Monday, November 14, 2016


What’s new on the fiction shelves of the Monrovia Public Library? The answer: some of the best-reviewed novels this year! Here are titles that will indeed tell you there is something for everyone.

Looking for a laugh-out-loud book? Look no further than Razor Girl, a work inspired by a real life auto accident caused by a driver who was shaving while behind the wheel. Only Carl Hiaasen, the wizard novelist of South Florida, could take such an improbable event and spin it into a multi-charactered romp about a group of no-account crooks who mistakenly kidnap the wrong man. Even ex-cop Andrew Yancy, star of Hiaasen’s previous book Bad Monkey, shows up in this terrific farce.

Tana French has earned rave reviews for her mysteries about a group of Irish detectives who solve heinous crimes. Her debut novel In the Woods was the first Dublin Murder Squad series, which is currently featuring its sixth entry in the series. In The Trespasser, the perpetrator of an ordinary killing involving a lover’s quarrel seems obvious, but the clues lead to a much more complicated case. Mystery lovers who enjoy a bit of the psychological element will find this a late night page-turner.

The Swedish import A Man Called Ove, which is a worldwide bestseller that has been translated into 38 languages, had a rocky start. This humorous story of a curmudgeon who tries and fails to kill himself and then is befriended by an immigrant family was rejected by multiple publishers before finally making it big time. Author Fredrik Backman seems to have tapped into a universal need to laugh, as the novel was adapted into a successful film which was released late last year. 

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