This month's new book order offers some interesting selections by well-known authors as well as new authors.
"Redshirts" is a science fiction novel that takes place in 2456. A young ensign is assigned to a ship to serve on an "Away Mission." Life is good until he realizes that every Away Mission involves a lethal confrontation with alien forces, the top officers always survive these confrontations, but at least one low-ranked crew member is killed.
Although the situation sounds serious, all the recommendations on the back of the book comment on how funny the book is. "Laugh-out-loud funny" and "ruin-your underwear funny" are just a couple examples.
"Little Century" by Anna Keesey is a western about an 18-year-old orphan, Esther, who goes to Century, Ore., in search of her only relative, a rancher. Century is a lawless town embroiled in a range war. Esther soon finds her sympathies tested when she develops feelings for Ben, a sheepherder.
"The Queen's Vow" by C.W. Gortner is a historical fiction about Queen Isabella of Castile. As a teenager she and her brother are taken to the court of their half brother, King Enrique. After becoming an unwitting pawn in a plot against Enrique, suspected of treason and held captive, she suddenly finds herself heiress of Castile, the largest kingdom in Spain.
Together with her husband, Fernando of Aragon, they unite their realms into one country. Her diplomatic skills are continually required as she resists the inquisitor Torquemada, encourages the navigator Columbus and battles the Moors.
"The Orphan Master" by Jean Zimmerman is set in the colony of 1663 New Amsterdam where orphan children are going missing. Suspects in the orphan disappearances abound, including the nephew of the colony's director, an Algonquin trapper, and the colony's own orphan master who is in charge of finding homes for the orphans. Many colorful characters make this book an imaginative historical adventure.
In "The Wrong Man" by David Ellis, Jason Kolarich accepts the case of defending a homeless Iraq war veteran accused of murdering a paralegal. Initially an open and shut case, Kolarich discovered that days before her death, the paralegal learned something that she wasn't supposed to know. Racing to save his client, Kolarich confronts the mob, an elusive assassin and a group of international terrorists intent on disrupting his city.
These five novels are just a sampling of new books available at the Eagle Valley Library District Libraries. Check out one that tweaks your interest.