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Dec 13

Last Series Saturday of 2016 - Winter Street

Posted on December 13, 2017 at 3:27 PM by Lindsey Kult

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This is the last regular Series Saturday of 2016. Next week's Series Saturday will be a recap of the wonderful series examined since this blog series began! We're revisiting a Series Saturday from a year ago! This week's series is Winter by Elin Hilderbrand - who has been labelled "the Queen of the Summer Novel." Ironically, the books in this series are all about winter and Christmas on Nantucket! It is a favorite of both Jessica (Mrs. V) and Lindsey. These books are all available on OverDrive in both ebooks and audiobooks so you can check them out even with the library closed!

Genre: 

Fiction, Holiday, Romance

Location in Howard Miller:


Adult Fiction, AF HILDERBRAND

Meet the Characters: 

This trilogy spans three Christmases on the island of Nantucket and the Quinn family's story. Kelley Quinn is the father of Patrick, Kevin, and Ava by his ex-wife Margaret. He fathered Bart with his wife, Mitzi. He was married to Margaret for 19 years before their drive to excel in their respective careers drove them apart. Margaret went on to become one of the most famous newswoman in America, while Kelley married Mitzi and moved his children to Nantucket to run Mitzi's favorite inn.  Now, 21 years later, he has walked in on Mitzi with another man - Santa Claus (or the man who plays Santa at the inn). She informs Kelley that she's leaving him and he blames it on Bart's deployment to Afghanistan. Meanwhile, Ava is trying to sort out her feelings for her "perfect" boyfriend and her best friend who has declared his love for her numerous times. Patrick and his wife are having their own problems because of his questionable business dealings. And Kevin - the classic middle child - is in love with Isabelle, the French assistant at the inn and must grow up to show her how much he cares. Even with all of this drama surrounding the inn, the family cannot help but notice that they have not heard from Bart since he arrived in Afghanistan and only Margaret knows why... 

Number in the series:

This is a trilogy and the last book was released in October. This was a trilogy, but now we have the fourth book! We currently have a copy of the third fourth book on the Express Bookshelf.
  1. Winter Street
  2. Winter Stroll
  3. Winter Storms
  4. Winter Solstice 
Final Word: 

This trilogy series of unknown length is delightful! It is perfect for holiday reading, or just winter reading in general. You quickly get drawn into each character's life and root for the happy ending - even if the character doesn't want the same happy ending you do. The Quinns have more than their fair share of dysfunction but are easy to love because it is so relatable. Each book ends with a cliff hanger that has you rushing to read the next! It's a great holiday read that reminds you that family is what Christmas is all about. 
Nov 10

Series Saturday - Stephanie Plum by Janet Evanovich!

Posted on November 10, 2017 at 2:17 PM by Lindsey Kult

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Series Saturday is making a comeback with one of the most popular series in the mystery genre! Since "Hot Six," each of these books have been on the New York Times Bestsellers List - many of them reaching #1 immediately! These books do use explicit language and have sexual situations. We have multiple copies of each book and they're all available on OverDrive. "Hardcore Twenty-Four" came out on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, so be sure to catch up on the series!

Genre: 


Fiction, Mystery, Romance, Humor, Women's Fiction

Location in Howard Miller: 

Mystery, MYS EVANOVICH

Meet the Characters: 


After being fired from her job as an underwear shopper and having her car repossessed, Stephanie Plum is desperate to find something that will pay the rent (i.e. keep her from moving back home to the Burg). The solution is not an obvious one: Blackmail her cousin Vinny so he lets her become one of his bounty hunters. Stephanie has no experience with law enforcement, guns, or investigating, but she does have attitude, luck, and the desire to keep her apartment! Basically, Stephanie is a great example of how not to be a bounty hunter. Luckily for her, she has a team of equally outrageous people who help her make recoveries (bringing in a person who failed to show for court): 
Joe Morelli was a lot of Stephanie's firsts. He was her first sexual encounter, her first recovery assignment as a bounty hunter, and is her first call when she needs police backup. Stephanie and Morelli have a complicated relationship. They both hate the other's job, have joint custody over Bob, the Golden Retriever/eating machine, and are in love. But Stephanie's love for Morelli has competition - her lust for Ranger...
Ranger is a Cuban American, former special forces, bounty hunter extraordinaire who sets Stephanie's (well... all women's) insides on fire! He often saves Stephanie's behind on a recovery and acts as her personal bodyguard. Sometimes guarding said body very closely. No ones much about Ranger. He has a group of macho men who occasionally tail Stephanie so Ranger can keep track of her. Any time Stephanie needs something not-exactly-legal done, she knows she can call Ranger.
Lula is Stephanie's hilarious right hand lady! She's a large black woman who used to work the streets until she was almost beaten to death because she was helping Stephanie. Now Lula also works for Vinny, but as a receptionist/filer - she's not exactly talented as either, but no one is brave enough to tell her so! Lula never felt the need to change her look, so she still rocks the neon colored spandex and big hair. Lula likes to go with Stephanie to make her captures, and is about as talented as Stephanie at recovery!
Connie is Vinny's receptionist who knows everything that happens in Trenton. She fits the stereotype for a Jersey knockout, and she's not afraid to knock you out for not respecting her! 
Grandma Mazur is Stephanie's loud, crazy, and fearless grandmother. She lives with Stephanie's parents and enjoys visiting the funeral homes, annoying Stephanie's mother, and going with Stephanie on recoveries. She's a menace, but one of the best! 

