The Capitol Hill Branch is temporarily closed  starting Jan. 12, 2015, for about 3 weeks for refurbishing.  The book drop and parking garage also will close. While the branch is closed, patrons may choose any other Library location as a pickup location for items placed on hold and may return materials to any branch. If patrons don't select an alternate branch for holds pickup, holds that have not arrived by Jan. 2 will be sent to the Central Library.

Seattle Picks: Seattle Fiction

Blasphemy By Alexie, Sherman (Book - 2012 ) FIC ALEXIE 2012 Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 27 copies

Annotation:Alexie, one of Seattle’s most enigmatic and daring writers, combines 15 previous and 15 new stories in this volume. Alexie writes in bold, darkly comic strokes about Indians (his preferred term to Native Americans) in the Pacific Northwest.

The Lost Art of Mixing
The Lost Art of Mixing By Bauermeister, Erica (Book - 2013 ) FIC BAUERME 2013 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 10 on 27 copies

Annotation:Lillian's restaurant on the top of Queen Anne Hill does double duty as a cooking school, bringing people together to create savory food experiences and form unexpected friendships.

Black Hole
Black Hole By Burns, Charles (Book - 2005 ) 741.5973 B9372B 2005 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 13 on 4 copies

Annotation:A mysterious epidemic, “the bug,” causes unearthly physical transformations in its teenage victims in this dark and unsettling graphic novel set in 1970s northeast Seattle.

Gemini A Novel By Cassella, Carol Wiley (Book - 2014 ) FIC CASSELL 2014 Available in some locations Holds: 19 on 31 copies

Annotation:Physician Charlotte Reese tries to unravel the mystery of her unconscious patient, a Jane Doe, and the circumstances that brought her to a Seattle trauma hospital.

Madison House
Madison House A Novel By Donahue, Peter (Book - 2005 ) FIC DONAHUE 2005 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 7 copies

Annotation:In the wake of the Alaska Gold Rush, Maddie Ingram is sitting on top of the world—and Denny Hill—until city planners move to pull the ground out from under her.

Chump Change
Chump Change A Leo Waterman Mystery By Ford, G. M. (Book - 2014 ) MYSTERY FORD 2014 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 1 on 4 copies

Annotation:A mysterious intruder utters Leo's name just before dying, leading the private eye into the wealthy victim's past—and from Seattle to Idaho—to find justice.

Songs of Willow Frost
Songs of Willow Frost A Novel By Ford, Jamie (Book - 2013 ) FIC FORD 2013 Available in some locations Holds: 31 on 28 copies

Annotation:Is it possible movie star Willow Frost is really the mother of 12-year-old Chinese-American orphan William Eng? He hopes so. Depression-era Seattle and the Moore Theatre come to life in this moving historical novel.

Goodbye for Now
Goodbye for Now A Novel By Frankel, Laurie (Book - 2012 ) FIC FRANKEL 2012 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 14 copies

Annotation:Software engineer Sam Elling designs a program that enables people to email and correspond with their loved ones who have died. It's not magic—it's computer science. Or is it?

Ed King
Ed King A Novel By Guterson, David (Book - 2011 ) FIC GUTERSO 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:Walter Cousins, married actuary, takes his two children to the 1962 World’s Fair in Seattle and starts an affair with his au pair, Diane, setting in motion an Oedipal tale of consequences and fate.

Second Watch
Second Watch By Jance, Judith A. (Book - 2013 ) MYSTERY JANCE 2013 Available in some locations Holds: 12 on 23 copies

Annotation:Detective J. P. Beaumont takes on a 40-year-old cold case to find out who killed University of Washington student Monica Wellington in 1973. Twenty-first in the series and Beaumont is as good as ever.

Blackberry Winter
Blackberry Winter A Novel By Jio, Sarah (Book - 2012 ) FIC JIO 2012 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 14 copies

Annotation:When a springtime snowstorm unexpectedly covers Seattle in 2010, Claire, a journalist, investigates another storm on the same day in 1933 and uncovers a captivating story of a child’s disappearance and a mother’s vigilance.

