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It's Spring!

Okay, it's almost Spring, and it's currently colder than [insert simile of your choice] outside, but here are some vaguely Spring-related items to warm you up.

 

A new pope is chosen, want to learn more?

On March 13, 2013 after 5 votes Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina was voted the new pope of the Roman Catholic Church.  While the library doesn't own any biographies of the newly elected Pope Francis, we do have books on the Catholic Church, and other notable popes.  If you are interested in learning more about the subject check out our collection. 

Below are some of the most popular titles in this area:

If you enjoyed the TV show Perry Mason then you may like....

Courtroom 302 is the fascinating story of one year in Chicago's Cook County Criminal Courthouse, the busiest felony courthouse in the country. Here we see the system through the eyes of the men and women who experience it, not only in the courtroom but in the lockup, the jury room, the judge's chambers, the spectators' gallery. From the daily grind of the court to the highest-profile case of the year, Steve Bogira’s masterful investigation raises fundamental issues of race, civil rights, and justice in America. - amazon.com
Lawyer Steven Drury is caught in an impossible dilemma when the man he identified as his attacker threatens to kill a young woman if he doesn't recant his statement.
The two Minnesota towns couldn't be more different: in affluent Barron, a powerful and secretive scientific research corporation enriches its residents, while downriver in blue-collar St. Croix, victims of that company's carcinogenic waste struggle to survive. The bad blood between the communities escalates into open warfare when the beautiful Ashlynn, daughter of the corporation's president, is found shot dead--and a St. Croix girl, Olivia Hawk, is accused of the crime. Olivia's father, Christopher, a Minneapolis lawyer, comes to defend his daughter and uncovers some ugly truths that endanger the residents of both towns.
"A humid summer night in Gibraltar. Lawyer Spike Sanguinetti arrives home to find an old friend, Solomon Hassan, waiting on his doorstep. Solomon is on the run. A Spanish girl has been found with her throat cut on a beach in Tangiers and he is accused of her murder. He has managed to skip across the Straits but the Moroccan authorities want him back. Spike travels to Tangiers to try to delay Solomon's extradition, and there meets a beautiful Bedouin girl. Zahra is investigating the disappearance of her father, a trail which leads mysteriously back to Solomon. Questioning how well he really knows his friend, Spike finds himself drawn into a dangerous game of secrets, corruption and murderous lies" -- from publisher's web site.
 
Sometimes small towns hold the biggest secrets. Attorney Tom Crane was about to become a partner in a high-profile law firm-- until they got "consolidated" and the job evaporated. He turns to closing his deceased father's law practice in Bethel, Georgia-- and runs into two million dollars stashed in a secret bank account that lead into a tangled web of lies, theft, and betrayal.
 
Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than twenty years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his fourteen-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.
 
Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award American Booksellers Association Book of the Year Award San Piedro Island, north of Puget Sound, is a place so isolated that no one who lives there can afford to make enemies. But in 1954 a local fisherman is found suspiciously drowned, and a Japanese American named Kabuo Miyamoto is charged with his murder. In the course of the ensuing trial, it becomes clear that what is at stake is more than a man's guilt. For on San Pedro, memory grows as thickly as cedar trees and the fields of ripe strawberries--memories of a charmed love affair between a white boy and the Japanese girl who grew up to become Kabuo's wife; memories of land desired, paid for, and lost. Above all, San Piedro is haunted by the memory of what happened to its Japanese residents during World War II, when an entire community was sent into exile while its neighbors watched. Gripping, tragic, and densely atmospheric, Snow Falling on Cedars is a masterpiece of suspense-- one that leaves us shaken and changed. Haunting. A whodunit complete with courtroom maneuvering and surprising turns of evidence and at the same time a mystery, something altogether richer and deeper.
 
Dog-loving lawyer Andy Carpenter plunges into a high profile murder case in which a rogue German shepherd police dog may be the only hope for its owner, an Iraq war vet and former-cop-turned-thief accused of murder.
A black lawyer is murdered in Los Angeles, bringing cheers from policemen whom he frequently sued for brutality. The case is given to detective Harry Bosch and right away he discovers tampering of evidence. By the author of Trunk Music.
 
A murder trial brings a small Mississippi town's racial tensions to the flashpoint. Amid a frenzy of activist marches, Klan terror, media clamor and brutal riots, an unseasoned but idealistic young attorney mounts a stirring courtroom battle for justice. - MA

 

Inside a locked room

Locked room mysteries are based on crimes that seem impossible to solve.  They might involve a body found alone in a room with all the windows and doors locked from the inside or they might take place outside in the snow with no footprints leading to or from the body.  Follow the clues in these stories to help the detectives solve these difficult crimes.

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