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All Day and a Night

November 11, 2014 by Reader's Connection

All Day and a Night

If you have some Ellie Hatcher fans on your holiday gift list, and they haven’t already read All Day and a Night, it would make a perfect gift.

On the other hand, I had never heard of Ellie Hatcher, and I thought the book was great. Author Alafair Burke was once a prosecutor, and this novel gives us a glimpse of how different arms of the law scratch or stab each other’s backs.

Ellie is an NYPD detective. With her partner Rogan, she is brought in to give an old case “a fresh look.” I don’t know if the other Hatcher novels shift their points of view to other characters, but All Day and a Night divides its time between Ellie and lawyer Carrie Blank, whose sister was one of the victims of Anthony Amaro, a serial killer convicted eighteen years earlier.

Lacking a legal background, I won’t go attempt to provide further detail. But the characters are strong and the story jolts along compellingly.

All Day and a Night is also available as a downloadable e-book and a downloadable audiobook.


My Year of the Horse celebration has been faltering, so . . .

November 10, 2014 by Reader's Connection

Here’s an odd article from the Manchester Evening News. You may find this annoying, rather than moving, but four months have passed since my last horse post–I’ve been having poetic permission troubles–and if you didn’t already see this on Twitter, click the picture.



And click here for the rest of this year’s celebration.




Readings and Some Thoughts from Indiana Authors Award Winners

November 8, 2014 by Reader's Connection

Michael Shelden, Norbert Krapf and Kelsey Timmerman

The winners of the Eugene & Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award in the National Author and Regional Author categories, and the finalists in the Emerging Author category, were introduced at the Indy Author Fair on October 25th.

Click on the picture to see the introductions, and then to watch the three winners, Michael Shelden (National Author), Norbert Krapf (Regional Author), and Kelsey Timmerman (Emerging Author), read from their works and share some thoughts.

In addition to the monetary award that each author received, each of them selected a public library in Indiana to receive a $2,500 grant:

• Michael Shelden, Monroe County Public Library
• Norbert Krapf, Jasper Public Library
• Kelsey Timmerman, Muncie Public Library


T.V. Shows Based on Books

November 6, 2014 by Reader's Connection

From Selector Jessica Lawrence:

This year has seen some major big-screen book adaptations, and the small-screen isn’t far behind in its love for the literary world. Now that the fall T.V. lineup is here it has bestowed some tried-and-true as well as some brand new small-screen literary adaptations. The trend is steadily increasing in popularity and pilots have recently been requested for adaptations of Jean M. Auel’s The Clan of the Cave Bear , Lev Grossman’s The Magicians, and Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle.

With the plethora of small-screen adaptations out there, now is a great time to read the book and then explore the show. Check out this list of books that have been adapted to the small-screen over the last few years.

A Country Doctor’s Notebook


Based on A Country Doctor’s Notebook – Mikhail Bulgakov



About a Boy


Based on About a Boy – Nick Hornby




The Astronaut Wives Club


Based on The Astronaut Wives Club – Lily Koppel



Boardwalk Empire


Based on Boardwalk Empire – Nelson Johnson



Déjà Dead, in the Temperance Brennan series


Based on the Temperance Brennan series – Kathy Reichs



Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times


Based on Call the Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times – Jennifer Worth



Red Dragon


Based on Red Dragon – Thomas Harris



The Colorado Kid


Based on The Colorado Kid – Stephen King (ebook)



Hemlock Grove


Based on Hemlock Grove – Brian McGreevy



House of Cards


Based on House of Cards – Michael Dobbs




The credits say that the series is based on the story “Fire in the Hole,” which appears in the collection When the Women Come Out to Dance, but the character Raylan Givens first appeared in Pronto and Riding the Rap. – Elmore Leonard



Orange is the New Black


Based on Orange is the New Black – Piper Kerman





Based on the Outlander series – Diana Gabaldon



Ice Cold, in the Rizzoli & Isles series


Based on the Rizzoli & Isles series – Tess Gerritsen



The Leftovers


Based on The Leftovers – Tom Perrotta



The Three Musketeers


Based on The Three Musketeers – Alexander Dumas



The Strain


Based on The Strain – Chuck Hogan, Guillermo Del Toro



The Terror


Based on The Terror – Dan Simmons



You can check out all of these titles and more at the Indianapolis Public Library!



Sugar & Spice and Everything Nice

November 3, 2014 by Reader's Connection

From Selector Emily Chandler:

November is here!  And so begins my favorite time of the year, starting with Veteran’s Day and leading up to Christmas.  It is a time for giving thanks to the world we live in and the people in our world, a time for spending time with family, and a time for food. Lots and lots of food, often in the form of baked goods and warm beverages.

Therefore, I find it only fitting to dedicate this entry to the many current fiction series devoted to that very topic.  As you see, a little mystery here and a little romance there make up the perfect recipe for a good read.  So remember, as you are wading through the rush of the season, try to take some time out of your busy schedule and make life a little sweeter and spicier by taking a bite out of these delicious book treats!

A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery


Adams, Ellery – A Charmed Pie Shoppe Mystery



Donut Shop Mystery series


Beck, Jessica – Donut Shop Mystery series




Magical Bakery Mystery


Cates, Bailey – A Magical Bakery Mystery




Tea Shop Mysteries


Childs, Laura – Tea Shop Mysteries




Coffeehouse Mystery Books


Coyle, Cleo – Coffeehouse Mystery Books




Domestic Diva Mystery


Davis, Krista – A Domestic Diva Mystery




Recipe for Love mystery


Edwards, Louisa – A Recipe for Love mystery




Hannah Swensen series


Fluke, Joanne – Hannah Swensen series




Cupcake Club


Kauffman, Donna – A Cupcake Club Mystery




Cookie Cutter Shop Mysteries


Lowell, Virginia – Cookie Cutter Shop Mysteries




Cupcake Bakery Mystery


McKinlay, Jenn – A Cupcake Bakery Mystery




Fresh Baked series


Washburn, Livia J. – Fresh Baked series