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November 13, 2018

ADULT FICTION

A WILLING MURDER by Jude Deveraux. When he was done what he came to do, he patted the dirt down, then stood up. To make sure it was done right, he went around the tree again and again, stamping harder and harder, crushing what was buried beneath the soil. As he walked away, he smiled at the peaceful houses around him. His small town was such a nice place. In fact, maybe ridding it of undesirables had been a favor to the neighborhood. A lesson had been learned, and nothing like that would ever happen again…

BEAUTY AND THE CLOCKWORK BEAST by Nancy Campbell Allen. When Lucy Pickett arrives at Blackwell Manor to tend to her ailing cousin, Kate, she finds more than she bargained for. A restless ghost roams the hallways, werewolves have been reported in the area, and vampires lurk across the Scottish border. Lord Miles is clearly hiding a secret. Brash and inhospitable, he doesn’t take kindly to visitors—even one as smart and attractive as Miss Pickett. He is unsettled by the mysterious deaths of his wife and his sister. Can Lucy solve the mystery of Miles? Could she love the man beast and all?

ADULT NON-FICTION

FEAR: TRUMP IN THE WHITE HOUSE by Bob Woodward. With authoritative reporting honed through eight presidencies from Nixon to Obama, Woodward reveals in unprecedented detail the harrowing life inside President Donald Trump’s White House and precisely how he makes decisions on major foreign and domestic policies. This is the most intimate portrait of a sitting president ever published during the president’s first years in office. The focus is on the explosive debates and the decision-making in the Oval Office, the Situation Room, Air Force One, and the White House residence. Woodward draws from hundreds of hours of interviews with firsthand sources, meeting notes, personal diaries, files and documents, often with day-by-day details, dialogue and documentation. Fear reports in depth on Trump’s key domestic issues, immigration, tax legislation, and the racial violence in Charlottesville in 2017. Get the inside story on President Trump, as only Bob Woodward can tell it.

THE DEEP STATE by Jason Chaffetz. The Deep State is real. They don’t like exposure, accountability, or responsibility. They fight back, outlast, and work the system to their advantage. Sometimes even conservatives talk about the Deep State as though it’s just dumb, inefficient bureaucracy. In fact, just the opposite is true. The Deep State is unconstitutional, organized, and exceptionally good at protecting themselves from supervision. As chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Chaffetz was the tip of the spear challenging the Deep State and trying to hold them accountable. He took on the powerful forces at the IRS, the EPA, the DOJ, the Department of State, and others. His stories are as enraging as they are endless. While the metastasizing corruption tends to support Democrats, they will work with any party that lets them grow unchecked. That’s why they feel they must stop the anti-establishment agenda of Donald Trump. The Deep State has been in place for a long time. Chaffetz highlights their tactics, illuminates the problems, and offers a way to fight back and win.

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November 6, 2018

ADULT FICTION

HOLY GHOST by John Sandford. Wheatfield, Minnesota, is a metropolis of six hundred or so souls for which the word “moribund” might have been coined. Nothing ever happened there, and nothing ever would, until the mayor (of sorts—campaign slogan: “I’ll do what I can”) and his precocious teenage buddy come up with a scheme to put Wheatfield on the map. Should something dramatic occur—say, an apparition of the Virgin Mary miraculously appear at the local Catholic church—the whole town would be turned into a shrine, attracting thousands of pilgrims. And all those pilgrims need food, shelter, all kinds of crazy things. The town would get rich! What could possibly go wrong? Then the shootings begin. And as they—and Virgil Flowers—are about to discover, that’s only the beginning of their troubles.

AMBUSH by James Patterson and James O. Born. An anonymous tip about a crime in Upper Manhattan proves to be a setup. An officer is taken down—and, despite the attackers’ efforts, it’s not Michael Bennett. New York’s top cop is not the only one at risk. One of Bennett’s children sustains a mysterious injury. And a series of murders follows, each with a distinct signature, alerting Bennett to the presence of a professional killer with a flair for disguise. Bennett taps his best investigators and sources, but the leads they’re chasing turn out to be phantoms. The assassin takes advantage of the chaos, enticing an officer into compromising Bennett, then luring another member of Bennett’s family into grave danger. Michael Bennett can’t tell what’s driving the assassin. But he can tell it’s personal and that it’s part of something huge.

