September 30, 2018

Game and Hunting by Kurt Q. Bluchel is a beautiful two-volume set given in memory of Ron Kline. The first book deals with the development and significance of hunting, from its earliest beginnings to the present day. Volume 2 portrays European fauna through hundreds of photographs of game species in their natural environment.

The Great Stain by Noel Rage draws on personal accounts from the transatlantic slave trade era, from its origins in Africa to its abolition at the end of the Civil War. Firsthand narratives that span hundreds of years bring the reader face to face with slavery’s everyday reality, from the brutal treatment and squalid conditions onboard a slave ship to families torn apart, illuminating the resistance in a society based on the exploitation of the cheapest labor and fallacies of racial superiority.

A Death in Italy by John Follain recounts the behind the scenes investigation of the actual November 2007 Meredith Kercher case, from her murder to the acquittal of Raffaele Sollecito and Amanda Knox. Based on multiple exclusive interviews plus the drama of the trials and appeal hearings that played out amid chaotic scenes in front of the world’s media, Follain reveals a true Italian dream turned into a nightmare.

Songbird of the West by James Clay sweeps through the old West, as Skeet Jones rescues thirteen-year-old Angela, purchased by the most powerful man in Calhoun. Seven years later, Angela is a famous singer known as the Songbird of the West and going by the name of Carrie Whiting. She agrees to sing at Skeet’s new saloon in Dry Creek to repay her debt, but threats arise, and Detective Rance Dehner is determined to keep her safe.

Justice Betrayed by Patricia Bradley opens with Memphis Homicide Detective Rachel Sloan unsure if her day could get any stranger. After aging Elvis impersonator Vic Vegas then presents her with a photo of her murdered mother with four Elvis impersonators–one of whom had also been murdered soon after the photo was taken–she’s forced to reevaluate. When another person in the photo turns up dead, Rachel must solve the cases before the murderer makes her victim number four.

The Lost Queen of Crocker County by Elizabeth Leiknes offers up a fantastic, yet still wholly honest, tale of redemption and self-discovery. Jane Willow, a tough and abrasive Hollywood movie critic is forced to return home to True City, Iowa. She’s managed to stay away from home and her terrible secret until the one thing happens that she can’t hide from. While forced to face tragedy and find humility, she realizes that even though she currently hails from Hollywood, it’s in Iowa that she finds “where the stars are.”