Fiction Follies: June 2006

Fiction Follies is a monthly newsletter containing a selection of NEW fiction added to the collection of the Sutherland Shire Libraries. Click on the book title to reserve your copy.

New Mysteries

Dead days of summer by Carolyn Hart
The latest “death on demand mystery”. A cosy American mystery with top notch plotting.

The lizard’s bite by David Hewson
For readers of Donna Leon and possibly the Da Vinci code. Thrills, secrets, art, history, clever detection in this tightly written mystery set in Venice.

Out with the tide by Brian Cooper
A Constable crime novel set in Norfolk of the 1950’s. A traditional style mystery.

Kept : a Victorian mystery by D. J. Taylor
Intricately plotted historical mystery about “the extreme things men do to keep what they want”. May interest readers of Sarah Waters.

Prisoner of memory by Denise Hamilton
LA Times reporter Eve Diamond researches an execution style murder of a Russian teenager. A lively mystery with dry humour for fans of Sue Grafton.

Our lady of pain by Marion Chesney
Edwardian mystery. Light, traditional and romantic. Marian Chesney also writes under the pen name M C Beaton.

The last pleasure garden by Lee Jackson
Fast paced historical mystery about a serial killer in Victorian London. “Desire, death, corruption – the dark heart of Victorian London”.

The secret life of E. Robert Pendleton by Michael Collins
A literary mystery. A novel detailing the gruesome murder of child is found in an attic and published to critical acclaim. But is it a novel or a confession?

The gardens of the dead by William Brodrick
A key to a safe deposit box unleashes a train of events following the death of its owner.

The path of the dead by Caroline Benton
For mystery readers wanting a change from forensic scientists and detectives. A fire brigade photographer investigates a charred body found in a burnt house. Also contains evocative descriptions of the Moors of Dartmoor.

Virgin of small plains by Nancy Pickard
Julie Garwood says “Will keep you up all night. Intelligent suspenseful storytelling” Blizzards, miracles, tragedies and mesmerizing suspense in this mystery set in Kansas.

Footprints of the devil by Olive Etchells
A good traditional English village murder mystery set in Cornwell. Engaging characters and descriptions of the farming community

New General Fiction

Miss Julia stands her ground by Ann B Ross
Miss Julia’s touching and humorous adventures in a small Southern town. For fans of Jan Karon.

The other side of you by Salley Vickers
Beautifully written novel set in Rome. Jealousy, passion and grief delicately handled in this tale of a psychiatrist helping a suicidal patient.

The piano man by Marcia Preston
A possible choice for Jodi Picoult readers. After her sons tragic death a relationship develops between a woman and the recipient of her son’s heart.

Blue water by Manette Ansay
A child is killed in a tragic accident. This novel poses the question “How can one live in a world like this and go on living after it happens?"

Black Swan Green by David Mitchell
A year in the life of a 13 year old boy. Fresh and nostalgic, captures those moments and memories between childhood and adulthood.

New Thrillers

Hunting season by Elizabeth Rigbey
“A hunting trip becomes a terrifying journey into the heart of deadly betrayal”.

Kingdom come by Tim Green
Warning – Amazon reviewers either loved or loathed this book. Loosely based on Macbeth the story is about murder and corruption in big business.

Eye Contact by Cammie McGovern
A 10 year old girl is murdered and the only witness is her 9 year old autistic friend. A tale of suspense, with authenticity added by the authors own experiences with an autistic child.

The observations by Jane Harris
A mystery set in Victorian Scotland. Bessy is trying to escape her past but becomes caught up in the strange disappearance of the previous maid and her mistress’s even stranger behaviour.

Turning angel by Greg Iles
For fans of Robert Crais and Michael Connelly a taut legal mystery set in Natchez Mississippi.
If you like Greg Iles...

Shadow man by Cody Mcfadyen
A serial murderer in modern day California believes he is the reincarnation of Jack the Ripper. Fairly gruesome in parts – not for the cosy mystery reader.

All she ever wanted by Patrick Redmond
Another quality mystery by this author. Well written, with an absorbing story line about a woman whose carefully constructed persona is about to fall apart.

A game of soldiers by Stephen Miller
A thriller set in pre revolutionary Russia. Conspiracies murder and cover ups for people who enjoyed “Fatherland”.

Dying light by Stuart MacBride
Gripping police procedural/thriller showing the dark side of Aberdeen. Fast moving, multiple plot lines, described as less heavy going than Ian Rankin. 5 star reviews on Amazon.

