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Author: Prescott, M. Lee
Women Sleuths
Ricky Steele, a fifty-eight year old odd jobber, plays a practical joke on her former boarding school, a joke that plunges her headlong into kidnapping and murder. While she pretends to be an ace private investigator, the niece of Massachusetts’ governor goes missing and a murderer terrorizes the campus. Ricky enlists the aid of her former roommates and together, the three create mayhem during Whitley School’s reunion weekend, bungling along in search of the truth. Join Ricky on her first caper and see how this humorous rollicking mystery series got its start.

On Deadly Grounds (paid link)

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Author: Schmitz, Kaye D.
Conspiracy Thrillers

On the eve of an international G7 Summit, event coordinator Mattie Maguire discovers that the venue, a century-old estate close to Asheville, NC, is more than simply a picturesque setting. It is also the center of political conspiracies involving a ruthless Russian spy ring that will stop at nothing to steal the massive fortune they believe to be hidden there. The search intensifies and a rogue Russian agent attacks Mattie’s grandmother, still living on the estate. She hovers in a coma, barely clinging to life.

As Mattie struggles to protect her family and ensure a safe event for the most important leaders in the world, her discovery of a fraudulent heir to the estate puts her own life in danger as well.

The Defiant Agents (paid link)

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Author: Norton, Andre
Time Travel Science Fiction
Travis Fox, Apache Indian and an expert in time travel, volunteers for a mission to colonize the planet of Topaz. But when he and his fellow Apaches find themselves reverting to the ways of their ancient warrior race, Fox suspects that a dangerous force is responsible–and that there’s more at stake than just their lives.

A Thread So Fine (paid link)

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Author: Welch, Susan
Women’s Literary Fiction
St. Paul, Minnesota, 1946:
When Shannon was a child, she listened as her father read stories of a motherless princess who ventured far from the kingdom, connected to home by the magic of a fine, silver thread. As a young woman, Shannon knows she is neither a princess nor an adventuress – that would be her sister, Eliza. But when Shannon barely survives a year in quarantine for TB, losing any hope of motherhood herself, and when Eliza runs away after a brutal attack, the fairy tale comes to life. On her journey to bring Eliza home, Shannon discovers a secret child, the love of a good man, and the true meaning of family remade. But when all is said and done, is the bond between sisters strong enough to save Eliza?

Haunted From Without  (paid link)

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Author: IRVINE, IAN C.P.
Noir Crime

Who are ‘the Others’? Why are an increasing number of people throughout the world developing the ability to see and speak with the dead?

Why have a farmers’ guild from Iowa secretly enlisted the help of Scottish reporter Peter Nicolson? If they are correct, is the world stumbling blindly into a disaster that could threaten the survival of the human race? And what is contained within the missing ‘GM File’ that threatens to destroy some of the world’s most powerful companies? To what lengths will these companies go to prevent Peter Nicolson uncovering the truth and publishing it to the world?

Arcadia (paid link)

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Author: Groff, Lauren
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Coming of Age Fiction
In the fields of western New York State in the 1970s, a few dozen idealists set out to live off the land, founding a commune centered on the grounds of a decaying mansion called Arcadia House. Arcadia follows this romantic utopian dream from its hopeful start through its heyday. Arcadia’s inhabitants include Handy, the charismatic leader; his wife, Astrid, a midwife; Abe, a master carpenter; Hannah, a baker and historian; and Abe and Hannah’s only child, Bit. While Arcadia rises and falls, Bit, too, ages and changes. He falls in love with Helle, Handy’s lovely, troubled daughter. And eventually he must face the world beyond Arcadia.
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Author: Taylor, Mildred D.
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Black & African American Fiction
Mildred Taylor completes her sweeping saga about the Logan family of Mississippi, which is also the story of the civil rights movement in America of the 20th century. Cassie Logan, first met in Song of the Trees and Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, is a young woman now, searching for her place in the world, a journey that takes her from Toledo to California, to law school in Boston, and, ultimately, in the 60s, home to Mississippi
to participate in voter registration. She is witness to the now-historic events of the century: the Great Migration north, the rise of the civil rights movement, preceded and precipitated by the racist society of America, and the often violent confrontations that brought about change.

Tumbleweeds: A Novel (paid link)

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Author: Meacham, Leila
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Small Town & Rural Fiction
A recently orphaned girl moves to the Texas panhandle and struggles to forge new friendships in a town of football glory in this unforgettable novel of surprising plot twists and unexpected beginnings.
Recently orphaned, eleven-year-old Cathy Benson feels she has been dropped into a cultural and intellectual wasteland when she is forced to move from her academically privileged life in California to the small town of Kersey in the Texas Panhandle where the sport of football reigns supreme. She is quickly taken under the unlikely wings of up-and-coming gridiron stars and classmates John Caldwell and Trey Don Hall, orphans like herself, with whom she forms a friendship and eventual love triangle that will determine the course of the rest of their lives.
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Author: O’Sullivan, Brian
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Suspense Thrillers

Quint Adler is a disillusioned crime reporter tired of writing fluff pieces about stolen bikes and minor burglaries. He needs something more.

So when he overhears a sinister conversation while stuck in a hospital bed on his 40th birthday, Quint goes all-in.

He starts investigating an unsolved murder, and then another, even more brutal in nature.

While Quint believe he has identified the deranged killer, the police have come up with their own suspect: Quint himself!

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Author: Lawford, Christopher Kennedy, Engel, Beverly
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Addiction & Recovery

Your partner’s addiction takes a toll on both of your lives.

That doesn’t mean you should turn your back on the person you love.

We’ve been told that staying with a partner who struggles with addiction—whether it be with drugs, alcohol, or addictive behaviors—means that we’re enabling their destructive behavior. That wanting to help them means we’re codependent, and that the best thing for both of us is to walk away from the relationship entirely. But is that true?

When Your Partner Has an Addiction challenges the idea that the best chance for recovery—for the addict and their partner—is to walk away. Instead, it makes the revolutionary claim that you, and the love you have for your partner, can be a key part of his or her journey to recovery.

A Matter of Class (paid link)

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Author: Balogh, Mary
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Regency Romances
Reginald Masson is wealthy refined and by all accounts, a gentleman. However, he is not a gentleman by birth, a factor that pains him and his father. Bernard Mason, with the Regency society that upholds station love all else. That is, until an opportunity for social advancement arises, namely, Lady Annabelle Ashton. Daughter of the Earl of Havercroft, a neighbor and enemy of the Mason family, Annabelle finds herself disgraced by a scandal, one that has left her branded as damaged goods. Besmirched by shame, the earl is only too happy to marry Annabelle off to anyone willing to have her.Though Bernard wishes to use Annabelle to propel his family up the social ladder, his son does not to marry her, preferring instead to live as the wild, single life he is accustomed to.
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Author: Murphy, C.E.
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Romantic Fantasy

Joanne Walker has three days to learn to use her shamanic powers and save the world from the unleashed Wild Hunt.

No worries. No pressure. Never mind the lack of sleep, the perplexing new talent for healing herself from fatal wounds, or the cryptic, talking coyote who appears in her dreams.

And if all that’s not bad enough, in the three years Joanne’s been a cop, she’s never seen a dead body—but she’s just come across her second in three days.

It’s been a bitch of a week.

And it isn’t over yet.

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