Pie by Sarah Weeks

Pie by Sarah Weeks

Pie

by Sarah Weeks

The Mother Daughter Book Club meeting for this book was held March 21, 2019, at 6:30 pm in the Community Room.

Book club reading copies were available for checkout from the circulation desk about a month prior to the meeting.

When Alice’s Aunt Polly, the Pie Queen of Ipswitch, passes away, she takes with her the secret to her world-famous pie-crust recipe. Or does she? In her will, Polly leaves the recipe to her extraordinarily fat, remarkably disagreeable cat, Lardo . . . and then leaves Lardo in the care of Alice.

Suddenly, the whole town is wondering how you leave a recipe to a cat. Everyone wants to be the next big pie-contest winner, and it’s making them pie-crazy. It’s up to Alice and her friend Charlie to put the pieces together and discover the not-so-secret recipe for happiness: Friendship. Family. And the pleasure of doing something for the right reason.

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

The Shadow of the Wind

by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

The Library Book Club meeting for this book was held April 18, 2019, at 6:30 pm in the entry foyer.

A limited number of book club reading copies were available for checkout from the circulation desk about a month prior to the meeting.

Barcelona, 1945 – just after the war, a great world city lies in shadow, nursing its wounds, and a boy named Daniel awakes on his eleventh birthday to find that he can no longer remember his mother’s face. To console his only child, Daniel’s widowed father, an antiquarian book dealer, initiates him into the secret of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a library tended by Barcelona’s guild of rare-book dealers as a repository for books forgotten by the world, waiting for someone who will care about them again.

Daniel’s father coaxes him to choose a volume from the spiraling labyrinth of shelves, one that, it is said, will have a special meaning for him. And Daniel so loves the novel he selects, The Shadow of the Wind by one Julian Carax, that he sets out to find the rest of Carax’s work. To his shock, he discovers that someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book this author has written. In fact, he may have the last one in existence. Before Daniel knows it his seemingly innocent quest has opened a door into one of Barcelona’s darkest secrets, an epic story of murder, magic, madness and doomed love.

And before long he realizes that if he doesn’t find out the truth about Julian Carax, he and those closest to him will suffer horribly.

book 1 in The Cemetery of Forgotten Books series

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Bekka rated it ★★★★★ and said “Absolutely magical! This is a great mystery, very suspenseful, horrifying, romantic, humorous and lyrical all at once. One of the best plotted books I think I’ve ever read, and with characters that are completely unique while being very familiar at the same time. Lots of hardships in this book, but magical and deeply satisfying at the same time. I can’t recommend this one any higher! An absolute MUST READ.”

Bunnicula – A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery by Deborah Howe

Bunnicula – A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery by Deborah Howe

Bunnicula: A Rabbit-Tale of Mystery

by Deborah Howe

The Books for Boys Book Club meeting for this book was held October 11, 2018, at 6:30 pm in the Community Room.

Book club reading copies were available for checkout from the circulation desk about a month prior to the meeting.

BEWARE THE HARE!
Is he or isn’t he a vampire?

Before it’s too late, Harold the dog and Chester the cat must find out the truth about the newest pet in the Monroe household — a suspicious-looking bunny with unusual habits… and fangs!

book 1 in the Bunnicula series

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

William rated it ★★★★.

Miranda rated it ★★★.

The Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke

The Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke

The Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder

by Joanne Fluke

The Library Book Club meeting for this book was held November 15, 2018, at 6:30 in the entry foyer.

A limited number of book club reading copies were available for checkout from the circulation desk about a month prior to the meeting.

Hannah Swensen already has her hands full, between dodging her mother’s attempts to marry her off, and running Lake Eden, Minnesota’s most popular bakery, The Cookie Jar. But when the Cozy Cow Dairy’s beloved deliveryman is found murdered behind Hannah’s bakery with her famous Chocolate Chip Crunchies scattered around him, Hannah sets out to track down a killer. The more Hannah snoops, the more suspects turn up. This is one murder that’s starting to leave a very bad taste in Hannah’s mouth, and if she doesn’t watch her back, her sweet life may get burned to a crisp.

book 1 in the Hannah Swensen series

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Miranda rated it ★★★★.

Cathy rated it ★★★.

The Janissary Tree by Jason Goodwin

The Janissary Tree by Jason Goodwin

The Janissary Tree

by Jason Goodwin

The Library Book Club meeting for this book will be March 8, 2018, at 6:30 in the entry foyer.

