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Home for the Haunting, The Missing Dough, The Nameless Dead | Mystery Series Lineup

Blackwell, Juliet. Home for the Haunting: A Haunted Home Renovation Mystery. Obsidian: NAL. Dec. 2013. 312p. ISBN 9780451240705. pap. $7.99. M

When a weekend volunteer home renovation project unearths a murder victim on-site, San Francisco–based contractor Mel turns to the spirits for help in her fourth outing (after Murder on the House).

Cavender, Chris. The Missing Dough: A Pizza Lovers Mystery. Kensington. Dec. 2013. 248p. ISBN 9780758271549. $24. M

The sixth outing (after Killer Crust) for the North Carolina pizza-baking sisters gets personal when a killer with a barbeque skewer stabs Maddy’s ex-husband. Cavender is a pseudonym for the multiseries writer Tim Myers.

Dunn, Carola. Heirs of the Body: A Daisy Dalrymple Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Dec. 2013. 304p. ISBN 9780312675493. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781466836433. M

Lord Dalrymple is turning 50 and needs Daisy’s help figuring out the family tree. Some disreputable characters come out of the woodwork hoping to claim rights as heirs. Dunn is up to number 21 in her witty historical cozy series (after Gone West).

Hess, Joan. Murder as a Second Language: A Claire Malloy Mystery. Minotaur: St. Martin’s. Dec. 2013. 292p. ISBN 9781250011961. $25.99;

ebk. ISBN 9781250030016. M

Her local literacy foundation has some serious problems, but new volunteer Claire hadn’t thought they’d bring out murderous instincts. Still going strong after 27 years; this is number 19 (after Deader Homes and Gardens).

Jaffarian, Sue Ann. Second-Hand Stiff: An Odelia Grey Mystery. Midnight Ink. Dec. 2013. 304p. ISBN 9780738718880. pap. $14.99. M

A storage locker auction blows sky-high when an explosion exposes a corpse—a relative of Odelia’s husband. The comic plus-size sleuth series returns for its eighth time (after Hide & Snoop).

McGilloway, Brian. The Nameless Dead. Pan Macmillan, dist. by Trafalgar Square. Dec. 2013. 392p. ISBN 9780330460866. pap. $12.95. M

An illegal adoption scam is only one of Inspector Devlin’s problems in this gritty Irish procedural. The fifth case is just what readers will want (after The Rising); this series is newly available in the United States and is hot, hot, hot.

Muller, Marcia & Bill Pronzini. The Spook Lights Affair: A Carpenter and Quincannon Mystery. Forge: Tor. Dec. 2013. 256p. ISBN 9780765331755. $24.99. ebk. ISBN 9781429997225. M

Detectives Carpenter and Quincannon and their mysterious colleague (Holmes, anyone?) pursue two cases: a missing debutante and a Wells Fargo robbery. Sign up for number two (after The Bughouse Affair) in this dynamic duo’s historical series set in San Francisco, circa 1895.

Purser, Ann. Scandal at Six: A Lois Meade Mystery. Berkley Prime Crime. Dec. 2013. 336p. ISBN 9780425261767. $25.95. M

Lois feels uneasy about the eccentric zoo owner whose cavalier attitude about his escaped critters is rattling the villagers. Not surprisingly, the house cleaner’s instincts are spot-on; this is her 13th case (after Found Guilty at Five).

Rowe, Rosemary. Dark Omens: A Libertus Mystery of Roman Britain. Severn House. Dec. 2013. 232p. ISBN 9780727882998. $28.95. M

News of the emperor’s death complicates Libertus’s ongoing investigations in Roman Britain. But his 14th outing (after A Whispering of Spies) finds him solving problems wisely.

The First World War and PeerJ | eReviews

The First World War: Personal Experiences and Propaganda and Recruitment Adam Matthew Digital;; to request a trial please go to:

By Cheryl LaGuardia

content The First World War Portal is comprised of two modules: “Personal Experiences” and “Propaganda and Recruitment,” which collectively cover the period from 1914 to 1919. “Personal Experiences” includes such material as audio-recorded interviews, cartoons, comics, diaries, letters, paintings, panoramic views, photographs, postcards, propaganda, recruiting posters, reminiscences, scrapbooks, sheet music, sketches, souvenirs, trench journals (from Australian, British, Canadian, French, and New Zealand troops), trench maps, war art, 360° views of personal items and objects, and ephemera. The file also presents material from the Vera Brittain Archive (the author’s wartime diaries and letters and a heavily annotated early version of her first autobiography, Testament of Youth).

