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June 21, 2016
DISHONORABLE INTENTIONS by Stuart Woods. Stone Barrington’s latest lady friend is full of surprises, both good and bad. She’s a sensual woman with unexpected desires, and Stone finds her revelations in the boudoir extremely agreeable. But on the other hand, she also has some unfinished business with a temperamental man who believes Stone is an intolerable obstacle in the way of his goals. In a cat-and-mouse game that spans from sun-drenched Bel-Air to a peaceful European estate and the wild New Mexican desert, Stone and his friend remain just one step ahead of their opponent. But their pursuer is not a man who can stand to be thwarted, and tensions are mounting…and may soon reach the boiling point.
END OF WATCH by Stephen King. (The finale to the trilogy that began with Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers.) In Room 217 of the Lakes Region Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, something has awakened. Something evil. Brady Hartsfield, perpetrator of the Mercedes Massacre, where eight people were killed and many more were badly injured, has been in the clinic for five years, in a vegetative state. According to his doctors, anything approaching a complete recovery is unlikely. But behind the drool and stare, Brady is awake, and in possession of deadly new powers that allow him to wreak unimaginable havoc without ever leaving his hospital room. Meanwhile, retired police detective Bill Hodges now runs an investigation agency with his partner, Holly Gibney. When the two are called to a suicide scene with ties to the Mercedes Massacre, they find themselves pulled into their most dangerous case yet, one that will put their lives at risk, as well as those of Bill’s heroic young friend Jerome Robinson and his teenage sister, Barbara. Brady Hartsfield is back, and planning revenge, not just on Hodges and his friends, but on an entire city.
WINTER STROLL by Elin Hilderbrand. Another Christmas on Nantucket finds Winter Street Inn owner Kelley Quinn reflecting on the past year as he writes a holiday letter to friends and family. Though the year has had its share of misfortune and worry, the Quinns have much to celebrate. Kelley, now single, at least is on better terms with his first wife, Margaret. Their son, Kevin, has a beautiful new baby, Genevieve, with the inn’s French housekeeper, Isabelle; and their daughter, Ava, is finally dating a nice guy. Now the Quinns are looking forward to celebrating Genevieve’s baptism, welcoming Isabelle to the family, and enjoying the cheer of Nantucket’s traditional Christmas Stroll. But just when a peaceful family gathering seems within reach, Kelley’s estranged second wife, Mitzi, shows up on the island. Soon Kelley isn’t the only Quinn entertaining a surprise guest from Christmas past as lovers old and new gather beneath the mistletoe. With jealousy, passion, and eggnog consumption at an all-time high, it’s going to take a whole lot more that a Christmas miracle to get the Quinns—and the inn- through the holidays intact.
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June 14, 2016
THE GIRL FROM SUMMER HILL by Jude Deveraux. Chef Casey Reddick has had it up to here with men. When she arrives at the Tattwell plantation in the charming town of Summer Hill, Virginia, she’s looking for some peace and quiet to start fresh. But the tranquility is broken one misty morning when she sees a gorgeous naked man on the porch of her cottage. What Tate Landers, Hollywood heartthrob and owner of Tattwell, doesn’t need on a bittersweet trip to his ancestral home is a woman spying on him from his guest cottage. Thinking Casey is a reporter, Tate tries to run her out of the cottage. His anger, which looks so good on the screen, makes a very bad first impression on Casey. But sparks literally fly when Casey is recruited to play a part opposite Tate in a stage adaptation of a famous book. As they spar on and off stage, Casey begins to see Tate in a whole new light and she finds herself melting under his smoldering gaze. Until Tate’s handsome ex-brother-in-law tells Casey some horrifying stories about Tate. She is upset and confused as she tries to figure out who and what to believe. As she finds herself falling for Tate, Casey needs to know if the chemistry between them is real, or just a performance that ends when the curtain falls.
