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Apr 27

April 2023 Staff Picks

Posted on April 27, 2023 at 3:21 PM by Michael Lang

Explore a variety of books recommende by KTB staff, all available today. You can download any of these books and be ready to read in minutes with BARD. Or drop us a line to order them on cartidge .

Amanda Diggs, Production Manager

Illustration of a handsome man with bat wings carrying a woman in a red dress.

 Gargoyle Gets His Girl by Kirsten L. Painter contained in DB 103735 Nocturne Falls, Books 1-4 

Four paranormal romances set in the town of Nocturne Falls, where the supernatural residents celebrate Halloween all year. Includes The Vampire's Mail Order Bride, The Werewolf Meets His Match, The Gargoyle Gets His Girl, and The Professor Woos the Witch. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 2015.

Two youngsters, dressed for adventure, riding a log raft through rapids.

 DB 104089 Knock Three Times by Cressida Cowell

Now outlaws on the run, Xar and Wish must confront the demon Nuckalavee to save their beloved homes from those who seek to destroy everything they hold dear. Sequel to Twice Magic (DB 104174). Commercial audiobook. For grades 4-7. 2019.

Jason Brinkman, Production Assistant

Typewriting hanging in midair and dripping blood.

DB 111438 Secrets Typed in Blood by Stephen Spotswood

New York City, 1947: For years, Holly Quick has made a good living off of murder, filling up the pages of pulp detective magazines with gruesome tales of revenge. Now someone is bringing her stories to life and leaving a trail of blood-soaked bodies behind. With the threat of another murder looming, and reluctant to go to the police, Holly turns to the best crime-solving duo in or out of the pulps, Willowjean "Will" Parker and her boss, famed detective Lillian Pentecost. Unrated. Commercial audiobook.

Dylan Calhoon, Patron Services Manager

House in the distance with windows dark. Light spills from the open front door illuminating a path.

DB 112120 How to Sell a Haunted House by Grady Hendrix

When Louise finds out her parents have died, she dreads going home. She doesn't want to leave her daughter with her ex and fly to Charleston. She doesn't want to deal with her family home, stuffed to the rafters with the remnants of her father's academic career and her mother's lifelong obsession with puppets and dolls. She doesn't want to learn how to live without the two people who knew and loved her best in the world. Most of all, she doesn't want to deal with her brother, Mark, who never left their hometown, gets fired from one job after another, and resents her success. Unfortunately, she'll need his help to get the house ready for sale because it'll take more than some new paint on the walls and clearing out a lifetime of memories to get this place on the market. But some houses don't want to be sold, and their home has other plans for both of them. Unrated. Commercial audiobook.

Maggie Witte, Outreach Librarian

Soldiers walking toward horizon, random letters float in the air.

DB 103797 The Confidence Men by Margalit Fox

Recounting of the friendship formed between British officers and World War I prisoners of war Harry Jones and Cedric Hill, as they worked together to con their captors in order to effect an escape. Discusses the ways they used psychological deception to enact their plan. Commercial audiobook. 2021.

A sphere encompasses a castle on a high hill. Two eyes hover above in the air.

DB 63054 The Will of the Empress by Tamora Pierce

On a visit to her devious cousin Empress Berenene, sixteen-year-old Sandry relies on her former friends and fellow mages, Daja, Tris, and Briar, to protect her from the Empress's plot to keep her in Namorn. Companion to the Circle of Magic quartet.  For grades 6-9. 2005.

Michael Lang, Director of Kansas Talking Books

A city map. In the center lies a christ like figure, body made of scence of peopl in varius activities.

DB 88548 Jerusalem by Alan Moore 

In a half of a square mile in what used to be the Saxon capital in England, many lives are led with angels and demons observing. The living and dead are examined and tales are told through circuitous routes that cross time periods. Strong language, violence, and explicit descriptions of sex. Commercial audiobook. 2016.