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Mystery Anthologies

The death of her husband leaves DI Hillary Greene fighting to save her career. His actions have put her under investigation for corruption. Meanwhile, a body is found floating in the canal. Everyone is saying he fell off a boat, but Hillary is not so sure. Can she clear her name and get to the bottom of a fiendish conspiracy on the water?

A pretty French student is found dead in her room at college. Her death has all the hallmarks of an accidental overdose. But Hillary Greene knows there’s more to the story. This girl was involved in some troubling extracurricular activities. When the shocking true cause of death is revealed, the high-profile hunt for her murderer begins.

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Author: Haddix, T. L.
Paranormal Women’s Fiction Romance

1960, Appalachia. The introvert meets the beautiful girl next door.

Except Owen isn’t just introverted – he’s a mysterious recluse who can shapeshift. He keeps to himself, finding isolation less painful than trying to fit in. Lonely, yes, but safe. If people knew the truth, he’d never have another moment’s peace. So he doesn’t need a woman in his life… Especially not if the “girl” is his lovely, intriguing neighbor Sarah, newly returned from college, whom he just caught trespassing on his land…

When he runs her off with a warning – never cross the line between their properties again – she’s barely out of sight before he has second thoughts. Maybe he overreacted. Maybe… he should go after the girl and apologize. Instead, he runs.

But he doesn’t stay gone – he needs to get to know Sarah, regardless of the risk to his heart, so he returns, determined to get to know her.

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Author: Smith, Julie
Police Procedural Thriller

It’s Mardi Gras in New Orleans, and civic leader and socialite Chauncey St. Amant has been crowned Rex, King of Carnival. But his day of glory comes to an abrupt and bloody end when a parade-goer dressed as Dolly Parton guns him down. Is the killer his aimless, promiscuous daughter Marcelle? Homosexual, mistreated son Henry? Helpless, alcoholic wife Bitty? Or some unknown player? Turns out the king had enemies…

Enter resourceful heroine Skip Langdon, a rookie police officer and former debutante turned cynic of the Uptown crowd. Scouring the streets for clues, interviewing revelers and street people with names like Jo Jo, Hinky, and Cookie, and using her white glove contacts, the post-deb rebel cop encounters a tangled web of brooding clues and ancient secrets that could mean danger for her—and doom for the St. Amants.

The Santa Swap (affiliate link)

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Author: Pendleton, Ruth
Holiday Romance

A dreamy first date. A romantic kiss in the moonlight. All the makings of a good boyfriend . . . except he’s her boss.

Olivia Barton is tired of fickle men. A chance encounter with a handsome stranger ends in an unforgettable kiss. The butterflies last until the next morning when she walks into her new job and finds him running a meeting. She may be the kind of woman who accepts a date with a stranger, but there is no way she’s going to become the center of office gossip by dating her boss.

Luke Stringer is tired of women who are only after him for his money. When he meets Olivia outside her apartment building, he introduces himself with the first name that pops into his mind. Unfortunately, it isn’t his. He never expects her to catch him in the lie, but it is difficult to hide who he is when she starts working for his company. He’d do anything to make things right with the woman who captured his heart, but now she won’t give him the time of day.

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Author: Rhodes, GS
British Crime Thriller

Imitation is the most terrifying form of flattery…

DI Benjamin Kidd has been missing for the past six months. No one has heard from him. He’s disconnected from his friends, from his family, and from the job he dedicated his life to—the job that cost him everything.

Then a new, all too familiar murder occurs on his patch and Kidd has no choice but to throw himself back into the fold. A young woman has been found with a smile cut into her throat, eyes carved into her cheeks, the brutal signature of The Grinning Murders—one of the most ruthless serial killers the country has ever seen. A killer who lies behind bars.

However things are not as they seem and not everything adds up. Only one thing is clear: Kidd may be the only one who can figure this out before this copycat killer strikes again.

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Author: Dalzelle, Joshua
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Space Marine Science Fiction

Jason Burke was a man hiding from himself in a small cabin high in the American Rocky Mountains when his simple, quiet life was shattered one night by what he first assumed was an aviation mishap. But when he investigates the crash, what he finds will yank him out of his self-imposed exile and thrust him into a world he could have never imagined.