TALL TAIL by Rita Mae Brown & Sneaky Pie Brown. At any moment a perfect summer day in Crozet, Virginia, might turn stormy and tempestuous, as Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen knows too well when a squall suddenly sweeps in. In a blink, Harry’s pickup nearly collides with a careening red car that then swerves into a ditch. Harry recognizes the dead driver slumped over the wheel: Barbara Leader was nurse and confidante to former Virginia governor Sam Holloway. Though Barbara’s death is ruled a heart attack, a baffling break-in at a local business leads Harry to suspect that a person with malevolent intent lurks just out of sight. Something evil is afoot. Barbara died in the shadow of the local cemetery’s statue of the Avenging Angel. Just below that imposing monument lie the remains of one Francisco Selisse, brutally murdered in 1784. Harry’s present-day sleuthing draws her back to Virginia’s slave-holding past and the hunt for Selisse’s killer. Now it’s up to Harry and her furry detectives—Mrs. Murphy, Pewter and Tee Tucker—to expose the bitter truth, even if it means staring into the unforgiving eyes of history and cornering a callous killer poised to pounce.
TROUBLEMAKER by Linda Howard. For Morgan Yancy, an operative and team leader in a paramilitary group, nothing comes before his job. But when he’s ambushed and almost killed, his supervisor is determined to find out who’s after the members of his elite squad—and why. Because of worries that this unknown enemy will strike again, Morgan is sent to a remote location and told to lay low and stay vigilant. But between a tempting housemate he’s determined to protect and a deadly threat waiting in the shadows, keeping under the radar is proving to be his most difficult mission yet. The part-time police chief of a small West Virginia town, Isabeau “Bo” Maran finally has her life in order. She’s got friends, a dog, and a little money in the bank. Then Morgan shows up at her doorstep. Bo doesn’t need a man in her life—especially a troublemaker as enticing and secretive as Morgan. As the days and weeks pass, the closer Bo and Morgan become, even though she knows he’s hiding from something. But discovering the truth could cost Bo more than she’s willing to give. And when Morgan’s cover is blown, it just might cost Bo her life.
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June 7, 2016
HOW TO START A FIRE by Lisa Lutz. When UC Santa Cruz roommates Anna and Kate find passed-out Georgianna Leoni on a lawn one night, they wheel her to their dorm in a shopping cart. Twenty years later, they gather around a campfire on the lawn of a New England mansion. What happens in between—the web of wild adventures, unspoken jealousies, and sudden tragedies that alter the course of their lives—is charted with sharp wit and aching sadness. Anna, the de facto leader, is fearless and restless—moving fast to stay one step ahead of her demons. Quirky, contemplative Kate is a natural sidekick but a terrible wingman. And then there’s George: the most desired woman in any room, and the one most likely to leave with the worst man.
KEEPING FAITH by Jodi Picoult. For the second time in her marriage, Mariah White catches her husband with another woman, and Faith, their seven-year-old daughter, witnesses every painful minute. In the aftermath of a sudden divorce, Mariah struggles with depression and Faith begins to confide in an imaginary friend. At first, Mariah dismisses these exchanges as a child’s imagination. But when Faith starts reciting passages from the Bible, develops stigmata, and begins to perform miraculous healings, Mariah wonders if her daughter—a girl with no religious background—might actually be seeing God. As word spreads and controversy flares, Mariah and Faith are besieged by believers and disbelievers alike, caught in a media circus that threatens what little stability they have left.
MAKE YOUR HOME AMONG STRANGERS by Jennine Capo Crucet. When Lizet, the daughter of Cuban immigrants and the first in her family to graduate from high school, secretly applies and is accepted to an ultra-elite college, her parents are furious at her decision to leave Miami. Just weeks before she’s set to start school, her parents divorce and her father sells her childhood home, leaving Lizet, her mother, and Leidy—Lizet’s older sister, a brand-new single mom—without a steady income and scrambling for a place to live. Amidst the turmoil, Lizet begins her first semester at Rawlings College distracted by both the exciting and difficult moments of freshman year. But the privileged world of the campus feels utterly foreign, as does her new awareness of herself as a minority. Struggling both socially and academically, she returns to Miami for a surprise Thanksgiving visit, only to be overshadowed by the arrival of Ariel Hernandez, a young boy whose mother died fleeing with him from Cuba on a raft. The ensuing immigration battle puts Miami in a glaring spotlight, captivating the nation and entangling Lizet’s entire family, especially her mother.
