November 17, 2014

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FLESH AND BLOOD by Patricia Cornwell. It’s Dr. Kay Scarpetta’s birthday, and she’s about to head to Miami for a vacation with Benton Wesley, her FBI profiler husband, when she notices seven pennies on a wall behind their Cambridge house. Is this a kids game? If so, why are all of the coins dated 1981 and so shiny they could be new? Her cellphone rings, and Detective Pete Marino tells her there’s been a homicide five minutes away. A high school music teacher has been shot with uncanny precision as he unloaded groceries from his car. No one heard or saw a thing. Suddenly, Scarpetta finds herself in the unsettling pursuit of a serial sniper whose shots seem impossible, yet they are so perfect they cause instant death. The victims appear to have had nothing in common—the first in New Jersey, then Massachusetts, and then the murky depths off the coast of South Florida, where Scarpetta is investigating a shipwreck, looking for answers that only she can discover and analyze. And it is there that she comes face to face with shocking evidence that implicates her techno genius niece, Lucy, Scarpetta’s own flesh and blood.

HAVANA STORM by Clive Cussler. While investigating a toxic outbreak in the Caribbean Sea that may ultimately threaten the United States, NUMA director Dirk Pitt unwittingly becomes involved in something even more dangerous—a post-Castro struggle for the control of Cuba. Meanwhile, Pitt’s children, marine engineer Dirk and oceanographer Summer, are on an investigation of their own, chasing an Aztec stone that may reveal the whereabouts of a vast historical Aztec treasure. The problem is, that stone was believed to have been destroyed on the battleship Maine in Havana Harbor in 1898, which brings them both to Cuba as well—and squarely into harm’s way. The three of them have been in desperate situations before…but perhaps never quite as dire as the one facing them now.

SAFE HARBOR by Sherryl Woods. To Tina Harrington, the definition was simple: anyone she loved was a part of her family. Including all the people—and animals—she’d invited into her home when they’d had nowhere else to go. She was their safe harbor, and they were hers. And she would protect them from whoever challenged their right to be a family—namely her new neighbor, the handsome and high-powered Drew Landry. Drew was determined to ensure that Tina wasn’t taking advantage of her vulnerable houseguests. But as soon as he met Tina and her unconventional family, he realized he’d made a big mistake. Because he was drawn to her like a ship to a sheltered shore. And he’d set in motion a series of events that could destroy everything they both held so dear.

BONES NEVER LIE by Kathy Reichs. Unexpectedly called in to the Charlotte PD’s Cold Case Unit, Dr. Temperance Brennan wonders why she’s been asked to meet with a homicide cop who’s a long way from his own jurisdiction. The shocking answer: Two child murders, separated by thousands of miles, have one thing in common—the killer. Years ago, Anique Pomerleau kidnapped and murdered a string of girls in Canada, then narrowly eluded capture. It was a devastating defeat for her pursuers, Brennan and police detective Andrew Ryan. Now, as if summoned from their nightmares, Pomerleau has resurfaced in the United States, linked to victims in Vermont and North Carolina. When another child is snatched, the reign of terror promises to continue—unless Brennan can rise to the challenge and make good on her second chance to stop a psychopath. But Brennan will have to draw her bitter ex-partner out of exile, keep the local police and feds from one another’s throats, and face more than just her own demons as she stalks the deadliest of predators into the darkest depths of madness.

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November 10, 2014

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THE SECRET PLACE by Tana French. The photo on the card shows a boy who was found murdered, a year ago, on the grounds of a girls’ boarding school in the leafy suburbs of Dublin. The caption says I KNOW WHO KILLED HIM. Detective Stephen Moran has been waiting for his chance to get a foot in the door of Dublin’s Murder Squad—and one morning, sixteen-year-old Holly Mackey brings him this photo. “The Secret Place,” a board where the girls at St. Kilda’s School can pin up their secrets anonymously, is normally a mishmash of gossip and covert cruelty, but today someone has used it to reignite the stalled investigation into the murder of handsome, popular Chris Harper. Stephen joins forces with the abrasive Detective Antoinette Conway to find out who and why.

