Once upon a Crime: Mystery

Who doesn’t love a good mystery novel? I’ll be the first to admit that I tend to favor mysterious fiction with content others may deem dark or disturbing, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth reading. In fact, that might be the exact reason literature of this sort is worth seeing through to the end. After all, what one reader considers dark or disturbing, another might find beautiful, hopeful, and moving.

Here’s a couple that are joining my book self:

  1. Into The Water by Paula Hawkins

Into the Water (5/2/2017)
by Paula Hawkins

“With the same propulsive writing and acute understanding of human instincts that captivated millions of readers around the world in her explosive debut thriller, The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins delivers an urgent, twisting, deeply satisfying read that hinges on the deceptiveness of emotion and memory, as well as the devastating ways that the past can reach a long arm into the present.” – Goodreads

2. Little Deaths by Emma Flint

Little Deaths (1/17/17)
by Emma Flint

“Inspired by a true story, Little Deaths, like celebrated novels by Sarah Waters and Megan Abbot, is compelling literary crime fiction that explores the capacity for good and evil in us all.” – Goodreads

3. See What I have Done by Sarah Schmidt

See What I Have Done(8/1/17)
by Sarah Schmidt

“In this riveting debut novel, See What I Have Done, Sarah Schmidt recasts one of the most fascinating murder cases of all time into an intimate story of a volatile household and a family devoid of love.” – Goodreads

4. Silent Child by Sarah A. Denzil


“This dark and disturbing psychological novel will appeal to fans of The Widow and The Butterfly Garden.” – Goodreads

Don’t miss out on these great crime reads! Visit Fountaindale.org and place a copy on hold!






Top Ten Tuesday: Books and Movies to Get Into the Halloween Spirit

It has been awhile, but I’m back with another Top Ten Tuesday, just in time for Halloween!  Every Tuesday, The Broke and the Bookish blog posts a new Top Ten list and invites its users to participate.  This week’s Top Ten is “Top Ten Books and Movies to Get Into the Halloween Spirit.”  Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, but this year I just haven’t been in the mood to decorate. Maybe these books and movies will get me into the “spirit” of the holiday.

Movies (I like the classics – not the gore)

The Crow (The only non classic and some gore, but I do watch it every Halloween night) A man comes back alive and seeks revenge on the gang that killed him and his girlfriend.

Nightmare Before Christmas – a skeleton taking over Christmas? kind of like the Hogfather (best Christmas movie ever)

The Fly (or anything with Vincent Price) come on – the creepy voice at the end – “Help me! Help me!”

Abbott and Costello in Hold That Ghost – Hey Abbott…..

and who can forget…

It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown


The Cask of the Amontillado (or anything by Edgar Allan Poe) What could be scarier than being walled up alive?

Stephen King’s Carrie – His first book about a girl who ends up killing her tormentors with her mind tricks…

Bethany Griffin’s The Fall – Very creepy old house and an Edgar Allen Poe retelling. I haven’t read it yet, but I can’t wait!

The Fall

Neil Gaiman’s Coraline – Kids being kidnapped, fake parents, escaping from an alternate world

and for the nonfiction fans…

Erik Larson’s The Devil In the White City  – Murder, Mayhem, and Chicago

That’s my list. Boy it was hard to pick my favorites of the movies. I could do an entire blog just about my favorite Halloween movies. Well, there’s always next year!

– Lynnette

Vampires Are Not Always Romantic


A couple of years ago, The Fountaindale Library’s Horror Book Club read the book The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro, noted film and screen writer and director. The book brought vampires out of the sparkle and romance that seemed to surround them with the popularity of the Twilight series and back to what they should be scary, demonic creatures intent on destroying the world. At the time we read the book, we all noted how this would make  a wonderful mini-series. Well now it has, The Strain recently debuted on FX as a regular series.

strain 3

The story starts out as the book, with a plane landing at JFK airport with all its passengers dead. Or are they? Epidemiologist Ephraim “Eph” Goodweather and his team are sent on board to investigate just what happened to all the passengers. Meanwhile, a mysterious coffin is found, a dying billionaire wants it, and something horrible is unleashed in New York City. Even the rats want out! Eph and his team find they are in a battle to not only save their families but the city. And just who is Professor Abraham Setrakian? On the surface he is an elderly pawnbroker and Holocaust survivor, but there is more than meets the eye.  What is going on with the heart he keeps in a jar? And why does he feed it blood?


So many answers yet to come! The book is actually part one of a trilogy followed by The Fall and The Night Eternal.  I highly recommend them. The series is supposed to cover it all. I watched it and was pretty impressed and plan on seeing it again. It’s on Sunday nights on FX at 9 pm CST.

