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July 20, 2015
AFTER THE STORM by Linda Castillo. When a tornado tears through Painters Mill and unearths human remains, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder finds herself tasked with the responsibility of identifying the bones—and notifying the family. Evidence quickly emerges that the death was no accident and Kate finds herself plunged into a thirty-year-old case that takes her deep into the Amish community to which she once belonged. Meanwhile, turmoil of an emotional and personal nature strikes at the very heart of Kate’s budding relationship with State Agent John Tomasetti, a reality that strains their fragile new love to the breaking point. Under siege from an unknown assailant—and her own personal demons—Kate digs deep into the case only to discover proof of an unimaginable atrocity, years of family secrets, and the lengths to which people will go to protect their own.
ONE WAY OR ANOTHER by Elizabeth Adler. One moment Angie Morse is standing on the deck of a large luxury yacht and the next she feels a stinging blow to her head from a champagne bottle wielded by a beautiful woman. And then a push. She is in the water. She can see people on the yacht, but they don’t seem to notice that she is gone, and all seem to have deliberately turned their backs as the yacht begins to slowly pull away from her. These are her friends, and one is her love. Two had a reason for getting rid of her, though she would never have thought it would come to this. Until now. Revenge burns so deeply inside her that she knows she will survive somehow. She will get them. One way or another.
THE NAKED EYE by Iris & Roy Johansen. Kendra Michaels was instrumental in bringing serial killer Eric Colby to justice, but despite his apparent execution at San Quentin, Kendra is convinced that Colby is still alive. The problem is that she can’t prove it. Even her razor-sharp powers of observation—developed to an amazing capacity during the twenty years she spent blind—have gotten her nowhere. But then a reporter who very publicly humiliated Kendra is murdered. When vital evidence is found at the crime scene linking Kendra to the crime, Colby’s master plan finally becomes clear: he is framing her for murder. Kendra is suddenly thrust into a deadly pursuit to clear her name and catch the killer no one believes exists anymore. A killer whose trail of destruction is invisible to the naked eye, despite the carnage he leaves in his wake. It will take everything Kendra has to find Colby and stop him—and save her own life one more time.
THE ROAD TO CHARACTER by David Brooks. With the wisdom, humor, curiosity, and sharp insights that have brought millions of readers to his New York Times column, Brooks has consistently brightened our daily lives in surprising and original ways. Here, he focuses on the deep values that should inform our lives. Responding to what he calls the culture of the Big Me, which emphasizes external success, Brooks challenges us, and himself, to rebalance the scales between our “resume virtues”—achieving wealth, fame, and status—and our “eulogy virtues,” those that exist at the core of our being: kindness, bravery, honesty, or faithfulness, focusing on what kind of relationships we have formed. He provides and opportunity for us to rethink our priorities, and helps us strive to build rich inner lives marked by humility and moral depth.
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July 13, 2015
WICKED CHARMS by Janet Evanovich. Murdered and mummified nearly a century ago, notorious bootlegger Collier “Peg Leg” Dazzle discovered and re-hid a famous pirate’s treasure somewhere along the coast of New England. A vast collection of gold and silver coins and precious gems, the bounty also contains the Stone of Avarice—the very item reluctant treasure seeker Lizzy Tucker and her partner, Diesel, have been enlisted to find. While Lizzy would just like to live a quiet, semi-normal life, Diesel is all about the hunt. And this hunt is going to require a genuine treasure map and a ship worthy of sailing the seven seas…or at least getting them from Salem Harbor to Maine. Greed is eternal and insatiable, and Lizzy and Diesel aren’t the only ones searching for the lost pirate’s chest. People who have dedicated their entire lives to finding it are willing to commit murder or make a deal with the devil just to hold the fortune in their hands. One of those people may even be Wulf, Diesel’s deceptively charming and enigmatic cousin. Wulf desires the Stone of Avarice. He also desires Lizzy. It’s hard to say how far he’s willing to go to gain either one.
TRUTH OR DIE by James Patterson. After a serious professional stumble, attorney Trevor Mann may have finally hit his stride. He’s found happiness with his girlfriend Claire Parker, a beautiful, ambitious journalist always on the hunt for a scoop. But when Claire’s newest story leads to a violent confrontation, Trevor’s newly found peaceful life is shattered as he tries to find out why. Chasing Claire’s leads, Trevor unearths evidence of a shocking secret that—if it actually exists—every government and terrorist organization around the world would to anything to possess. Suddenly it’s up to Trevor, along with a teenage genius who gives new meaning to the phrase “too smart for his own good,” to make sure that secret doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. But Trevor is about to discover that good and evil can look a lot alike, and nothing is ever black and white: not even the truth.
