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May 12, 2015
SIDNEY CHAMBERS AND THE PROBLEM OF EVIL by James Runcie. Canon Sidney Chambers, a full-time priest and occasional detective, is enjoying his first year of married life with his German bride, Hildegard. But life in Grantchester rarely stays quiet for long in the early 1960s. Sidney’s sleuthing skills are tested several times as he joins the effort to stop a serial killer who has a grievance against the clergy; investigates the disappearance of a famous painting after a distracting display of nudity by a French girl in an art gallery; uncovers the fact that an “accidental” drowning on a film shoot may not have been so accidental after all; and discovers the reasons behind the theft of a baby from a hospital in the run-up to Christmas 1963.
14TH DEADLY SIN by James Patterson. With a beautiful baby daughter and a devoted husband, Detective Lindsay Boxer can safely say that her life has never been better. In fact, things seem to be going well for all the members of the Women’s Murder Club (for a change) as they gather to celebrate San Francisco medical examiner Claire Washburn’s birthday. But the party is cut short when Lindsay is called to a gruesome crime scene where a woman has been murdered in broad daylight. As Lindsay investigates, shocking video footage of another crime surfaces—a video so horrific that it shakes the city to its core. Wearing SFPD jackets, their faces obscured by masks, the cold-blooded criminals on the tape could be anyone—and all of Lindsay’s coworkers are suspects. As a rash of violent crimes sweeps through San Francisco and public fear and anger grow, Lindsay and her friends must risk their lives in the name of justice…before it’s too late.
SOLITUDE CREEK by Jeffery Deaver. A tragedy occurs at a small concert venue on the Monterey Peninsula. Cries of “fire” are raised and, panicked, people run for the doors, only to find them blocked. Some of the concertgoers die in the ensuing crush, scores are seriously injured. But it’s the panic and the stampede that killed; there was no fire. Kathryn Dance—a brilliant California Bureau of Investigation agent and body language expert—discovers that the stampede was caused intentionally and that the perpetrator, a man obsessed with turning people’s own fears into weapons, has more attacks planned. She and her team must race against the clock to find where he will strike next before more innocents die.
GATHERING PREY by John Sandford. They call them Travelers. They move from city to city, panhandling, committing no crimes—they just like to stay on the move. And now somebody is killing them. Lucas Davenport’s adopted daughter, Letty, is home from college when she gets a phone call from a woman Traveler she befriended in San Francisco. The woman’s male companion has gone missing, and the woman is afraid he’s been murdered. She’s hiding out in South Dakota, and she doesn’t know what to do. Letty arranges to meet her in Minneapolis and, though he suspects Letty’s getting played, Lucas volunteers to go with her. When he hears the woman’s story, though, he begins to think there’s something to it. Little does he know. In the days to come, he will embark on an odyssey through a subculture unlike any he has ever known, a trip that not only will put the two of them in danger—but just may change the course of his life as well.
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May 5, 2015
HUSH by Karen Robards. Jeff told her they were after him. And now that her ex-husband is gone, Riley Cowan whishes he’d told her who they were. The police ruled Jeff’s death a suicide, but Riley has her doubts. The evidence is staggering. His billionaire father is in jail, accused of one of the biggest financial frauds of all time. His once-powerful family has lost everything. Hundreds of millions in investors’ money is still unaccounted for. And ever since the scandal broke, a rash of mysterious deaths has hit the firm. Someone is trying to send a message. Riley is sure of it. Especially when she discovers that she’s next on the killer’s agenda.
MEMORY MAN by David Baldacci. Amos Decker’s life changed forever—twice. The first time was on the gridiron. A big, towering athlete, he was the only person from his hometown of Burlington ever to go pro. But his career ended before it had a chance to begin. On his very first play, a violent helmet-to-helmet collision knocked him off the field for good, and left him with an improbable side effect—he can never forget anything. The second time was at home nearly two decades later. Now a police detective, Decker returned from a stakeout one night and entered a nightmare—his wife, young daughter, and brother-in-law had been murdered. His family gone and unable to forget a single detail about that night, Decker’s world collapsed around him. He leaves the police force, loses his home, and winds up on the street, taking jobs as a private investigator when he can. But over a year later, a horrific event brings Burlington to its knees, and Decker is called back in to help with the investigation. He also seizes the opportunity to learn what really happened to his family that night. To uncover the stunning truth, he must use his remarkable gift and confront the burdens that go along with it. He must endure the memories he would much rather forget. And he may have to make the ultimate sacrifice.
