Support Your Local Library

Support Your Local Library

Central Rappahannock Regional Library Headquarters Libraries experience two things in an economic downturn: a reduction in funding and an increase in the number of patrons. The current recession is no exception. Libraries across the country are seeing more people come through their doors at the same time that they are… Read more »

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Holmes as cross-dresser?

Holmes as cross-dresser?

I’ve just finished a thought-provoking little book by Alan C. Bradley* and William A. S. Sarjeant entitled Ms. Holmes of Baker Street: The Truth About Sherlock. Their thesis is, of course, summed up in the work’s title: Sherlock Holmes was a woman. At first glance, this seems like a ludicrous… Read more »

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Themed Mysteries

Themed Mysteries

If you are a lover of mysteries, particularly the “cozy” type, no doubt you have noticed the recent and rapid proliferation of themed mystery series. There are series featuring bookshops, catering or cooking, inns or hotels, gardening, scrapbooking, reading groups, ghosts, needlecrafts in general and knitting in particular, and even… Read more »

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Themed Mysteries

Themed Mysteries

If you are a lover of mysteries, particularly the “cozy” type, no doubt you have noticed the recent and rapid proliferation of themed mystery series. There are series featuring bookshops, catering or cooking, inns or hotels, gardening, scrapbooking, reading groups, ghosts, needlecrafts in general and knitting in particular, and even… Read more »

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BBC’s “Alleyn Mysteries”

BBC’s “Alleyn Mysteries”

Patrick Malahide as Insp. Alleyn I’ve been watching the “Alleyn Mysteries” produced by the BBC in 1993-1994, and based on the series by Ngaio Marsh. These adaptations are quite good, for the most part. Patrick Malahide and William Simons are perfectly cast as Alleyn and his assistant, Inspector Fox. Their… Read more »

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Developments on the E-book Horizon

Some interesting developments in e-reader technology were on display at the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, according to an article by CNN. I was intrigued, so I took a look at the websites for two new e-readers. If you’re looking to try the e-reader experience, but don’t… Read more »

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Recommended: “The Future of Reading,” by Tom Peters

For a thoughtful and thought-provoking look at where books may be headed, I recommend Tom Peters’ “The Future of Reading,” published on Library Journal’s website. Peters clearly lays out the challenges and issues facing the publishing industry and introduces readers to new trends and innovations made possible by emerging technologies,… Read more »

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