Welcome to Excio!

Wellington City Libraries has partnered with local start-up Excio to bring amazing images to your Android smartphone or tablet home screen.

With the Excio app you can follow collections of images which can be used as wallpapers on the home screen of your device. The images link to our OverDrive eBooks/audiobooks and other library content, and you can even read OverDrive samples within the Excio app, as well as like and share book covers.

We have 20 genre/subject based collections on Excio which will be refreshed every couple of months. Enjoy a rotating collection of fantastic book cover images for your device wallpaper, discover new authors,  check out OverDrive eBooks and audiobooks, and share your favourites on social media.

By following our collections you can bring the library to you!

To get started, head to Google Play to download the Excio app.
The app is currently only available for Android devices, although the Excio team plans to develop an iOS app.

For more information check out the Excio FAQs – or if you need further help, email us at  enquiries@wcl.govt.nz.

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New eAudiobook Fiction in June

When it comes to novels, the author traditionally takes pride of place. However with the rise of eAudiobooks, another role is becoming increasingly important: the narrator. An experienced narrator can make a good book great, and a great book unforgettable. This month’s eAudiobooks from Overdrive have just such narrators, including Sissy Spacek reading To Kill a Mockingbird and Benedict Cumberbatch reading Sherlock Holmes’ Rediscovered Railway Mysteries. Sign up here to listen in!

Overdrive cover To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
“Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with exuberant humour the irrationality of adult attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the thirties. The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence and hypocrisy is pricked by the stamina of one man’s struggle for justice. But the weight of history will only tolerate so much.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Lady in the Van, by Alan Bennett
“An eccentric old lady moves into a quiet street in Camden Town. There she remains, installed in her van in glorious self-sufficiency, until the council instructs her to move on. Then a kind homeowner invites her to move her van into his garden – where she stays for the next fifteen years. This is the fascinating story of the genteel vagrant who found a unique place in Alan Bennett’s life and writing.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Afterlife of Stars, by Joseph Kertes
“When Russian tanks roll into the public squares of Budapest to crush the Hungarian Revolution, brothers Robert and Attila Beck flee with their family. As they travel through minefields both real and imagined, Robert and Attila grapple with sibling rivalry, family secrets and incalculable loss. Along the way they encounter mysterious fellow travellers, bewildering sights of a nation in transition and surprising hilarity, all in pursuit of the one place they thought they’d lost forever: home.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Curse of Crow Hollow, by Billy Coffey
“Everyone in Crow Hollow knows of Alvaretta Graves. Many call her a witch; others whisper she’s insane. Everyone agrees the vengeance Alvaretta swore at her husband’s death hovers over them all. That vengeance awakens when teenagers stumble upon Alvaretta’s cabin, incurring her curse. Now a sickness moves through the Hollow, and people are left to confront not only the darkness that lives on the mountain, but the darkness that lives within themselves.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Coroner’s Lunch, by Colin Cotterill
“Dr Siri Paiboun is a physician trained in Paris. For lack of other candidates, he has been appointed Laos’ state coroner. After months of boredom there is a sudden spate of bodies, one slain more mysteriously than the next. The government wants certain answers, but at his advanced age Dr Siri feels immune from bureaucratic pressure. His bosses aren’t happy with him – nor are the dead who come into his care. Eternity could be a long time to have the spirits mad at you.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Benedict Cumberbatch Reads Sherlock Holmes’ Rediscovered Railway Mysteries, by John Taylor
“Inspired by Arthur Conan Doyle’s original Sherlock Holmes stories, John Taylor has written four more mysteries featuring the world’s greatest detective. Read by acclaimed actor Benedict Cumberbatch, these new adventures share all the suspense of the original tales.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Rich People Problems, by Kevin Kwan
“When Nicholas Young hears that his grandmother, Su Yi, is on her deathbed, he rushes to be by her bedside—but he’s not alone. The entire Shang-Young clan has convened from all corners of the globe to stake claim on their matriarch’s massive fortune. With each family member vying to inherit Tyersall Park—a trophy estate on 64 prime acres in the heart of Singapore—Nicholas’s childhood home turns into a hotbed of speculation and sabotage.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Interesting Times, by Terry Pratchett
“There are many who say that the art of diplomacy is an intricate dance between two informed partners. There are others who maintain that it’s merely a matter of who carries the biggest stick. Like when a large, heavily fortified and armoured empire makes a faintly menacing request of a much smaller, infinitely more cowardly neighbour. It would be churlish, if not extremely dangerous, not to comply – particularly if all they want is a wizard…” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover None But the Dead, by Lin Anderson
“Sanday, one of Britain’s northernmost islands. When human remains are discovered behind an old primary school, forensic expert Dr Rhona MacLeod arrives to excavate the grave. Then a series of unexplained incidents occur, apparently linked to the discovery of thirteen magic flowers representing the souls of dead children who had attended the school. But how did they die? And why are their deaths significant?” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Under Pressure, by Lori Foster
“Leese Phelps’s road hasn’t been an easy one, but it’s brought him to the perfect job—working for the elite Body Armor security agency. And what his newest assignment lacks in size, she makes up for in fire and backbone. But being drawn to Catalina Nicholson is a dangerous complication, especially since it could be the very man who hired Leese who’s threatening her. What Catalina knows could get her killed.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

