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Johnston, Bonnie S.
Historical Fiction
A blend of fact and fiction, The Dark Side of the Mountain describes two turbulent decades in the life of Anna Margaretha Mallow, a German immigrant caught up in events beyond her control. Moved by her husband to the frontier of Virginia at the beginning of the French and Indian War, she and her five children are forced to seek safety at Fort Seybert from the notorious War Chief Killbuck, who is on a death march to save his people and culture. Surviving what becomes a deadly massacre, Anna and her children are taken captive and marched to the Ohio River Valley where Anna endures indescribable losses and change. Only courage and perseverance sustain her during this dark period in American history.
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Sharp, Crissy
Mystery Romance
Lotty Brooks’ days consist of avoiding thoughts of her failing marriage, changing diapers, and trying not to eat chocolate brioche for breakfast and lunch. However, everything changes when her perfect, lakeside Montana neighborhood begins bustling with crime and she seems to be the target.
Jason Brooks wants to know what happened to the woman he married. Lotty’s a mere shell of her former self. When she becomes the focal point of neighborhood threats, and the town seems to question her innocence, he must decide how well he knows his wife.
As Jason and Lotty try to get to the bottom of the threats and find those responsible, they’ll need to remember what they once loved about each other. Otherwise, they may lose everything and everyone they care about.
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Silkstone, Jack
Military Thrillers
The year is 1999 and tensions between Pakistan and India are at breaking point. When critical intelligence prompts a cross border raid Indian Para Commandos arrive too late to prevent the deployment of a team of Lashkar terrorists. Mirza Mansoor, a Special Group operative and his partner Himesh Arjun, are all that stands between highly trained jihadists and their sinister objectives. As they track their quarry from the mountains of Kashmir to India’s capital they realize that terrorism is not the only threat they face. In the poverty-stricken slums of New Delhi crime and terror have free reign, greed is king, life is cheap, and heroes are few and far between.
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Weaver, Donna K.
Time Travel Romance

He broke her heart, and she never wanted to see him again. Now, they’re stranded together back in 1850.

Reese thinks she’s gotten over Jem Taylor—until he finds a way to tag along on her trip to England with her friends. She’s far from pleased. It only gets worse when they’re ripped nearly two centuries into the past. Reese finds her heart, and her choices, pulled in two very different directions.

Victorian England is not the setting Jem Taylor planned on to right his wrongs, but it will have to do. Choosing his job over Reese was the worst mistake he ever made, and he won’t lose her again. But to win her heart back, he’ll have to fight the magic that brought her to that time—and an earl with the means to keep her there.

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Barrett, Judith A.
Cozy Culinary Mystery
Donut Lady’s close friend is murdered. She sifts through clues. The serial killer stalks her.
Karen O’Brien’s struggles to solve the prison murder and adapt to civilian life become even more complicated when a neglected boy suddenly disappears from his sketchy living conditions. While the Donut Lady searches for the missing boy and pursues clues that point to a serial killer, the killer stalks her.
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Pearson, David
Noir Crime

A body found below a cliff is not what it seems, and a deadly heist is underway in this enjoyable Irish murder mystery

Whilst junior detectives rush to the scene of a potential murder near Roundstone, Connemara, an informant lets on to DCI Mick Hays that a big robbery is about to take place.

With a large part of Galway’s police force mobilised to catch the felons in the act, resources are stretched. Will the robbers walk into the trap? Is the information reliable? Are they sufficiently prepared?

Unresolved, the murder and the heist stand to leave egg on the face of the west coast of Ireland’s finest. And a group of dangerous criminals are set to make off scot-free with the Christmas pay.

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Wattles, Wallace D.
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Motivational Self-Help

The way to prosperity is no longer a mystery. You too can prosper from the “exact science” of achieving financial success as you learn to:

Change your life by changing your thoughts
Attract the prosperity you deserve
Appreciate the opportunities that await you
Live true to the values most precious to you
Manage stress and self-defeating impulses that hold you back
Make the contribution to the world that only you can make, and enjoy the abundance you’ll receive in return.

