Adult Recommendations

The Great Reckoning

Fans of Louise Penny be happy, we are back to Three Pines, Gamache, and everything you love about Penny's novels.

I liked this book and if you have not read a Louise Penny I would highly recommend you start at the beginning with Still Life. You could read this book as a stand alone, but it will unfold better if you are familiar with her characters’ history.

Former Chief Inspector of Homicide at the Surete' of Quebec Armande Ganache doesn’t retire but takes a job at their police academy to root out those who have created a culture of fear and dishonesty. But soon someone at the academy is found dead, killed by a single gunshot to the head. Is it murder or suicide?  And a mysterious map plays into the story line adding another layer of mystification.

Louise Penny is a gifted story teller who makes the setting so real you want to pack up and move there!

Waterloo: The History of Four Days, Three Armies, and Three Battles by Bernard Cornwell

To meet one’s Waterloo” has become a phrase in popular culture meaning a decisive defeat. It's fitting this term has endured because The Battle of Waterloo is considered a history-changing battle. In 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte escaped from the island of Elba, where he had been exiled. He immediately headed to France to reunite the French army, which was always fiercely loyal to him, and to expand the French Empire. Although considered one of the greatest military minds in history, the author indicates Napoleon made some questionable moves and interesting assumptions at Waterloo.

Bernard Cornwell artfully sets the stage for this epic battle and details the events as they unfold. The author’s use of primary sources (letters from the soldiers) gives the reader a vivid account of the brutality of the battle that cost the lives of over 65,000 people. This is an exceptional account that will satisfy anybody with an interest in the Battle of Waterloo.

 

The Searcher: A Novel by Simon Toyne

A plane mysteriously plummets to earth near Redemption, Arizona, disrupting a local man’s grave-side service. A tall, pale man with no memory runs barefoot down the road away from the crash site. The man discovers his name, Solomon Creed, is sewn into a label in his handmade suit jacket and written in the inscription in the book he’s carrying. Creed senses he’s come to Redemption for a reason—to save a man he doesn’t know. Unfortunately, the man was being buried when the plane crashed. Faced with one dangerous situation after another, Creed draws upon an eclectic knowledge of the world around him, most particularly how to survive in it. But he has no idea how he came by it. Bit by bit, he moves closer to understanding the nefarious underpinnings of this town, bringing him closer to an untimely demise. If you’re looking for fast-paced, page-turning suspense, this first book in a planned five-book series more than fits the bill.

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