EVER AFTER by Jude Deveraux. Life is anything but perfect for Hallie Hartley, a young physical therapist who has given up nearly everything for her beautiful blonde stepsister, Shelly, who has done nothing in return but cause trouble for Hallie. Desperate to put her troubles behind her, Hallie impulsively goes to Nantucket—where a mysterious relative has left her a house on the island. New trouble, however, has already settled into Hallie’s guest room in the form of her newest client. Hallie is told that wealthy, young James Taggert has injured his leg in a skiing accident. Throughout his recovery, Jamie’s attentions begin to draw Hallie out of her shell—but he has a dark secret, and is tormented by nightmares that only her presence can keep at bay. She suspects there’s more to his injury than he’s letting on. As Jamie’s relatives arrive for a wedding gala, something wonderfully unusual is in the air. There’s an aura of romance—enhanced by a colorful island legend. In their own little corner of the world, Jamie and Hallie unravel the timeless secrets of their own hearts, and a very special story of true love destined to last forever after.
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June 30, 2015
DEAD ICE by Laurell K. Hamilton. Anita Blake has the highest kill count of any vampire executioner in the country. She’s a U.S. Marshal who can raise zombies with the best of them. But ever since she and master vampire Jean-Claude went public with their engagement, all she is to anyone and everyone is Jean-Claude’s fiancée. It’s wreaking havoc with her reputation—to some extent. Luckily, in professional circles, she’s still the go-to expert for zombie issues. And right now, the FBI is having a serious zombie issue. Someone is producing zombie porn. Anita has seen her fair share of freaky undead fetishes, so this shouldn’t bother her. But the women being victimized aren’t just mindless, rotting corpses. Their souls are trapped behind their eyes, signaling voodoo of the blackest kind. It’s the sort of case that can leave a mark on a person. And Anita’s own soul may not survive unscathed.
COUNTRY by Danielle Steel. Stephanie Adams is a devoted stay-at-home mother, married to a successful lawyer in northern California, in a dead marriage she’s stayed in for years too long for the sake of her children. Then, on a ski trip in Squaw Valley, her fifty-two-year-old husband dies suddenly and all bets are off. Despite her children’s grief, and her own conflicting emotions and loneliness, Stephanie tries to move on, but struggles to find herself as an independent woman after years of giving up her life for everyone else. A spur-of-the-moment road trip and fork in the road lead her to Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon, and a chance meeting—and her whole life changes forever. She meets country music megastar Chase Taylor, who opens his whole world to her. Stephanie is no longer the same woman, and can’t be anymore. A new man. A new life. The excitement of Nashville. She discovers not only Chase, but herself. The music is bittersweet and the lyrics true in his dazzling, exotic, and honest world.
THE MELODY LINGERS ON by Mary Higgins Clark. As the sole assistant to a famous upscale interior designer, Lane Harmon, mother to five-year-old Katie, is accustomed to visiting opulent homes around the tri-state area. When she is called to assist in redecorating a modest townhouse in Bergen County, she knows the job is unusual. Then she learns the home belongs to the wife of a notorious and disgraced financier named Parker Bennett. Bennett has been missing for two years. He dropped out of sight just before it was discovered that the $5 billion dollars in the fund he had been managing had vanished. He had gone out on his sailboat in the Caribbean and hasn’t been seen since. Lane is surprised to find herself moved by Mrs. Bennett’s calm dignity and apparently sincere belief in her husband’s innocence. Gradually, Lane finds herself drawn to Eric, the Bennett’s son, who is similarly determined to prove his father is not guilty. Lane doesn’t know that the closer she gets to the Bennetts, the more she puts her life—and her daughter’s life—in jeopardy.
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June 23, 2015
MURDER ON LEXINGTON AVENUE by Victoria Thompson. When a wealthy businessman is murdered, Detective Sergeant Frank Malloy is assigned to investigate, even though the crime is out of his jurisdiction. The reason, he soon realizes, is that the man has a deaf daughter—and it is well-known that Malloy’s own son attends the New York Institution for the Deaf and Dumb. The victim sent his daughter to a rival institution with different views on teaching the deaf and was an influential supporter of their program. Malloy suspects that the killer may be affiliated with his son’s school. Or it might be a family member. Or a business rival. It’s a difficult case that becomes even more difficult when the new widow goes into labor while Malloy is interviewing her, and she refuses to send for her own physician. So Malloy calls upon Midwife Sarah Brandt. Finding herself in an unfamiliar world, where those who can hear refuse to listen to those who cannot, Sarah must determine who is right and who is innocent before she and Malloy can ever hope to find the killer.
