Adult Recommendations

Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley

Edward ‘Ted’ Flask is in crisis. A relationship has ended and he seems to be in a downward spiral that feels out of control. Ted feels lost, abandoned, and betrayed. The one thing he does trust without reservation is Lily. She never judges, never complains, and loves him unconditionally. Lily is a dachshund. It is the love and faith they have in each other that give Ted strength. But when Lily is beset by what Ted refers to as the “octopus” he finds himself desperately trying to save the one thing he thinks can save him.

Anyone who has ever loved and lost a pet will understand and relate to Lily and the Octopus. But fair warning, keep a box of tissues nearby; they will be needed.

The Dry by Jane Harper

Luke lied. You lied. Be at the funeral.” With those words, Aaron Falk is recalled to the town he abandoned twenty years before. Kiewarra is a literal and figurative powderkeg: the worst drought in decades has turned the landscape into kindling waiting for a spark, and turned the desperate townspeople into a mob waiting for an excuse.

Aaron just might be that excuse: he and his father were driven out when he was a teen, accused of the murder of a local girl. Few in Kiewarra have forgotten the incident, or the slender alibi that saved his life—provided by his best friend, Luke.

The same man who may have executed his entire family before killing himself.

The Dry is a taut, brooding debut from Aussie journalist Jane Harper. Her next book lands in the US and UK in 2018.

Ruler of the Night by David Morrell

Welcome to Victorian England and all that comes with it. In the third and final book of the Thomas De Quincey series, David Morrell brings together murder, political unrest, and ethnic prejudices with the new experience of train travel. With the help of Dr. De Quincey and his daughter, the detectives must find the suspect who boarded a train, stabbed the victim, and was able to escape from a locked train car. And if that wasn’t enough of a challenge, the Irish detective from Scotland Yard faces constant discrimination while trying to uncover clues. As this story unfolds, the author describes train travel and its growing pains, the first train passenger murder, social and political upheaval concerning the Crimean War, and “new” medical treatments for the wealthy that are loosely based on real events. Morrell does a masterful job describing London society and tying all the elements together into a well-written, fast-paced mystery.