2015 Hot Reads for Cold Nights   
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About the program
Warm up with a good book this winter at Troy Public Library's
3rd Annual Adult Winter Reading Program: Hot Reads for Cold Nights, from January 5 through March 12.

To participate, submit a brief review of each title you read or listen to during the program period. You don't have to write a novel, but please include enough information for the review to be helpful to someone who is thinking about choosing that title. A short paragraph will do.

Each week, two lucky readers will receive a prize, and a Grand Prize of a Kindle Paperwhite eReader and case will be awarded at the conclusion of the program. Prizes will be awarded by random drawings from all reviews submitted, and are provided by the Friends of the Troy Public Library.

So warm up the long, cold Michigan winter nights with some hot reads from the Library. Stop by the Adult Information desk for suggestions, or check out our Bookletters booklists.

Happy reading!
Reviews
Title
Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas
Author
Stephanie Barron
Review
It's a delightfully authentic step back in time to join Jane Austen in celebrating the traditional British Christmas festivities stretching out over the course of 12 days. Barron writes in a style akin to the voice Austen herself used in her writing, and sprinkles biographical and historical details in to keep this mystery thoroughly realistic. The cast of characters who spend the holidays with Jane create an intriguing panel of candidates for the murders which incidentally occur during Jane's holiday. Luckily, her sharp wits are on hand to help solve the mystery! Most Janeites should enjoy this latest in the series.
Rating (5 = best)
Title
Appointment with death
Author
Agatha Christie
Review
Poirot solves the mystery of who murdered an evil mother, thus helping her family live happily after her death. Everyone suspects one of the family members to be involved, but it turns out to be a politically-motivated crime.
Rating (5 = best)
Title
The Best American Magazine Writing 2014
Author
Sid Holt, Editor
Review
I'm a fan of magazine writing and this is a pretty good collection, but there's too much of a "round up the usual suspects" feel to it. Really, three pieces from the New Yorker? Maybe there would have been more room if they skipped Steve Brill's 75 pages on health care. The best pieces are the ones from unexpected sources, like Runner's World.
Rating (5 = best)