COLD SHOT by Mark Henshaw. It’s a typical day for senior analyst Jonathan Burke at the Red Cell, the CIA’s out-of-the-box think tank, until a file crosses his desk with pictures of a dead man in a life raft whose body is badly beaten and covered in suspicious burn marks. These disturbing pictures will lead Burke and his protégé Kyra Stryker on an unlikely mission thousands of miles away from the safety of their desks in Langley, Virginia, to Venezuela, where an Iranian freighter has docked with what they suspect is radioactive cargo on board. Stryker barely made it out of Caracas alive a few years ago on her first assignment for the Agency, and this mission to reveal Iran’s treachery will prove even riskier. The CIA’s resources in the politically unstable country are nonexistent, and diplomacy there is tricky at best. Hunted, alone, with a civil war growing around them, Burke and Stryker must act quickly to uncover Iran’s covert operation and stop America’s enemies from changing the global balance of nuclear power forever. They’re on their own—with one shot.
1,519 ALL-NATURAL ALL-AMAZING GARDENING SECRETS 2 by Reader’s Digest. Get the yard that has the whole neighborhood talking. With minimal time, money, and effort you can create a beautiful garden. This book is filled with old-time wisdom, ingenious advice, surprising tips, and expert tricks for growing the garden of your dreams. We’ll show you how to plan and design your garden, how to choose the plants that are best for your climate zone, and how to maintain them without spending a fortune on pesticides, fertilizers, and other overpriced chemicals. These experts will show you natural tricks for banishing bugs, whacking weeds, pummeling pests, super-sizing tiny tomatoes, pepping up puny peppers, and rescuing failing flowers. Among the secrets you’ll find inside this book are how to banish slugs from your garden with a little beer; destroy crabgrass with apple cider vinegar; brighten your grass with a box of Epsom salts; banish black spots on roses with baking soda; feed your ferns tea for lush, luxurious leaves; and much, much more.
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June 16, 2015
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.
THE GIRLS OF AUGUST by Anne Rivers Siddons. Every August, Maddy, Rachel, Barbara, and Melinda would gather together to spend a week at the beach, renting a new house each year. They called themselves the Girls of August. Their only criteria were oceanfront and isolation, their only desire to strengthen their far-flung friendships. But when Melinda dies tragically in a car accident, the group slowly drifts apart and their vacations together come to an end. Years later, a new marriage reunites them and they decide to gather once again, this time on a remote barrier island off the South Carolina coast. Baby, the new and much younger addition to the group, is not at all what the other women are expecting, and her adolescent antics soon test their patience and good will. But the girls quickly realize that Baby is the least of their worries: on this island, far from civilization, the strength of their friendship will be tested—and all four women will make startling discoveries that will alter them in ways they never expected.
MOONLIGHT COVE by Sherryl Woods. Jess is attractive, intelligent and successful—so why can’t she get a date? She recently joined an online dating service, and how many matches has the computer spit out? A big fat zero! Except that isn’t entirely true, because it reconnects her with Will, the man running the service. Will has loved Jess most of their lives, and as a psychologist, he understands her personal demons better than most. Trouble is, that’s exactly what scares Jess. She fears he views her as some sort of case study. But maybe it’s finally time she took a chance on love. When Will takes her on a romantic night out at Moonlight Cove, it takes her breath away. But with all that Jess has already been through, will it be enough to win her trust…and her heart?
AMERICAN SNIPER by Navy SEAL Chris Kyle. From 1999 to 2009, U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history. The Pentagon has officially confirmed more than 150 of Kyle’s kills (the previous American record was 109), but it has declined to verify the astonishing total number for this book. Iraqi insurgents feared him so much they placed a bounty on his head. Kyle earned legendary status among his fellow U.S. warriors, whom he protected with deadly accuracy from rooftops and stealth positions. Gripping and unforgettable, Kyle’s masterful account of his extraordinary battlefield experience ranks as one of the greatest war memoirs of all time.