New eBook Fiction in June

Lakes are meant to be beautiful or romantic, or even a source of national pride, but there’s just something a bit spooky about them. Several authors of our new eBook fiction from Overdrive have been inspired by the creepiness of lakes, from Sarah Bailey’s The Dark Lake to John Farrow’s Perish the Day. There’s even an ominous lake story set right here in New Zealand: See You in September, by Charity Norman. So why not sign up to Overdrive and help us plumb the hidden depths…

Overdrive cover The Dark Lake, by Sarah Bailey
“A beautiful young teacher has been murdered, her body found in the lake, strewn with red roses. Policewoman Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock pushes to be assigned to the case, concealing the fact that she knew the murdered woman in high school. But that’s not all Gemma’s trying to hide. As the investigation digs deeper, other secrets threaten to come to light, secrets that were supposed to remain buried.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Perish the Day, by John Farrow
“A co-ed is found murdered on campus, her body scarcely touched. Coincidentally (or not), a college custodian is also found dead. While an epic rainstorm assails Holyoake, a third crime scene is revealed: a professor, formerly a spy, has been shot dead in his home. Sergeant-Detective Émile Cinq-Mars must uncover the links between the disparate groups before the next victim is selected for an elaborate initiation into murder…” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Chocolate Tin, by Fiona McIntosh
“At the end of the war, Captain Harry Blakeney discovers a dead soldier in a trench. In the man’s possession is a love note, tucked inside a tin of chocolates. In pursuit of the note’s author, Harry travels to Rowntree’s chocolate factory, where his life becomes inextricably bound with Alexandra Frobisher – a modern-thinking woman with hopes of a career in the chocolate-making town of York. Only together will they be able to unlock secrets of the past and offer each other the greatest gift for the future.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Earth Cries Out, by Bonnie Etherington
“After the accidental death of Ruth’s five-year-old sister, their father decides that atonement and healing are in order, and that taking on aid work in a mountain village in Irian Jaya is the way to find it. While her parents find it a struggle to save themselves, let alone anyone else, Ruth seeks redemption in bearing witness to and passing on the stories of those who have been silenced – even as she is haunted by questions about what it means to witness and who gets to survive.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover See You In September, by Charity Norman
“Having broken up with her boyfriend, Cassy accepts an invitation to stay in an idyllic farming collective in New Zealand. Overcome by the beauty of the valley and swept up in the charisma of Justin, the community’s leader, Cassy becomes convinced that she has to stay. As Cassy becomes more and more entrenched, her frantic parents fight to bring her home—before Justin’s prophesied Last Day can come to pass.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover When Death Draws Near, by Carrie Stuart Parks
“Forensic artist Gwen Marcey is between jobs when she accepts temporary work in Pikeville, Kentucky—a small town facing big-city crime. But before Gwen can finish her first drawing of the serial rapist who is on the loose, the latest witness vanishes. Just like all the others. When her digitally-obsessed teenage daughter joins her there, Gwen turn her attention to a second assignment: going undercover in a serpent-handling church. Can Gwen uncover the truth before she becomes a victim herself?” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Wetlands, by Charlotte Roche
“With her jaunty dissection of the sex life and the grooming habits of the novel’s 18-year-old narrator, Helen Memel, Charlotte Roche has turned the previously unspeakable into a national conversation. Wetlands gives a detailed topography of Helen’s haemorrhoids, continues into the subject of anal intercourse and eventually reaches avocado pits as objects of female sexual satisfaction and – here is where the debate kicks in – just possibly female empowerment.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Secret History of Moscow, by Ekaterina Sedia
“Galina is a young woman caught, like her contemporaries, in the seeming lawlessness of the new Russia. In the midst of this chaos, her sister Maria turns into a jackdaw and flies away—prompting Galina to join Yakov, a policeman investigating a rash of recent disappearances. Their search will take them to the underground realm of hidden truths and archetypes, to find themselves caught between reality and myth, past and present, honor and betrayal . . . the secret history of Moscow.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover A Book of American Martyrs, by Joyce Carol Oates
“Gus Voorhees, a pioneer in women’s reproductive rights and controversial abortion provider, is ambushed by hardline Christian Luther Dunphy and shot dead. The killing leaves in its wake two fatherless families: the Voorheeses and the Dunphys. When the daughters of the two families glimpse each other at the trial of Luther Dunphy, their initial response is mutual hatred. But their lives are tangled together, and throughout the events that follow, neither can quite forget the other.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Devil’s Bible, by Dana Chamblee Carpenter
“The Devil’s Bible. Once considered an eighth wonder of the world, the ancient book is shrouded in mystery. No one knows who wrote it or where it was written. Even dry-boned scholars whisper about the secrets hidden in the book: how it calls to the power-hungry. How it drives people mad. How it was written in the shadows by the hand of the devil himself. But no one knows the truth—no one except Mouse…” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Meet Libby: Overdrive’s new eBook & eAudio app