The second module, “Propaganda and Recruitment,” contains aerial leaflets; Le Bonnet rouge (newspaper articles suppressed by the French government); cartoons; Daily Mirror wartime front pages; German and Russian propaganda postcards; guidelines for recruiting officers; Kitchener Papers on manpower, morale, and recruitment; minute books of recruiting committees; Mirror Group n­ewspapers’ cartoons and photographs; posters; cabaret, concert, and theater programs kept by the German Army; scrapbooks; and training manuals.

The database also contains secondary sources that provide context for the primary source material. These include case studies, chronologies, a “Glossary of the Great War,” interactive maps, scholarly essays, a slide-show gallery, teaching pages, visual galleries, and a “My Archive” feature by which users can save searches, collect a library of documents, and create personalized slide shows.

Portal material is sourced from institutions such as the Alexander Turnbull Library, the National Library of New Zealand; Bibliothek für Zeitgeschichte in the Württembergische Landesbibliothek, Stuttgart; British Library; Brotherton Library, University of Leeds; Cambridge University Library; Hooge Crater Museum; Hoover Institution Archives and Library; Imperial War Museum; Mills Memorial Library, ­McMaster University, Canada; Mirrorpix; the National WWI Museum at Liberty Memorial, Kansas City, MO; Over the Top Collection; Sanctuary Wood Cemetery; and the National Archives (UK).

Usability The opening screen has a simple search box at top screen right, below which is a toolbar leading to documents, maps, other visual resources, print materials, advanced search, and popular searches. The opening screen also offers a revolving selection of full-color images from the collections and a list of quick links to: “Nature and Scope: Personal Experiences”; “Nature and Scope: Propaganda and Recruitment”; essays; interactive maps; case studies; and popular searches.

I leapt into popular searches and explored “Searches by Keyword” (in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish) by countries, places, names, battles and other events, and theaters of war. I was surprised not to find Ypres under “Y” in the alphabetical list, but that list is short enough that by looking carefully I found it listed in the F’s (First Battle of Ypres), S’s (Second Battle of Ypres), and and so on. Oddly, there was no entry for the Fourth Battle of Ypres, also known as the Lys Offensive.

Returning to the opening screen I made my way through the buttons in the toolbar. “Introduction” includes sections on nature and scope, participating libraries, editor’s choice pieces, copyright information, and a chance to take a tour. “Documents” offers 43 pages of the collections’ contents, filterable by document type, library or archive, theater of war, language, and module; it takes some time to load the full documents section, but considering the type and amount of material available it’s not unreasonable. However, even on my full-size laptop screen, I couldn’t view all the listings in the library/archive drop-down “Filter By” menu within the documents section, though that’s a minor problem considering the cornucopia that’s here.

Maps and visual resources are divided into two sections each: Interactive Maps and Map Gallery, and Visual Gallery and 360 Object Gallery, respectively. The databases’ “Further Resources” consist of essays, case studies, accounts of war experiences, a chronology, the glossary, popular searches, external links, and Archive Explorer, a function that queries other Adam Matthew resources to which your library subscribes.

Next I tried an Advanced Search for the keywords “vera brittain” and “vad,” restricting the search to primary documents (you can stipulate you want these or Secondary Resources) and got a list of 49 items, including Vera Brittain’s diary from 1917, and here’s where I located the real glory of this file. There were 29 pages compiled by Brittain chronicling her life in 1917, including newspaper clippings (many Times announcements of the deaths of loved ones), pressed flowers from places and fields significant to her (in full color and practically palpable), and later hand-written notes added from 1918.

I spent the next couple of hours trying the myriad features and searches. Maps are easy to find with advanced searches, and the resolution is amazingly clear. The items in the 360° display gallery are so realistically shown I’m sure I’m going to have trouble sleeping after viewing the nightmarish tube helmet for protection against gas attacks.

