A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

A-Study-in-Charlotte-315x475When Jamie Watson first meets Charlotte Holmes, he has just arrived at Sherringford, an exclusive east coast boarding school, on a rugby scholarship.  She and her roommate Lena are cleaning up at Charlotte’s weekly poker night and all Jamie knows of her are his childhood fantasies of the pair of them solving crimes and capering on madcap adventures through the countryside.  After all, their families have a lot of history together, even if the pair of them have never met.

What happens instead is he freaks out and flees the game.

When Jamie’s neanderthal of a rugby teammate Lee Dobson insults Charlotte very crassly and very graphically the next day, however, Jamie loses it and has to be dragged off Dobson, still swinging his fists.  After which Charlotte coolly informs him she can take care of herself.  But when Lee Dobson turns up dead in his dorm room, the victim of arsenic poisoning and evidence of snake bite a few days later and clutching a copy of The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, the game is afoot.  Someone has recreated the murder scene from The Speckled Band – and very neatly framed Jamie and Charlotte for it.

If you’ve been missing Sherlock, or just can’t get enough of Holmes and Watson in any world, pick this one up this fall!  Charlotte is just as brilliant, ruthless, and, frankly, more than a little terrifying, as her predecessor.  Tutored in the arts of deduction, cat burglary, and possessing a frightening knowledge of poisons and deadly diseases, along with all the access her far-reaching family connections grants her, she still (reluctantly) takes on Watson as her assistant in solving Dobson’s murder, along with a series of other dastardly deeds along the way.  You’ll also love to see how the Moriarty clan makes its insidious appearance – and it’s still up in the air as to how complicit they are in the crimes committed in this first book in a new series.  Look for the second book of Jamie and Charlotte’s adventures, The Last of August, this coming February – where I’m pleased to see they’ll be solving crimes in their native England!

Looking for more Sherlock, but with a more historical flavor?  Check out Jackaby and sequels by William Ritter, starring a detective just as clever, eccentric, and brilliant as any Holmes.

New Movie Showing!

We’ve been waiting for this one!  Rudyard Kipling’s beloved classic has been reimagined by Disney and newly released to DVD.  More action packed and cinematographically breathtaking, the Jungle Book will have you on the edge of your seat.  It’s a rare remake that is even better than its predecessors, but between the amazing CGI effects and the all-star cast including Bill Murray, Christopher Walken, and Ben Kingsley, Disney hit this one out of the park.  The Library will be offering a free showing of the Jungle Book (PG) on Thursday, August 25th, at 2 pm in the Foot Room.  It’s going to be wild!

Watch the trailer here.

National Parks Celebrate 100 Years

You’re invited to a 100 year birthday celebration; you, yes you!  Our National Park system officially turns 100 on August 25th and they’ll be throwing one heck of a party.  It starts off with free admission to all 412 National Parks August 25th-28th.  Additionally, there will be a host of special events conducted at parks around the country, as well as an unveiling of the stewardship plans for the next 100 years.  To help you get in the celebratory mood, the Library has put up a display commemorating this momentous birthday.  On it you will find all kinds of information about our Nation’s parks, as well as books by authors who’ve had major life events or stories that revolve around our great outdoors.  Pop quiz; which National Park is the most heavily visited each year?  The answer is on our display!

Time Travel Books! Or, How To Recover From Outlander Malaise.

Are you missing new episodes of Outlander as much as we are?  Already (re)read all the books and novellas and Lord John books and excerpts from Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone?  And maybe listened to all of the audio books too?  It can’t just be me, so here are a few books I’ve been reading this summer to get me through the wait!

rose gardenThe Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley
After the death of her sister, Eva returns to the old house she summered in as a child on the Cornish coast.  But when a long ramble through the woods along the coastal cliffs leads her not to the modern rose gardens of Trelowarth, but to a very different Trelowarth in 1715 and the dashing Jacobite smuggler Daniel Butler, Eva must chose between the safety of the present and danger and love in the past.

Cornwall!  Smugglers!  Secret caves!  Time travel!  Susanna Kearsley is amazing, and she has lots more books.

passengerPassenger by Alexandra Bracken
Violin prodigy Etta Spencer is in the middle of a performance when she hears the air screaming.  At first she thinks it’s feedback, but no one else seems to be able to hear it.  Humiliated, Etta leaves the stage – and stumbles across the body of her beloved teacher, Alice.  When one of her fellow performers appears and shoves her through a madly vibrating hole in the world, Etta wakes up on a ship on the Atlantic off the coast of America… in 1776.

Bhutan, 1910.  New York City, present day.  London, 1940.  Paris, 1880.  These are just a few of the places author Alexandra Bracken takes her readers – make sure you’re along for the ride!

into the dimInto the Dim by Janet Taylor
When her mother is killed in an earthquake in India, Hope’s father sends her to her mysterious aunt’s ancestral home in Scotland.  There, Hope learns that her mother may not be dead – she is part of a secret society of time travelers and has been trapped in 12th century London.  With the help of two other travelers, Hope must go back in time to 1154, find her mother, and hunt down a long-lost artifact a rogue group of travelers is desperate to get its hands on – in only three days.

Eleanor of Aquitaine for the win!  Also, Scotland.  Read this book!

girl fromThe Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
Nix has spent her life sailing beside her father, Slate, searching for a way to return to Hawaii to save her lost mother.  The trick?  Nix and her father are time travelers, and once they have been to a particular place and time, they cannot return to that exact location.  And, to make things even trickier, they must have an original, complete map to the location that was inked in the year to which they are traveling.  When a map of 1868 Honolulu comes up for auction at Christie’s in New York in 1981, Slate knows this must be the one – the map that will bring him back to his wife before she died.  And before Nix was born.

The other cool thing about the time travel in this book?  Nix and her father can travel anywhere with a map – even if those places aren’t real.  I love all the bits and pieces of fairy tales and fantastic places floating around in Nix’s world – including some of the characters!

discoveryAll Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness
Okay, so Matthew is a centuries-old vampire and Diana is a modern witch, but… so much incredible history!  And (minor spoiler alert) time travel!  And romance on such an epic scale.  Also, every librarian’s favorite thing – the Bodleian Library at Oxford.  Because the only thing we love more than books is when those books are housed in a super cool historical space.  With ladders.  If you haven’t already discovered this trilogy, there are three deliciously giant books that might just help get you through.

Good luck!  And be sure to let us know if you discover any other titles to get you through #droughtlander… Je suis prest.