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THE BOOKSHELF: Rowling pens new series
BLYTHE, Calif.  In 1999 JK Rowling burst forth with her now famous Harry Potter series which enticed readers young and old with her sage advice and deep insights. But kids grow up and life moves on. What can you do next that will not be overshadowed by your previous accomplishments?
BLYTHE, Calif. In 1999 JK Rowling burst forth with her now famous Harry Potter series which enticed readers young and old with her sage advice and deep insights. But kids grow up and life moves on. What can you do next that will not be overshadowed by your previous accomplishments?
Rosita Smith
Palo Verde District Library

BLYTHE, Calif. - In 1999 JK Rowling burst forth with her now famous Harry Potter series which enticed readers young and old with her sage advice and deep insights. But kids grow up and life moves on. What can you do next that will not be overshadowed by your previous accomplishments?

J.K's first stand-alone novel, The Casual Vacancy, targeted the adult reader. And then came the first Strike mystery tale, The Cuckoo's Calling. The book clicked and Strike was on his way with a new hero, a new pen name, Robert Galbraith, and a new playing field.

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan Cormoran Strike is down to one client and barely scraping by as a private inspector. Creditors are calling. He has broken up with his long-time girlfriend and is living in his office. Then John Bristo walks through the door. Bristo's sister fell to her death a few months earlier. The police said it was suicide. Bristo wants to prove them wrong. Strike takes the assignment and find himself in a world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers who introduce him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction and delusion known to man.

The second mystery in the Strike series, The Silkworm, is now ready for circulation. Strike's next assignment is to find novelist, Owen Quine, who has gone missing. His wife wants him to come home. Quine has just finished writing a poison-pen novel, and she fears if it is published lives will be ruined. When Quine is found murdered, it is a race against time to understand the motive of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any Strike has encountered before.

The Cuckoo's Calling and the Silkworm are both shelved with the new mystery books under Galbraith. Ask at the circulation desk if you are having trouble finding them.

The Palo Verde Valley Library is at the corner of Broadway and Chanslorway in Blythe, California. During these hot days curl up in one of the cool corners of the library, play games on one of the library's computers or check out an armful of books to read at home under the air conditioner.

Library hours opens at 10 a.m., Monday through Saturday, closes at 6 p.m., Monday through Friday; and closes at 4 p.m. Saturday.


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