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Author: Day, Alyssa
Humorous Paranormal Mystery

He’s a tiger shifter turned private eye. She’s a pawnshop owner with a startling gift. Their families are weird and wonderful, and their small town in Florida will become the place you want to make your new home.

Welcome to Dead End!

For Jack Shepherd, tiger shape-shifter and former soldier, life is heading for a dead end. Dead End, Florida, to be exact.

When he learns that he inherited a combination pawn shop/private investigation agency from his favorite uncle, Jack’s first job is to solve his uncle’s murder.

Tess Callahan can sometimes see how a person will die … from a single touch.

Between the two of them, the criminals don’t stand a chance. Because you can’t fight fate, and sometimes it takes a tiger’s eye to see the truth.

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Author: Mayer, Bob
Espionage Thrillers

Emily Cranston has been kidnapped and chained to a tree in the middle of a forest in Kentucky.

In Oklahoma, a young preschool teacher is murdered in front of her students.

In the Panhandle of Florida, a college undergrad is kidnapped from a nightclub.

These seemingly unrelated crimes catch the eye of the Cellar, the ultra-secret cell set up to police all other government agencies. Cellar operatives Gant and Neeley, along with profiler Susan Golden, must track down those responsible. But these are not ordinary criminals. They are a highly trained Special Forces sniper team wreaking revenge on the families of the men who betrayed them.

As the new Cellar head Hannah Masterson calls the shots from up high, the Cellar operatives soon find themselves being targeted. Whoever is behind this knows the ultra top-secret Cellar’s tactics all too well.

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Author: Carter, Andrea
International Mystery & Crime

A missing groom—a deconsecrated church—a hidden crypt—a skeleton wrapped in a blanket

When a skeleton is discovered in the hidden crypt of a deconsecrated church, everyone is convinced the bones must be those of Conor Devitt, a local man who went missing on his wedding day six years previously. But the postmortem reveals otherwise.

Solicitor Benedicta “Ben” O’Keeffe is acting for the owners of the church. She is reluctant to get involved, but when Conor’s brother dies in strange circumstances shortly after coming to see her, she finds herself drawn into the mystery. Whose is the skeleton in the crypt and how did it get there? Is Conor Devitt still alive, and if so, is there a link? What happened on the morning of his wedding to make him disappear?

Negotiating between the official investigation—headed up by the handsome but surly Sergeant Tom Molloy—and obstructive locals with secrets of their own, Ben unravels layers of personal and political history to get to the truth of what happened six years before.

On the Edge (affiliate link)

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Author: Ridpath, Michael
Financial Thriller

Jean-Luc Martel wants to become the greatest hedge fund manager of his generation and “The Man Who Broke the Euro”.

From his past as an RAF fighter pilot to his job as a bond trader in the City, Alex Calder is a man known for taking big risks – and winning.

When colleague Jennifer Tan decides to pursue a sexual harassment case against her boss, Calder witnesses the ugly side of his world. And the tragic. For Jen commits suicide and Calder quits in disgust.

One year on, Calder is running a flying school in Norfolk. But the past won’t disappear.

When a former colleague of Jen’s vanishes while visiting Jean-Luc Martel in his mountain paradise in Wyoming, Calder sees the tragic events of twelve months earlier in even more sinister and terrifying light.

It’s time for him to risk reputation, livelihood and even his life to see that justice is done.

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Author: DuMond, Pamela, DuMond, P. S.
Romantic Suspense

I moonlight at Ma Maison as an escort to pay for Mom’s pricey psych treatments. Beautiful, broken billionaires pay ungodly sums of money to be with me because I’m empathic — I feel in my own body what they feel in theirs. I can heal what broke them.

When gorgeous high stakes poker player Dylan McAlister hires me, my empathic ability returns with a fury. I feel the emotions that torment him. His shame roots in my belly. His heartache compresses my chest. His fear stabs me in my back. It’s overwhelming, it’s excruciating, but I can’t abandon him — I’m falling in love with him.

Will I help Dylan heal? Or will I break him beyond repair — just like the first boy I fell in love with?

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Author: Coles, Linda
British Detective Novel

Get three brilliant and captivating stories together featuring British detectives Jack Rutherford and Amanda Lacey by master storyteller Linda Coles. “Move over Agatha Christie, there’s a new dame in town.” Amazon reviewer.

Here’s what’s in this collection:

Hey You, Pretty Face

London, Winter, 1999. An abandoned baby. Three girls stolen in the night. Two connected cases?

When an abandoned newborn baby is discovered, DC Jack Rutherford becomes involved.

Covering the holiday period almost singlehandedly, resources are at breaking point and he’s pushed to his limit.

While searching for the young mother, evidence of an organized crime ring almost breaks his heart leaving Jack wondering how he can put so many wrongs, right.

Can he solve the case before the girls are lost forever?

Welcome to the human race…

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Author: Durst-Benning, Petra
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Historical European Fiction

In 1905, on her twenty-sixth birthday, Mimi Reventlow receives a marriage proposal from the vicar of her family’s church. But a future of housework, childcare, and servicing a parish doesn’t appeal to the restless and unconventional Mimi. She has ambitions of her own—to follow in the footsteps of her beloved uncle Josef and become a traveling photographer. Leaving behind all that has been mapped out for her, Mimi dares to pursue her passion and sets out alone to make her own mark.