A series of searches too numerous to list revealed the wealth of highly relevant material—both primary and explicative secondary—to be found quickly and easily. For a file loaded with so many different kinds of material it is surprisingly searchable.

Pricing The one-time price for both modules in the First World War Portal ranges from $27,000 to $90,000, with a nominal annual hosting fee. Adam Matthew uses a banded pricing structure to determine discounts and payment plans for institutions of all sizes.

Verdict This content is stunning in depth, breadth, and multimedia versatility. Interactive maps and items in the 360° gallery are eye-openers, but the archival manuscripts and the extent of the overall collections are the real discoveries to be made here. The First World War Portal is a remarkable resource that will bring the Great War directly to the desktops of researchers ranging from high school students to the most advanced World War I scholar. Highly recommended for those libraries able to afford it.

Cheryl LaGuardia is a Research Librarian for the Widener Library at Harvard University and author of Becoming a Library Teacher (Neal-Schuman, 2000). Readers can contact her at

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n By Bonnie J.M. Swoger

Content Scholarly journal publishing is going through a period of intense transition, during which journals are leaving behind the vestiges of print publication and embracing new models enabled by online communication. One of the journals leading this transformation is PeerJ, an open access resource for biological and medical research.

PeerJ publishes research articles spanning the breadth of the biomedical field, tackling subjects that include ecology, paleontology, bioinformatics, science education, genetics, computational biology, and biochemistry. Research articles are indexed in PubMed, Scopus, Embase, and Chemical Abstracts.

As PeerJ is an open access journal, its offerings are freely available for anyone to read and come with Creative Commons ­CC-BY licenses providing permissions for reuse. But PeerJ has also taken to openness in other ways. First, it encourages authors and reviewers to make reviews (and reviewer names) public. Recent statistics published on the journal’s blog indicate that 75 percent of authors made reviewer comments readily available and that 38 percent of reviewers were willing to sign their names to their assessments. Second, PeerJ requires authors to provide access to the data, materials, and protocols used in each study, either by depositing materials in an appropriate subject repository or including them as PeerJ supplemental information. Finally, registered users can openly comment and ask questions of authors.

In addition to the peer-reviewed pieces (just over 200 since the first ones appeared in February 2013), PeerJ hosts a preprint service for articles in the same biomedical disciplines as the PeerJ journal. Authors can post items to the preprint service for free. Minimum quality checks are performed to ensure that pseudoscientific work is not included, but preprints are not peer reviewed. At the time of review, the preprint service contained 90 works.

Usability PeerJ has worked hard to break with print publishing traditions. It is one of a few online journals I have seen that show that it was born digital. The homepage feels similar to news sites such as or The Daily Beast, prominently featuring pictures, artwork, and figures from recently published items.

Users can browse the homepage, scrolling through the images, titles, and topical headings of each piece. Additional selections load once the reader reaches the bottom. It’s also possible to look through complete lists of articles or preprints and filter by publication date or subject area. The site includes a basic search with a check box permitting queries to include “fuzzy matches,” allowing for misspellings and word variations in the search and the results. An advanced search is not available, although with just over 200 articles, it isn’t currently missed.

After clicking on a title, patrons see the full text in clear, large type as an HTML webpage. An internal navigation menu on the left side of the page lets users jump to various sections (methods, discussion, conclusion, etc.). Articles can be read on-screen or downloaded as PDF or XML versions of the paper. Built-in social media tools give users the option to share selections via Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and email. Since the pieces are open access, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ friends will actually be able to read the material that interests them.

Articles have other features that make them simple to use online. Figures can be downloaded independently and are given distinct DOIs so they can be found and cited later. Users can elect to “follow” an entry to stay informed about questions, answers, and comments that are added by others. One quick link often pulls up the complete review history for the paper, including initial reviews, editor’s comments, and reviewer comments after revision. This makes PeerJ an excellent tool for teaching students about the peer-review process.

Pricing As an open access publication, PeerJ articles are free for anyone to read, download, share, and reuse when proper attribution is given.

