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Staff-recommended reading from the Alexandria Library Catalog.


The Sweetness at the Bottom of the PieThe Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

By Alan Bradley

I recommend the Flavia de Luce series on audiobook, as Jayne Entwistle has the perfect voice for our main character, eleven-year-old Flavia. This is the first in the series which introduces us to Flavia, a budding chemist who must solve a mystery surrounding her father.

Recommended by Amy H.

This charming and funny mystery introduces the 11 year old Flavia de Luce, a budding chemist with an abiding love of poisons. Flavia takes it upon herself to solve the murder of a man found on the grounds of her family estate. Set in the post WWII English countryside, the book also examines the changing role of class and how these changes impact the de Luce clan and their declining fortunes. The first book of a great mystery series.

Recommended by Elizabeth S.


A Discovery of Witches: a NovelA Discovery of Witches: a novel

By Deborah Harkness

I'm not a big fan of paranormal romance so I was surprised by how much I enjoyed A Discovery of Witches. Yes, it involves witches and vampires but Harkness does such a good job with setting and character development that it feels like real life. Also available as an eBook and on audiobook. If you enjoy A Discovery of Witches, you can continue the story with Shadow of Night, the sequel.

Recommended by Joy O.

The Ghosts of Cannae: Hannibal and the Darkest Hour of the Roman RepublicGhosts of Cannae: Hannibal and the Darkest Hour of the Roman Republic

By Robert L. O'Connell

A wonderous read full of information and a terrific story. An interesting look into the ancient mediterranean world. Not in the least bit dull. A fast paced telling of a fascinating period in Roman history. Also available as an eAudiobook.

Recommended by George C.  




Pug HillPug Hill

By Bernice Kert

Not just for dog lovers, this is a charming tale of a shy art restorer in New York City who loves to visit "Pug Hill," a canine meeting spot in Central Park, to observe the adorable canines and work out her personal problems. Also author of "A Pug's Tale."

Recommended by A. Williams



Three Day RoadThree Day Road

By Joseph Boyden

This story follows two Cree boys who enlist to fight in World War I, and the Aunt who waits for them to return. The two boys, best friends, end up on the battlefields of Belgium and France where they become expert snipers. As the war begins of affect them both in different ways, they try to find a way back home.

Recommended by Heather M.  



The Museum of Dr. Moses: Tales of Mystery and SuspenseThe Museum of Dr. Moses: Tales of Mystery and Suspense

By Joyce Carol Oates

Oates delivers her spooky story with such elegance of words and intensity that you will not want to finish the book.

Recommended by R. Hailu  



A Town Like AliceA Town Like Alice

By Nevil Shute

From the author of "On the Beach" comes a wonderful love story and historical tale that crosses the years and the continents, from World War II Malaya to England and Australia. This poignant book will stay with you long after the last page. Also available in audiobook.

Recommended by Jessica S.



Vidocq Dossier: the Story of the World's First DetectiveThe Vidocq Dossier

By Samuel Edwards

The book talks about Vidocq starting his life on the wrong side of the law, and becoming detective by "accident" and need of surviving. Vidocq had strong connections with Balzac, Alexandre Dumas, Hugo, and other writers and artists; and inspired their works. Vidocq also had a very naughty personal lifestyle! However, he is determined to combat crime and he creates the first civil detective unit as part of the French Police. Needles to say, Viodocq’s detective unit becomes an inspiration for the entire police world, including England’s “bobbies”. This book is recomended to those who are in the law enforcement field , or those interested in learning about detective work in the late 18th century-early 19th century France, and the man who inspired the cretion of Sherlock Holmes - Eugene Francois Vidocq!

Recommended by Carmen W.



A Warrior's Heart: the True Story of Life Before and Beyond the FighterA Warrior's Heart: the True Story of Life Before and Beyond the Fighter

By Micky Ward and Joesph Layden

This book is for anyone with a challenge in front of them, large or small. It made me want to throw punches at anything standing in my way of attaining my goals. Micky Ward will be remembered in the fighting world, but SHOULD be known outside of it as well. A book full of life lessons and getting back on the horse!

Recommended by Carol L.



The Diamond in the WindowThe Diamond in the Window

By Jane Langton

It's a fantasy, a mystery -- and a spitiual odyssey! Eleanor and Eddy find that when they sleep in a secret bedroom in their house, they have dreams that become real. They look for treasures, but then the dreams become scary -- and who is the evil ruler within them? Moral themes; Ages 9 - 12.

Recommended Beverly S.

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