We’re excited to present a new app addition to our OverDrive service called Libby, that should make eBook and eAudio use quicker, more enjoyable and less complicated. Libby has been designed to make first time mobile use of our OverDrive collection simple, with added features over the OverDrive app that would be of benefit to existing customers.

To get our new Libby app, click on this link for access in Android, iOS and Windows stores.

Some of the benefits of using Libby are:

  • Simple getting started options and downloads process
  • Refined search and browsing options, with new ways to personalise default searches
  • You just need to sign in with your library card, and can use multiple library cards at the same time
  • A unified book shelf that displays all your titles from multiple cards on the same digital shelf
  • Impressive new design and image options

Libby will not be replacing the OverDrive app but if you are a user of our existing OverDrive app, please feel free to continue using it. Libby does not currently support Recommend to Library or multilingual interfaces, but these features will continue to be accessible through the OverDrive app. Kindle format is not currently supported outside of US libraries.

For more information on Libby please go to the Libby Help page or contact us through our Technical support form.

Overdrive’s latest Big Library Read – ‘The Other Einstein’

Every three months Overdrive, one of our eBook providers, runs a ‘Big Library Read’. Described a ‘global eBook club’, the ‘big read’ allows library users the chance to borrow a certain eBook simultaneously, to be read altogether – just like you would with your book club!

This time around, we’ll be reading the  ‘The Other Einstein’ from author Marie Benedict.

‘The Other Einstein’ by Marie Benedict offers a window into the fascinating story of Einstein’s first wife who was a brilliant physicist in her own right. Whilst, her contribution to the  theory of relativity is hotly debated, ‘The Other Einstein’ offers readers a window into a brilliant, fascinating woman whose light was lost in Einstein’s enormous shadow.

Join the Big Library Read and start reading ‘The Other Einstein,’ today!

The Big Library Read runs from June 12th to June 26th

New eAudiobook Non-Fiction in May

There’s nothing like a secret to get you reading, and this month’s selection of eAudiobook non-fiction from Overdrive has a heap of them. What goes on in the universe? What goes on in North Korea? What went on in the brain of a deceased American footballer (and the corporation they worked for)? All these mysteries – and more! – will be revealed. Just sign in to Overdrive and prepare to never see the world in the same way again…

