Since I have spent the past few issues doing little but passing on information, I think it is time to call attention to some books we have added and the changes we have made.
Our main objective at first was to get the materials on the shelf as fast as we could and think about how they worked in their new home later. One change now in process is in the paperback section. I found that many people didn’t even realize that we had special sections. They didn’t realize the paperback collection extended beyond the doorway. We are revamping the whole wall now to let you know what is here.
In case you don’t realize it, many authors never publish hardcover books, especially the mystery, romance and western authors. In order to provide a wide variety of reading materials, we are trying to order these authors and leave the hardcover writers to the hardcover section. Another problem is trying to decide if the book is mystery, romance or should be put in straight fiction.
I have always tried to put the “who-done-its” in mystery, along with the suspense, legal and straight police procedurals in fiction. Maybe I have been too strict in cataloging there as well as in romance, where it seemed that the Harlequin, Silhouette and historical settings were best there and the suspenseful romance better in the fiction. I will try to blend a bit better but don’t just look in one section; look always in the general fiction.
On this note a word of caution again. Do not feel that you are wrong if you start reading what looks like a new book by a favorite author and then feel you have read it before. The more popular an author gets, the more reissues happen.
As for the hardcovers, this book has a premise that I never would have expected. You think you know everything then another curve starts. Irene Kelly, author Jan Burke’s main character, stirs a cauldron of strange events when her article on missing children is published. Kidnapped begins with a murder; the reader knows the killer. The wrong person is convicted; we know that too, but of course the author is just setting the scene. Suffice to say the final premise is a first for me. Look for it.
Tess Geritsen however leads readers down a dark and very eerie path as she brings Maura and Jane into another search for truth. The Mephisto Club is not one of the jolly fraternities of people who like to party or enjoy each other’s company. This club has a purpose that is very distinct. As murder and ugliness continue to grow, Jane learns the hard way that evil is everywhere.
More books next week. See you all soon.
Susan Schwarz is the director of Dracut’s Moses Greeley Parker Library.