August 6, 2017

Unpunished by Lisa Black begins with the kind of bizarre death that makes headlines—literally. A newspaper editor is found hanging above the grinding wheels of the assembly line, a wide strap wrapped around his throat. Forensic investigator Maggie Gardiner has her suspicions about this apparent suicide, and when the evidence suggests murder and other newspaper employees are slain, Maggie must place her trust in the one person she doesn’t trust at all, a vigilante detective, Jack Renner, who is still checking names off his own private murder list.

Raging Storm by Vannetta Chapman is an eerily plausible, action-packed dystopian tale of life after a massive solar flare wipes out all modern technology. Shelby Sparks and Max Berkman face the dangers in Austin, an urban nightmare on the brink of anarchy, in search of medication for Shelby’s teenage son. With their survival threatened, hope for humanity is found in a group of Christians that endeavor to help others as a raging storm engulfs America.

Miss Julia Weathers the Storm offers a charming, fun adventure when Miss Julia finds herself in a true Southern mess. Miss Julia and her husband Sam, along with a big group of family and friends, take a trip to the beach only to confront a hurricane roiling off the coast. As the storm nears, the crew packs up to head back to Abbotsville, but it appears that three strangers they met on the beach have followed them back to their sleepy town, and seem a bit too interested in the little treasures six-year old Latisha found washed up on the shore.

Trespassing Across America by Ken Ilgunas recounts one man’s remarkable hike along the entire length of the proposed route of the Keystone XL pipeline. His irresistible adventure from Alberta’s tar sands to the Gulf Coast of Texas provided an opportunity not only to draw attention to global warming but also to explore his personal limits both physically and mentally.

Game Birds and Gun Dogs by Vin T. Sparano celebrates the stories about hunters, their dogs, and the game and fowls they hunt together. These are tales of remarkable shots and unexplainable misses, good gun dogs and heart-breaking hounds, but mainly a celebration of the diverse spangle of upland birds and waterfowl, homicidal turkeys, and royal grouse.

A Cabinet of Philosophical Curiosities by Roy Sorensen provides a colorful collection of puzzles and paradoxes, both historical and contemporary, from simple to complex. Snapshots of unique logic in action – how General Benjamin Butler’s unusual reasoning protected runaway slaves, Voltaire set himself up for life by exploiting a fallacy involving a Parisian lottery, and more – provide a variety of intellectually stimulating yet supremely entertaining riddles.