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Perfect People (paid link)

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Author: James, Peter

After the tragic loss of their young son to a rare genetic disorder, John and Naomi discover they both carry a rogue gene. Having another child by conventional means is too much risk to bear.

When they find geneticist Dr Leo Dettore it seems like the answer to their prayers. Every aspect of the child can be chosen and manufactured, from height and eye colour to intelligence and sporting prowess. But realising the danger too late, Naomi is already pregnant when they understand the nightmare world they are entering…

A world of perfect people.

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Author: Rosett, Sara
Traditional Detective Mysteries

Location scout and Jane Austen aficionado, Kate Sharp, is thrilled when the company she works for lands the job of finding locations for a new film adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, but then her boss fails to return from a scouting trip to England. Kate travels to England to salvage the company’s reputation.

Things go from bad to worse when Kate arrives in Nether Woodsmoor, a quaint village of golden stone cottages and rolling green hills, only to find no trace of her boss. Even the rumpled, easygoing local scout they consulted, Alex, doesn’t know where he might be.

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Author: Hill, Karl
Pulp Thrillers

Meet Adam Black. A man betrayed. A man on a mission.
Does anything matter more than justice?

Adam Black, an ex SAS Captain, is randomly attacked while out for his nightly jog in the quiet Scottish village of Eaglesham. But Black does not take the ambush lying down and while defending himself kills two of the three attackers.

After being interviewed, the police decide not to press charges against Black.

Unbeknownst to Black, the men who assaulted him have links to a vicious criminal, Peter Grant, who swears revenge.

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Author: Ke, Clive
Humor & Entertainment

Do you want to improve at chess as quickly as possible? Are you sick of playing game after game without winning or getting better at chess? Do you want a fun, easy-to-read guide to improving at chess written in clear and simple English? Well look no further!

Chess beginners will quickly learn all of the tips and tricks they need to beat their friends and colleagues. Club players will learn the key skills to help them win more games and tournaments. We’ll show you the right way to practice chess and the wrong way, so that you can spend your time getting the maximum results.

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Author: Kirkpatrick, Perry
Children’s Mystery & Detectives Books

“I’m Mia.
I know how to write.
Why’s that a big deal?
Because… I’m a cat.”

Someone is telling the tabloids about Ms. Thornblood’s every move. Is it the housekeeper? the cook? the maid? the handyman? The detective hired to solve the case isn’t sure. Things are looking pretty hopeless until Mia, his talented cat, offers to spend a week at Ms. Thornblood’s as a spy.

With time running out, and an embarrassing secret about to be revealed, will Mia be able to save the day—and solve her first case?

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Author: Quinn, Julia
Women’s Short Stories

For the first time in print, New York Times bestselling author Julia Quinn presents a collection of “second epilogues” to her Bridgerton series plus a new bonus Bridgerton novella.

Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series remains one of the most beloved among historical romance readers, and this collection of “second epilogues”—stories that take place after the original books end—offer fans more from their favorite characters. Previously published as ebook originals, these second epilogues include those from On the Way to the Wedding; It’s in His Kiss; When He Was Wicked; To Sir Phillip, With Love; Romancing Mister Bridgerton; An Offer from a Gentleman, The Viscount Who Loved Me; and The Duke and I. Also in this collection is a Bridgerton novella written especially for this book, which will be sure to satisfy the legions of Julia Quinn fans.

The Queen’s Gambit (paid link)

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Author: Tevis, Walter
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Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Netflix’s most watched limited series to date! The thrilling novel of one young woman’s journey through the worlds of chess and drug addiction.​

When eight-year-old Beth Harmon’s parents are killed in an automobile accident, she’s placed in an orphanage in Mount Sterling, Kentucky. Plain and shy, Beth learns to play chess from the janitor in the basement and discovers she is a prodigy. Though penniless, she is desperate to learn more—and steals a chess magazine and enough money to enter a tournament. Beth also steals some of her foster mother’s tranquilizers to which she is becoming addicted.

