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The Way Out (Forbidden Minds Book 1) (affiliate link)
Rebel Without a Claus (Movie Club Mysteries, Book 5) (affiliate link)
“When I’d ditched my cheating husband and stagnant career in the San Francisco PD to open a private investigation agency in Ireland, I hadn’t envisioned ‘purveyor of butt bleach’ being part of my job description.”
When ex-cop-turned-P.I. Maggie Doyle scores a lucrative undercover job at the makeup counter at a fashionable Galway department store, she expects discounted lipstick and an easy paycheck.
She should know better.
After an altercation with a customer leads to a dead body in Maggie’s bathtub, she realizes there’s more to the department store case than missing cash. Can she catch the killer before the holidays? Or will the festive season end in an explosion of tinsel and turmoil?
Best friends. High school sweethearts. Passionate lovers. Once upon a time, Sarah Bartow and Calvin Vaughn were everything to each other. Until big dreams—and an even bigger tragedy—tore them apart.
Ten years after good-bye, they’re finally together again at Summer Lake in the Adirondacks…and the sparks between them are hotter than ever. Soon one kiss is turning into so much more. Not only breathtaking, sizzling lovemaking—but also deep, honest emotions that can’t be denied.
Calvin refuses to let the ambitions and disasters that separated them a decade ago wreck them this time. Not when he knows for sure that Sarah is his one—his only—true love. He let her get away once. He won’t make the same mistake again. Even if it means risking his entire heart, and every last piece of his soul, to show her they belong together now…and forever.
They Came with the Rain (affiliate link)
It hadn’t rained in months in the isolated quiet town of Garmella, Arizona where cell phones are forbidden. And rain wasn’t in the forecast.
Then one June night, a day after the opening of a massive sinkhole at the town’s edge, torrential rain descends on Garmella.
The rain brings relief to the town, but that’s not all that comes with the rain.
By morning, an ancient evil has consumed the town. An evil responsible for countless deaths and disappearances over the centuries.
Now, Ramon Thomas, sheriff of Garmella, and his deputy Allie, as well as a small group of survivors, must confront the evil before it spreads beyond Garmella to the rest of the world, threatening the destruction of civilization.
The Girl Buried in the Woods (Detective Matt Jones Book 3) (affiliate link)
With Detective Matt Jones on medical leave after hunting down a brutal serial killer on the East Coast in THE LOVE KILLINGS, his supervisor from Hollywood Homicide makes a late-night visit. A body has been found buried in a remote park high above Los Angeles. Because LAPD resources are maxed out, Jones is asked to come off leave and work the case. Unfortunately, he makes a quick discovery, and it’s grim. The murder victim is a fifteen-year-old girl.
Driven by the horror of the crime, Jones and his partner, Denny Cabrera, burn through the investigation like a wildfire. But as they turn over clue after clue, nothing adds up until they make an even more gruesome discovery.
Burnt Worlds (HMCS Borealis Book 1) (affiliate link)
The commander of HMCS Borealis has a problem. Several, actually, the most pressing of which is that he’s not even supposed to be in charge. Disaster struck during the testing of a new jump drive, leaving the ship crippled and Lieutenant Dillon the highest-ranking officer still alive.
At the far edge of the galaxy, beyond any hope of rescue, it’s up to Dillon to pull the survivors together and get the ship home. As he struggles with the unexpected burden of command, things go from bad to worse.
A fugitive alien priestess arrives, her presence a diplomatic nightmare waiting to happen. A mysterious ship follows them with murderous intent. And the Borealis’ desperate second jump lands them in uncharted space, surrounded by star systems full of dead planets.
Laidlaw (The Laidlaw Investigation Book 1) (affiliate link)
The Laidlaw novels, a groundbreaking trilogy that changed the face of Scottish fiction, are credited with being the founding books of the Tartan Noir movement that includes authors like Val McDermid, Denise Mina, and Ian Rankin. Says McDermid of William McIlvanney: “Patricia Highsmith had taken us inside the head of killers; Ruth Rendell tentatively explored sexuality; with No Mean City, Alexander McArthur had exposed Glasgow to the world; Raymond Chandler had dressed the darkness in clever words. But nobody had ever smashed those elements together into so accomplished a synthesis.”
In Laidlaw, the first book of the series, readers meet Jack Laidlaw, a hard-drinking philosopher-detective whose tough exterior cloaks a rich humanity and keen intelligence.
