Carolyn’s Books of the Month – December

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This month we have a selection of eBooks and eAudiobooks to tempt you while the library is closed.   eBooks The Stranger in our Bed by Samantha L. Howe [BorrowBox] You think you love him. But can you trust him? … Continue reading

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Carolyn’s Books of the Month – November

Best Read: The Murder Game by Rachel Abbott

A year ago today, we all gathered for Lucas’s wedding at his glorious Cornish home overlooking the sea. But no one was married that day. Now Lucas has invited us back to celebrate the anniversary. But the anniversary of what? The wedding that never happened, or the tragedy that occurred just hours before the ceremony was due to begin? He’s told us that tonight he has planned a game. We have our costumes, we have our parts, and everyone must play. The game, he tells us, is about to begin. What does Lucas want from us? What are we not being told? And what’s going to happen when this terrible game is over?

Crime: Seven Lies by Elizabeth Kay

It all started with one little lie. Jane and Marnie have been inseparable since they were eleven years old. They have a lot in common. In their early twenties they both fell in love and married handsome young men. But Jane never liked Marnie’s husband. He was always so loud and obnoxious, so much larger than life. Which is rather ironic now, of course. Because if Jane had been honest – if she hadn’t lied – then perhaps her best friend’s husband might still be alive. This is Jane’s opportunity to tell the truth, the question is: Do you believe her?

Australian Author: The Shifting Landscape by Katherine Kovacic

Art dealer Alex Clayton travels to Victoria’s Western District to value the McMillan family’s collection. At their historic sheep station, she finds an important and previously unknown colonial painting – and a family fraught with tension. There are arguments about the future of the property and its place in an ancient and highly significant indigenous landscape. When the family patriarch dies under mysterious circumstances and the painting is stolen, Alex decides to leave; then a toddler disappears and Alex’s faithful dog Hogarth goes missing. With fears rising for the safety of both child and hound, Alex and her best friend John, who has been drawn into the mystery, join searchers scouring the countryside. But her attempts to unravel the McMillan family secrets have put Alex in danger, and she’s not the only one. Will the killer claim another victim? Or will the landscape reveal its mysteries to Alex in time?

General: When Grace went Away by Meredith Appleyard

‘Functionally dysfunctional.’ That’s how financial analyst Grace Fairley describes her family in the small South Australian farming community of Miners Ridge – a family fractured by tragedy and kept that way by anger, resentment and petty jealousies. As the eldest sibling, Grace tries to keep the family in touch, but now she’s accepted a promotion to the London office. Time-zones and an enormous workload mean she’s forced to take a step back, although she finds time to stay in contact with Miners Ridge landscape gardener Aaron Halliday. Sarah Fairley, Grace’s mother, fled Miners Ridge and her embittered husband eight years ago. Now, in the absence of Grace, she finds herself pulled back to the small town where her estranged children and grandchildren live. Drawn into the local community, and trying to rebuild family relationships, she uncovers a long-kept secret that could change her world … Can Grace, Sarah and their family find a way to heal? Who will have the courage to make the first move?

Thriller: The Other Passenger by Louise Candlish

You’re feeling pretty smug about your commute to work by riverboat. No more traffic gridlock or getting stuck on the tube in tunnels (you’re claustrophobic). Now you’ve got fresh air, an iconic Thames view, a whole lifestyle upgrade. You’ve made new friends on board – led by your hedonistic young neighbour, Kit – and just had your first official ‘water rats’ get-together. The day after the drinks, Kit isn’t on the morning boat. The river landmarks are all the same, but something’s off. When you disembark, the police are waiting. Kit’s wife, Melia, has reported him missing and another passenger saw you arguing on the last boat home after your drinks. Police say you had a reason to lash out at him. To threaten him. You protest. You and Kit are friends – ask Melia, she’ll vouch for you. And who exactly is pointing the finger? What do they know about your private lives? No, whatever coincidences might have occurred last night, you are innocent, totally innocent. Aren’t you?

