“I think it’s so groovy now, that people are finally getting together; I think it’s wonderful now, that people are finally getting together…” That song has been going through my head all morning; to the point that every once in awhile, I have to belt it out just to relieve the pressure.
I’m a child of the ‘60’s, and in the ‘60’s, words like “groovy,” “cool,” “nifty,” “far out,” and “spiffy” were the “rad,” “awesome,” “all that and a bag of chips” and “righteous” of today. At the Jasper County Public Library, the new fiction on the shelves could be described as “the best thing since sliced bread,” “out of sight,” “fantabulous,” and you’ll be sure to say, “like whoa!” when you find just the title you’ve been looking for. Check these out!
The year is 1930, and the Great Depression has blanketed the entire country. Fifteen year old Thea Atwell has been cast out from her Florida home after a tragedy occurs, and exiled to an equestrienne boarding school for girls, situated high in the Blue Ridge Mountains. With her dream-like childhood far behind her, Thea reflects back over the events of the past year, struggling to come to grips with the role she played in the drama that shattered her family’s world in “The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls” by Anton DiSclafani.
Waverly Bryson is finally engaged to the man of her dreams. Her life could not be more perfect; or could it? Drama seems to follow Waverly wherever she goes, and her upcoming wedding is no exception. The word of the day when it comes to Waverly’s wedding is “chaos,” as she goes head to head with the groom’s high society mother and meddling TV producer in “Chocolate for Two,” book number 2 in the Waverly Bryson series by Maria Murnane.
Retired LAPD homicide detective, Jack Till, is living a quiet life as a private investigator, using his free time to visit with his 24 year old daughter, Holly, who has Down Syndrome. When he is approached by the parents of a recently murdered young girl about Holly’s age, Jack lets himself get drawn into the investigation of the girl’s untimely demise, and as the details of the case reveal themselves, Jack finds himself sinking deeper and deeper into the tawdry and secretive world of prostitution, racing against time to catch the killer before he strikes again in “The Boyfriend” by Thomas Perry.
A blissful week of romance and relaxation awaits P.I. Savannah Reid after she has finally snagged the perfect man and walked down the aisle. Now on her honeymoon, Savannah is ready for her romantic island getaway, but finds her bliss interrupted by a body that washes up on the beach. The local police refuse Savannah’s assistance in solving the mysterious death of Amelia, a super-sexy TV anchorwoman for the evening news, but when Savannah does a little digging on her own, she finds out that someone has a score to settle with Amelia, and that karma has become her worst enemy in “Killer Honeymoon,” book number 18 in the Savannah Reid mysteries by G.A. McKevett.
I’m a child of the ‘60’s, and for me, checking out these new fiction titles from my local branch of JCPL would be “cool beans,” because, they’re “all that and a bag of chips,” “da bomb” and “jam-packed” with “nifty,” “swell,” characters and plots, and are really the “best thing since sliced bread,” so, don’t miss out on the chance to read them yourself. At the Jasper County Public Library, when it comes to choosing great, new fiction, “The Beat Goes On and On!”
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