writes a popular magazine cookery column that embeds crucial intelligence within the recipes she collects. But occupied Germany is awash with other spies, collaborators, and opportunists, and as she’s pulled into their world, Edith soon discovers that no one is what they seem to be. The closer she gets to uncovering von Stabenow’s whereabouts—and the network of German civilians who still support him—the greater the danger.
With a unique, compelling premise, Miss Graham’s Cold War Cookbook is a beautifully crafted and gripping novel about daring, betrayal, and female friendship.

This title is available in Regular print, Large print, Downloadable eBook and Audiobook formats.
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Rabbit Foot Bill
By:  Helen Humphreys
Recommended by Janet

Rabbit Foot Bill was a real-life tramp who committed murder in a small prairie town in Saskatchewan in 1947.
Leonard Flint, a lonely boy who had a hard father and was bullied at school befriends him.
Eventually, Bill allows him to accompany him as he sets rabbit snares and to visit his secluded dwelling. Leonard follows Bill everywhere and develops an obsessive love for the vagrant.
Being with Bill is everything to young Leonard, so his shock is absolute when he witnesses Bill commit a sudden violent act and loses him to prison.
Fifteen years later, as a newly graduated doctor of psychiatry, Leonard arrives at the Weyburn Mental Hospital, both excited and intimidated by the massive institution known for its experimental LSD trials. To Leonard's great surprise, he is reunited with Bill who has been a patient there for some time. Leonard again becomes fixated on discovering what happened on that fateful day in 1947.

Based on a true story, this page-turning novel examines the frailty and resilience of the human mind.

This title is available in Regular Print, Downloadable eBook and Audiobook formats.


Serving Crazy With Curry
By:  Amulya Malladi
Recommended by Pauline 

Between the pressures to marry and become a traditional Indian wife and the humiliation of losing her job in Silicon Valley, Devi is on the edge–where the only way out seems to be to jump. . . .
Yet Devi’s plans to “end it all” fall short when she is saved by the last person she wants to see: her mother. Forced to move in with her parents until she recovers, Devi refuses to speak. Instead, she cooks . . . nonstop. And not the usual fare, but off the wall twists on Indian classics, like blueberry curry chicken or Cajun prawn biryani. Now family meals are no longer obligations. Devi’s parents, her sister, and her brother-in-law can’t get enough–and they suddenly find their lives taking turns as surprising as the impromptu creations Devi whips up in the kitchen each night. Then a stranger appears out of the blue. Devi, it appears, had a secret–one that touches many a nerve in her tightly wound family. Though exposing some shattering truths, the secret will also gather them back together in ways they never dreamed possible.

Interspersed with mouthwatering recipes, this story mixes humor, warmth, and leap-off-the-page characters into a rich stew of a novel that reveals a woman’s struggle for acceptance from her family and herself. 

This title is available in Regular Print format.


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