Girl in Hyacinth Blue |The Death of Mrs. Westaway

Girl in Hyacinth BlueFall is just around the corner!  And although it’s sad to say goodbye to the warm days of summer, the cool crisp winds of September and gray skies of October set the perfect mood for reading.  

For a warm, entrancing tale of wonder and mystery, try Girl in Hyacinth Blue, by Susan Vreeland.  In this unusual novel, the reader follows the story of a mysterious painting, whose secretive and cryptic owner believes wholeheartedly that it is one of the great painter Vermeer’s lost masterpieces.  Is Girl in Hyacinth Blue truly what he believes it to be?  And why is he unwilling to have it tested, if he is so certain of its origin?

For those who prefer true-life literature, we have Five Days in London, May 1940, by John Lukacs, which explores the tempestuous time in London when Churchill and the members of his cabinet painfully considered their war responsibilities.  Hour by hour, Lukacs takes us through the events that influenced them, including the plight of nearly 400,000 British soldiers bottled up in Dunkirk.

For lovers of suspense and mystery, check out Ruth Ware’s latest novel, The Death of Mrs. Westaway!  After The Woman in Cabin 10 and The Lying Game, Ware brings us this eerie novel about a young woman, Hal, who receives a letter bequeathing her an inheritance from a grandmother she didn’t know she had.  Drawn into the odd and unsettling world of her estranged family, Hal must uncover the truth about her grandmother’s household and the mysterious inheritance.  

Described as “gothic”, “captivating”, and “classic” by reviewers from Library Journal, the Washington Post, and more, fans of Ruth Ware  and the suspense genre may find this to be their next favorite novel.


Our online resource this week is Business Source Premier, which offers information and analysis from top management and marketing journals.  For more information on this resource, come visit us at the Northwood City Center Library!


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