ALASKAN HOLIDAY by Debbie Macomber. Before beginning her dream job as sous chef in one of Seattle’s hottest new restaurants, Josie Avery takes a summer position cooking at a lakeside lodge in the remote Alaskan town of Ponder. Josie falls for the rustic charms of the local community—including Jack Corcoran, the crotchety keeper of Ponder’s famed sourdough starter, and, in particular, the quiet and intense Palmer Saxon, a famed master swordsmith. Josie and Palmer become close during the long Alaskan summer days, but Josie knows that, come fall, she’ll be returning to reality and the career she’s worked so hard for. Palmer, on the other hand, would like nothing more than to make Josie his wife and keep her in Ponder. Fate has plans for Josie, though. Josie misses the last boat out of town before winter sets in, stranding her in Ponder and putting her dream job at risk. As the holidays approach, Josie and Palmer must grapple with the complications that arise when dreams confront reality, and the Christmas magic that can happen when they put their faith in love.

THE NEXT PERSON YOU MEET IN HEAVEN by Mitch Albom. The accident that killed amusement park mechanic Eddie in The five people you meet in Heaven left an indelible mark on Annie, the girl he saved, too. It took her left hand, which needed to be surgically reattached. Injured, scarred, and unable to remember what happened, Annie is forever changed by a guilt-ravaged mother who whisks her away from the world she knew. Bullied by her peers and haunted by something she cannot recall, Annie struggles to find acceptance as she grows. She feels everything she does is a mistake. When, as a young woman, she reconnects with Paulo, her childhood love, she believes she has finally found happiness. Anna marries Paulo, but her wedding night ends in an unimaginable tragedy. Annie is whisked into her own heavenly journey—and into an inevitable reunion with Eddie, one of the five people who will show her how her earthly life touched others in ways she could not have fathomed.

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October 30, 2018

ADULT FICTION

WINTER IN PARADISE by Elin Hilderbrand. Irene Steele has an idyllic life: a beautiful Iowa City Victorian house, lovingly restored to perfection; a husband who adores her to skywriting, sentimental extremes; two grown sons out leading interesting lives; and a satisfying magazine job. But as she greets the new year on a cold and snowy night, everything comes crashing down around her with the insistent ringing of her phone and the shocking news that her beloved husband, away on business, has been killed in a plane crash. But before Irene can even process this tragedy, she must confront the perplexing details of her husband’s death, on the island of St. John, a distant Caribbean paradise she’d be challenged to find on a map. What on earth was he doing there, and why is his boss being so evasive about the details surrounding his death? Irene and her sons arrive on St. John only to make another shocking discovery: her husband had a secret, other life. As Irene investigates the mysterious circumstances of her husband’s death, she and her sons have to face the truths about their own lives and secrets.

SHELL GAME by Sara Paretsky. When V.I. Warshawski gets word that her close friend and mentor Lotty Herschel’s nephew has become a murder suspect, the legendary detective will do everything she can to save him. The cops found Felix Herschel’s name and phone number on the unknown victim’s remains, but Felix insists he doesn’t know why. As Vic digs deeper, she discovers that the dead man was obsessed with Middle Eastern archeology—the first clue in a bewildering case that leads to a stolen artifact and a shadowy network of international criminals. But the trouble multiplies when Vic’s long-lost niece, Reno, goes missing. A beautiful young woman with a heartbreaking past and a promising future, Reno is harboring a secret that may cost her her life. V.I. can hear the clock ticking on her niece’s safety and is frantic in her efforts to find her. Vic won’t leave any stone unturned until these very personal cases are cleared—a complex investigation that will entangle the Russian mob, ISIS backers, rogue ICE agents, a nefarious corporation preying on the poor, and a shady network of stock scams and stolen antiquities stretching from Chicago to the East Indies and the Middle East.

