A group of down on their luck characters (a librarian, a teen, and a Wall Street high roller) provide unexpected support and friendship to each other during the summer of 2010 at a small town public library. This is the story in Summer Hours at the Robbers Library by Sue Halpern.
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In this World War II thriller, a parachutist falls to his death in a field outside Farleigh, the stately home of Lord Westerham and his daughters. The dead man's uniform leads people to believe he is a German spy, sent to contact a traitor at Farleigh or in the nearby village. Lord Westerham's middle daughter, a codebreaker at Bletchley Park, works with an MI5 agent who is a family friend to discover who the traitor could be.
Ancient Roman private eye Marcus Didius Falco investigates a mystery involving his dead brother Festus. It seems that Festus, who died in battle, might not have been such a hero as everyone was led to believe. When a soldier who had accused Festus of involvement in a shady business deal is found murdered, Falco becomes the prime suspect. To clear his name, he must work with his estranged father to find the real murderer.
As Venice lies in the grip of the acqua alta, the high tide that floods the city every winter, Commissario Guido Brunetti investigates a brutal beating at the home of an art historian and the murder of the director of the museum at the Doge's Palace. At the same time, he worries that he has not been a good father to his teenage son.
Retelling of several classic fairly tales with a SciFi twist.
In this fourth entry in Donna Leon's mystery series set in Venice, Commissario Guido Brunetti investigates the deaths of three prominent Venetian businessmen, as well as their connection to eight young women who died when a truck crashed in the mountains of northern Italy. Meanwhile, his teenage daughter Chiara shows signs of following in her father's footsteps, as she becomes involved in the case.
Two time travelers from a future world arrive in 1815 to retrieve a lost manuscript and letters by Jane Austen. They are forbidden to change the past, but as they come to know Austen and her family, they decide to try to save her life. Whether they succeed or not, I will not say, but this is a suspenseful and thought-provoking novel, an intriguing combination of science fiction and Jane Austen spin-off.
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