Broken for You
Broken for You By Kallos, Stephanie (Book - 2004 ) FIC KALLOS 2004 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 2 copies

Annotation:Out of the shards of past misdeeds and unfulfilled desires, Margaret learns that it is never too late to build an enduring friendship, or compose a life too beautiful and keenly felt to waste.

Truth Like the Sun
Truth Like the Sun By Lynch, Jim (Book - 2012 ) FIC LYNCH 2012 Available in some locations Holds: 6 on 28 copies

Annotation:Roger Morgan, who brought the 1962 World’s Fair to Seattle, is running for mayor 40 years later. But a Seattle P-I reporter turns up unsavory details from Morgan’s past, dealings that reveal the shady underbelly of the city itself.

Blossom Street Brides
Blossom Street Brides By Macomber, Debbie (Book - 2014 ) FIC MACOMBE 2014 Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 19 copies

Annotation:Three friends find sanctuary in their Seattle neighborhood yarn shop when family members fail them, romance doesn’t satisfy and the biological time clock chimes.

How the Mistakes Were Made
How the Mistakes Were Made By McMahon, Tyler (Book - 2011 ) FIC MCMAHON 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:From a 1980s punk group to a 1990s grunge band, Laura Loss’ career illuminates Seattle’s musical heyday. Laura’s recounting of her time with the Mistakes and her struggles with fame and love capture the hectic scene in this rock-fueled debut.

Boneshaker By Priest, Cherie (Book - 2009 ) FIC PRIEST 2009 Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 13 copies

Annotation:In this action-packed steampunk novel set in Civil War-era Seattle, Zeke ventures into the walled-off city where years before his father was blamed for having unleashed a gas that turned people into zombies.

Set This House in Order
Set This House in Order A Romance of Souls By Ruff, Matt (Book - 2004 ) FIC RUFF 2004 Available in some locations

Annotation:Andy thought things had finally settled down when a coworker at the Reality Factory software company reveals her multiple personalities, prompting his own alter egos to vie for dominance over his mental mansion.

Seattle Noir
Seattle Noir (Book - 2009 ) MYSTERY SEATTLE 2009 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 9 copies

Annotation:Stumbling from boom to bust, the Queen/Jet/Emerald City provides the perfect backdrop for fourteen tales of crime, desperation and vice, etched in varying shades of black.

Where'd You Go, Bernadette
Where'd You Go, Bernadette A Novel By Semple, Maria (Book - 2012 ) FIC SEMPLE 2012 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 28 on 39 copies

Annotation:In this satiric novel about Seattle, written by a former writer for the TV series “Arrested Development,” Bernadette goes missing after some truly uproarious incidents and it’s up to her daughter Bee to piece together the mystery of her whereabouts.

Love Water Memory
Love Water Memory By Shortridge, Jennie (Book - 2013 ) FIC SHORTRI 2013 Available in some locations Holds: 4 on 10 copies

Annotation:After being discovered in San Francisco Bay with no recollection of who she is or how she got there, Lucie Walker returns to an unfamiliar Seattle and a fiancé who seems like a stranger.

The Art of Racing in the Rain
The Art of Racing in the Rain A Novel By Stein, Garth (Book - 2008 ) FIC STEIN 2008 Available in some locations Holds: 32 on 24 copies

Annotation:As racecar driver Denny Swift’s life flies apart at high speed, his best friend Enzo tries to show him how blessed he really is: Enzo would give anything to be human instead of a Labrador/terrier mix.

Murder Strikes A Pose
Murder Strikes A Pose A Downward Dog Mystery By Weber, Tracy (Book - 2014 ) MYSTERY WEBER 2014 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 6 on 8 copies

Annotation:Yoga teacher Kate finds herself taking in a German Shepherd named Bella and taking on solving the question of who killed Bella’s owner. First in this series written by a Seattle yoga studio owner.

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