Middletown Thrall Library Invites You to Go... BEYOND THE BESTSELLERS: Your Personal Guide to Interesting Books Not Necessarily Found on Bestseller Lists: Winter 2006 Edition

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  • The Singing and Dancing Daughters of God by Timothy Schaffert. Sweet and funny, this novel tells the story of a small town dysfunctional Nebraskan family as they cope with divorce and a teenaged son who takes off with a gospel rock band.
  • The Western Limit of the World by David Masiel. Denied access to San Francisco Harbor because his rusted chemical tanker is an ecological disaster waiting to happen, Captain Harold Snow sets out on a journey that will take him and his crew from Mexico to Africa. Hurricanes, revolutions, and a near mutiny keep the pace fast in this psychological adventure story.

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  • The Alchemist's Daughter by Katharine McMahon. In 1727, nineteen year old Emilie Selden has not seen much of life outside of her father's estate and laboratory. An accomplished scientist herself, she is working on a theory of air and fire when she meets Thomas Shales and Robert Aislabie, one of whom will steal her heart.


Tilt-a-Whirl by Chris Grabenstein. Jersey Shore cop John Ceepak, a straight arrow just back from Iraq, tries to solve the murder of a real estate mogul and the kidnapping of his teenage daughter. Ceepak's young summer partner Danny Boyle narrates this series debut, and the relationship between Ceepak and Boyle is a highlight of this fine mystery.




  • Lost by Michael Robotham. Detective Vincent Ruiz is found in the Thames with a leg wound, a photograph of child kidnapped three years prior, and no memory of a shooting. With Internal Affairs breathing down his neck, he needs to retrieve his memory soon. Nice pacing and terrific characterizations make this an excellent read.
  • The Finishing School by Michele Martinez. Federal prosecutor Melanie Vargas investigates the death of two politically connected students of Miss Holbrooke's School found dead of in a Park Avenue apartment. Martinez, herself a former special prosecutor, follows up her impressive debut, Most Wanted, with this steamy and an exciting thriller.
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