Flannery’s life has been about books since before she could read. While she mainly reads mystery, fantasy, and young adult, Flannery also enjoys some good non-fiction and the occasional novel. The Watsonville native worked at Bookshop for years and was our Used Book Manager and mystery section leader. In real life she enjoys fuzzy cats, the wild outdoors, and cupcakes.
It could be argued that we’ve hit a rough patch in our country’s history. Luckily for us, Stephen Colbert has all the answers! In his hilarious new book, Colbert outlines the path to our nation’s redemption (not that we need it, of course). Blinding laughter will distract you from our horrific situation, but Colbert is always right, so if you want to fix this place up, pay attention and take notes!
After a serious trauma, Carl Morck is assigned to Department Q, home of Denmark’s cold cases, where, to his surprise, he finds himself pulled into a case. The flawed, tormented Morck is a hero worth rooting for, and Adler-Olsen has a deft sense of humor and a knack for surprises, as evidenced by the unexpected ending. This is a fantastic thriller that will leave you wanting more. Good thing the second book is out!
I was really impressed by Adler-Olsen’s debut novel. His new book, continuing the adventures of the king of cold cases, Carl Morck, is yet another swiftly paced, thrilling mystery. There have been some changes in Dept. Q (a second assistant!), but that doesn’t stop them from digging into a case involving a group of rich, twisted killers who hide their dastardly crimes behind their fortunes. This is a fast, fun, thoroughly enjoyable read.
This is a sharp, engaging look at the effect of the 2008 financial collapse on some of the places hit the hardest, as well as some of those who fell victim (often of their own volition) to the cheap credit that was a prelude to the disaster. Lewis has a way of making complex issues understandable without detracting from the severity of the issue, and this riveting expose is no different.
Leonard Cohen is a complex, passionate, and highly influential artist who writes exquisitely beautiful music, among other things. This moving, exhaustively researched biography paints a vivid portrait of Cohen, touching on all aspects of his life, including his childhood, his many struggles and his deep love and respect for his craft and his fans. This insightful, nuanced, and fluidly written book will give even the most diehard fans a deeper understanding of their man.