Hetta Coffey is a sassy Texan with a snazzy yacht, and she’s not afraid to use it.
She’s cruising Mexico’s hauntingly beautiful Sea of Cortez when she gets a job offer she can’t refuse. Not only is the project located in her old stomping grounds in Texas Hill Country, but comes with an RV for living quarters. She has no problem driving a forty-five foot yacht, but RVing is new to her.
And as will happen, life throws her a major curve ball, and then smack dab into a nefarious plot back across the border.
When the world-famous John Preston jumps to his death from the Maryville Bridge in Pittsburgh, PA everyone at McClanahan’s Irish Pub is speculating about his death. Private Eye Sean McClanahan is as curious as anyone — particularly when he is visited at the family pub by two unusual ladies who want him to investigate Preston’s death. Of course, that’s long before he knows what Preston’s demise will put him through.
This is the first Sean McClanahan mystery by nationally syndicated humor columnist Tom Purcell, author of “Misadventures of a 1970s Childhood.” Filled with colorful characters common to the hills and valleys of one of America’s most storied industrial cities, McClanahan sets off on a dangerous odyssey that could be his very last.
Samantha had to drop out of art school, but she never dropped her dream of visiting Florence, and now she’s there. She’s going to study all the sculptures… as soon as she stops getting distracted by the sculpted jaw of her hosts’ son.
Edo has come home after six years, summoned to take the reins of the family’s bed & breakfast—a fate he’s dreaded most of his life. He’s not even home a day before his mother is pushing him to play tour guide for their current guest, a pretty girl who seems different from the tourists Edo remembers.
As Samantha lets Florence open her heart, Edo lets her open his eyes to the city and home he’d forgotten how to love—but Samantha only has ten days in the country; will that be enough for them to build a future on?
PRIMAL Inception is a prequel in the PRIMAL series. It reveals the back-story of former CIA paramilitary operatives Ice and Vance.
Kosovo, 1999. CIA operatives, Ice and Vance, are supporting a crack unit of Albanian rebels. War criminals by any standards, these brutal fighters are unlikely allies in a vicious ethnic conflict.
Two years on and the war has devastated Kosovo. NATO peacekeepers try to bring order to a region ruled by Albanian mafia, corrupt government officials, and apathetic UN bureaucrats.
Ice, scarred by genocide, is running a side project investigating war crimes. When Vance returns from a posting to Africa, they are faced with a stark choice. Abide by the façade of stability or, with the help of the SAS, fight a rogue battle against war criminals hungry for power.
It’s impossible but it’s on-screen. He’s captured—on camera—the scene of his own death.
One weekday to the next, Trevor quietly fulfills his roles as loving husband and father-to-be, trusted best friend, and dependable employee. He’s chosen normality, routine, simplicity, even predictability: everything he never had as a child. And he prefers it that way.
And then comes Saturday.
The weekends are Trevor’s alone. On the weekends, Trevor is king.
Charging into the beckoning canyonlands of southern Utah, Trevor seeks out true challenge without hesitation, dares the ever-changing terrain to test his finest skill, and defies death itself as he pushes his mind and body to the max.
He is the Weekend Warrior. Master of his machine. Trevor is a freeride mountain biker, and when he rides, the earth is at his command.
Outgunned and outmanned on a remote alien world, their only hope is a recruit who doesn’t even want to be there
Plucked from his life in academia, Jack Forge must find a way to survive as a Fleet Marine recruit. When the Chitin attack, he is forced to fight a war he never wanted any part of. The only way out is to win the war, and Jack Forge will do whatever it takes to make that happen. In the process, he just might save humanity.
Recruit is the first book in the Jack Forge, Fleet Marine series. If you like fast-paced military science fiction, Jack Forge is the kind of hero you can root for.
Fresh-baked cookies, pies, and cakes can warm even the frostiest Christmases in coastal Maine. But there’s little room for holiday cheer when murder is the new seasonal tradition . . .
YULE LOG MURDER by LESLIE MEIER
Lucy Stone is thrilled to be cast as an extra in a festive period film—until the set becomes a murder scene decorated in blood and buttercream icing. Returning to her role as sleuth, Lucy dashes to restore peace to Tinker’s Cove, unwrap a cold-hearted criminal’s MO, and reveal how one ornate Yule log cake could possibly cause so much drama.
