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April 13, 2015

ADULT FICTION

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

ADULT FICTION

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.

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March 30, 2015

ADULT FICTION

THE CAVENDON WOMEN by Barbara Taylor Bradford. The aristocratic Inghams have been served by the Swann family for centuries. This is the story of these two families’ journeys—from a weekend in 1926 through to the devastation of the financial crash of 1929. It all begins on a summer weekend in July of 1926, when, for the first time in years, the Earl has planned a family weekend. Everyone is intrigued by the invitation, and everyone has their own reasons for accepting it. As the family members come together, secrets, problems, joys, and sorrows are revealed. And as old enemies come out of the shadows and the Swanns’ loyalty to the Inghams gets tested in ways none of them could have predicted, it is up to the Cavendon women to band together and bring their family into a new decade, and a new way of life.

INSPECTOR OF THE DEAD by David Morrell. The year is 1855. The Crimean War is raging. The incompetence of British commanders causes the fall of the government. The Empire teeters. Amid this crisis comes opium-eater Thomas De Quincey, one of the most notorious and brilliant personalities of Victorian England. Along with his irrepressible daughter, Emily, and their Scotland Yard companions, Detectives Ryan and Becker, De Quincey finds himself confronted by an adversary who threatens the heart of the nation. An unidentified killer is targeting members of the upper echelons of British society, leaving with each corpse the name of someone who previously attempted to kill Queen Victoria. The evidence indicates that the ultimate victim will be Victoria herself. As De Quincey and Emily race to protect the queen, they uncover long-buried secrets and the heartbreaking past of a man whose lust for revenge has destroyed his soul.

CUBA STRAITS by Randy Wayne White. Doc Ford’s old friend Juan Rivera has gone into the lucrative business of smuggling Cuban baseball players into the United States. He is also feasting on profits made from buying historical treasures for pennies on the dollar. He prefers what dealers call HPC items—high-profile collectibles—but when he manages to obtain a collection of letters written by Fidel Castro between 1953 and 1963 to a previously unknown girlfriend, it’s not a matter of money anymore. This time, Rivera has stumbled way out of his depth. First, a shortstop who is believed to be insane disappears. Then Castro’s briefcase. When Doc Ford investigates, he soon becomes convinced that those letters contain a secret that someone, or some powerful agency, cannot allow to be made public. A lot happened between Cuba and the United States from 1960 to 1962. Many men died. A few more will hardly be noticed.

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March 23, 2015

ADULT FICTION

NYPD RED 3 by James Patterson. NYPD Red is the elite, highly trained task force assigned to protect the rich, the famous, and the connected. And Detective Zach Jordan and his partner, Kylie MacDonald, are the best of the best, brilliant and tireless investigators who will stop at nothing to deliver justice. Zach and Kylie’s New Year’s celebrations are cut short when they’re called to the home of billionaire businessman Hunter Alden Jr. after he makes a grisly discovery in his town-house garage. When Alden’s teenage son disappears soon afterward and his father seems oddly reluctant to look for him, Zach and Kylie find themselves in the middle of a chilling conspiracy that threatens everyone in its wake—especially their city’s most powerful citizens.

INTO THE DARK by Alison Gaylin. Brenna Spector has a perfect memory for every moment of her adult life. Anything can trigger a flawless, often frightening, recollection. This time, it’s the sight of webcam star Lula Belle, appearing as always in silhouette, baring her “secrets” online for the benefit of her male audience. But Lula Belle’s stories are uncannily similar to Brenna’s memories of her sister, Clea, who stepped into a blue car and vanished when Brenna was a small girl. Her assistant, Trent, has other reasons for wanting to meet the enigmatic, elusive Lula Belle; Brenna knows that the cyber-starlet is the only connection—however slight—she has to her missing sister. When Lula Belle herself disappears, Brenna and Trent follow her into the dark.

THE MARRIAGE CHARM by Linda Lael Miller. The women of Bliss County have a pact—to find husbands. The right husbands. One already has: Hadleigh Stevens, who married rancher Tripp Galloway a few months ago. Now Melody Nolan thinks it’s her turn. Melody has recently found success as a jewelry designer, and her work is the focus of her life. She’s not exactly unhappy, but she wants more. She’s always been attracted to Spence Hogan, the local chief of police, but she’s convinced that Spence, a notorious charmer, isn’t what you’d call husband material. Spence is a good cop who isn’t scared of anything—except love. And he’s done everything he can to preserve his reputation as a womanizer—a reputation that keeps marriage-minded women, like Melody, at bay. And yet…there’s something about Melody he can’t forget. Something his heart can’t ignore.

