Challenge 2020

Dear Readers,

How is your reading challenge going? Have you made a good start? I know for myself, some weeks I make great progress and then other weeks I just fall farther behind. 🙂

Happy Reading,

Fiction Department

Dear Readers,

The Fiction Department is on the move. We are moving into a bigger and brighter area. If you know Baker Book House at all , we are moving to the front of the store.

A great many memories were made in these stack.

It is an area that offers lots of room to grow. To try new things and to curl up with a favorite book. I can’t wait to get it organize and have you visit.

Right now I am all out of sorts as I have no idea where anything is. In fact when I tried to help someone today, I am pretty sure that she walked away wondering if I had any idea what I was talking about. It made me laugh at myself.

New adventures await. Come see our new layout and rest a while.

It has been a good thing as it has forced me to slow down a little to remember where things are, and to remember why I do what I do.

Also while moving the books, I had a chance to see all my favorites again. There were so many that I went “oh that is such a good book.” What a great reminder.

If you have a chance, maybe wait a couple weeks, but come see where I live now. It is a beautiful place.

Happy Reading,

Book review – Collision of Lies – Tom Threadgill

Dear Readers,

I have found a new favorite author, Tom Threadgill.  His first release that I have read, Collision of Lies is one of those perfect mysteries that will leave you second guessing all the clues he gives you. It moves along at a steady pace because that is what it should do.  There is no rushing this mystery to the end.  You must follow each clue, or nothing will hold together.

Detective Amara Alvarez steps into a conversation at a local restaurant.  It looks as if a husband and wife are fighting and it might be a domestic issue.  What she hears instead will put her on a trail she never expected she would follow. 

I loved Threadgill’s way of writing.  His characters are believable and fun to get to know.  Alvarez is a normal woman police officer, trying to do a great job in property crimes with her eye on Homicide.  I just could not get over how well Threadgill wrote his female lead.  I kept waiting for something to change my mind, but he never did.  Thank you for a strong woman character who does not wait for a man to rescue her. How refreshing.

If you are looking for a good straight mystery let me recommend Collision of Lies.  A good read for just about any fan of fiction,I found myself just plain and simpe enjoying this book because it is so well written.

Happy Reading,

New Releases – January 13-18

Dear Readers,

We are in the midst of winter here in Michigan. The weather people continually talk about normal. I just know it is a great time of year to read a new book.

Happy Reading,

The Threshing Floor – Ray Bentley/Bodie Thoene – A dangerous secret. A vicious plot. Visions of the past. While Jack Garrison is forever a changed man free of his bitterness, his future looks uncertain. After protecting him from a terrorist attack, the girl he loves, Bette Deekmann, struggles to stay alive all while harboring a dangerous secret. As her past comes to light, Jack finds himself wondering—who is she, really? While he digs deeper into her mysterious identity, his visions of the past continue to draw him into Israel’s history. But, soon, Jack begins to see that both Bette and Israel are a part of God’s bigger plan as well as the focus of an age-old battle—a violent and dangerous war. 

Veiled in Smoke – Jocelyn Green – #1 The Saga of the Windy City – Meg Townsend and her sister, Sylvie, seek a quiet existence managing the family bookshop. Meg feels responsible for caring for their father, Stephen, whose spirit and health are both damaged from his time as a prisoner during the Civil War. Her one escape is the paintings she creates and sells in the bookshop. Then the Great Fire sweeps through Chicago’s business district. The fiery explosions and chaos stir up memories of war for Stephen as he runs from the blaze and becomes separated from his daughters. Days later, when the smoke has cleared, Meg and Sylvie manage to reunite with him. Their home and shop are lost, and what’s left among the ashes may be even more threatening than the flames, for they learn that a close friend was murdered the night of the fire–and Stephen has been charged with the crime. After he is committed to the Cook County Insane Asylum, where they cannot visit him, Stephen feels as lost to them as the shop that now lies in rubble. Though homeless and suddenly unemployed, Meg must not only gather the pieces of her shattered life but prove the truth of what happened that night, before the asylum truly drives her father mad.

Reading Challenge 2020 – Try something new

Dear Readers,

The second challenge is a book that is a 100 years old or older. Nothing like reading about a new culture that you know little about. Whether the book is a 100 years old or not, to see something through their eyes instead of the dry history books in the classroom is amazing.

Any thoughts on which title you will tackle? I am thinking of Jane Erye by Charlotte Bronte. I struggled with the Bronte sister’s books, but after talking to an other reader I am willing to try again.

Happy Reading,