Monday, June 29, 2015

Sidney Chambers and the Perils of the Night by James Runcie

Thanks so much to my co-worker, Katie F, for introducing me to Sidney Chambers. I had heard about the Grantchester Mysteries on PBS, but hadn't had a chance to watch. Katie booktalked the first in the series (Sidney Chambers & and the Shadow of Death) at a staff meeting and I gave it a try. I am now obsessed and feel so lucky that I have a few more titles to read in the series and also have the PBS series to view! 

This is the second entry that involves full time priest and part time detective Canon Sidney Chambers. Set in the late 1950s in Cambridge, Sidney and his best friend Inspector Geordie Keating (along with Sideny's wonderful lab Dickens) investigate a series of six interlinked mysteries. 

If you enjoy old fashioned English mysteries, I highly recommend this series. You could start anywhere, but I suggest starting with the first so you can follow along with Sidney's possible romantic relationships. I think Sidney has quickly become one of my favorite characters.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Bye, Bye Love: A Cat DeLuca Mystery by K.J. Larsen

Bye, Bye Love: A Cat DeLuca Mystery by K.J. Larsen

This is the fourth entry into series featuring PI Cat DeLuca (owner and operator of Chicago's Pants on Fire Detective Agency -- an agency that "targets liars and cheats"). 

Cat and her dog are out running one evening and trip over a dead body in the park. It's a faceless body, but in the front pocket of the victim's coat, there's an envelope addressed to Joey DeLuca, Cat's uncle (who is also a police officer). As she is studying the scene and waiting for the police, the killer returns, tases Cat and takes the body. When the police arrive, they think Cat is nuts -- no body, no crime, right? Of course Cat knows something happened, and as the story progresses, her safety is in danger.

This is a fun, easy to read mystery that has some laugh out loud parts and great characters, including her mother who only wants Cat to settle down, get married and have a gran-baby. 

A fun summer read.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Bond. James Bond. Shaken or Lightly Stirred?

Whether you like your martinis shaken or lightly stirred, Vodka or Gin, James Bond likes his  ” .... a medium Vodka dry Martini — with a slice of lemon peel. Shaken and not stirred, please. I would prefer Russian or Polish vodka.” Ian Fleming, Dr. No, here is a list of popular James Bond books and movies that are sure to satisfy everyone..

Be sure you don't miss our programming event on Wednesday, July 22 at 7 pm.:
The Real James Bond presented by Gary Jackson.

TOO HOT TO HANDLE!!!!! Staff Picks for Summer Reading

Summer Reading is in full swing and the staff at Kirkwood Public Library don't want you to miss out on any of the top books for the summer! Here are a few of our favorites that we can't stop talking about:


Ellen- Homebound


Sarah- Library Director

Marge Z.- Customer Service

Ellen G.- Customer Service 
& Reference

Nick C.-Customer Service

Gayle-Customer Service

Alanna- Reference,
Admin, & Customer

Marge B.- Customer Service

Kim-Youth Services
The Outlander series

Emma- Director of Adult & Community Services

Pat - Reference 
By Book or By Crook

Nick C.- Customer Service
Masters of the Game

Brian- Customer Service
 & Tech Services
VEEPS: Profiles in Insignificance

Monday, June 22, 2015

Summer TV Viewing Options

                                            Sad To See Your Favorites Go?  
  Kirkwood Public Library has a great collection of cancelled favorites, and books that tie in with the shows!





                                        Glee                      Parks and Rec 

              How I Met Your Mother

                                                        Mindy Project

                Parenthood  (or try Brothers and Sisters)

                                                                        Raising Hope

                        Mad Men                                                                                                                                      Revenge

                             The Mentalist

                             Missing Your Favorites on Summer Break? 
                    Our collection covers current series, too!!



                                                              The Middle
                                                         Modern Family

                                                          Grey's Anatomy


                                                              Blue Bloods

                                                          Mike and Molly

                                                          The Good Wife

                                      Big Bang Theory

                                          Family Guy

                                        The Simpsons

                                         Rizzoli & Isles


Mad at Grey's Anatomy for killing McDreamy?  Here's some other options...

                                           Private Practice

                                             One Tree Hill


                                        Desperate Housewives

                                            Sex and The City


Thursday, May 28, 2015

In Honor of Fathers Everywhere...

Celebrate the different dads in your life with a good book!









Or share a movie together....