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Author: Brookes, Dawn
Christian Suspense

Rachel Prince is looking for solace on her first cruise. What she’s not expecting is murder…

Newly qualified police officer, Rachel joins her best friend and cruise ship nurse, Sarah Bradshaw for a relaxing holiday on board the fictional Coral Queen. The voyage turns out to be far from the rest she was expecting after she meets an elderly widow and Rachel soon becomes embroiled in a surprising murder investigation.

With a murderer on the loose and a secretive handsome stranger, it’s not only her life at risk, but also her heart. Rachel and Sarah try to assist the eccentric widow, Lady Marjorie Snellthorpe after a fellow passenger is killed.

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Author: Westlake, Chris
Crime Thrillers

On the 1st day of June 1988, the residents of south Wales were thrown into a state of panic when a married couple were brutally murdered in their own home. The killer, nicknamed Spartacus by the media, did not flee the scene immediately; instead, he stayed to carve Roman Numerals onto his victims’ chests.

This was the beginning of a month-long killing spree, each murder taking a step closer to home.

Seventeen-year-old Jeffrey Allen was to be the final victim, on the final day of the month. Instead, he became the only survivor, and the only real witness. The killings ended as suddenly as they began. Jeffrey relocated to London, changing his name, and his identity, to Marcus Clancy. His past life became merely a dark secret.

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Author: Mallette, Herb
Epic Fantasy
When two of the world’s greatest adventurers disappear, it falls to their heirs – Jake Warbler and the half-sprite Noxie – to retrace their steps and confront whatever evil took them. The only clues point to a literary enigma from the depths of antiquity: the Last Tragedy of Coeldoetta of Jueln. Missing and unread since the fall of long-ago empires, the Tragedy has doomed a thousand previous seekers. Can Jake and Noxie unearth this legendary play after so many others have failed? Or will they fall victim along the way to the same bloody-minded cult that vanquished their missing elders?
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Author: Mannock, Mark
Action & Adventure
Nicholas Sharp is a killer musician… literally!
Turning his back on the military system that turned him into a murderer when he shot an innocent man, Sharp is grateful to have found refuge in a career as a successful musician. But while he is preparing to back well-known former rock star Robbie West on a USO tour of Iraq, a close friend and her daughter disappear.
In a deadly game of cat and mouse across three continents, Sharp discovers there’s more at stake than his own life and those close to him. As relentless shadows from his past chase him down, he faces a brutal choice. Kill or be killed.
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Author: Palmer, Grace
Inspirational Romance

Starting over at fifty-eight is a terrifying prospect. But a mysterious new guest may make the heartbreak easier.

And her children are going through troubles of their own.

Georgia’s younger daughter, Tasha, left Willow Beach to make it in Hollywood. But a manipulative boyfriend is making her risk her career and face the wrath of her A-list diva boss.

Tasha’s sister, Melanie, is trying to pick up the pieces of her broken heart after a difficult break-up. Just when she seems to be turning a corner, the man who left her comes back and begs for a second chance.

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Author: Raymond, Bobbie
Amateur Sleuth Mysteries

Fleeing a failed relationship in New York, actress Leah Sexton finds herself as the new Executive Director of the Como Lake Players in St. Paul.

The initial calm of this new position is shattered immediately after a local critic-who had just panned the theater’s latest production-is found murdered on the show’s set.

Anonymous threats against the show-and her!- forces Leah to act as if her life depends on it. Because it does.

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Author: Irving, John
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Classic Coming of Age Fiction

I am doomed to remember a boy with a wrecked voice—not because of his voice, or because he was the smallest person I ever knew, or even because he was the instrument of my mother’s death, but because he is the reason I believe in God; I am a Christian because of Owen Meany.

In the summer of 1953, two eleven-year-old boys—best friends—are playing in a Little League baseball game in Gravesend, New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy’s mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn’t believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God’s instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary.

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Author: Dalton, Trent
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Lawyers & Criminals Humor

Eli Bell’s life is complicated. His father is lost, his mother is in jail, and his stepdad is a heroin dealer. The most steadfast adult in Eli’s life is Slim—a notorious felon and national record-holder for successful prison escapes—who watches over Eli and August, his silent genius of an older brother.

Exiled far from the rest of the world in Darra, a neglected suburb populated by Polish and Vietnamese refugees, this twelve-year-old boy with an old soul and an adult mind is just trying to follow his heart, learn what it takes to be a good man, and train for a glamorous career in journalism. Life, however, insists on throwing obstacles in Eli’s path—most notably Tytus Broz, Brisbane’s legendary drug dealer.

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Author: Scottoline, Lisa
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Legal Thrillers
Mary DiNunzio has just been promoted to partner and is about to take on her most unusual case yet, brought to the firm by a thirteen-year-old genius with a penchant for beekeeping. Allegra Gardner’s sister Fiona was murdered six years ago, and it seemed like an open-and-shut case: the accused, Lonnie Stall, was seen fleeing the scene; his blood was on Fiona and her blood was on him; most damningly, Lonnie Stall pleaded guilty. But Allegra believes Lonnie is innocent and has been wrongly imprisoned. The Gardner family is one of the most powerful in the country and Allegra’s parents don’t believe in reopening the case, so taking it on is risky. But the Rosato & Associates firm can never resist an underdog. Was justice really served all those years ago? It will take a team of unstoppable female lawyers, plus one thirteen-year-old genius, to find out.
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Author: Horowitz, Anthony
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Traditional Detective Mysteries
When editor Susan Ryeland is given the manuscript of Alan Conway’s latest novel, she has no reason to think it will be much different from any of his others. After working with the bestselling crime writer for years, she’s intimately familiar with his detective, Atticus Pünd, who solves mysteries disturbing sleepy English villages. An homage to queens of classic British crime such as Agatha Christie and Dorothy Sayers, Alan’s traditional formula has proved hugely successful. So successful that Susan must continue to put up with his troubling behavior if she wants to keep her job.
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Author: Box, C.J.
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Cozy Animal Mystery

Cody Hoyt, although a brilliant cop, is an alcoholic struggling with two months of sobriety when his friend Hank Winters is found burned to death in a remote mountain cabin. At first it looks like the suicide of a man who’s fallen off the wagon, but Cody knows Hank better than that. As Cody digs deeper into the case, all roads lead to foul play. After years of bad behavior with his department, Cody is in no position to be investigating a homicide, but he will stop at nothing to find Hank’s killer.

When clues found at the scene link the murderer to an outfitter leading tourists on a multiday wilderness horseback trip into the remote corners of Yellowstone National Park—a pack trip that includes his son Justin—Cody is desperate to get on their trail and stop the killer before the group heads into the wild.

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Author: Morris, Heather
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Historical World War II Fiction

In April 1942, Lale Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew, is forcibly transported to the concentration camps at Auschwitz-Birkenau. When his captors discover that he speaks several languages, he is put to work as a Tätowierer (the German word for tattooist), tasked with permanently marking his fellow prisoners.

Imprisoned for over two and a half years, Lale witnesses horrific atrocities and barbarism—but also incredible acts of bravery and compassion. Risking his own life, he uses his privileged position to exchange jewels and money from murdered Jews for food to keep his fellow prisoners alive.

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