HAUNTED by Randy Wayne White. The house is historic, some say even haunted. It is also slated to be razed and replaced by condos, unless Hannah Smith can do something about it. She’s been hired by a wealthy Palm Beach widow to prove that the house’s seller didn’t disclose everything he knew about the place when he unloaded it, including its role in a bloody Civil War skirmish (in which two of Hannah’s own distant relations had had a part), and the suicides—or were they murders?—of two previous owners. Hannah sees it as a win-win opportunity: She can stop the condo project while tracking her family history. She doesn’t believe in ghosts, anyway. But some things are more dangerous than ghosts. Among them, as she will learn, perhaps fatally, is human obsession.

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UNPHILTERED by Phil Robertson. In this inspirational and entertaining book, you will learn what makes Robertson tick. He shares his views on faith—and how it has totally changed his way of life and how he treats others; family—how he raised his kids and is raising grandkids while teaching them the life principles he lives by; ducks—and the business principles that started the Duck Commander empire; marriage—including what he’s learned from his own marriage; and of course, his opinions on controversial topics like gun control, taxes, prayer in school, and the government. This is the ultimate guide to everything Phil Robertson believes in. Balancing his sometimes off-the-wall comments with his strong focus on home and family life, it is sure to spark discussion, laughs, and a sincere appreciation for Phil’s unique approach to life.

REBEL YELL by S.C. Gwynne. Stonewall Jackson has long been a figure of legend and romance. As much as any person in the Confederate pantheon, even Robert E. Lee, he embodies the romantic Southern notion of the virtuous lost cause. Jackson is also considered, without argument, one of our country’s greatest military figures. His brilliance at the art of war tied Abraham Lincoln and the Union high command in knots and threatened the ultimate success of the Union armies. Jackson’s strategic innovations shattered the conventional wisdom of how war was waged; he was so far ahead of his time that his techniques would be studied generations into the future. Gwynne also delves deep into Jackson’s private life, including the loss of his young beloved first wife and his regimented personal habits.

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November 4, 2014

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“BLOOD MAGICK: BOOK THREE OF THE COUSINS O’DWYER TRILOGY” by Nora Roberts. County Mayo is rich in the traditions of Ireland, legends that Branna O’Dwyer fully embraces in her life and in her work as the proprietor of The Dark Witch Shop, which carries soaps, lotions, and candles for tourists, made with Branna’s special touch. Branna’s strength and selflessness hold together a close circle of friends and family—along with their horses and hawks and her beloved hound. But there’s a single missing link in the chain of her life: love. She had it once—for a moment—with Finbar Burke, but a shared future is forbidden by history and blood. Brianna and Fin’s relationship offers them both comfort and torment. And though they succumb to the heat between them, there can be no promises for tomorrow. A storm of shadows threatens everything that their circle holds dear. It will be Fin’s power, loyalty, and heart that will make all the difference in an age-old battle between the bonds that hold their friends together and the evil that has haunted their families for centuries.

GRAY MOUNTAIN by John Grisham. The year is 2008 and Samantha Kofer’s career at a huge Wall Street law firm is on the fast track—until the recession hits and she gets downsized, furloughed, escorted out of the building. In a matter of days Samantha moves from Manhattan to Brady, Virginia, population 2,200, in the heart of Appalachia, a part of the world she has only read about. Mattie Wyatt, lifelong Brady resident and head of the town’s legal aid clinic, is there to teach her how to “help real people with real problems.” Her new job takes Samantha into the murky and dangerous world of coal mining, where laws are often broken, rules are ignored, regulations are flouted, communities are divided, and the land itself is under attack from Big Coal. Violence is always just around the corner, and within weeks Samantha finds herself engulfed in litigation that turns deadly.

