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Seniors at National Night Out

Billy Ray Thomas

Billy Ray Thomas of the historic Parkview Neighborhood came out to visit with longtime friends and neighbors and enjoy some barbeque at the National Night Out event in October. National Night Out is an event designed to build connections between Police and other City departments, and the community. Visitors to Parkview included Mayor Robert Cluck, numerous police officers, firefighters, and representatives from many City departments, including the library. Billy Ray is one of the original Parkview homeowners. He has lived in his home since 1956 with wife Jolene.

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Topics: Arlington, Seniors

Book Club Pick: The Keeper of Lost Causes, by Jussi Adler-Olsen

The Keeper of Lost Causes

by Jussi Adler-Olsen

The Keeper of Lost Causes follows Copenhagen's Detective Carl Mørck through some tough times. Carl had been one of the brightest stars in the homicide department, but after two of his fellow officers were killed, he started to spiral down. Instead of being demoted or even removed from duty, Carl finds himself reassigned. On paper, it even looks like a promotion. Carl knows better, though. He's been given nothing but old, cold cases. He thinks he's treading water dutifully tries to work on these lost causes, but then he comes across one that can be worked.

Interested in this book? Click on the cover and sample the eBook below!


If you read this book and want to talk about it, come to the next meeting of the Southwest Morning Reading Group! The group meets at 11 am on the second Wednesday of the month, in the Southwest Branch Community Room. The next meeting is November 12 at 11 am. The Keeper of Lost Causes is November’s book. Come discuss!

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10/29/2014 by Allison Denny Add a Comment Share this:

Patron Review: Unlucky 13

Action-packed mystery surrounding a “belly bomber” inserted in the hamburger of a popular restaurant in the San Francisco area; targets are randomly picked, luck of the draw! With stomach contact, the “fuse” is activated, the body decimated, a gruesome death. Lindsey Boxer, detective for the San Francisco police department searches for answers, interviewing not only the management but the restaurant employees, having the meat factory inspected, and reviewing endless taped footage inside and outside the restaurants targeted. Discouraged, she finally identifies a man who shows up in different disguises on the tapes, modern technology verifying her suspicions and identity.

All the while this case is ongoing and unbeknown to Lindsey, she is being targeted by a well-known woman, a psychopathic killer wanted by the FBI, one she befriended as a new intern in the police department. Her Murder Club friend, Cindi, journalist, alerts Lindsey to the danger, having taken the assignment to showcase her talent.

As if this isn’t enough, another of her Murder Club friends, Yuki, a San Francisco prosecutor, is being held hostage while on an Alaskan cruise while on her honeymoon. Terrorists without conscience begin killing passengers every hour while waiting for ransom demands to be met.

Each of the professional women involved in the Murder Club become involved in the story in one capacity or another. Resolutions are based on many hours of research, tracking, and in the case of the terrorists, aggressive planning.

It is always fun to read a James Patterson book: a take me away page turner, a mystery well calculated on many levels, and strong women characters who add to the thrill of discovery!!

Written by Joy B., Lake Arlington patron

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New Nonfiction October 28-November 3

Amy Poehler serves up some funny stories and bits of advice in her first book-Yes Please, while Ina Garten serves up supper in Make It Ahead: A Barefoot Contessa Cookbook.


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New Fiction October 28-November 3

The third book of the Cousins O'Dwyer trilogy, Blood magick by Nora Roberts is out this week, the first two were number one on the New York Times Bestseller list.


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Staff Pick: Burial Rites, by Hannah Kent

Agnes has been kept in the dark for months before she is transferred from one prison to the next. In the closet used as her cell, she was starving, dehydrated, bruised, and so lonely she started to wonder if she was losing her mind. She had a hard time telling the difference between sleeping and waking. Every time she did wake came the crushing moment when she remembered her lover Natan was dead. Every time, that memory was followed by the knowledge that she killed him.

Agnes is brought out of her closet, past a jeering crowd come to see the murderess in their midst, and across Iceland’s countryside. She hasn't felt sunlight in a long time. Her jailors don’t tell her where they’re going, but Agnes recognizes the moss-covered hills and the old lava flows. After her mother left her, she bounced across the valley from one farm to the next as a migrant worker. She knows there are no jails in the area. Even the house where Agnes is to be kept until her execution is familiar. She has lived there before.

