Stay Close by Harlan Coben

Title: Stay Close

Author: Harlan Coben

Call #:  M – COB

Megan is a former Atlantic City stripper, now an SUV driving suburban mom with a new name, Cassie.  Ray was a former respected photojournalist but now is just a drunk photographer.  Det. Broome can’t seem to forget a 17 year old cold case. These characters are brought together in this suspenseful missing person story by the troubling hidden secrets of their past.

Recommended by: Connie

The Magus by John Fowles

Title:  The Magus

Author:  John Fowles   

Call #: FOW

A disillusioned young college graduate wanders upon the estate of a wealthy recluse on an island in Greece. He finds himself gradually drawn into the strange goings on taking place on the premises as well as the older man’s paradoxical views on life. The deep, often amazing revelations of the book set against the striking backdrop of the Greek islands make this book nothing less than a  wrote.

Recommended by: John

THE ABSENT ONE By JUSSI ADLER-OLSEN

Title: The Absent One

Author: Jussi Adler-Olsen

Call #: ADLER-OLSEN

Carl Morck, a detective exiled to cold case Siberia, finds a twenty-year-old file on his desk. With the help of his mysterious assistant, he reopens the inquiry into the 1987 murder of a brother and sister. There is a confessed killer in jail who actually may be innocent, as well as evidence that implicates wealthy and powerful leaders of society.   

Recommended By:  Betty

Becky’s Picks 2014

As the year comes to an end, the contributors to the Browser’s Corner would like to share some of the best books they read in 2014.  These titles were not necessarily published in 2104– only read this year.

Next up, Becky from Readers Advisory

I have my own blog, RA for All,  where I posted my top books for 2014 here.

Sharon’s Picks 2014

As the year comes to an end, the contributors to the Browser’s Corner would like to share some of the best books they read in 2014.  These titles were not necessarily published in 2104– only read this year.

Next up, Sharon from Readers Advisory

Title: Her Royal Spyness

Author: Rhys Bowen

Call #: M BOW

Lady Georgiana, great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria and 34th in line to the English throne is left penniless when her brother Binky cuts off her allowance. She moves from the family estate in Scotland to London in search of a job and to avoid a marriage to the Prince of Romania, who she calls Fish-Face. When arriving in London, she is summoned by the Queen to spy on her playboy son and a Frenchman, who claims to have proof that Georgie and Binky’s father gambled the family home away, is found dead in her bathtub. This charming historical mystery is the first in the Royal Spyness mysteries series.

The Monogram Murder by Sophie Hannah

This mystery marks the return of Hercule Poirot, Agatha Christie’s legendary Belgian detective. Poirot is taking a break from detective work living in a London boardinghouse, where he befriends young Inspector Edward Catchpool, the narrator of the book. Catchpool is assigned a triple murder case in an upscale hotel, where the victims were each poisoned with cyanide and found with a monogramed cufflink in their mouth. Poirot steps in to help and using his “little grey cells” unravels the many clues and solves the case. Poirot is very true to character, flamboyant and arrogant, and the mystery is good with a lot of twists, almost as good as Agatha.

Betty’s Picks 2014

As the year comes to an end, the contributors to the Browser’s Corner would like to share some of the best books they read in 2014.  These titles were not necessarily published in 2104– only read this year.

Next up, Betty from Readers Advisory:

Title: The Martian

Author: Andy Weir

Call #: SCIENCE FICTION WEIR

In a nutshell, it’s a book about a manned mission to Mars, and it’s a survival story. But it’s much more than that.  The story is a fast-paced, compelling adventure across Mars and offered everything I wanted and more. The book has an authentic, scientific feel. The really technical parts can be skipped without losing anything of the story. What is important is Mark Watney’s struggle to survive.

 Title: A Man Called Ove

Author: Fredrik Backman

Call #: BACKMAN

Ove is a curmudgeon, an old guy with opinions (usually negative) about everything. He’s been feeling redundant in this world since his wife died, and he’s decided (very deliberately) to commit suicide.  But “life happens when you are making other plans.”  If you like quirky characters that take you in unforeseen directions, you will love this book.

 Title: The Razor’s Edge 

Author: W. Somerset Maugham

Call #: MAU

The Razor’s Edge is primarily a book of characters, a personal story of a man searching for  “enlightenment” and how that changes his lives and the lives of his friends. The Razor’s Edge is like a  journey in the company of unusual and interesting people.

Ron’s Best of 2014

As the year comes to an end, the contributors to the Browser’s Corner would like to share some of the best books they read in 2014.  These titles were not necessarily published in 2104– only read this year.

Next up, Ron from Audio Visual:

Title: The Litigators

Author: John Grisham

Call #: GRI

Wonderful and entertaining story about David, a young lawyer, who is fed up with working for his current firm.  He finds a new job working with some very interesting and creative lawyers named Finley and Figg.  Great characters, story line and at times laugh out loud funny.  A real page turner, couldn’t put it down!