JACOB’S OATH by Martin Fletcher. As World War II winds to a close, Europe’s roads are clogged with twenty million exhausted refugees walking home. Among them are Jacob and Sarah, lonely Holocaust survivors who meet in Heidelberg. But Jacob is consumed with hatred and cannot rest until he has killed his brother’s murderer, a concentration camp guard nicknamed the Rat, also from Heidelberg. Jacob and Sarah fall in love, and for a time they are the only Jews in the whole city. As Jacob waits for the guard to come home from the war, he is beset by doubt. If he fulfills his oath and kills the guard, he will undoubtedly be caught, and Jacob and Sarah’s new life will die as well. Timeless dilemmas torture the young lovers and threaten to tear them apart. At the same time a secret hit team from the British army’s Jewish Brigade is assassinating former SS officers hiding out in Germany. What is more important, love or hate? The past or the future? Revenge or mercy? Ultimately it must be decided—who should be killed and who should live?
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April 28, 2015
YOUR NEXT BREATH by Iris Johansen. Catherine Ling has done everything she can to escape her past and create a new life, far from her rough beginnings. But someone has followed her trail and is playing a deadly game with her, using those she cares about as pawns. Having grown up on the streets of Hong Kong and then thrust into the clandestine life of an intelligence agent, she is close to few people, but those few she loves and protects fiercely. At the top of that list is her son, Luke, who was kidnapped when he was only two years old. After nine tortuous years apart, their reunion was a miracle for which Catherine is thankful every minute of every day, and she has vowed never to fail him again. But the killer is striking closer to her heart with each blow. Even Eve Duncan, whose forensic skills were instrumental in freeing Luke, is in danger, and the circle is tightening closer and closer around those she loves most. Catherine has made many enemies throughout her life, and now she promises that as long as she has one breath left in her body, she will find a way to unmask the vicious murderer and protect those most precious to her.
EARLY WARNING by Jane Smiley. It’s early 1953 when the stalwart patriarch of the Langdon family, Walter, who with his wife, Rosanna, sustained their farm for three decades, suddenly dies, leaving their five children, now adults, looking to the future. Only one will remain in Iowa to work the land, while the others scatter to Washington, D.C., California, and everywhere in between. As the country moves out of post-World War II optimism through the darker landscape of the Cold War and the social revolutions of the 1960s and ‘70s, and then into the unprecedented wealth—for-some—of the early 1980s, the Langdon children each follow a different path in a rapidly changing world. And they now have children of their own: twin boys who are the best of friends and vicious rivals; a girl whose rebellious spirit takes her to the notorious Peoples Temple in San Francisco; and a golden boy who drops out of college to fight in Vietnam—leaving behind a secret legacy that will send shock waves through the Langdon family into the next generation.
DEATH WEARS A BEAUTY MASK by Mary Higgins Clark. In 1974, Clark began writing a novella inspired by the dark side of the New York City fashion world. She then put the unfinished manuscript aside to write her first novel that launched her career as a bestselling author. Forty years later, she returned to that novella and wrote its ending. Now it is available for readers along with a stunning array of short fiction that spans her entire career. From Clark’s first-ever published story to her classic tales, these writings gives readers highlights from the Queen of Suspense. The jewel of this collection is “Death Wears a Beauty Mask,” which showcases the dazzling and dangerous world of high fashion in 1970s New York City and features the same chills and heart-pounding drama we’ve come to expect from any Mary Higgins Clark title.
