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Sep 30

September Staff Picks

Posted on September 30, 2022 at 11:30 AM by Michael Lang

We’re back to tell you what our Kansas Talking Books staff have been reading recently. Fantasy, science fiction, and cozy mysteries are our genres of choice this month.

Michael Lang, Director

Dark metal hull of a spaceship with a gloved hand visible through a cracked window.

DB 107261 Dead silence by S.A. Barnes

Investigating a strange distress signal, Claire Kovalik and her crew discover a luxury spaceliner that vanished 20 years prior, and they board the vessel to find words scrawled in blood, strange movements, and whispers in the dark. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2022.

Large room and person stands at top of stairs leading to person on throne with metal sunrays behind

DB 94528 A memory called empire by Arkady Martine

Ambassador Mahit Dzmare discovers that the death of her predecessor at a small independent mining station in the multi-system Teixcalaanli Empire may not have been an accident. She must discover the killer, rescue herself, and save her station from expansion while navigating an alien culture. Contains some violence and strong language. Commercial audiobook. 2019.

Nataly Renfro

A woman with a knife in one hand and the other on a rock wall with rocks and fog behind her.

DB 101546 A killing frost: October Daye, Book 14 by Seanan McGuire

When October is informed that Simon Torquill--legally her father, due to Faerie's traditions--must be invited to her wedding or risk throwing the Kingdom in the Mists into political turmoil, she sets out on a quest she was not yet prepared to undertake for the sake of her future. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2020.

Amanda Diggs, Production Manager

Illustration of a woman holding a dessert in a broken goblet and a dog with tiara in its mouth

DB 106466 Homicide and halo-halo: Tita Rosie’s Kitchen mysteries, book 2 by Mia P. Manansala

Lila Macapagal is not looking forward to the start of summer, especially because she still has two eligible bachelors trying to court her, and she can't commit to opening her new cafe´. But when a teen beauty pageant judge is murdered, Lila must help her cousin Bernadette. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. 2022.

A table with tea, scones, candle, and empty chairs seen through an ivy arch with flowers behind.

DBC12801 Death by Darjeeling: Tea shop mystery, book 1 by Laura Childs

Theodosia Browning is the owner of the Indigo Tea Shop in Charleston, South Carolina. When a well known (and hated) land developer is poisoned at an annual garden party, Theo battles local suspicions and many false leads to find the killer.

Maggie Witte, Outreach Librarian

Dark-haired girl with string of beads in hair with six cranes swooping around with red head feathers

DB 104326 Six crimson cranes by Elizabeth Lim

Shiori, the exiled princess of Kiata, must unravel the curse that turned her six brothers into cranes. Her spurned betrothed, a capricious dragon, and a paper bird brought to life by her own magic help Shiori in her quest to save her kingdom. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. For senior high and older readers. 2021.