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Adult Missouri Books

 

 

(Updated June 19, 2017)

Following is a list of adult books recorded in the Wolfner Talking Book and Braille Library studio. These books were recorded  by volunteers. The books are divided into categories. A book may appear in more than one category. They are available to Wolfner patrons by calling a Reader Advisor, by reserving them through the Wolfner online catalog (https://wolfpac.sos.mo.gov/mo1aopac/) or downloading them from BARD, using the link provided.


 

AUTOBIOGRAPHY/BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR

And God Answered: A Memoir by Jean Bell Mosley
DBC06472

Jean Bell Mosley wrote short stories and articles for magazines, a newspaper column, and six books. From the publisher "She writes of simpler times and homemade happiness, of small graces and abundant blessings, of the fine art that nature unveils and the fine company that loving family provides." 2007.

 

At Your Service: KMOX and Bob Hardy: Pioneers of Talk Radio by Sandra Hardy Chinn
DBC06425

In 1960, KMOX established the first complete information-based format with local, national, and international news, sports coverage and listener call-ins. Bob Hardy's daughter chronicles this ground-breaking radio station journey. 1997.

 

Baseball's First Lady: Helene Hathaway Robinson Britton and the St. Louis Cardinals by Joan Thomas
DBC05370

Cardinals owner M. Stanley Robinson willed his club and ballpark to niece Helene Britton when he died in 1911, making her the first woman owner of a major league baseball club. Operating among baseball magnates of the day, she attended owner's meetings as an equal and took an active role in running her club at a time when society dictated that a lady should not attend a baseball game without a male escort. This biography details her influence on the evolution of the St. Louis Cardinals. 2012.

 

Called to Courage: Four Women in Missouri History by Margot McMillen
DBC05372

Profiles the lives and achievements of four women who played important roles in the history of Missouri, including Native American Ignon Quaconisen, pioneer Olive Boone, African-American Martha Jane Chisley, and businesswoman Nell Donnelly. Missouri Heritage Readers Series. 2002.

 

Chasing Normality: With a Little Help from Family and Friends by Richard Wieler
DBC05385

In this memoir, Dick Weiler tells about being left permanently and almost totally paralyzed by polio at the age of 15. Against all odds, and the expectation of his physician, he finished high school, college and law school. He was able to live independently and was self-supporting, working in the office of the Missouri Attorney General. 2009.

 

Dancing to a Black Man's Tune: A Life of Scott Joplin by Susan Curtis
MDB10090

Relating the life of a significant African-American ragtime composer, a cultural portrait describes his birth to former slaves at a time when Blacks were still being denied civil rights, his musical achievements, and his experiences in white society. 1994.

 

Dear Harry, Love Bess: Bess Truman's Letters to Harry Truman, 1919-1943 by Clifton Truman Daniel
DBC06480

Bess Truman destroyed her half of the more than 2,600 letters she and Harry exchanged during their courtship and marriage. While making an inventory of the Truman home in the 1980s, archivists discover 184 letters Bess had missed. Her grandson Clifton Truman Daniel shares them here, along with portions of Harry's responses, family photographs, and stories. 2011.

 

Dictionary of Missouri Biography, edited by Lawrence Christensen
DBN00023

This important work contains short biographies of more than seven hundred individuals who have contributed in some way to the course of state and national history.  All of the men and women chosen for inclusion in this book were either born in Missouri or through their lives touched the state in a significant way. 1999.

 

Don't Let the Fire Go Out by Jean Carnahan
DBC05378

Jean Carnahan shares how the slogan "Don't Let the Fire Go Out!" helped her confront life's challenges after her husband, son, and longtime friend were killed in a plane crash in 2000. 2004.

 

Down Home Missouri: When Girls Were Scary and Basketball Was King by Joel Vance
DBC05379

Joel Vance describes what it was like to have his life turned upside down after he moved from Chicago to rural Missouri when he was thirteen years old. 2000.

 

Five Stars: Missouri's Most Famous Generals by James F. Muensch
DBC05384

Profiles five U. S. military generals from Missouri: Alexander Doniphan, who served in the Mexican-American War; Sterling Price, who served in the Civil War; Ulysses S. Grant, who also served in the Civil War, and Omar Bradley, who served in WWII. Missouri Heritage Readers Series. 2006.

 

Frontier Swashbuckler by Dick Steward
DBC06100

John Smith T--pioneer, gunfighter, entrepreneur, militia colonel, miner, judge, and folk hero epitomized frontier energy and lust for adventure. He was one of the most notorious characters in Missouri history, but had largely been forgotten by the nineteenth century. 2000.

 

Fugitive Spring by Deborah Diggs
DBC06461

Deborah Diggs recalls growing up in 1950s Jefferson City, Missouri, as the sixth of ten children in a Dutch Reformist family. 1992.

 

I Will Not Leave You Comfortless by Jeremy Jackson
DBC06040

In this memoir, Jeremy Jackson recalls his childhood in rural Missouri. He writes about the year he turns eleven, the year his grandmother dies, his sister goes off to college, and he loses his first love. 2012.

 

If You Were Only White: The Life of LeRoy "Satchel Paige" by Donald Spivey
DBC05388

This incisive and important biography of Satchel Paige--one of the true legends of American sports, who was the heart and soul of Negro League Baseball gives us a vivid picture of "the world's greatest pitcher" and the times that shaped him and were shaped by him. An essential book not only for baseball fans and scholars but for those interested in American Studies and the history of American race relations. 2012.

 

I'll Push, You Steer: The Definitive Guide to Stumbling Through Life with Blinders On by Ronda Del Boccia
MDB11263

Bonnie Test, a cancer survivor, and Rhonda Del Boccia, legally blind, have written a book that contains stories about their struggles (they call them speed bumps) and how they manage to deal with them by maintaining a sense of humor and a positive attitude. 2009.

 

Immigrant Women in the Settlement of Missouri by Robyn Burnett and Ken Luebbring
DBC05389

Focuses on the lives of immigrant women in Missouri from the colonial period, to the Civil War, to industrialization. Draws heavily on the diaries, letters, and memoirs of immigrant women from many social classes and ethnic backgrounds and contains photographs and narratives relating to immigrant life. 2005.

 

The Indomitable Mary Easton Sibley:  Pioneer of Women's Education in Missouri by Kristie Wolferman
DBC05406

When Mary Easton was four, her father was appointed attorney general for the District of Louisiana and the Eastons became one of the first American families to settle in St. Louis. At fifteen, she married George Champlin Sibley, the factor of Fort Osage in Western Missouri, where the young bride lived among the Indians on the edge of the frontier and took up teaching. She then went on to found Lindenwood in St. Charles, the first college for women west of the Mississippi, and she also taught classes for African American and immigrant children. Missouri Heritage Reader series. 2008.

 

Insane Sisters, or, The Price Paid for Challenging a Company Town by Gregg Andrews
DBC01474

Insane Sisters is the extraordinary tale of two sisters, Mary Alice Heinbach and Euphemia B. Koller, and their seventeen-year property dispute against the nation's leading cement corporation, the Atlas Portland Cement Company. 1999.

 

Jane Froman: Missouri's First Lady of Song by Ilene Stone
DBC05390

Jane Froman grew up in Missouri, and earned an associate degree from Columbia College. She became a vocalist for Cincinnati radio station WLW, and in 1934 was voted the top 'girl singer' of the day in a poll of listeners. She traveled with the USO during World War II, and had her own television show from 1952-1955. The author used an unpublished autobiography and other archival sources housed in the Western Historical Manuscript Collection at the University of Missouri in writing this biography. Missouri Heritage Readers Series. 2003.

