The following is a list of books recently added to the Brooke County Public Library’s collection:
WICKED DREAMS by Lisa Jackson. The note pinned to the dead body found on the remote beach has no name, just Ravinia Rutledge’s phone number and the words “Next of Kin.” Ravinia insists she doesn’t recognize the man on the mortuary slab, but she suspects Detective Nev Rhodes doesn’t believe her. He can tell that she’s one of them–the Siren Song women. Five years after moving away from The Colony, Ravinia has carved out a life as a private investigator whose specialty is helping others locate their missing loved ones. Yet sometimes, it’s better if the missing are never found. “Good Time Charlie” is the name given to a monster from her past, a man whom she and her sisters hoped was gone forever. But the dead man on the beach is a sign that Charlie has merely been waiting, preparing to fulfill his mission to rid the world of the Siren Song women–and anyone else who gets in his way. Rhodes has his own reasons for being fascinated with The Colony and its surroundings–a place marked by unexplained deaths and tragedies. Rhodes plays by the rules, but there are forces at work here that defy notions of law and order. And despite Ravinia’s reluctance to team up with Nev, it’s the only way to stop an adversary determined to see that each and every member of The Colony will die at his hands . . .
SLEEP NO MORE by Jayne Ann Krentz. Seven months ago, Pallas Llewellyn, Talia March, and Amelia Rivers were strangers, until their fateful stay at the Lucent Springs Hotel. An earthquake and a fire partially destroyed the hotel, but the women have no memory of their time there. Now close friends, the three women co-host a podcast called the Lost Night Files, where they investigate cold cases and hope to connect with others who may have had a similar experience to theirs–an experience that has somehow enhanced the psychic abilities already present in each woman.
CODE 6 by James Grippando. Aspiring playwright, Kate Gamble, is struggling to launch a script she’s been secretly researching her entire life, mostly at the family dinner table. Her father is Christian Gamble, CEO of Buck Technologies, a private data integration company whose clients include the CIA and virtually every counter-terrorism organization in the Western World. Kate’s father adores her, and a play about the dark side of Big Data would be the ultimate betrayal in his eyes. But Kate is compelled to tell this story–not only as an artist exploring the personal information catastrophe that affects us all, but as a daughter trying to understand her mother’s apparent loss of purpose, made even more disturbing by the suicide note she left behind: I did it for Kate. Then Patrick Battle comes back into her life, changing everything she has ever thought about her play, her father, and her mother’s tragic death. Patrick is a childhood friend, but he is now Buck’s golden boy with security clearance to the company’s most sensitive projects. When Buck comes under investigation by the Justice Department and Patrick suddenly goes missing, Kate doesn’t know who to trust. A phone call confirms her worst nightmare: Patrick has been kidnapped, and the ransom demand is “Code 6”–the most secret and potentially dangerous technology her father’s company has ever developed. Kate’s fight to bring Patrick home safely reveals a conspiracy and cover up that may implicate one of the most powerful executives in the tech industry, while the development of Kate’s play unleashes family secrets and the demons behind her mother’s cryptic final note. The two paths converge in explosive fashion, leading to a shocking and terrifying discovery that puts Kate and Patrick in the crosshairs of forces who will stop at nothing to control Code 6.
BARNS OF SUMMERS COUNTY by Phyllis Campbell Whitley. Phyllis Whitley, recognized at the Barn Lady, chronicles the barns of Summers County, West Virginia in this hard-cover pictorial book. The Barn Lady captured the photographic images of over 250 barns and presents each with a narrative description of its ownership, and other delightful anecdotal information.
A PICTORIAL HISTORY OF HANCOCK AND BROOKE COUNTIES, WEST VIRGINIA by Weirton Daily Times. “Our purpose in producing the book was the provide the people of the valley a slice-of-life look at the evolution of the communities they and their predecessors have called home. It was never intended to be inclusive. Indeed, in making a commitment to use photographs supplied by community members, we accepted the fact that it would be a fairly random representation. However, that is also its strength: it is a collection of period photos that tie those who reside in the valley today with those who settled and developed it. Our heritage is rich.” – From the prologue.
EASY/JUVENILE/YOUNG ADULT/GRAPHIC NOVEL
CAT KID COMIC CLUB COLLABORATIONS by Dav Pilkey. Excitement and imagination run wild as Naomi, Melvin, Poppy, Gilbert, Curly, and their siblings get back to making comics with originality and laughter. But wait — have they cleaned their rooms yet?!
After their chores, the rambunctious group presents even more amazing mini-comics: a thrilling ride in “Chubbs McSpiderbutt,” an action-packed romp in “Frogzilla,” reflective haikus in “In the Autumn Pond,” a candy-coated mystery in “Mallo Cop,” and much, much more. By working together, the baby frogs discover that small things can have a huge impact.
MYSTERY AT CATE’S CREEK by D. J. Brandon. When Graveyard Gruber discovers a locket buried along Cate’s Creek, his scalp tingles…a sure sign of ghostly involvement! At the history museum, Graveyard learns of the creek’s history: a diphtheria outbreak, an abandoned settlement, and a tragic drowning. As the mystery of the Cate’s Creek ghost gets muddier, Graveyard Gruber wants to keep investigating. But is this one mystery that’s too dangerous to solve?