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April 19, 2016

ADULT FICTION

MOST WANTED by Lisa Scottoline. Christine Nilsson and her husband, Marcus, are desperate for a baby. Unable to conceive, they find themselves facing a difficult choice they had never considered. After many appointments with specialists, endless research, and countless conversations, they make the decision to use a donor. Two months pass, and Christine is happily pregnant. But one day, she is shocked to see a young blond man on the TV news being arrested for a series of brutal murders—and the blond man bears an undeniable resemblance to her donor. Delving deeper to discover the truth, Christine must confront a terrifying reality and face her worst fears. What would you do if the biological father of your unborn child was a killer?

FAMILY JEWELS by Stuart Woods. Stone Barrington’s new client seems to be a magnet for trouble. A poised lady of considerable wealth, she’s looking for help discouraging the attentions of a tenacious gentleman. But no sooner does Stone fend off the party in question than his client becomes involved in two lethal crimes. With suspects aplenty, Stone must probe deep into his client’s life to find the truth, and he discovers that the heart of the mystery may be a famous missing piece of history, a stunningly beautiful vestige of a bygone era. It has a long and storied past and untold value…the kind of relic someone might kill to obtain. Among the upper crust nearly everyone has buried a skeleton or two, and it will take all of Stone’s investigative powers to determine whose secrets are harmless—and whose are deadly.

THE OBSESSION by Nora Roberts. Naomi Bowes lost her innocence the night she followed her father into the woods. In freeing the girl trapped in the root cellar, Naomi revealed the horrible extent of her father’s crimes and made him infamous. No matter how close she gets to happiness, she can’t outrun the sins of Thomas David Bowes. Now a successful photographer living under the name Naomi Carson, she has found a place that calls to her, a rambling old house in need of repair, thousands of miles away from everything she’s ever known. Naomi wants to embrace the solitude, but the kindly residents of Sunrise Cove keep forcing her to open up—especially the determined Xander Keaton. Naomi can feel her defenses failing, and knows that the connection her new life offers is something she’s always secretly craved. But the sins of her father can become an obsession, and, as she’s learned time and time again, her past is never more than a nightmare away.

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April 12, 2016

ADULT FICTION

THE SECRET OF PEMBROOKE PARK by Julie Klassen. Abigail Foster is the practical daughter. She fears she will end up a spinster, especially as she has little dowry, and the one man she thought might marry her seems to have fallen for her younger, prettier sister. Facing financial ruin, Abigail and her father search for more affordable lodgings, until a strange solicitor arrives with an astounding offer: the use of a distant manor house abandoned for eighteen years. The Fosters journey to imposing Pembrooke Park and are startled to find it entombed as it was abruptly left: tea cups encrusted with dry tea, moth-eaten clothes in wardrobes, a doll’s house left mid-play…The handsome local curate and his family welcome them, but warns them to beware trespassers drawn by rumors that Pembrooke Park contains a secret room filled with treasure. This catches Abigail’s attention and she is soon searching the manor. But eerie sounds at night and footprints in the dust reveal she isn’t the only one secretly searching the house. As old friends and new foes come calling at Pembrooke Park, secrets come to light. Will Abigail find the treasure and love she seeks…or very real danger?

IN THE SHADOW OF THE BANYAN by Vaddey Ratner. For seven-year-old Raami, the shattering end of childhood begins with the footsteps of her father returning home in the early dawn hours, bringing details of the civil war that has overwhelmed the streets of Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital. Soon the family’s world of carefully guarded royal privilege is swept up in the chaos of revolution and forced exodus. Over the next four years, as the Khmer Rouge attempts to strip the population of every shred of individual identity, Raami clings to the only remaining vestige of her childhood—the mythical legends and poems told to her by her father. In a climate of systematic violence where memory is sickness and justification for execution, Raami fights for her improbable survival.

A TREASURE CONCEALED by Tracie Peterson. Emily Carver longs to have a home of her own, but instead she endures a transient existence in the gold mining camps of Montana Territory, where her father’s hopes for riches lie endlessly buried. Promises of wealth from this wild land have brought only hardship and disappointment, causing Emily to wonder if her own modest dreams will ever see the light of day. Caeden Thibault, a young geologist working for the government, is a man trying to escape the pain of his past, and the idyllic mountains of Montana serve his purposes well. In the course of his work, he has seen more than his share of starry-eyed gold seekers. So when Emily Carver catches his attention, he is intrigued by the fact that she isn’t pinning her hopes on striking it rich. Will an unexpected discovery come between them or draw them together?