Number in the Series: 

There are currently 24 main books in the series and 4 "between the numbers" books. The between the numbers tend to be holiday themed and feature Diesel - from Evanovich's Lizzy & Diesel series! 
  1. One for the Money
  2. Two for the Dough
  3. Three to Get Deadly
  4. Four to Score
  5. High Five
  6. Hot Six
  7. Seven Up
  8. Hard Eight
    8.5 Visions of Sugar Plums
  9. To the Nines
  10. Ten Big Ones
  11. Eleven on Top
  12. Twelve Sharp
    12.5 Plum Lovin'
  13. Lean Mean Thirteen
    13.5 Plum Lucky
  14. Fearless Fourteen
    14.5 Plum Spooky
  15. Finger Lickin' Fifteen
  16. Sizzling Sixteen
  17. Smokin' Seventeen
  18. Explosive Eighteen
  19. Notorious Nineteen
  20. Takedown Twenty
  21. Top Secret Twenty-One
  22. Tricky Twenty-Two
  23. Turbo Twenty-Three
  24. Hardcore Twenty-Four
Final Word: 

This series is hugely popular - but not for everyone. If you object to R-rated romantic comedies, this isn't the series for you. Despite this, it is a goofy mystery series that will have you laughing out loud as you read. After the first few books, you'll want to read on not just to know what Stephanie's gotten herself into - but what Lula and Grandma Mazur have done to make it worse! 
Aug 16

Series Saturday - Hamish MacBeth Mysteries

Posted on August 16, 2017 at 10:32 AM by Lindsey Kult

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I’m (Lindsey) getting married today and headed to Scotland tomorrow! So I had to choose whether to write a Series Saturday on a romantic series or a mystery series that takes place in Scotland… I chose Scotland! To be fair, the Scottish mystery series that I chose is also by one of my favorite mystery authors – M.C. Beaton. This series is closer to cozy mystery than say Sue Grafton, but there is the occasional curse word. The reader follows village constable Hamish MacBeth, as he attempts to stay under the higher ups’ radar and avoid promotion. Unfortunately for Hamish, he just keeps finding murderers!

Genre:

Mystery, Fiction

Location in Howard Miller:

Mystery, MYS BEATON

Meet the Characters:

Hamish MacBeth is an underachieving village constable who is content with his life in Lochdubh (Lock-due), a tiny village in the Highlands. Like many Beaton characters, he is deeply flawed character that you cannot help but like. He is lazy, (sometimes) freeloader, stubborn, caring, intelligent, and a romantic all in one stereotypically Scottish package. He is motivated by three things: 1. His love for Priscilla Halburton-Smythe. 2. His devotion to providing for his parents. He is willing to illegally poach on Priscilla’s father’s land to send them extra food and money. 3. Driving Chief Inspector Blair crazy. Whether the other villagers are fond of Hamish seems to vary. Some find him fair and easy to work around, while others see him as a waste of space. Hamish does not care about their opinions, however. He has the all the company he needs in his dog Towser and his friendship with Priscilla.

Priscilla Halburton-Smythe is a beautiful young blonde. Her family owns the castle in Lochdubh and do not share her affection for Hamish. She is adventurous and clever, but is often conflicted with her future role in higher society and the fun she experiences with Hamish.

Chief Inspector Blair is a jerk. He’s rude, hates Hamish, and mocks Highland villages. He is constantly trying to make a name for himself by undermining anyone who gets in his way. One of the reasons he detests Hamish so much is his inability to solve cases.

Jimmy Anderson is one of Blair’s men. He realizes he is never going to be promoted while working with Blair - so he acts as Hamish’s unassuming inside man. As long as Hamish provides the whiskey, Anderson prefers his company.

Number in the Series:

32! There are a lot of books in this series! It is why I did not make my own book cover collage for this series. We do not own all of these books so here is the link to place the first few on hold. To be honest, these books don’t need to be read in order. It can be fun, but the plots are rarely connected.

  1. Death of a Gossip
  2. Death of a Cad
  3. Death of an Outsider
  4. Death of a Perfect Wife
  5. Death of a Hussy
  6. Death of a Snob
  7. Death of a Prankster
  8. Death of a Glutton
  9. Death of a Travelling Man
  10. Death of a Charming Man
  11. Death of a Nag
  12. Death of a Macho Man
  13. Death of a Dentist
  14. Death of a Scriptwriter
  15. Death of an Addict
  16. Death of a Dustman
  17. Death of a Celebrity
  18. Death of a Village
  19. Death of a Poison Pen
  20. Death of a Bore
  21. Death of a Dreamer
  22. Death of a Maid
  23. Death of a Gentle Lady
  24. Death of a Witch
  25. Death of a Valentine
  26. Death of a Chimney Sweep
  27. Death of a Kingfisher
  28. Death of Yesterday
  29. Death of a Policeman
  30. Death of a Liar
  31. Death of a Nurse
  32. Death of a Ghost
  33. Death of an Honest Man (Feb. 2018)

Final Word:

This is a fun, light series that transports you to Scotland. It’s a good series to listen to on CD so you can get the full accent. Unlike other protagonists, Hamish is flawed and definitely not perfect – but you like him anyway! The supporting cast is fun and you’ll be drawn into their antics. Like I said earlier, there is some language but nothing scandalous. We hope you enjoy these Highland mysteries!