Overdrive cover Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, by Neil DeGrasse Tyson
“What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There’s no better guide through these questions than acclaimed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in digestible chapters consumable anytime in your busy day.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Concussion, by Jeanne Marie Laskas
“Dr Bennet Omalu had no idea that the body of an American footballer would change his life, and ultimately the world. Dr Omalu found that the psychosis suffered by “Iron Mike” Webster was the result of years of blows to the head in games. He knew it would keep killing other sportsmen unless something was done. He believed that the N.F.L., one of the most powerful corporations in America, would welcome the discovery. Instead, Omalu himself became a target.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Lost Art of Listening, by Michael P. Nichols
“In this thoughtful and witty book, experienced therapist Michael P. Nichols, PhD, provides vivid examples, easy-to-learn techniques and practical exercises for becoming a better listener and making yourself heard and understood, even in difficult situations.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Secrets of My Life, by Caitlyn Jenner
“In her new memoir, Caitlyn Jenner chronicles her life as Bruce and her brave transition into womanhood. The book covers Caitlyn Jenner’s childhood as Bruce Jenner and rise to fame as a gold-medal-winning Olympic decathlete; her marriages and her relationships with her children; her transition; and her experience as the world’s most famous transgender woman.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Dear Leader, by Jang Jin-Sung
“Jang Jin-sung held one of the most senior ranks in North Korea’s propaganda machine. Among his tasks were developing the founding myth of North Korea, posing undercover as a South Korean intellectual and writing epic poems in support of the dictator, Kim Jong-il. Yet he could not ignore his conscience. After breaking security rules, Jang Jin-sung was forced to flee for his life: away from lies and deceit, towards truth and freedom.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover My Adventures with God, by Stephen Tobolowsky
My Adventures with God is a series of short stories exploring the idea that most people’s lives seem to fit into the template of the Old Testament. Tobolowsky’s stories tell of a boy growing up in the wilds of Texas, finding and losing love, losing and finding himself—all told through the prism of the Torah and Talmud, mixed with insights from science, and refined through a child’s sense of wonder.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Road to Jonestown, by Jeff Guinn
“Jeff Guinn examines the life of Jim Jones, from his extramarital affairs, drug use and fraudulent faith healing to the fraught decision to move almost a thousand of his followers to the jungles of Guyana. Guinn provides stunning new details of the events leading to the fatal day in November, 1978 when more than nine hundred people died—including almost three hundred infants and children—after being ordered to swallow a cyanide-laced drink.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover How to Be a Bawse, by Lilly Singh
“From actress, comedian and YouTube sensation Lilly Singh (aka Superwoman) comes the definitive guide to being a BAWSE – a person who exudes confidence, reaches goals, gets hurt efficiently and smiles genuinely because they’ve fought through it all and made it out the other side. Told in her hilarious, bold voice that’s inspired over 9 million fans, and using stories from her own life to illustrate her message, Lilly proves that there are no shortcuts to success.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Tranny, by Laura Jane Grace
“A searing account of the search for identity and self, Tranny reveals the struggles and victories that Laura Jane Grace, the lead singer of the cult punk rock band Against Me! experienced in her quest for gender transition. Grappling with sex, drugs, failed marriages, music and soul, this memoir paints a vivid portrait of one of the most revolutionary transgender icons of our time.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Trump Revealed, by Michael Kranish
Trump Revealed offers the most thorough and wide-ranging examination of Donald Trump’s public and private lives to date, from his upbringing in Queens and formative years at the New York Military Academy, to his turbulent careers in real estate and entertainment, to his astonishing rise as the front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

New eBook Fiction in May

There’s a distinctly piratical theme to this month’s new eBook fiction from Overdrive. And while the temptation to write the rest of this blog in a piratical accent is strong, I’ll refrain from any “Arrrghs” or “Shiver Me Timbers”. Did you know the pirate accent is actually based on that of the West Country in England (specifically the Dorset accent of actor Robert Newton)? The West Country has also been home to a great range of authors, from Agatha Christie to Jacqueline Wilson. Whatever your tastes, sign up to Overdrive to share in the literary plunder!

