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L.L. Bartlett is a New York Times bestselling author of several mystery series. Her widely popular “Jeff Resnick” books established her as a world-class mystery novelist, and Book 1, Murder on the Mind, tops today’s Buffet.
Before conquering the publishing world, L.L. worked as an antiques dealer, user bookseller, secretary, copy editor, and Hollywood script typist. She honed her characterization and plotting skills as a magazine writer and was a finalist in the St. Martin’s/Malice Domestic contest. In addition to the Jeff Resnick Mysteries, she writes the Agatha-nominated “Booktown” mystery series under the name of Lorna Barrett, and the “Victoria Square” mysteries under the name Lorraine Bartlett. She lives near Rochester, New York.
Murder on the Mind is set in Buffalo, New York. Former insurance investigator Jeff Resnick is mugged and discovers the resulting brain injury has left him able to sense the secrets of other people.
When his estranged half-brother, Richard, takes Jeff to the family home to recover, Jeff’s picks up clues to the recent vicious murder of a local banker. Jeff feels compelled to explore the banker’s murder–using both his senses and his investigative skills, along with Richard’s reluctant help. Against the gritty setting of wintry Buffalo and a tormented family history of his own, unraveling the truth threatens Jeff’s–and Richard’s–life.
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Mysteries & Thrillers
Author: L.L. Bartlett
Jeff Resnick hardly knew his well-heeled half-brother. But after suffering a fractured skull in a vicious mugging, he reluctantly accepts the fact that he has a long and brutal recovery to face—and his closest of kin can provide him with the time and place to do it.
Now, Jeff is haunted by unexplained visions of a heinous crime—a banker, stalked, killed, and eviscerated like a ten-point buck. When Matt Sumner’s murder is discovered, a still-recovering Jeff realizes this was what he had seen. Jeff must not only convince himself of his new-found psychic ability, but also his skeptical brother Richard Alpert. Since Sumner was Richard’s banker, both brothers have a stake in finding out what happened. With Richard’s reluctant help, Jeff’s investigation leads him to Sumner’s belligerent family and hard-nosed business associates, none of whom want him snooping around.
When Jeff discovers a second victim, he knows he must relentlessly chase his quarry even if it means risking his brother’s life.
Author: Mary Campisi
When Christine Blacksworth’s larger-than-life father is killed on an icy road in Magdalena, New York, a hundred miles from the ‘getaway’ cabin he visited every month, she discovers a secret that threatens everything she’s always held to be true. Her father has another family which includes a mistress and a daughter.
Determined to uncover the truth behind her father’s secret life, Christine heads to Magdalena, prepared to hate the people who have caused her to question everything she thought she knew about her father. But what she finds is a woman who understands her, a half sister who cherishes her, and a man who could love her if she’ll let him. The longer she’s around them, the more she questions which family is the real one. . .
Author: Karina Halle
There’s always been something a bit off about Perry Palomino. Though she’s been dealing with a quarter-life crisis and post-college syndrome like any other twentysomething, she’s still not what you would call “ordinary.” For one thing, there’s her past which she likes to pretend never happened, and then there’s the fact that she sees ghosts.
Luckily for her, that all comes in handy when she stumbles across Dex Foray, an eccentric producer for an upcoming webcast on ghost hunters. Even though the show’s budget is non-existent and Dex himself is a maddening enigma, Perry is instantly drawn into a world that both threatens her life and seduces her with a sense of importance.
Lifestyle & Home
Author: The Grabarchuk Family
Discover the 5th volume of the Top Rated Puzzlebook: Puzzle Quizzes series, version for e-readers. In this brand-new puzzle collection you will find 104 pictorial, hand-crafted puzzle quizzes in different themes: logic, visual, spatial, counting, geometry, matchstick, coins, searching, and much more.
Action & Adventure
Author: Jon Evans
In a world where security cameras prove what you have done and databases define who you are, the few who know how to manipulate the technology can play God. They can change the future; they can alter the past. They can make big money, they can save the world, and they can get away with murder over and over again.