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April 5, 2016

ADULT FICTION

DENALI DREAMS by Ronie Kendig and Kimberley Woodhouse. Vast and beautiful, Denali National Park brings adventure and love into the lives of four courageous women. Karon beat cancer, but still everyone treats her like delicate china. Maybe climbing the tallest mountain in North America will be exactly what it takes to prove she’s tougher than she looks. But will High One get the best of her? Jolie is an heiress who’s convinced someone’s out to kill her. And now she’s stranded in the wilderness of Denali. Can she survive against the rugged terrain—and an assassin—with the help of a handsome young base camp ranger? Deline’s flight-seeing tour business is stalling out. So when a nature-savvy but people-clumsy ranger hires her for glacier tours, she jumps at the chance, unaware that it’s her heart Logan truly wants. But will a string of dangerous incidents destroy her business and her chance at love? Ever since a stalker took her sister’s life, Deanna has been hiding out—and her remote job as a ranger in Talkeetna, Alaska, provides the perfect refuge. Until the past catches up with her. With all that’s at stake, can love conquer all? Will Denali spell disaster—or dream-come-true romance?

THE UNINVITED GUESTS by Sadie Jones. One late spring evening in 1912, in the kitchens at Sterne, preparations begin for an elegant supper party in Honor of Emerald Torrington’s twentieth birthday. But only a few miles away, a dreadful accident propels a crowd of mysterious and not altogether savory survivors to seek shelter at the ramshackle manor—and the household is thrown into confusion and mischief. The cook toils over mock turtle soup and a chocolate cake covered with green sugar roses, which the hungry band of visitors is not invited to taste. But nothing it seems will go according to plan. As the passengers wearily search for rest, the house undergoes a strange transformation. One of the passengers (who is most definitely not a gentleman) makes it his business to join the birthday celebration. Evening turns to stormy night, and a most unpleasant parlor game threatens to blow respectability to smithereens: Smudge Torrington, the wayward youngest daughter of the house, decides that this is the perfect moment for her Great Undertaking.

NO SAFE SECRET by Fern Michaels. From her silver Mercedes to her designer kitchen, Molly’s life is gleaming and beautiful—at least on the surface. Married to Tanner, a top cosmetic dentist, she has a wonderful daughter finishing high school and twin stepsons from Tanner’s first marriage. No one in her exclusive neighborhood in Goldenhills, Massachusetts, knows what living with the demanding Tanner is really like. They know even less about the life she left behind in Florida almost two decades ago. Back then, Molly was Maddy Carmichael, living with her twin brother and neglectful mother in a run-down trailer park amid the orange groves of Florida. After the terrible events of her high school prom night—and the act of vengeance that followed—she fled north and reinvented herself. But the veneer of Molly’s polished existence is finally cracking. As secrets old and new are revealed, Molly must face painful truths and the choices she made in their wake—and find the strength to become the woman she once hoped to be.

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March 29, 2016

ADULT FICTION

TIME OF FOG AND FIRE by Rhys Bowen.Molly Murphy Sullivan’s husband, Daniel, a police captain in turn-of-the-century New York City, is in a precarious position. The new police commissioner wants him off the force for good, so when Daniel’s offered an assignment from John Wilkie, head of the secret service, he’s eager to accept. But Molly can’t draw any details of the assignment out of him, not even where he’ll be working. When she spots him in San Francisco during a movie news segment, she starts to wonder if he’s in even more danger than she had thought. And then she receives a strange and cryptic letter from him, leading her to conclude that he wants her to join him in San Francisco. Molly knows that if Daniel is turning to her rather than Wilkie, something must be terribly wrong. What can she do for him that the secret service can’t? Embarking on a cross-country journey with her young son, Molly can’t fathom what’s in store for her, but she knows it might be dangerous – in fact, it might put all of their lives at risk.

PROPERTY OF A NOBLEWOMAN by Danielle Steel. Faded photographs, old letters, and a breathtaking array of magnificent jewelry. These are the contents of a safe-deposit box long abandoned in a New York City bank. If no heir is found, all contents of the box will be sold at auction. Two people begin to unravel the mystery. Jane Willoughby is a law clerk at the surrogate’s court and Phillip Lawton a fine arts expert for Christie’s auction house. The two discover the story of eighteen-year-old Marguerite Pearson, who left America with a broken heart in the shadow of World War II. She found a new life in Europe but forever mourned what she left behind. As the truth about Marguerite’s history—her forbidden love affair and her family’s treachery—is slowly revealed, more people are drawn into the puzzle that Jane and Phillip have pieced together, and one among them will inherit the most unexpected gift of all.

