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Jul 03

UPDATED Series Saturday - Andy Carpenter!

Posted on July 3, 2018 at 5:31 PM by Lindsey Kult

Andy Carpenter Book Collage

This week's Series Saturday is an updated post! Still a favorite among many of the staff - it's David Rosenfelt's Andy Carpenter series! This series is already popular and the 17th book is being released this week.  As entertaining as these books are for Rosenfelt fans, some readers might take offense to the strong language used in conversations between characters. Strong language is present in these books, however, it is used much less than other popular authors (for example, no where near as often as Patterson books). 

Genre: 

Fiction, Mystery

Location in Howard Miller: 

Mystery, MYS ROSENFELT

Meet the Characters: 


Andy Carpenter is difficult to describe. He's a likable defense attorney (apparently it is possible), who is extremely self-confident (except when it comes to physical prowess). He is both the laziest person and the hardest working person. When not on a case he is incredibly lazy, but once he has a client he will stop at nothing to defend them. One of the reasons you will love this series is because Andy is delightfully hilarious and clever. When you aren't laughing at his commentary, you're caught up in his investigative strategies. His self-deprecating humor will get you every time!
Andy has two special ladies in his life - Laurie Collins and Tara, World's Greatest Dog. Laurie is Andy's lead investigator and the love of his life. As a former police officer, she does not always see eye-to-eye with him at the beginning of cases. Laurie's big heart and strong instincts keep the team safe and connected.
She brought both Kevin and Marcus to the team. Kevin is Andy's hypochondriacal co-counsel. Marcus is a shorter version of Terry Crews without any of the good-humor. He is smart, silent, scary, and a bodyguard when necessary.
The last two regular team members are Sam and Willie. Willie is a former client of Andy's, who now runs their dog rescue - The Tara Foundation. Sam is Andy's accountant and computer guy. He could be called the team's computer hacker, but Andy is so inept with computers that Sam does a little of everything. There are many more wonderful characters in this series, but we've already gone on too long for this section!

Number in the Series: 


As stated before, this series is popular already. We rarely have half the books on the shelf. Click on this link to place any of the books on hold. Many are also available on OverDrive. 
  1. Open and Shut
  2. First Degree
  3. Bury the Lead
  4. Sudden Death
  5. Dead Center
  6. Play Dead
  7. New Tricks
  8. Dog Tags
  9. One Dog Night
  10. Leader of the Pack
  11. Unleashed
  12. Hounded
  13. Who Let the Dog Out
  14. Outfoxed
  15. The Twelve Dogs of Christmas
  16. Collared
  17. Rescued - Coming July 17, 2018
Final Word: 

This series is the perfect mix of humor, suspense, and mystery! As you probably noticed, many of the book covers have dogs on them. These books are enjoyable for anyone, not just dog lovers! (Cute dogs sell books - David Rosenfelt has caught onto this trend) One of the reasons you will love this series is because Andy is delightfully hilarious and clever. When you aren't laughing at his commentary, you're caught up in his investigations. As added bonus, audiobook listeners will love the narrator for the series! Grover Gardner captures Andy's personality perfectly. Lindsey compares his dry wit to Hawkeye from M.A.S.H. These books are excellent mysteries that you won't want to put down!
Jun 22

Series Saturday - Author Edition Fannie Flagg!

Posted on June 22, 2018 at 1:26 PM by Lindsey Kult

The All-Girl Filling Station Last Reunion Fannie Flagg Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

This week’s Series Saturday is not about a series at all! It’s about author Fannie Flagg and her books. These books are mostly stand alone, but occasionally they reference characters from other books. Fannie Flagg is another staff favorite, for good reason! She tends to be a perfect read for summer or vacations. She’s got humor, heart, and a touch of drama that will keep your interest from page 1 to the last page! As staff member Sharlynne said, “She covers some deep topics, but you’re enjoying her plot so much you don’t realize it until you’re done!”

