Track of the Cat

By Nevada Barr

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, c1993

Genre: Mystery

Series: Anna Pigeon mysteries; 1

ISBN: 9780425190838

Intended audience: Adults

Number of pages: 263

Setting: Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas & nearby New Mexico

Time period: early 1990s

Plot summary: When Anna Pigeon finds the remains of a co-worker/ park ranger in a lonely canyon while on backcountry patrol, she documents the evidence as she was trained to do.  Unfortunately, the evidence seems to suggest that the ranger’s death was caused by a mountain lion.  As the park service and neighboring ranchers prepare for a lion hunt, however, Anna find disturbing evidence which suggests that a lion was framed for the ranger’s death, who was really killed by a human. Continue reading

The Coldest Winter Ever

By Sister Souljah

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Pocket Star Books, 2006, c1999

Genres: Urban lit, street lit

Series: Not at this time, although somewhere in the back of the book Sister Souljah mentions there might be sequel from Porshe’s perspective.

ISBN: 9781416521693

Intended audience: Adults

Number of pages: 534

Setting: Brooklyn and the greater NYC metropolitan area

Time period: late 1990’s

Plot summary: Winter, the daughter of drug king pin, Ricky Santiaga, grew up in the projects of Brooklyn as a ghetto princess.  Winter never had to worry about anything.  While the majority of her neighbors worried about meeting their basic needs and not getting killed, Winter was lavished with gifts from the day she was born.  She also never needed to worry about violence being done to her, for everyone in the community knew that Ricky Santiaga would harm anyone that looks at his family in a way he doesn’t like.  This all changes, however, when Ricky gets busted and sent to jail.  Winter’s innate ruthlessness kicks in and as Winter’s family disintegrates around her, it soon becomes apparent to her that there is little that she can do other than try to save herself.  The only problem is that Winter has no real idea of what this really means. Continue reading

Voyager

By Diana Gabaldon, narrated by Davina Porter

Place: Publisher & Year: Prince Frederick, Md.: Recorded Books, p1999.

Genres: Historical fantasy, fantasy, historical fiction, romance, time travel fantasy

Format: Audiobook

Series: Outlander series; 3

ISBN: 141935972X

Intended audience: Adults

Number of discs: 36 (43.75 hrs)

Setting: Scotland, England, Boston, the Atlantic Ocean, and the West Indies

Time periods: 1746 – 1766 and 1948 -1968

Plot summary: Twenty years after leaving the love of her life, Claire Randall realizes that her lover never died at the Battle of Culloden the way he had intended to.  With the help of her daughter, Brianna, and a young historian, Roger Wakefield, Claire becomes convinced that Jamie not only survived the battle and other hardships, but managed to become a printer in Edinburgh.  With their help, Claire manages to slip through the stone circle once more to try to reconnect with the love of her life and father of of her daughter.  But what will she find when she arrives? Continue reading

Lord John and the Hand of Devils

By Diana Gabaldon

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Delacorte Press, 2007

Genres: Historical fiction, mystery

Series: Lord John Grey series

ISBN: 9780385311397

Intended audience: adults

Number of pages: 302

Setting: England and Germany

Time period: Eighteenth century

Plot summary: The book is a compilation of three different stories – “Lord John and the Hellfire Club”, “Lord John and the Succubus”, and “Lord John and the Haunted Soldier”.   In each story, Lord John is presented with a mysterious death and is compelled to discover the truth behind it. Continue reading

Nevernever

by Will Shetterly

Place: Publisher & Year: Orlando: Magic Carpet Books, 2004

Genres: Fantasy, faerie tale, punk fantasy, urban fantasy

Series: Sequel to Elsewhere, part of the Borderlands series edited by Terri Windling

ISBN: 9780152052102

Intended audience: Young adult

Number of pages: 226

Setting: Bordertown- the city which acts as a gateway between the realms of Faerie and the World

Time period: Present day

Plot summary: When Ron was cursed by an elf named Leda, he gained a new identity- Wolfboy, aka Lobo.  For the most part, it’s much cooler than his older identities as Just Ron or Gone, except that his vocal chords have changed and he can no longer talk.  This makes it difficult to explain to elves, halfies, and humans alike that he has no wish to harm them and he is only laughing, not growling.  But at least he can still write and his new heightened senses give him greater chances of success in keeping his friends safe from the powerful forces of Elfland which seek to cause strife in Bordertown. Continue reading

If I Die in Juárez

By Stella Pope Duarte

Place: Publisher & Year: Tucson: University of Arizona Press, 2008

Genres: General fiction, suspense

Series: Camino del Sol

ISBN: 0816526672

Intended audience: Adult

Number of pages: 328

Setting: Ciudad Juárez and the village of Montenegro, Mexico (located in the Chihuahuan desert)

Time period: 1995- 96

Plot summary: Since 1993, the bodies of hundreds of young women have been found raped, mutilated, tortured, and dumped in the Chihuahuan desert in the outskirts of Ciudad Juarez.  While Mexican law officials have arrested men who have confessed to some of the murders, or “femicides”, bodies continue to be found.  To date, about four hundred bodies have been found with many women still missing.  Duarte’s novel follows the lives of three young women as they try to navigate through Juarez’s vicious streets and culture.  In addition to their everyday struggles to survive, the young women find themselves stuck in no win situations where they are lucky to escape with their lives. Continue reading

Death: the Time of Your Life

By Neil Gaiman

Illustrators:  Chris Bachalo, Mark Buckingham, Mark Pennington

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: DC Comics, 1997

Genres: Fantasy, dark fantasy, contemporary fantasy, urban fantasy, mythic fiction, horror

Format: Graphic novel

Series: Related to The Sandman series, but not a part of it.

ISBN: 1563893339

Intended audience: Adult, young adult (Suggested for mature readers” stated near the ISBN; PCPL has in the teen section)

Number of pages: 96

Settings: New York City, LA, the border of the Sunless Lands

Time period: 1990’s

Plot summary: Foxglove, a famous, young pop star has been disillusioned with life.  She’s made it to the big time, but it hasn’t brought her happiness.  Instead, she’s been having intensely strange dreams.  When Foxglove’s girlfriend, Hazel, tells her she needs Foxglove to come home, Foxglove finds herself making the strangest journey of her life – one with serious repercussions. Continue reading