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All the Lost Girls (affiliate link)

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Author: Sheehan, Bilinda P.
Psychological Thriller

Five girls have gone missing. I am number six.

My name is Alice McCarthy. Twenty-two years ago, my sister disappeared. What should have been a fun night out at a school disco became a nightmare and Clara hasn’t been seen since.

I haven’t been back to Ireland since but when the police call and say they’ve unearthed a body, I have to go home.

It might be Clara. After all this time..

But what if someone is drawing me back to Ireland for their own reasons? What if they made a mistake all those years ago and didn’t mean to take Clara?

What if they meant to take me instead?

And what if they’re now going to correct that mistake?

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Author: Hart, Jim

Times change, but when it comes to certain genres of literature, sometimes the old ways are the best ways. There are still legions of loyal readers who long for the days of Dashiell Hammet and Mickey Spillane. Robert B. Parker, the famous modern day detective novelist knew this and successfully incorporated some of the deadpan style and film noir humor and drama of these authors into the modern day adventures of his private eye, Spencer.

Jim Hart has created a powerful rendering of the golden era of the private eye story in his new novel, A Tom Collins to Go. The work chronicles the adventures of private eye Harry Parker who works in the Big Apple back in the days when it was still Gotham City. Harry drinks too much, laments his failed marriage, longs for his ex and scratches out a living as a hardscrabble PI. Which all lends to his ‘don’t give a damn’ demeanor and what makes him so lovable.

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Author: Blakely, Lauren
Contemporary Romance

I wasn’t in the market for a man. I definitely wasn’t looking for a man like Clay Nichols, with a dirty mind and a mouth to match. But then he walked into my life one night and he was everything I wanted.

He’s also exactly what I can’t have.

Because there’s a price tag on my head. I’m a wanted woman and I owe debts that were never mine.

The dangerous men I owe them to have threatened to hurt anyone in my life if I don’t pay up. So I work off my debts by playing cards in an underground poker ring. One so risky I shouldn’t get involved with a soul.

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Author: Potts, M.Z.
Cozy Mystery

Private investigator Hannah Huntsford is about to win the lottery.

Not the big lottery. More like a little one. A tiny one.

Hannah is about to win her very own tiny house, nestled in a tiny community of other tiny homes.

She doesn’t know that yet, because the draw is still a week away. Hannah has no idea her streak of bad luck is about to turn around. The hard-working, recently divorced investigator is going to be a big winner, and she’ll have first pick of three adorable tiny homes.

Option 1 is a converted train caboose, with gleaming brass fittings throughout.

Option 2 is a miniature barn with a bold red and white exterior and farmhouse decorations inside.

Option 3 is the tiny home version of a grand Southern home, with a wrap-around porch perfect for entertaining.

Gone Too Far (Heart of Hope) (affiliate link)

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Author: Williams, Ajme
Second Chance Secret Baby Romance

My ex doesn’t know that he’s got twin sons… and I’m about to meet him… oops!

This reality has haunted me for the last six years.

Drew was everything I’d wanted in my life.
And in my bed.
But my dream job waited for me in London.
A huge fight later, I packed my bags and left.
But the two pink lines changed everything.
I took a deep breath and built from scratch.

And now…
I’m watching Drew talk to his sons without knowing they are his.
The sight is unreal and terrifying.
And the truth won’t stay hidden for long.
Will history repeat itself? Definitely.
But the inevitable ending might tear our entire family apart this time!

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Author: Bourgeois, Sara
Cozy Animal Mystery

Matthew Ellersby had made a mistake – a colossal mistake. But it wasn’t right that he should die. It wasn’t even right that he called himself Matthew Ellersby.
But none of that was known on the beautiful Maine morning when his body was discovered on the beach in front of The Elusive Cat Bed and Breakfast.

When Jan Cathcart is forced out of her life by a series of unfortunate events, she lands at her sister’s popular bed and breakfast. Little does she know that her move will place her right in the middle of a murder mystery.

The local police make the wrong call about the crime, but Jan knows in her heart that the man was murdered. Can she solve the crime before the small-town rumor mill destroys her sister’s beloved business?

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Author: Parker, M. S.
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Romantic Comedy

Who is Gavin Manning and why does he keep showing up wherever I go? What does he want from me?

These are just a few of the questions law student Carrie Summers asks herself after running into devastatingly handsome Gavin for the third time at the opening of the hottest new club in town, Club Privé. Is he stalking her, or is it fate?