 

Lilac Lane by Jane Brooks
DBC06066

One day, Jane Brooks' six-year-old granddaughter asked her grandmother, "Grandma, what was it like when you were a little girl?" This book is her answer, describing her childhood on a farm in mid-Missouri in the 1930's. 2014.

 

M. Jeff Thompson: Missouri's Swamp Fox of the Confederacy by Doris Land Mueller
DBC05392

Doris Land Mueller offers an adventurous account of the life of Confederate Army commander Merriwether Jeff Thompson. Thompson's military exploits in the Missouri Bootheel region earned him the nickname of "Swamp Fox" from Union General Ulysses S. Grant, while his writing earned him the nickname "Poet Laureate of the Marshes". Missouri Heritage Readers Series. 2007.

 

Mark and Livy: The Love Story of Mark Twain and the Woman Who Almost Tamed Him by Resa Wills
DBC06519

Olivia Langdon Clemens was the love of Mark Twain's life, the mother of his children, and his editor, critic and trusted adviser. He relied on her judgment on his writing, and in creating his public image. She encouraged him to finish his autobiography even through the last stages of her own illness. 2004.

 

Missouri Legends: Famous People from the Show-Me State by John W. Brown
DBC06485

John Brown has been a Missouri radio personality, reporter and news anchor who says no matter what happens in the world, there is usually someone from Missouri involved. Here, he writes about famous Missourians who were raised, or spent their formative years, in the state. 2008.

 

Morsels of Mischief: Orphan Tales from my Childhood by Tom & Chris McClarren
DBC05395

In the fall of 1945, five-year-old Tommy McClarren was placed in the German St. Vincent Orphan Home in St. Louis, Missouri, where he would live and go to school for the next nine years. This memoir tells how he transformed adversity into one adventure after another. 2008.

 

Outlaw Tales of Missouri: True Stories of the Show Me State's Most Infamous Crooks, Culprits, and Cutthroats by Sean McLachlan
DBC01407                                                       

Missouri never had to settle for average everyday gunmen - not when it had such outlaws as Jesse James and Cole Younger to call its own. Outlaw Tales introduces twelve of the most dramatic events and the most daring and despicable desperados in the history of the Show Me State. 2009.

 

Plenty Ladylike by Claire McCaskill
DBC06465

Missouri's first woman senator recounts her coming-of-age in a political family at a time when women were held back from their ambitions, describing her failed first marriage, her unconventional choices in office and her relationships with fellow politicians. 2015.

 

Ride the Razor's Edge: The Younger Brothers Story by Carl W. Breihan
DBC01427

Using family records, personal letters and interviews with a nephew of the Youngers, the author tells the story of James, John and Bob Younger, who rode in the James Gang with Jesse and Frank. 1992.

 

Starr Tracks: Belle and Pearl Starr by Philip Steel
DBC05401

Belle Starr, known as the "Bandit Queen" of the old West, was a proud and hot-tempered woman who wore six-guns over her velvet skirts and associated with the Younger brothers. Her daughter Pearl operated bordellos in Arkansas. The author looks behind the myths to reconstruct the true story of these two colorful characters, guided by recently discovered papers and family histories. 1989.

 

The Tide Always Comes Back, and Other Irrefutable Truths and Assurances by Jean Carnahan
DBC05410

Jean Carnahan served in the U. S. Senate from 2001-2002. She agreed to serve after her husband, Missouri Governor Mel Carnahan was elected posthumously after being killed in a plane crash along with his son and a close personal friend. In this inspirational memoir Carnahan writes about family, politics, history, and change with wit and insight. 2009.

 

Wrestling With Life: The Wisdom and Wit of a Woman Wrestler by Geraldean McMillin
DBC05431

Story of Maudie (Mae) Wiseman, and her quest in the mid-1900s to find happiness through life at the circus and wrestling. Written by her granddaughter. 1999.

 

 

CHRISTIAN FICTION

Abby Finds Her Calling by Naomi King
DBC06096

Secretly pining away for her little sister's fiancé James, Amish seamstress Abby Lambright tries to hold her family together when James is left at the altar and a number of shocking secrets bring shame to the Lambrights. 2012.

 

Amanda Weds a Good Man by Naomi King
DBC06445

The Amish community of Cedar Creek is celebrating a wedding. When Amanda Lambright, widowed with three daughters, marries Wyman Brubaker, a widower with five children, she envisions joining their two households into one big happy family. 2013.

 

Angels of Mercy series by Charlotte Hubbard
MDB10200

Entire series of four titles on one cartridge: 'A Patchwork Family', 'Journey to Love', 'Angel's Embrace', and 'Gabriel's Lady', or order each book individually.

 

A Patchwork Family by Charlotte Hubbard
DBC06046

Living on the Kansas plains, Mercy Malloy's family endures Indian attacks, a runaway daughter, and an abandoned baby. Through it all, Mercy's faith holds her family together, creating a patchwork of strength and beauty. Angels of Mercy series, book 1. 2005.

 

Journey to Love by Charlotte Hubbard
DBC06049

This second book in the Angels of Mercy series is a tender, touching story of love and family and one girl's search for both. Christine Bristol's inspirational tale will move you as she tries to reunite her "real" family and explore the possibility of love with a former admirer. Angel of Mercy series, book 2. 2006.

 

Angel's Embrace by Charlotte Hubbard
DBC06047

In Angel's Embrace, Billy, who was abandoned by his Mother in 'A Patchwork Family' after his Father and twin brother were killed, learns his brother was not killed, but became a renegade. Billy returns to Missouri to reclaim the family farm and deal with his brother.  Angel of Mercy series, book 3. 2007.

 

Gabriel's Lady by Charlotte Hubbard
DBC06048

Twice Gabriel convinced himself that Solace Monroe was too young for him, and eventually marries someone else. After he looses his wife in childbirth, and  Solace is accused of murder, he decides he must defend her. Can he prove that she has been framed? Angels of Mercy series, book 4. 2008.

 

The Bridge by Stan Crader
DBC05403

Tommy Thompson is 12 in the summer of 1967, living in a small town in rural America. All he wants in life is a Honda motorbike. Tommy begins a summer-long quest for the Honda and his love, Wendy. Over the summer Tommy helps his best friend, Booger, cope with family tragedy. He is terrorized by Clyde Goodpasture, the biggest bully in the sixth grade, and the town of Colby is shaken by news that its shoe factory will close. 2007.

 

Finders Keepers Series by Catherine Palmer
MDB1001

Contains both books in this 2-book series on one cartridge. 'Finder's Keepers' and 'Hide and Seek', or order each book individually.

 

Finders Keepers by Catherine Palmer
DBC05382

Determined to provide a secure home for her adopted son, Nokolai, Elizabeth Hayes sets her sights on a lovely Victorian house in Ambleside, Missouri, for her thriving antiques business. Zachary Chalmers, who is shocked to inherit the Chalmers mansion from his aunt, plans to clear the site for his architectural firm. Even as they clash over the fate of Chalmers House, Elizabeth and Zachary discover dreams of a shared future. Finders Keepers series, book 1. 1999.

 

Hide & Seek by Catherine Palmer
DBC05387

Darcy Damyon seeks a new beginning in Ambleside, MO, far from the scandal of her past. Widower Luke Easton just wants to make a home for his daughter, but when he hires Darcy, he is forced to face the empty spaces in his life.  Finders Keepers series, book 2. 2001.

