Few Americans remember these days that politics can be funny, but Texas congresswoman Carly Wagner knows this firsthand. She won her election by delivering one-liners about her opponent that made people chuckle so hard they voted her into office. This past Miss Texas knows that sassy women have always plowed tough ground to get what they want. She learns, though, that politics can be deadly serious when she finds her party's second most powerful man murdered in her office chair. Someone has to find the culprit before re-election time in Missing Member, by Jo-Ann Power.
Talk about a cold case! What happened to Jacques Gaillard? A brilliant teacher, who trained some of France's best and brightest as future prime ministers and presidents at the Ecole Nationale d'Administration, disappeared 10 years ago. Enzo Macleod, a biologist teaching in Toulouse instead of pursuing a career in forensics back in Scotland, has taken a bet he can't afford to loose. In Extraordinary People, by Peter May, Macleod must find out what happened to Jacques Gaillard by applying new science to an old case.
Wartime Tangier, policed by Franco's Guardia Civil, swarming with a variety of nationalities, including the Germans and Allies, is bitter with the insults of colonialism and a dangerous place. Archaeologist Lily Sampson, recruited from her studies in Chicago by the enigmatic Dr. Drury, finds herself in Morocco digging up Neanderthal artifacts. Here she becomes involved in an undercover war mission linked to Operation Torch with a target date of Nov. 8, 1942. The mission is interrupted by murder in The Torch of Tangier, by Aileen G. Baron. The author also wrote A Fly Has a Hundred Eyes, a drama of pre-World War II Jerusalem introducing the character Lily Sampson.
DearReader.com Book Club
The DearReader.com Book Club offers many selections to Internet patrons. Each book runs for five days, Monday through Friday. Some genres offer selections every other week. Check out this service by registering at the library's Web site, http://vpl.sdln.net, and clicking on the book club icon. Online patrons can find the club at www.supportlibrary.com/su/su.cfm?x=470596. The selections for the week of Feb. 5 are:
AUDIO BOOK: No selection for this week.
BUSINESS: The Culture Code, by Clotaire Rapaille.
FICTION: The Attack, by Yasmina Khadra.
GOOD NEWS: A Stitch in Time, by Allison Bottke.
HORROR: No selection for this week.
MYSTERY: Shoofly Pie, by Tim Downs.
NON-FICTION: Ice Cream, by Marilyn Powell.
PRE-PUB: No selection for this week.
ROMANCE: Crazy Love, by Tara Janzen.
SCIENCE FICTION: No selection for this week.
TEEN: Ophelia, by Lisa Klein.
Upcoming Calendar and Events
Join the Vermillion Public Library for a Laura Ingalls Wilder birthday party on Thursday, Feb. 8 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. There will be "Little House" trivia, prairie crafts, and treats to celebrate this beloved author and her stories. This event is open to students from Kindergarten through 5th grade.
Volunteers from the USD schools of law and business will again be available to help with tax returns at the library. You may qualify for this free service if you are low income, elderly, or a foreign filer. This service starts on Feb. 5 and runs through April 12 on Mondays and Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. Free-range Internet is available at the library. Just bring in your wireless-ready laptop and boot up during library open hours. There is no time limit.
While you are in the library, please pick up a free copy of the Winter Weather Preparedness Guide by the South Dakota Office of Emergency Management. These guides are located on the front of the circulation desk.