The Sleeping Doll
By Jeffrey Deaver
DB 64945, LT 7754, Available for BARD Download
California cop and kinesics expert Kathryn Dance, from The Cold Moon (DB 62636), hunts for Daniel Pell, the escaped serial killer and cult leader who massacred the Croyton family. Dance enlists the help of three of Pell’s former female followers to track Pell’s movements. Violence and strong language. 2007.
The Sleeping Doll
Smilla’s Sense of Snow
By Peter Hoeg
DB 37499, Available as BARD Download
When Isaiah, a six-year-old Inuit boy, is killed falling off the roof of a warehouse, his neighbor Smilla, a young woman who is generally misanthropic yet inclined to look out for Isaiah, refuses to believe it is an accident. Smilla begins her investigation in Copenhagen, where her powers of observation-sharpened by her fascination with mathematics--help her to solve the mystery. Violence and some strong language. 1993.
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
By Alan Bradley
DB 70410, BR 20172, LT 10051, Available for BARD Download
England, 1950. Eleven-year-old aspiring chemist Flavia de Luce overhears her father in a heated argument with a stranger, who turns up dead in the garden of the Luces’ decaying estate. When Flavia’s father is charged with murder, she seeks clues in their village and his past to exonerate him. 2009.
Sworn to Silence
By Linda Castillo
DB 70357, Available for BARD Download
At eighteen, Kate Burkholder left her Amish community in Painters Mill, Ohio. Now, chief of police Kate is shocked by the reappearance of the serial killer who terrorized their town when she was a girl--because she thought she had killed him. Violence, strong language, and explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.
W is For Wasted
By Sue Grafton
DB 77507, BR 20290, LT 15690, Available for BARD Download
1988. PI Kinsey Millhone has two dead men to deal with. One is unscrupulous Pete Wolinsky, a fellow California PI who was gunned down. The other is a homeless man carrying Kinsey’s name and number. Kinsey finds surprising links between the two cases--and to her. Some strong language. Bestseller. 2013.
By Sarah Smith and Barry Cook (directors)
On Christmas at the North Pole, Santa's youngest son looks to use his father's high-tech operation for an urgent mission. Rated PG for some mild rude humor. 2012
The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
By Barbara Robinson
DB 38118, BR 16320, Available as BARD Download
Everyone agrees that the Herdmans are the worst kids in the history of the world. When they hear about the free refreshments at Sunday school, the Herdmans not only show up, but also muscle their way into the lead roles of the annual Christmas pageant. For grades 3-6 and older readers. 1972
By Kasi Lemmons (director)
A holiday musical that follows teenaged Langston Hughes (Jacob Latimore) as he journeys to New York City to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged relatives. Unwilling to live by their imposing rules, a frustrated Langston is determined to return home to his mother, Naima. Langston embarks on a surprising and inspirational journey, and along with new friends and a little divine intervention, he discovers the true meaning of faith, healing and family. Based upon the play by Langston Hughes. Also starring Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson, and Tyrese Gibson. Rated PG. 2013
Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment
By Deepak Chopra
DB 64648, BR 17229, LT 7544, Available as BARD Download
A retelling of the Buddha's search for truth. The prince Siddhartha leaves behind his comfortable palace, becomes a wandering monk who faces many trials and much suffering, and transcends physical pain to achieve enlightenment as the Buddha. Includes a concise practical guide to Buddhism. 2007. (Dec. 8th is Bodhi Day.)