 

Rosemary Opens Her Heart by Naomi King
DBC06435

While caring for her Amish in-laws, Rosemary Yutzy's father-in-law wants to merge his business with Matt Lambright's--which will require the Yutzys to relocate to Cedar Creek, Missouri, and bring widowed Rosemary into constant contact with Matt, who makes no secret of his romantic interest in her. Home at Cedar Creed series, book 2. 2012

 

Seasons of the Heart Series by Charlotte Hubbard

 

Summer of Secrets by Charlotte Hubbard
DBC06067

Rachel Lantz is looking forward to a whole new season in her life - marriage to strapping carpenter Micah Brenneman, her childhood sweetheart. But when a stranger arrives claiming to be her long-lost sister, Rachel and Micah learn that God's plan will lead them back to each other. Seasons of the Heart, book 1. 2012.

 

Autumn Winds by Charlotte Hubbard
DBC06470

The leaves are falling and there's a chill in the air in Willow Ridge, a quaint Amish town where love, loyalty and faith in the Old Ways are about to be put to the test. Seasons of the Heart, book 2. 2012.

 

Treasures of the Heart Series by Catherine Palmer
MDB10022

Entire series of four titles on one cartridge. Includes 'A Kiss of Adventure',  'A Whisper of Danger', 'A Touch of Betrayal' and 'Sunrise Song, or order each book individually.

 

A Kiss of Adventure by Catherine Palmer
DBC06070

A Kiss of Adventure Tillie, who lives in Kenya, is betrothed to a businesslike man, Arthur. She is bored with her monotonous life. Suddenly she is into an adventure, almost gets kidnapped, and is thrust into a strange partnership with the handsome Graeme. Mystery, romance and suspense deep in the jungles of Africa. Treasures of the Heart series, book 1. 2000.

 

A Whisper of Danger by Catherine Palmer
DBC06072

Jessica Thornton is ready for a fresh start for herself and her irrepressible son, Splinter. An unexpected, unusual inheritance-- a remote island mansion-- seems like the opportunity of a lifetime. But when she arrives, she stumbles into a dangerous web of deception, greed and murder. Treasures of the Heart series, book 2. 2003.

 

A Touch of Betrayal by Catherine Palmer
DBC06071

Fashion designer Alexandra Prescott fully expects her latest business trip to be an adventure. After all, she is looking for inspiration for a line of exotic fabrics. But her well-ordered plans are shattered by news of financial disaster and an attempt on her life! She is forced to turn for help to Grant Thornton, an infuriatingly independent anthropologist whom she has met under suspicious circumstances. Treasures of the Heart series, book 3. 2004.

 

Sunrise Song by Catherine Palmer
DBC06073

Dr. Fiona Thornton is completely content with her isolated life studying elephants in the wilds of Kenya's Rift Valley...until Rogan McCullough lands his plane at her campsite and disrupts her entire world. Now Fiona has a high-powered businessman on her hands and no use for him, his money, or his plan to exploit her beloved elephants. But when poachers threaten Fiona's herd, she and Rogan find themselves working together against all odds. As their hearts join together, they each face a terrible choice... Treasures of the Heart Series, book 4. 2005.

 

 

CRIME, FICTION

A Bad Day for Sorry by Sophie Littlefield
DBC01435

Stella Hardesty, having gotten rid of her abusive husband with a wrench shortly before her fiftieth birthday, finds herself much in demand from other wives in her rural Missouri community who want their spouses to shape up, but she gets in over her head when young mother Chrissy Shaw enlists her help with her no-good husband Roy Dean, only to have him disappear with the Shaw's two-year-old son, Tucker. 2009.

 

Dahlia's Gone by Katie Estill
DBC01432

Horrified when the daughter of fundamentalist neighbors is brutally murdered while in her care, Sand Williams forges a tenacious but healing relationship with the girl's mother and a woman sheriff who investigates the case. Some descriptions of sex, some strong language, and some violence. 2007.

 

The Death of Sweet Mister by Daniel Woodrell
DBC05684

Shug and his mother Glenda live in a shack on the grounds of the cemetery they maintain. Here they are plagued by the abusive Red. Red may or may not be Shug's biological father. Shug's world is full of dysfunction. He has been exposed to drug and alcohol abuse, hardened criminality, illicit sexual behavior and all manner of wickedness. But he doesn't know any better. And in the course of this novel, things go from bad to worse.  Violence, strong language, Sexually explicit. 2001.

 

Evening News by Marly A. Swick
DBC06454

After nine-year-old Teddy accidentally shoots his two-year-old half-sister while playing with a gun, Teddy's stepfather finds himself unable to forgive him and even Teddy's mother begins to wonder why she cannot love her son unconditionally. 1999.

 

The Ones You Do by Daniel Woodrell
DBC01408

On the lam with his second wife and $47,000 of Lunch Pumphrey's ill-gotten gains, former pool shark John X. Shade flees to the steamy bayou town of St. Bruno and to the wife and kids he abandoned years before. Violence, strong language, sexually explicit. 1992.

 

The Outlaw Album by Daniel Woodrell
DBC05408

A collection of twelve short stories by Daniel Woodrell featuring characters motivated by desperation into criminal behavior. Sexually explicit, strong language, violence. 2011.

 

 

HISTORY

Across Our Wide Missouri, Volume I: January through June by Bob Priddy
DBC05367

"On this date in Missouri history" something interesting happened. For more than twenty years, Bob Priddy has been telling us what that something was in a radio series. Now he has published these true stories of Missouri men and women; stories of outlaws and lawyers, sports figures and politicians, cities and small towns, colleges and prisons and more! 1982.

 

Across Our Wide Missouri, Volume II: June through December by Bob Priddy
DBC06042

Published version of a radio series in which broadcaster Bob Priddy tells about a day in Missouri history. 1984.

 

At Your Service: KMOX and Bob Hardy: Pioneers of Talk Radio by Sandra Hardy Chinn
DBC06425

In 1960, KMOX established the first complete information-based format with local, national, and international news, sports coverage and listener call-ins. Bob Hardy's daughter chronicles this ground-breaking radio station journey. 1997.

 

The Battle of Westport: Missouri's Great Confederate Raid by Paul Kirkman
DBC01434

On October 23, 1864, a confederate cavalry led by Major General Sterling Price clashed with Union forces just south of Kansas City, Missouri, near the town of Westport. It was the largest battle of the Civil War west of the Mississippi. 2011.

 

The Dead End Kids of St. Louis: Homeless Boys and the People Who Tried to Save Them by Bonnie Stepenoff
DBC01473

A historical study of the "lost" boys and young men who eked out a living on the streets of St. Louis from the late nineteenth century to the mid twentieth century. 2010.

 

Dear Harry, Love Bess: Bess Truman's Letters to Harry Truman, 1919-1943 by Clifton Truman Daniel
DBC06480

Bess Truman destroyed her half of the more than 2,600 letters she and Harry exchanged during their courtship and marriage. While making an inventory of the Truman home in the 1980s, archivists discover 184 letters Bess had missed. Her grandson Clifton Truman Daniel shares them here, along with portions of Harry's responses, family photographs, and stories. 2011.

 

Five Stars: Missouri's Most Famous Generals by James F. Muensch
DBC05384

Profiles five U. S. military generals from Missouri: Alexander Doniphan, who served in the Mexican-American War; Sterling Price, who served in the Civil War; Ulysses S. Grant, who also served in the Civil War, and Omar Bradley, who served in WWII. Missouri Heritage Readers Series. 2006.

