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Mystery Thriller or Suspense?

Do you need a little intrigue in your life?

A Mystery is described as a puzzle, whereas a thriller is about the dynamic between the good guy and the bad guy and suspense is all about the timing, suspense keeps you up all night wondering what will happen next!

For more about the difference in genres I recommend the following article, Mystery, Thriller, or Suspense: Does the label Matter? By Stacy Woodson

This summer I picked up a couple of really good mysteries that interweave plots from the past with plots of the present day!  These are some of the best mysteries because, after all, no secret ever stays buried forever, does it?

The Clockmaker’s Daughter, and The Lake House both by author Kate Morten are excellent reads.  Secrets and puzzles and intrigue abound.   You can read more about the author and her books by clicking the link below:



I just finished reading the YA Truly Devious mystery trilogy by Maureen Johnson. Actually I just finished listening to the audio version, which you can access with your library card on the Libby App! The narrator is outstanding!  We have the books in the library or you can use the Libby App to read them on your phone, tablet, or e-reader  (there is additional info about Libby below, or bring in your device and we can set you up). These mysteries take place at Ellingham Academy  in the mountains of Vermont. Seventeen year-old Stevie hopes to crack the 80 year old cold case involving the school’s founder and finds herself caught up in a present day mystery at the school as well!  Read more about it on the author’s website:

Need to know more about Libby? 

I must say, I was VERY skeptical about E-reading.  I love books! I love libraries, I love book stores, I even love books about books and libraries and bookstores. The first time I walked into a bookstore and saw them selling an E-Reader, I thought, “what are you doing? You are destroying the very medium that you are selling.”

In the years since, many things have brought me around to giving it a try. 

With Libby you can use your library card to borrow digital print and audio materials.

Here are some of the PROS of using the app

  1. 24/7 access. Did you ever finish a book on Saturday afternoon and realize you have nothing good to read until the library opens on Monday?  With Libby you can borrow a book at any time of the day or night (you are VERY welcome, insomniacs).
  2. Font size matters! Digital content can be adjusted to whatever font size works for you.  No more hunting for “cheaters” or wishing that book was available in large print!
  3. Contrast.  One of my biggest objections to digital content was eye strain.  I felt that I spent way too much time looking at screens.  You can adjust the color of the page and the brightness of the screen to best suit your needs and preferences.
  4. Convenience.  If you have ever found yourself  sitting in a waiting room with nothing to read except an ancient copy of Better Homes and Gardens, fear not, you can borrow a book from the library while you wait.
  5. Reading in the dark.  This is my personal favorite!  I can sit on my porch in the evening or read in bed without having to turn on a light.
  6. Audiobooks.  Your library card also gives you access to audiobooks that can be downloaded directly to your smartphone.  I listen with my phone through the bluetooth in my car.  It’s great for long trips.

Getting started with the Libby app

The free Libby app is the easiest way to get started with digital books, audiobooks, and magazines from your public library. Libby is available for Android, iOS, Windows 10, some Chromebooks, and in your browser at


  • If you have a device that’s not compatible with Libby, you can use the OverDrive app to borrow and enjoy digital titles instead.
  • If you belong to a school, you may be able to use our new Sora app to borrow ebooks and audiobooks instead.

See Libby in action

Use the this link to visit the Overdrive website and scroll down to “Watch the Libby video”

Watch the Libby video

Get started with Libby


Install the Libby app from your device’s app store.

Or, visit in your Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Edge browser.


In Libby, follow the prompts to find your library and sign in with a valid library card.


Browse your library’s collection and borrow a title.


Borrowed titles appear under Shelf > Loans and download to the app automatically when you’re connected to Wi-Fi, so you can read them when you’re offline.

From your Loans, you can:

  • Tap Read With… to choose where you’d like to read the book (Kindle or Libby), then finish sending to Kindle (U.S. libraries only) or start reading in Libby.
  • Tap Open Audiobook or Open Magazine to start reading or listening to that title.
  • Tap Manage Loan to see options like Renew and Return.

If you need more help with Libby, please visit Libby Help. Happy reading!

Cataloging your home Library

Is your home library out of control?

Do you wonder what books you already have?

Do you have a wish list of books?

There’s an App for that! 

If you are looking for a fast and easy way to catalogue your books, Libib is exactly what you need! 

Libib works with your smart phone to catalogue books. Simply scan the ISBN barcode on the back of books to add the item to your list. You can also log in to access the list through your computer. Best of all you can catalogue up to 5000 items and maintain up to 100 libraries for FREE!

Although, I am a “book” lady, this app can also be used for cataloguing movies, music, and video games.

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