Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid. Grove Press, 2014. $26.00, 368 pages.

For Catherine Moreland, daughter of a country vicar, nothing in life is ever quite as exciting as in her books. Homeschooled her entire life, Cat is a sheltered and naïve teenager with the supernatural on the brain and Facebook and Twitter on …

Trouble in Mind by Jeffery Deaver.    Grand Central Publishing, 2014. $26.00, 482 pages.

An imminent terrorist threat, a pair of grifters intent on swindling an elderly woman, a reality TV celebrity poker tournament, a crime scene covered in trash. Jeffery Deaver’s latest collection of short stories runs the gamut from fast paced …

Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures   Written by Kate DiCamillo, Illustrated by K.G. Campbell
Copyright 2013, Candlewick Press  233 pages

In this 2014 Newberry Medal winner, Kate DiCamillo tells us the story of an unlikely duo; a girl and a squirrel.

The book starts off with an innocent squirrel getting sucked into the bristles of …

The Truth by Terry Pratchett

With well over thirty books, the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett is well known in the UK, and gaining steam here in the States. Discworld is a fantasy/satire series, appealing both to traditional fantasy fans as well as those who think unicorns are, as one of Pratchett’s characters …

The Good Luck of Right Now  by Matthew Quick, 2014 Harper, 304 pages

This is a tender story about family, friendship, grief, acceptance, and Richard Gere and his movement to free Tibet.  From the author of The Silver Linings Playbook, this story will inspire and entertain with the power of kindness, love, and …

The Dead in their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley.  Delacorte Press, 2014. $24.00, 336 pages.

It’s a perfect day for a homecoming, but far too beautiful for a funeral.  Eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce and her family have gathered at the Buckshaw Halt train station, reopened especially for the occasion, and are awaiting the …

“The Hidden White House: Harry Truman and the Reconstruction of America’s Most Famous Residence” by Robert Klara.  Thomas Dunne Books, 2013. $26.99, 384 pages.

It’s one of those stories so utterly ridiculous, it can’t be anything but true.  It was early 1948.  President Harry Truman, relaxing in a bath upstairs in the family …