Genre:

Adult Fiction, Women's Fiction, Southern Fiction

Location in Howard Miller:

Adult Fiction, AF FLAGG

Setting: 

Southern States - Often Alabama and Missouri

Books and their plots: 

I realize that "Meet the Characters" doesn't work with an author edition of this blog - whoops! So I will try to summarize Fannie Flagg's style with summaries* of her plots: 
  •  Daisy Fay and the Miracle Man - A journey to the South that only Southerners know, to a time when "Blue Velvet" was played at the Senior Prom, and into the life of Daisy Fay Harper. Daisy is a sassy, truth-telling heroine who just can't stay out of trouble. What's more, she tells us everything. 
  • Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe - It's first the story of two women in the 1980s, of gray-headed Mrs. Treadgoode telling her life story to Evelyn, who is in the sad slump of middle age. The tale she tells is also of two women -- of the irrepressibly daredevilish tomboy Idgie and her friend Ruth, who back in the thirties ran a little place in Whistle Stop, Alabama, a Southern kind of Care Wobegon offering good barbeque and good coffee and all kinds of love and laughter, even an occasional murder. 
  • Welcome to the World, Baby Girl - A novel spanning late 1940s small-town America and the New York media world of the 1970s. It tells the story of a television interviewer with emotional and drink problems who was abandoned as a teenager by her mother. Elmwood Springs Book 1 
  • Standing in the Rainbow - Meet the unforgettable residents of Elmwood Springs, Missouri, in a story that captures the humorous and complex realities of ordinary people, including Neighbor Dorothy, a radio hostess, and her wayward son Bobby, the Oatman Family gospel singers, and hotshot salesman Hamm Sparks. Elmwood Springs Book 2
  • A Redbird Christmas - A short and poignant Christmas story for all the family. Oswald T. Campbell, aged 52, down-and-out in a Chicago winter, is only given months to live unless he moves South. He finds himself in the small town of Lost River, Alabama, amongst all its eccentric but friendly residents. 
  • Can't Wait to Get to Heaven - Combining southern warmth with unabashed emotion and side-splitting hilarity, Fannie Flagg takes readers back to Elmwood Springs, Missouri, where the most unlikely and surprising experiences of a high-spirited octogenarian inspire a town to ponder the age-old question: Why are we here? Elmwood Springs Book 3
  • I Still Dream of You - Though her friends think Maggie has the perfect life, she's actually perfectly miserable. The former Miss Alabama is worried about how her life has turned out - she's given up on her dream of living in a beautiful home like Crestview, and instead is a real estate agent in Birmingham. But just when Maggie begins to wonder if there's much point in going on, her life takes a wild turn, and she finds herself catapulted into one surprising discovery after the next. As Maggie learns valuable lessons about the nature of friendship, the challenges of modern life, and the dangers of impossible dreams, she starts to see how much more there is to life than what can be listed in a Miss Alabama bio. 
  • The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion - Mrs. Sookie Pool of Point Clear, Alabama, has just married off the last of her daughters and is looking forward to relaxing and perhaps traveling with her husband, Earle. The only thing left to contend with is her mother, the formidable Lenore Simmons Krackenberry. Lenore may be a lot of fun for other people, but is, for the most part, an overbearing presence for her daughter. Then one day, quite by accident, Sookie discovers a secret about her mother's past that knocks her for a loop and suddenly calls into question everything she ever thought she knew about herself, her family, and her future. 
    Sookie begins a search for answers that takes her to California, the Midwest, and back in time, to the 1940s, when an irrepressible woman named Fritzi takes on the job of running her family's filling station. Soon truck drivers are changing their routes to fill up at the All-Girl Filling Station. Then, Fritzi sees an opportunity for an even more groundbreaking adventure. As Sookie learns about the adventures of the girls at the All-Girls Filling Station, she finds herself with new inspiration in her own life.
  • The Whole Town's Talking - Lordor Nordstrom created, in his wisdom, not only a lively town and a prosperous legacy for himself but also a beautiful final resting place for his family, friends, and neighbors yet to come. "Resting place" turns out to be a bit of a misnomer, however. Odd things begin to happen, and it starts the whole town talking. Elmwood Springs Book 4
*Summaries taken from Fantastic Fiction or GoodReads

Final Word: 