A former Infosys project manager living in Bangalore, India, Danielle Leaf agrees to deliver a package for Keiran Kell, a London-based hacker. En route, Danielle is seized by thugs apparently in the employ of Kishkinda, a megacorporation that has been blamed by activists for industrial pollution that has plagued the Bangalore area. While held captive, Danielle meets an attractive activist, also captive, Frenchman Laurent. As the two conspire to escape, Laurent tells Danielle that the package’s intended recipient, Jaylitha, who had been doing research to build a case against Kishkinda, has been gruesomely murdered. After Laurent’s martial arts skills free them, the pair undertake a series of dangerous escapades, with Danielle suspecting her ally may not be fully trustworthy.
Author: Virna DePaul
Melina Parker prides herself on being a lady in public, but after she’s dumped yet again for being a lady in the bedroom, she’s ready to go back to school. Determined to find her inner sex diva, she enlists her childhood friend, Max Dalton, to tutor her after hours.
Instead, she ends up in the wrong bed and gets a lesson in passion from Max’s twin brother, Rhys Dalton, a man Melina’s always secretly wanted but never thought she could have.
Author: Jessica Sorensen
For seventeen-year-old Ember, life is death. With a simple touch, she knows when someone will die. It’s her curse and the reason she secludes herself from the world. The only person who knows her secret is her best friend Raven. Then she meets Asher Morgan. He’s gorgeous, mysterious, and is the only person Ember can’t sense death from. So when he pushes into her life, she doesn’t mind.
But when unexplained deaths start to haunt her town, Ember starts questioning why she can’t sense Asher’s death and what he may be hiding.
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Author: M A Comley, Misti Wolanski
The headless body of a wealthy widow is discovered decomposing in Chelling Forest. Then a second victim is found. Detective Inspector Lorne Simpkins and her partner, DS Pete Childs are assigned the case. Before they can discover the identity of the killer they must make a connection between the two victims.
After a third murder, Lorne receives a grisly surprise. Clearly, a vicious serial killer is on a rampage…and Lorne has become the killer’s fixation.
Author: Jessica James
This is the tale of Colonel Alexander Hunter, a dauntless and daring Confederate cavalry officer, who, with his band of intrepid outcasts, becomes a legend in the rolling hills of northern Virginia. Inspired by love of country and guided by a sense of duty and honor, Hunter must make a desperate choice when he discovers the woman he promised his dying brother he would protect is the Union spy he vowed to his men he would destroy.
James uniquely blends elements of romantic and historical fiction in this deeply personal and poignant tale.
Author: Lindsay Buroker
Eighteen-year-old Kali McAlister enters her steam-powered “dogless sled” in a race, intending to win the thousand-dollar prize and escape remote Moose Hollow forever. The problem? Fortune seekers and airship pirates are after her for the secret to flash gold, her late father’s alchemical masterpiece.With her modified rifle and a pocketful of home-made smoke bombs, Kali wouldn’t normally hide from a confrontation, but taking on a whole airship single-handedly is a daunting task. Unfortunately, the other racers won’t assist her–they’re too busy scheming ways to sabotage her unorthodox sled.
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Author: Kerry Greenwood
Corinna Chapman is living her dream. She’s left the buttoned-down world of accounting behind—along with a less-than-lovable husband—to open a bakery in downtown Melbourne. The neighborhood could be nicer—performing CPR on an unconscious junkie is no way for a baker to start her morning—but the neighbors are something else again. Corinna’s bakery, Earthly Delights, is on the ground floor of a particularly eclectic apartment building, whose occupants promise to make life interesting.
Author: Christine Butler
In the middle of the night, Caislyn Vadoma auto-sketches a scene in which her parents are kidnapped from the family bookstore. She awakens in the morning to find that her sketch, a rare glimpse into the future, has already become reality.
Jasmine DeLaney leaves her life behind when an abusive boyfriend puts her in the hospital. She becomes Jaxon, an art consultant in a new town, always looking over her shoulder for the danger she knows will catch up to her eventually.