Overdrive cover Pirate Latitudes, by Michael Crichton
“Jamaica 1665. A lone British outpost in Spanish-controlled Caribbean waters. Its capital, Port Royal, is a cutthroat town of taverns and bawdy houses – and the last place anyone would expect an attack to be launched on a Spanish stronghold. Yet that is the plan of renowned privateer Captain Charles Hunter and Charles II’s ruling governor, Sir James Almont. If they succeed they will make history … and a fortune in gold.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Romance Reader’s Guide to Life, by Sharon Pywell
“Growing up in the shadow of the Second World War, the lives of sisters Lilly and Neave could not be more different. While Lilly is breaking hearts, Neave escapes reality in an illicit copy of The Pirate Lover. When the men return from war, the sisters are expected to settle down; instead they set out to create a makeup empire. But just as business is taking off, Lilly disappears. Desperate to find her, Neave discovers a whole new meaning to the truth being stranger than fiction.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Pigs in Heaven, by Barbara Kingsolver
“Six-year-old Turtle Greer witnesses a freak accident at the Hoover Dam during a tour of the Grand Canyon. Her insistence on what she has seen, and her mother’s belief in her, lead to a man’s dramatic rescue. The mother and adopted daughter duo soon become nationwide heroes – even landing themselves a guest appearance on the Oprah Winfrey show. But Turtle’s moment of celebrity draws her into a conflict of historic proportions…” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Golden Legend, by Nadeem Aslam
“When shots ring out on the Grand Trunk Road, Nargis’s husband dies before she can confess to him her greatest secret. Under threat from a military intelligence officer, who demands that she pardon her husband’s American killer, Nargis fears that the truth about her past will be exposed. Against this background of violence, two outsiders – the Christian, Helen and the mysterious Imran – try to find an island of calm in which their love can grow.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Carnival Sky, by Owen Marshall
“Sheff is disillusioned with journalism and, with plans to travel overseas, chucks in his job. But first he goes south to Alexandra, where his father is dying. He becomes caught up with his family in the agonising inertia of waiting for approaching death. Slowly he comes to terms with suppressed issues of loss, love, resentment and commitment, and acknowledges he must reach out for new relationships.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Corrag, by Susan Fletcher
“The Massacre of Glencoe happened in February 1692 when thirty-eight members of the Macdonald clan were killed by soldiers. Fifty miles to the south Corrag is condemned for her involvement, accused of witchcraft and awaits death. Charles Leslie, an Irish propagandist, hears of the massacre and comes to question her. As Corrag tells her story, a friendship develops between them that alters both their lives.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Into the Darkest Corner, by Elizabeth Haynes
“Catherine has been enjoying the single life for long enough to know a good catch when she sees one. Lee is gorgeous, charismatic and spontaneous – almost too perfect to be true. But there’s a darker side to Lee. As his behaviour becomes increasingly controlling, Catherine is more and more isolated. Driven into the darkest corner of her world, she plans her escape. And she succeeds. Four years later, Catherine dares to believe she might be safe. But is she?” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Not So Much, Said the Cat, by Michael Swanwick
“The master of literary science fiction returns with this dazzling new collection. Michael Swanwick takes us on a whirlwind journey across the globe and across time and space, where magic and science exist in possibilities that are not of this world. These tales are intimate in their telling, galactic in their scope, and delightfully sesquipedalian in their verbiage. Join the caravan through Swanwick’s worlds and into the playground of his mind.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Last Night at the Lobster, by Stewart O’Nan
“The Red Lobster chain restaurant perched in a run-down American mall hasn’t been making its numbers and headquarters has pulled the plug. But manager Manny DeLeon still needs to navigate a tricky last shift and a final onslaught of hungry lunatics. All the while, he’s wondering how to handle the waitress he’s still in love with, his pregnant girlfriend and the location of the Christmas present that will make it all better.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Great and Secret Show, by Clive Barker
“In the little town of Palomo Grove, two armies are amassing; forces shaped from the hearts and souls of America. In this New York Times bestseller, Barker unveils one of the most ambitious imaginative landscapes in modern fiction, creating a new vocabulary for the battle between good and evil. From the first stirring of consciousness to a vision of the end of the world, The Great and Secret Show is a breath-taking journey.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

New eAudiobook Fiction in April

If you’re anything like me, you’d happily give up all your worldly possessions for a chance to study at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Well, now you don’t have to! As part of this month’s Overdrive eAudiobooks, we have a certified textbook from the Hogwarts Library: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. And if you’d like to browse a few Muggle books as well, never fear – Overdrive has you covered. So wands at the ready, and sign up here!

