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This month I am presenting a sort of database round-up.  I want to discuss three databases that I particularly like, that are extremely useful, and even a lot of fun.

New Mysteries February 2015

A Necessary End by J.M. Gregson
Death of a Liar by M.C. Beaton
Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz
Death of a Dishonorable Gentleman by Tessa Arlen
Puzzled Indemnity by Parnell Hall
Unquiet Dead by Ausma Zehanat Khan
Reckoning by James Patrick Hunt
Swimming in the Shadows by Diane Janes
Serpents in the Cold by Thomas O'Malley
Obsession in Death by J.D. Robb
Motive by Jonathan Kellerman
Dreaming Spies by Laurie R. King
kings of London by William Shaw

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Last summer, the dreaded Ebola virus was featured heavily in the news. Everyone was worried about the spread of this disease and the alarming death rate in Africa. How did it compare to the Black Death that ravaged medieval Europe?  What would have it been like to be a victim of that plague that decimated the population of Europe by more than a third? The prescribed remedies suggested at the time were designed to get rid of bad odors which they believed carried diseases.  Unfortunately, this medieval aromatherapy, while probably not doing much harm, didn't do any good. Medicine has come a very long way since then, and we can be thankful to live in these times, as the database Daily Life Through History proves.

New Mysteries January 2015

The Soul of Discretion by Susan Hill
Murder at the Book Group by Maggie King
The Bishop's Wife by Mette Ivie Harrison
Winter at the Door by Sarah Graves
Curse of the House of Foskett by M.R.C. Kasasian
Meet Your Baker by Ellie Alexander
Down on Cyprus Avenue by Paul Charles
Gossamer Ghost by Laura Childs
Perfect Sins by Jo Bannister
Brewer of Preston Andrea Camilleri
As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust by Alan Bradley
Body Snatchers Affair by Marcia Muller
Martini Shot by George Pelecanos
Witch Hunter's Tale by Sam Thomas
A Fine Summer's Day by Charles Todd
Insatiable Appetites by Stuart Woods

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The Tappan Zee Bridge has never been without controversy.  In 1936, when the bridge was first proposed, there was much outrage that the bridge would despoil the natural beauty of Rockland County. This plan was considered unfeasible and was dropped.  In the early 1950s, when the bridge was again proposed to be built between Tarrytown and South Nyack, people were confused and upset.  Why build the bridge at the widest point of the Hudson?  It made no sense.  This caused great consternation among the citizens of these two municipalities who worried that their quality of life would change for the worse. Despite bitter opposition from the locals, the bridge was approved and opened in December 1955, altering the character of sleepy Rockland County forever.

New Mysteries December 2014

Asylum City by Liad Shoham
Last Days in Shanghai by Casey Walker
Mystery in White by T. Jefferson Farjeon
Firebird's Feather by Marjorie Eccles
Scorched Eggs by Laura Childs
Enter Pale Death by Barbara Cleverly
Wink of an Eye by Lynn Chandler Willis
Gossamer Ghost by Laura Childs
Bryant and May and the Bleeding Heart by Christopher Fowler
Land of Careful Shadows by Suzanne Chazin
By Cook or by Crook by Maya Corrigan

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Are you getting ready to sell your old clunker?  Are you buying a new car?  If so, how do you know what is a fair price to ask or pay? 
For years, patrons would come to the reference desk for the little yellow books (the National Association of Auto Dealers, otherwise known as NADA) or the little Kelley Blue Books to check prices on new and used cars, including trade-in values. No longer must they come to the library, because you can access this information from home.  You can either log-on to the New City Library database page,and click on these listings, or, skip that step and log-on directly to kbb.org or nadaguides.com.
Kelley Blue Books is a free site and does accept automobile advertising--no surprise there.  However, it is very easy to find prices on new and used cars, customized to your specifications and zip codes.  In addition, it is a trusted source that librarians have used for years.

New Mysteries November 2014

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One of the most common questions we librarians get concerns what kind of ___________do I buy?  Just fill in the blank, mattress, toaster oven, laptop, washing machine, etc.  When faced with making a purchase, most people want to spend their hard-earned money on the right product.  The best way to make a wise decision is to arm yourself with the proper research.  Most people know and trust Consumer Reports and ask for it by name, and you can access it by using our on-line subscription or Ebsco Masterfile Premier’s on-line database.

New Mysteries October 2014

Stone Wife by Peter Lovesey
To Dwell in Darkness by Deborah Crombie
The Girl Next Door by Ruth Rendell
Rose Gold by Walter Mosley
Dick Francis’ Damage by Felix Francis
French Pastry Murder by Leslie Meier
Proof Positive by Archer Mayor
Festive in Death by J.D. Robb
Death of a Crabby Cook by Penny Pike
Broadchurch by Erin Kelly
Low Road by A.D. Scott
Old Deep and Dark by Ellen Hart
Deadline by John Sandford
Paris Match by Stuart Woods
Best American Mystery Stories of the Nineteenth Century edited by Otto Penzler
Blood of an Englishman by M.C. Beaton
Fighting Chance by Jane Haddam
Bitter Remedy by Conor Fitzgerald
Nine Days by Minerva Koenig
Angel Killers by Andrew Mayne
Stirring the Pot by Daryl Wood Gerber
Ghost Wanted by Carolyn Hart
Bless Her Dead Little Heart by Miranda James
Murder at Marble House by Alyssa Maxwell
Murder Man by Tony Parsons
Haunting Ballad by Michael Nethercott

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