DEATH OF A NURSE by M.C. Beaton. Old James Harrison has recently moved into a restored hunting lodge in Sutherland, Scotland. When Police Sergeant Hamish MacBeth pays Mr. Harrison a visit to welcome him to the neighborhood, the old man treats him very rudely. But the visit isn’t a complete waste of time—Hamish also meets Mr. Harrison’s gorgeous private nurse, Gloria Dainty. As Gloria apologizes for her employer’s behavior, Hamish takes the plunge and invites her out to dinner. On the

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THE BIG SHORT: INSIDE THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE by Michael Lewis. When the crash of the U.S. stock market became public knowledge in the fall of 2008, it was already old news. The real crash, the silent crash, had taken place over the previous year, in bizarre feeder markets where the sun doesn’t shine and the SEC doesn’t dare, or bother, to tread. The smart people who understood what was, or might, be happening were paralyzed by hope and fear; in any case, they weren’t talking. The crucial question is this: Who understood the risk inherent in the assumption of ever-rising real estate prices, a risk compounded daily by the creation of those arcane, artificial securities loosely based on piles of doubtful mortgages? Lewis turns the inquiry on its head to create a fresh, character-driven narrative with indignation and dark humor.

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March 15, 2016

ADULT FICTION

THE RED SCARF by Kate Furnivall. Davinsky Labor Camp, Siberia, 1933: They’ve worked her like a slave—and almost starved her to death. Only two things in this wretched place keep Sofia alive: the prospect of one day walking free again, and the stories told by her friend Anna of a charmed childhood in Petrograd filled with parties and pearls—and of her fervent young love for a passionate revolutionary, Vasily. After a perilous escape, Sofia endures months of hardship, with the echo of her footsteps her only companion. But, clinging to a promise she made to Anna, she sets out to track down Vasily. In a remote village, where she’s nursed to health by a Gypsy family, she finds more than refuge—she also finds Mikhail Pashin, who, she is certain, is Vasily in disguise. She cannot stop herself from falling in love with him—but he belongs to Anna. After coming this far, Sofia is tantalizingly close to freedom, family—even a future. All that stands in her way is the secret past that could endanger everything she has come to hold dear.

THE GANGSTER by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott. It is 1906, and Van Dorn private detective Isaac Bell has his hands full protecting the most vulnerable New Yorkers, immigrants with nowhere else to turn, from a vicious organization known as the Black Hand. Kidnapping, blackmail, extortion, sabotage—they take the oldest tricks and add dynamite. When a coalition of the Black Hand’s victims hire out the Van Dorn Agency to protect their businesses, their reputations, and their families, Bell forms a crack squad and begins scouring the city for clues. Then the unexpected happens. He spots a familiar face. The stakes grow ever higher, with the Black Hand becoming more ambitious, and their targets more political. If Isaac Bell can’t determine the role played by the face from his past, the next life lost could be that of one of the most powerful men in the nation.

GONE AGAIN by James Grippando. Sashi Burgette vanished on her way to school three years ago. The night after the teenager’s disappearance, ex-con Dylan Reeves was stopped for drunk driving. An article of Sashi’s clothing was found in his truck, and a police videotape of his drunken explanation under interrogation sealed his fate at trial. Now, with Reeve’s execution just days away, Sashi’s mother visits Jack Swyteck, and delivers shocking news: “Sashi called me.” The police dismiss the call as a cruel hoax. The governor has already signed the death warrant. Time is running out, and an innocent man may be executed—unless his lawyers can find Sashi. A man of principle who believes in justice, Jack jumps into the investigation. But the deeper he digs, the more he realizes that nothing is what it appears to be. Not the victim. Not her alleged killer. And definitely not Sashi’s parents, whose grief destroyed their marriage, with each openly blaming the other for what happened to their daughter. As their gut-wrenching versions of events unfold in a Miami courtroom, it becomes clear to Jack that there is something even more difficult to find than a long-missing girl…the truth.

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March 8, 2016

ADULT FICTION

MARRIED TO A STRANGER by Patricia MacDonald. Twenty-six-year-old Emma Hollis has it all—a fortune she inherited from her father, a job she loves as a counselor at an adolescent crisis center, good friends, and a boyfriend who is crazy about her. Emma met sexy freelance journalist David Webster at a dinner party. Romantic, free-spirited, and a perfect lover, David sweeps Emma off her feet. Now a baby is on the way. Emma expects David to say goodbye, but David enjoys surprises. At their beautiful, impromptu wedding at a historic inn, Emma and David promise to love and cherish each other for the rest of their lives. The only shadow over Emma’s happiness is cast by her stepfather, who is furious that David failed to sign a prenuptial agreement. As the newlyweds set off for their honeymoon at an idyllic cabin in the New Jersey Pine Barrens, Emma has no idea that her life is about to turn into a wife’s worst nightmare.

