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Jul 24

July 2023 Staff Picks

Posted on July 24, 2023 at 11:21 AM by Michael Lang

Find out what Kansas Books Staffs have read recently.

Jason Brinkman, Library Assistant

DB 107433 The Paris apartment by Lucy Foley

Annotation: In need of a fresh start, Jess heads to Paris to stay with her half brother Ben. Except Ben isn't home and his apartment is a lot nicer than she expected. The longer Ben stays missing, the more Jess digs into his life. To Jess, all of Ben's neighbors are suspects. Unrated. Commercial audiobook. Bestseller. 2022.

Nataly Renfro, Machine Clerk

DB 85477 Night shift: Midnight, Texas trilogy, book 3 by Charlaine Harris

Annotation: A series of suicides at the crossroads in tiny town Midnight, Texas, has residents concerned. A demon lives under the crossroads, and it is up to local witch Fiji Cavanaugh to perform a ritual to keep the town safe. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2016.

Amanda Diggs, Production Manager

DB 76605 NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

Annotation: Charlie Manx abducts children from the real world in a 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith sedan with the license plate NOS4A2 to a terrifying place created by his imagination--Christmasland. Survivor Victoria McQueen wants to end Charlie's evil deeds, but then her son is in danger. Violence and strong language. Bestseller. 2013.

DB 101752 Egg drop dead by Vivien Chien

Annotation: Two mysteries featuring Lana Lee who runs her family's Ho-Lee Noodle House in Cleveland, Ohio. In Egg Drop Dead, Lana's first catering event ends in murder. In Killer Kung Pao, Lana witnesses a car accident and the following altercation between the two women. Then one of them is electrocuted at the beauty salon. 2020.

Maggie Witte, Outreach Librarian

DB 109627 A strange and stubborn endurance by Foz Meadows

Annotation: "Velasin vin Aaro never planned to marry at all, let alone a girl from neighboring Tithena. When an ugly confrontation reveals his preference for men, Vel fears he's ruined the diplomatic union before it can even begin. But while his family is ready to disown him, the Tithenai envoy has a different solution: for Vel to marry his former intended's brother instead. Caethari Aeduria always knew he might end up in a political marriage, but his sudden betrothal to a man from Ralia, where such relationships are forbidden, comes as a shock. With an unknown faction willing to kill to end their new alliance, Vel and Cae have no choice but to trust each other. Survival is one thing, but love-as both will learn-is quite another. Byzantine politics, lush sexual energy, and a queer love story that is by turns sweet and sultry. Foz Meadows's |A Strange and Stubborn Endurance| is an exploration of gender, identity, and self-worth. It is an audiobook that will live in your heart long after you finish listening." -- Provided by publisher. -- Unrated. Commercial audiobook.

DB 111371 A taste of gold and iron by Alexandra Rowland

Annotation: "A place in your home. A place at your hearth. Kadou, the shy prince of Arast, finds himself at odds with one of the most powerful ambassadors at court-the body-father of the queen's new child-in an altercation that results in his humiliation. To prove his loyalty to the queen, his sister, Kadou takes responsibility for the investigation of a break-in at one of their guilds, with the help of his newly appointed bodyguard, the coldly handsome Evemer, who seems to tolerate him at best. In Arast, where princes can touch-taste precious metals with their fingers and myth runs side by side with history, counterfeiting is heresy, and the conspiracy they discover could cripple the kingdom's financial standing and bring about its ruin." -- Provided by publisher. -- Unrated. Commercial audiobook.