A stain on the silence by Andrew Taylor
A psychological thriller for fans of Minette Walters.

New Family sagas
If you like family sagas...

To light a candle by Connie Monk
Will Cynny be lured away from her staid family life to the jazz clubs of London?

The road to the sands by Anne Douglas
Betrayal and heartache in post war Edinburgh.

Pauper’s gold by Margaret Dickinson
A young girl struggles to keep her spirits and those of her companions up while she is apprenticed in the cruel cotton mills of Derbyshire.

New historical fiction

The thrall’s tale by Judith Lindbergh
For lovers of “The mists of Avalon” a story of a Christian woman taken to the Viking colonies of Greenland. Abused and enslaved her story is narrated by 3 women.

Innocent traitor by Alison Weir
Moving account of the life of Lady Jane Grey by popular English historian. A tragic story of a young girl’s exploitation. Both imaginative and authoritative.

Ratcatcher by James McGee
Fast paced historical adventure for fans of Bernard Cornwell.

New Chic lit and humour
If you like Chic lit...

Sparkles by Louse Bagshawe
Glitzy tale about the wealthy and internationally famous Massot family. Compelling reading.

My fabulous divorce by Clare Dowling
Jackie is about to find happiness with new love Dan but ex-husband Henry arrives on the scene with some scores to settle.

The Da Vinci mole by Ian Browne
Reveals the truth behind some of the greatest mysteries of our time, including the secret meaning of Jackson Pollock’s paintings.

If you like military stories...

The last sunrise by Robert Ryan
1948 Indo China. Ex fighter pilot Lee Crane is haunted by his war time experiences.

May Additions to our Web Resources

These are the May additions to our collection of Web Resources, web sites and online resources selected by our librarians. We are always adding interesting sites to our collection and the list is constantly updated on the New Sites page of our site.
A division of Cartoscope Pty Ltd, is the place to view and purchase a range of maps for travellers. Online maps are also available, predominantly for NSW.
Date added: 30 May, 2006. Page: Maps. Government services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
The Indigenous Portal provides online access to Indigenous services and information located on government Internet sites.
Date added: 15 May, 2006. Page: Aboriginal Australians.

Welcome to the Office of Indigenous Policy Coordination (OIPC)
Part of the Australian Government Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaCSIA), OIPC is coordinating a whole-of-government approach to programs and services for Indigenous Australians. It has a central role in the Australian Government's arrangements in Indigenous Affairs.
Date added: 15 May, 2006. Page: Aboriginal Australians.

Network of Concerned Farmers
An Australia wide network of conventional and organic farmers who are concerned about the economic, environmental and social impacts of genetically modified crops.
Date added: 15 May, 2006. Page: Food/Food Technology.

A company that is developing genetically modified crops for the worldwide agricultural industry.
Date added: 15 May, 2006. Page: Food/Food Technology.

ADIN: Australian Drug Information Network
ADIN is a searchable collection of quality assessed web sites and databases provided by prominent organisations in Australia and Internationally.
Date added: 1 May, 2006. Page: Drug Information.

Strengthened Border Control Measures for Unauthorised Boat Arrivals
A media release from Senator Amanda Vanstone, the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, announcing the governments plan to transfer all unauthorised boat arrivals to offshore centres for assessment of their claims. The Offshore Processing Arrangements are outlined in a Department fact sheet. A search on any of the main news sites, such as the ABC, suggests that this policy change is a direct result of the displeasure shown by Indonesia as a result of the granting of asylum to 42 West Papuan refugees.
Date added: 1 May, 2006. Page: Immigration and Refugees.

Collection Capers: June 2006

Collection Capers is a monthly newsletter of NEW interesting or unusual non fiction added to the Sutherland Shire Libraries collection.

Real mosquitoes don’t eat meat by Brad Wetzler
A whimsical collection of essays on the natural world draws on the knowledge of scientists, outdoors specialists, and professors and offers insight into numerous scientific curiosities, from the causes of a bat's crooked flight to the reasons why woodpeckers do not get headaches. Perhaps you’ve wondered why you
feel wavy several hours after getting off a boat.

1606 : an epic adventure by Evan McHugh
1606 marked the first European sighting of Australia, when the Dutch ship Duyfken landed on Cape York. This gripping book tells the stories of the seafaring explorers, shipwrecks and mutinies that followed. The pre Cook voyages are full of daring as sailors really did sail into the great unknown.