Despite telling herself that she doesn’t have time for a relationship, she finds his persistent attention flattering, and can’t help but be attracted to those deep blue eyes. An evening of fun and dancing turns into the most incredible night of her life, and she still doesn’t have a clue about Gavin. All she knows is he’s an amazing lover.

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Author: Fluke, Joanne
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Cozy Culinary Mysteries
Hannah and her good pal Lisa have agreed to provide all the goodies for the town’s annual production of A Christmas Carol. But before anyone can say “Bah, humbug!” the actress playing Mrs. Claus exits stage left for good. As murder suspects pile up faster than snowdrifts in a blizzard, it might take a visit from ghosts of Christmas past to wrap up this mystery in time for the holidays . . .CHRISTMAS CAKE MURDER
Hannah’s life matches the hectic December hustle and bustle of Lake Eden when she agrees to help recreate a spectacular Christmas Ball in honor of Essie Granger, an elderly local in hospice care. But instead of poring over decadent dessert recipes, Hannah’s surprised by Essie’s secret talent for penning crime fiction. She’s even more surprised when the story turns real. It’ll be a true miracle if she can prevent another Yuletide disaster by solving a mystery as dense as a Christmas fruitcake . . .

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Author: Hagen, Layla
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Feel-good Billionaire Romance

After my almost-marriage-proposal (don’t ask) blows up in my face, I’m done with romance. My family says I’m turning into a broody version of myself, but I’m determined to take New York by storm and steer clear of serious relationships. That’s the plan. That’s the goal.

Nothing is getting in the way of that-not even my sexy personal trainer. Mel Dawson keeps talking me into doing things, like watching the sunset and slowing down to enjoy life. And even though I’ve sworn off all that, I keep giving in to her.

Spending time with Mel is just what I need. When she trains me, and I watch her body, I’m constantly fantasizing about exploring every inch of it.

The French House (affiliate link)

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Author: Fripp, Helen
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French Historical Fiction

For grieving Nicole Clicquot, saving the vineyards her husband left behind is her one chance to keep a roof over her head and provide a future for her little girl. She ignores the gossips who insist the fields are no place for a woman: but one day, buying fresh croissants at the boulangerie, Nicole is shocked to hear a rumour about her husband. They say he died with a terrible secret. One that brings disgrace on Nicole and turns the whole town against her.

Heartbroken, her reputation in tatters, and full of questions no one can answer, Nicole turns to her husband’s oldest friend, travelling merchant Louis. His warm smile and kind advice seem to melt her troubles away. And as they taste her first golden wine of the season and look out over the endless rolling hills, Nicole starts to believe she can turn her fortunes around, and be welcomed back into the local community.

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Author: DeFino, Terri-Lynne
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Women’s Friendship Fiction

Alfonse Carducci was a literary giant who lived his life to excess—lovers, alcohol, parties, and literary rivalries. But now he’s come to the Bar Harbor Home for the Elderly to spend the remainder of his days among kindred spirits: the publishing industry’s nearly gone but never forgotten greats. Only now, at the end of his life, does he comprehend the price of appeasing every desire, and the consequences of forsaking love to pursue greatness. For Alfonse has an unshakeable case of writer’s block that distresses him much more than his precarious health.

Set on the water in one of New England’s most beautiful locales, the Bar Harbor Home was established specifically for elderly writers needing a place to live out their golden years—or final days—in understated luxury and surrounded by congenial literary company. A faithful staff of nurses and orderlies surround the writers, and are drawn into their orbit, as they are forced to reckon with their own life stories.

Avenue of Mysteries (affiliate link)

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Author: Irving, John
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Hispanic American Literature

In Avenue of Mysteries, Juan Diego—a fourteen-year-old boy, who was born and grew up in Mexico—has a thirteen-year-old sister. Her name is Lupe, and she thinks she sees what’s coming—specifically, her own future and her brother’s. Lupe is a mind reader; she doesn’t know what everyone is thinking, but she knows what most people are thinking. Regarding what has happened, as opposed to what will, Lupe is usually right about the past; without your telling her, she knows all the worst things that have happened to you.

Lupe doesn’t know the future as accurately. But consider what a terrible burden it is, if you believe you know the future—especially your own future, or, even worse, the future of someone you love. What might a thirteen-year-old girl be driven to do, if she thought she could change the future?

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