FOR ALL TIME by Jude Deveraux. The wedding of Alix Madsen and Jared Montgomery is a glorious affair at an elegant little chapel in the woods, followed by dinner and dancing, all while moonlight blankets the festivities in a romantic glow. While most guests are fixed on the happy couple, Jared’s cousin Graydon can’t look away from a bridesmaid, Toby Wyndam. But Graydon knows there is no possible way that they can ever be together, for he is heir to the Lanconian throne and is to marry a noble woman who has been chosen for him. Yet, intrigued by Toby, he asks her to help him hide on Nantucket for a week away from regal responsibilities. In exchange, he’ll assist her with planning acclaimed novelist Victoria Madsen’s lavish wedding. Since they both know their union is impossible, the pair promises that they will never be more than just friends. But there’s more going on between Graydon and Toby than meets the eye. At work are forces beyond their control, which are ruled by time itself. Combine that with the magical island of Nantucket, and a seductive spell is cast over Graydon and Toby. It they are to be together, they must change what once was, as well as what will be.

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October 28, 2014

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BURN by James Patterson. At last, Detective Michael Bennett and his family are coming home to New York City. Thanks to Bennett, the ruthless crime lord whose vengeful mission forced the Bennett family into hiding has been brought down for good. Back in the city that never sleeps, Bennett takes over a chaotic Outreach Squad in Harlem, where he receives an unusual call: a man claims to have seen a group of well-dressed men holding a bizarre party in a condemned building. With no clear crime or evidence, Bennett dismisses the report. But when a charred body is found in that very same building, he is forced to take the seemingly demented caller seriously—and is drawn into an underground criminal world of terrifying depravity.

PARIS MATCH by Stuart Woods. When some business arrangements demand his personal attention, Stone Barrington jaunts off to Europe and immediately finds himself embroiled in trouble on both sides of the pond. In Paris, an old enemy is still in hot pursuit, and this time he may have a valuable local resource on his side: a powerful man with his own ax to grind against Stone. And back in the States, the churning rumor mill threatens to derail a project of vital importance not just to Stone, but to the entire nation. Though Stone is no stranger to peril, never before has he faced threats from so many directions at once.

SUMMER OF THE DEAD by Julia Keller. It’s high summer in Acker’s Gap, a small town nestled in the beautiful but poverty-stricken West Virginia mountains—but no one’s enjoying the rugged natural landscape. Not while a killer stalks the town and its hard-luck inhabitants. County prosecutor Belfa “Bell” Elkins and her closest friend, Sheriff Nick Fogelsong, are stymied by a murderer who seems to come and go like smoke on the mountain. At the same time, Bell must deal with the return from prison of her sister, Shirley—who, like Bell, carries the indelible scars of a savage past. With her return to her Appalachian hometown, Bell meets Lindy Crabtree, a coal miner’s daughter with dark secrets all her own, secrets that threaten to explode into even more violence. Acker’s Gap is a place of loveliness and brutality, of isolation and fierce attachments—a place where the dead rub shoulders with the living, and demand their due.

FESTIVE IN DEATH by J.D. Robb. Personal trainer Trey Ziegler was in peak physical condition. If you didn’t count the kitchen knife in his well-toned chest. And hanging from it was a note: Santa says you’ve been bad!!! Ho. Ho. Ho.! Naturally, the vengeful ex-girlfriend who called in the body was the first suspect. But as Lieutenant Eve Dallas soon discovers, she was only one in a lineup of women who’d been loved and left by the narcissistic gym rat, who’d shown a suspicious preference for wealthy, slightly older women who could afford to finance his lifestyle—and his wardrobe. Feeling less than festive, Dallas tries to avoid the relentless good cheer around her, put aside her distaste for the victim, and solve the mystery of his death—a mystery that only deepens when a small fortune in cash is found inside Ziegler’s gym locker. With only a few investigating days left before Christmas, and as New Year’s 2061 approaches, this homicide cop is resolved to stop a cold-blooded killer.

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October 20, 2014

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SON OF NO ONE by Sherrilyn Kenyon. It’s not easy; being life’s own personal joke, but Josette Landry has made an unstable peace with it. Completely down on her luck, Josette takes a job with a local paranormal group as a photographer and camera-woman. The only paranormal thing she believes in is the miracle that keeps her rusted-out car running. But when something truly evil is released into the world, they are forced to call in reinforcements. Centuries ago, Cadegan was viciously betrayed by the only person he’d ever trusted and was cast into an immortal prison. All he wants is a way out. But for the damned there is only eternal suffering. Yet there is something about Josette that intrigues him, something he can’t seem to fight, and the last time he felt this way about a woman it cost him everything. He knows he has to stay away from her, but the unleashed demon is hell-bent on consuming her soul. If one more innocent is taken, he will be sent back to an unimaginable prison that makes his current hell look like paradise. But how can he keep her safe when his being with her is the greatest threat of all?

