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The Murder Game (affiliate link)

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Author: McKenzie writing as Julie Apple, Catherine
Crime Fiction
Ten years working as a prosecutor have left Meredith Delay jaded and unsure of what she wants out of life. She’s good at her job, but it haunts her. Her boyfriend wants her to commit, but she keeps him at arm’s length. Then Meredith is assigned to a high-profile prosecution involving the violent murder of a fallen hockey star. At first, it appears to be just another case to work. But when her old friend Julian is accused of the murder, it takes on a whole new dimension. Meredith, Julian, Jonathan, and Lily were a tight-knit group in law school. But now, Jonathan’s defending Julian, and Lily’s loyalties aren’t clear. And when Julian invokes a rare—and risky—defense, Meredith is forced to confront their past. Has something they played at as students finally been brought to death?

You’re Always With Me (affiliate link)

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Author: Maslen, Andy
Psychological Thrillers

Treating a woman for post-natal depression, therapist Mel Porter discovers a shocking truth about herself. As she battles to separate truth from lies, she must confront the most dreadful choice a wife can ever make. Believe that her husband is a killer. Or that she is.

Who is Mel Porter?

The woman claims to have murdered her own child. The confession turns out to be false but it starts a chain of events that leads to horrifying consequences for Mel. As each brick in the wall she has built around herself crumbles and falls away, a stark truth is revealed. Is she even the woman she thinks she is?

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Author: Hollowell, Sue
Cozy Culinary Mystery

Tilly Griffin did everything by the book. Everyone else’s book. Now it was her turn to write a new chapter, three thousand miles from her former life. Her dream of opening a bakery like her grandma Luna was now becoming a reality.

No sooner does she arrive in the charming beach town, when she and her quirky uncle are tangled up in a mysterious death. When a kite competition judge is found murdered in the bookstore next to her uncle’s Checkered Past Antiques shop, Tilly questions her decision to move to Belle Harbor, and everything about her new life.

As the clues emerge, and the small-town secrets are revealed, Tilly’s uncle finds himself smack dab in the middle of the investigation, and surrounded by suspects. Will the murderer be nabbed in time for the bakery’s grand opening or will this close the book on Tilly’s dreams?

SBS: The Invisible Raiders (affiliate link)

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Author: Ladd, James D.
History of Military Special Forces

Shrouded in secrecy, the Special Boats Squadron, the SBS, has always been the subject of much conjecture and speculation.

An elite, semi-clandestine military establishment, their reputation is as formidable as that of their Army counterpart, the SAS.

They can infiltrate enemy harbours, marine installations and coastlines held by hostile troops. Armed with the most sophisticated weapons and communications systems, their objectives are as carefully defined as a surgeon’s blade: sabotage, kidnap, reconnaissance or, that vital but rarely-recognised contribution to warfare, intelligence gathering.

Following the format of the bestselling Who Dares Wins, James Ladd has succeeded in penetrating beyond the mythology to reveal hitherto little-known aspects of Britain’s premier seaborne ‘special force’. He outlines its activity during the Second World War and traces its impact on conflicts throughout the rest of the 20th century.

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Author: Hiker, Mary
Mystery Anthologies


While helping an elderly friend, Avery and her butterfly loving dog, Chevy, find the unthinkable – a dead body. The sleepy North Carolina mountain town she calls home is shocked and shaken to the core.

When Avery realizes that the dead man is the very man that got her fired, she knows she’s landed smack dab in the middle of chaos.


Avery is close to landing her dream job at the new animal rescue sanctuary outside of town. She soon discovers that she should be careful what she wishes for.

Before her interview is even over, a cadaver dog finds a dead body at the sanctuary. As strange things keep popping up at the new job site, she and Chevy find themselves at the center of a potentially dangerous game they never signed up to play.

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Author: Bourgeois, Sara
Paranormal & Urban Fantasy

Reva Brennan is a witch unlike any other.

She owns The Dimidio Inn, a haunted hotel that’s been in her family for generations.