 

Immigrant Women in the Settlement of Missouri by Robyn Burnett and Ken Luebbring
DBC05389

Focuses on the lives of immigrant women in Missouri from the colonial period, to the Civil War, to industrialization. Draws heavily on the diaries, letters, and memoirs of immigrant women from many social classes and ethnic backgrounds and contains photographs and narratives relating to immigrant life. 2005.

 

"Indescribably Grand": Diaries and Letters from the 1904 World's Fair by Martha R. Clevenger
DBC06443

In 1904, over 12 million people flocked to St. Louis to take part in that year's World Fair. In this book, readers will learn exactly what was on the minds of Fair visitors in the words of the visitors themselves. 1996.

 

The Indomitable Mary Easton Sibley:  Pioneer of Women's Education in Missouri by Kristie Wolferman
DBC05406

When Mary Easton was four, her father was appointed attorney general for the District of Louisiana and the Eastons became one of the first American families to settle in St. Louis. At fifteen, she married George Champlin Sibley, the factor of Fort Osage in Western Missouri, where the young bride lived among the Indians on the edge of the frontier and took up teaching. She then went on to found Lindenwood in St. Charles, the first college for women west of the Mississippi, and she also taught classes for African American and immigrant children. Missouri Heritage Reader series. 2008.

 

Insane Sisters, or, The Price Paid for Challenging a Company Town by Gregg Andrews
DBC01474

Insane Sisters is the extraordinary tale of two sisters, Mary Alice Heinbach and Euphemia B. Koller, and their seventeen-year property dispute against the nation's leading cement corporation, the Atlas Portland Cement Company. 1999.

 

Lilac Lane by Jane Brooks
DBC06066

One day, Jane Brooks' six-year-old granddaughter asked her grandmother, "Grandma, what was it like when you were a little girl?" This book is her answer, describing her childhood on a farm in mid-Missouri in the 1930's. 2014.

 

M. Jeff Thompson: Missouri's Swamp Fox of the Confederacy by Doris Land Mueller
DBC05392

Doris Land Mueller offers an adventurous account of the life of Confederate Army commander Merriwether Jeff Thompson. Thompson's military exploits in the Missouri Bootheel region earned him the nickname of "Swamp Fox" from Union General Ulysses S. Grant, while his writing earned him the nickname "Poet Laureate of the Marshes". Missouri Heritage Readers Series. 2007.

 

The Missouri State Penitentiary: 170 Years Inside the Walls by Jamie Pamela Rasmussen
DBC01478

This brief history of the Missouri State Penitentiary focuses on the stories of inmates and the struggle of prison officials to provide opportunities for reform while keeping costs down. 2012.

 

My Folks' Depression Days by Michelle R. Webb
DBC05396

"Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without" was the rallying cry of the Great Depression. In this moving collection of true stories of people who lived through it, it's apparent that they survived by pulling together, not just as families, but as communities.  Through cash and food shortages, drought, dust storms and hard times, they stayed afloat in desperate times by helping one another. 1993.

 

Ride the Razor's Edge: The Younger Brothers Story by Carl W. Breihan
DBC01427

Using family records, personal letters and interviews with a nephew of the Youngers, the author tells the story of James, John and Bob Younger, who rode in the James Gang with Jesse and Frank. 1992.

 

Starr Tracks: Belle and Pearl Starr by Philip Steel
DBC05401

Belle Starr, known as the "Bandit Queen" of the old West, was a proud and hot-tempered woman who wore six-guns over her velvet skirts and associated with the Younger brothers. Her daughter Pearl operated bordellos in Arkansas. The author looks behind the myths to reconstruct the true story of these two colorful characters, guided by recently discovered papers and family histories. 1989.

 

 

HUMOR

Down Home Missouri: When Girls Were Scary and Basketball Was King by Joel Vance
DBC05379

Joel Vance describes what it was like to have his life turned upside down after he moved from Chicago to rural Missouri when he was thirteen years old. 2000.

 

The Exploding Elephant by Joel M. Vance
DBC06462

Teenager Bobby follows his uncle's yellow lab around the small resort town of Birch Lake, Wisconsin to see where he goes and what he does. Then he continues to have adventures and misadventures involving his many relatives, town characters, and even a few strangers. Some violence and strong language. 2016.

 

I'll Push, You Steer: The Definitive Guide to Stumbling Through Life with Blinders On by Ronda Del Boccia
MDB11263

Bonnie Test, a cancer survivor, and Rhonda Del Boccia, legally blind, have written a book that contains stories about their struggles (they call them speed bumps) and how they manage to deal with them by maintaining a sense of humor and a positive attitude. 2009.

 

A Little Help from My Friends...and Other Hilarious Tales of Graying Graciously by Jean Carnahan
DBC05366

The former First Lady of Missouri, and U. S. Senator, with the help of two imaginary friends, shares her insights about aging gracefully in humorous anecdotes and observations about life. As she says, "Because Laughing at Life Never Gets Old".

 

White Trash River Boys: Casting About for the Meaning of Life by Red J. Fischer
DBC06097

Fred J. Fischer and five of his closest friends take an annual float trip on a Missouri stream. This is a collection of stories about their adventures floating and camping; their friendship and enjoyment of spending time together in the outdoors. 2010.

 

 

MISSOURI MISCELLANY

Amazing St. Louis: 250 Years of Great Tales and Curiosities by Sophie Littlefield
DBC06431

Rock and roll, the cocktail party and the musical Cats all had their roots in the Gateway City.   The Missouri School for the Blind in St. Louis was the first in the nation to adopt Braille. Hundreds of almost unknown facts about the people and events of St. Louis are to be found in this book. 2013.

 

Bitsy's Bait & BBQ by Pamela Morsi
DBC05369

After her divorce, Katy moves with her son and her sister to Warbler Lake, Missouri, where the two women buy a bait and barbeque shop and surprise themselves when they get the business running, but Katy's ex-husband poses a problem to their new life when he questions their custody arrangements. 2007.

 

A Good American by Alex George
DBC01391

In 1904, Frederick and Jette flee Germany for America to escape her disapproving mother. By chance, they find themselves in the small town of Beatrice, Missouri, not speaking a word of English. Poignant, funny, and heartbreaking, A Good American is a novel about being an outsider-in your country, in your hometown, and sometimes even in your own family. Some strong language, some violence, some descriptions of sex. 2012.

 

Hiking Missouri by Kevin M. Lohraff
DBC06512

Hiking Missouri will help people enjoy and understand outdoor Missouri. It features many of Missouri's most interesting trails, with up-to-date firsthand information that will be helpful both in planning a hike and in doing one. From the Ozarks to Kansas City, and all trails in between, experience the spectacular beauty of the Show Me state. 2009.

 

Missouri Conservationist 
MDB95000

Monthly publication of the Missouri Department of Conservation, covering such topics as fishing, hunting and conservation. Beginning with January, 2012, available on audio cartridge or for download. To receive recorded cartridges through the mail, please call a reader advisor to subscribe to this publication. 2012.

 

The Moonflower Vine by Jetta Carlton
DBC05393

Chronicles the lives of Matthew and Callie Soames, their four daughters, sons-in-law, and grandchildren. It tells of a Midwestern family growing old and of their children who left, but found their way back. Despite their troubles, they share a silent recognition that they like each other better than they like anyone else. 1984.

