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Author: Sample, Cindy
Humorous Cozy Mystery
Unsure if she is looking for Mr. Right, or Mr. Every Other Saturday Night, divorced mother of two, Laurel McKay reluctantly joins THE LOVE CLUB, a popular local dating service. Dressed to kill, she meets bachelor number one at a trendy restaurant. But the date is a bust, literally, when the guy decides Laurel is dessert, and she breaks his nose with her cell phone. It gets even worse when the man is found murdered the next morning, and Laurel has his blood on her clothes. Despite her now being a person of interest to the police, Laurel bravely ventures out on date number two. When that unlucky bachelor disappears during dinner, Laurel’s only alibi is a bottle of Dom Perignon. The sexy investigating detective thinks she’s innocent and is worried she may be the next target. That’s more than enough motivation for Laurel to find a murderer determined to kill her social life––before dating becomes a dead end she can’t escape.
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Author: Mazzeo, George
War & Military Action Fiction
Reminiscent of the classic black-and-white serials of the 1940’s. In the post-World War II South Pacific, recently discharged Army Air Force pilot, Duke Kellogg and his fledgling airline find themselves embroiled in an adventure involving intrigue and missing treasure. When a mysterious woman enters the Coral Pacific offices and claims to be the fiancée of a missing courier on a secret mission carrying golden coins, called dragons, to Chiang Kai-Shek, she sets in motion a series of events involving deception, mystery and hair-raising, mid-air exploits. Through it all, Duke and his crew struggle to uncover the truth and survive while Chasing Dragons.

Ice Crash: Antarctica (affiliate link)

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Author: Engler, Lynda
Post-Apocalyptic Science Fiction

To come together, one family will have to survive a world coming apart.

A mother and scientist trapped in an earthquake-ravaged Antarctica. A daughter fleeing rising waters in Florida. A father and son escaping tidal waves in Boston.

When an earthquake sends the Thwaites glacier crashing into the ocean, the world begins a sudden, violent transformation. Kathryn, a seismologist wintering in Antarctica’s McMurdo base, must survive the crumbling continent after discovering unprecedented seismic activity. Meanwhile, her family struggles to escape raging tsunamis and violently rising global seas halfway across the world.

Can Kathryn and her family find their way back together when the earth itself revolts beneath their feet and the oceans between them expand?

Let’s Talk About Hard Things (affiliate link)

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Author: Sale, Anna
Interpersonal Relations

Anna Sale wants you to have that conversation. You know the one. The one that you’ve been avoiding or putting off, maybe for years. The one that you’ve thought “they’ll never understand” or “do I really want to bring that up?” or “it’s not going to go well, so why even try?”

Sale is the founder and host of WNYC’s popular, award-winning podcast Death, Sex, & Money or as the New York Times dubbed her “a therapist at happy hour.” She and her guests have direct and thought-provoking conversations, discussing topics that most of us are too squeamish, polite, or nervous to bring up. But Sale argues that we all experience these hard things, and by not talking to one another, we cut ourselves off, leading us to feel isolated and disconnected from people who can help us most.

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Author: Tiece
Black & African American Urban Fiction

Falling for his hood rich energy ain’t no joke, especially when he has no plans of catching you.

Kiyomi Simmons finds herself caught up in a whirlwind situationship that leaves her with a broken heart. She has canceled ever loving again; until, a by-chance encounter with the low-key and most definitely handsome Dodge Gamble gives her second thoughts. As she enjoys the luxuries of being single while still intensely yearning to be attached, she meets another fine suitor named Hendrix— who amps up the competition of winning her heart.

Dodge is reeling from a nasty break-up with his ex-girlfriend, Keisha. Already a lady’s man, the last thing he wants is to have just one woman by his side. But when sparks fly with an undeniable attraction for Kiyomi, he decides to shoot his shot. What he doesn’t know, or probably does to a certain extent, like a woman scorned Keisha isn’t walking away without putting up a fight.

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Author: Martin, Holly J.
Contemporary Romance

He was the only person she trusted. Now, she can’t even trust herself.


After escaping from an abusive halfway house, “Jack” Elsie Johnson forges her own path forward as a successful model, determined to forget about the town of Harmony, Maine, her family—and the pain of knowing their betrayal almost cost her her life.