Author: A Jacob Sweeny
Michelle used to feel like she was behind in everything, especially school and relationships. Her great aunt from the old country says she is like a bland meal, “no salt or pepper.” But in junior year, everything changes. Her father takes a position on the Town Council, a popular boy in school becomes interested in her, and most importantly, the Hekademos Learning Center, a private school for ‘troubled’ students, moves into her quiet neighborhood amidst the protests of the entire town.
After an embarrassing fall over the school wall, Michelle meets Elliot and her ordinary ‘bland’ life changes its course forever.
Author: Nikita Black
Three days in the steamy Louisiana bayou. Two gorgeous, hot-blooded Cajun brothers. One guileless lost photographer. He captured her for wicked pleasures…but she captured his heart forever. When it comes to love…who, then, is the captor, and who is really the prisoner…?
Author: Jeffrey Onorato
Residing in a country where beautiful people are considered superior, Addison Hall is an anomaly. A mildly repugnant man, he is forced by the twisted hierarchy of his dictator to live in less than adequate living situations. The days become increasingly arduous as he toils in an unpleasant job, stricken with the disappointment of his current situation. Then he meets Otka, a beautiful woman who owns the local coffee shop. After witnessing a chance encounter where Addison risks his life to save the life of a dog, Otka takes an obvious interest in him. Addison is perplexed by her reciprocated intrigue.
Author: Robert Elmer
A Danish Lutheran pastor’s complacent faith is stretched to the breaking point during World War II when he meets a young Jewish nurse Hanne Abrahamsen and becomes deeply involved in Resistance efforts to save Denmark’s Jews from the Nazi prison camp at Terezin, Czechoslovakia—also known as Theresienstadt.
Challenged by his evangelical brother and swayed by his own attraction to Hanne, Pastor Steffen abandons his formerly quiet, uninvolved life and hesitantly volunteers to help smuggle Denmark’s Jews out of the country before a Nazi roundup.
Author: Emma Jay
Kennedy Stacey couldn’t be more down on her luck. Her father, a rodeo cowboy, recently passed away after a long, expensive illness. The medical bills, combined with his habit of gambling and the fact that she had to quit her job to take care of him,has left her homeless and with no place to go but back to the rodeo. She tracks down Luke Delaney, one of her father’s proteges, and asks for help.
But when she turns to his brother Liam for help instead,Luke steps forward, partly because of his concern of how his brother the player will treat her, and partly because he knows her father would want him to. Nature can only hold out so long, and despite their better judgement, they give in to their desires.
Author: Jeanette Levellie
What do drive-by diaper stores and God have in common? When is blabbing an acceptable habit? Why should you beware of moths and sligs?
In her entertaining, uplifting style, award-winning author and humorist Jeanette Levellie weaves Over 70 amusing stories with affirming Biblical truths. These spirit-nourishing examples of God’s favor and grace will encourage you to win as you fight life’s battles in the real lane.
Author: MJ Ware
After a failed attempt at running away, best friends Nathan and Misty return home expecting to face angry parents. Instead, they discover the military has destroyed the bridges out of their rural town and everyone’s fled–except a small horde of the living dead. The stress of flesh-eating zombies may be more than their already strained relationship can handle.
Even with the help of the town geek and lemonade-powered Super-Soakers, there’s not enough time to squeeze their way out of this sticky mess. Unless the trio eradicates the zombie infestation, while avoiding the deadly zombie snot, the military will blow the town, and them, to pulp.
Business & Investing
Author: Tea Del Alma Silvestre
Inspired by Seth Godin’s “Linchpin,” this book takes a closer look at why and how every small business owner can break away from the competition by thinking like a Chef — not a cook or bottle washer.
With so many “gurus” on the internet selling roadmaps and recipes that guarantee big success, it’s time to refocus on your right brain, your creative side, the part of you that invents, connects others and makes remarkable things happen. These ten guidelines help entrepreneurs remember how to do things with a rulebook.
Author: Thomas Settimi
The feathery white ribbons in the sky above Adams County, Pennsylvania, were nothing unusual–just the vapor trail evidence of high-flying aircraft that one might see on any day. But for the men on the ground below they were a puzzlement. And no wonder: the year was 1863 and the men were Confederate soldiers marching toward the most significant battle of the American Civil War.