 

My Folks' Depression Days by Michelle R. Webb
DBC05396

 

"Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without" was the rallying cry of the Great Depression. In this moving collection of true stories of people who lived through it, it's apparent that they survived by pulling together, not just as families, but as communities.  Through cash and food shortages, drought, dust storms and hard times, they stayed afloat in desperate times by helping one another. 1993.

 

Ozark Tales and Superstitions by Phillip W. Steele
DBC06427

Twenty-six stories that attempt to preserve the rich folk lore indigenous to the Ozark region. 1983.

 

Paperboy by Stan Crader
DBC05459

Paperboy tells the story as only an afternoon paperboy in rural America in the sixties can. Thousands of readers identified with the unique characters of Colby while reading The Bridge. They grew to love Tommy and the band of boys, were entertained by their childish pranks, and touched by their generosity. 2010.

 

Singing Over Me: A Joplin Tornado Survivor's Story by Danielle C. Stammer
DBC06474

Danielle Stammer recounts her family's experience during the 2011 tornado that hit Joplin, Missouri. They took shelter at St. John's Hospital, which turned out to be in the direct path of the storm. 2012.

 

South of Haunted Dreams by Eddy Harris
DBC06471

The author reflects on the emotions he experienced and lessons he learned about the legacy of slavery and the attitudes of modern-day southerners while traveling on a motorcycle through the American South. 1997.

 

Stories from the Heart: Missouri's African American Heritage by Gladys Caines
DBC06521

Gladys Coggswell has gathered stories and traditional tales about all walks of African American life in Missouri, from Hannibal to St. Louis, from the Bootheel west to Kansas City. These stories have been passed down from grandparents and great-grandparents. 2015.

 

Woe to Live On by Daniel Woodrell
DBC05412

Jake Roedel is in his mid-teens when he joins the First Kansas Irregulars in 1861. During the next few years he sees, and commits, more than his share of Civil War atrocities. Most of the action takes place in Kansas and Missouri between the rebel Irregulars (bushwhackers) and the Union Jayhawkers, with some civilians caught in the crossfire. Strong language, violence. 2014.

 

 

MYSTERY

Accessory to Murder by Elaine Viets
DBC06473

Mystery shopper Josie Marcus goes undercover to discover the identity of the person who killed a silk scarf designer in the mall parking lot and hopefully clear her friend's husband who has been accused of the crime. Contains some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2007.

 

Bad Medicine by Eileen Dreyer
DBC06463

A surge in suicide deaths among local lawyers alarms trauma nurse and death investigator Molly Burke, and she quickly learns that some very powerful people are trying to keep her quiet and that she cannot trust her friends.  Contains some descriptions of sex, some strong language, and violence. 1995.

 

Bootheel Man by Morley Swingle
DBC05371

When Allison Culbertson takes the case of Joey Red Horse, an Osage Indian charged with stealing a sacred artifact from the Heartland Mound Builder Museum, she finds herself in the middle of a courtroom battle pitting contemporary American Indians against a private museum over legal rights to the bones of 'Bootheel Man,' a Native American who lived, fought, and loved Cahokia and Southeast Missouri in the year 1050. A contemporary murder mystery and legal thriller in a suspenseful story combining history, law, and fiction. 2007.

 

Bretta Solomon Mysteries by Janis Harrison
MDB10021

This cartridge contains the first 6 books in the Bretta Solomon Mysteries series, or order each title individually.

 

Roots of Murder by Janis Harrison
DBC06065

When Isaac Miller, a quiet Amish farmer, is found dead, his brother asks Bretta Solomon, River City, MO florist, to intervene in the investigation. She enters the world of the devout, isolated Amish, their not-always-so-understanding neighbors, and a thorny patch of deals between flower growers and purveyors. Bretta Solomon series, book 1. 1999.

 

Murder Sets Seed by Janis Harrison
DBC06063

Soon after buying and partially restoring historic Beauchamp Mansion in River City, Mo., florist Bretta Solomon finds herself back for more horticultural sleuthing when the former owner is murdered and Bretta finds herself the chief suspect. Bretta Solomon series, book 2. 2000.

 

Lilies That Fester
DBC06062

Coordinator of a floral design contest at the first Show-Me Floral Designers' Competition and Conference in Branson, MO, newly svelte Bretta Solomon finds herself involved in yet another mystery. A couple who asks her to investigate their daughter's murder end up dead themselves, and it is up to Bretta to find the killer. Bretta Solomon series, book 3. 2001.

 

A Deadly Bouquet
DBC06060

Florist Bretta Solomon finds herself looking into the suspicious deaths of a landscaper and a hair stylist shortly before an extravagant wedding in River City, Mo., all while contending with the obnoxious bride's mother, the arrival of her long estranged father, an elusive but attractive new neighbor, and various problems at work. Bretta Solomon series, book 4. 2002.

 

Reap a Wicked Harvest
DBC06064

In River City, Missouri, the "wedding of the year" is causing florist Bretta Solomon one headache after another. But just when she thinks things can't get any worse, two wedding workers die suspiciously on the same day, and Bretta can't help but think there's something more sinister in the air than love and marriage. Bretta Solomon series, book 5. 2004.

 

Bindweed
DBC06061

Everyone in town helps florist Bretta Solomon make sure her helper Toby, a slow-witted man left on his own since his mother died, is doing okay. But Toby is killed by a swarm of bees deliberately planted in his home, and Bretta is determined to find his killer. Bretta Solomon series, book 6. 2005.

 

Dead-End Job Mysteries Series by Elaine Viets
MDB10023

This cartridge contains the first 9 books in the Dead-End Job Mysteries series.

 

Shop Till You Drop by Elaine Viets
DBC06059

Helen Hawthorne, on the run from her ex-husband and the St. Louis courts, takes a job in a high-end boutique in Fort Lauderdale that is willing to pay her cash, but her attempt to keep her name off the books is put at risk when her boss—a drug dealing embezzler--is found murdered, and Helen is nabbed as the prime suspect in the killing. Dead-End Job Mysteries series, book 1. 2003.

 

Murder Between the Covers by Elaine Viets
DBC06055

Helen takes a job in a bookstore. Life seems to be settling into a routine. She has a cozy home, an interesting job, a boyfriend, and friends at her apartment complex. That all changes when her apartment is swarmed by termites, her boss is murdered, her boyfriend turns into a jerk, and her good friend is arrested. Dead-End Job Mysteries series, book 2. 2003.

 

Dying to Call You by Elaine Viets
DBC06051

While making the best of her new telemarketing job, Helen Hawthorne thinks she hears a murder on the other end of the line-and must avoid a close call with a killer. Strong language, descriptions of sex. Dead-End Job Mysteries series, book 3. 2004.

 

Just Murdered by Elaine Viets
DBC06053

Helen takes a job at an upscale bridal salon and when a rich, obnoxious mother-of-the-bride is killed, Helen's fingerprints are found on the murder weapon--a wedding dress. Strong language, descriptions of sex. Dead-End Job Mysteries series, book 4. 2005.

 

Murder Unleashed by Elaine Viets
DBC06056

Helen Hawthorne has no choice but to take on a series of dead-end jobs to make ends meet. Unfortunately, they're exposing her to a lot of people who end up dead. Her latest gig at the Pampered Pet Boutique isn't proving to be a warm and furry exception-and now she's got a murder to solve and a kidnapped pup to find, all before a Category 3 hurricane hits. Dead-End Job Mysteries series, book 5. 2006.