At thirteen, Beth wins the chess tournament. By the age of sixteen she is competing in the US Open Championship and, like Fast Eddie in The Hustler, she hates to lose. By eighteen she is the US champion—and Russia awaits . . .

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Author: Merriam-Webster
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Words & Language Reference

This expanded and thoroughly revised new edition is designed not only to add hundreds of useful new words to a student’s permanent working vocabulary but also to teach the most common and useful Greek and Latin word-building roots to help students understand and master additional vocabulary in the future.

Example sentences and brief explanatory comments provide a rich context to bring the words to life, and quizzes are provided to encourage reuse and recall of words and to reinforce memory of them. All of these features combine to make this a valuable tool for students preparing for standardized tests or simply seeking to expand their English vocabulary.

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Author: Hayder, Mo
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Crime Thrillers

In his first case as lead investigator with London’s murder squad, Det. Inspector Jack Caffery is called on to investigate the murder of a young woman whose body has been discovered near the Millennium Dome in Greenwich, southeast London.

Mutilated beyond recognition, the victim is soon joined by four others discovered in the same area—all female and all ritualistically murdered. And when the postmortem examination reveals a gruesome signature connecting the victims, Caffery realizes exactly what he’s dealing with—a dangerous serial killer.

Invisible Cities (paid link)

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Author: Calvino, Italo
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Historical Italian Fiction
In a garden sit the aged Kublai Khan and the young Marco Polo — Mongol emperor and Venetian traveler. Kublai Khan has sensed the end of his empire coming soon. Marco Polo diverts his host with stories of the cities he has seen in his travels around the empire: cities and memory, cities and desire, cities and designs, cities and the dead, cities and the sky, trading cities, hidden cities. As Marco Polo unspools his tales, the emperor detects these fantastic places are more than they appear.
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Author: Abrahams, Tom
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Time Travel Science Fiction

A starving city. A renegade bootlegger. A battle for the future of mankind.

Zeke is a bad guy. He didn’t choose to be. It’s just who he is. It’s who he has to be to survive in a post-apocalyptic world where trust is as scarce as water.

He’s got nobody. No family. No friends. And he left behind the woman he loved for her own good.

But it’s time to change. After a brush with death far out in the wasteland, he decides he’s done risking his life to help his greedy bosses control who gets to drink water and when.

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Author: Hystad, Nathan, Ford, Devon C.
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Horror Suspense

Twenty-five years ago, the Overseers conquered Earth and enslaved humanity. The time to fight back has come…

Alec works in the Detroit Overseer-factories, building a mysterious alien device. When three strangers appear, he’s provided an opportunity to escape after years of servitude.

Cole, a Freeborn loner, encounters Lina after her village is destroyed by the alien Occupation. Together, they make the arduous journey to a fabled safe-zone, trying to stay one step ahead of the enemy drones on their trail.

Dex is a Hunter, working for the Occupation to track down escaped factory slaves, or Roamers, at all costs. But his latest hunt uncovers a massive secret and threatens his loyalty to the Overseers.

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Author: Rose, Willow
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Detective Harry Hunter of Miami PD’s homicide squad throws himself into a case no one asked him to solve.

Four teenagers from one of Miami’s affluent neighborhoods are murdered on a boat. Another is found dead in a dumpster. All five of them go to the same school and are on a list of witnesses to another crime.

Because he’s in bad standing with his boss, Harry is given the task of protecting a possible future victim, but Harry isn’t always known to follow his boss’s orders.

Soon, he’ll risk everything while racing to stop a killer who has left everyone else in the homicide squad shaking in terror.

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Author: Leitman, Margot
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Performing Arts

A comedian and Moth veteran lays out useful tips and tricks for maximizing the impact of your stories—so you can nail it every time

Do you ever wish you could tell a story that leaves others spellbound? Comedian, Upright Citizens Brigade founder, and Moth champion Margot Leitman will show you how in this practical guide to storytelling.

Using a fun, irreverent, and infographic approach, Long Story Short breaks a story into concrete components. From content and structure to emotional impact and delivery, Leitman guides you through the entire storytelling process, providing personal anecdotes, relatable examples, and practical exercises along the way.

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