New at the Walla Walla Public Library - 8/1/13


Featured books will be available for the public today.

They can also be placed on hold online at or call the Library for assistance at 527-4550.

Featured books include:


“Death and the Olive Grove,”

by Marco Vichi.

“Vichi’s Florence in the 1960s, as seen in his Inspector Bordelli series, feels like a tour through Dante’s Inferno—the city is still pockmarked from World War II, and the inhabitants of the neighborhoods Bordelli travels through are filled with gang members, prostitutes, petty thieves, smugglers, and, in the latest, a killer who is evil incarnate.

“Inspector Bordelli, himself a veteran still shaken by his experiences fighting for both Axis and Allies in the war, is melancholy and reflective, a perfect guide through this world.

“Here a string of sad discoveries starts when Bordelli’s friend Casimiro reports finding the body of a man in an olive grove outside Florence. Nothing is there when the inspector and Casimiro return to the scene.

Then Casimiro goes missing and is found grotesquely slain.

This is followed by a heart-stopping series of child kidnappings.

Vichi weaves all these strands together into a complicated tale that keeps the suspense mounting, and his incorporation of his Italian father’s war stories into the text makes a wonderful addition to the novel.”

—Reviewed by Connie Fletcher, Booklist, May 01, 2013.

“The Devil’s Cave,”

by Martin Walker.

“This is the fifth in the series starring Benoét “Bruno” Courrèges, chief of police in a tiny village in the Dordogne region of France.

“The French countryside, with its glorious food and wine, provides stark contrast to the dark deeds of the crimes Bruno investigates.

“For example, when Bruno and his aide go fishing, hoping to discover the source of a victim’s body, they take along limes to flavor the trout they catch and fillet on the river bank.

“This mystery has a very dark basis: a naked woman is seen in a boat floating down the river. The woman has been murdered, with a symbol traced in black on her belly.

“Black candles and the severed head of a cockerel are found in the boat.

“Bruno investigates the possible black-magic connection, unearthing rituals that go back to a black Mass enacted by a desperate mistress of Louis XIV.

“There are contemporary tie-ins as well to a real-estate scheme in the area.

“An enchanting new entry in this solid series.”

— Reviewed by Connie Fletcher, Booklist, May 01, 2013.


“A Vineyard Odyssey,”

by John Kiger.

“A Vineyard Odyssey is a fascinating saga of wine—the journey from vine to bottle—that takes the reader on a travelogue of the many hazards that lie along the way.

“Highlighting the many hazards of nature that lie hidden in any vintage, the author tell the story of a winegrower and an organic philosophy that guides the annual struggle to coax great wine from a steep hillside and an few thousand vines.”

—jacket notes

“Gaining Ground,”

by Forrest Pritchard.

“Upon discovering that months of backbreaking work and five freight cars’ worth of glittering corn have reaped his family’s farm a profit of $18.16, young Forrest Pritchard, fresh out of college, resolves to take matters into his own hands.

“What ensues—through a series of hilarious encounters with all manner of livestock and colorful characters — is a crash course in sustainable agriculture. This is a story for our times and of a shifting landscape, sure to resonate with anyone who has ever dreamed of a better world.”

—jacket notes


“The Warriors,” by Tom Young. “The Resurrectionist,” by Matthew Guinn. “Custer’s Road to Disaster,” by Kevin M. Sullivan. “Edith Kermit Roosevelt,” by Lewis L. Gould.


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