SIDNEY SHELDON’S ANGEL OF THE DARK by Tilly Bagshawe. When the police arrive at the Hollywood home of multimillionaire Andrew Jakes, they find that the elderly man has been murdered, his wife raped, and his art and jewels stolen. When they fail to turn up any hard evidence, the case turns cold and the only witness, the young widow, vanishes. Fast-forward ten years. Jakes’ estranged son, Matt Daley, discovers three elderly men died in identical circumstances to his father. But when Matt takes his suspicions to investigator Danny McGuire, he learns the cops have long been seeking a mysterious beauty they’ve dubbed the Angel of Death. As Matt pursues her intriguing shadow, the two enter a tantalizing game of cat and mouse where he learns nothing is what it seems.

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March 16, 2015

ADULT FICTION

THE EDGE OF DREAMS by Rhys Bowen. Molly Murphy Sullivan’s husband, Daniel, a captain in the New York City police force, is stumped. He’s chasing a murderer whose victims have nothing in common—nothing except for the taunting notes that Daniel receives after each murder. And when Daniel receives a note immediately after Molly and her young son Liam are in a terrible train crash, Daniel and Molly both begin to fear that maybe Molly herself was the target. Molly’s detective instincts are humming, but finding the time to dig deeper into this case is a challenge. She’s still healing from injuries sustained in the crash, along with being side-tracked by her friends Sid and Gus’s most recent hobby, dream analysis. And when Molly herself starts suffering from strange dreams, she wonders if they just might hold the key to solving Daniel’s murder case.

WORLD GONE BY by Dennis LeHane. Late spring, 1943. The world is at war but the American mob is in its heyday. Former crime boss Joe Coughlin now works as an advisor to the infamous Bartolo Crime Family, effortlessly handling its interests in Tampa, Boston, and Cuba. A decade has passed since he lost his wife in a cascade of bullets; Prohibition is dead, and Joe has made a home for himself and his son, Tomas, in Ybor City. Once again, Joe has forged everything out of nothing: money, influence, and a privileged place in Tampa’s shadowy underworld. But a rumor surfaces that someone wants Joe dead. And he has only days to figure out who is after him or he will die. And then there’s the ghost—a young boy who appears on the fringes of Joe’s vision and seems to be trying to tell him something. Racing against time and fate to find out who may want him dead, Joe hurtles through a violent yet intoxicating world where the old codes, the old sins, and the old dreams may soon be swept away once and for all.

THE SHOCKING SECRET OF A GUEST AT THE WEDDING by Victoria Alexander. The bride and groom cordially request your presence for a wedding at Millworth Manor…Guests will include Jackson Quincy Graham Channing, New York City banker, and Lady Theodosia “Teddy” Winslow, wedding planner to the finest families in England. Introductions shall be followed by light conversation, dancing, flirtation, arguing, reconciliation, and an impulsive kiss that both parties are quite certain they will never repeat. Until they do. A mutually beneficial fake engagement will be accompanied by all manner of very real complications, scandalous revelations, wicked schemes, and one inescapable conclusion: That true love—unlike the perfect wedding—is impossible to plan.

ADULT NON-FICTION

THE GREENHOUSE GARDENER’S MANUAL by Roger Marshall. A greenhouse can bring you spectacular rewards—if you know how to maximize its potential. In this easy-to-use guide, Marshall covers it all—how to choose, heat, irrigate, and maintain your greenhouse—as well as how to grow scores of popular plants. These include vegetables, herbs, and fruit; ornamentals for flowers and foliage; and collectors’ plants such as orchids, bromeliads, cacti, and succulents. You’ll also learn propagation techniques, the basics of hydroponics and aquaponics, and the most effective ways of controlling pests and diseases.

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March 9, 2015

ADULT FICTION

LAST ONE HOME by Debbie Macomber. Growing up, Cassie Carter and her sisters, Karen and Nichole, were incredibly close—until one fateful event drove them apart. After high school, Cassie ran away from home to marry the wrong man, throwing away a college scholarship and breaking her parents’ hearts. To make matters worse, Cassie had always been their father’s favorite—a sentiment that weighed heavily on her sisters and made Cassie’s actions even harder to bear. Now thirty-one, Cassie is back in Washington, living in Seattle with her daughter and hoping to leave her past behind. Despite the strides she’s made, she hasn’t been able to make peace with her sisters. Then one day, Cassie receives a letter from Karen, offering what Cassie thinks may be a chance to reconcile. And as Cassie opens herself up to new possibilities—making amends with her sisters, finding love once more—she realizes the power of compassion, and the promise of a fresh start.

THE ASSASSIN by Clive Cussler. It is 1905, and as Van Dorn private detective Isaac Bell strives to land a government contract to investigate John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil monopoly, the case takes a deadly turn. A sniper begins murdering opponents of Standard Oil, and soon the assassin kills Bell’s best witness, a brave and likeable man. Then the shooter detonates a terrible explosion that sets the victim’s independent refinery ablaze. Bell summons his best detectives to scour the site of the crime for evidence. Who is the assassin, and for whom did he kill? But the murders have just begun, as Bell tracks his phantomlike criminal adversary from the “oil fever” regions of Kansas and Texas to Washington, D.C., to the tycoons’ territory of New York, to Russia’s war-torn Baku oil fields on the Caspian Sea, and back to America for a final, desperate confrontation. And this one will be the most explosive of all.