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May 31, 2016
MERCY by Daniel Palmer. Dr. Julie Devereux is an outspoken advocate for the right to die—until a motorcycle accident leaves her fiancé, Sam Talbot, a quadriplegic. Sam begs to end his life, but Julie sees hope in a life together. With the help of an organization that opposes physician-assisted suicide, Julie has Sam coming around to her point of view when he suddenly dies from an unexpected heart attack. An autopsy reveals that Sam died of an unusual heart defect, one seen only in those under extreme stress—in fact, it appears that Sam had been literally scared to death. As Julie investigates similar cases, she finds a frightening pattern…and finds herself the target of disturbing threats. The more cases Julie discovers, the more the threats escalate, until she is accused of a mercy killing of her own. To clear her name and save her career, she must track down whoever is behind these mysterious deaths…but time is running out, as someone has decided that killing Julie is the only way to stop her.
VANISHING ACTS by Jodi Picoult. Delia Hopkins has led a charmed life. Raised in rural New Hampshire by her widowed father, Andrew, she now has a young daughter, a handsome fiancé, and her own search-and-rescue bloodhound, which she uses to find missing persons. But as Delia plans her wedding, she is plagued by flashbacks of a life she can’t recall. And then a policeman knocks on her door, revealing a secret that changes the world as she knows it. In shock and confusion, Delia must sift through the truth—even when it jeopardizes her life and the lives of those she loves. What happens when you learn you are not who you thought you were? When the people you’ve loved and trusted suddenly change before your eyes? When getting your deepest wish means giving up what you’ve always taken for granted? Delia must find the answers to these questions – and more.
THE PORTABLE VEBLEN by Elizabeth McKenzie. Veblen and Paul are just trying to make it to their wedding day in one piece. The irrepressible Veblen is a beacon of good cheer who translates documents from Norwegian, navigates her hypochondriacal mom and institutionalized father, and feels protective of the squirrel nesting in the attic. She’s also an amateur scholar of her namesake, Thorstein Veblen, the restless, brilliant economist who coined the term “conspicuous consumption.” Paul, the product of good hippies who were bad parents, invents the Pneumatic Turbo Skull Punch, a device meant to treat battlefield head trauma. When the Department of Defense gets involved, Paul’s visions of fame and fortune collide with his ethics. As the couple grapples with dysfunctional parents, a seductive pharmaceutical heiress, and one very charismatic squirrel, they begin to ask themselves: Where do our families end and we begin? How do we stay true to our ideals? And what is that squirrel really thinking?
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May 24, 2016
15TH AFFAIR by James Patterson. Lindsay Boxer has a beautiful baby daughter and a husband she loves unconditionally. She’d always been too focused on her career as a San Francisco police detective to wonder what domestic bliss might feel like, but now she knows, and she’s never been happier. She can’t imagine that a brutal murder at a downtown luxury hotel, and the disappearance of a gorgeous blond woman from the scene, could have anything to do with her own life and marriage—yet soon both are unraveling, and Lindsay can’t ignore disturbing clues that hit very close to home. Just as bombs are starting to go off in her personal life, an explosive tragedy rocks San Francisco, plunging the city into chaos. Pressed into duty at investigate a criminal plot that stretches around the globe, Lindsay again finds herself following signs that lead to her own front door. Thrown into a tailspin and fighting against powerful enemies trying to protect their operatives and conceal the truth at all costs, Lindsay turns to the Women’s Murder Club for help as she desperately searches for the elusive, and deadly, blond before she loses Joe for good.
THE APARTMENT by Danielle Steel. They come together by chance in the heart of New York City, four young women at turning points in their lives. Claire Kelly finds the walk-up apartment—a spacious loft in Hell’s Kitchen. But the aspiring shoe designer needs at least one roommate to manage it. She meets Abby Williams, a writer trying to make it on her own, far away from her successful family in L.A. Four years later, Morgan Shelby joins them. She’s ambitious, with a serious finance job on Wall Street. Then Sasha Hartman, a medical student whose identical twin sister is a headline-grabbing supermodel. And so the sprawling space, with its exposed brick and rich natural light, becomes a home to friends about to embark on new, exhilarating adventures. Their shared life in the apartment grounds them as they bring one another comfort and become a family of beloved friends. Unexpected opportunities alter the course of each of their lives, and as they meet the challenges, they face the bittersweet reality that in time, they will inevitably move away from the place where their dreams began.