This deluxe edition of the classic work, The Science of Getting Rich, includes a 21st century study guide structured with introspective questions that will allow you to explore your inner world, and apply the wisdom the author imparts to your life. It will be a remarkable journey of rejuvenation and self-discovery.

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Goldsworthy, Adrian Keith
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The story of Augustus’ life is filled with drama and contradiction, risky gambles and unexpected success. He began as a teenage warlord whose only claim to power was as the grand-nephew and heir of the murdered Julius Caesar. Mark Antony dubbed him “a boy who owes everything to a name,” but he soon outmaneuvered a host of more experienced politicians to become the last man standing in 30 BC. Over the next half century, Augustus created a new system of government—the Principate or rule of an emperor—which brought peace and stability to the vast Roman Empire.

In this highly anticipated biography, Goldsworthy puts his deep knowledge of ancient sources to full use, recounting the events of Augustus’ long life in greater detail than ever before. Goldsworthy pins down the man behind the myths: a consummate manipulator, propagandist, and showman, both generous and ruthless. Under Augustus’ rule the empire prospered, yet his success was constantly under threat and his life was intensely unpredictable.

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Brown, Benedict
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Humorous Murder Mystery

Everyone hated Bob the office bully, but who finally did him in?
Miss Marple meets Bridget Jones in a fast-paced and funny new detective series with a wicked resolution you’ll never see coming.

When Izzy Palmer finds her brutish manager stabbed to death in his office, she knows she’s the only one who can solve the case. Izzy is a crime fiction devotee, a life-long fan of whodunits and she’s determined to find the killer.

Okay, the police have zero interest in her help, her best friend is acting suspicious and she might sort of, possibly be falling for one of the suspects, but she won’t let any of that get in her way. Will a detailed knowledge of every golden-age mystery be enough to work out who killed Bob or could Izzy be the next victim?

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Gilstrap, John
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Terrorism Thrillers

First Lady Anna Darmond’s penchant for late night parties in South East D.C. is a harmless open secret—until she’s kidnapped out from under the noses of her Secret Service agents in a bloody gunfight. It’s an unthinkable crime that, if revealed, could cause public panic. That’s why hostage rescue specialist Jonathan Grave and his team must operate in absolute secrecy.

But Grave soon realizes that, extraordinary as it is, the mission is not all it seems. There are shadows in Mrs. Darmond’s past, cracks in the presidential marriage—and leaks in the country’s critical shields of security. As Grave tracks the missing First Lady through a labyrinth of lies and murder, he confronts a traitor at the highest level of Washington power—and a devastating scheme to bring a nation to its knees.

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Burton, Mary
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Police Procedurals

Julia Vargas is a cop with a mission. When she’s not chasing down bad guys, Julia dedicates her time to investigating the Hangman serial killer…the same unsolved case that her father, Jim Vargas, was working on when he supposedly shot and killed himself three decades before. While rumors continue to swirl around her father’s death, Julia attempts to hunt down the truth.

The case once again hits dangerously close, however, when a woman’s bones are discovered in a historic downtown home, together with a photograph of Jim and Julia as a young girl. As horrifying as this discovery is, it may just be the break Julia has waited for.

The Taking: A Novel (affiliate link)

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Koontz, Dean
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Supernatural Thrillers

On the morning that will mark the end of the world they have known, Molly and Niel Sloan awaken to the drumbeat of rain on their roof. It has haunted their sleep, invaded their dreams, and now they rise to find a luminous silvery downpour drenching their small California mountain town. A strange scent hangs faintly in the air, and the young couple cannot shake the sense of something wrong.

As hours pass and the rain continues to fall, Molly and Niel listen to disturbing news of extreme weather phenomena across the globe. Before evening, their little town loses television and radio reception. Then telephone and the Internet are gone.

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