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All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai

All Our Wrong Todays A Novel by Elan MastaiThose of us who crossed the space time continuum with Marty McFly will likely enjoy Mastai’s take on time travel.   

Tom Barren is from the Jetsons versions of 2016 - a utopia of flying cars, moving sidewalks, liquid polymer outifts that recycle daily, and more.  All courtesy of the Goettreider engine, a source of unlimited absolute clean energy, invented by Lionel Goettreider on July 11, 1965.

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter SwansonLook no further for your next suspense title.  Swanson delivers a tangled web of murderous schemes at the center of which is Lily Kintner.  Beautiful and aloof Lily is the daughter of an eccentric writer and his artistic wife, the product of a rather bohemian upbringing.  Lily meets Ted on a flight and strikes up a conversation that leads to Ted admitting his wife is cheating on him and he’d like to kill her.  So begins a fledgling relationship whose foundation is devising the perfect crime together, until the plot takes a turn.  Lily’s unusual way of solving problems has caught up with her, dredging up an old acquaintance and another perfect crime.

Truth Doesn't Have a Side

A few years ago, a fascinating film hit theaters, called Concussion.  It told the story of a Nigerian doctor, Bennett Omalu, who discovered the debilitating brain disease Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), which is caused by repeated trauma to the head.  Most commonly found in athletes in high contact sports, such as football, boxing, rugby, and ice hockey, this terrible condition causes mood swings, sudden violent behavior, forgetfulness, and eventually death.  There is no known cure.

The Dry by Jane Harper

The Dry a novel by Jane HarperWell we’re on a roll with debut authors this summer with another outstanding mystery/suspense selection set in the land Down Under.  “Immerse” yourself in another summer drought story (see The Summer that Melted Everything) set in the small town of Kiewarra, where two crimes play out.  One from the past, a young girl drowned in the river, and in the present, a family of three shot dead on their farm.

The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman

The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi WaxmanFollowing on the heels of some very heavy reading, this title was an absolutely delightful read.  Lillian, a recent widow raising two young daughtersin Los Angeles, finds herself at a crossroads between staying mired in grief or moving forward into a new and unexpected future.  Supported and encouraged by her outgoing and flirty sister Rachel, Lillian must come to terms with how she’s handling her husband’s death and its effect on her girls. 

The Summer that Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel

The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDanielThis debut novel is generating some buzz and being hailed a new classic along the lines of To Kill a Mockingbird.  McDaniel sets out to examine our interpretation of good and evil as seen through the lens of a small town in rural Ohio in 1984.   The plot is woven with prominent issues of that era – racism, homophobia, AIDS, cult mentality and serial killers - nearly all of which persist today.

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

I started this book with much trepidation in light of many lackluster reviews piling up on Amazon. The story centers around the Drowning Pool, a spot on a river that runs through an English town, where troubled women leap to their deaths from the cliff above. It is a spot with a long history of victims dating back to the witch trials.  The crux of the story focuses on the most recent victim, Nel, who leaves behind her teenage daughter Lena.  Nel’s sister, Jules, comes from London to take care of the aftermath.

Leaving Lucy Pear by Anna Solomon

Leaving Lucy Pear by Anna Solomon

Leaving Lucy Pear is the tale of two mothers, one who was impelled to leave her infant to be raised by strangers, and the woman who raises the child.

3 Sherlock Holmes Series to Try

Sherlock Holmes is one of the most enduring characters in literature.  The sight of his iconic hat and pipe bring this fictional detective to mind, even when his name is not used.  In film alone, he has taken many forms, from Basil Rathbone to Jeremy Brett, Michael Caine, Robert Downey Jr., and Benedict Cumberbatch.  But, of course, everyone's favorite detective has also had a very colorful history on the printed page, far reaching the scope that his original author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle could possibly have imagined for him.  If he had known that Holmes would be such an enduring character, would he have been so quick to kill him off at Reichenbach Falls--only to resurrect him years later--or would he have had a bit more respect for the eccentric detective who had taken over his life?

In honor of Conan Doyle's 158th birthday (which happens to be today), here are a selection of books written in honor of his most famous creation.  Conan Doyle will never be forgotten, as long as Sherlock Holmes lives on.