While the journal charges author fees like many other open access publications, its membership model is a groundbreaking experiment in scientific publishing. Instead of charging a flat fee per accepted article, PeerJ asks each author to pay for lifetime membership (with some exceptions, such as for undergraduate students). They can prepay the membership at the point of manuscript submission at the lowest rate of $99, although the fee won’t be refunded if the manuscript is not accepted. Authors can also choose to pay the membership once an article is accepted, in which case an additional $40 fee is charged. There are various membership levels based on how often the author plans to publish (once a year, twice a year, or unlimited times).

Membership does not guarantee publication, and manuscripts are reviewed for scientific merit. As at PLOS ONE, editors and reviewers do not attempt to judge the impact or novelty of the work. The journal does not yet have an impact factor but offers article-level metrics for each publication.

PeerJ also negotiates with libraries, organizations, and universities to provide institutional memberships. In these arrangements, researchers at these institutions can take advantage of the prepayment in order to publish with PeerJ.

On November 11, PeerJ announced that authors will now be allowed to publish an unlimited number of preprints for free, whereas before they were limited to one per year (see details at LJ INFOdocket,

Verdict PeerJ is an excellent source for the primary scientific literature for high schools and others on limited budgets and is also useful to researchers, medical professionals, and science educators. Publication in PeerJ may be helpful for biomedical researchers depending on their career goals and institutional cultures.

Bonnie J.M. Swoger is the Science and Technology Librarian at SUNY Geneseo’s Milne Library and the author of the Undergraduate Science Librarian blog, Readers can contact her at

New Books for the New Year | Wyatt’s World

As the close of 2013 and the opening of 2014 usher in glad tidings, hopes, plans, and a new year of books, here is a sampling of the wide title assortment coming in January 2014. From the next Oprah pick to romantic magical realism to a memoir on the politics of war, there’s much to be celebrated.

  • Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen (St. Martin’s). An alligator with surprising abilities and an imperiled summer retreat offer a young widow and her daughter a second chance at forging a life. Allen’s many fans will devour her latest lyrical blend of hope and magic.
  • Ex-Purgatory by Peter Clines (Broadway). Fans of Clines’s clever and geekily fun mashup of superheroes and zombies will delight in this fourth outing featuring George Bailey and Stealth. The action remains fast and high as the urban fantasy and pop culture–inspired “Ex” series races on.
  • Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War by Robert M. Gates (Knopf). Sure to make the rounds on popular news shows, Gates’s assemblage of reflections on America’s role in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as his thoughts on Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, promises to be intriguing as it presents a wide view of politics during war.
  • The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd (Viking). Kidd’s vividly realized, intertwined novel of two women—one the daughter of a plantation owner, the other a slave on the estate—has already been picked as the next Oprah Book Club title, but it would have made a splash even without the extra star power behind it.
  • Orfeo by Richard Powers (Norton). Peter Els has spent his life creating music—an interest he expresses through both art and science. In Powers’s arresting novel, it is the latter that gets him in trouble. A suspected bioterrorist at age 70, Els is on the run from the federal government and retraces connections and memories as he plots a way out of the coils of Homeland Security.

Victorian Women, College Sports, and Street Food | Reference

Murdoch, Lydia. Daily Life of Victorian Women. Greenwood. (Daily Life Through History). 2013. 284p. illus. notes. index. ISBN 9780313384981. $58; ebk. ISBN 9780313384998. REF

Murdoch (history, Vassar Coll.; Imagined Orphans: Poor Families, Child Welfare, and Contested Citizenship in London) offers a new perspective on the lives of Victorian women. The book uses a combination of primary and secondary sources to provide readers with an overview of the routines of work and leisure for women at all levels of society, dispelling the stereotype of Victorian women as solely stay-at-home wives and mothers. Readers will find here portrayals of figures who were politically and socially active, participating in the abolitionist movement, publishing political essays, petitioning parliament, and often working in other ways outside the home. In some instances, they also played prominent roles in religious movements. Throughout, there are numerous illustrations, as well as excerpts from books, government reports, magazines, diaries, and newspapers commenting on everything from women’s rights under the law to women and the British Empire. Endnotes and a list of further readings by chapter close the book. ­VERDICT A worthwhile addition to public and academic libraries.—Diane Fulkerson, Univ. of South Florida, Lakeland

