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November 7, 2013

Write your mystery at the library Monday


This year, the Clinton Public Library will be a host location for area writers with write-ins each Wednesday nights from 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Writers are invited and encouraged to bring their laptop or pen and paper to the Root Cellar to get a solid two hour block of time to write.

Write your memoirs or family history

Learn how to write memoirs and family histories from Lyle Ernst on Nov. 18 at 6 p.m. Lyle Ernst is a freelance journalist and award-winning author from Davenport. His journalism background includes contributing news stories, feature stories, and columns to newspapers in Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin.

Mother/Daughter book club

Moms, ever wanted to be in a book group with your daughter? Now you can.

The library is starting a book group for children ages 7-12 and their moms. Our first book will be a book from the mom’s childhood: “Pippi Longstocking,” by Astrid Lindgren. Please sign up and get your book at the children’s desk at the main branch.

The club will meet at the Lyons Branch Library on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 6 p.m. to discuss the book and do fun activities.

Book Review

If you like police mysteries, then give “Eleven Days” by Donald Harstad a try. The book isn’t for the faint of heart; it’s gritty, grisly and scary, but it is a great read.

Harstad grabs you on page one and doesn’t let go until the very end. Iowa Deputy Sheriff Carl Houseman is called to a murder in progress at a remote farmhouse during an Iowa winter. The book follows Carl as a strange case of murder and missing persons unfolds. The characters are believable and Harstad’s police background adds authenticity to the story.

The plot is like the best rollercoaster you ever rode with gut-wrenching drops and hair-pin turns that keep you guessing all the way to the end. I wasn’t able to figure out whodunit and was surprised when the killer was revealed. A savvy and seasoned mystery reader may do better than I at solving the mystery, but “Eleven Days” will keep even the most jaded mystery reader riveted.

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