Nick Schenkel

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Nick Schenkel is the director of the West Lafayette Public Library, and reviews books from all walks of literature.

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Strange Brew

Feb 17, 2012

Strange Brew is not a typical mystery novel.  Featuring Callahan Garrity, former cop and current owner of the “House Mouse” cleaning service in Atlanta, the novel is punctuated by the deaths of two ne’er-do-well denizens of the Little Five Points neighborhood just blocks from Callahan’s home. Strange Brew drips with droll southern charm and intrigue as Callahan and her cleaning crew investigate the deaths of the craft brew entrepreneur and the estranged stepmother he pushed out of her home .

Murder At The Painted Lady updates the gothic romance genre while keeping the genre's roots….a single young woman, unencumbered by wealth inherits a decrepit old mansion in a small town in the Missouri Ozarks.  Dreaming of launching a bed and breakfast in the mansion to give direction to her life, our heroine is set upon by a cast of unwelcoming local folks, each of whom wants possession of the old mansion.

Author Michael Sherborne’s enthusiasm for HG Well’s life AND career is contagious.  Weaving the story of HG Wells’ life with his writing, political and intellectual activities give us a robust and multi faceted picture of the man who wrote such classics as The War of the WorldsThe Time MachineThe Invisible Man and many more.

 

This is a different kind of travel memoir; those hints of European debauchery we hear murmured in print and film are to be found in these pages…the Medieval Beatrice, the isle of Capri, Lord Byron, Casanova, chastity belts, the less savory aspects of the Inquisition…… THE SINNER’S GRAND TOUR is not for every reader!  But for those who are intrigued by  “a journey through the “underbelly of Europe”, the book’s subtitle, author Tony Perrottet’s book is worth reading.

The War of 1812

Jan 19, 2012

Two hundred years ago wide swaths of the now US upper Midwest and southern Canada were engaged in open warfare; from the burning of our young national capital, Washington DC to the climactic battle of old and new on the bluffs of the Wabash we now call Battle Ground, the War of 1812 ravaged our young nation. Yet 200 years hence we hardly acknowledge this war’s crucial changes to the United States of America.  Today’s book, The War of 1812, sets out to bring the War and its heroes, its victims, and its importance to our attention.

Magnetic North is magnetic in more ways than one! Author Sara Wheeler takes us into the far north of our planet, a region that has drawn explorers from all over the world in search of fame, fortune, or a place to call home.  Responding to her own curiosity about the arctic world, Wheeler – and her reader --  finds a world of frozen landscapes, daring adventure and sometimes, warm hearts. 

The villagers of Three Pines, Quebec are thrown into an uneasy state of suspicion and suspense as they learn that one of their own residents was most likely murdered.  Author  Louise Penny introduces us to an endearing cast of small town characters as Montreal detective Inspector Gamache and his team interrupt small town life to solve the mystery of ‘who killed Jane Duncan as she was walking through her beloved woods’.

Phillip Gulley's writing is simply presented, thoughtful and wise.  With Porch Talk Gulley engages his readers in a conversation about the unintended joys and sometime surprises of small town living - Gulley is a long time resident of Danville, Indiana.  You could say that reading Phillip Gulley is like conversing with an old friend - time well and honestly spent.

It was a truce called by the soldiers themselves at Christmas on December 25, 1914.  Amidst the slaughter and filth that was trench warfare during WWI, British and German soldiers themselves halted the war so that each could celebrate peace on earth and good will to men for one special day.

Also recommended: Silent Night: The Story of the World War I Christmas Truce by Stanley Weintraub

We The Animals

Dec 2, 2011

We the Animals, a debut novel by Justin Torres.  The book is narrated by the youngest of three sons as chapter by chapter they 'tear' their way through childhood.

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