Book talks on relationships and mysteries

2/21/2014, 6 a.m.

“The Last Woman Standing” by Tia McCollors and “The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie” by Alan Bradley nare up for discussion Feb. 25 and 26 at local branch libraries.

On Feb. 25, readers will tackle “The Last Woman Standing” at the Wesley Chapel Library at 6 p.m.

The 2009 novel offers a look into the marriage of “Ace” and Lynette Bowers, who were married to their careers instead of each other for 10 years. Four years later after calling it quits, they find out that their love never ended.

McCollors, a former public relations professional, has emerged as an inspirational speaker and author of faith-based novels. She lives in metro Atlanta with her husband and son and encourages readers to visit her online at www.TiaWrites.com.

The library is at 2861 Wesley Chapel Road. For more information, visit dekalblibrary.org or call 404-286-6980.

On Feb. 26, the discussion of “The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie,” begins at 7 p.m. at the Decatur Library.

The Flavia de Luce mystery is set in the summer of 1950 at the once-grand mansion. It includes a passion for poison, a dead bird on the doorstep with a postage stamp pinned to its beak and a man taking his last breath in the cucumber patch.

The debut novel, published in 2009, earned Bradley the Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger Award. It went on to win the Agatha Award, the Barry Award, the Dilys Award, the Arthur Ellis Award, the Macavity Award and the Spotted Owl Award. The library is at 215 Sycamore St. in downtown Decatur. For more information, visit dekalblibrary.org or call 404-370-3070.