A limited number of book club reading copies will be available for checkout from the circulation desk about a month prior to the meeting.

The year is 1836. Europe is modernizing, and the sultan of the Ottoman Empire feels he has no choice but to follow suit. But just as he’s poised to announce sweeping political change, a wave of murders threatens the fragile balance of power in his court. Who is behind the killings?

Deep in the Abode of Felicity, the most forbidden district of Topkapi Palace, the sultan – ruler of the Black Sea and the White, ruler of Rumelia and Mingrelia, lord of Anatolia and Ionia, Romania and Macedonia, Protector of the Holy Cities, steely rider through the realms of bliss – announces, “Send for Yashim.” Leading us through the palace’s luxurious seraglios and Istanbul’s teeming streets, Yashim places together the clues.

He is not alone. He depends on the wisdom of a dyspeptic Polish ambassador, a transsexual dancer, and the Creole-born queen mother. He manages to find sweet salvation in the arms of another man’s wife (this is not your everyday eunuch!). And he introduces us to the Janissaries.

For four hundred years, they were the empire’s elite soldiers. But they grew too powerful, and ten years earlier the sultan had them crushed. Are the Janissaries staging a brutal comeback? And if they are, how can they be stopped without throwing Istanbul into political chaos?

book 1 in the Yashim the Eunuch series

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Bekka rated it ★★★★ and said “This took me a little while to get into it, but I ended up liking it quite a bit. The mystery was well done, and the exotic locale is quite fun.”

Cathy rated it ★★★★.

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

The Westing Game

by Ellen Raskin

The Mother Daughter Book Club and Books for Boys Book Club met together on May 11, 2018, at 6:30 in the Community Room.

Book club reading copies were available for checkout from the circulation desk about a month prior to the meeting.

A bizarre chain of events begins when sixteen unlikely people gather for the reading of Samuel W. Westing’s will. And though no one knows why the eccentric, game-loving millionaire has chosen a virtual stranger – and a possible murderer – to inherit his vast fortune, one thing’s for sure: Sam Westing may be dead… but that won’t stop him from playing one last game!

“The Daughter of Time” by Josephine Tey

“The Daughter of Time” by Josephine Tey

The Daughter of Time

by Josephine Tey

The Library Book Club meeting for this book was held Thursday, July 13th, 2017, at 6:30 in the entry foyer.

Scotland Yard Inspector Alan Grant is intrigued by a portrait of Richard III. Could such a sensitive face actually belong to a heinous villain — a king who killed his brother’s children to secure his crown? Grant seeks what kind of man Richard was and who in fact killed the princes in the tower.

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Cathy rated it ★★★★.

Don’t Get Caught by Kurt Dinan

Don’t Get Caught by Kurt Dinan

Don't Get Caught

by Kurt Dinan

10:00 tonight at the water tower. Tell no one. -Chaos Club

When Max receives a mysterious invite from the untraceable, epic prank-pulling Chaos Club, he has to ask: why him? After all, he’s Mr. 2.5 GPA, Mr. No Social Life. He’s Just Max. And his favorite heist movies have taught him this situation calls for Rule #4: Be suspicious. But it’s also his one shot to leave Just Max in the dust…

Yeah, not so much. Max and four fellow students-who also received invites-are standing on the newly defaced water tower when campus security “catches” them. Definitely a setup. And this time, Max has had enough. It’s time for Rule #7: Always get payback.

Let the prank war begin.

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Murder on the Orient Express

by Agatha Christie

A Library Book Club meeting for this book was held February 16, 2017, as part of On the Same Page, the Madison Library District’s annual community reading program.

Starting mid-January, free copies of the book were available at the library while supplies lasted.

“The murderer is with us–on the train now . . .”

Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Edward Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer.

Isolated by the storm, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer among a dozen of the dead man’s enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again . . .

book 10 in the Hercule Poirot series

Ratings and Reviews from the Librarians

Cathy rated it ★★★★1/2 and said “Why have I never read Agatha Christie before? I think she eventually turned into one of those authors that I was “supposed to read” that were “good for me” and subconsciously I equated her with a chore read. Honestly, much of the beginning felt a little that way as all the evidence was collected, hashed, and then rehashed, and then . . . Wow! As the locomotive picked up steam so to speak it really went barreling down the line right to the last page where I literally gasped, then laughed, then clapped. I got to get my hands on more Christie.”

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