AN EASY DEATH by Charlaine Harris. Set in a fractured United States, in the southwestern country known as Texoma—where magic is acknowledged but mistrusted, especially by a young gun for hire named Lizbeth Rose. Lizbeth takes a job offer from a pair of Russian wizards to be their local guide and gunnie. For the wizards, Gunnie Rose has already acquired a fearsome reputation, and they’re at a desperate crossroad, even if they won’t admit it. They’re searching through the small border towns near Mexico, trying to locate a low-level magic practitioner, Oleg Karkarov. The wizards believe Oleg is a direct descendant of Grigori Rasputin…and that Oleg’s blood can save a young tsar’s life. As the trio journey through an altered America, shattered into several countries by the assassination of Franklin Roosevelt and the Great Depression, they’re set upon by powerful enemies. Now it’s up to Lizbeth Rose to get them all out alive.

ADULT NON-FICTION

UNDER FIRE by April Ryan. Veteran White House reporter Ryan thought she had seen everything in her over two decades as a correspondent. And then came the Trump administration. She takes us inside the confusion and chaos of the Trump White House to understand how she and other reporters adjusted to the new normal. With the world on edge and a country grappling with a new controversy almost daily, Ryan gives readers a glimpse into current events from her perspective, not only from inside the briefing room but also as a target of those who want to avoid answering probing questions. Readers will walk away with an unprecedented view of the Trump White House and what it is like to be a reporter “under fire.”

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October 16, 2018

ADULT FICTION

 

THIS I KNOW by Eldonna Edwards. Eleven-year-old Grace Carter has a talent for hiding things. She’s had plenty of practice, burying thoughts and feelings that might anger her strict Evangelical pastor father, and concealing the deep intuition she carries inside. The Knowing, as Grace calls it, offers glimpses of people’s pasts and futures. It enables her to see into the depth of her mother’s sadness, and even allows Grace to talk to Isaac, her twin brother who died at birth. To her wise, loving Aunt Pearl, the Knowing is a family gift; to her daddy, it’s close to witchcraft. Grace can’t see into someone’s thoughts without their permission. But it doesn’t take her special talent to know that her small community is harboring its share of secrets. A young girl has gone missing. Within Grace’s own family too, the cracks are widening, as her sisters Hope, Joy and Chastity enjoy the normal life that eludes Grace. It’s Grace’s kinship with other outsiders that keeps her afloat—Lyle, a gentle, homeless man, and Lola, a free-spirited new girl at school. But when her mother lapses into deep depression after bringing home a new baby, Grace will face a life-changing choice—ignore her gift and become the obedient daughter her father demands, or find the courage to make herself heard, even if it means standing apart.

RUFF JUSTICE by Laurien Berenson. With the excitement of the spring dog show season sweeping Connecticut, Melanie Travis is determined to help her son finally lead his Standard Poodle toward a championship title. Aunt Peg even skips the judging panel to enter a pup of her own, and she’s set on standing out from the pack with a handmade leash from artist Jasmine Crane. Jasmine’s creations are to die for—but Aunt Peg didn’t expect to discover the woman murdered behind the concession booth, strangled by one of her dazzling custom creations. Another shockwave ripples through the close-knit show community when Amanda, Aunt Peg’s longtime dog sitter and renter on Jasmine’s property, ominously vanishes that same day. While nosing around for clues, Melanie suspects a dangerous connection between Amanda’s disappearance and the homicide case—a hunch that grows as her investigation reveals sketchy secrets about the late artist. Juggling a demanding teaching job, the pressures of the show ring, and a daunting suspect list, Melanie finds herself entangled in a mindboggling murder mystery…and hot on the trail of a desperate killer.

THE FAVORITE SISTER by Jessica Knoll. When five hyper-successful women agree to appear on a reality series set in New York City called Goal Diggers, the producers never expect the season will end in murder. Brett’s the fan favorite. Tattooed and only twenty-seven, the meteoric success of her spin studio—and her recent engagement to her girlfriend—has made her the object of jealousy from her castmates. Kelly, Brett’s older sister and business partner, is the most recent recruit, dismissed as a hanger-on by veteran cast. The golden child growing up, she defers to Brett now—a role which requires her to protect their shocking secret. Stephanie, the first black cast member and the oldest, is a successful bestselling author of erotic novels. There have been whispers about her hot, non-working actor-husband and his wandering eye, but this season the focus is on the rift that has opened between her and Brett, former best friends—and resentment soon breeds contempt.

