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Camille Grisham was once a decorated field agent with the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit. Her job was to solve the country’s most complex and violent crimes. No one did it better. But after her partner’s death at the hands of serial killer Daniel Sykes, she has lost faith in everything she once was.
Forced to leave the Bureau under the weight of guilt, Camille returns to her hometown, hopeful that the presence of family and friends can heal the wounds that time could not. Unfortunately, a change in scenery does not bring about a change in fortune. Less than 24 hours after her arrival, Camille is left to deal with yet another tragic loss: the brutal murder of her best friend in an apparent home invasion.
For local police, the case is open and shut. For Camille, it is anything but.
High Strung (Glass Bead Mystery Series Book 1) (affiliate link)
Jax O’Connell is looking forward to exhibiting her jewelry and being part of the grand opening festivities at a bead shop in Seattle. After an unexpected guest arrives with her misbehaving dog in tow, and Jax’s catnip-addicted cat goes missing, the weekend isn’t shaping up as planned. Things go from bad to worse when a dead body turns up in the alley behind the bead shop.
While several oddball bead enthusiasts are possible culprits, and Jax’s best friend Tessa is at the top of the list of suspects. Zachary Grant, a stern yet sexy homicide detective, thinks it’s an open and shut case, but Jax knows Tessa is innocent. As Jax and Tessa search for the killer, they discover that stringing together clues is more complicated than stringing together beads.
A Grave Display: A Lacey Casket Mystery (affiliate link)
Murder is on display.
In plain sight.
But only a misunderstood greaser girl with unique abilities can see it…
The year is 1957. In the tiny harbor-side town of Dark Haven, Maine, an impossibly beautiful mannequin stands in the shop window of a boutique bridal shop.
A mannequin that looks all too real.
When Lacey Casket is given a chance to stitch her life back together, she comes to the small town in hopes of finally living up to expectations, of finally fitting in…
…until a clash with the owner of the bridal shop jolts Lacey’s rebellious ways into overdrive.
Something about that creepy mannequin won’t let her go. And its life-like lips harbor a deadly secret, one that threatens to expose the town for what it really is.
Scale of Justice: A Hardboiled Thriller (affiliate link)
The Detachment (A John Rain Novel) (affiliate link)
When legendary black ops veteran Colonel Scott “Hort” Horton tracks Rain down in Tokyo, Rain can’t resist the offer: a multi-million dollar payday for the “natural causes” demise of three ultra-high-profile targets who are dangerously close to launching a coup in America.
But the opposition on this job is going to be too much for even Rain to pull it off alone. He’ll need a detachment of other deniable irregulars: his partner, the former Marine sniper, Dox. Ben Treven, a covert operator with ambivalent motives and conflicted loyalties. And Larison, a man with a hair trigger and a secret he’ll kill to protect.
From the shadowy backstreets of Tokyo and Vienna, to the deceptive glitz and glamour of Los Angeles and Las Vegas, and finally to a Washington, D.C. in a permanent state of war, these four lone wolf killers will have to survive presidential hit teams, secret CIA prisons, and a national security state as obsessed with guarding its own secrets as it is with invading the privacy of the populace.
The Designer (affiliate link)
In 1944, newly married Copper Reilly arrives in Paris soon after the liberation. While the city celebrates its freedom, she’s stuck in the prison of an unhappy marriage. When her husband commits one betrayal too many, Copper demands a separation.
Alone in Paris, she finds an unlikely new friend: an obscure, middle-aged designer from the back rooms of a decaying fashion house whose timid nature and reluctance for fame clash with the bold brilliance of his designs. His name is Christian Dior.
Realising his genius, Copper urges Dior to strike out on his own, helping to pull him away from his insecurities and towards stardom. With just a camera and a typewriter, she takes her own advice and ventures into the wild and colourful world of fashion journalism.
False Step (affiliate link)
For days, all of Denver, Colorado, has worried over the fate of a missing child, little Tanner Holcomb. Then, a miracle: handsome, athletic Johnny Bradley finds him, frightened but unharmed, on a hiking trail miles from his wealthy family’s mountain home.
In a heartbeat, his rescuer goes from financially strapped fitness trainer to celebrated hero. The heat of the spotlight may prove too much for Johnny’s picture-perfect family, however. His wife, Veronica, despises the pressure of the sudden fame, afraid that secrets and bitter resentments of her marriage may come to light. And she’s willing to do anything to keep them hidden.
But when a shocking revelation exposes an even darker side to Tanner’s disappearance, Veronica realizes that nothing in her life can be trusted. And everything should be feared.
The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam (affiliate link)
The most effective leaders know how to connect with people. It’s not about power or popularity, but about making the people around you feel heard, comfortable, and understood.
While it may seem like some folks are born with a commanding presence that draws people in, the fact is anyone can learn to communicate in ways that consistently build powerful connections. Bestselling author and leadership expert John C. Maxwell offers advice for effective communication to those who continually run into obstacles when it comes to personal success.
In Everyone Communicates, Few Connect, Maxwell shares five principles and five practices to develop connection skills including:
finding common ground;
keeping your communication simple;
capturing people’s interest;
how to create an experience everyone enjoys;
and staying authentic in all your relationships.
The Retreat (affiliate link)
A missing child. A desperate mother. And a house full of secrets.
Two years ago, Julia lost her family in a tragic accident. Her husband drowned trying to save their daughter, Lily, in the river near their rural home. But the little girl’s body was never found—and Julia believes Lily is somehow still alive.
Alone and broke, Julia opens her house as a writers’ retreat. One of the first guests is Lucas, a horror novelist, who becomes obsessed with finding out what happened to Lily. But within days of his arrival, the peace of the retreat is shattered by a series of eerie events.
When Lucas’s investigation leads him and Julia into the woods, they discover a dark secret—a secret that someone will do anything to protect…
In a cosy corner of Paris, a delicious little patisserie is just waiting to be discovered. And romance might just be on the menu…
As the youngest of four, Nina Hadley has always had her big brothers telling her what to do. So, when she’s given the chance to move to Paris and help run a patisserie course, she can’t say au revoir quick enough!
There’s just one problem: high-flying chef Sebastian Finlay is the owner of the patisserie. He’s also her brother Nick’s best friend – and the man she has secretly been in love with since forever.
Amongst the mouth-wateringly delicious eclairs and delicate macaroons, Nina’s culinary creations aren’t the only tempting thing she’s working with…