New and popular titles at Juniata County Library


With so many good books being released all the time, it can be hard to determine what to check out next. Every week, I offer a run-down of significant releases available here at the library.

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“The Colors of All the Cattle” by Alexander McCall Smith

It’s not as if there’s not already enough happening at the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency to claim Mma Ramotswe’s full attention. Dr. Marang, an old family friend from her native village of Mochudi, wants her help in identifying the hit-and-run driver who severely injured him and left him with a raft of medical bills to pay. Charlie, her half-time junior detective, gets his first chance to work as a solo operative when he travels to Mochudi in hopes of identifying the car that struck Dr. Marang. At the same time, Charlie, who spends the other half of his not very full professional life working as an apprentice under the benevolent eye of Mma Ramotswe’s husband, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni, at Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors, is courting Queenie-Queenie, whose position as Senior Sales Consultant at This-Way Fashion House has kept him from noticing how impossibly wealthy her family is. And Mma Grace Makutsi, joint managing director of the Agency, has her first quarrel with her husband, Phuti Radiphuti, who owns the Double Comfort Furniture Store. But none of those complications cost Mma Ramotswe more sleepless nights than the promise that her old friend Mma Sylvia Potokwani, the matron at the orphan farm, has extracted from her to oppose her old nemesis Violet Sephotho in the election for the Gaborone city council, a race that will likely pivot on the plans to build the Big Fun Hotel, which promises to live up to its name, on a parcel of land adjoining the local cemetery.

McCall Smith slides in intriguing glimpses of a troubled Botswana, including the sobering fact that women who work the mines often must give up their children to the orphanage. A lesser light in a series that still shines very brightly. You can find this book in the New Adult Fiction section.


Bookshots … Here are some quick book recommendations, the star ratings I give them, or whether you should skip it, borrow it, or buy it.

“You Don’t Own Me” by Mary Higgins Clark (4 stars)

“Sea of Greed” by Clive Cussler (4 stars)

“Nine Perfect Strangers” by Liane Moriarty (3 stars)


2019 Winter Reading at the Library: Dec. 21, 2018 to March 20, 2019. Spend your winter months reading things you love!


Vince Giordano has been the director of the Juniata County Library since 2015.