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October 9, 2018

ADULT FICTION

 

THE FALL OF GONDOLIN by J.R.R. Tolkien. Evil Morgoth rules over a vast military power from his fortress of Angband. Deeply opposed to Morgoth is Ulmo, who is called the Lord of Waters. Central to this enmity of the gods is the city of Gondolin, beautiful but undiscoverable. It was built and peopled by Noldorin Elves who, when they dwelled in Valinor, the land of the gods, rebelled against their rule and fled to Middle-earth. Morgoth seeks in vain to discover the marvelously hidden city, while the gods in Valinor largely refuse to intervene in support of Ulmo, who desires to protect it. Into this world comes Tuor, cousin of Turin. Guided unseen by Ulmo, Tuor journeys to Gondolin, where he becomes great; he is wedded to Idril, Turgon’s daughter; and they have a son, Earendel. But there will come a terrible ending when Morgoth, through a supreme act of treachery, will mount a devastating attack on the city with Balrogs, dragons, and numberless Orcs.

TOP SOLDIER by Johnny D. Boggs. William Lee Braden was no Secessionist, no slave owner. In fact, when the polls opened in Jacksboro, Texas, on February 23, 1861, Braden rode twelve miles to vote against Secession, and on his ballot, right next to his signature, he wrote—for the Union forever. But come the fall of 1861, Wil Braden rode off to join his brother Jacob in Harrisburg to fight, not for the Confederacy, but rather to defend the state of Texas from invasion and occupation. Braden left behind him his wife, Martha Jane, and his six-year-old son, Pierce. Certainly one of the things Wil Braden, as well as the others from Jack County who had joined the army, had overlooked was that the warlike Kiowas and Comanches would seize the opportunity to wage a series of raids against the undefended ranches and farms they had left behind. Unlike many of the men who went off to war, Wil would return to Texas four years later with scars he tried to keep hidden and no desire to talk about his war experience. Written many years after these events, Pierce tells of his struggles waiting for his father’s return and the years immediately following, trying to discern if the man who gave his the nickname “Top Soldier” was a hero or a coward.

ADULT NON-FICTION

THE GOOD NEIGHBOR: THE LIFE AND WORK OF FRED ROGERS by Maxwell King. Every weekday for decades, a kind man named Mister Rogers stepped through a door in his TV house, spoke directly into the camera while he changed from street clothes into a cardigan and sneakers, and sang, “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood.” Offering unconditional love, this soft-spoken icon was a household name for tens of millions of children, as well as their parents who grew up with this friendly neighbor themselves. Rogers was a champion of compassion, equality, and kindness. He was fiercely devoted to children and to taking their fears, concerns, and questions about the world seriously. Rogers’s work and his messages still resonate with parents and children today, especially in a world where the human values he believed in are too often forgotten or neglected. Taking readers beyond the gentle man in the sweater, this is the definitive portrait of a beloved figure, cherished by multiple generations.

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October 2, 2018

ADULT FICTION

IS FAT BOB DEAD YET? By Stephen Dobyns. In the seaport city of New London, Connecticut, newcomer Connor Raposo has just witnessed a gruesome motorcycle accident on Bank Street. At least he thinks it was an accident. But then he sees a familiar man—who else would wear an Elvis pompadour in this day and age?—lurking around the crime scene. Where does Connor know him from? And why does everyone he knows keep turning up dead?

A THING OF BEAUTY by Lisa Samson. Former child star Fiona Hume deserted the movie biz a decade ago—right after leaving rehab. She ended up in Baltimore and bought a dilapidated old mansion with a dream of restoring it and to live out her days as an artist. Ten years later, the old mansion is filled with junk purchased at thrift stores and yard sales. Each piece was destined to become an art project—someday. She’s thirty-two years old and her money has finally run out so she decides to rent out the maid’s quarters to a local blacksmith named Josia Yeu. Josia is everything Fiona is not: gregarious, peaceful, and in control without controlling…in short, happy. As the light from the maid’s quarters slowly begin to permeate the dank rooms of Fiona’s world, something else begins to transform as well—something inside Fiona. Something even she can see is beautiful.

