Drums of Autumn

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; 4

ISBN: 9781419359743

Intended audience: Adult

Recorded time: 39 sound discs (45 hr., 45 min.)

Settings: North Carolina – Wilmington & Cape Fear River, Tuscarora & Mohawk Nations, Scotland, the Atlantic Ocean

Time periods: 1767-1770 & 1968-1970

Plot summary: As Claire and Jamie seek relatives and a home in the US colonies (specifically in North Carolina), Brianna and Roger discover startling news about the two.  With the knowledge of her parents’ future deaths, Brianna decides to travel to the past to warn them.  When Roger discovers what Brianna has done, he feels compelled to follow her. Continue reading

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The Indian Bride

By Karin Fossum; translated by Charlotte Barslund

Place: Publisher & Year: Orlando: Harcourt, Inc., c2001, 2005, 2007

Genres: Mystery, police procedural, Scandinavian noir

Series: Inspector Sejer Mystery; 4

ISBN: 9780151011827

Intended audience: Adult

Number of pages: 297

Setting: Elvestad, Norway & Mumbai, India

Time period: Contemporary

Plot summary: Gunder Jomann, an agricultural supply salesman, has lived in the small town of Elvestad his whole life.  When his sister gives him a book about peoples of the world, he finds himself fascinated with the picture of an Indian woman.  Eventually, he decides to take a trip to India with the hopes of finding a wife.   He is successful and finds a woman with whom he falls in love.  However, on the night she is due to arrive in Norway, Gunder is unable to meet her at the airport.  To his horror, he discovers that she has been murdered in Elvestad, less than a mile from what would have been her new home. Continue reading

All Together Dead

By Charlaine Harris

Place: Publisher & Year: New York: Ace Books, 2007

Genres: Mystery, paranormal mystery, fantasy, dark fantasy, contemporary fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal, romance, paranormal romance, vampire

Series: Southern Vampire Mysteries (Sookie Stackhouse); 7

ISBN: 9780441014941

Intended audience: Adult

Number of pages: 323

Setting: Bon Temps, Louisiana and the city of Rhodes (located on Lake Michigan)

Time period: Contemporary (post Hurricane Katrina)

Plot summary: Sookie is on her way to the vampire summit in Rhodes, even though she doesn’t want to go.  She told the Vampire Queen of Louisiana, Sophie-Anne Leclerq, that she would assist her a long time ago and she can’t go back on her word now.  Among other things, she may be needed to help the Queen with a vampire trial.  The Queen has been accused of assassinating her former husband, the King of Arkansas.  Sookie’s not looking forward to spending time with either Bill Compton or Eric Northman – both of whom are also attending the summit as a part of the Queen’s entourage.  On the bright side, though, she may be able to squeeze in some alone time with her new boyfriend, Quinn, since his company is organizing many of the events at the summit. Continue reading