Fannie Flagg's flare for humor and just enough drama comes from a lifelong affair with the written word. Fannie Flagg has been writing, acting, and producing plays/films since she was 19! She didn't write her first novel until she was 37 - that's when her career actually took off. Fannie Flagg has a talent for weaving past and present in her plots. So while these books are exactly historical fiction, you get a taste of that genre while you read. All of her books feature strong female heroines who are experiencing some crazy stuff, but are still relatable! 
Jun 15

Series Saturday: Darkness Rising

Posted on June 15, 2018 at 4:17 PM by Lindsey Kult

Darkness Rising Collage The Gathering, Calling, Rising

Series Saturday is back with a young adult science fiction series! Kelley Armstrong writes science fiction about supernatural humans living among the rest of us. Her main series is “Women of the Otherworld” and is an adult science fiction series. Armstrong writes strong female characters who can take care of themselves - but they tend to attract strong men who help them, but never have to save them. This series is similar, but without the adult romance and language. It takes place after the conclusion of Women of the Otherworld and references some characters from that series, but it’s not vital that you know the names.


Genre:

Young Adult, Science Fiction, Supernatural, Romance


Location in Howard Miller:

Young Adult, YA ARMSTRONG


Setting:

Salmon Creek, a town on Vancouver Island in Canada


Meet the Characters:

Maya is a 16 year-old Native American who was adopted as a baby by the Delaneys. Her parents moved out to Vancouver Island so her father could take the parker ranger position there. She’s always been athletic and has a special connection to animals, but all the children of Salmon Creek have some kind of special talent.

Maya’s best friend, Serena, was the captain of Salmon Creek High’s swim team and was born for the water. Unfortunately, Serena passed away in a freak accident while swimming with Maya in the lake by Salmon Creek. Maya still blames herself at the beginning of the series.

Daniel was Serena’s boyfriend and is the natural leader of the group of high schoolers in town. He’s the wrestling champion on the island and tends to be protective of Maya. Daniel is still Maya’s best friend, but is constantly being remembered as Serena’s grieving boyfriend. His mother ran away from his abusive father when he was younger and his brothers left for college. Now Daniel must try to keep his dad safe while surviving the abuse himself.

Rafael or “Rafe” is new to the island. He and his sister Annie are also Native Americans and have been on their own since their mother died. Annie is only twenty and has some mental health problems that put a lot of pressure on Rafe. He’ll do anything to protect Annie. Rafe is immediately drawn to Maya and his mysterious background leads to her falling for him as well.

Nicole is the daughter of Salmon Creek’s mayor. She’s small in stature, and introverted. She wants to be a part of the group, but is so shy that she really is only friends with Maya and Daniel. She was close with Serena, but after Serena’s death Nicole is forced into a deeper friendship with Maya.

Sam lives with Nicole after her parents died in a car crash. She’s an outsider to the community and is fine with that. She gives off a bad-girl vibe and doesn’t want any friends besides for Daniel. People can’t quite believe that she’s actually related to Nicole, but the mayor insists that Sam is Nicole’s second cousin.

Corey is Daniel’s best male friend. He’s also a wrestler, but suffers from devastating headaches. His father is the chef of police, so between Nicole, Maya and Corey the little group has some powerful parents.

Hayley is the only person who really doesn’t want to be in a small town. While everyone else is fine with just having each other, she wants to move past Salmon Creek. No one really likes her because of her behavior when they were children. Now she openly despises Maya, making her even less likeable to the rest of the group.


Number in the Series:

This series takes place after Women of the Otherworld and along the same timeline as Darkest Powers. You definitely want to read these books in order!


  1. The Gathering

  2. The Calling

  3. The Rising


Final Word:

This young adult series is an exciting read for fans of supernatural stories! The characters in this series are not your usual supernaturals - vampires, witches, or werewolves. Instead, they’re taken from ancient myths and folklore. This series is full of adventure with enough betrayals and plot twists to keep you guessing! If you like the first two* Darkness Rising books you’ll want to try Kelley Armstrong’s other series too!

*The conclusion of Darkness Rising ties in Darkest Powers’ plot, so you might want to read Darkest Powers before finishing this series.