He suddenly finds himself trapped on a damaged alien spacecraft and plunged into a universe of interstellar crime lords and government conspiracies, along the way meeting strange new friends… and enemies. As he struggles to find his way back home he is inexorably drawn deeper into a world where one misstep could mean his death. Or worse. He desperately wants to get back to Earth, but it may be the end for him.

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Author: Long, Julie Anne
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Regency Historical Romance

A mistress. A mountain of debt. A mysterious wreck of a building.

Delilah Swanpoole, Countess of Derring, learns the hard way that her husband, “Dear Dull Derring,” is a lot more interesting—and perfidious—dead than alive. It’s a devil of an inheritance, but in the grand ruins of the one building Derring left her, are the seeds of her liberation. And she vows never again to place herself at the mercy of a man.

But battle-hardened Captain Tristan Hardy is nothing if not merciless. When the charismatic naval hero tracks a notorious smuggler to a London boarding house known as the Rogue’s Palace, seducing the beautiful, blue-blooded proprietress to get his man seems like a small sacrifice.

They both believe love is a myth. But a desire beyond reason threatens to destroy the armor around their hearts. Now a shattering decision looms: Will Tristan betray his own code of honor…or choose a love that might be the truest thing he’s ever known?

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Author: Baldwin, Lily
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Medieval Historical Romance

Five years have passed since tragedy struck, and yet English lady, Isabella Redesdale, cannot escape the sorrow. She feels entombed within her fortress and trapped in a loveless betrothal. When news arrives that her sister has given birth to her first child, Isabella finally has the chance to escape her lonely surroundings. But to visit her sister, she must travel north where bandits and Scottish rebels rule.

After the English king invades Jack MacVie’s beloved Scottish city, massacring its people, Jack takes up the cause of independence, becoming one of Scotland’s elite secret rebels. When he is forced to abduct Isabella on the road north into Scotland, he believes she is nothing more than a shallow, pampered noblewoman; meanwhile, she believes he is a ruthless outlaw.

Still, Jack and Isabella have more in common than they first realize. Both crave freedom from loss and oppression. But in a world where kings reign and birth dictates one’s station, freedom is not won—it’s stolen.

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Author: Miller, Linda Lael
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Contemporary Romance

While fleeing from her ex-husband with her two young daughters, Hallie finds herself trapped in a sudden and violent blizzard with a broken-down truck. With nowhere else to turn, she and her daughters seek shelter in a roadside diner. She has no idea that this will set off a chain of events that will change her life forever or that the handsome rancher she meets there will shake the very foundation of everything she believes about hope, love, and second chances.

It’s clear that there’s more than just desire between the two but is Hallie ready to open up her heart again? After all, she’s still running from her past so does she even have a chance for the life she’s always dreamed of?

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Author: Admans, Jaimie
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Holiday Romance

Sasha Hansley hates Christmas. As a child, it was her favourite time of year, but ever since the tragic death of her mother, it has completely lost its magic.

But when she gets an unexpected phone call from her estranged father, she’s forced to dust off her snow boots.

He’s been running a Lapland style Christmas village in Norway and after suffering a heart attack, he is on strict doctor’s orders to slow down. Eager to reconnect with her dad, Sasha books the next flight out there. Only she’s never actually been on a plane before, let alone to the Arctic Circle.

Met at the runway by drop-dead-gorgeous Taavi Salvesen, they sleigh ride through the snow with the Northern Lights guiding their way.

When Sasha uncovers sacks of unopened Santa mail – letters that children and adults from all over the world write to Santa every year – she realises that she can send a little bit of magic out into the world by replying to some of them.

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Author: Delinsky, Barbara
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Contemporary Women Fiction

Friendship, love, and forgiveness….

The Maxwells and the Popes have been friends forever. The women were college roommates, their husbands are partners in the same law firm, their kids have grown up next door to each other, and the two families share both vacations and holidays.

Like Wisteria Lane, the “perfect” suburban street of Desperate Housewives, all is beautiful and serene – until an accident forces these close neighbors to look beneath the surface. And when their idyllic lives are unexpectedly shattered by a moment that can never be erased or forgotten, their faith in one another – and in themselves – is put to the supreme test.

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