With her best friends, Cyrus the Victorian ghost, and Pistol, a snarky tabby kitten that will never grow up, at her side, life is pretty good.

That is until a dead body turns up at the cemetery next door to the inn. A dead body in a cemetery might not sound so bad, but this one was murdered.

An arrow to the heart took out Burton Crabb, the owner of Terror Tales, a local ghost tour company.

Detective Matt Carver pegs Reva’s Aunt Alva as the prime suspect in the killing, so Reva’s got to pull out all of the stops to clear her Auntie’s name.

It doesn’t help that Aunt Alva fought with the deceased over his disrespect of the cemetery’s inhabitants.

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Author: James, Robin
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Legal Thrillers

To defend her client, she must dig up a town’s darkest secrets.
Former mob lawyer Cass Leary thought she’d escaped her hometown for good. But after the big life she’s built in Chicago crumbles, she’s forced to revisit her troubled past. When someone murders the beloved high school basketball coach and Cass steps in to defend the girl accused of the crime, she doesn’t expect the death threats that follow…

Confronting the town that shunned her as a child, she unearths secrets that some would kill to keep buried. And after her client confesses to the crime, Cass detects a widespread cover-up. If she doesn’t get to the bottom of it soon, the next fatalities may be the ones she loves…

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Author: Yardley, Cathy
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Multicultural & Interracial Romance

Back in high school, Lily Wang wanted to be popular, but she considered herself lucky to be part of a tight group of oddballs and honors students called the Nerd Herd. Now, at twenty-eight, she feels like she’s finally on the cusp of succeeding as a beauty influencer—if she can hit five million subscribers, brands will take notice and she could get her own makeup line.

Fellow Nerd Herd alum Tobin Bui has had a lot of success as a YouTube gamer. But the road to online stardom has been rocky. First, he disappointed his parents by dropping out of college, and now, after years of pranks, skits, and playthroughs, he’s struggling to come up with new content to satisfy his ever-growing fan base. His agents say he needs cross-audience appeal, a new twist.

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Author: Moyes, Patricia
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International Mystery & Crime
Detective Chief Superintendent Henry Tibbett and his wife, Emmy, have escaped the London winter to bask in the Caribbean sunshine. They have an ulterior motive for the trip, though—to try to help their elderly friend who says she’s being targeted by a cocaine ring. While keeping up the pretense of being clueless, wealthy tourists, the couple pokes around amid the palm trees—and goes to dangerous lengths to find the truth, which will involve Henry himself posing as a drug runner . . .
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Author: Murphy, Jim
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Young Adult Diseases, Illnesses & Injuries

1793, Philadelphia: The nation’s capital and the largest city in North America is devastated by an apparently incurable disease, cause unknown…

This dramatic narrative describes the illness known as yellow fever and the toll it took on the city’s residents, relating the epidemic to the social and political events of the day and eighteenth-century medical beliefs and practices. Drawing on first-hand accounts, Jim Murphy spotlights the heroic role of Philadelphia’s free blacks in combating the disease, and the Constitutional crisis President Washington faced when he was forced to leave the city—and all his papers—to escape the deadly contagion. The search for the fever’s causes and cure provides a suspenseful counterpoint to this riveting true story of a city under siege.

Bright Dead Things: Poems (affiliate link)

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Author: Limón, Ada
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Contemporary Poetry

Bright Dead Things examines the chaos that is life, the dangerous thrill of living in a world you know you have to leave one day, and the search to find something that is ultimately “disorderly, and marvelous, and ours.”

A book of bravado and introspection, of 21st century feminist swagger and harrowing terror and loss, this fourth collection considers how we build our identities out of place and human contact—tracing in intimate detail the various ways the speaker’s sense of self both shifts and perseveres as she moves from New York City to rural Kentucky, loses a dear parent, ages past the capriciousness of youth, and falls in love. Limón has often been a poet who wears her heart on her sleeve, but in these extraordinary poems that heart becomes a “huge beating genius machine” striving to embrace and understand the fullness of the present moment.

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