SUPERFLUOUS WOMEN by Carola Dunn. In England in the late 1920s, The Honourable Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher, on a convalescent trip to the countryside, goes to visit three old school friends in the area. The three, all unmarried, have recently bought a house together. They are part of the generation of “superfluous women”—brought up expecting marriage and a family, but left without any prospects after more than 700,000 British men were killed in the Great War. Daisy and her husband—Detective Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher, of Scotland Yard—go for a Sunday lunch with Daisy’s friends, where one of the women mentions a wine cellar below their house, which remains curiously locked, with no key. When Alec picks the lock for them, what he finds is no wine, but the stench of a long-dead body. Daisy’s three friends become instant suspects and Alec is a witness, so the local detective takes over the case. But before he can bring charges against her friends, Daisy is determined to solve the mystery of the locked-room crime.

ADULT NON FICTION

INSPECTOR OLDFIELD AND THE BLACK HAND SOCIETY by William Oldfield and Victoria Bruce. The incredible true story of the US Postal Inspector who took down the deadly Black Hand, a turn-of-the-century Italian-American secret society that preyed on immigrants across America’s industrial heartland—featuring fascinating and never-before-seen documents and photos from the Oldfield family’s private collection. Before the emergence of prohibition-era gangsters such as Al Capone and Lucky Luciano, there was the Black Hand. In those days, the FBI was in its infancy, and local law enforcement was clueless against the dangers; most refused to believe that organized crime existed. The criminals ruled with terror and victims rarely spoke out—until Inspector Frank Oldfield came along. In 1899, Oldfield joined the ranks of the most powerful federal law agents in the country. Based in Columbus, Ohio, he brilliantly took down train robbers, murderers, and embezzlers from Ohio to New York to Maryland. Oldfield was finally able to penetrate the dreaded Black Hand when a tip-off put him onto the most epic investigation of his career, culminating in the 1909 capture of sixteen mafiosos in a case that spanned four states, two continents—and ended in the first international organized crime conviction in the country.

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September 25, 2018

ADULT FICTION

SHADOW TYRANTS by Clive Cussler. Nearly two thousand years ago, an Eastern emperor charged a small group with safeguarding secrets powerful enough to change the fate of mankind. They went down in legend as the Nine Unknown Men—and now two rival factions of their descendants are fighting a mighty battle. Both sides think they are saving the world, but their tactics could very well bring about the collapse of society. Soon, Juan Cabrillo and his team of expert operatives aboard the Oregon find themselves trapped between two power-hungry adversaries, both of whom are willing to use shocking means to accomplish their goals. Cabrillo and the team must divide and conquer as they fight dual threats, which include a supercomputer at sea and satellites that can wipe out technology across the globe—including the high-tech weapons in use on the Oregon. The crew must rely on their unique skills to stop the tyrants in their tracks and save the earth from a dynasty of terror.

THE DISAPPEARED by C.J. Box. Wyoming’s new governor isn’t sure what to make of Game Warden Joe Pickett, but he has a job for him that is extremely delicate. A prominent British businesswoman never came home from the high-end guest ranch she was visiting, and the British Embassy is pressing hard. Pickett knows that happens sometimes—these ranches are stocked with handsome young cowboys, and ranch romances aren’t uncommon. But no sign of her months after she vanished? That suggests something else. At the same time, his friend Nate Romanowski has asked Joe to intervene with the feds on behalf of an issue passionately felt by falconers, but inexplicably being blocked. It seems like a matter of lesser importance to Joe right now, but the more he digs into both cases, the more someone is trying to stop him. Is it because of the missing woman or the falconers? Or are they somehow connected? The answers, when they come, will be even worse than Joe could have imagined.

TEXAS RANGER by James Patterson. Texas Ranger Rory Yates finds himself fighting for his life, his freedom, and the town he loves as he investigates his ex-wife’s murder. Across the ranchlands and cities of his home state, Rory’s discipline and law-enforcement skills have carried him far: from local highway patrolman to the honorable rank of Texas Ranger. He arrives in his hometown to find a horrifying crime scene and a scathing accusation: he is named a suspect in the murder of his ex-wife Anne, a devoted teacher whose only controversial act was ending her marriage to a Ranger. In search of the killer, Yates plunges into the inferno of the most twisted and violet minds he’s ever encountered, vowing to never surrender. That code just might bring him out alive.

