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Better Than Google

Some of you might remember the black, maroon and tan lawbooks we kept on shelves and shelves in the reference area. They were McKinney's Statues (the laws of NY) and the U.S. Code Annotated (the laws of the U.S.) and U.S. Supreme Court Reports. Several years ago, we replaced all of them with Westlaw, an on-line database for NY statutes and cases, federal laws, Supreme Court cases, and legal forms. We are quite satisfied with the switch, and we are the only public library in the county with Westlaw access. Many lawyers who come in don't use the books and are delighted to see what they used in law school or their law firms, Westlaw.  Not only have we saved a huge amount of space, but the on-line version is less expensive than the books, and we don't have to use staff time to update them with pocket parts.  For non-lawyers, researching the law is a difficult task, whether you are searching books, or databases.  The librarians will assist you, but we also have access to Westlaw's extremely helpful research attorneys.

New Mysteries October 2011

A Crack in Everything by Angela Gerst
Blood Royal by Barbara Cleverly
Perfect Suspect by Margaret Coel
Getting Off by Lawrence Block
Wicked Autumn by G.M. Malliet
Louise's War by Sarah R. Shaber
Burning Soul by John Connolly
Ghost Hero by S.J. Rozan
Backlash by Sally Spencer
Dead by any Other Name by Sebastian stuart
Devil's Puzzle by Clare O'Donohue
Jane and the Canterbury Tale by Stephanie Barron
Double Death on the Black Isle by A.D. Scott
Naughty in Nice by Rhys Bowen
Quarry's Ex by Max Allan Collins
Or the Bull Will Kill You by Jason webster
The Vault by Ruth Rendell
End of the Wasp Season by Denise Mina
Paradise for Fools by Nicholas Kilmer
Shock Wave by John Sandford
Heirloom Murders by Kathleen Ernst
New York to Dallas by J.D. Robb
Consummata by Mickey Spillane
Tragic Toppings by Jessica Beck
Death in a Difficult Position by Diana Killian
Mind Over Murder by Allison Kinglsey
Florentine Death by Michele Giattari
Potter's Field by Andrea Camilleri
Serial by John Lutz

Better Than Google

This month, I want to highlight one of our newest databases, Financial Ratings Series Online. You will find it under the business tab of our database page.  It is a reliable source for checking on investments, banks and insurance companies. Stocks and mutual funds are rated as a buy or sell, and  they are clearly explained. Banks and insurance companies are given a letter grade and a lengthy, but clear, explanation.  The user interface is intuitive and easy to use, in fact, Library Journal called it "delightfully simple and straightforward".  Updates are done on an ongoing basis, making it a timely source you won't want to miss.  The convenience factor of remote access cannot be beat, either.  Roll out of bed in the middle of the night, log-on to our website and there you have it.  No more waiting for Morningstar and Value Line to be filed, the information comes to you.  Don't despair, print Morningstar and Value Line users, we still have our print copies waiting for you at the reference desk.

New Mysteries September 2011

Back of Beyond by C.J. Box
Skating Around the Law by Joelle Charbonneau
Trick of the Light by Louise Penny
Deadly Reunion by June Shaw
Murder by Mocha by Cleo Coyle
Sauvignon Secret by Ellen Crosby
Good Day to Pie by Carol Culver
Flash and Bones by Kathy Reichs
Two for Sorrow by Nicola Upson
Frozen Stiff by Annelise Ryan
Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen
Hideout by Kathleen George
White Heat by M.J. McGrath
Death in High Places by Jo Bannister
Hand That Trembles by Kjell Eriksson
Dick Francis's Gamble by Felix Francis
Sheetcake Named Desire by Jacklyn Brady
Murder Most Persuasive by Tracy Kiely
Murder My Neighbor by Veronica Heley
The Bad Always Die twice by Cheryl Crane
The Burning by Jane Casey
Murder in Tuscany by Christobel Kent
Bad Intentions by Karin Fossum

Better Than Google

Libraries have changed quite a bit over the last decade or two due to the Internet and the advent of electronic databases.  In olden days, librarians relied almost entirely on reference books to answer questions.  Now the information has been transformed from print to electronic resources.  Sadly, our print reference collection has shrunk and continues to get smaller.  Happily, the information is still available and in a more accessible and convenient form.  Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, the electronic library never closes, and the information you need is always there for you.