The Girls with No Names: A Novel (affiliate link)
A beautiful tale of hope, courage, and sisterhood—inspired by the real House of Mercy and the girls confined there for daring to break the rules.
Growing up in New York City in the 1910s, Luella and Effie Tildon realize that even as wealthy young women, their freedoms come with limits. But when the sisters discover a shocking secret about their father, Luella, the brazen elder sister, becomes emboldened to do as she pleases. Her rebellion comes with consequences, and one morning Luella is mysteriously gone.
Effie suspects her father has sent Luella to the House of Mercy and hatches a plan to get herself committed to save her sister. But she made a miscalculation, and with no one to believe her story, Effie’s own escape seems impossible—unless she can trust an enigmatic girl named Mable. As their fates entwine, Mable and Effie must rely on their tenuous friendship to survive.
The Last Runaway: A Novel (affiliate link)
Honor Bright, a modest English Quaker, moves to Ohio in 1850–only to find herself alienated and alone in a strange land. Sick from the moment she leaves England, and fleeing personal disappointment, she is forced by family tragedy to rely on strangers in a harsh, unfamiliar landscape. Nineteenth-century America is practical, precarious, and unsentimental, and scarred by the continuing injustice of slavery. In her new home Honor discovers that principles count for little, even within a religious community meant to be committed to human equality.
However, Honor is drawn into the clandestine activities of the Underground Railroad, a network helping runaway slaves escape to freedom, where she befriends two surprising women who embody the remarkable power of defiance. Eventually she must decide if she too can act on what she believes in, whatever the personal costs.
A Way of Being (affiliate link)
A profound and deeply personal collection of essays by renowned psychologist Carl Rogers.
The late Carl Rogers, founder of the humanistic psychology movement and father of client-centered therapy, based his life’s work on his fundamental belief in the human potential for growth. A Way of Being was written in the early 1980s, near the end of his distinguished career, and serves as a coda to his classic On Becoming a Person. More philosophical than his earlier writings, it traces his professional and personal development from the 1960s to the 1980s and ends with a prophetic call from Rogers for a more humane future.
A Tale of Two Murders (A Dickens of a Crime Book 1) (affiliate link)
In the winter of 1835, young Charles Dickens is a journalist on the rise at the Evening Chronicle. Invited to dinner at the estate of the newspaper’s co-editor, Charles is smitten with his boss’s daughter, vivacious nineteen-year-old Kate Hogarth. They are having the best of times when a scream shatters the pleasant evening. Charles, Kate, and her father rush to the neighbors’ home, where Miss Christiana Lugoson lies unconscious on the floor. By morning, the poor young woman will be dead.
When Charles hears from a colleague of a very similar mysterious death a year ago to the date, also a young woman, he begins to suspect poisoning and feels compelled to investigate.
The Breakfast Bible: 100+ Favorite Recipes to Start the Day (affiliate link)
Start your morning off right with this collection of over one hundred amazing breakfast and brunch recipes.
When the first decision of your day is what to have for breakfast, the easy recipes and inspired ideas provided in The Breakfast Bible will make your choice an effortless one. With more than one hundred recipes covering every part of the morning meal—from eggs and bacon to fruits and grains, breads and pastries, healthful bowls, griddle cakes, morning beverages, and more—there are plenty of options to wake up your day.
Featuring a comprehensive collection of classic and contemporary breakfast recipes, easy-to-customize options for morning favorites, simple tips and techniques, and gluten-free alternatives, The Breakfast Bible has everything you need to prepare the most important meal of the day. Whether you want to host a weekend brunch with a DIY Bloody Mary bar, treat someone to breakfast in bed with homemade waffles, or take something to go, there’s a for everyone in this diverse recipe collection.
Bees in America: How the Honey Bee Shaped a Nation (affiliate link)
The tiny, industrious honey bee has become part of popular imagination—reflected in our art, our advertising, even our language itself with such terms as queen bee and busy as a bee. Honey bees—and the values associated with them—have influenced American culture for four centuries. Bees and beekeepers have represented order and stability throughout the changes, challenges, and expansions of a highly diverse country.
Bees in America is an enlightening cultural history of bees and beekeeping in the United States. Tammy Horn, herself a beekeeper, offers a social and technological history from the colonial period, when the British first brought bees to the New World, to the present, when bees are being trained by the American military to detect bombs.
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