Sue’s Picks

by Sue Ballard, President of the Panorama Library Association

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

This was the November selection of the book club I belong to and the comments are a summary of what we had to say about it.  Most people liked it, although most of us agreed it was uneven.  The main character lost 20 years mourning for his girlfriend. She had sent him letter, however, he didn’t open it, because he thought she was going to break up with him. He finally opened it only to find out she was dying and wanted him to visit her. People who like books will enjoy the discussion about books. (After all it takes place in a book store.)  Several folks didn’t like the ending and made up their own ending. I was one of them – I like happy endings.

Song of the Lion by Anne Hillerman

This is the third book that Anne Hillerman has written with the characters her father (Tony Hillerman) had developed.  The first book I read of hers I thought it followed the style of Tony Hillerman, but not everyone agreed with me. This book was not written in the same style, but I still enjoyed it.  The story was about Leaphorn, Chee and Manuelito and I love keeping in touch with them. I feel like they are neighbors, I‘ve known for years.

Never Never by James Patterson and Candice Fox

James Patterson with several writers is one of the most read authors at Panorama. This is the latest book in the library. I read somewhere that Patterson said that this book was one of his favorites and I agree. Usually I have mainly been reading books from The Woman’s Murder Club series. I highly recommend this book for anyone who loves mysteries or James Patterson’s book.

Books for Living by Will Schwalbe

This is a book of 26 essays about different books and the author commented on all the books. Some of the books I loved and some I didn’t. Stuart Little, Gifts from the Sea, & David Copperfield were books I have read and loved. Books I read and weren’t excited about are The Little Prince, The Girl on the Train, & 1984. There were books I wanted to reread Reading Lolita in Tehran and Death Be Not Proud.  I will have to admit that I did not read about every book, but I had a good time.


New & Notable Fiction Titles

hauntedHaunted by James Patterson and James O. Born.

Detective Michael Bennett is ready for a vacation after a series of crises push him, and his family, to the brink. He settles on an idyllic, small town in the beautiful Maine woods, a recommendation from a former colleague. But just when Bennett thinks he can relax, he gets pulled into a case that has shocked the tight-knit community. Kids are disappearing left and right with no explanation — until several bodies turn up in the woods. As Bennett investigates, he discovers that the seemingly perfect town is reeling from a deadly addiction, and the violence is about to reach a fever pitch.

enemyEnemy of the State by Vince Flynn.

After 9/11, the United States made one of the most secretive and dangerous deals in its history. The evidence against the powerful Saudis who coordinated the attack would be buried. In return, King Faisal would promise to keep the oil flowing and deal with the conspirators in his midst. When the king’s own nephew is discovered funding ISIS, the US president suspects that the Saudis never intended to live up to their agreement. He decides that the royalty needs to be sent a message and that Mitch Rapp is just the man to deliver it. The catch? Rapp must do it entirely on his own.

columnA Column of Fire by Ken Follett.

“International bestselling author Ken Follett has enthralled millions of readers with The Pillars of the Earth and World Without End, two stories of the Middle Ages set in the fictional city of Kingsbridge. The saga now continues with Follett’s magnificent new epic, A Column of Fire. In 1558, the ancient stones of Kingsbridge Cathedral look down on a city torn apart by religious conflict. As power in England shifts precariously between Catholics and Protestants, royalty and commoners clash, testing friendship, loyalty, and love.

legacyA Legacy of Spies by John Le Carre.

Peter Guillam, staunch colleague and disciple of George Smiley of the British Secret Service, otherwise known as the Circus, is living out his old age on the family farmstead on the south coast of Brittany when a letter from his old Service summons him to London. The reason? His Cold War past has come back to claim him. Intelligence operations that were once the toast of secret London, and involved such characters as Alec Leamas, Jim Prideaux, George Smiley and Peter Guillam himself, are to be scrutinised under disturbing criteria by a generation with no memory of the Cold War and no patience with its justifications.

fixingFixing to Die by James Miranda

The New York Times bestselling author of the Cat in the Stacks Mysteries and Digging Up the Dirt returns with the latest Southern Ladies Mystery. It’s autumn down south, and An’gel and Dickce Ducote are in Natchez, Mississippi, at the request of Mary Turner Catlin, the granddaughter of an old friend. Mary and her husband, Henry Howard, live in Cliffwood, one of the beautiful antebellum homes for which Natchez is famous. Odd things have been happening in the house for years, and the French Room in particular has become the focal point for spooky sensations. The Ducotes suspect the ghostly goings-on are caused by the living, but when a relative of the Catlins is found dead in the room, An’gel and Dickce must sift through a haunted family history to catch a killer.

stoneThe Stone Sky by N. K. Jemisin. (Last of the trilogy)

A conclusion to the Hugo Award-winning, post-apocalyptic trilogy that began with The Fifth Season reveals how the powers and agendas of two women determine the fate of humankind in the wake of a returning Moon. The first of the trilogy, Fifth Season, starts with the great red rift across the heart of the world’s sole continent, spewing ash that blots out the sun. It starts with death, with a murdered son and a missing daughter. In the second of the series, Obelisk Gate, endings grows darker, as civilization fades into the long cold night.

goldenThe Golden House: a novel by Salman Rushdie.

“When the aristocratic Golden family moves into a self contained pocket of New York City, a park in Greenwich Village called “The Gardens,” their past is an absolute mystery. They seem to be hiding in plain sight: Nero Golden, the powerful but shady patriarch, and his sons Petya, a high functioning autistic and recluse; Apu, the successful artist who may or may not be profound; and D, the enchanting youngest son whose gender confusion mirrors the confusion – and possibilities – of the world around him. And finally there is Vasilisa, the Russian beauty who seduces the patriarch to shape their American stories. Our fearless narrator is an aspiring filmmaker who decides the Golden family will be his subject. ”

echoAn Echo of Murder by Anne Perry.

In the course of his tenure with the Thames River Police, Commander Monk has yet to see a more gruesome crime scene: a Hungarian warehouse owner lies in the middle of his blood-sodden office, pierced through the chest with a bayonet and eerily surrounded by seventeen candles, their wicks dipped in blood. Suspecting the murder may be rooted in ethnic prejudice, Monk turns to London’s Hungarian community in search of clues but finds his inquiries stymied by its wary citizens and a language he doesn’t speak.

singSing, Unburied, Sing: a novel by Jesmyn Ward.

Jojo and his toddler sister, Kayla, live with their grandparents, Mam and Pop, and the occasional presence of their drug-addicted mother, Leonie, on a farm on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. Leonie is simultaneously tormented and comforted by visions of her dead brother, which only come to her when she’s high; Mam is dying of cancer; and quiet, steady Pop tries to run the household and teach Jojo how to be a man. Sing, Unburied, Sing grapples with the ugly truths at the heart of the American story and the power, and limitations, of the bonds of family.

don'tDon’t Let Go by Harlan Coben.

Suburban New Jersey Detective Napoleon “Nap” Dumas hasn’t been the same since senior year of high school, when his twin brother Leo and Leo’s girlfriend Diana were found dead on the railroad tracks — and Maura, the girl Nap considered the love of his life, broke up with him and disappeared without explanation. For fifteen years, Nap has been searching, both for Maura and for the real reason behind his brother’s death.

enigmaEnigma by Catherine Coulter.

When Agent Dillon Savich saves Kara Moody from a seemingly crazy man, he doesn’t realize he will soon be facing a scientist who wants to live forever and is using “John Doe” to help him. It’s a race against time literally as Savich and Sherlock rush to stop him and save both present and future victims of his experiments.


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