“Tiger Shrimp Tango” by Tim Dorsey, c.2014, Wm. Morrow, $25.99, 306 pages
It sounded too good to be true.
If you are looking for a good mystery this winter, nothing will warm you like a story set in our own home state. At least a dozen fun series are set in Wisconsin, with characters ranging from John Galligan’s travelling fly fisherman Ned “Dog” Oglivie, to coroner Mattie Winston in Annelise Ryan’s popular mysteries. While an irresistible older title like “Milwaukee Winters Can Be Murder” by Kathleen Anne Barrett is good fun, several ongoing series highlight Wisconsin’s more rural and historical settings and feature resourceful women sleuths.
Sandra Balzo sets her “Maggy Thorsen” series in a coffeehouse in Brookhills, a fictional small town near Milwaukee. The action starts when Maggy’s business partner is murdered with a hot-wired espresso machine in the first title, “Uncommon Grounds” (2004). With the help of handsome Jake Pavlik, the local sheriff newly transplanted from Chicago, and real estate agent Sarah Kingston, each mystery involves Maggy in murder as she attempts to hold on to a fragile business and a budding romance. Balzo mixes recognizable local color along with the usual mystery suspects, such as jealous business rivals, corrupt politicians, and feuding families among Brookhill’s population.
“Confessions of a Wild Child” by Jackie Collins, c.2014, St. Martin’s Press, $26.99, 294 pages
Oh, the things you got away with when you were a teen.
“The Last Time I Died” by Joe Nelms, c. 2014, Tyrus Books, $16.99, 255 pages.
Lisa hadn’t wanted a divorce. Christian Franco had to at least admit that.
While exploring the shelves of the Kenosha Public Library children’s room, I came across books about the arts with an emphasis on music.
When I started to read the books and played their accompanying CDs, I discovered I had a cultural treasure trove! Here is what I found:
Surrounded by books every day at the library, I realized that I love books for countless reasons. In addition to the ability of books to transport the reader to distant lands and times, to impart information and facts, I appreciate the craftsmanship of the book, its texture and feel, the beauty of its construction, the colors of its cover, even its fragrance. All of these encouraged me to explore the book as an art form, and several books at the library do just that.
“Book Art: Creative Ideas to Transform Your Books — Decorations, Stationery, Display Scenes and More” written by Clare Youngs, invites the reader to explore the idea of constructing something unique from books, to create something beautiful from books that have reached the ends of their lives. By rescuing old books that were falling apart from the recycling bin, the author creates cards and stationery, paper bowls, winter villages and wise owls. A list of tools, materials, and suppliers is included and the projects in the book will inspire you to go create.
“Growing a Feast: The Chronicle of a Farm-to-Table Meal” by Kurt Timmermeister, c.2014, W.W. Norton, $24.95, 311 pages
Tonight, you’re bringing home the bacon.
The nuclear bomb is arguably one of the most devastating weapons in mankind’s arsenal of “Ways We Can Kill Each Other.” Lately, the topic has become more accessible to younger readers, as well as to those who enjoy alternate histories.
“Steve Sheinkin’s Bomb: The Race to Build — and Steal — The World’s Most Dangerous Weapon” is an excellent introduction to spies, nuclear physics and political intrigues for younger readers. This is a prime example of narrative nonfiction — you completely forget that what you’re reading about really happened. It seems too wild to be real. Sheinkin supplements the work with excellent photographs.
“The Baby Boom” by P.J. O’Rourke, c.2014, Atlantic Monthly Press, $25, 272 pages
Whenever you get together with old friends — no matter what the reason — it always ends up with “Remember When…?”
You are at one of the premier indoor waterpark resorts in the Wisconsin Dells. Do you:
The driver injured when he rear-ended a school bus Thursday afternoon has been identified as Shawn Hudon, 35, of Paddock Lake.
SALEM — A smorgasbord and silent auction will take place noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at Salem United Methodist Church, 25130 85th St.
A plan to move the location of a planned dog park from Southport Park to Anderson Park will be taken up by the City Council starting next week.
If you thought you saw a dog sled whipping through the snow along Roosevelt Road in Kenosha Friday morning, don’t worry. You weren’t imagining things.
Before the event was to begin, a couple Carthage College staff and students announced the winners of a raffle. It took the winners quite a while to walk from the crowd to the makeshift stage, but not because of the distance between them.
Back in his Kenosha home Thursday night, Michael M. Bell said he wasn’t about to pop champagne corks over a state Senate’s unanimous vote favoring a bill he has long championed requiring outside investigations of police shootings.
After touring Kenosha, a national developer is fairly certain that the downtown area can accomodate — and benefit from — a live/work space for local artists.
PARIS — A 35-year-old Paddock Lake man was seriously injured Thursday afternoon after crashing his car into the rear of a stopped school bus on Highway 45 just south of Highway 142.
Today’s problem: Why, I oughtta ... how much are we paying these guys to enable traffic to flow smoothly?
The Kenosha Unified School Board will hold a retreat this weekend on their interpersonal relationship and how it affects the evaluation of the district superintendent.
Frigid weather and civil unrest between Russia and the Ukraine have driven world crude oil prices up and sent Kenosha County gasoline prices skyward.
PADDOCK LAKE — Central High School band and choir members will have to get a drug-free OK from K-9 cops before they board a bus later this month for a trip to Florida.
A Kenosha man reportedly accosted a woman going to pick up food at Applebee’s late Wednesday night, telling her he was a federal agent and holding her steering wheel so she couldn’t drive away, according to Kenosha Police reports.
KENOSHA — International Women’s Day will be celebrated 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Kenosha Art Association, 5615 Seventh Ave.
A disabled man will not be able to collect any damages from the Kenosha Achievement Center after he was sexually assaulted by an off-duty employee.
When Kenosha History Center Executive Director Don Shepard walked into the museum on the morning of Feb. 5, he almost could have chilled a tray of ice cubes in the Rambler Gallery without the aid of a freezer. It was 34 degrees in the huge space.
With continued snow and the upcoming return to daylight saving time, the Kenosha Fire Department has two reminders to pass along. One has to do with fire hydrants and the other with smoke detectors.