Beck, Stan & Jack Wilkinson. College Sports Traditions: Picking Up Butch, Silent Night, and Hundreds of Others. Scarecrow. 2013. 436p. photos. bibliog. index. ISBN 9780810891203. $40; ebk. ISBN 9780810891210. REF

As defined by Beck, an expert on college sports customs, and writer Wilkinson (100 Things Braves Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die), a tradition is an action with a start and a finish that continues over a period of years. Approximately 1,200 such practices covering almost every college sport and including well-known conventions at major universities and obscure ones at smaller schools are depicted in rousing fashion by the authors, both longtime sports fans and journalists. Traditions before, during, and after games, as well some involving nicknames, mascots, and music, capture the excitement, originality, and pageantry of intercollegiate athletics. The authors begin each of the 11 chapters with a short exposé of a practice that is representative of that chapter’s theme and continue with shorter descriptions of traditions at other colleges. The chapter on yells, cheers, and chants, which concludes the title, is one of the most interesting. Photographs, tables, and a detailed index complement the text. Covering subjects that range from the eccentric and outlandish to the touching and meaningful, the book captures the spirit and importance of college sport rituals and campus culture. VERDICT A work that is entertaining, fresh, and fun to browse. Not only sports fans but also anyone who enjoys tidbits about college life will find it hard to put down.—Rob Tench, Old Dominion Univ. Lib., Norfolk, VA

Street Food Around the World: An Encyclopedia of Food and Culture. ABC-CLIO. 2013. 504p. ed. by Bruce Kraig & Colleen Taylor. photos. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781598849547. $100; ebk. ISBN 9781598849554. REF

Quick and easy, street food has rolled into the spotlight of popular culture and the media. While there are numerous recipe books, television shows, and works on specific topics, this volume is the first to provide a broad view of street food worldwide. It begins with a brief introduction to the fare that includes the World Health Organization’s five keys to safer food and regulations. The heart of the work is its more than 70 country and region entries. Organized alphabetically, the entries, at minimum, include a brief synopsis of street food in the region. Of particular note is the inclusion of places that are less well known for such food, such as Suriname. The title discusses how, as part of the Caribbean Basin, Suriname has a fascinating history demonstrated through the variety of cultures that influenced the area’s street cuisine. For instance, Indian workers brought roti (a kind of bread) to the country in the 1800s, and it is still one of the country’s most popular street foods. And who could have guessed that the hot dog was the most popular street comestible in Iceland? Also included is a section of recipes, a short selected bibliography (each entry has further readings), and a thorough index. Aiding in navigation is a list of entries, a list of recipes, and another list of recipes by country. VERDICT A solid overview of street food worldwide for travelers and researchers.—Lisa Ennis, Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham



Girardi, Robert I. The Civil War Generals: Comrades, Peers, Rivals—in Their Own Words. Zenith. 2013. 304p. photos. maps. index. ISBN 9780760345160. $28. REF


1001 Ideas That Changed the Way We Think. Atria. 2013. 960p. ed. by Robert Arp. photos. index. ISBN 9781476705729. $37; ebk. ISBN 9781476705736. REF

Political Science

Encyclopedia of Politics of the American West. 2 vols. SAGE. 2013. 904p. ed. by Steven L. Danver. photos. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781608719099. $325. REF

The Statesman’s Yearbook 2014: The Politics, Cultures, and Economies of the World. Palgrave Macmillan. 2013. 1604p. ed. by Barry Turner. maps. ISBN 9780230377691. $325. REF

Social Sciences

Best’s Library Center. A.M. Best. ­

Hite, Richard. Sustainable Genealogy: Separating Fact from Fiction in Family Legends. Genealogical. 2013. 110p. illus. ISBN 9780806319827. pap. $18.95. REF

Morris, Monique W. Black Stats: African Americans by the Numbers in the Twenty-First Century. New Pr. Jan. 2014. 240p. ISBN 9781595589194. pap. $14.95; ebk. ISBN 9781595589262. REF