Overdrive cover Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, by J. K. Rowling
“A set textbook at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry since publication, Newt Scamander’s masterpiece has entertained wizarding families through the generations. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is an indispensable introduction to the magical beasts of the wizarding world. Narrated by Eddie Redmayne, this is the first audio book edition of Scamander’s textbook ever to be released.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover How to Build a Girl, by Caitlin Moran
“What do you do when you realise what your parents taught you wasn’t enough? You must go out and build yourself. Johanna Morrigan, 14, has shamed herself so badly that she decides there’s no point in being Johanna anymore and reinvents herself as Dolly Wilde – fast-talking, hard-drinking Gothic hero and full-time Lady Sex Adventurer! But is a box full of records and a head full of paperbacks enough to build a girl after all?” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Same Sea, by Amos Oz
The Same Sea is Amos Oz’s most inventive book, the book by which he would like to be remembered. We meet the middle-aged Albert; his wife, whom he has lost to cancer; his son, who wanders the mountains of Tibet; and his son’s enticing young girlfriend, with whom Albert becomes infatuated. In this human profusion is a fever dream of chaos and order, love and eroticism, and ultimately an extraordinary energy.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Sherlockian, by Graham Moore
“When literary researcher Harold White is inducted into the preeminent Sherlock Holmes enthusiast society, The Baker Street Irregulars, he never imagines he’s about to be thrust onto the hunt for the holy grail of Holmes-ophiles: one of Holmes’ missing diaries. But when the world’s leading Doylean scholar is found murdered in his hotel room, it is Harold – using wisdom and methods gleaned from countless detective stories – who takes up the search, both for the diary and the killer.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Stolen Beauty, by Laurie Lico Albanese
“In the dazzling glitter of 1900 Vienna, Adele Bloch-Bauer—young, beautiful, brilliant and Jewish—meets painter Gustav Klimt. Adele embraces Klimt’s renegade genius as the two awaken to the erotic possibilities on the canvas and beyond. Nearly forty years later, Adele’s niece Maria Altmann is a newlywed when the Nazis invade Austria. When her husband is arrested, Maria must summon the courage that is her aunt’s legacy if she is to keep her family—and their history—alive.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Trouble with Goats and Sheep, by Joanna Cannon
“England, 1976. Mrs Creasy is missing and The Avenue is alive with whispers. As the summer shimmers endlessly on, ten-year-olds Grace and Tilly decide to take matters into their own hands. And as the cul-de-sac starts giving up its secrets, the amateur detectives will find much more than they imagined…” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Good Omens, by Neil Gaiman
“According to the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday in fact. Everything seems to be going to the Divine Plan, but for an unlikely angel and demon duo, who have been living on Earth for several millennia and have become rather fond of the place. If they are to prevent Armageddon they’ve got to find and kill the Antichrist himself. There’s just one small problem: someone seems to have mislaid him…” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Lucidity, by David Carnoy
“Twenty years after the unsolved case of Stacey Walker’s disappearance went cold, a Silicon Valley executive hires retired detective Hank Madden to find her body. Four months later, author Candace Epstein is pushed in front of a car, and her editor, Max Fremmer, becomes involved. As Fremmer investigates, an unexpected link to Madden’s search in California emerges. But can they unravel the secret that links their investigations in time?” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Unleashed, by David Rosenfelt
“Sam Willis is stunned to receive a phone call from high school friend Barry Price, pleading for help. But when Sam almost runs over an injured dog on the way to the airport to meet Barry, he can’t drive off without waiting for help. Then Sam learns that Barry’s plane has crashed, and he comes to the terrifying realization that he was also supposed to have been killed on that flight. The trouble is only just beginning.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

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New eBook Fiction in April

Strange disruptions haunt this month’s new eBook fiction from Overdrive. Nightmares come to life in Samanta Schweblin’s Fever Dream. Disturbing images appear on rented videotapes in John Darnielle’s Universal Harvester. And in the Booker-nominated A General Theory of Oblivion, a woman bricks herself into her apartment, where she will stay for the next thirty years.

If you, too, are planning to seal yourself up for awhile, make sure you borrow some eBooks first – starting by signing in here to Wellington City Libraries!

