Short stack, actually half of what I checked out that evening.
Versailles: A Biography of a Palace is the story of the French palace built and used by Louis VIX, Louis XV and Louis XVI. Stories of why it was built, how it was used and the people who inhabited the palace. I did not visit it when I was in France a few years ago. I didn't have enough time to do justice to both the buildings and the garden.
Defending Jacob is about a 14 year old boy who is knifed and killed on the way to school. The main suspect seems to be a classmate. The interesting thing, the suspect's father is the assistant DA. Told from the perspective of the father and through transcripts of a grand jury proceeding. The ending wasn't what I expected.
The Lost Apothecary an interweaving of a story in late 18th century London and a current day woman on a trip to London. Current day, Caroline, is alone in London on what was supposed to be an anniversary trip with her husband. He's had an affair and she is using the time to decompress and think about her marriage. She finds an old apothecary vial mudlarking on the Thames. That leads her to investigate where this vial came from. Interesting story.
The Lying Game four girls meet at boarding school in the UK. Their thing is lying and sticking to it. Many years later it comes back to haunt them.
One of the graphics on a previous week mentioned that reading helps you live longer. I think it is because it relieves stress. You get to reading and forget all the modern day problems and news.
A good librarian is a wonderful thing to know and to have. Make use of the ones at your library!