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A DARK NIGHT IN AURORA by William H. Reid, MD, MPH. On July 20, 2012 in Aurora, Colorado, a man in dark body armor and a gas mask entered a midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises with a tactical shotgun, a high-capacity assault rifle, and a sidearm. He threw a canister of tear gas into the crowd and started shooting. Soon, twelve were dead and fifty-eight were wounded; young children and pregnant women were among them. The man was found calmly waiting at his car. He was detained without incident. James Holmes is unique among mass shooters in his willingness to be taken into custody. In the court case that followed, Dr. Reid would be allowed to record extensive interviews with the defendant in an attempt to understand how a happy, seemingly normal child could become a killer. He used the twenty-three hours of unredacted interview transcripts and his own exhaustive research to bring us inside the mind of a mass shooter. The result is a chilling, gripping study of abnormal psychology and how a lovely boy named Jimmy became a mass murderer.

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September 18, 2018

ADULT FICTION

 

JUROR #3 by James Patterson. Ruby Bozarth, a newcomer to Rosedale, Mississippi, is also fresh to the Mississippi Bar—and is immediately tapped as defense counsel is a racially charged felony case. The murder of a woman from one of the town’s oldest families has Rosedale’s upper crust howling for blood, and the prosecutor is counting on Ruby’s inexperience to help him deliver a swift conviction. Ruby’s client is a college football star who has returned home after a career-ending injury, and she is determined to build a defense that will stick. She finds help in unexpected quarters from Suzanne Greene, a hard-charging attorney armed to the teeth, and Shorty Morgan a diner cook who knows more than he lets on. Ruby never belonged to the country club set, but she once nearly married into it. When news breaks of a second murder, Ruby’s ex-fiancÚ, Lee Greene, shows up on her doorstep—a southern gentleman in need of a savior. As lurid, intertwining investigations unfold, on one is Rosedale can be trusted, especially the twelve men and women impaneled on the jury. They may be hiding the most incendiary secret of all.

THE GIRL WHO TAKES AN EYE FOR AN EYE by David Lagercrantz. Lisbeth Salander—the brilliant hacker, the obstinate outsider, the volatile seeker of justice for herself and others—has never had access to the most closely held secrets of her traumatic childhood. Now, when she sees a chance to uncover them once and for all, she enlists the help of Mikael Blomkvist, the editor of the investigative journal Millennium. And nothing will stop her—not the Islamists she enrages when she enables a young woman to escape their brutality; not the prison gang leader who passes a death sentence on her; not the deadly reach of her long-lost twin sister, Camilla; and not the people who will do anything to keep buried knowledge of a sinister pseudoscientific experiment known only as the Registry…Lisbeth is not given to forgiveness. The dragon etched into her skin is a constant reminder that revenge is not a mere fantasy. And now she is prepared to exact it with a cold fury.

ADULT NON-FICTION

RESISTANCE IS FUTILE by Ann Coulter. During Donald Trump’s campaign for president, and even more so after his victory, the left went nuts, becoming the very embodiment of their own caricature of conservatives. Everything Trump does sends them into a moral panic. Everything is a constitutional crisis. Meanwhile, Trump governs mostly as a middle-of-the-road Republican, sometimes betraying his base and allowing unprecedented restrictions on his authority. He has submitted, however irritably, to a hyper-politicized special counsel. He obeys even unconstitutional orders from district court judges who want to roll back his presidential powers. Coulter skewers the various elements of “The Resistance”—the Russian-collusion witch hunters, the media alarmists, the campus hysterics, and more. They talk about Russia? They’re the ones meddling with our democracy by trying to overturn the results of the election with their relentless attacks. The only permanent result of the Trump era may be our cultural institutions’ total loss of credibility.

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September 11, 2018

ADULT FICTION

COTTAGE BY THE SEA by Debbie Macomber. Annie Marlow has been through the worst. Rocked by tragedy, she heads to the one place that makes her happy: Oceanside in the Pacific Northwest, the destination of many family vacations when Annie was a teenager. Once there, Annie begins to restore her broken spirit, thanks in part to the folks she meets: a local painter, Keaton, whose large frame is equal to his big heart—and who helps Annie fix up her rental cottage by the sea; Mellie, the reclusive, prickly landlord Annie is determined to befriend; and Britt, a teenager with a terrible secret. But it is Keaton to whom Annie feels most drawn. His quiet, peaceful nature offers her both comfort and reprieve from her grief, and the two begin to grow closer. Then events threaten to undo the idyll Annie has come to enjoy. And when the opportunity of a lifetime lands in her lap, she is torn between the excitement of a new journey toward success and the safe and secure arms of the haven—and the man—she’s come to call home. The choices Annie makes help her to see that the surest way to fix what is damaged within is to help others rise above their pain and find a way to heal.