 

Murder With Reservations by Elaine Viets
DBC06057

Working at Sybil's Full Moon Hotel in Fort Lauderdale is keeping Helen Hawthorne both financially and physically fit. But when a maid turns up dead in a Dumpster, no one feels safe, especially not Helen. To make matters worse, her philandering ex just checked into the very hotel where she works. The cops don't seem to care much about a murdered maid, but they have noticed there's something shady about Helen. And if she doesn't manage to dodge their questions and shake off her ex, it could be checkout time.  Dead-End Job Mysteries series, book 6. 2007.

 

Clubbed to Death by Elaine Viets
DBC06050

After taking a job in the complaint department at the Superior Club, Helen Hawthorne encounters her deadbeat ex-husband, who arrives on the private yacht owned by his new girlfriend, and when he goes missing Helen becomes the prime suspect. Strong language. Some descriptions of sex. Dead-End Job Mysteries series, book 7. 2008.

 

Killer Cuts by Elaine Viets
DBC06054

Helen Hawthorne, working in Miguel Angel's exclusive Fort Lauderdale hair salon, gets involved in trying to find a killer when Miguel becomes a suspect in the murder of one of the salon's clients.  Dead-End Job Mysteries series, book 8. 2009.

 

Half-Price Homicide by Elaine Viets
DBC06052

Chrissy Martlet, a wealthy developer's trophy wife, is found dead in the dressing room of a high-end designer consignment shop, and Helen, part owner of the shop ends up being high on the police suspect list. Dead-End Job Mysteries series, book 9. 2010.

 

Pumped for Murder by Elaine Viets
DBC06058

Helen Hawthorne and her new hubby Phil have opened their own P.I. agency and their very first client is Shelby, who thinks her husband is developing a killer body for another woman. Dead-End Job Mysteries series, book 10. 2011.

 

Fiddler's Ghost by Mitch Jaynes
DBC05381

In 1951 Steve Clark accepts a teaching job in a one-room school moves with his pregnant wife Lacey to the colorful Missouri Ozarks. They move into an ideal house, but are forewarned by the locals that the last folks lived there claimed it 'weren't natural'... Steve and Lacey encounter their unnatural inhabitant and attempt to unravel the mystery of the fiddler's ghost. 2007.

 

Hannah Garvey Series by Suzann Ledbetter

 

East of Peculiar by Suzann Ledbetter
DBC05753 

Kissing her high-pressure advertising executive job in Chicago goodbye, Hannah Garvey says hello to Valhalla Springs, a retirement community in the Missouri Ozarks. Thinking she's found a place to rest and recoup, Hannah instead finds herself in the deep-end of a murder with an unlikely victim, and way over her head with the handsome local sheriff!  Hannah Garvey Mystery, book 1. 2000.

 

South of Sanity by Suzann Ledbetter
DBC05755 

This sequel to East of Peculiar (MDB 10060) features the same cast of characters, including the spunky band of senior citizens from Valhalla Springs retirement community. Hannah Garvey, our resident sleuth, gets caught up in yet another mystery when the restaurant dishwasher opens fire during a going-away party. And, a marriage proposal from Sheriff David Hendrickson completely flummoxes her. Hannah Garvey series, book 2. 2001.

 

North of Clever by Suzann Ledbetter
DBC05754

Hannah Garvey, manager of the Valhalla Springs Retirement Community, and her gang of geriatric gumshoes join Sheriff David Hendrickson, Hannah's slightly younger romantic interest, for a third lively romp that picks up the week after readers leave South of Sanity (DBC05755), the second installment in Ledbetter's madcap series. Hannah Garvey series, book 3. 2001.

 

West of Bliss by Suzann Ledbetter
DBC05718

This fourth installment in the popular series featuring Hannah Garvey, manager of a retirement community and occasional sleuth, finds Hannah dealing with a marriage proposal from sexy lawman David Hendrickson and a disgruntled restaurant dishwasher who opens fire during a going-away party. Some violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Hannah Garvey series, book 4. 2002.

 

Halfway to Half Way by Suzann Ledbetter
DBC05695

When one of Sanity, Missouri's most esteemed citizens is murdered, Hannah Garvey, the manager of an exclusive retirement community, is driven nuts by Delbert Bisbee and his gang of senior sleuths who keep sticking their noses where they don't belong. Hannah Garvey series, book 5. 2007.

 

Head Games by Eileen Dreyer
DBC01438

Years after trying to save a boy through her work as a trauma nurse, Molly Burke wonders why he is trying to get her attention now that he has reached adulthood, a situation that is complicated by her care for her troubled teenage nephew. Some violence and some strong language. 2004.

 

Josie Marcus Series by Elaine Viets

 

Dying in Style: Josie Marcus, Mystery Shopper by Elaine Viets
DBC01424

Hired to inspect the stores of designer Denessa Celedine anonymously, mystery shopper Josie Marcus's less than stellar report is the least of the designer's problems, after she is found strangled with one of her own expensive snakeskin belts. Some strong language and descriptions of sex. Josie Marcus series, book 1. 2005.

 

High Heels are Murder by Elaine Viets
DBC01425

Josie Marcus has been hired to mystery-shop a shoe store, but one step leads to another and Josie finds herself in St. Louis's seedy underbelly. Caught up in a web of crime, Josie hopes against hope that she won't end up murdered in Manolos. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. Josie Marcus series, book 2. 2006.

 

Rachel Gold Mystery Series by Michael Kahn

 

The Canaan Legacy by Michael Kahn
DBC05373

The senior partner in one of Chicago's prestigious law firms is DOA, and Rachael Gold, a smart and savvy young lawyer is retained to investigate his death. Rachel Gold series, book 1. 1988.

 

Firm Ambitions by Michael Kahn
DBC05383

Defending her friend in the murder charge of a man with whom she had been having an affair, attorney Rachel Gold uncovers clues that indicate that the murdered man had been carrying on with many women, as well as someone very powerful and equally desperate. Violence, strong language, and explicit descriptions of sex. Rachel Gold series, book 3. 1994.

 

Sheer Gall by Michael Kahn
DBC05394

In the midst of a lawsuit, attorney Rachel Gold's client turns up dead, leading Rachel to team up with another lawyer to uncover a variety of suspects, including a topless dancer, a crooked female cop, and a slaughterhouse manager. Some violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Rachel Gold series, book 4. 1996.

 

 

Due Diligence by Michael Kahn
DBC05380

 

St. Louis attorney Rachel Gold is falling in love with Rabbi David Marcus. A member of his synagogue is murdered on his way to an appointment with her. She discovers that he was negotiating the merger of a small pharmaceutical firm with a larger conglomerate. Then Marcus is also murdered, seemingly a victim of an anti-Semitic hate group. Rachel is determined to solve both murders. Some violence and some strong language. Sexually explicit. Rachel Gold series, book 5. 1995.

Bearing Witness by Michael Kahn
DBC06449

Rachel Gold, a St. Louis attorney, doesn't think much of her client's chances for succeeding in an age-discrimination suit against one of the city's biggest engineering firms. But Rachel soon uncovers a conspiracy that's more than an illegal bidding scam and much older than she is. Strong language, violence, explicit descriptions of sex. Rachel Gold series, book 6. 2000.

