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Author: Rowlands, Betty
 Police Procedurals

Meet Melissa: cat lover, caring mother… daring detective?

Melissa Craig is absolutely delighted with her new life in an old crumbling cottage, spending her days pruning the primroses and getting to know Binkie, the ginger cat next door. She only wishes she had made the move to the countryside sooner.

But when a knock at the door brings news of a shocking discovery, she suddenly finds herself thrown in to the middle of a baffling mystery: the bones of a young woman have been found in the woods just behind her new home.

Perhaps the little village of Upper Benbury is not as idyllic as it first seemed?

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Author: Silkstone, Jack
Romantic Comedy

Dating just got selective.

Mike Saunders is a SEAL dog handler with a knack for picking the wrong women. So much so that his SEAL buddies have planned a Girlfriend Selection Course to test the character of his next love interest. When he falls for the veterinarian rehabilitating his wounded Military Working Dog, things rapidly spiral out of control.

SEAL of Approval is romance meets action in a light-hearted love story with a serious twist. It is dedicated to the Military Working Dogs who have served, loyal and steadfast, alongside their handlers in the world’s deadliest conflict zones.

Jack Silkstone’s background includes a career in military intelligence and special operations, working alongside some of the world’s most elite units. A percentage of the sale of this book will be donated to a foundation that trains dogs to help servicemen and women who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Author: O’Leary, Susanne

Maeve McKenna is on the verge of a breakdown. Having worked herself into the ground as a sought-after interior designer in London, she’s in desperate need of a vacation.

Philomena Duffy is a little lonely. After losing her husband, their crumbling mansion, Willow House, feels awfully empty.

With the rugged shores of Ireland calling, Maeve visits her aunt Philomena in Sandy Cove, where she once, as a teenager, kissed a wild, mysterious boy – a kiss she has never been able to forget. The beautiful night’s sky is dotted with stars as far as the eye can see, and Maeve is worlds away from her chaotic life in the city.

As Maeve throws herself into restoring Willow House to its former glory, a deep friendship with Philomena begins to blossom. Surrounded by the faded walls and peeling carpets of the old mansion, together they stumble across a secret that turns their family upside down.

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Author: Elliott, Anna, Veley, Charles
Action & Adventure

A glamorous royal event. A shockingly sinister plot. And a breathless race to take down an evil enemy once and for all . . .

London, 1900—Sherlock, Lucy, and the rest of the Baker Street team have been working tirelessly to track down their abducted associate, Amy Thiel, and free her from the clutches of the Syndicate. That evil organization is bent on creating destruction and despair, and they plan to exploit Amy, along with her sweetheart, Inspector Gregson, in their most daring and diabolical plan ever.

A long trail of clues has led the team to the Royal Ascot Racetrack, the most prestigious and historic sporting event in all of England—if not the world. In the face of war, the event has taken on a more somber tone than in years past. Still, hundreds of the who’s-who have come out in high fashion to mingle with thousands of fans, hoping to watch the spectacle and hobnob with royalty.

Little do they know that amidst all the glamour, pomp, and circumstance, dangerous men are carrying out a plot so explosive it will shock the world and throw England into chaos.

PRIMAL 2055 – Escape (affiliate link)

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Author: Silkstone, Jack
Dystopian Science Fiction

She never knew her name, only the number they used to define her. A possession of Sakkin Industries, she is being honed into a surgical weapon, trained to infiltrate and exterminate. Slowly, day-by-day, they try to erode her humanity and replace it with blind obedience and determination.

For operative Eight Two, Sakkin is a second chance at life. Rescued from a massacred village, she’s given a new home among their deadly trainees at the Institute. But as she’s indoctrinated, the brutal training reveals she’s not like them. Conflicted, she’s torn between graduating to join Sakkin’s elite ranks or lashing out against the injustice they bring to the world.

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Author: Forrest, Rhonda
Contemporary Romance
‘If I close my eyes, it’s easier to hold onto a memory. When I open them, I think it might really be there in front of me.’After three tours of duty in Afghanistan, Liam Andrews is home safe in Queensland. His weekly life drawing class, full of colourful local artists, helps him manage his post-traumatic stress disorder. But he’s struggling to open up about a past that still haunts him.Belourine ‘Billy’ is an Afghan refugee who lost everything before arriving in Australia as a child. She finds joy in her daily swims in the lake. After years of upheaval, she’s still searching for a place to call home. But her past makes it hard to trust people.When Liam and Billy meet, they form an instant connection. But will they ever overcome the past? And will it be together?
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Author: Stone, Mary
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Psychological Thriller

Say the words…
In a dark basement, a cold-blooded killer pits friend against friend, torturing one until the other says the horrible words that will end their friend’s suffering. He’s gotten away with murder for years. Until now…

Ellie Kline can’t remember most of her kidnapping when she was fifteen, but that night has shaped her life. Instead of cowering, that horrible night made her strong. Determined to prove herself as a cop despite being heir to the Kline fortune, she never backs down, and she never takes no for an answer. When the daring takedown of a suspect catapults her into the spotlight, it earns her a promotion…and the admiration of a killer.

