Library Bookshelf: Crime novels among most requested

FresnoNovember 30, 2013 

The Fresno County Library's Bookshelf column shares suggestions for books, music, and other items and provides information about library programs.


Top 5 most requested books

"Takedown Twenty: A Stephanie Plum Novel" by Janet Evanovich

"House of Hades" by Rick Riordan

"W is for Wasted" by Sue Grafton

"Allegiant" by Veronica Roth

"Sycamore Row" by John Grisham

New arrivals

"King and Maxwell" by David Baldacci. Sean King and Michelle Maxwell, former Secret Service agents now private investigators, return in their most intriguing, special, and hazardous case of all time.

"Mirage" by Clive Cussler. In this ninth book in the Juan Cabrillo series, an investigation into a 1943 operation during which a U.S. destroyer disappeared after it was intentionally sent into a hidden field of electromagnetic radioactivity finds Cabrillo and the crew of the Oregon discovering troubling evidence of a hazardous super-weapon.

"The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays: 140 Step-by-Step Recipes for Simple, Scrumptious Celebrations" by Ree Drummond. Celebrate your favorite holidays with exceptional menus for breakfasts, brunches, lunches, dinners, parties, and feasts, complemented by entertaining instructions and hundreds of her step-by-step photos.

Autobiographies/ biographies

"What's So Funny?: My Hilarious Life" by Tim Conway with Jane Scovell. Winner of six Emmy Awards, Conway, best known for his appearances on "The Carol Burnett Show," reminisces about his about his life on stage and off as a comedian and actor.

"My Life with Deth: Discovering Meaning in a Life of Rock & Roll" by David Ellefson with Joel McIver. Ellefson, cofounder and bassist of Megadeth, tells the behind-the-scenes details of life in one of the world's most popular heavy metal bands.

Upcoming library events

Friends of Gillis Branch Book Sale: Friends of Gillis Branch are having a public book sale, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, through Sunday, 529 W. Dakota near the Gillis Library. Details: 225-0140.

Snowman Tealight Ornament: Teens can make a fun holiday craft. All materials are supplied by the library, 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, at the Bear Mountain Library. Details: 332-2528.

Egg People: Make egg people and animals using papier-mâché eggs, 4-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Fig Garden Library. Details: 600-4071.

Scats on the Sly: Holiday music in jazz and swing sound by Scats on the Sly, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Cedar-Clinton Library. Details: 442-1770.


This is a weekly column written by the Fresno County Public Library staff. The library posts a full list of the week's events on Facebook. Events are usually free. Visit or call (559) 600-6227 for details.

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