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‘The Blood of

an Englishman’

By M.C. Beaton

“Fee, fie, fo, fum. I smell the blood of an Englishman … “

Even though Agatha Raisin loathes amateur dramatics, her friend Mrs. Bloxby, the vicar’s wife, has persuaded her to support the local pantomime.

Stifling a yawn at the production of “Babes in the Woods,” Agatha watches the baker playing an ogre strut and threaten on the stage, until a trapdoor opens and the ogre disappears in an impressive puff of smoke.

Only he doesn’t re-appear at final curtain.

When it turns out the popular baker has been murdered, Agatha puts her team of private detectives on the case.

They soon discover more feuds and temperamental behavior in amateur theatrics than in a professional stage show – and face more and more danger as the team gets too close to the killer.

‘Ancient Oceans of Central Kentucky’

By David Connerley Nahm

Leah’s little brother, Jacob, disappeared when the pair were younger, a tragedy that haunts her still.

When a grown man arrives at the nonprofit Leah directs claiming to be Jacob, she is wrenched back to her childhood, an iridescent tableau of family joy and strife, swimming at the lake, sneaking candy, late-night fears and the stories told to quell them.

“Ancient Oceans of Central Kentucky,” by David Connerly Nahm is a wrecking-ball of a novel that attempts to give meaning and poetry to everything that comprises small-town life in central Kentucky.

Listen: they are the ghost stories that children tell one another, the litter that skirts the gulley, the lines at department stores.

Nahm was born and raised in a small town in central Kentucky.

Currently, he lives in the mountains of Virginia where he practices law and teaches law and literature at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia.

What’s new at the James V. Brown Library

‘Isla and the Happily Ever After’ By Stephanie Perkins

Hopeless romantic Isla has had a crush on introspective cartoonist Josh since their first year at the School of America in Paris, France.

And after a chance encounter in Manhattan, New York, over the summer, romance might be closer than Isla imagined.

But as they begin their senior year back in France, Isla and Josh are forced to confront the challenges every young couple must face, including family drama, uncertainty about their college futures and the very real possibility of being apart.

Set against the stunning backdrops of New York City, Paris and Barcelona, Spain, “Isla and the Happily Ever After” is a swoon-worthy conclusion to Perkins’s beloved series.

‘Beautiful Oblivion: A novel’ By Jamie McGuire

The “Beautiful Disaster” and “Walking Disaster” phenomenon continues in the first heart-pounding new adult romance in The Maddox Brothers series. Fiercely independent Camille “Cami” Camlin gladly moved on from her childhood before it was over.

She has held down a job since before she could drive and moved into her own apartment after her freshman year of college.

Now tending bar at The Red Door, Cami doesn’t have time for much else besides work and classes, until a trip to see her boyfriend is cancelled, leaving her with a first weekend off in almost a year.

Trenton Maddox was the king of Eastern State University, dating co-eds before he even graduated high school.

His friends wanted to be him and women wanted to tame him, but after a tragic accident turned his world upside down, Trenton leaves campus to come to grips with the crushing guilt. Eighteen months later, Trenton is living at home with his widower father and works full-time at a local tattoo parlor to help with the bills. Just when he thinks his life is returning to normal, he notices Cami sitting alone at a table at The Red. In the first installment of the Maddox Brothers books, readers can experience the rush they felt reading “Beautiful Disaster” for the first time, all over again.

‘Lights, Camera, Girl Power!’ By Cathy Hapka

When the popular television show “Girl Power” comes to Heartlake City, the Lego Friends girls all try to win a contest to appear on the show by describing why the town is special to her.