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New Mysteries February 2012

Those Who Love the Night by Wessel Ebersohn
Look of Love by Mary Jane Clark
Parliament of Spies by Cassandra Clark
Believing the Lie by Elizabeth George
Confession by Charles Todd
Racing the Devil by Jaden Terrell
Fifth Victim by Zoe Sharp
Boca Daze by Steven M. Forman
Darkening Field by William Ryan
$10,000 in Small Unmarked Puzzles
Death by Killer Mop Doll by Lois Winston
Chalk Girl by Carol O'Connell
Gone West by Carola Dunn
Golden Scales by Parker Bilal
Killer Crullers by Jessica Beck
Cold Comfort by Quentin Bates

New Mysteries January 2012

Betrayal of Trust by Susan Hill
Silence by J. Sydney Jones
D.C. Dead by Stuart Woods
Perilous Conception by Larry Karp
Murder in Mount Holly by Paul Theroux
1222 by Anne Holt
Egypt by Nick Drake
Storm Damage by Ed Kovacs
Dead Man's Grip by Peter James
Mr. Kill by Martin Limon
Silence by Jan Costin Wagner
Anatomist's Apprentice by Tessa Harris
Dead Witness edited by Michael Sims
Red Mist by Patricia Cornwell
Swift Edge by Laura DiSilverio

Better Than Google

What are your New Year's resolutions?  Many people use the new year as a clean slate to embark on all kinds of self-improvement projects.  Losing weight, quitting smoking, exercising more, learning a new language...Hey, stop, we can help you with the last one (actually the library can help with all of them, but let's concentrate on learning a new language).  We have a great on-line language learning product called Mango Languages.  When Rosetta Stone stopped selling its on-line database to libraries, we scrambled to find a suitable replacement, and we found Mango.  Their program is fun, effective and easy.  You'll have the choice of Mango Basic, which covers 49 languages, including Farsi, Korean, Mandarin and Croatian, as well as ESL courses for specific language speakers.  Mango Complete.

New Mysteries December 2011

Well-Offed in Vermont by Amy Patricia Meade
Templar Magician by P.C. Doherty
Forever Rumpole by John Mortimer
Gilded Shroud by Elizabeth Bailey
Scotched by Kaitlyn Dunnett
Nice place to Die by Jane McLoughlin
Deep Cover by Peter Turnbull
House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz
Mrs. Jeffries and the Mistletoe Mix-Up
Killer's Christmas in Wales by Elizabeth J. Duncan
Deception at Lyme by Carrie Bebris
Devil's Ribbon by D.E. Meredith
Burial at Sea by Charles Finch
London Calling by James Craig
Sahara Dust by Jim Ingraham
Physical Education by Maggie Barbieri
Dead Last by James W. Hall
Broken Music by Marjorie Eccles
Twelve Drummers Drumming by C.C. Benison
Chelsea Mansions by Barry Maitland
Three-Day Town by Margaret Maron
Coffin Man by James D. Doss
Death of a Radical by Rebecca Kenkins
Ionia Sanction by Gary Corby
Territory by Tricia Fields

Better Than Google

There is no question that people in today's economy are struggling.  Those of us who have jobs are grateful to have them, and those of us who don't, sorely need a hand.  This is where the library comes in, via our database Career Transitions.     It is a comprehensive source of information for the job seeker.  It includes a resume builder option, career guidance, tips and tricks videos on how to snag that job, and even an interactive interview experience.  Job listings from indeed.com make this a convenient and powerful job search tool. Whether you are a young graduate still looking for that first job, or a middle-aged career changer, you will find Career Transitions will be an enormous help to you.The search function is very easy to use, and the "My Jobs" feature will keep track of your progress as you apply for jobs.  It is a very impressive database and one which is certainly useful during these tough economic times. Remote usage is available with your New City library card.  So log on, try it, and good luck to you all.

New Mysteries November 2011

India Black and the Widow of Windsor by Carol K. Carr
City of Whispers by Marcia Muller
Death at Christy Burke's by Anne Emery
Uncertain Place by Fred Vargas
Chocolate Castle Clue by JoAnna Carl
Death by the Dozen by Jenn McKinlay
Bad Moon by Todd Ritter
One Foot in the Gravy by Delia Rosen
Murder of a Creped Suzette by Denise Swanson
Study in Scarlet edited by Laurie R. King
Murder on Music Road by Stuart Dill
Until Thy Wrath be Past by Asa Larsson
Chalice of Blood by Peter Tremayne
I am Half-Sick of Shadows by Alan Bradley
Fever Dream by Dennis Palumbo
Lost Women of Lost Lake by Ellen Hart

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

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