Overdrive cover The Lucky One, by Caroline Overington
“For more than 150 years, a grand house known as Alden Castle has stood proudly in the hills above Paso Robles, home to a family weighed down by secrets and debt. When the castle is sold, billionaire developers move in, only to discover one skeleton after another, including a fresh corpse, rotting in the old family cemetery. As three generations of the well-respected Alden-Stowe family come in for scrutiny, detectives will discover a twisted web of rivalries, alliances, deceit and treachery.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Universal Harvester, by John Darnielle
“Jeremy works at the counter of Video Hut in Nevada, Iowa. It’s the 1990s, pre-DVD, and the work is predictable and familiar. But when a local schoolteacher comes in to return her copy of Targets, she has an odd complaint: ‘There’s something on it,’ she says. Curious, Jeremy takes a look. And what he sees on the video is so strange and disturbing that it propels him into a search for the tape’s creator…” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover A General Theory of Oblivion, by José Eduardo Agualusa
“On the eve of Angolan independence, Ludo bricks herself into her apartment, where she will remain for the next thirty years. She lives off vegetables and pigeons, burns her furniture and books to stay alive and keeps herself busy by writing her story on the walls of her home. Then one day she meets Sabalu, a young boy from the street who climbs up to her terrace…” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Just for Christmas, by Scarlett Bailey
“When Alex Munro learns the love of her life is getting married to another girl, all she wants is to be alone. Moving to a Cornish cottage, Alex finds that her new neighbours are determined to involve her in their madcap Christmas festivities. Then she meets her sexy neighbour Ruan – and somehow Alex doesn’t want to be alone this Christmas after all.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Bone Box, by Faye Kellerman
“On a crisp September morning, Rina Decker stumbles upon unearthed human remains. She calls her husband, Peter Decker, a former detective lieutenant with LAPD. Within hours, a woodland is transformed into a crime scene. And when more human remains are found, Decker knows this isn’t just a one-off murder case. Winding his way through a labyrinth of suspects, he races to protect their community from a psychopathic killer on the hunt for a fresh victim.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Perfect Days, by Alison Entrekin
“Teo meets Clarice at a party. Teo doesn’t really like people, but he immediately realises that he and Clarice are meant to be together. And if Clarice doesn’t accept that? Well, they just need to spend some time together. And yes, he has taken her prisoner and yes, he is lying to her mother, but it’s all for her own good. She’ll understand. She’ll fall in love. She’ll settle down and be his loving wife. Won’t she?” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Bright Air Black, by David Vann
“It is 13th century B.C. and aboard the ship Argo, Jason and the Argonauts make their return journey across the Black Sea in possession of the Golden Fleece. David Vann, in brilliant poetic prose, tells their story through the eyes of Medea, a woman often cast as sorceress and monster – and one of Greek mythology’s most fascinating figures.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Scent of You, by Maggie Alderson
“Polly’s life is great. Her children are away at uni, her mother is happily settled in a retirement village and her perfume blog is taking off. Then her husband announces he needs some space and promptly vanishes. As Polly grapples with her bewildering situation, she clings to a few new friends to keep her going. And while she distracts herself with the heady world of perfume, she knows she can’t keep reality at bay forever…” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Emperor of Lies, by Steve Sem-Sandberg
“In February 1940, the Nazis established what would become the second largest Jewish ghetto in the Polish city of Lódz. Its chosen leader: Mordechai Chaim Rumkowski, a sixty-three-year-old Jewish orphanage director. The Emperor of Lies chronicles the tale of Rumkowski’s monarchical rule. Was he a ruthless opportunist, or a pragmatic strategist who managed to save Jewish lives?” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Fever Dream, by Samanta Schweblin
“A young woman named Amanda lies dying in a rural hospital clinic. A boy named David sits beside her. She’s not his mother. He’s not her child. Together, they tell a haunting story of broken souls, toxins and the power and desperation of family. Fever Dream is a nightmare come to life, a ghost story for the real world, a love story and a cautionary tale.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

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New eBook Fiction in March – Volume 2

The characters in this month’s ebooks from Overdrive face a range of different challenges, including the gruelling roads of the Tour de France, the expanse of the Australian outback and the silent isolation of a European forest. As a reader, your challenge is slightly different: find yourself a nice quiet spot, choose an ebook and start reading! There will be obstacles – perhaps other humans who want to talk to you, or jobs that need doing – but then, obstacles are what makes a challenge exciting! Check out ‘Getting Started’ to begin…