THE MATCHMAKER by Elin Hilderbrand. Forty-eight-year-old Nantucketer Dabney Beech has always had a gift for matchmaking. Some call her ability mystical, while others call it meddlesome, but there’s no arguing with her results. She has never been wrong about romance. Never, that is, except for the case of herself and Clendenin Hughes, the green-eyed boy who took her heart with him long ago when he left the island to pursue his dream of becoming a journalist. Now, after spending twenty-seven years on the other side of the world, Clen is back on Nantucket, and Dabney has never felt so confused—or so alive. But when tragedy threatens her own second chance, Dabney must face the choices she’s made and share painful secrets with her family. Determined to make use of her gift before it’s too late, she sets out to find perfect matches for those she loves the most.

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BUT ENOUGH ABOUT YOU by Christopher Buckley. Over the past two decades, when Buckley was not writing books, he has been a prolific essayist, a humorous storyteller, an adventurous traveler, and an irreverent historian. This wide-ranging collection features everything from “A Short History of the Bug Zapper” to “The Higgs boson Particle and You.” These are far-flung voyages, elegies to great writers and friends, and a fusillade of witty observations. Here is Buckley on working aboard a freighter, gardening, Peru, flying a Cessna through Alaskan mountains, dinner at the White House, Moby-Dick, and more. Reading these essays is like being in the company of a tremendously witty and enlightening companion. But enough about you…

BLOOD ACES by Doug J. Swanson. They say in Vegas you can’t understand the town unless you understand Benny Binion. Binion earned many labels in his lifetime—racketeer, entrepreneur, killer, philanthropist, family man—but for the first time Swanson lays bare the crucial role Binoin played in bringing everything associated with Vegas—glamour, violence, poker—to the city. This book draws you into Binoin’s colorful world, where deals could be struck with a handshake and disputes settled with a car bomb. Following his career up to his death, Blood Aces is the definitive account of a great American anti-hero, a man whose rise from thugdom to prominence, power, and adulation is unmatched in the history of American criminal justice.

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October 14, 2014

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THE LOST ISLAND by Preston & Child. Gideon Crew—brilliant scientist, master thief—is living on borrowed time. When his mysterious employer, Eli Glinn, gives him a mission, he has no reason to refuse. Gideon’s task: steal a page from the priceless Book of Kells, now on display in New York City and protected by unbreakable security. Gideon’s mission is successful and he steals the parchment—only to learn that hidden beneath the gorgeously illuminated image is a treasure map dating back to the time of the ancient Greeks. As they ponder the strange map, they realize that the treasure it leads to is no ordinary fortune. It is something far more precious: an amazing discovery that could perhaps even save Gideon’s life. When he finally discovers the extraordinary treasure he is hunting, he finds it conceals an even greater shock—a revelation so profound that it may benefit the entire human race…if Gideon can survive.

SEAGRASS PIER by Colleen Coble. Elin Summerall was one of the lucky ones. Not only did she get a heart transplant, but the donor was a perfect fit. But when Elin begins having violent flashbacks—and vivid dreams of being strangled—she realizes that she has been the recipient of more than just a new heart…Elin is remembering her donor’s murder. Her affliction has attracted some unwanted attention: from the press, from the authorities…and from the killer himself. The police are dubious of her story, but one off-duty FBI agent agrees to help her: Agent Marc Everton. Now, in a remote cottage on Hope Island, they must probe the secrets buried in her borrowed heart. And there’s no time to waste. One man is desperate to silence her before she remembers too much.