Jared Ross, her first love, isn’t so easy to forget, even though he’s the reason she ended up in the halfway house in the first place. When she meets Jared again, Jack knows it would be safer if she stayed away. She’s a lifetime away from that wild teenager he kissed one forbidden summer. How can Jack learn to trust him again when she doesn’t even trust her own mind?

Maps for the Getaway: A Novel (affiliate link)

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Author: Noblin, Annie England
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Friendship Fiction 

It was the road trip of their lives . . . and they did it without a map.

When they posed for a photo at their high school graduation, they vowed they’d be friends forever, but teenage promises are so easily broken, and now, thirty years later, they’re practically strangers.

Cici—stuck in a rut, married to a cheating husband.

Genie—caring for her ailing father but never getting any thanks.

Kate—everyone knows people who look perfect on Instagram are not.

And Laurie—the most successful of them all—now tragically gone.

So, to celebrate Laurie’s life, three former friends in a 1962 red Lincoln Continental convertible take the road trip of their lives—encountering male strippers, a boy band that has seen better days, crazy motel rooms, adopting a so-ugly-it’s-cute stray dog…and discovering that it’s never too late to live the wild life.

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Author: Ryan, L.T.
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International Mystery & Crime

While recuperating on the tranquil island of St. Lucia, Bear’s world is turned upside down when he is framed for murder. A nemesis returns offering immunity…

In exchange for a favor.

Get in. Get the package. Get out. Easy as that.

But nothing is ever that simple for Bear, and he soon finds himself in the center of a web of corruption and deceit as the operation threatens to suffocate him.

Unable to ignore his duty to those he has vowed to help, Bear races to untangle a nefarious plot capable of impacting the free world.

Fans of Crais’s Joe Pike and Clancy’s John Clark will enjoy the Bear Logan as he strikes out on his own in this fast-paced action thriller.

Pretty Guilty Women: A Novel (affiliate link)

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Author: LaManna, Gina
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Women’s Crime Fiction

Something has gone terribly wrong to turn the Banks wedding into a murder mystery. Four different women rush to offer confessions, each insisting that they committed the crime—alone.

Ginger is holding her family together by a thread. Kate is used to buying her way out of everything. Emily’s drowning her whole vacation in a bottle. Lulu’s been getting rid of men for years—and has the ex-husbands to prove it.

Four women, holding their friends close and their secrets closer. Four confessions. One murder. Only these women know what really happened—and they’re not telling.

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Author: Robertson, C.S.
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Amateur Sleuth Mysteries

Death is not the end. For Grace McGill, it’s only the beginning.

When people die alone and undiscovered, it’s her job to clean up what’s left behind – whether it’s clutter, bodily remains or dark secrets.

When an old man lies undetected in his flat for months, it seems an unremarkable life and an unnoticed death. But Grace knows that everyone has a story and that all deaths mean something more.

The Light in the Hallway (affiliate link)

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Author: Prowse, Amanda
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British Contemporary Literature

When Nick’s wife Kerry falls ill and dies, he realises for the first time how fragile his happiness has always been, and how much he’s been taking his good life and wonderful family for granted. Now, he suddenly finds himself navigating parenthood alone, unsure how to deal with his own grief, let alone that of his teenage son, Olly.

In the depths of his heartbreak, Nick must find a way to navigate life that pleases his son, his in-laws, his family and his friends—while honouring what Kerry meant to them all. But when it comes to his own emotions, Nick doesn’t know where to begin. Kerry was his childhood sweetheart—but was she really the only one who could ever make him happy?

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Author: Ginder, Grant
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American Humorous Fiction

Relationships are awful. They’ll kill you, right up to the point where they start saving your life.

Paul and Alice’s half-sister Eloise is getting married! In London! There will be fancy hotels, dinners at “it” restaurants and a reception at a country estate complete with tea lights and embroidered cloth napkins.

They couldn’t hate it more.

The People We Hate at the Wedding is the story of a less than perfect family. Donna, the clan’s mother, is now a widow living in the Chicago suburbs with a penchant for the occasional joint and more than one glass of wine with her best friend while watching House Hunters International. Alice is in her thirties, single, smart, beautiful, stuck in a dead-end job where she is mired in a rather predictable, though enjoyable, affair with her married boss.

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