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April 20, 2015
SAVING CEECEE HONEYCUTT by Beth Hoffman. Twelve-year-old CeeCee Honeycutt is in trouble. For years, she has been the caretaker of her psychotic mother, Camille—the tiara-toting, lipstick-smeared laughingstock of an entire town—a woman trapped in her long-ago moment of glory as the 1951 Vidalia Onion Queen. But when tragedy strikes, CeeCee is left to fend for herself. To the rescue comes her previously unknown great-aunt, Tootie Caldwell. In her vintage Packard convertible, Tootie whisks CeeCee away to Savannah’s perfumed world of prosperity and Southern eccentricity, a world that seems to be run entirely by women. From the exotic Miz Thelma Rae Goodpepper, who skinny-dips in her backyard bathtub and uses garden slugs as her secret weapon, to Tootie’s all-knowing housekeeper, Oletta Jones, to Violene Hobbs, who entertains a local police officer in her canary-yellow peignoir, the women of Gaston Street keep CeeCee entertained and enthralled for an entire summer.
SEAGRASS PIER by Colleen Coble. Elin Summerall was one of the lucky ones. Not only did she get a heart transplant, but the donor was a perfect fit. But when Elin begins having violent flashbacks—and vivid dreams of being strangled—she realizes that she has been the recipient of more than just a new heart…Elin is remembering her donor’s murder. Her strange affliction has attracted some unwanted attention: from the press, from the authorities…and from the killer himself. Now, living alone with her young daughter and aging mother, Elin is being stalked—by a man she’s only met in her nightmares. The police are dubious of her story, but one off-duty FBI agent agrees to help her: Agent Marc Everton. Now, in a remote cottage on Hope Island, Elin and Marc must probe the secrets buried in her borrowed heart. And there’s no time to waste. One man is desperate to silence her—before she remembers too much.
EMMA by Alexander McCall Smith. The summer after university, Emma Woodhouse returns home to the village of Highbury to prepare for the launch of her interior design business. As she cultivates grand plans for the future, she re-enters the household of her hypochondriac father, who has been living alone on a steady diet of vegetables and vitamin supplements. Soon Emma befriends Harriett Smith, the naïve but charming young teacher’s assistant at an English-language school run by the hippie-ish Mrs. Goddard. Harriett is Emma’s inspiration to do the two things she does best: offer guidance to those less wise in the ways of the world and put her matchmaking skills to good use. Happily, this summer presents abundant opportunities for her to do just that, as many friends, both old and new, are drawn into the sphere of Emma’s occasionally injudicious counsel: Frank Churchill, the attractive stepson of Emma’s former governess; George Knightley, Emma’s brother-in-law and dear friend; the charming yet self-important Philip Elton; and, of course, the perfect (and perfectly vexing) Jane Fairfax.
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April 13, 2015
THE ANGEL COURT AFFAIR by Anne Perry. As the nineteenth century draws to a close, most of Europe is in political turmoil, and terrorist threats loom large across the continent. Adding to this unrest is the controversial Sofia Delacruz, who has come to London from Spain to preach a revolutionary gospel of love and forgiveness that many consider blasphemous. Thomas Pitt, commander of Special Branch, is charged with protecting Sofia—and shielding Her Majesty’s government from any embarrassment that this woman, as beautiful as she is charismatic, might cause. When Sofia suddenly vanishes and two of her female disciples are gruesomely murdered, Pitt is challenged as never before. Is Sofia’s cousin, wealthy banker Barton Hall, somehow involved? And why has handsome cricket star Dalton Teague insinuated himself into Pitt’s investigation? Fearful that this sensational crime may trigger an international incident, Pitt welcomes the help of three allies: his clever wife, Charlotte; her great-aunt Lady Vespasia; and Victor Narraway, Pitt’s friend and former commander at Special Branch. From the narrow streets of Toledo and a lonely monastery high in the hills of Spain, to the halls and wharves of London, Pitt and his friends race against time in their desperate bid to catch a murderer.
