For Love of Livvy - Mystery
3.9 stars over 15 reviews
Frustrated by the cops' refusal to share their theories, criminal justice instructor Lavinia Esposito, a.k.a. Vinnie, takes investigation matters into her own hands. Vinnie is soon dragged into situations beyond her control, finding herself in hot water with the law, the crooks, and her Italian father. Willing to put her life at risk to find out what really happened to her beloved Aunt Livvy, and why jewels would be addressed to her aunt, Vinnie plunges ahead with her usual tenacity, bravery, and keen wits to solve and survive this mystery.
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The Dragon Box - YA
4.5 stars over 6 reviews
Description: When eleven-year-old James is given an electronic game by his old, inventor neighbour, he is intrigued by the lack of screen on the console. He soon finds that with 'The Dragon Box' there is no need for a screen. At the flick of the switch, he's in a game like no other he has ever played before. Somehow he must win the crystal of Mommek and save the Kingdom of Grobnog from Khalana the witch. If he fails, there is far more at stake than his pride.
Fantasy with a touch of SciFi for children, 8-12 years.
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El Gavilan - Hard-Boiled
4.3 stars over 6 reviews
Description: The news is full of it: escalating tensions from illegal immigration; headless bodies hanging off bridges and bounties placed on lawmen on both sides of the border. New Austin, Ohio, is a town grappling with waves of undocumented workers who exert tremendous pressure on schools, police and city services. In the midst of the turmoil, three very different kinds of cops scramble to maintain control and impose order.
But the rape-murder of a Mexican-American woman triggers a brutal chain of events that threatens to leave no survivors. El Gavilan is a novel of shifting alliances and whiplash switchbacks. Families are divided and careers and lives threatened. Friendships and ideals are tested and budding love affairs challenged. With its topical themes, shades-of-gray characters and dark canvas, El Gavilan is a novel for our charged times.
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