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Wizards and Football

Unseen Academicals by Terry Pratchett
Unseen University isn’t a school known for its sports teams. In Terry Pratchett’s “Unseen Academicals,” the faculty must field a “foot-the-ball” team in order not to lose some of the perks that come with their jobs. There’s a mysterious Mr. Nutt, a local football feud, some star-crossed lovers, and a fashion revolution, all waiting to be sorted out in Pratchett’s usual fashion. If you’re not already a Discworld fan, you’re missing out on a lot of good fun.

Dorothy Parker's Ghost

In “Farewell, Dorothy Parker,” by Ellen Meister, movie critic Violet Epps can trade quips with the best of them. But when it comes to her private life, her spine turns to jelly. When she visits the famous Algonquin Hotel, she takes the guest book, signed by literary greats, along with her in a moment of confusion. When the ghost of her hero Dorothy Parker appears before her, complete with advice on how to manage her life, Violet resists. A fun story for Parker fans, and those who appreciate a good quip or two.

Archie Meets Nero Wolfe

Fans of Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe series will enjoy Robert Goldsborough’s new book, “Archie Meets Nero Wolfe,” Goldsborough, author of seven Nero Wolfe mysteries, captures the sights and sounds of Prohibition-era New York.

In this prequel, Archie Goodwin arrives in the big city fresh from small town Ohio with his high school diploma in hand. When he’s fired from his job as a security guard after two weeks, he gets work with a private detective. In the course of a kidnapping investigation, Archie meets the famous detective Nero Wolfe, who eventually offers him a job. Readers who can’t get enough of Nero Wolfe and his wise-cracking assistant will be happy their wait is over.

Buried in Buttercream

Buried in ButtercreamIs Mother Nature out to get sleuth Savannah Reid and her fiance Dirk? Their wedding was first postponed by a mudslide, then a brushfire. Is the third time the charm? Not for Savannah, who finds their wedding planner murdered before wedding attempt number three. “Buried in Buttercream,” by G.A. McKevett, is book seventeen in this series about plus-size private investigator Savannah and her large dysfunctional family.

The Llama of Death

In Betty Webb’s new mystery, “The Llama of Death,” zookeeper Teddy Bentley discovers a dead body inside the llama pen, but surely sweet Alejandro couldn’t have stomped the man to death. When the acting sheriff jails Teddy’s socialite mother for the murder, she investigates. Animal lovers will enjoy the behind-the-scenes action in this zoo-based who-done-it. The third in the series, which starts with “Anteater of Death.”

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