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June 9, 2015
THE MARRIAGE SEASON by Linda Lael Miller. Since Hadleigh, Melody and Bex—the best of best friends—entered into a marriage pact, two of them have found (and married) the men of their hearts. But Bex doesn’t think she’ll be as fortunate as the others. Her own first love died years ago in a faraway war, and Bex has lost hope for a happy marriage of her own. She concentrates on her business, a successful chain of fitness clubs, instead. Then, when single father Tate Calder comes to Mustang Creek with his two sons in tow, who befriend Bex’s eight-year-old nephew, she and the handsome, aloof newcomer are constantly thrown together. But is the marriage season over? Or can a man with doubts about love be the right husband for a woman who wants it all?
TEXAS TOUGH by Janet Dailey. He’s everything she doesn’t need. The quiet horse whisperer whose touch still ignites her dreams—and is everything wealthy Lauren Prescott is not. She can think of a million reasons why she should never ever fall into Sky Fletcher’s sure embrace again. Until she clashes head-on with the dangerous complications of her privileged life and needs his protection like air to breathe. She’s more than he can resist. The heiress Sky can’t get out of his heart, no matter how much he tries. And being the secret third Tyler son doesn’t change a thing. All he wants from his two brothers is help uncovering a dangerous conspiracy threatening his land, their ranch, and the spirited beauty he never should have touched…the woman he still loves.
TAIL GAIT by Rita Mae Brown. Spring has sprung in Crozet, Virginia—a time for old friends to gather and bid farewell to the doldrums of winter. Harry Haristeen and her husband, Fair, are enjoying a cozy dinner with some of the town’s leading citizens, including several members of University of Virginia’s celebrated 1959 football team. When one of the dinner guests, Professor Greg McConnell, is found murdered on the golf course the next day—gunned down in broad daylight by an unseen killer—no one can fathom a motive, let alone find a suspect. Just as Harry and her furry cohorts begin nosing into the case, however, a homeless UVA alum confesses to the crime. Trouble is, no one believes that the besotted former All-American could have done the foul deed—especially after Mrs. Murphy, Pewter, and Tucker make another gruesome discovery.
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June 2, 2015
THE HOPE WE SEEK by Rich Shapero. Zachary Knox, a sharpshooter known as “the Bull’s-Eye Telepath,” heads north in search of gold. On his way he meets Sephy, a magnetic woman on the trail of her lost brother. But on arrival, they find the mining camp is home to a cult. The mine boss, Trevillan, rules the camp like a tyrannical priest, and at the center of his faith is Hope, an elusive goddess for whom the miners toil, enduring increasingly perilous trials as they pursue her into the depths of the earth. Zack determines to overthrow Trevillan, guided by Sephy’s cryptic directions—until Hope appears and reveals the astonishing future she has in mind for him.
RADIANT ANGEL by Nelson DeMille. After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, John Corey has the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey’s new assignment with the DSG—surveilling Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission—is thought to be “a quiet end,” Corey begins to realize something the U.S. government hasn’t: The all-too-real threat of a newly resurgent Russia. When Vasily Petrov, a colonel in the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service posing as a diplomat with the Russian U.N. Mission, mysteriously disappears from a Russian party in Southampton, it’s up to Corey to track him down. What are the Russian’s up to and why? Will Corey find Petrov and put a stop to whatever he has planned before it’s too late? Or will Corey finally be outrun and outsmarted, with America facing the prospect of a crippling attack unlike anything it’s ever seen before?
TRAUMA by Michael Palmer. Dr. Carrie Bryant’s four years as a neurosurgical resident at White Memorial Hospital have earned her the respect and admiration of peers and staff alike. When given the chance to perform her first unsupervised brain surgery, she jumps at the opportunity. But what should have been a routine operation turns horribly wrong, and Carrie must draw on all her resources to save her patient’s life. Emotionally and physically drained, Carrie must rush back to the OR to assist in a second surgery. There, she makes a tragic medical error with permanent consequences. With her confidence shattered, Carrie quits her residency and moves back home with her parents and her brother. An invitation to participate in an experimental program at the VA Medical Center that could forever cure the ravages of PTSD—which her brother, Adam, suffers from—seems like a way back into medicine. Carrie hopes the new procedure can help returning vets like her brother, and the apparent success of her first surgery promises greater things to come. Hours into his recovery, however, Carrie’s patient mysteriously vanishes. When a second patient goes missing, Carrie turns to investigative reporter David Hoffman for help in getting answers from an organization determined to keep secrets. As Carrie and David descend into the labyrinth of murder and corruption, the price Carrie could pay for asking the wrong questions is her life.