COLD BETRAYAL by J.A. Jance. Ali Reynolds’s longtime friend and Taser-carrying nun Sister Anselm rushes to the bedside of a young pregnant woman hospitalized for severe injuries after she was hit by a car on a deserted Arizona highway. The girl had been running away from The Family, a polygamous cult with no patience for those who try to leave its ranks. Meanwhile, married life agrees with Ali. But any hopes that she and her husband will finally slow down and relax are dashed when Ali’s new daughter-in-law approaches her, desperate for help. The girl’s grandmother Betsy is in danger: She’s been receiving anonymous threats, and someone even broke into her home and turned on the gas burners in the middle of the night. But the local police think the elderly woman’s just not as sharp as she used to be. While Ali struggles to find a way to protect Betsy before it’s too late, Sister Anselm needs her help as well, and the two race the clock to uncover the secrets that The Family has hidden for so long—before someone comes back to bury them forever.

DOUBLE FUDGE BROWNIE MURDER by Joanne Fluke. Life in tiny Lade Eden, Minnesota, is usually pleasantly uneventful. Lately, though, it seems everyone has more than their fair share of drama—especially the Swensen family. With so much on her plate, Hannah Swensen can hardly find the time to think about her bakery—let alone the town’s most recent murder. Hannah is nervous about the upcoming trial for her involvement in a tragic accident. She’s eager to clear her name once and for all, but her troubles only double when she finds the judge bludgeoned to death with his own gavel and Hannah is the number one suspect. Now on trial in the court of public opinion, she sets out in search of the culprit and discovers that the judge made more than a few enemies during his career. With time running out, Hannah will have to whip up her most clever recipe yet to find a killer more elusive that the perfect brownie. (recipes included!)

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March 2, 2015

ADULT FICTION

CRASH & BURN by Lisa Gardner. My name is Nicky Frank. Except, most likely, it isn’t. I’m looking for a little girl. I have to save her. Except, most likely, she doesn’t exist. My husband claims he’ll do anything to save me. Except, most likely, he can’t. This is my life. Except, most likely, it’s not. Now watch me crash and burn. Nicole Frank shouldn’t have survived the car accident, much less crawl up the steep ravine. Not in the dark, not in the rain, not with her injuries. Sergeant Detective Wyatt Foster is frustrated when even the search dogs can’t find any trace of the mysterious missing child—until Nicky’s husband, Thomas, arrives with a host of shattering revelations: Nicole suffers from a rare brain injury and the police shouldn’t trust anything she says. Who is Nicole Frank, and what happened the night her car sailed off the road? Was it a random accident or something more sinister? The deeper Wyatt digs, the more concerned he becomes. Because as it turns out, in the past few months, Nicky has suffered more than one accident…In fact, it would appear someone very much wants her dead.

THE NIGHT STRANGERS by Chris Bohjalian. In a dusty corner of a basement in a rambling Victorian house in northern New Hampshire, a door has been sealed shut with thirty-nine 6-inch-long carriage bolts. The home’s new owners are Chip and Emily Linton and their twin ten-year-old daughters. Together they hope to rebuild their lives there after Chip, an airline pilot, has to ditch his seventy-seat regional jet in Lake Champlain after double engine failure. Unlike “The Miracle of the Hudson,” however, most of the passengers aboard Flight 1611 die on impact or drown. The body count? Thirty-nine—a coincidence not lost on Chip when he discovers the number of bolts in that basement door. Meanwhile, Emily finds herself wondering about the women in this sparsely populated White Mountain village—self-proclaimed herbalists—and their interest in her fifth-grade daughters. Are the women mad? Or is it her husband, in the wake of the tragedy, whose grip on sanity has become desperately fragile?

THE FIRST WIFE by Erica Spindler. As a child, Bailey Browne always dreamed of a mysterious stranger who would sweep her off her feet and whisk her away from her working-class upbringing to an existence of passion and adventure. Then, suddenly, there he is: tall, dark, and wonderful. Despite the ten-year difference in their ages, Logan Abbott and Bailey fall deeply in love. Marriage quickly follows. However, when Logan brings her home to his horse farm in Louisiana, a magnificent estate on ninety wooded acres, her dreams of happily-ever-after begin to unravel. A tragic family history she knew nothing about surfaces, plus there are whisperings about the disappearance of his first wife, True, and then rumors about the other women from the area who have gone missing—and when another woman disappears, all signs point to her husband’s involvement. At first Bailey ignores the gossip, even as the circumstantial evidence against Logan mounts. But finally, she must make a choice: believe what everyone says is true, and turn against the only person who ever saved her—or bet her life on the man she loves but who she realizes she hardly knows.

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