Adult Recommendations

The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom

In 1791, seven-year-old Lavinia, orphaned at sea while emigrating from Ireland with her family, becomes an indentured servant at the ship captain’s Virginia plantation, Tall Oaks. Placed under the care of Belle, the captain’s illegitimate, black daughter, and welcomed into Belle’s slave family, Lavinia starts in the kitchen house learning to cook and clean and then eventually to serve in the big house. Alternately told by Belle and Lavinia, their intertwined stories capture and reflect the hardships of slave life and Lavinia’s struggle to straddle the white and black worlds where her color sets her apart from her slave family and her social class separates her from the big house family. Filled with hardship and resolve, heartbreak and loyalty, and love and sacrifice, Grissom’s debut novel is captivating.

Carter & Lovecraft, by Jonathan Howard

After a disturbing encounter with a serial killer, police detective Daniel Carter is ready for the (relatively) quiet life of a private investigator. When he unexpectedly inherits a bookstore from a relative he’s never heard of, though, he finds himself in the middle of an investigation that gets stranger by the minute. People dying in impossible ways, a disturbing community of dead-eyed men and terrifying women, and a rift in reality that a madman calls The Twist … if Carter can’t find some answers soon, it may be the end of the world we know, and the beginning of something horrifying.

Inspector of the Dead by David Morrell

In London, England 1855 social and political upheaval abound.  Local pubs and churches, once thought of as safe havens, are threatened with murder and mayhem. High-ranking officials in the British Government aren't even safe; a handful have been killed in their own homes. There have even been several failed assassination attempts on Queen Victoria.  An anarchist gang or individual is creatively and brutally killing people causing chaos throughout London.  These vivid depictions of Victorian England are in David Morrell’s captivating latest mystery, “Inspector of the Dead.” The opium-eater, Thomas De Quincey, his daughter, and a couple of newly assigned detectives return to solve the mystery in Morrell’s second book in this series. They attempt to protect Queen Victoria from any future assassination attempts and find who is causing chaos throughout London before England’s government completely collapses. As the evidence mounts, try to solve the mystery before the detectives piece together the clues!

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