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This summer I decided to go for a change of pace and listen to fiction books on my commute to work. I’ve always had the habit of choosing non-fiction. The thinking is that even if it’s not something I would necessarily sit down and read (or understand), through osmosis, some of the information would stick. I’m pretty good at trivia, so it must work, right? Fortunately through the library, you can get books on cd, or downloadable books are available through eZone (

Mistress of the Art of Death by Ariana Franklin is full of period detail and completely engrossing. The narrator, Rosalyn Landor, did a fabulous job bringing the characters to life which is so important in audiobooks. The story is set in medieval Cambridge, England. Adelia, a female forensics expert, is summoned by King Henry II to investigate a series of gruesome murders that has wrongly implicated the Jewish population. Best of all, there are three other books in the series.

Cuckoos Calling written by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling) and narrated by the entertaining Robert Glenister, follows Cormoran Strike who is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Strike is down to one client, has just broken up with his girlfriend, and is living in his office. John Bristow walks through his door wanting Strike to investigate the death of his sister who fell to her death a few months earlier. The characters are interesting, and the story is very engaging.

Lastly, if you’ve been having issues using Overdrive to download books and audiobooks to your smartphone, you may want to try, Libby, a free app created by Overdrive. While it lacks some of the features of the classic Overdrive app, my colleague and I found it to be very intuitive and more user friendly than the Overdrive app. What’s best about being able to download free books from e-Zone? Items are returned automatically after 21 days, so no late fees!


by Caroline Badowski, Reference Librarian