This month we are going to look at three books that Community Library patrons and staff have been enjoying this summer during our A Universe of Stories summer reading program.

Our first book is ”Bloody Mary,” by J.A. Konrath, which is the second book in the author’s Jacqueline “Jack” Daniels series. Jack is a lieutenant in the Chicago Police Department. This series is definitely not for the squeamish!

This is the review from Jeff H.: “The protagonists are well rounded and feel human. They are believable and easy to identify with. Their idiosyncrasies make them likable and create an atmosphere where you want to see where their life will take them. The antagonists are another matter. They are so overboard in their violence and mental illness as to make them seem more evil alien than human. If I find them unbelievable it is because it is too frightening to imagine that there might actually people like this in the world. My recommendation is to skip through the very graphic details of their crimes; it makes the book more enjoyable.”

You can find more of Konrath’s books at the library. He is a Chicago area author who writes in the mystery/thriller and horror genres.

Next, we have “A Great Reckoning,” by award winning Canadian author Louise Penny. The central character is Inspector Gamache of the Quebec police department.

Our reviewer, Judi B., has this to say about “A Great Reckoning,” which is the 12th book in the series: “This is the best (so far) of the Inspector Gamache mysteries. Our hero has come out of retirement to become chief of the the Canada National Police School. He makes a few changes in the faculty and holds social hour in his rooms on Friday nights. We meet the students and the teachers. One female student has a hippy appearance but leads the freshmen academically. Some of the senior students have been badly influenced by teachers who instruct the students to treat the public rudely in their investigations. One murder and one suicide are included in the action. We also learn about the hidden village named Three Pines where most of the ongoing characters of the series live. You’ll love them and their habits.”

This August the 15th book in the series, “A Better Man,” will be published. Louise Penny is a favorite author of our Twin Lakes mystery book group, by the way.

Our last book is “The Half-Finished Heaven,” by Tomas Tranströmer (translated by Robert Bly).

This title was reviewed by Jared H.: “This book introduced me to a wonderful poet I had never heard of before. The painting on the cover perfectly suits Tomas Tranströmer’s poetry even without the poem titled ‘Vermeer.’ Both poet and painter are masters of highlighting ordinary everyday images with profundity that can take your breath away. Tranströmer’s poetry is disarmingly straightforward, but its readability doesn’t undermine any of its intricacies. ‘Each man is a half-open door / leading to a room for everyone,’ the title poem tells us. And so is this book.”

As you can see our patrons have been enjoying a variety of reading this summer. Readers of all ages are invited to join us! Stop by Community Library for details and we will be happy to help you find a great book to read.

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