Now a detective assigned to the Cold Case Unit, Ellie is drawn into the mysterious murder of a young, unidentified college-age woman with no missing persons’ report, no leads, and no evidence. Even more shocking is that, while she was tortured extensively, her death was quick.

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Author: Hough, Lauren
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Humor Essays

Searing and extremely personal essays, shot through with the darkest elements America can manifest, while discovering light and humor in unexpected corners.

As an adult, Lauren Hough has had many identities: an airman in the U.S. Air Force, a cable guy, a bouncer at a gay club. As a child, however, she had none. Growing up as a member of the infamous cult The Children of God, Hough had her own self robbed from her. The cult took her all over the globe–to Germany, Japan, Texas, Chile—but it wasn’t until she finally left for good that Lauren understood she could have a life beyond “The Family.”

Along the way, she’s loaded up her car and started over, trading one life for the next. She’s taken pilgrimages to the sights of her youth, been kept in solitary confinement, dated a lot of women, dabbled in drugs, and eventually found herself as what she always wanted to be: a writer.

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Author: Turner, J. B.
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Military Thrillers

A deep-state US organization has a top-secret kill list—and a popular senator is on it.

Nathan Stone was killed in action while serving as a covert CIA operative. Or so everyone thought. In reality he’s become a ghost, a black-ops asset with a new identity and controlled by a secret government organization. The Commission has one aim: to hunt down and assassinate anti-establishment enemies of the state.

Its number-one target is Senator Brad Crichton, an ambitious politician with growing support. Stone is ready to take him out, but his plan is soon compromised when the Commission’s kill list is leaked to a journalist—whose own name is on the list too. And when the journalist tries to alert the senator, he is found dead in suspicious circumstances. Stone is closing in on Crichton, but must act swiftly to reach him before the truth does.

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Author: Madow, Michelle
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 Greek & Roman Myths & Legends

Nicole Cassidy is nervous about her first day at a new school. She’s worried about her outfit. And her hair. She’s imagined the teacher introducing her to the class, only to hear snickers around the room.

It turns out, things at her new school are going to be a lot harder than that. At Kinsley High, there’s something new on the curriculum: magic.

It’s not just the other students who have magic. So does Nicole.

She’s a witch.

Not only is she a witch, she’s descended from Greek gods.

It’s almost too much for her to process. Luckily, one of her new classmates is more than happy to take her under his wing to teach her how to use her magic. His name is Blake, and he’s sort of her type: mysterious, possibly trouble.

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Author: Wygal, Caleb
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Amateur Sleuth Mysteries

When death arrives on recently widowed bookstore owner Clark Thomas’ backdoor, he gets drawn into the investigation. What he discovers changes his life.

​The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is normally an idyllic place until the body of a local businesswoman and environmentalist gets dumped by the back door of his shop. Clark finds himself in a unique position to investigate the crime. But should he?

When it comes to murder, something else drives him he doesn’t want to admit. As he launches his own search for the killer, Clark comes across a variety of colorful Boardwalk inhabitants who might have had reason to kill an otherwise beloved person.

Can he do it and start putting his wife’s death behind him in the process, or will it open up a fresh wound?

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Author: Queen, Ellery
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Traditional Detective Mysteries
Despite the dismal Broadway season, Gunplay continues to draw crowds. A gangland spectacle, it’s packed to the gills with action, explosions, and gunfire. In fact, Gunplay is so loud that no one notices the killing of Monte Field. In a sold-out theater, Field is found dead partway through the second act, surrounded by empty seats. The police hold the crowd and call for the one man who can untangle this daring murder: Inspector Richard Queen. With the help of his son Ellery, a bibliophile and novelist whose imagination can solve any crime, the Inspector attacks this seemingly impenetrable mystery. Anyone in the theater could have killed the unscrupulous lawyer, and several had the motive. Only Ellery Queen, in his debut novel, can decipher the clue of the dead man’s missing top hat.

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