 

Scared Blind by Danny Sisco
DBC05398

Randy Franklin, a 35-year-old blind newspaper columnist, tries to find logic for everything. After working and saving, he has finally purchased his dream home. He is unaware that there are residents already residing in his humble abode. But who, or what, is in this house? Doors slam. Furniture moves. Pictures fall off walls. Should he be scared? Unexplained events, and unusual interviews, unlocked the town’s mysterious history. 2009.

 

 

ROMANCE

 

Abby Finds Her Calling by Naomi King
DBC06096

Secretly pining away for her little sister's fiance James, Amish seamstress Abby Lambright tries to hold her family together when James is left at the altar and a number of shocking secrets bring shame to the Lambrights. 2012.

 

Amanda Weds a Good Man by Naomi King
DBC06445

The Amish community of Cedar Creek is celebrating a wedding. When Amanda Lambright, widowed with three daughters, marries Wyman Brubaker, a widower with five children, she envisions joining their two households into one big happy family. 2013.

 

Angels of Mercy series by Charlotte Hubbard
MDB10200

Entire series of four titles on one cartridge: 'A Patchwork Family', 'Journey to Love', 'Angel's Embrace', and 'Gabriel's Lady', or order each book individually.

 

A Patchwork Family by Charlotte Hubbard
DBC06046

Living on the Kansas plains, Mercy Malloy's family endures Indian attacks, a runaway daughter, and an abandoned baby. Through it all, Mercy's faith holds her family together, creating a patchwork of strength and beauty. Angels of Mercy series, book 1. 2005.

 

Journey to Love by Charlotte Hubbard
DBC06049

This second book in the Angels of Mercy series is a tender, touching story of love and family and one girl's search for both. Christine Bristol's inspirational tale will move you as she tries to reunite her "real" family and explore the possibility of love with a former admirer. Angel of Mercy series, book 2. 2006.

 

Angel's Embrace by Charlotte Hubbard
DBC06047

In Angel's Embrace, Billy, who was abandoned by his Mother in 'A Patchwork Family' after his Father and twin brother were killed, learns his brother was not killed, but became a renegade. Billy returns to Missouri to reclaim the family farm and deal with his brother.  Angel of Mercy series, book 3. 2007.

 

Gabriel's Lady by Charlotte Hubbard
DBC06048

Twice Gabriel convinced himself that Solace Monroe was too young for him, and eventually marries someone else. After he looses his wife in childbirth, and  Solace is accused of murder, he decides he must defend her. Can he prove that she has been framed? Angels of Mercy series, book 4. 2008.

 

Colorado Captive by Charlotte Hubbard
DBC05374

Eighteen-year-old Emily Burnham comes to the rough and tumble mining town of Cripple Creek determined to catch her father's killer. She meets devastatingly handsome Matt McClanahan, falls in love, and together they run down the murderer. Strong language, sexually explicit. Violence. 1991.

 

Colorado Moonfire by Charlotte Hubbard
DBC05376

Fleeing to the United States, Irish-born beauty Lyla O'Riley takes a job as a housekeeper at the Golden Rose saloon in Cripple Creek, Colorado, but her vow to fall for no man is soon broken by the embrace of Marshal Barry Thompson, who was enjoying his best friend's wedding celebration at the Golden Rose when he fell for a honey-haired minx with periwinkle eyes. Sexually explicit. Strong language. Violence. 1992.

 

Difficult Decision: Connecticut by Janet Dailey
DBC05377

Until the day of her job interview, when his totally emotionless eyes fastened on her, Deborah hadn't believed anyone could be as cold and hard as Zane Wilding.  He was the most demanding boss she?d ever had, and was also ruthless in his personal life.  His good looks didn't make up for the inhuman iciness with which he treated even his wife.  But by the time Deborah learned the real facts behind Zane's behavior, it was already too late to stop her headlong plunge into love. Americana series. 1980.

 

Finders Keepers Series by Catherine Palmer
MDB1001

Contains both books in this 2-book series on one cartridge. 'Finder's Keepers' and 'Hide and Seek', or order each book individually.

 

Finders Keepers by Catherine Palmer
DBC05382

Determined to provide a secure home for her adopted son, Nokolai, Elizabeth Hayes sets her sights on a lovely Victorian house in Ambleside, Missouri, for her thriving antiques business. Zachary Chalmers, who is shocked to inherit the Chalmers mansion from his aunt, plans to clear the site for his architectural firm. Even as they clash over the fate of Chalmers House, Elizabeth and Zachary discover dreams of a shared future. Finders Keepers series, book 1. 1999.

 

Hide & Seek by Catherine Palmer
DBC05387

Darcy Damyon seeks a new beginning in Ambleside, MO, far from the scandal of her past. Widower Luke Easton just wants to make a home for his daughter, but when he hires Darcy, he is forced to face the empty spaces in his life.  Finders Keepers series, book 2. 2001.

 

Hannah Garvey Series by Suzann Ledbetter

 

East of Peculiar by Suzann Ledbetter
DBC05753 

Kissing her high-pressure advertising executive job in Chicago goodbye, Hannah Garvey says hello to Valhalla Springs, a retirement community in the Missouri Ozarks. Thinking she's found a place to rest and recoup, Hannah instead finds herself in the deep-end of a murder with an unlikely victim, and way over her head with the handsome local sheriff!  Hannah Garvey Mystery, book 1. 2000.

 

South of Sanity by Suzann Ledbetter
DBC05755 

This sequel to East of Peculiar (MDB 10060) features the same cast of characters, including the spunky band of senior citizens from Valhalla Springs retirement community. Hannah Garvey, our resident sleuth, gets caught up in yet another mystery when the restaurant dishwasher opens fire during a going-away party. And, a marriage proposal from Sheriff David Hendrickson completely flummoxes her. Hannah Garvey series, book 2. 2001.

 

North of Clever by Suzann Ledbetter
DBC05754

Hannah Garvey, manager of the Valhalla Springs Retirement Community, and her gang of geriatric gumshoes join Sheriff David Hendrickson, Hannah's slightly younger romantic interest, for a third lively romp that picks up the week after readers leave South of Sanity (DBC05755), the second installment in Ledbetter's madcap series. Hannah Garvey series, book 3. 2001.

 

West of Bliss by Suzann Ledbetter
DBC05718

This fourth installment in the popular series featuring Hannah Garvey, manager of a retirement community and occasional sleuth, finds Hannah dealing with a marriage proposal from sexy lawman David Hendrickson and a disgruntled restaurant dishwasher who opens fire during a going-away party. Some violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. Hannah Garvey series, book 4. 2002.

 

Halfway to Half Way by Suzann Ledbetter
DBC05695

When one of Sanity, Missouri's most esteemed citizens is murdered, Hannah Garvey, the manager of an exclusive retirement community, is driven nuts by Delbert Bisbee and his gang of senior sleuths who keep sticking their noses where they don't belong. Hannah Garvey series, book 5. 2007.

 

Rosemary Opens Her Heart by Naomi King
DBC06435

While caring for her Amish in-laws, Rosemary Yutzy's father-in-law wants to merge his business with Matt Lambright's--which will require the Yutzys to relocate to Cedar Creek, Missouri, and bring widowed Rosemary into constant contact with Matt, who makes no secret of his romantic interest in her. Home at Cedar Creed series, book 2. 2012

 

Seasons of the Heart Series by Charlotte Hubbard

 

Summer of Secrets by Charlotte Hubbard
DBC06067

Rachel Lantz is looking forward to a whole new season in her life - marriage to strapping carpenter Micah Brenneman, her childhood sweetheart. But when a stranger arrives claiming to be her long-lost sister, Rachel and Micah learn that God's plan will lead them back to each other. Seasons of the Heart, book 1. 2012.