Hannah Kent’s novel Burial Rites tells the story of Agnes’s last months through the eyes of the family assigned to give her room and board, the young priest serving as her spiritual guide, and Agnes herself.

This novel is a fictionalized version of the true story of Agnes Magnúsdóttir, the last person executed in Iceland. Agnes was working as a servant in 1829 when she and a farmhand were accused of killing their master and another man, then burning the evidence. Burial Rites makes Agnes a tragic figure. We learn the details of the deaths in bits and pieces. The harsh Icelandic winters make life difficult for everyone but the very richest, but Agnes lived a life harder than most: abandoned as a child, and betrayed repeatedly as she grew older. She did not have the luxury of easy choices.

Despite its bleak story line, Burial Rites paints a beautiful picture of the Icelandic landscape. The stormy seas, fierce weather, and volcanic touches upon the landscape made me want to visit. It is fiction, but Kent put her research on Agnes’s life into the book. Chapters often begin with quotations from real documents about Agnes’s trial and case. Check this book out now to get a new look at a historical figure, or to learn about her for the first time.

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10/22/2014 by Allison Denny Add a Comment Share this:
Topics: Books, Fiction, Mysteries

New Releases October 21- 27

Publishing phenomenon and Mississippi lawyer John Grisham's new novel Gray Mountain, is about a displaced lawyer and small town secrets-another sure fire bestseller!

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October's Books to Movies

Here are the books being adapted into movies this October! It's a mixed bag of mysteries, thrillers, and family fun. Check one out before or after you go to the theater to see how they compare. Below are publisher summaries for the books. Click on the cover pictures to find a copy in branch near you or to place one on hold.

Gone Girl, by Gillian Flynn

In theaters since October 3

Marriage can be a real killer. One of the most critically acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn takes that statement to its darkest place in this unputdownable masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong. The Chicago Tribune proclaimed that her work “draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction.” Gone Girl’s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn.

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet? With her razor-sharp writing and trademark psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around.

- (by Random House, Inc.)

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, by Judith Viorst

In theaters since October 10

He could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. He went to sleep with gum in his mouth and woke up with gum in his hair. When he got out of bed, he tripped over his skateboard and by mistake dropped his sweater in the sink while the water was running. He could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.

It was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Nothing at all was right. Everything went wrong, right down to lima beans for supper and kissing on TV.

What do you do on a day like that? Well, you may think about going to Australia. You may also be glad to find that some days are like that for other people too.

- (by Simon and Schuster)

Before I Go To Sleep, by S. J. Watson

In theaters October 31

"As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I’m still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me. . . ."

Memories define us.

So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep?

Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love—all forgotten overnight.

And the one person you trust may be telling you only half the story.

Welcome to Christine's life."


Horns, by Joe Hill

In theaters October 31

"At first Ig thought the horns were a hallucination, the product of a mind damaged by rage and grief. He had spent the last year in a lonely, private purgatory, following the death of his beloved, Merrin Williams, who was raped and murdered under inexplicable circumstances. A mental breakdown would have been the most natural thing in the world. But there was nothing natural about the horns, which were all too real.

Once the righteous Ig had enjoyed the life of the blessed: born into privilege, the second son of a renowned musician and younger brother of a rising late-night TV star, he had security, wealth, and a place in his community. Ig had it all, and more: he had Merrin and a love founded on shared daydreams, mutual daring, and unlikely midsummer magic.

But Merrin's death changed all that. The only suspect in the crime, Ig was never charged or tried. And he was never cleared. In the court of public opinion in Gideon, New Hampshire, Ig is and always will be guilty because his rich and connected parents pulled strings to make the investigation go away. Nothing Ig can do, nothing he can say, matters. Everyone, it seems, including God, has abandoned him. Everyone, that is, but the devil inside. . . .

Now Ig is possessed of a terrible new power to go with his terrible new look: a macabre talent he intends to use to find the monster who killed Merrin and destroyed his life. Being good and praying for the best got him nowhere. It's time for a little revenge. . . . It's time the devil had his due. . . ."


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New Releases October 14-20

At sixteen Neil Patrick Harris was starring in his own sitcom-at 41 he has already won an Emmy and a Tony-his new biography hits the shelves this week!

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