Local author writes third book in mystery series

“Sinking Suspicions” by Pagosa Springs author Sara Sue Hoklotubbe is the third in her popular mystery series set in Cherokee Country featuring crime solver Sadie Walela . All three books have been donated to your library by the author.

Previous books in the series have won awards and been well reviewed by critics, and this new offering should be no exception. It combines adventure, romance, identity theft and even World War II history. Sara writes in a fast-paced, easy-to-read style that keeps her readers involved as they follow the action, the clues and the surprises. The story moves from Oklahoma to Hawaii, offering interesting and respectful insights into both cultures.

Sara and her husband Eddie have lived in Pagosa Springs for almost five years. A Cherokee tribal citizen, she grew up in northeastern Oklahoma and sets her stories there. Since their marriage, she and Eddie have lived in several different states. In fact, when they lived in Maui Sara quit work in the banking business after 18 years to become a full-time writer.

“We love it here for so many reasons,” she said, citing Pagosa’s spectacular mountains, small-town friendly people, cool dry temperatures and, maybe most of all, the year-round evergreens that don’t shed their leaves. “Everything is so alive and green and beautiful even in the winter in four feet of snow,” she said. “It’s a joy to look out my window at Pagosa Peak as I am writing.”


Free Lifelong Learning lectures

            Mark your calendars for the free fall Lifeline Learning Lecture (LLL) series that starts next Thursday, October 16 at 6 p.m. when John Porter will speak about his and wife Beth’s fostering a Hurricane Katrina dog – and the implications for disaster preparation.   Watch for more information on all the lectures on the library’s website, in these Library News columns and/or pick up the LLL brochure at the library. The lectures are free and no registration is required.


Free Family Fridays

            Join us for a new free family program called Family Fridays tomorrow (Friday, October 10) at your library from 2-3:30 p.m., timed so that children can come after school. This new program will take place the 1st-4th Friday of each month. It was created because families sometimes come in to the library with children of different ages wanting to go to the same event in spite of not being in the targeted age range for that event. Now there is a special time every week for the whole family to come to the library together – parents with kids, all siblings regardless of age, or whatever combination of the family is available at that particular time. Each week will feature a different activity. Tomorrow is a film day.  Please call the library (264-2209) for more information.


Free square dance fun

            This Saturday, October 11, from 1-2:15 p.m., Carla Roberts will teach simple calls that are quick to learn in a fun, easygoing session for families. No registration is required for this event, which is open to all ages.


Free book club for adults

You are welcome to join our book club for adults, which meets the second Tuesday of each month to discuss alternating fiction and nonfiction titles. October’s book is “The Shack” by William Young to be discussed Tuesday, October 14 from 2 – 3 p.m. Contact Meg at the library if you need a copy of the book. No registration required.


Free LEGO Club

            LEGO Club for kids 6-13 years meets Saturday, October 11 from 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. Bring your creativity – the LEGOs are provided.


Free technology classes

Meg Wempe is available for the highly popular Tech Tuesdays and Thursdays sessions 10-noon Tuesdays and 3-5 p.m. A more formal session requiring registration focuses on intermediate Excel from 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. today (Thursday, October 9). You will learn about managing multiple workbooks, freezing panes, sorting data, charts and more.


Free teen gaming

            Join us Tuesday, October 14 from 4 – 5:30 p.m. and every Tuesday for fun for teen gaming fans. Practice your skills on the Wii and Xbox as well as board games.


Free card battles

Starting next Monday, October 13, and on the following two Mondays in October, from 4 – 5 p.m. we will host Card Battles for kids in the fifth-12th grades. Bring your own Pokemon, Yu-gi-oh or Magic cards to battle your friends. We have a limited number of Pokemon and starter Yu-gi-oh cards to borrow.



            “The Demon’s Brood” historian Desmond Seward is a history of the Plantagenet dynasty in England. “The Underground Girls of Kabul” by Jenny Nordberg documents young girls in Afghanistan raised as boys to avoid the overwhelming prejudice against females. “The Life and Times of Phil Hartman” by Mike Thomas is a biography of the comedic actor from Saturday Night Live. “The Half Has Never Been Told” by historian Edward E. Baptist is a new look at slavery as a huge driver of American capitalism. “Augustus First Emperor of Rome” by Adrian Goldsworthy is a biography of one of the most riveting leaders in Western history. “The Way Forward” by Paul Ryan outlines this Republican leader’s political vision for 2014 and beyond. “Honey & Oats” by Jennifer Katzinger provides 75 recipes baked with whole grains and natural sweeteners. “Nourishing Broth” by Sally Fallon Morell describes the value of bone broth to help treat autoimmune disorders, infectious diseases, digestive problems and other chronic ailments.



            “Festive in Death” by J. D. Robb is the latest in the Lt. Eve Dallas mystery series. “Murder 101” by Faye Kellerman is the latest in the Decker/Lazarus mystery series. “The Future for Curious People” by Gregory Sherl is a romance about a system to predict your future life with your beloved. “The Secret Place” by Tana French is the latest in the Dublin Murder Squad series. “Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good” by Jan Karon is the latest in the Mitford series.


Mysteries and thrillers

            “The Lost Key” by Catherine Coulter is the latest in the thriller series featuring FBI agent Nicholas Drummond. “Burn” by James Patterson is the latest in the Det. Michael Bennett thriller series. “Bones Never Lie” by Kathy Reichs is the latest in the forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan series. “To Dwell in Darkness” by Deborah Crombie features married detectives in London. “The Red Room” by Ridley Pearson is a suspense story set in Istanbul.


Large print

            “The Darling Dahlias and the Silver Dollar Bush” by Susan Wittig Albert tells of a town in the Depression that prints temporary “funny money” so the town can survive. “Angels Walking” by Karen Kingsbury is book one of a new Christian fiction series. “Festive in Death” by J.D. Robb is the latest in the Eve Dallas mystery series. “Etta Mae’s Worst Bad-Luck Day” by Ann B. Ross follows a woman trying to upgrade her life by marrying her wealthy employer. “Blood on the Water” by Anne Perry is the latest in the William Monk mystery series. “The Homecoming” by Robyn Carr is the latest in the Thunder Point series. “Lisette’s List” by Susan Vreeland tells of a woman trying to save great art from the Nazis. “Across the Cheyenne River” by John D. Nesbitt, “Easy Money” by Frank Roderus and “Dark Horses” by Ralph Cotton are westerns.


Other new novels

            “A Sudden Light” by Garth Stein is a coming-of-age ghost story. “The Hawley Book of the Dead” by Chrysler Szarlan is a fantasy.


Thanks to our donors

            For books and materials, we are grateful to Gloria Flynn, June Geisen, Bob and Carole Howard, Marion  Leonard, John Mathis, R.B. Robbins and our many anonymous donors.


Quotable Quote

            “You can tell more about a person by what he says about others than you can by what others say about him.” – Leo Aikman, newspaper columnist and editor.



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