Overdrive cover The Crying Place, by Lia Hills
“After years of travelling, Saul is trying to settle down. But one night he receives news of the death of his friend, Jed, recently returned from working in a remote Aboriginal community. Saul’s discovery in Jed’s belongings of a photo of a woman convinces him that she may hold the answers to Jed’s fate. So he heads out on a journey into the heart of the Australian desert to find the truth, setting in motion a powerful story about the landscapes that shape us and the ghosts that lay their claim.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover It Felt Like a Kiss, by Sarra Manning
“Ellie Cohen is living her dream. A great job at an exclusive Mayfair art gallery, loyal mates and really, really good hair. But when a vengeful ex sells Ellie out to the press, she finds herself fighting to keep her job, reputation and sanity. Then David Gold – handsome, charming but ruthlessly ambitious – is sent in to manage the media crisis – and Ellie. David thinks she’s a gold-digger and Ellie thinks he’s a shark in a Savile Row suit, so it’s just as well that falling in love is the last thing on their minds…” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Our Endless Numbered Days, by Claire Fuller
“Peggy Hillcoat is eight. She spends her summer camping and listening to her mother’s grand piano, but her life is about to change. Her survivalist father, who has been stockpiling provisions for the end which is surely coming soon, takes her to a cabin in a remote forest. There he tells Peggy the rest of the world has disappeared. Her life is reduced to a piano which makes music but no sound, and a tiny wooden hut that is Everything.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Something for Nothing, by Andy Muir
“It’s not every day a bloke stumbles on a dismembered torso. Lachie Munro is starting to feel like he’s a magnet for trouble. The day before he fished a giant haul of heroin out of his favourite abalone poaching spot. There’s a better than even chance that the two are connected and he should leave well enough alone, but the opportunity to clear his gambling debt is too good to pass up. But how do you sell several kilos of heroin?” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Bright, Precious Days, by Jay McInerney
“Russell and Corrine Calloway have spent half their lives in New York. Now, in 2008, Russell runs a publishing house and Corrine manages a food redistribution programme. He clings to their illusion of bohemia, while she longs to have more space for their twins. Although they try to forget each other’s past indiscretions, their marriage feels increasingly unstable. Not helped by the reappearance of Corrine’s former lover, whose ardour seems no cooler despite having a new wife in tow.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Girl in Disguise, by Greer Macallister
“With no money and no husband, Kate Warne finds herself with few choices. The streets of 1856 Chicago offer a desperate widow mostly trouble and ruin—unless that widow has a knack for manipulation and an unusually quick mind. In a bold move that no other woman has tried, Kate convinces the legendary Allan Pinkerton to hire her as a detective. But is the woman she’s becoming the true Kate? Or has the real disguise been the good girl she always thought she was?” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Indelible, by Adelia Saunders
“Magdalena has an unsettling gift. She sees the truth about people written on their skin—names, dates, details. When she meets Neil, she is intrigued to see her name on his cheek. He’s in Paris for the summer, studying a medieval pilgrimage. Magdalena embarks on a pilgrimage of her own, but not before Neil falls for her, captivated by her pale eyes, charming Eastern European accent and aura of heartbreak.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover The Invisible Mile, by David Coventry
“The 1928 Ravat-Wonder team from New Zealand and Australia were the first English-speaking team to ride the Tour de France. From June through July they faced one of toughest in the race’s history: 5,476 kilometres of unsealed roads on heavy, fixed-wheel bikes. The Invisible Mile is a powerful re-imagining of the tour, where the test of endurance for one young New Zealander becomes a psychological journey into the chaos of the war a decade earlier.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Island of the Mad, by Laurie Sheck
Island of the Mad follows the solitary, hunchbacked Ambrose as he sets out on a mysterious journey to Venice in search of a lost notebook. Eventually he arrives in San Servolo, the Island of the Mad, in the Venetian Lagoon. At the island’s old, abandoned hospital he discovers the correspondence and notes of two of the island’s former inhabitants. As Ambrose follows their strange tale, everything he has ever known or thought is called into question.” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)

Overdrive cover Ship of Destiny, by Robin Hobb
“The dragon Tintaglia has been released from her wizardwood coffin, only to find that the glories of her kingdom have passed into ancient memory. Meanwhile, Malta Vestrit navigates the acid flow of the Rain Wild River in a decomposing boat, accompanied by the Satrap Cosgo and his Companion Kekki. Against hope, a ship appears in the alien waters, but does it mean rescue, or a further nightmare?” (Adapted from the Overdrive description.)