FEARED by Lisa Scottoline. When three men announce that they are suing the Rosato & DiNunzio law firm for reverse sex discrimination—claiming that they were not hired because they are men—Mary DiNunzio and Bennie Rosato are outraged. To make matters worse, their one male employee, John Foxman, intends to resign, claiming that there is some truth to the case. The plaintiffs’ lawyer is Nick Machiavelli, who has already lost to Mary once and is now back with a vengeance—determined not only to win the case but to destroy the firm. It soon becomes clear that Machiavelli will do anything in his power to achieve his end…even after the case turns deadly. The stakes have never been higher for Mary and her associates as they try to keep Machiavelli at bay, solve a murder, and save the law firm  they love…or else lose everything they’ve worked for.

BETWEEN YOU & ME by Susan Wiggs. Caught between two worlds, Caleb Stoltz is bound by a deathbed promise to raise his orphaned niece and nephew in Middle Grove, where life revolves around family, farm, faith—and long-held suspicions about outsiders. When disaster strikes, Caleb is thrust into an urban environment of high-tech medicine and the relentless rush of modern life. Dr. Reese Powell is poised to join the medical dynasty of her wealthy, successful parents. Bold, assertive, and quick-thinking, she lives for the addictive rush of saving lives. When a shocking accident brings Caleb into her life, Reese is forced to deal with a situation that could upend everything she thinks she knows—and ultimately emboldens her to question her most powerful beliefs. Then one impulsive act brings about a clash of cultures in a tug-of-war that plays out in a tension-filled courtroom, challenging the very nature of justice and reverberating through generations, straining the fragile threads of faith and family.

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September 4, 2018

ADULT FICTION

IMPOSTOR’S LURE by Carla Neggers. Newlyweds Emma and Colin are suspicious when prosecutor Tamara McDermott is a no-show at a Boston dinner party. Matt Yankowski, head of HIT, Emma and Colin’s small, elite Boston-based team, is a friend of Tamara’s, and he needs them to find her. In London, a woman who was supposed to meet Emma’s art-detective grandfather to talk about forgeries is discovered near death. Her husband, who stayed behind in Boston, has vanished. The couple’s connection to Tamara adds to the puzzle. As the search for Tamara intensifies, a seemingly unrelated murder leads Emma, Colin and HIT deep into a maze of misdirection created by a clever, lethal criminal who stays one step ahead of them. As Emma draws on her expertise in art crimes and Colin on his experience as a deep-cover agent, the investigation takes a devastating turn that tests the strengths of their families and friendships as well as their FBI colleagues like never before.

THE WOMAN IN CABIN 10 by Ruth Ware. Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. The sky is clear, the waters calm, and the veneered, select guests jovial as the exclusive cruise ship, the Aurora, begins her voyage in the picturesque North Sea. At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo hears what she can only describe as a dark and terrifying nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers and crew members remain accounted for—and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong.

ADULT NON-FICTION

THE RUSSIA HOAX by Gregg Jarrett. This book is a defense of the rule of law, which came under sustained attack by high government officials who abused their positions of power to subvert our system of justice and undermine the democratic process. As Jarrett details, there was never any plausible evidence that Donald Trump or his campaign collaborated with Russia to win the presidency. The FBI had no legal basis to initiate its investigation. Facts were invented or exaggerated. Laws were perverted or ignored. The law enforcers became lawbreakers; James Comey’s scheme to trigger the appointment of his friend as special counsel was a devious maneuver by an unscrupulous man. His insinuation that the president obstructed justice was another canard designed to inflame the liberal media. Sure enough, they became writing accessories. It may take months, if not years, before a true account is divulged. This is how a cover-up works—the truth is slow to emerge. However, we know enough about misdeeds and conflicts of interest to know that real crimes by career officials have piled up. Until history—or a special prosecutor—brings these officials down, the story told here presents more than sufficient facts for the reader to reach the inexorable conclusion that the investigation of President Trump is the witch hunt he’s called it.

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