Angels of death : inside the bikers’ global crime empire by William Marsden and Julian Sher
A terrifying journey to the heart of the Hell's Angels motorcycle club, the most infamous biker group in the world. It’s not all Easy rider out there on the highway. Since the 1960s the Hells’ Angels have a reputation for being heavily involved in crime, including murder, kidnap and running a worldwide amphetamine empire. But to the Angels it’s just business, with a little bit of biking thrown in.

Animal nation: the true story of animals and Australia by Adrian Franklin
Bib No. 285212, Call No. 304.27FRA
Traces the complex relationship between animals and humans in Australia. Starts with the colonial period and brings us full circle to the present when native species are finally getting the protection they’ve so sadly lacked
over the last 200 years .

Voyageur : across the Rocky Mountains in a birchbark canoe by Robert Twigger
An intrepid journey of two thousand miles, painfully towing a canoe against the current this tale relives a journey first undertaken in 1793. It is a voyage into real wilderness, of bears, ice and bracing cold. Readers might also be interested in No man’s river by Farley Mowat, another extraordinary account of canoeing in the Alaskan wilderness. On a lighter note, Whit Deschner’s Travels with a kayak is very humourous.

Leonardo’s machines : da Vinci’s inventions revealed by Domenico Laurenza
Combining the original coded notebooks and modern computer imaging, this work includes over 30 of Leonardo da Vinci's inventions. It includes recreations of the finished inventions, and shows how they would have been used in contemporary life - from manned flying machines and mechanical bridges to devastating circular tanks. This book will not make any money for Dan Brown.

Et tu, Brute : the murder of Caesar and political assassination by Greg Woolf
Most of us probably think of Shakespeare when we think of the assassination of Gaius Julius Caesar. The life dictator of Rome, not quite a king and not yet a god, was murdered by Brutus and other on the Ides (15th) of March in 44 BC. But why should we care about the Ides of March? In part because Caesar's ghost long outlasted the Roman Empire and partly because it resonates through the centuries as a keystone for
political treachery.

Miracle in the Andes : 72 days on the mountain and my long trek home by Nando Parrado
Probably one of the most well-known (and infamous) tales of wreck and survival (apart from the lives of the late George Best and the immortal Keith Richards). This is the story of the 1972 Andes plane crash and rescue, made famous by Piers Paul Read in his book, Alive, finally told by one of the heroes who saved his team-mates. Controversial because of the cannibalism
Involved which was the only way to save lives.

Hooked : a true story of pirates, poaching and the perfect fish by G Bruce Knecht
A rip-roaring tale of modern day piracy on the high seas, and one of the longest and most dangerous pursuits in maritime history: the 21 day hunt for the Uruguayan fishing vessel suspected of poaching Patagonian Toothfish in Australian waters. A desperatechase across the cold Antarctic waters for 3900 nautical miles.

The definitive guide to the Da Vinci code Paris walks by Peter Caine
All the sights of the story are covered and explained in full: The Louvre, St Sulpice, The Ritz, The American University, Place Vendome, the Chateau de Villette and Chartres. A very timely guide as it will help you avoid all those people walking around with this book.

Child of the revolution : growing up in Casto’s Cuba by Luis M. Garcia
Cuba, a land of cigars, hot nights, sultry music and romantic revolutionary heroes. But what was it really like to live in Fidel Castro's tropical paradise? With an evocative wide-eyed innocence, Luis Garcia takes us back to his Cuban childhood and his parents' dream of escape.

1973 nervous breakdown : Watergate, Warhol, and the birth of post-sixties America by Andreas Killen
An engaging and eye-opening dissection of a watershed year in American history, 1973, which was defined by defeat in Vietnam, Roe v. Wade, the oil crisis, and the Watergate hearings, using the cultural media of the time. Perhaps the sixties was an excess of hype and the incandescence of the counter-culture, but then came the myopic seventies and the reaction against both the excess of the 60s and the sins of Richard Nixon. Should be a nice nostalgia trip for the soon to be retired baby boomers.

Another Successful Library Book Sale

The Library's Annual Book Sale was held over the weekend of 19th - 21st May in celebration of Australian Library Week. We knew we were in for a busy couple of days when we saw the number of people waiting outside the library at 9am on Friday, just before we opened the doors.

There were bargains galore for the taking with plenty to choose from. We had books discarded from the library collection as well as donations from the community with everything on sale for $5 or less. In fact, this year's sale was so successful we raised more money than in any of our previous book sales. The money raised will help to fund future library projects.

So, thanks to all those who came along and helped us raise a record total. We'll see you all again next year!