SHIELD OF WINTER by Nalini Singh. Assassin. Soldier. Arrow. That is who Vasic is, who he will always be. His soul drenched in blood, his conscience heavy with the weight of all he’s done, he exists in the shadows, far from the hope his people can almost touch—if only they do not first drown in the murderous insanity of a lethal contagion. To stop the wave of death, Vasic must complete the simplest and most difficult mission of his life. For if the PSY race is to survive, the empaths must wake. Having rebuilt her life after a medical “treatment” that violated her mind and sought to suffocate her abilities, Ivy Jane should have run from the black-clad Arrow with eyes of winter frost. Now, she’ll fight for her people, and for this Arrow who stands as her living shield yet believes he is beyond redemption. But as the world turns to screaming crimson, even Ivy’s fierce will may not be enough to save Vasic from the cold darkness.

WE ARE CALLED TO RISE by Laura McBride. In the predawn hours, a woman’s marriage crumbles with a single confession. Across town, an immigrant family struggles to get by in the land of opportunity. Three thousand miles away, a soldier wakes up in Walter Reed hospital with the vague feeling he’s done something awful. In a single moment, these disparate lives intersect. Faced with seemingly insurmountable loss, each person must decide whether to give in to despair, or to find the courage and resilience to rise. This is a story about a child’s fate. It is a story about families—the ones we have and the ones we make. It challenges us to think about our responsibilities to each other while reminding us that compassion and charity can rescue even our darkest moments. This is a book that will break your heart—and then put it back together again.

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October 7, 2014

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WAR OF THE ROSES:  STORMBIRD by Conn Iggulden. The great Lion of England, King Henry V is long dead, and in 1437, after years of regency, his son, The Lancaster king Henry VI, ascends the throne. Henry’s poor health and frailty of mind render him a weakling king, and he depends on his closest men to run his kingdom. Yet there are those who believe England must be led by a strong king if she is to survive—and who will do anything to ensure that. With England’s territories in France under threat, fears grow that Henry and his advisors will see the country slide into ruin. And when he strikes a secret deal to marry a young French noblewoman, those fears become all too real. As storm clouds gather over England, King Henry and his supporters find themselves besieged abroad and at home. Who, or what, can save the kingdom before it is too late?

DESERVES TO DIE by Lisa Jackson. In Grizzly Falls, Montana, Detectives Selena Alvarez and Regan Pescoli are struggling with a new commander and a department in the midst of upheaval. It’s the worst possible time for a homicide. A body has been found, missing a finger. Alvarez believes the disfigurement means a murderer with a personal grudge, not a deranged madman with a brutal fetish. Pescoli can only hope she’s right. But then a second body turns up, bearing the same mark. As the clues begin pointing toward a suspect, Pescoli’s unease grows as she senses there’s more to this case than others believe. A killer has made his way to Grizzly Falls, ready to fulfill a vengeance years in the making. And Pescoli must find the target of his wrath—or die trying.

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THE PUN ALSO RISES by John Pollack. Some people may dismiss puns as the lowest form of humor. But this attitude is a relatively recent development in the sweep of history. Pollack—a former presidential speechwriter for Bill Clinton, and winner of the World Pun Championship—explains how punning revolutionized language and made possible the rise of modern civilization. He weaves a playful yet authoritative narrative, exploring how the brain processes humorous wordplay and suggests why—in evolutionary terms—punsters just might end up having the last laugh.

SMALLER FASTER LIGHTER DENSER CHEAPER by Robert Bryce. In the face of today’s environmental and economic challenges, doomsayers preach that the only way to stave off disaster is for humans to reverse course: to de-industrialize, re-localize and ban the use of modern energy sources. But in this provocative and optimistic rebuke to the catastrophists, Bryce shows how innovation and the inexorable human desire to make things smaller, faster, lighter, denser and cheaper is providing consumers with Cheaper and more abundant energy, Faster computing, Lighter vehicles, and myriad other goods. That same desire is fostering unprecedented prosperity, greater liberty, and yes, better environmental protection. The tools we need to save the planet aren’t to be found in the technologies or lifestyles of the past. The catastrophists have been wrong since day one. This is the time to embrace the innovators and businesses all over the world who are making things Smaller Faster Lighter Denser Cheaper.

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