WHERE TRUST LIES by Janette Oke. After a year of teaching in the Canadian West, Beth Thatcher returns home to her family. She barely has time to settle in before her mother announces plans for a family holiday—a luxurious steamship tour along the eastern coast of Canada and the United States. Hoping to reconnect with her mother and her sisters, Beth agrees to join them, but she quickly realizes that things have changed since she went away, and renewing their close bond is going to be harder than she expected. There’s one special thing to look forward to—letters and telephone calls from Jarrick, the Mountie who has stolen her heart. The distance between them is almost too much to bear. But can she give her heart to Jarrick when it will mean saying goodbye to her family once again—and possibly forever? And will she still want to live in the western wilds after the steamship tour opens up a world of people and places she never imagined? Then comes a great test of Beth’s faith. Someone in her family has trusted the wrong person, and suddenly everything Beth knows and loves is toppled. Torn between her family and her dreams, will Beth finally discover where her heart truly belongs?
THE CRUISER by David Poyer. Newly promoted Captain Daniel V. Lenson’s first glimpse of his new command is of a ship literally high and dry. USS Savo Island, which carries a classified, never-before-deployed missile-defense system, has been run hard aground on an exposed sandbar off Naples. Dan’s orders: Relieve the disgraced skipper and deploy on a secret mission—Operation Stellar Shield—which will take ship and crew into the dangerous waters bordering the Middle East. As war nears, with threats of nuclear and chemical attack, Dan has to rally Savo Island’s demoralized crew and confront a mysterious death on board, while learning to operate a complex and untested weapon. But when the conflict reaches a climax, he’ll make a decision that may cost hundreds of thousands of innocent lives—or may save them, but at the cost of his ship and his career.
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April 7, 2015
THE SILENT GIRL by Tess Gerritsen.(Large print) The gruesome crime scene, a rooftop in Boston’s Chinatown, unnerves Homicide Detective Jane Rizzoli—and Medical Examiner Maura Isles shares the feeling. Trying not to look at the dead woman’s mouth, frozen in terror, Maura gets down to business and is soon distracted by a mysterious piece of evidence: a hair that does not come from any man or woman. As it turns out, the coarse strands belong to a rare monkey. According to Chinese legend, the Monkey King is skilled and powerful, but the deity can also be indignant…and vengeful. As the brutal killer continues his violent rampage, the question for Jane and Maura remains: Is he human?
THE GOODBYE QUILT by Susan Wiggs. (Large print) The women who frequent Linda’s fabric shop come to share quilts commemorating momentous occasions in their lives. But Linda’s facing a milestone in her own that fills her with both joy and heartache. With her only child Molly about to leave for college, Linda wonders what will become of her days, her marriage. Will Molly still need her? Wanting to share one last adventure with her daughter, Linda decides to travel cross-country with her and help Molly move into her new dorm. Along the way, Linda pieces together scraps of her daughter’s life—from the hem of a christening gown to a snippet from a Halloween costume—and discovers that the shared memories will keep them both warm for years to come.
ECLIPSE by Richard North Patterson. (Large print) Damon Pierce’s life has hit a crossroads: His wife is divorcing him, and his work as a successful litigator in a California megafirm has become soulless. So he decides to respond to a plea for help from a woman he once loved. Marissa’s husband, Bobby, opposes the ruin of his African homeland, Luandia, caused by the partnership between a giant American oil company and the brutal regime of General Savior Karama. When Bobby defies Karama’s ban against nighttime protests, everyone in his village is massacred—and Bobby is arrested for the murder of three oil workers. Still drawn to Marissa, Pierce agrees to defend Bobby, hoping to save them both from almost certain death, but Luandia’s lethal politics may cost Pierce his life instead.
THE DRESSMAKER by Kate Alcott. (Large print) Traveling as Lady Lucille Duff Gordon’s maid on the doomed ship Titanic, aspiring seamstress Tess plans to dazzle both New York and the famed fashion designer with her skills—much as she has enchanted sailor Jim Bonney and wealthy businessman Jack Bremerton. After Tess survives the terrible disaster, the media is frenzied over rumors that some of the lifeboats, in particular Lady Duff Gordon, showed no regard for fellow passengers. Could it be true? As Tess is drawn into the glamorous world of her employer, and her heart is torn between two vastly different men, she must decide wherein her destiny lies.