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June 23, 2015

ADULT FICTION

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.

ADULT NON-FICTION

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

ADULT FICTION

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?

ADULT NON-FICTION

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

ADULT FICTION

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

ADULT FICTION

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.

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May 26, 2015

ADULT FICTION

NOT ALWAYS A SAINT by Mary Jo Putney. After the death of his sweetheart when he was at university, Daniel Herbert buried his grief in medical studies and his passion for healing. Viewed as a saint by those who know him, in his own mind he never quite manages to live up to his own high standards. Most men would be thrilled to learn they’ve inherited a title and estate from a distant relative, but Daniel is appalled because the burden of wealth will interfere with his medical calling. Warily he accepts that he must enter society and seek a wife—a sensible woman who can oversee his properties, leaving him free to continue his work. He does not expect to become intoxicated by a woman called the Black Widow, who is as mysterious as she is shockingly beautiful. Jessie Kelham’s looks have always been a curse. Now alone with a young daughter and a perilous secret, she is in need of protection. But dangerously attractive Daniel Herbert is not the kind of husband she has in mind. If he recognizes her, the demons of her past will surely erupt. Yet they cannot keep apart—and soon they are drawn into a union that may bring joy—or shattering danger.

THE FALL by John Lescroart. At 11:03 p.m. on a cool night in May, a teenage foster child named Anlya Paulson plummets to her death from the overpass above San Francisco’s Stockton tunnel. But did she fall…or was she pushed? Rushing to produce a convictable suspect, police focus their attention on a likeable but naïve young man named Greg Treadway, who is a middle school teacher and special advocate volunteer for foster children. At first, the only thing connecting him to Anlya’s death is the fact that they shared a meal earlier that night. But soon enough, elements of that story seem to fall apart, and Rebecca Hardy, now an associate at her father’s law firm, finds herself drawn into the young man’s defense. As the case rushes forward to trial, Rebecca finds herself battling not only an aggressive prosecutor, but her own client, who isn’t faring well in jail and insists on going to trial immediately. With little time to investigate, she fears that her first outing as lead counsel in a homicide case will end in disaster. But when a dying woman’s last words cast a surprising new light on the evidence, Rebecca begins to glimpse the intricate web that connects a dead African-American girl to the complex political and judicial machine that runs San Francisco. Proving it in court, however, won’t be so easy.

CHASING SUNSETS by Karen Kingsbury. Growing up in a comfortable home, Mary Catherine wanted for nothing. Though she loves her wealthy parents, their lifestyle never appealed to her. Instead, Mary Catherine pursues meaning through charity work, giving away part of herself but never giving away her heart. Now Mary Catherine lives in Los Angeles with her roommate, Sami, and volunteers at a local youth center with baseball coach Tyler Ames and LA Dodgers pitcher Marcus Dillinger. Despite Mary Catherine’s intention to stay single, she finds herself drawing close to Marcus, and their budding romance offers an exciting life she’s never dreamed of. That is, until she receives devastating news from her doctor. News that alters her future and forces her to make a rash decision.

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May 19, 2015

ADULT FICTION

PERFECT MATCH by Fern Michaels. Years ago, NFL star Jake Masters came achingly close to achieving his dream of playing in the Super Bowl—before a spinal injury ended his career. Confined to a wheelchair, Jake now stays cocooned behind the imposing walls of his lavish home. But his twin sister, Beth, has no intention of letting him languish there forever. Beth owns a highly successful matchmaking service, but she’s gifting the business to Jake—whether he likes it or not—while she follows her dreams of making it as a singer in Nashville. Though Jake had plenty of women falling all over him at the peak of his career, he knows nothing about matchmaking and it’s soon clear that he needs an assistant. Enter Gracie Sweet, who begins by revamping the business and soon she’s overhauling Jake’s entire life—and to his surprise, Jake’s enjoying it. But when their clients become victims of theft, Gracie and Jake must reconcile their very different outlooks if they’re to have any chance of saving the company…and if Jake is to make another play for the life he thought he lost.

DON’T GO HOME by Carolyn Hart. Annie Darling, owner of the Death on Demand mystery bookstore, is hosting a party to celebrate the successful Southern literary icon—and former Broward’s Rock resident—Alex Griffith and his bestselling novel, Don’t Go Home. But after the local paper announces that Griffith aims to reveal the real-life inspirations behind his characters, perhaps the author should take his own advice. Not everyone in town is ready to give him a glowing review. As Annie attempts damage control, her friend Marian Kenyon gets in a heated argument with Griffith. It’s a fight Annie won’t soon forget—especially when the author turns up dead. Despite an array of suspects to match Griffith’s cast of characters—and a promise to her husband, Max, to steer clear of sleuthing—Annie’s not about to let the police throw the book at her friend when the real killer remains at large.

THE GUEST COTTAGE by Nancy Thayer. Sensible thirty-six-year-old Sophie Anderson has always known what to do. She’s always known her role in life. But one warm summer night, as the house grows quiet around her and her children fall fast asleep, she wonders what’s missing from her life. When her husband echoes that same question, announcing that he’s leaving her for another woman, Sophie realizes she has no idea what’s next. Impulsively renting a guest cottage on Nantucket from her friend Susie Swenson, Sophie rounds up her kids, Jonah and Lacey, and leaves Boston for a quiet family vacation, minus one. Also minus one is Trevor Black who has recently lost his wife. Trevor is the last person to imagine himself raising a little boy like Leo—smart and sweet but grappling constantly with his mother’s death. Hoping a quiet summer on the Nantucket coast will help him reconnect with Leo, Trevor rents a guest house on the beautiful island from his friend, Ivan Swenson. Best-laid plans run awry when Sophie and Trevor realize they’ve mistakenly rented the same house. Still, determined to make this a summer their kids will always remember, the two agree to share the Swenson’s Nantucket house. But as the summer unfolds and the families grow close, Sophie and Trevor must ask themselves if the guest cottage is all they want to share.

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May 12, 2015

ADULT FICTION

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

ADULT FICTION

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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