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CDPL staff share February picks


Are you ready to fall in love with a good book? Our library staff is here to help you find your match.

Brenda highly recommends a book that has recently gotten lots of readers excited and that has shown up on many must-read lists. “First Lie Wins” by Ashley Elston (FIC Elston) is a “great thriller with many twists and plot changes. Well-written story — and even when I thought I had it figured out, I didn’t! Highly recommend it — you will not be disappointed! I can easily see this book turn into a movie or TV series!”

She also loved another fun thriller: “The Hike” by Lucy Clark (FIC Cla): “Four best friends take a girls’ getaway every year and this time it is a mountain hike in Norway. They are all looking forward to an adventure, but they don’t expect there to be a murderer on the trail! Their trip soon becomes a survival story. If you are looking for a fast thriller with some fabulous twists, then this is a must-read for you!”

Seeking even more engaging thrillers? There are so many great ones to choose from. Christie recommends the bestseller “Mother-Daughter Murder Night” by Nina Simon (FIC Simon): “Nothing brings a family closer together like murder!” Mary recommends a debut mystery title featuring the amateur sleuth Glory Broussard that fans of Richard Osman’s “Thursday Murder Club” will love. “Glory Be” by Danielle Arceneaux (FIC Arceneaux Glory v.1) is both funny and thrilling, taking place in the Louisiana bayou where Glory sets out to solve crimes and set things right. And I loved reading “What Lies in the Woods” by Kate Alice Marshall (FIC Mar), which is a beautifully written thriller that moves from past to present. Three girls spend the summer playing in the woods, but then one of them is attacked and for decades they keep a secret about what they really saw. 

If you like some romance along with your suspense, Mary suggests “Fragile Designs” by Colleen Coble (FIC Coble), which has “engaging characters, irresistible intrigue, family secrets, and a slow-burning romance that makes this a book you can’t put down.” 

If you love historical fiction, don’t miss Ivette’s award-winning pick: “Freewater” by Luqman-Dawson, Amina (j FIC Luq). Ivette says this book is “an ode to freedom, friendship, and Black communities. It’s about kindness and empathy. It’s historical fiction that brings to light a past rarely discussed in U.S. history.” We also currently have several other books on display on the first and second floor of the library that feature Black authors and stories in recognition of Black History Month. 

What about books that feature the things that you love? If you love football, Dennis suggests checking out “The Football 100” by Mike Sando, Dan Pompei, and The Athletic NFL staff (796.332 Sando). This book is the definitive ranking of the greatest football players of all time.

If you love crochet, Michelle suggests trying out some of the patterns in “A Modern Guide to Granny Squares” (746.434 Sem), which updates a classic crochet technique. She says, “If you have watched any crochet videos on YouTube or TikTok, you know everyone is crocheting! Check out the Scattered Hearts pattern on page 37.” 

Find all these titles and more on display on the first floor of the library near the circulation desk, plus we have more featured displays on the second floor of the library. We encourage you to come in and find your next great read. Our regular hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m Monday thorugh Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.


Megan Taylor is assistant manager in the Reference and Local History Department at the Crawfordsville District Public Library.