Both westerns and mysteries are properly crime fiction: sheriff's procedurals and police procedurals; the procedures vary, but there is usually some personal code of behavior, good and bad, and handguns. Quite a few authors who are best known for their mysteries started with, or also wrote, westerns. James Lee Burke wrote Two for Texas in 1982. We know Elmore Leonard primarily as mystery writer, but the first story he sold was "The Trail of the Apache." His best-known western is probably Hombre.
Ingenueis the second book in The Flappers series, which started last year with Vixen. (The series is anticipated to conclude in 2012 with Diva.)Ingenue picks up a few months after Vixen left off, and it quickly thrusts the reader full force back into the lives of the four main characters.This story is smart, intriguing, and action-packed. Secret mob dealings, romance, deception, betrayal and flappers abound. It's good, gossipy fun set in the decadence of the twenties.
Join Theresa Luu as she presents a session of her Mother and Sons Kitchen Book Club, Wednesday, August 17, at 4 p.m. Learn practical ideas for using reading and cooking to help kids think, solve problems and make connections between concepts and real life.
Join us on Thursday, August 18, at 2 p.m. to learn about Japan and Japanese culture through hands-on activities and demonstrations presented by the Japan-America Society of Washington, D.C. Hear stories about the daily school life of Japanese children, learn a basic Japanese greeting and counting, and basic geography of Japan.For children ages 7-12.
The Mystery Book Club has chosen Cool Hand Luke  for its annual picnic at Screen on the Green on the National Mall, between 8th and 14th streets N.W., Monday, August 15. Bring your own supper and a snack to share.