Thousands of miles away and 105 years later, Navy pilot Nathaniel Booth and his navigator complete their air mission over Laos and are headed back to the deck of the USS Enterprise when their aircraft mysteriously vanishes.
In this carefully researched historical novel with a cosmic twist, the author traces the convoluted struggle to weave together the threads of a lost airman’s life and bring solace to a grief-stricken mother.
Author: Shirley Miranda
Meet Liz. She’s sixteen, the daughter of immigrant parents, doesn’t fit in at home and hides in plain sight in school. She’s an outsider until she’s rescued by an unlikely friendship that changes her life.
When her physics teacher assigns new seats in class and Patrick, her new lab partner, befriends her. Unlike her past partners, Patrick challenges her to see the true meaning of teamwork and friendship. With him as her new best friend, she learns what friendship is really about and starts to find herself in the process.
Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Author: Alex Metcalf
The story of Marley, a once successful Hollywood player who’s tumbled so far down the ladder of success that he’s got almost nothing left. Just a one room apartment on Venice Beach and a fragile relationship with his 16 year old daughter.Marley’s at the end of his rope when he gets a phone call from an old producing partner who wants to throw Marley some work. Which sounds great until Marley realizes that the “work” is tracking down a missing actress. An actress who may or may not be dead. Every instinct Marley has tells him to walk away. But the lure of easy money is the single thing that everyone in Hollywood has in common.
Biographies & Memoirs
Author: Joshua Fields Millburn, Colin Wright
At age 30, Joshua Fields Millburn left his six-figure career, ditched most of his material possessions, and started focusing on life’s most important aspects. Once he embraced his newfound minimalist lifestyle, he never looked back.
Soon he discovered minimalism. This 208-page book contains 50 essays about living a meaningful life with less stuff, including “The Short Guide to Getting Rid of Your Crap,” “The Commodification of Love,” “Letting Go of Shitty Relationships,” and the title essay.
Advice & How-to
Author: Jim Kukral, Carrie Wilkerson
Want to have a life where you work when you want, where you want, on things you care about? This quick, easy and motivational and inspirational book will prove to you that it’s possible. It all sounds like such bullcrap; but it’s not. You can build a legitimate new lifestyle that you want IF you believe it. Do you? You need to, and this book will get you there.
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Author: Cynthia Hamilton
Far from being ashamed of his matrimonial failures, Jake considers himself to be uncommonly lucky at love. Smug in her own sense of marital security and superiority, Allison cannot get Jake and his seemingly ridiculous optimism out of her head. She wonders how some people could bring themselves to step up to the altar time after time with such unsatisfying, often disastrous results.
Through muleback rides and impromptu tango dances, Jake reveals to Allison the details of his many marriages, his current entanglements, and his unconventional philosophy of life.
Author: Elizabeth Egerton Wilder
A family forged by adversity. A community united by dreams. With a bounty on his head, Jed turns to the one man he could trust; a nearby Micmac settlement leader. As the strife escalates over the border of Maine and the rights to its lucrative lumber industry, the unlikely partnership defies all odds to protect Jed’s son, overcoming bigotry, betrayal, and the unforgiving 1820’s Maine wilderness.
Author: William Flowers
From the older images of a sad, blue-eyed Jesus to the more recent, more violently graphic portrayals of his suffering, Hollywood has trained us to see the savior of the world as just another victim. To be sure, Jesus Christ endured terrible physical abuse and a barbaric death, but the night before it all happened, when he prayed in agony, alone in the garden, he was anticipating a much darker prospect, a terrible moment that according to Luke’s Gospel would cause the sun’s light to fail.
The Hush presents an alternative view, a much larger, more comprehensive look at the familiar story, combining a unique blend of speculation with the biblical record.
Author: Jacquie D’Alessandro
On her way to London to announce her engagement, a young woman’s unplanned stop in the village where she spent her childhood brings her in contact with a man and an antique mirror–and both will change her destiny.
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