A visit to her ailing uncle in the idyllic mountain town of Laichingen, Germany, pauses Mimi’s journey. Here, among provincialism and rejection, she struggles to find her place within a vibrant but wary community. But Mimi’s resilience is only strengthened by adversity. Her courage is indomitable. Maybe here, among surprising kindred spirits and longing hearts, in a place she never expected, Mimi’s dreams might be coming into focus.

The Age of Dreaming: A Novel (affiliate link)

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Author: Revoyr, Nina
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Asian American Literature

Jun Nakayama was a silent film star in the early days of Hollywood. By 1964, he is living in complete obscurity, until a young writer, Nick Bellinger, tracks him down for an interview. When Bellinger reveals that he has written a screenplay with Nakayama in mind, Jun is intrigued by the possibility of returning to movies. But he begins to worry that someone might delve too deeply into the past and uncover the events that abruptly ended his career in 1922. Like the changing social and racial tides in California—and the unsolved murder of his favorite director.

Spurred on by his fear of a potential “misunderstanding,” Jun begins to track down his surviving acquaintances from his years as Perennial Pictures’ greatest star. In the process, he recounts the lives of several other figures from the silent film era: Elizabeth Banks, the working-class girl from St. Louis who becomes a major Hollywood diva. Nora Minton Niles, the dreamy, childlike teenage star controlled by her ambitious mother. Hanako Minatoya, the elegant actress and playwright who serves as Jun’s inspiration and foil. And Ashley Bennett Tyler, the British director whose guiding hand turns Jun into a star. But what Jun ultimately discovers is far more complex and personal than even he could have imagined.

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Author: Hawkins, Karen
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Historical Romance
An arrogant earl determined to find the perfect wife; an intractable governess determined to transform him into the perfect man–who will win? The first book in The Talisman Ring series, this delightfully humorous and sexy romance links to Karen Hawkins′ last book, The Seduction of Sara.
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Author: Phillips, Leigh, Rozworski, Michal
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Social Classes & Economic Disparity

Are multi-national corporations like Walmart and Amazon laying the groundwork for international socialism?

For the left and the right, major multinational companies are held up as the ultimate expressions of free-market capitalism. Their remarkable success appears to vindicate the old idea that modern society is too complex to be subjected to a plan. And yet, as Leigh Phillips and Michal Rozworski argue, much of the economy of the West is centrally planned at present. Not only is planning on vast scales possible, we already have it and it works. The real question is whether planning can be democratic. Can it be transformed to work for us?

An engaging, polemical romp through economic theory, computational complexity, and the history of planning, The People’s Republic of Walmart revives the conversation about how society can extend democratic decision-making to all economic matters. With the advances in information technology in recent decades and the emergence of globe-straddling collective enterprises, democratic planning in the interest of all humanity is more important and closer to attainment than ever before.

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Author: O’Donnell, Patrick K.
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United States Veterans History

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is sacred ground at Arlington National Cemetery. Originally constructed in 1921 to hold one of the thousands of unidentified American soldiers lost in World War I, it now receives millions of visitors each year. “With exhaustive research and fluid prose,” historian Patrick O’Donnell illuminates the saga behind the creation of the Tomb itself, and the stories of the soldiers who took part in its consecration (Wall Street Journal).

When the first Unknown Soldier was laid to rest in Arlington, General John Pershing selected eight of America’s most decorated veterans to serve as Body Bearers. These men appropriately spanned America’s service branches and specialties. Their ranks include a cowboy who relived the charge of the light brigade, an American Indian who heroically breached mountains of German barbed wire, a salty New Englander who dueled a U-boat for hours in a fierce gunfight, a tough New Yorker who sacrificed his body to save his ship, and an indomitable gunner who, though blinded by gas, nonetheless overcame five machine-gun nests.
In telling the stories of these brave men, O’Donnell shines a light on the service of all veterans, including the hero they brought home. Their stories present an intimate narrative of America’s involvement in the Great War, transporting readers into the midst of dramatic battles that ultimately decided the conflict.

Light From Uncommon Stars (affiliate link)

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Author: Aoki, Ryka
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LGBTQ+ Science Fiction

Shizuka Satomi made a deal with the devil: to escape damnation, she must entice seven other violin prodigies to trade their souls for success. She has already delivered six.

When Katrina Nguyen, a young transgender runaway, catches Shizuka’s ear with her wild talent, Shizuka can almost feel the curse lifting. She’s found her final candidate.

But in a donut shop off a bustling highway in the San Gabriel Valley, Shizuka meets Lan Tran, retired starship captain, interstellar refugee, and mother of four. Shizuka doesn’t have time for crushes or coffee dates, what with her very soul on the line, but Lan’s kind smile and eyes like stars might just redefine a soul’s worth. And maybe something as small as a warm donut is powerful enough to break a curse as vast as the California coastline.

As the lives of these three women become entangled by chance and fate, a story of magic, identity, curses, and hope begins, and a family worth crossing the universe for is found.

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