THE MAID OF FAIRBOURNE HALL by Julie Klassen. To escape a scheme to marry her off to a dishonorable man, Margaret Macy flees London disguised as a housemaid. If she can remain unwed until her next birthday, she will receive an inheritance, and with it, sweet independence. But she never planned on actually working as a servant. And certainly not in the home of Nathaniel and Lewis Upchurch—both former suitors. As she fumbles through the first real work of her life, Margaret struggles to keep her identity secret when suspicions arise and prying eyes visit Fairbourne Hall. Can she avoid a trap meant to force her from hiding?
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May 17, 2016
PURITY by Jonathan Franzen. Young Pip Tyler doesn’t know who she is. She knows that her real name is Purity, that she’s saddled with $130,000 in student loans, that she’s squatting with anarchists in Oakland, and that her relationship with her mother—her only family—is hazardous. But she doesn’t have a clue who her father is, why her mother chose to live as a recluse with an invented name, or how she’ll ever have a normal life. Enter the Germans. A glancing encounter with a German peace activist leads Pip to an internship in South America with The Sunlight Project, an organization that traffics in all the secrets of the world—including, Pip hopes, the secret of her origins. TSP is the brainchild of Andreas Wolf, a charismatic provocateur who rose to fame in the chaos following the fall of the Berlin Wall. Now on the lam in Bolivia, Andreas is drawn to Pip for reasons she doesn’t understand, and the intensity of her response to him upends her conventional ideas of right and wrong.
WE NEVER ASKED FOR WINGS by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. For fourteen years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, fifteen, and Luna, just six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. Navigating this new terrain is challenging for her, especially as Luna desperately misses her grandparents and Alex, who is falling in love with a classmate, is unwilling to give his mother a chance. Letty comes up with a plan to help the family escape the dangerous neighborhood and heartbreaking injustice that have marked their lives, but one wrong move could jeopardize everything she’s worked for and her family’s fragile hopes for the future.
BETWEEN YOU & ME by Mary Norris. Mary has spent more than three decades in The New Yorker’s copy department, maintaining its celebrated high standards. Now she brings her vast experience, good cheer, and finely sharpened pencils to help the rest of us in a boisterous language book as full of life as it is of practical advice. Here you will find Norris’s laugh-out-loud descriptions of some of the most common and vexing problems in spelling, punctuation, and usage—comma faults, “who” vs. “whom,”, “that” vs. “which,”—and her clear explanations of how to handle them. Readers—and writers—will find in Norris neither a scold nor a softy but a wise and witty new friend in love with language and alive to the glories of its use in America, even in the age of autocorrect and spell-check. As Norris writes, “The dictionary is a wonderful thing, but you can’t let it push you around.”
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May 10, 2016
FAST AND LOOSE by Fern Michaels. With the women of the Sisterhood away on a covert assignment, their significant others could be expected to kick back and enjoy a little drama-free downtime. But that’s not the way Jack, Ted, Harry, Charles, and the rest of their comrades roll. An urgent call has come to the headquarters of their organization, BOLO Consultants. Bert Navarro, head of security for Countess Anna de Silva, suspects that Annie’s deluxe casino, Babylon, is being stealthily and expertly robbed. The scheme is so ingenious that Bert can’t be sure how it works—which is why the crew is soon bound for the bright lights of Vegas to investigate. Figuring out who’s hacking into Babylon’s security system proves more difficult than expected—and may have implications for one of BOLO’s own. The security expert working for them has unlocked one hard fact—that there are more than enough suspects to investigate. But the men of BOLO will do what it takes to prove that, even in Vegas, there’s no gambling with justice.
