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Author: Phipps, C. A.
Small Town Culinary Cozy Mystery

Would you kill for pie?
Finding the body of her friend was a shock and when she’s accused of the death, not only does Maddie want answers, but she must also find a way to clear her name.

As the timer ticks down in the race to find the murderer before Maddie’s put in jail, or the body count climbs, she enlists the help of her friends—one of the furry variety.

Then there’s the sheriff. Her ex-flame is just as confused as she is when the mystery heats up with another batch of clues. But does he really believe she’s innocent?

If only solving murder were as easy as apple pie!

If you loved Murder, She Wrote, you’ll enjoy Maddie’s style because Maddie’s not taking no for an answer either.

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Author: Summers, Mia
Fake Dating Celebrity Romcom

Thanks to a lost key, I’m stuck handcuffed to my childhood crush for the next five days. Did I mention he’s now a really famous actor?

This was not how my night was supposed to go.

My friends dragged me to a charity auction to save the local theater. The theme? Cops and robbers.

The grand prize? A dinner date handcuffed to hometown hero and Hollywood hunk Ryan Jones – the same Ryan Jones that is still decorating my bedroom walls.

I used to have a crush on him.

Used to.

Then he got caught doing something he shouldn’t have been doing. Something terrible.

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Author: Nixon, Trudy
Cultural, Ethnic & Regional Humor

Gorgeous, page turning escapism! Intelligent, funny, romantic, chick lit with relatable characters, lots of plot twists and stunning Caribbean and British locations.
Two women travel separately to a tiny Caribbean island with wildly different expectations … Tracy, a funny, feisty businesswoman in her forties, comes to paradise to investigate a shocking family secret. Expecting the worst, she instead falls madly for a charming fisherman. Is it just a holiday romance or could it – should it – last?

Beautiful Charlotte should be having the time of her life on her dream honeymoon – but isn’t. And when she finds out why, her self-confidence and faith in the future are destroyed. Will the island help her heal?

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Author: Brilee, Juliet
Small Town Second Chance for Love

A cup of sweet…A dash of heat…And a pinch of intrigue…

Olivia Brighton can design an award-winning quilt, but can she piece together a better life? She returns to her coastal Florida hometown for a traditional holiday celebration with family, hoping to untangle the threads of her post-divorce life.
Caught up in baking Christmas treats, she finds cakes aren’t the only sweet tempting her this holiday.

In the wake of fraud, Trevor Weston must find a way to save the programs at Sacred Haven Center for People with Disabilities where he manages the garden and therapeutic riding. His student’s cousin catches his eye, but he’s on the verge of losing his job and facing an uncertain future.

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Author: Prescott, Summer
Cozy Mystery

Even when you have it all,
Sometimes life goes to the dogs.

Newly widowed, Macy Garson is doing her best to live a simple and secure life that her beloved Jake would have been proud of.

She loves her volunteer work at the Happy Paws dog sanctuary, but if she doesn’t find a way to make money, and fast, she may not be able to keep up with her mortgage payments in a month or so.

Inspired by a bit of success when she sells some household items, Macy opens an online store and dives into the reselling business. She finds items at garage sales, cleans them up, and puts them in her store, with surprising success.

Her situation improves by leaps and bounds until a woman is murdered and local police focus on Macy, a relative newcomer in their small central Florida town, as the culprit.

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Author: Eskin, Otho
Espionage Thrillers

Marko Zorn, a Washington, D.C. homicide detective with expensive tastes in art, classic cars, and women, must take on extra work—not always strictly legal, often unorthodox and usually dangerous—to supplement his income—work which requires his special combination of skill and steel nerves. Although he’s adept at navigating the corridors of law enforcement and the world of criminal gangs, he’d prefer to stay home and watch old movies, enjoy his art collection, and listen to cool jazz.

When Zorn discovers the body of a Secret Service agent—a supposed drowning victim—it leads him to a domestic terrorist group with tentacles in the White House—a White House that does not want this death investigated. As the demands of his professional life escalate, Zorn’s alternate career heats up, placing him in the middle of competing D.C. crime bosses feuding over a shipment of illegal arms—making Zorn the hunted and the hunter.

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Author: Roberts, Sheila
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Women’s Romance Fiction

When three friends visit a shopping-mall Santa on a lark, the jolly old elf is full of mysterious predictions about the thing they’re all wishing for: the perfect man. Or at least men who are perfect for them.

Riley Erickson’s fiancé turned out to be a dud, dumping her for her bridesmaid three weeks before the wedding. But Santa says that she’s soon going to meet her ideal man in a memorable way.