THE SPRING AT MOSS HILL by Carla Neggers. Kylie Shaw has found a home and a quiet place to work as an illustrator of children’s books in little Knights Bridge, Massachusetts. She carefully guards her privacy in the refurbished nineteenth-century hat factory where she has a loft. And then California private investigator Russ Colton moves in. Russ is in Knights Bridge to keep his client and friend, eccentric Hollywood costume designer Daphne Stewart, out of trouble. Stewart is in town while considering starting a small children’s theater in Knights Bridge. But Kylie’s opposition to converting part of the old hat factory into a theater is a challenge for Russ. But his bigger challenge is getting Kylie to let loose a little…like the adventurous characters she depicts in her work. Kylie and Russ have more in common than they realize. They’re both looking for a place to belong, and if they’re able to let go of past mistakes and learn to trust again, they just might find what they need in Knights Bridge—and each other.

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DIXIE BETRAYED: HOW THE SOUTH REALLY LOST THE CIVIL WAR by David J. Eicher. For more than a century, since the end of the Civil War, the conventional wisdom has been that the South lost because of overwhelming Union strength and bad luck. The politicians and generals on the Confederate side have been lionized as noble warriors who bravely fought for an honorable cause that had little chance of succeeding. But historian Eicher reveals for the first time the real story, a calamity of political conspiracy, discord, and dysfunction that cost the South the Civil War. One of the most provocative and controversial books about the Civil War to be published in decades, Dixie Betrayed blasts away all the previous myths. For Civil War buffs as well as for anyone interested in how government of any age can self-destruct during wartime, it is essential reading.

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March 1, 2016

ADULT FICTION

DEATH OF A NURSE by M.C. Beaton. Old James Harrison has recently moved into a restored hunting lodge in Sutherland, Scotland. When Police Sergeant Hamish Macbeth pays Mr. Harrison a visit to welcome him to the neighborhood, the old man treats him very rudely. But the visit isn’t a complete waste of time—Hamish also meets Mr. Harrison’s gorgeous private nurse, Gloria Dainty. As Gloria apologizes for her employer’s behavior, Hamish takes the plunge and invites her out for dinner. On the appointed evening, Hamish waits for Gloria at the restaurant. And waits. Gloria never shows up. Four days later, Gloria’s body washed up on the beach near Braikie. Now without a date and without his former policeman Dick Fraser (who left the force to buy a bakery), Hamish must find out who killed the beautiful new resident of Sutherland—before the murderer strikes again.

A GIRL’S GUIDE TO MOVING ON by Debbie Macomber. When Nichole discovers that her husband, Jake, has been unfaithful, the illusion of her perfect life is indelibly shattered. While juggling her young son, a new job, and volunteer work, Nichole meets Rocco, who is the opposite of Jake in every way. But just as their relationship begins to blossom, Jake wagers everything on winning Nichole back—including their son Owen’s happiness. Meanwhile, Nichole’s mother-in-law, Leanne, has quietly ignored her husband’s cheating for decades, but is jolted into action by the echo of Nichole’s all-too-familiar crisis. While volunteering as a teacher of English as a second language, Leanne meets Nikolai, a charming, talented baker from Ukraine. Both women resolve to avoid the heartache and complications of romantic entanglements—until an unexpected tragedy tests the very fabric of their commitments.

MURDER 101 by Faye Kellerman. Former LAPD detective lieutenant Peter Decker and his wife, Rina Lazarus, are ready to enjoy the quiet beauty of upstate New York, where they can be closer to their four adult children and their foster son. But working for the Greenbury Police department isn’t as fulfilling as Decker had hoped. Just when he thinks he’s made a mistake, Decker is called to his first real crime scene—a possible break-in at the local cemetery. At first, it seems like a false alarm, until it’s discovered that a mausoleum’s stunning Tiffany panels have been replaced by forgeries. Then, a coed at one of the exclusive local colleges is brutally murdered. Poking into the hallowed halls of academia to find a killer, Decker and his newest partner, a young Harvard-educated buck named Tyler McAdams, are suddenly drawn deep into a web of dark secrets, cold case crimes, international intrigue, and ruthless people who kill for sport.

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THE COMPLETE IDIOT’S GUIDE TO CONVERSATIONAL SIGN LANGUAGE ILLUSTRATED by Carole Lazorisak and Dawn Donohue. You’re no idiot, of course. You know communicating in sign language involves more than moving your hands. Facial expressions and body gestures speak in greater volumes than signed speech alone, but it can be a complicated combination of art and skill. This book will show you how to express yourself clearly in the deaf community—and how to listen in return. Includes DVD with full-hand motion of every sign and phrase.

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