DEATH BY YULE LOG by LEE HOLLIS
Hayley Powell’s holidays aren’t off to a very merry start. Not only has her daughter brought Conner—an infuriatingly perfect new beau—home to Bar Harbor, but a local troublemaker has been found dead with traces of her signature Yule log cake on his body. As Conner becomes the prime murder suspect, Hayley must put aside her mixed feelings to identify the real killjoy.
Robin Olds was a larger-than-life hero with a towering personality. A graduate of West Point and an inductee in the National College Football Hall of Fame for his All-American performance for Army, Olds was one of the toughest college football players at the time. In WWII, Olds quickly became a top fighter pilot and squadron commander by the age of 22—and an ace with 12 aerial victories.
But it was in Vietnam where the man became a legend. He arrived in 1966 to find a dejected group of pilots and motivated them by placing himself on the flight schedule under officers junior to himself, then challenging them to train him properly because he would soon be leading them. Proving he wasn’t a WWII retread, he led the wing with aggressiveness, scoring another four confirmed kills, becoming a rare triple ace.
Serge and Coleman are back on the road, ready to hit the next stop on their list of obscure and wacky points of interest in the Sunshine State. This time, Serge’s interest is drawn to one of the largest retirement villages in the world—also known as the site of an infamous sex scandal between a retiree and her younger beau that rocked the community.
What starts out as an innocent quest to observe elders in their natural habitats, sample the local cuisine, and scope out a condo to live out the rest of their golden years, soon becomes a Robin Hood-like crusade to recover the funds of swindled residents. After all, our seniors should be revered and respected—they’ve heroically fought in wars, garnered priceless wisdom, and they have the best first-hand accounts of bizarre Floridian occurrences only Serge would know about. But as the resident’s rally for Serge to seek justice on their behalves, two detectives are hot on the heels of Serge and Coleman’s murderous trail.
An entire family falls under suspicion when the prospect of an inheritance stirs up passions in this novel in the beloved British mystery series.
An advertisement appears in the newspaper, asking for genealogical information from descendants of a certain Jeremiah Taverner, who died in long-ago 1888. It looks like an ordinary notice by a curious scholar, but the question is not nearly as simple as that. The man behind the ad is a Taverner himself: estranged, wealthy, and looking for a suitable relation to name in his will. The case grows complicated quickly, for there are many who bear the name, several illegitimate relatives aside. Old feuds reemerge now that there is a whiff of money in the air, and the extended family converges to squabble over the cash. It is not long before there is one less Taverner, and Miss Silver, the genteel detective, is called in to find out who put the knife in his back.
These are the chilling words left behind by a man who had everything to live for—but took his own life. In the aftermath, his widow, Jane Hawk, does what all her grief, fear, and fury demand: find the truth, no matter what.
People of talent and accomplishment, people admired and happy and sound of mind, have been committing suicide in surprising numbers. When Jane seeks to learn why, she becomes the most-wanted fugitive in America. Her powerful enemies are protecting a secret so important—so terrifying—that they will exterminate anyone in their way.
But all their power and viciousness may not be enough to stop a woman as clever as they are cold-blooded, as relentless as they are ruthless—and who is driven by a righteous rage they can never comprehend. Because it is born of love.
Featuring the O. Henry Prize–winning short story “Windeye,” this collection of Brian Evenson’s masterful stories “involve impossible scenarios and alternative realities” that are “always surprising” (Bookforum).
A woman falling out of sync with the world; a king’s servant hypnotized by his murderous horse; a transplanted ear with a mind of its own—the characters in these twenty-five stories live as interlopers in a world shaped by mysterious disappearances and unfathomable discrepancies between the real and imagined, revealing the breadth and depth of Evenson’s uncanny vision.
Podcaster Knox McCoy, co-host of The Popcast with Knox and Jamie, tells hilarious stories about how pop culture helped him answer life’s biggest questions in his debut book, The Wondering Years. Through books, television, music and movies, Knox found many of the answers he was searching for about God and why we’re all here.
When you hear the phrase pop culture, you likely think reality television, boy bands or Real Housewives of various cities. While these are elements of popular culture, they aren’t all it has to offer. Pop culture may not cure diseases or make scientific breakthroughs, but it does play a vital role in the story of humanity.
From the first time he was punched in the face to saving dog souls as a canine evangelist, Knox reflects on how pop culture has helped shape his life and carve out the foundation of his faith. While the three cultural tentpoles—the South, the Church, and Sports—defined many aspects of his East Tennessee upbringing, it was pop culture that influenced Knox and his sense of the world at large.
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