‘TIL DEATH DO US PART by Amanda Quick. Calista Langley operates an exclusive “introduction” agency in Victorian London, catering to respectable ladies and gentlemen who find themselves alone in the world. But now, a dangerously obsessed individual has begun sending her trinkets and gifts suitable only for those in deepest mourning—a tear-catcher, a jet-and-crystal ring, a coffin bell. Each is engraved with her initials. Desperate for help and fearing that the police will be of no assistance, Calista turns to Trent Hastings, a reclusive author of popular crime novels. Believing that Calista may be taking advantage of his lonely sister, who has become one of her clients, Trent doesn’t trust her. Scarred by his past, he’s learned to keep his emotions at bay, even as an instant attraction threatens his resolve. But as Trent and Calista comb through files of rejected clients in hopes of identifying her tormentor, it becomes clear that the danger may be coming from Calista’s own secret past—and that only her death will satisfy the stalker.
BOYS IN THE TREES by Carly Simon. Carly Simon’s life and career is one of the last great untold stories of popular music. Her lyrics—sung in that instantly recognizable husky, powerful voice—are deeply personal, and yet her songs resonate with millions, providing the sound track for generations. With this long-awaited memoir, Simon reveals the thoughts and experiences that made her a cultural icon. Intimate, candid, and told with a poet’s ear for language, Simon explores the universal themes and currents running through her life—unrequited love, family strife, longing joy, betrayal, heartache, resilience—that speak to us all. In this probing examination of the first three decades of her life, Simon wrestles with and captures the endless ambiguity of emotions and relationships, never sanding down the interesting edges.
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May 3, 2016
THE LAST MILE by David Baldacci. Convicted murderer Melvin Mars is counting down the last hours before his execution—for the violent killing of his parents twenty years earlier—when he’s granted an unexpected reprieve. Another man has confessed to the crime. FBI detective Amos Decker takes an interest in Mars’s case after discovering the striking similarities to his own life: Both men were talented football players with promising careers cut short by tragedy. Both men’s families were brutally murdered. And in both cases, another suspect came forward, years after the killing, to confess to the crime. A suspect who may or may not have been telling the truth. The confession has the potential to make Melvin Mars—guilty or not—a free man. Who wants Mars out of prison? And why now? But when a member of Decker’s team disappears, it become clear that something much larger—and more sinister—than just one convicted criminal’s life hangs in the balance. Decker will need all of his brainpower to stop an innocent man from being executed.
HIDE AWAY by Iris Johansen. Change is on the horizon for Eve Duncan and her beloved Joe Quinn, intensifying the danger that surrounds them and the young girl they’ve sworn to protect, Cara Delaney. With Cara’s enemies on the move, Eve can’t stay in the hospital, no matter what her doctor says. Her protective instincts in full gear, she decides that their best chance of survival is to get out of the country, and she turns to her daughter Jane MacGuire for a creative solution. For years Jane has been avoiding an inevitable quest—to find a treasure thought to be buried in Scotland—but she has finally succumbed to the pressure of John MacDuff to track it down. Eve and Cara join her in the remote mountains, but soon realize that nowhere is far enough away from the ruthless enemies who are in pursuit.
EXTREME PREY by John Sandford. After a recent—and dangerous—adventure with his daughter, Lucas Davenport finds himself in a very unusual situation—no longer employed by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. His friend the governor has been cranking up a presidential campaign, though, and he has a job for Lucas. The governor’s been hearing strange things on the campaign trail in Iowa; nothing specific, just whispers that make him wonder if there are some crazies out there planning to do something. He’s passed it along to the appropriate people, but he’d feel much better if Lucas checked it out, too. Lucas agrees—but he has no idea what he’s just walked into. He’s seen crazies before in his career—all too many of them—but none quite like the ones he’s about to encounter now.
THE DOGS OF LITTLEFIELD by Suzanne Berne. Littlefield, Massachusetts, full of psychologists and college professors, is proud of its fine schools, its girls’ soccer teams, its leafy streets, and its charming village center. In fact, it’s just been named one of the Twenty Best Places to Live in America. Yet no sooner has sociologist Dr. Clarice Watkins arrived to study the elements of “good quality of life” than someone begins poisoning the town’s dogs. Are the poisonings in protest of an off-leash proposal for Baldwin Park—the subject of much town debate—or the sign of a far deeper disorder?