- We are reading the Alice Network by Kate Quinn
1947. In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She’s also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive. So when Charlie’s parents banish her to Europe to have her “little problem” taken care of, Charlie breaks free and heads to London, determined to find out what happened to the cousin she loves like a sister. 1915. A year into the Great War, Eve Gardiner burns to join the fight against the Germans and unexpectedly gets her chance when she’s recruited to work as a spy. Sent into enemy-occupied France, she’s trained by the mesmerizing Lili, code name Alice, the “queen of spies,” who manages a vast network of secret agents right under the enemy’s nose. Thirty years later, haunted by the betrayal that ultimately tore apart the Alice Network, Eve spends her days drunk and secluded in her crumbling London house. That is until a young American barges in uttering a name Eve hasn’t heard in decades, and launches them both on a mission to find the truth . . . no matter where it leads.
- We are reading Trouble in Nuala by Harriet Steele
When Inspector Shanti de Silva moves with his English wife, Jane, to his new post in the sleepy hill town of Nuala, he anticipates a more restful life than police work in the big city entails. However an arrogant plantation owner with a lonely wife, a crusading lawyer, and a death in suspicious circumstances present him with a riddle that he will need all his experience to solve. Set on the exotic island of Ceylon (modern Sri Lanka) in the 1930s, Trouble in Nuala is an entertaining and absorbing mystery spiced with humour and a colourful cast of characters. What Amazon reviewers say about Trouble in Nuala: "This is an unexpected treasure. Set in 1930s Ceylon. It is an interesting look at colonialism from the colonial side. I was engaged from the first page and kept in thrall until the end. Inspector de Silva and Jane are well drawn characters and I plan on following them through further adventures." Anna "The sweltering heat and dazzling light of Ceylon in the 1930s pour out from the pages of "Trouble in Nuala". Shanti de Silva, Nuala's police inspector, navigates the complexities of colonial society under British Imperial rule even as he unpicks the threads of a classic murder mystery. First-class entertainment, with a memorable mix of characters." P. Bristow "A captivating, relaxed read which was thoroughly enjoyable to the last page, set in a charming era, with an endearing lead character and in an interesting location." Amazon Customer "Clever plotting, sharply defined characters and luscious description make this a hugely enjoyable read. I look forward to volume 2". Ros
- We are reading the Feral Detective by Jonathan Lethem
Phoebe Siegler first meets Charles Heist in a shabby trailer on the eastern edge of Los Angeles. She’s looking for her friend’s missing daughter, Arabella, and hires Heist to help. A laconic loner who keeps his pet opossum in a desk drawer, Heist intrigues the sarcastic and garrulous Phoebe. Reluctantly, he agrees to help. The unlikely pair navigate the enclaves of desert-dwelling vagabonds and find that Arabella is in serious trouble—caught in the middle of a violent standoff that only Heist, mysteriously, can end. Phoebe’s trip to the desert was always going to be strange, but it was never supposed to be dangerous. . . .
- We are Reading Ghosted by Rosie Walsh
Seven perfect days. Then he disappeared. A love story with a secret at its heart. When Sarah meets Eddie, they connect instantly and fall in love. To Sarah, it seems as though her life has finally begun. And it's mutual: It's as though Eddie has been waiting for her, too. Sarah has never been so certain of anything. So when Eddie leaves for a long-booked vacation and promises to call from the airport, she has no cause to doubt him. But he doesn't call. Sarah's friends tell her to forget about him, but she can't. She knows something's happened--there must be an explanation. Minutes, days, weeks go by as Sarah becomes increasingly worried. But then she discovers she's right. There is a reason for Eddie's disappearance, and it's the one thing they didn't share with each other: the truth.
- We are Reading an Agatha Christi Novel, TBD by Group
Details to come.
- We’re Reading The Ginger Tree by Oswald Wynd!
In 1903, a young Scotswoman named Mary Mackenzie sets sail for China to marry her betrothed, a military attaché in Peking. But soon after her arrival, Mary falls into an adulterous affair with a young Japanese nobleman, scandalizing the British community. Casting her out of the European community, her compatriots tear her away from her small daughter. A woman abandoned and alone, Mary learns to survive over forty tumultuous years in Asia, including two world wars and the cataclysmic Tokyo earthquake of 1923. If anyone can recommend a good Japanese restaurant, let Sheila Deakin know. We’ll meet inside the restaurant.
- Literary Orange
Tickets go on sale early January 2020 and sell out fast. For more information and to purchase tickets: https://literaryorange.org/WhatisLiteraryOrange.php Last year’s description of the event: Literary Orange is Orange County’s premier literary event, bringing authors, readers and libraries together for a celebration of literature. Since 2007 OC Public Libraries has hosted Literary Orange, Orange County’s premier literary event aimed at uniting authors, readers, and libraries in a celebration of literature. On a Saturday morning readers from all over southern California make their way to the Newport Marriott to spend the day with their favorite authors and books. Greetings are exchanged. People catch up. New connections are made. A reunion or two. Authors meanwhile are readying themselves and preparing the material for their talks. First items: Savor a pastry and a cup of coffee. Buy books to be autographed later. – Feeling great and ready for the day. Literary Orange opens with an inspiring keynote address, setting the tone for the day. Everyone gathers in the main ballroom, eyes fixed on one person and his or her message to share. Afterwards there’s an opportunity to have your books signed, speak with the authors, and then off to the panels of your choice. There are three panels and autograph sessions. Genres range from food, memoir, and mystery to poetry, sci-fi, and suspense. Choices, choices; but then there’s 40 minutes each for engaging conversations and inside looks into the authors’ books and writing processes, with some Q & A for good measure. Invigorate your spirit at mid-day. Lunch is served and conversations begin filling the ballroom with energy and laughter. The delights to the palate meld with the camaraderie and pave the way for the second half of the day. Meanwhile throughout the day there is time for book browsing and purchases, a quick bite, and more socializing. Explore and discover. After a final panel, the day rounds out with the second keynote address. All the inspirations of the day are now summed up. A nicely satisfied stomach helps lend to open ears, so dessert doesn’t distract but adds a flourish to the day. One final opportunity for autographs, sharing words with the authors, and book purchases. Every April in sun-kissed Newport Beach over 450 fellow readers and over 30 authors gather for a day of authors, readers, and conversation. Over four hours of author talks. Join us this April for Literary Orange.