New Mysteries August 2011

The Sixes by Kate White
Question of Despair by Maureen Carter
Pampered to Death by Laura Levine
Murder Majorcan Style by Roderic Jeffries
Harmless as Doves by P.L. Gaus
Beast of Burden by Ray Banks
But Remember Their Names by Hillary Locke Bell
In Search of the Rose Notes by Emily Arsenault
Blind Fury by Lynda La Plante
Real Macaw by Donna Andrews
Killed at the Whim of a Hat by Colin Cotterill
Spark of Death by Bernadette Pajer
Taint of Midas by Anne Zouroudi
Infernal Angels by Loren D. Estleman
Shadows on the Sand by Gayle G. Roper
Darling Dahlias and the Naked Ladies by Susan Wittig Albert
Rose of the World by Alys Clare
All the Pretty Hearses by Mary Daheim
Books Can be Deceiving by Jenn McKinlay
Pie a la Murder by Melinda Wells

New Mysteries July 2011

Breaking Silence by Linda Castillo
Bones of a Feather by Carolyn Haines
Tigerlily's Orchids by Ruth Rendell
Stagestruck by Peter Lovesey
Now You See Me by S.J. Bolton
Unraveled by Maggie Sefton
Inspector and Silence by Hakkan Nesser
Wined and Dined by Cricket McRae
Last King of Brighton by Peter Guttridge
Camouflage by Bill Pronzini
Misery Bay by Steve Hamilton
Claire Dewitt and the City of the Dead by Sara Gran
Death Toll by Jim Kelly
Shirt on his Back by Barbara Hambly
Murder on Sisters' Row by Victoria Thompson
Disturbance by Jan Burke
Midsummer Crown by Kate Sedley
Kissing the Demons by Kate Ellis
Return of Captain John Emmett by Elizabeth Speller
Footsteps on the Shore by Pauline Rowson
Frozen Charlotte by Priscilla Masters
Counterfeit Madam by Pat McIntosh
English Tea Murder by Leslie Meier
Sentenced for Death by Lorna Barrett
Flowerbed of State by Dorothy St. James

New Mysteries June 2011

Mind Your Own Beeswax by Hannah Reed
Kiss Her Goodbye by Mickey Spillane
Evil Eclairs by Jessica Beck
Mrs. Jeffries Forges Ahead by Emily Brightwell
Felicity's Gate by Julian Cole
Lost and Fondue by Avery Aames
Redeemed by M.R. Hall
Classified as Murder by Miranda James
Pumped for Murder by Elaine Viets
These Dark Things by Jan Merete Weiss
Losing Nicola by Susan Moody
Merely Players by J.M. Gregson
Oscar Wilde and the Vampyre Murders by Gyles Daubney Brandreth
Claire Dewitt and the City of the Dead by Sara Gran
Last King of Brighton by Peter Guttridge
Mountains Bow Down by Sibella Giorello
Spider Web by Earlene Fowler
Wedding Shawl by Sally Goldenbaum
Bee Balm Murders by Cynthia Riggs
Secret of the White Rose by Stefanie Pintoff
Death on Tour by Janice Hamrick
Night on Fire by Douglas Corleone
Missing Persons by Clare O'Donohue
Darkside by Belinda Bauer

Mystery Monday

Award season is here for mystery lovers.  The Agatha awards for best traditional mysteries were announced late last month and the winners in each category are (followed by the runners-up)
Best Novel
Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny
Stork Raving Mad by Donna Andrews
The Scent of Rain and Lightning by Nancy Pickard
Drive Time by Hank  by Phillippi Ryan
Truly, Madly by Heather Webber

Best First Novel

The Long Quiche Goodbye by Avery Aames
Murder at the PTA by Laura Alden
Maid of Murder by Amanda Flower
Full Mortality by Sasscer Hill
Diamonds for the Dead by Alan Orloff

Edgar Awards honoring the best in mystery fiction were also announced in late April.  Here are the winners in each category, followed by the runners-up.
Best Novel
The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton
Caught by Harlan Coben
Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin
Faithful Place by Tana French
The Queen of Patpong by Timothy Hallinan
I'd Know  You Anywhere by Laura Lippman

New Mysteries May 2011

Sixkill by Robert Parker
Hanging Wood by Martin Edwards
Slugfest by Rosemary Harris
False Money by Veronica Heley
According to the Evidence by Bernard Knight
Mourning Gloria by Susan Wittig Albert
Fall From Grace by Wayne Arthurson
Hard Day's Fright by Casey Daniels
Cookie Dough or Die by Virginia Lowell
Vienna Waltz by Teresa Grant
Body in the Gazebo by Katherine Hall Page
Dead by Midnight by Carolyn G. Hart
Vienna Twilight by Frank Tallis
Hiss of Death by Rita Mae Brown
Among the Departed by Vicki Delany
Knockdown by Sarah Graves
Shadows of a Down East Summer
Magic Bullet by Larry Millett
One was a Soldier by Julia Spencer-Fleming

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