And he predicts that a new man is about to come into Jo’s life. What on earth does that mean? She’s pregnant and already has her hands full with the perfectly stubborn husband she’s got.

Noel has given up completely on ever finding her perfect match. But apparently Noel is going to get a good man to go with that house she’s trying desperately to buy.

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Author: Johnstone, Julie
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Ancient World Historical Romance

He kidnapped her to save his clan, not to lose his heart.

Desperate times call for desperate measures, and no one is more desperate than Highlander Alasdair MacRae. His clan is on the verge of disaster, thanks to continuous raids from the lying, thieving, murdering MacKenzies. Their latest strike has left Alasdair’s family on the precipice of starvation and his brother badly wounded. The time has come to hit back, and what better blow to deliver than to kidnap his enemy’s daughter and use her to negotiate much-needed peace. His plan is simple: wed the lass. It’s well-known that she’s beloved by her father, and the doting Highlander certainly won’t go to war with Alasdair’s clan if he’s married to the man’s daughter. Once the vows are spoken, he plans to send her to a nice little cottage on his land, where she can live her life as she wishes, and he can live his as if he’s not wed. But his plan meets an obstacle he didn’t foresee, and suddenly, Alasdair finds himself fighting to protect a woman he thought was his enemy and questioning whether he’s wooing the lass to see out his scheme or to truly capture her heart?

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Author: White, Loreth Anne
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Crime Fiction

I hope you don’t find him. And if you do, I hope he’s dead and that he suffered…

Real-estate mogul Martin Cresswell-Smith is the best thing that has ever happened to Ellie. After her daughter’s devastating death, a divorce, and an emotional breakdown, he’s helped her move as far as possible from the grief, the rage, and the monsters of her past. Ellie imagines her new home with Martin in an Australian coastal town will be like living a fairy tale. But behind closed doors is another story—one that ends in Martin’s brutal murder. And Ellie seems almost relieved…

Naturally, everyone thinks Mrs. Cresswell-Smith is guilty.

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Author: Geard, Amanda
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World War II Historical Fiction

1939: On the eve of war, young English heiress Grace Grey travels from London to the wilderness of Tasmania. Coaxed out of her shell by the attentions of her Irish neighbour, Daniel – Grace finally learns to live. But when Australian forces are called to the frontline, and Daniel with them, he leaves behind a devastating secret which will forever bind them together.

1975: Artist Willow Hawkins, and her new husband, Ben, can’t believe their luck when an anonymous benefactor leaves them a house on the remote Tasmanian coast. Confused and delighted, they set out to unmask Towerhurst’s previous owner – unwittingly altering the course of their lives.

2004: Libby Andrews has always been sheltered from the truth behind her father Ben’s death. When she travels to London and discovers a faded photograph, a long-buried memory is unlocked, and she begins to follow an investigation that Ben could never complete. But will she realise that some secrets are best left buried . . .?

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Author: Holmberg, Charlie N.
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Historical Fantasy

The orphaned Elsie Camden learned as a girl that there were two kinds of wizards in the world: those who pay for the power to cast spells and those, like her, born with the ability to break them. But as an unlicensed magic user, her gift is a crime. Commissioned by an underground group known as the Cowls, Elsie uses her spellbreaking to push back against the aristocrats and help the common man. She always did love the tale of Robin Hood.

Elite magic user Bacchus Kelsey is one elusive spell away from his mastership when he catches Elsie breaking an enchantment. To protect her secret, Elsie strikes a bargain. She’ll help Bacchus fix unruly spells around his estate if he doesn’t turn her in. Working together, Elsie’s trust in—and fondness for—the handsome stranger grows. So does her trepidation about the rise in the murders of wizards and the theft of the spellbooks their bodies leave behind.

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Author: Davis, Angela Y.
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Civil Rights & Liberties

In this collection of essays, interviews, and speeches, the renowned activist examines today’s issues—from Black Lives Matter to prison abolition and more.

Activist and scholar Angela Y. Davis has been a tireless fighter against oppression for decades. Now, the iconic author of Women, Race, and Class offers her latest insights into the struggles against state violence and oppression throughout history and around the world.

Reflecting on the importance of black feminism, intersectionality, and prison abolitionism, Davis discusses the legacies of previous liberation struggles, from the Black Freedom Movement to the South African anti-Apartheid movement. She highlights connections and analyzes today’s struggles against state terror, from Ferguson to Palestine.

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