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Spring into a good book

Owen County Public Library's Becky Doolin shares her top-four books to read this spring. Drop us a line at and let us know your favorite.

"The Confession of Richard Shuck" by Richard Shuck and Jesse Fears

Richard Shuck’s confession to a series of crimes related to the Ku Klux Klan. Known as “Simmon’s Gang” or “The Kentucky Marauders,” Shuck indicted others in a spree of violent crimes that remained unsolved for over 15 years. Shuck’s 1877 hanging was the final in Owenton and took place about one mile from the local prison. Available at the Owen County Public Library.

"Lemon Curd Killer" by Laura Childs

High tea and high fashion turn deadly in the latest installment of Laura Childs’ Tea Shop Mystery. Tea shop entrepreneur Theodosia Browning has been tapped to host a fancy Limon Tea in a genuine orchard as a rousing kickoff to Charleston Fashion Week. But as fairy lights twinkle and the scent of lemon wafts among the tea tables, the deadly murder of a fashion designer puts the squeeze on things. Expected publication March 7, 2023.

Desolation Creek by William W. Johnstone is the fifth installment in the bestselling prequel series about Smoke Jensen’s life and adventures before he became the legendary mountain man. It’s a satisfying tale of revenge—especially for Johnstone die-hards—as Smoke seeks vengeance after outlaws ambush his old friend and crossover series star, Preacher, in the town of Desolation Creek deep in the Montana Territory. Expected publication May 23, 2023.

Someone Else’s Shoes by Jojo Moyes is a story of mix-ups, mess-ups and making the most of second chances. Nisha Cantor lives the globe-trotting life of the seriously wealthy, until her husband announces a divorce and cuts her off. Nisha is determined to hang onto her glamorous life. But in the meantime, she must scramble to cope—she doesn’t even have the shoes she was, until a moment ago, standing in. Available at the Owen County Public Library.


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