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DMPL Staff Picks - 2019

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I haven’t read a collection of short stories in a very long time (Thank you DMPL 2019 Reading Challenge!), and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Sittenfeld does a good job of creating characters that are believable and to whom I connected in a short amount of time. I didn’t like all her characters, which was also a bonus as it made them more human, but they’ve lingered with me. As an aside, I listened to this in audio and it’s narrated by both female and male voices.
I love to drink hot tea, and this book really took me to a whole other level in learning about its history. From a tribe high in a remote village of China, who’ve been guardians of a very rare and favored tea for centuries to the present-day American adoption of an unwanted girl child this is a story in which tea has shaped a family's destiny for generations. A warm winter read. - Luann
This darkly comic novel tells the story of a Nigerian woman who begins to realize her younger sister is, as the title suggests, a serial killer. Part femme-fatale thriller, part exploration of sibling bonds and rivalries, the book has enough sharp twists and payoffs that you won’t want to put it down and is fast-paced and short enough that you won’t have to. – Tim


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This is the start of a new series that has the author writing a fictional version of himself as the Watson to a modern-day Holmes. He works directly with a brilliant, eccentric private investigator to write about a crime that is revealed as it happens. A new and different twist on the standard mystery.
As a sentimental person, I so enjoyed this book of stories from all sorts of people on why we keep what we do. Like me, many tales related that we have these items in our homes because they reflect who we are and where we came from. Many times, what we keep brings solace to the soul. - Luann
Ellery and her twin brother are sent to live with their grandmother in Echo Ridge, Vermont - a town known for keeping secrets. Their aunt disappeared at 17; five years later, the homecoming queen was murdered. This teen novel will have you guessing until the very end as Ellery tries to solve the mysteries of the past while trying to stay alive. Highly recommended!


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A stand-alone novel that has all the things readers love about the Dublin Murder Squad books--well developed characters, exquisite plotting, and deep explorations of human nature. Toby leads a charmed life with an idyllic childhood, a good family, a loving girlfriend, and promising prospects. But a vicious attack changes everything. Atmospheric, twisty, and perfect for readers who like Gillian Flynn or Kate Atkinson.
This coming-of-age story about a young Montana woman was nominated for a National Book Award when it was published in 1944. I was quite surprised the first time I read it as a junior high student, that a country teacher who wished to keep her job couldn’t be married; now as an adult, I am thankful that times have changed! I so enjoyed this soothing story from the prairie, even though the characters struggle. - Luann
Clue meets Riverdale in this page-turning teen thriller that exposes the lies five teens tell about a deadly night one year ago. There was a party and someone died. Each of them played a part and none have told the truth, until now. They’ve been lured to an isolated mansion by someone bent on revenge. Five arrive but not all will leave – Will the truth set them free or will their lies destroy them all?


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