Library Notes 15 January 2020

Published on 15 January 2020


Top 10 books


Crime Novels of the Decade


Echo Park, by Michael Connelly

Armand Gamache Series, by Louise Penny

Exit Music, by Ian Rankin

The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins

The Girl Who Played with Fire, by Stieg Larsson

The Leopard, by Jo Nesbø

The Troubled Man, by Henning Mankell

Started Early, Took My Dog, by Kate Atkinson

The Lewis Trilogy, by Peter May

Shatter the Bones, by Stuart MacBride



Pam Coleman- Community Engagement Librarian  

New Year! Even more Books!


Summer is here and the sun is shining brightly (ish) so it seems a good time to don some dark glasses, turn up a collar and slip into the dark alleyway of 2020 crime fiction.

Benjamin Black is the pen name of renowned Irish writer John Banville. His latest mystery ‘The Secret Guests’ takes place during WWII, when the British royal children were sent away from the Blitz and stashed on a remote estate in neutral Ireland. Espionage fiction, manor house gothic, and locked room mysteries collide for what’s bound to be one of the best historical crime novels of the year.

Harlen Coben may be best known for his twisty plots, but when it comes crafting characters, he’s just as good. Case in point his new novel: ‘The Boy From the Woods’ introduces a compelling new series lead, Wilde, once a feral boy found in the wilderness, and now an ex-military operative who still has no memory of his early childhood. Enter a missing girl and a friend’s plea to help find her, and you’ve got another fantastic thriller from one of the best.

Jeffery Deaver’s Colter Shaw is returning in ‘The Goodbye Man’ —and this time, he’s pursuing two men who have allegedly committed a horrific hate crime. But as he hunts for them, he also winds up saving the life of a young woman, and this sets him on the trail of a mysterious organization. Is it a community bastion? Is it a cult? One thing is for sure: Shaw won’t rest until he hunts for every single answer.

Kathy Reich is back! Forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan is at it again in ‘A Conspiracy of Bones,’ it being crime solving. Brennan is pushed to try and identify a faceless corpse, its connection to a decade old missing child case and why this unfortunate person has Brennan’s phone number. Still recovering from an aneurism, Brennan must also battle migraines, nightmares, and hallucinations as she draws nearer and nearer to another astonishing truth.

In ‘Long Range’, C.J. Box’s 20th instalment in his acclaimed series featuring Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett, the wife of a judge is shot and killed from an incredible distance, and with a grizzly bear on a rampage and a new baby on the way, Joe’s got his hands full. We’re looking forward to another satisfying instalment in Box’s beloved series.

These are just a few of the treats 2020 has in store for the thriller fan. Crime is one of the most favoured of genres of fiction. Why? My theory is that in the typical crime story, it’s easy to identify the good guys and the bad guys, and most importantly, the crimes are always solved. Mysteries have answers so, in a weird way, these crime stories—as horrific as they are—end up being comforting. While living in our crazy world where there constant rapid change, crime fiction comforts people by assuring them that their long-held ideas about how the world works are still useful. At least, I do hope so! Time for a walk in the sun?

What’s On

Friends of Horowhenua Libraries’ Annual Summer Used Book Sale.
Monday, 13 January to Friday, 24 January
A great choice of quality fiction, non-fiction and children’s books for sale.
As well as puzzles, magazines and DVDs.
Books only $1. Children’s books only 50c.
Bring your own bag.
Thanks to the Friends - all proceeds go to supporting Horowhenua libraries.

'The Divine Alchemist' an exhibition of paintings and works by local artist Ramila Parbhu: Friday 3 January to Wednesday 29 January Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō
Anne Frank ‘Let me be myself ‘Exhibition: Friday 1 November to Monday 2 March 2020 Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom


Children’s Summer Reading Programme:

Summer Reading Programme runs from December 16 to January 24.

Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau pō: 6 - 23 January:  Report in Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. Take part in a fun craft activity from 10am to 12pm

Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom: 6 - 23 January:  Report in Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. Take part in a fun craft activity from 10am to 11.30pm

Shannon Community Library 6 - 23 January: Report in Monday to Friday opening hours. Take part in a fun craft activity from 12pm to 3pm


Adult Reading Challenge:

16 December to February to 26

Join in with 2020 Reading Challenge and let us guide and inspire you with your book choices. Pick up a booklet at your local library. There are also lots of book related activities to choose from each week, to help you make the most out of the library this summer!


Heritage room:

The Heritage rooms at Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō are manned by volunteers 10am-12.30 pm Monday to Saturday and Wednesday and Thursday afternoons 1.00pm – 3.00pm.


Thursday, 16 January

Holiday Music Showcase: Come along and enjoy our talented local musicians.  This week, talented "one man band" Paul Holcombe entertains with hits from yesterday and today. Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom 12pm – 1pm


Friday 17 January

Tech Try- outs: Curious about e-Readers? Wondering about tablets? Or do you have a digital device query that you’d like help with? Come and join us for an informal drop-in session! B.Y.O device, or try one of ours! Booking is not essential, just come on by. Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō 10.30am-12.00pm


Monday 20 January: Wellington Anniversary Day

Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō CLOSED

Shannon Library CLOSED

Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom OPEN 10am – 4pm



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