Scotland Yard Inspector Thomas Lynley, the eighth earl of Asherton, and the redoubtable Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers have been sent to solve a savage murder that has stunned the peaceful countryside. For fat, unlovely Roberta Teys has been found in her best dress, an axe in her lap, seated in the old stone barn beside her father's headless corpse. Her first and last words were "I did it. And I'm not sorry." First in the series.
Chief Inspector Van Veeteren knew that murder cases were never as open-and-shut as this one: Janek Mitter woke one morning with a brutal hangover and discovered his wife of three months lying facedown in the bathtub, dead. With only the flimsiest excuse as his defense, he is found guilty of a drunken crime of passion and imprisoned in a mental institution.
Crises of faith are the dominant theme of Héctor Tobar's Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free, which tells the story of the 33 miners who were buried for 69 days in a collapsed Chilean mine in 2010.
With his exclusive access to the survivors, Tobar, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, graphically recounts the quandaries that beset the men, as well as their families camped out at the mine's entrance, the officials, and rescue crews, as a worldwide audience watched.
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 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.
Cultural historian Jeff Biggers takes us to the dark ruins of his family's nearly 200-year-old hillside homestead that has been strip-mined on the edge of the first federally recognized Wilderness Site in southern Illinois. In doing so, he not only comes to grips with his own denied backwoods heritage, but also chronicles a dark and missing chapter in the American experience: the historical nightmare of coal outside of Appalachia, serving as an exposé of a secret legacy of shame and resiliency.