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News – Week of 15 June

Sarah Cassidy writes for Parry Sound Books -

The arrival of our annual newsletter makes it official that we are in summer mode. You can find the newsletter on our Facebook page, at or--of course--in store where all the books are!

We have so many new titles in this week, it was hard to choose just a few to highlight. Here are the ones we are most excited about.

"Strangers with the Same Dream" is a new release by acclaimed author Alison Pick. Three individuals, each with their own rich histories, become pioneers in a region that will later become Israel. The novel shows the dramatic war between the light and the dark of human nature: hope and idealism clash with ignorance, violence, and hardship. 


Featured in the newsletter, we've just received the paperback edition of "Do Not Become Alarmed" by Maile Meloy. What happens when safety, comfort, and civilized order are no longer ours to rely on? This cast of characters finds out when the children become separated from the adults during a vacation in Central America. Suspenseful and well written.

(I read this book a few weeks ago and LOVED it! I hesitated at the description of children being lost in an unknown Central American country but I was out of other books on hand and I’d liked earlier books by Maile Meloy, and I was captivated from the first page and could not put it down. It was so plausible and absolutely riveting. Charlotte)


New from Laurie R. King is the newest chapter in the Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes mystery series that we so enjoy. "Island of the Mad" takes us to Bethlem Royal Hospital--an asylum that has become better known as Bedlam. Mary does not want to take the missing person case, but she offers her expertise despite her foreboding. Mary and Sherlock floor readers with their cleverness as this series continues on strong. 

The third installment of Leif G. W. Persson's Backstrom mystery series is here: "The Sword of Justice." This author is quickly becoming a staff and customer favourite. 

Summer can be a perfect time to indulge in some of those guilty pleasure reads that take a backseat during the rest of the year. "The Lost Letter" by Jillian Cantor and "The Restless Sea" by Vanessa de Haan have good balance between fluff and substance. Both are stories of love amidst World War II, each rendered in their own unique ways. 


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