Lost in the Stacks

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Cover of Dance Hall of the Dead by Tony Hillerman
May 22, 2023
  • Vicki J Kondelik
Dance Hall of the Dead is the second book in Tony Hillerman's best-selling mystery series featuring Navajo policeman Joe Leaphorn. (It can easily be read without having read the first.) Leaphorn investigates the disappearance of two boys, one Zuñi and one Navajo. The strength of Hillerman's writing is in his descriptions of the locations in New Mexico and Arizona, and of the religion, mythology, and ceremonies of the Navajo and Zuñi. A beautifully-written book!
Book covers of Living for Change, They Called Us Enemy, Trick Mirror, and Dirty River
May 9, 2023
  • Rion Berger
Much of our U of M community celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in April in order to be able to honor AAPI experiences while most students are still on campus, but national celebrations are just beginning with the official start of the month kicking off on May 1st. If you were too caught up in exams back in April and now find yourself having some time to read, stop by Shapiro’s 2nd floor to browse 35 selected memoirs by AAPI authors!
Cover of The Bangalore Detectives Club by Harini Nagendra
April 17, 2023
  • Vicki J Kondelik
This is the first in a mystery series set in Bangalore, India, in the 1920s, featuring Kaveri Murthy, an independent-minded young woman with a passion for mathematics and crime-solving. Recently married to a doctor, Kaveri attends a party with her husband's colleagues. The party soon becomes a crime scene, and Kaveri and her husband must find the killer before the wrong person is executed for the murder.
Cover of A Fiancée's Guide to First Wives and Murder by Dianne Freeman
April 10, 2023
  • Vicki J Kondelik
In this highly entertaining Victorian mystery novel, the heroine, the American-born Frances Wynn, Countess of Harleigh, is engaged to her beloved George, her partner in crime solving, when a mysterious woman shows up, claiming to be married to George. He denies it, but then the woman ends up murdered in Frances' garden. Can Frances and George clear their names and go on with their wedding?
Cover of A Lady's Guide to Mischief and Murder by Dianne Freeman
April 3, 2023
  • Vicki J Kondelik
This is a delightful mystery novel set in Victorian England, featuring Frances Wynn, an American heiress who married a British aristocrat, and whose husband was murdered in the first book in the series. In this one, she goes to a country house owned by the family of her partner in crime-solving, to attend her sister's wedding. A series of accidents happens to the guests, but Frances realizes they're not accidental at all. Who will be the next victim?
Cover of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
March 20, 2023
  • Vicki J Kondelik
This is a fantasy novel about Addie, a young woman in 1714 who makes a deal with a devil-like figure for eternal life, only to be forgotten by everyone she meets. Three hundred years later, in 2014, she finally meets someone who remembers her. Why does Henry, the bookseller, remember her when no one else does? You will find out in this poignant, beautifully-written novel.
Cover of Bleeding Heart Yard by Elly Griffiths
March 6, 2023
  • Vicki J Kondelik
In this exciting, suspenseful mystery, Detective Inspector Harbinder Kaur investigates two murders that are tied to another murder that took place over twenty years ago, when a group of friends at a London school killed a classmate. The story takes many twists and turns, and several of the leading characters are suspects.
Cover of A Place of Greater Safety by Hilary Mantel
January 3, 2023
  • Vicki J Kondelik
This epic novel tells the story of three important figures of the French Revolution: Camille Desmoulins, Georges-Jacques Danton, and Maximilien Robespierre, from their childhoods to the tumultuous events of the Revolution. Mantel has a unique and compelling writing style that draws the reader into the world she writes about.
Cover of Women's Rights and the French Revolution: A Biography of Olympe de Gouges by Sophie Mousset
November 10, 2022
  • Vicki J Kondelik
This is a biography of the playwright and feminist activist Olympe de Gouges, who was the author of pamphlets and other literature in support of women's rights and the abolition of slavery during the French Revolution. She was ridiculed and dismissed in her time, but later recognized as a pioneer of feminist theory, and had a great influence on later advocates for women's rights. The book has its flaws, but it is practically the only biography of this important figure available in English.
Cover of The Bones of Paris by Laurie R. King
October 28, 2022
  • Vicki J Kondelik
In this creepy novel of suspense set in 1920s Paris, American private investigator Harris Stuyvesant searches for a young woman, an artists' model, who has gone missing. His search takes him to a theater producing realistic horror plays and the studio of an artist who creates art objects out of human bones. He also encounters many famous people from the literary and artistic world of Paris at the time, including Hemingway, Picasso, Cole Porter, and the surrealist artist Man Ray, who plays an important role in the plot. Not for the squeamish, but a perfect Halloween read!