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They’ll Put a Spell on You: The Once and Future Witches and Murder Most Fowl

6 Oct

Here are two of my recent reads that are sure to bewitch you too!

The Once and Future Witches
Three very different estranged sisters reunite to join their powers in Alix E. Harrow’s novel The Once and Future Witches.  I enjoyed the unique interweaving of women’s suffrage in with the idea of women’s magical power being suppressed by men who labelled their magic as a weaker branch of sorcery, just as women were labeled the “weaker” sex.  As the sister’s explore their heritage and create new spells they also discover their path forward in life and find hidden strengths that they will need to overcome the obstacles in their path.  This is Harrow’s second novel after The Ten Thousand Doors of January. It is available in print and as an ebook.

Inspired to make some magic of your own? Check out Basic Witches: How to Summon Success, Banish Drama, and Raise Hell with Your Coven by Jaya Saxena and Jess Zimmerman.

Murder Most Fowl
Murder Most Fowl is the latest in one of my favorite mystery series centered on Meg Langslow, a blacksmith and mother of twins.  In this spooky edition perfect for the lead up to Halloween, Meg’s husband is rehearsing a performance of the “Scottish Play.”  Unsettling things keep turning up from oddly shaped mushrooms to a fragment of a creepy spell.  Although the book keeps to Donna Andrews light hearted touch it definitely has a much spookier atmosphere than many of her other works. You can borrow it in print from BCCLS libraries or as an ebook from eLibraryNJ (log in with your Hoboken Library Card for access).

Hunting for more fictional witches? Click on the links for our previous posts on magical historic fiction involving NY and books centered on magical family bonds.

Written by:
Aimee Harris
Head of Information and Digital Services

October 2, Come Meet Four Local Mystery Authors: Jason Pinter, Peggy Ehrhart, Erica Obey, and Tim O’Mara!

22 Sep

October 2 is the library’s 131 birthday and if you are a mystery fan you won’t want to miss the Hoboken Public Library’s Pumpkin and Pages Festival Celebration from 11 am- 4 pm in Church Square Park across from the library.  You can meet the authors in our Local Author Tent in Church Square Park, and they will be presenting booktalks or readings throughout the day! You can borrow their books from BCCLS Libraries!

Jason Pinter
Jason Pinter is the award-winning and bestselling author of eight mystery/thrillers, including  A Stranger at the Door and Hide Away. He also wrote the children’s book Miracle. HE WILL PRESENT A BOOKTALK IN THE LARGE TENT @ 2:00 PM.

Peggy Ehrhart
Peggy Ehrhart is the author of Knitty Gritty Murder, the 7th book in the Knit & Nibble mystery series. She also published two music-themed mysteries with Five Star Books. She is a former English professor with a doctorate in Medieval Literature. BOOKTALK  IN LOCAL AUTHORS TENT @ 11 AM.

Erica Obey
Erica Obey is the author of Dazzlepaint as well as four other historical and paranormal novels set in Hudson Valley, including the award-winning The Curse of the Braddock Brides. She is also working on a contemporary cozy series featuring a Hudson Valley librarian and her AI sidekick. BOOKTALK IN LOCAL AUTHORS TENT @ 3 PM.

Tim O’Mara
Tim O’Mara is the author of five ex-NYPD cop turned schoolteacher Raymond Donne novels, including The Hook, Nasty Cutter and  Dead Red.  He also edited Down to the River, a collection of river-based crime stories. BOOKTALK  IN LOCAL AUTHORS TENT @ 12:30 PM.

Also featured in the local author tent will be romance authors: Miriam Allenson, Victoria Jayne, Carol Van Den Hende, and Jennifer Wilck.   

Robert Anthony Gibbons, Lynne Shapiro, Carrie Magness Radna, and Danny Shot are local poets who will be reading their poetry. 

And we will have Children’s Authors Timothy Becker, Raakhee Mirchandani, and Patricia Ann Keeler joining us! 

Written by:
Ethan Gavin and Aimee Harris
Information and Digital Services Librarians

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