These are vampires you do NOT want to date!


— Christine

February Horror Book Club: What Price Would You Pay?

priceBoston DA Will Sullivan has big dreams. Until his daughter Sydney becomes seriously ill. Now he and his wife Joanna are willing to do anything to save their daughter’s life. But at Briarwood Medical Center, nothing is as it seems. Patients on the brink of death are not only surviving but thriving, while others wither away… When Sydney’s health miraculously improves, Will suspects something is very wrong. Did his wife pay the price to save their daughter? Now Will must face a powerful, unknown evil before he loses…everything.

Please join the February meeting of the Horror Book Club when we discuss The Price by Alexandra Sokoloff. We meet on Wednesday Feb. 12th in our Board Room at 7pm. Copies of the book are available at our third floor reference desk or call 630-685-4173. Treats will be provided.

— Christine

Top Ten Books To Read In A Day

So I am going to post again for the blog The Broke and the Bookish. This week is top ten books to read in a day.

1. The Shack by William P. Young – Great book for book discussions.

2. The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho – I have read it at least 10 times.

3. Th1rteen R3asons Why by Jay Asher – I could not put this book down.

4. Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill – What can I say? Vampires and Chicago what could be better?

5. As long as I am listing vampire books, Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schreiber – As soon as I read the book, my niece picked it up and started reading it.

6. The Seventh Victim by Alan Jacobson – I read it quickly and then started the next book in the series.

7. How about a classic – Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury?

8. Back to the vampires with Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris. After all the next season of True Blood is going to start soon.

9. The Fourth Bear by Jasper Fforde. What can I say – his books make me smile.

and last but not least…

10. Pretty much any Harlequin. In fact, you can probably read several of them in one day. How can you resist? You can be “Promoted to Wife” (by Paula Roe), “Tempt a Sheik” (by Olivia Gates) or even be involved in a “Million-Dollar Amnesia Scandal” (by Rachel Bailey) all in one day!

What do you think? What would be your choices to read in a day?

Top Ten Books I’d Play Hooky With….

I’m participating in Top Ten Tuesday on a wonderful blog I discovered called The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday the fun lovin’ people over at The Broke and the Bookish post their top ten lists on various topics. They then ask others to also post their own list and link to the blog entry. There is also a special Top Ten Tuesday page where they have previous topics (check out 2/20). So here goes… (drumroll please) The top ten books I would play hooky with……(especially on a dismal day)

1. The entire Jane Austen collection. No, I have never read them (hangs head in shame), but if I played hooky I would have plenty of time to read them all.

2. Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier. I just read about this book on Friday, checked it out, and it ended up on my pile of to be read books (it just keeps growing, and growing, and growing).

3. Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends. If I am playing hooky, might as well snuggle under the covers with a wonderful children’s book.

4. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. No, I haven’t read it yet. No, I haven’t seen the movie, either.

5. Cinder by Marissa Meyer. The cover and the premise captured my attention.

6. Mozart’s Last Aria by Matt Rees. What can I say? I love Mozart and I love operas.

7. Blood Game by Iris Johansen. I started reading this as a book on CD. My car ate the 6th CD. I took the book out of the library, and the person who had the book before me must have been eating pizza and used the book pages as plates (ewww). I checked out the Playaway from the library and I accidentally left it on and the battery died. Maybe I shouldn’t read this book after all. Maybe it is cursed?

8. A Night to Remember by Walter Lord. After all, it is the 100th anniversary this year of the sinking of the Titanic.

9. Fallen by Lauren Kate. I do not know much about the book, but the cover intrigues me.

and finally…

10. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. I used to read her Harry Potter fan fiction, and really enjoyed it. The book has been on my wish list for a long time, so if I play hooky, maybe I can finally read it.

And if anyone from work is reading this, I *cough* *cough* might not be in tomorrow…. I feel a cold coming on.

Get Chilled, Get Thrilled at the Fountaindale Public Library!

Do you like a good mystery? Do you like book clubs? The Fountaindale Public Library District is pleased to announce a fantastic new book club, the Chills and Thrills Book Club. The book club meets the first Wednesday of each month, with July meeting the second Wednesday, at 7pm in our Board Room. Titles coming up for the next few months are:

April 4 Money, Money, Money- Ed McBain

May 2 Smoke – Donald Westlake

June 6 Anatomy of Fear – Jonathan Santlofer

There is no formal sign up and new members are always welcome. If you are interested please call us at 630-685-4176. We will be happy to assist you.