Thriller: In Safe Hands by J.P. Carter

When nine children are snatched from a nursery school in South London, their distressed parents have no idea if they will ever see them again. The community in the surrounding area is in shock. How could this happen right under their noses? No one in the quiet suburban street saw anything – or at least that’s what they’re saying. But DCI Anna Tate knows that nothing is impossible, and she also knows that time is quickly running out. It’s unclear if the kidnappers are desperate for money or set on revenge, but the ransom is going up by 1million pounds daily. And they know that one little boy in particular is fighting for his life. It’s one of the most disturbing cases DCI Anna Tate has ever worked on – not only because nine children are being held hostage, but because she’s pretty sure that someone close to them is lying…

Saga/Romance: The Viennese Girl by Jenny Lecoat 

In June 1940, the inhabitants of the British Channel islands watch in horror as the German army takes possession unopposed in preparation for their invasion of England. Hedy Bercu, a young Jewish girl from Vienna who fled to the safety of Jersey two years earlier to escape the Nazis, finds herself once more entrapped, but this time with no way of escape. Hiding her racial status, Hedy is employed by the German authorities and secretly embarks on small acts of resistance. But most dangerously of all, she falls in love with German lieutenant Kurt Rummele – a relationship on which her life will soon depend.

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Booker Winner 2020

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Shuggie Bain by debut author Douglas Stuart is the winner of the 2020 Booker Prize. Library staff have loved this book, and we have it in multiple formats for all your reading needs. Find it on BorrowBox as an eBook … Continue reading

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Skip the queue! Trust is out now on RBdigital eAudio


If you like to listen to your books as much as you like to read them, Blue Mountains Library has some good news. Chris Hammer’s Martin Scarsden series is available from RBdigital – with no waiting! The third installment, Trust, is out now and waiting to be borrowed. With simultaneous loans you, and everybody else, can listen to this great title right now.

Rather read the eBook? Head to BorrowBox to reserve your copy now.

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Good Reading Magazine – October 2020

The October issue of Good Reading magazine is ready for you to enjoy through Blue Mountains Library!

This Month

In the new October issue of Good Reading:

DISCOVER Stories of Hope, from the author of the bestselling The Tattooist of Auschwitz

MEET Alice Hoffman who chats about Magic Lessons and what books are on her bedside table

CHECK OUT two top-notch Australian crime fiction this month, Dave Warner’s Over My Dead Body, and Alexander Thorpe’s Death Leaves the Station

READ an extract from a new haunting true crime book, The Edward Street BabyFarm, and find out the origin of those tricky words in Word for Today by Roly Sussex

SEE what things inspire Tania Blanchard on her writing desk

FIND your next great read with the latest independent book reviews!


You can borrow Good Reading from the library or access the digital subscription right here, right now, with your library card.

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Honeybee by Craig Silvey – no waiting eAudio

Did you know that many of RBdigital’s eAudio titles are multi access? That means no waiting in a queue, hoping that the person before you will hurry up and finish!

The highly anticipated new novel by the bestselling author of Jasper Jones, Honeybee, is available now.

Find out who you are, and live that life.’ Late in the night, fourteen-year-old Sam Watson steps onto a quiet overpass, climbs over the rail and looks down at the road far below. At the other end of the same bridge, an old man, Vic, smokes his last cigarette. The two see each other across the void. A fateful connection is made, and an unlikely friendship blooms. Slowly, we learn what led Sam and Vic to the bridge that night. Bonded by their suffering, each privately commits to the impossible task of saving the other.

Honeybee is a heart-breaking, life-affirming novel that throws us headlong into a world of petty thefts, extortion plots, botched bank robberies, daring dog rescues and one spectacular drag show. At the heart of Honeybee is Sam: a solitary, resilient young person battling to navigate the world as their true self; ensnared by a loyalty to a troubled mother, scarred by the volatility of a domineering step-father, and confounded by the kindness of new alliances. Honeybee is a tender, profoundly moving novel brimming with vivid characters and luminous words. It’s about two lives forever changed by a chance encounter — one offering hope, the other redemption. It’s about when to persevere, and when to be merciful, as Sam learns when to let go, and when to hold on.

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