 

Autumn Winds by Charlotte Hubbard
DBC06470

The leaves are falling and there's a chill in the air in Willow Ridge, a quaint Amish town where love, loyalty and faith in the Old Ways are about to be put to the test. Seasons of the Heart, book 2. 2012.

 

 

SPORTS

 

Baseball's First Lady: Helene Hathaway Robinson Britton and the St. Louis Cardinals by Joan Thomas
DBC05370

Cardinals owner M. Stanley Robinson willed his club and ballpark to niece Helene Britton when he died in 1911, making her the first woman owner of a major league baseball club. Operating among baseball magnates of the day, she attended owner's meetings as an equal and took an active role in running her club at a time when society dictated that a lady should not attend a baseball game without a male escort. This biography details her influence on the evolution of the St. Louis Cardinals. 2012.

 

Bradleyville Basketball: The Hicks From the Sticks by James Leon Combs
DBC06045

The true story of country life and high school basketball surrounding the remarkable 1960's championship team from the tiny Ozark Mountain town of Bradleyville, Missouri. From the team's humble beginnings playing on a muddy outdoor court, to winning three state championships and a 64-game winning streak, a state record still unbroken today. 1999.

 

 

Intentional Walk: An Inside Look at the Faith That Drives the St. Louis Cardinals by Rob Rains
DBC01464

 

The St. Louis Cardinals has been one of the most successful franchises in baseball major leagues for over a century. This book examines the role a strong Christian faith has had in the lives of players, management and support staff for the 2012 team. 2013.

 

 

Jack Buck: “That’s a Winner!” by Jack Buck
DBC05676

 

John Francis "Jack" Buck amused, entertained, informed and satisfied St. Louis Cardinals fans for forty-six years, as he does in this autobiography.  A nationally-known broadcaster for many sports, his play-by-play work earned him recognition from numerous Halls of Fame. 2002.

 

 

King of the Ring: The Harley Race Story by Harley Race
DBC06446

 

Harley Race became a professional wrestler in 1959 at the age of fifteen, becoming one of the three biggest names in wrestling during the 1970s and early ?80s. He won the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) championship on eight occasions, and was dubbed World Wrestling Entertainment's first "King of the Ring" in 1986. King of the Ring explores his life and career. 2013.

 

 

October, 1964 by David Halberstam
DBC06455

 

An account of the 1964 World Series baseball championship between the New York Yankees and the St. Louis Cardinals. Contains strong language. 1994.

 

 

 

 

Seasons in the Sun: The Story of Big League Baseball in Missouri by Roger D. Launius
DBC05399

The roots of professional baseball, and indeed its heart, may be found in the American Midwest, especially in Missouri. In Seasons in the Sun, Roger D. Launius offers an excellent overview of the teams, pennant races, trials, and triumphs of the different major-league teams that have resided in the state over the years. 2002.

 

 

TRUE CRIME

 

Deaths on Pleasant Street: The Ghastly Enigma of Colonel Swope and Doctor Hyde by Giles Fowler
DBC05375

 

Reconstructs the 1909 murder case that shocked early twentieth-century America. Kansas City doctor Bennett Clark Hyde was accused of poisoning his wife's uncle, philanthropist Colonel Thomas Swope, and creating a typhoid outbreak among the Swope family to inherit their fortune. Details Hyde's initial trial and subsequent appeals. 2009.

 

The Devil’s Tickets by Gary Pomerantz
DBC05405

Discusses the rise in popularity of the card game bridge during the early twentieth century and explores the murder of Jack Bennett whose wife shot him after having an argument during a hand. 2009.

 

The Love Pirate and the Bandit’s Son: Murder, Sin, and Scandal in the Shadow of Jesse James by Laura James
DBC05407

True crime blogger Laura James draws on historical conjecture and forensic fact to argue that Jesse James Jr. was responsible for the brutal murder of socialite Zeo Zoe Wilkins on March 15, 1924. 2009.

 

 

Murder on Rouse Hill by Alan Terry Wright
DBC06016

 

On November 22, 1915, Jasper Jacob Francis, a prosperous farmer and leading citizen of Stoutland, Missouri, was found dead in a brush pile on Rouse Hill. He had been savagely murdered. The case helped launch the career of Phil M. Donnelly, who acted as the defense attorney for the accused killer, and later became governor of Missouri, and a U.S. Congressman. 2007.

 

 

True Crime: Missouri by David J. Krajicek
DBC01433

 

Examines criminal activity in the Show Me state and explores the landmark cases that have received national attention. Violence, strong language, and explicit descriptions of sex. 2011.

 

 

Wicked Springfield Missouri: The Seamy Side of the Queen City by Larry Wood
DBC06009

 

Founded in the 1830's as a rough frontier town, Springfield managed to maintain an outward appearance of respectability, unlike other wild mining towns in Southwest Missouri. However, when Larry Wood began to research Springfield, he decides that its tame reputation is due to the city's ability to cover up most of its sins. Here he exposes some of the more notorious characters and capers. 2012.

 

 

 

 

 

WESTERNS

 

Across the High Plains by Kenny W. Duncan
DBC05368

Clancy Delaney, born in Boston to immigrant parents and orphaned as a teenager, is forced to grow into a man at an early age. He runs away from trouble, leaving behind the girl he loves, and even falsifies his death in Missouri. 2003.

 

The Big Bay by Kenny W. Duncan
DBC05402

Walt Brandon, born in the mid 1800´s, sets out on a life of his own at an early age. He ends up in the American West at a time when lawlessness ruled west of the big rivers. A young man with a chip on his shoulder, he grows hard and cold and gets too fast with a gun for his own good. Until he meets a woman who captures his heart and molds him into a real man. 2003.

 

 

 

Nest of Vipers: A Sidewinder Novel by Jory Sherman
DBC05397

 

 

A gang of horse thieves hit Brad Storm's ranch, leaving it totally pillaged and his wife dead. Storm's ranch isn't the only one that's been hit, and Harry Pendergast of the Denver Detective Agency offers to help him wreak vengeance. But the hunt won't be easy, taking them into dangerous territory. Violence, strong language, and explicit descriptions of sex. 2012.

 

Running Gun by Jory Sherman
DBC06444

 

Dan Cord and his brother are hired to deliver horses to Abilene, only to find the law waiting when they get there, accusing them of stealing the horses. After a skirmish in which Dan is hit on the head, he awakens to find three lawmen and his brother lying dead around him. The gun in his hand will hang him for sure. He sets out to clear his name. 2011.

 

 

The Savage Curse by Jory Sherman
DBC05409

 

Believing that he is indestructible and unstoppable, Ollie Hobart, a murderer and a thief, joins a band of renegade Navajos to continue raiding every mine in Tucson, but he doesn't count on John Savage, who, fueled by revenge, has sworn that Hobart will not leave Tucson alive. Some violence and some strong language. 2008.

 

Shadows of Yesteryear by Jory Sherman
MDB11251

A collection of Spur Award winning author Jory Sherman's best Western short stories.

 

Three Valleys Ranch by Kenny W. Duncan
DBC05411

After the Civil War, Wade Tavner was a young man with little left.  His boyhood home was completely destroyed, his way of life gone, and he was forced to fight and steal, finding himself on a path of destruction. All he owned could be carried on the back of his horse. So he loaded his belongings and headed out to find what life had in store for him in the open country of the west. 2003.