Meg Raymond

01/12/2010 - 4:39pm

When you think of Sherlock Holmes, do you think of a middle-aged man in a deerstalker cap, blowing smoke from a pipe and peering through a magnifiying glass while saying "It's elementary, my dear Watson"?

Many writers have tried to emulate, imitate and improve on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's detective tales.  Check out the book list "Sleuthing Sherlock Holmes" for many different portrayals of the Great Detective. 

12/11/2009 - 11:32am

What is is about Jane Austen?  If you have read her books over and over and over, maybe you are ready to try something a little different.  Her stories have been re-told and re-imagined in prequels and sequels and in various time periods and settings.  Her characters even make literary appearances as zombies and vampires.  Browse our new booklist, Jane Austen Over and Over and Over.

10/22/2009 - 3:43pm

Check out "Books With Bite," featuring vampires, werewolves and other fictional creatures that go bump in the night.

09/11/2009 - 2:13pm

THE LAST SUMMER (OF YOU AND ME) by Anna Brashares covers the themes of sisters and family and love and heartbreak with poignancy and humor.

Two lists with similar stories are "A Friend in Need" and "Dating and other Disasters of Modern Life".

Some other books you may enjoy:

03/03/2010 - 11:53am


If you like books by Faye Kellerman, you may also like...

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05/28/2009 - 2:11pm

Similar Title: The Trouble with Mary by Millie Criswell
Original question: Is this humor or romance? I don't know but I like the
combination of the two. Also, there was good sexual tension without a
lot of graphic description. Can you recommend another author who
combines humor and romance? I also like characters from Italian families but that's not essential.

ANSWER:

"The Trouble With Mary" by Millie Criswell is a romance, but it IS
funny, isn't it? Do you know that there are three more titles by Ms.

10/29/2009 - 3:41pm

African-American fiction can run the gamut from romance to gritty, urban
mysteries.

Some African American mysteries are:

Coq au Vin by Charlotte Carter. Nanette Hayes is a poetry-spouting,
jazz-playing, French speaking Black American Princess who looks like
Grace Jones. Hip, funny and sexy.

09/04/2009 - 10:45am

To Kill A Mockingbird is one of my all-time favorites too. I do believe that it is one of those books in a class by itself - there really isn't anything else that comes close to it! Having said that, I do have a couple of suggestions for you. Some of these titles deal with race relations; others deal with growing up in the South. Hopefully you will find something here that you will enjoy.

Black and White by Paul Volponi
Three teenage friends confront racism during the summer of 1955 in a small Southern town.

05/20/2009 - 9:08pm

A web resource for the scoop on good works of horror is the
list of Bram Stoker Award winners (and nominees) from the Horror Writers
Association. The lists go back to 1987, so there's plenty of choice!

Their website: http://www.horror.org/stokerwinnom.htm#2003

05/20/2009 - 2:15pm

Thank you for contacting the Central Rappahannock Regional Library for a
Book Match. We love connecting readers with just the right books.

You asked for inspirational fiction and said that you enjoyed "The
Wedding" by Nicholas Sparks.

With that in mind, I'd make the following suggestions:

"The Blue Bottle Club" by Penelope Stokes. A jaded TV reporter finds a
bottle where four young girls recorded their hopes and dreams on the eve
of the Depression and decides to find out how their lives turned out.

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