Isabel "Izzy" Spellman is a private investigator with her family's firm, Spellman Investigations. Part Nancy Drew, part Dirty Harry, Izzy walks an indistinguishable line between Spellman family member and Spellman employee. This is the first novel in a winning and hilarious series featuring the Spellman family in all its lovable chaos.
Considered a classic of outdoor literature, this 1942 memoir by Beryl Markham was rated in the top 10 of National Geographic Adventure's 100 best adventure books in 2004. Markham recounts growing up in British East Africa, becoming the first licensed female horse trainer in Kenya, and eventually becoming the first female pilot to cross the Atlantic flying east to west.
In this first entry in Janwillem Van de Wetering's celebrated Amsterdam crime series, the founder of a new religious society/commune--a group that calls itself "Hindist" and mixes elements of various "Eastern" traditions--is found hanging from a ceiling beam. The quirky detectives Grijpstra and de Gier are sent to investigate what looks like a simple suicide, but they are immediately suspicious of the circumstances.
This best-selling memoir gives a full account of the Nazi occupation of Poland by Jan Karski, a young courier in the Polish Underground. This nonfiction book, which reads like a suspense thriller, is an incredible testimony of one man's courage and a country's struggle against Nazi oppression.
Winner of the Edgar Award for Best First Novel, this culturally nuanced story by Eliot Pattison is set in a Tibetan work gulag holding Buddhist monks and a few Chinese political prisoners. After a grisly discovery near the prison, a disgraced police inspector from Beijing is compelled by the local party boss to investigate. In his search for the truth, he finds himself caught between local beliefs, brutal Communist Party policies, and a nearby American mining project.
Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO and one of Fortune magazine's most powerful women in business, looks at what women can do to help themselves, and make the small changes in their life that can effect change on a more universal scale. She draws on her own experiences working in some of the world's most successful businesses, as well as academic research, to find practical answers to the problems facing women in the workplace.
Each month we'll ask you to make two recipes from a designated cookbook: we'll choose the first recipe and ask you to make it at home; you choose the second and bring it to our discussion to share. We'll meet to discuss both recipes and to sample the one you chose. We'll have a potluck of tasty treats!
This month's selection is The New Midwestern Table by Amy Thielen, and our recipe choice is Crispy Cheese Curd Risotto Cake. Copies of the book are available at Maze Branch one month before the event.
In Tana French's first entry in the Dublin Murder Squad series, three children do not return home on a warm summer evening in 1984; one boy only is later found in the woods gripping a tree in terror. Twenty years later that boy is now a member of the Dublin Murder squad and a girl is found murdered in that same woods. Can he uncover the mystery of this case as well as solve the mystery in his past?
In Robert Galbraith's debut mystery novel, Cormoran Strike, a wounded veteran of the recent Afghan War, is barely surviving as a private investigator. Then a client arrives who wants him to investigate the police-ruled suicide of his sister--a world-famous supermodel.
Detection by Daylight is devoted to reading and discussing detective mysteries in series and non-series form. Bring your lunch (if you like), enjoy cookies and coffee on us, and engage in great discussions. Titles are available at Maze Branch one month before the discussion.
In Sapiens, Dr. Yuval Noah Harari spans the whole of human history, from the very first humans to walk the earth to the radical and sometimes devastating breakthroughs of the cognitive, agricultural, and scientific revolutions.
Copies of the book will be available at the Main Library Second Floor Desk a month before the discussion. Learn more about all of our monthly book discussions.