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Staff Picks for June 2024

Dawn:  Wonka(2023)

This musical fantasy comedy movie is the story of the early days of Willy Wonka as a chocolatier.


Amee: Pay Dirt by Sara Paretsky

The latest in the V. I. Warshawski series. Private Detective V.I. Warshawski is coerced into finding a missing college athlete only to be accused of the kidnapping herself. Excellent whodunit mystery with a strong and interesting female lead detective.


Death in the Details by Katie Tietjen

Maple Bishop is at a crossroads. Her husband was killed in the war and Maple is struggling to make ends meet. She begins making miniature homes to supplement her income. While delivery a house, Maple discovers a murder and begins a partnership with the Sheriff’s deputy to solve it. The author was inspired by heiress Frances Glessner Lee who created “nutshells” miniature death scenes which were used to train police officers on crime scene analysis. Very good cozy mystery, hopefully the author will expand into a series.


Karen: Darling Girls by Sally Hepworth

Suspense thriller about three former foster children discovering a body buried beneath their former home.


Megan: Beach Bummer by Ryan T. Higgins

Fans of Bruce the bear this new book is a must read! Everyone loves going to the beach except Bruce. Can Bruce’s family convince him to go? Will he enjoy it? Read and find out!


Jennifer: The Mostly True Story of Tanner and Louise by Colleen Oakley.

Twenty-one-year-old Tanner Quimby needs a place to live after an injury took away her college soccer dreams. Since she has no credit or money to speak of, her options are limited, so when an opportunity to work as a live-in caregiver for an elderly woman falls into her lap, she takes it. The two starts off their living arrangement happily ignoring each other each other until Tanner starts to notice things—weird things. Like, why does Louise keep her garden shed locked up tighter than a prison? And why is the local news fixated on the suspect of one of the biggest jewelry heists in American history who looks eerily like Louise? And why does Louise suddenly appear in her room, with a packed bag at 1 a.m. insisting that they leave town immediately? Thus begins the entertaining story of a not-to-be-underestimated elderly woman and an aimless young woman who if they can outrun the mistakes of their past might just have the greatest adventure of their lives.

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