I love libraries. I have ever since I turned five and was able to get my very own library card. Now I love them even more because I can go on the Roanoke Library website and order any book I want. I generally go to the Advanced Search page. There I can just look at the newest Fiction or Non-Fiction published this year, or late last year. I can also choose to look for only paperback books or hard covers. The library lets me know when I have books and I just walk in and pick them up.
This last week I really scored. I got a bunch of new books that I have had on request for some time. They all came in at once. Isn't that always the way?
Check these out!
I haven't really liked the most recent Stephanie Plum books. It seems like Evanovich was just writing the same book over and over with just different names. This one took the characters forward a bit and was better than the last few I have read.
I ALWAYS like Robert Crais. He writes several different characters and then combines them every once in awhile. Elvis Cole and Joe Pike frequently share a book. Both characters are equally appealing and for different reasons, but always because they do whatever it takes for Elvis to save the day in his role as private investigator. These take place in Los Angeles and I like revisiting places I know, while I go along the exciting ride with these interesting characters. In this book he brought in three different characters from previous books and that made it fun. It works just fine as a stand alone novel, if you have never read him. But I predict if you do, you will go back and read all his novels. He's that good.
Every once in a while you have to read some non-fiction. I prefer novels, but this book sounded interesting. It tells the story of the pirates along the Barbary Coast. Some countries paid tribute so that their commercial vessels weren't attacked by pirates. When the US gained freedom from Britain, we lost the protection from them for our ships and they were boarded, had their cargoes stolen and their crews enslaved. The fledgling country had a limited amount of money available to pay these pirates and no Navy to protect them. This book explains how the problem was solved with the Muslim pirates that had no respect for any non Muslim nation and felt they could enslave all captured sailors and torture, kill or hold them for ransom. They could take tribute money and still take a ship or two. We also would have had to make deals with, and pay tribute to, many of the groups along the Barbary Coast.
In this book you also understand why the Marine Hymn includes "to the shores of Tripoli". It was a quick read and you might find you like history presented in this form, rather than the dates/battle form most history books use.
I ALWAYS like David Rosenfelt. He writes a series about an extremely wealthy lawyer, Andy Carpenter, who only works when backed into a corner. And when he believes his client is innocent. In addition, he runs a dog rescue and all of the titles involve dogs. He is funny and interesting. He also writes stand alone novels, but I prefer the Andy Carpenter ones.
After all, who doesn't like a murder mystery with dogs?? Look at that FACE!