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Author: Stelljes, Roger
Mystery Thriller

The beautiful young woman is perfectly still, curled up in the trunk of the car, her long dark hair hiding her face. Her cotton blouse has ridden up a little, revealing two small dots an inch apart on her back. Just like the others.

Guilt has kept FBI Agent Tori Hunter away from her home in Manchester Bay, Minnesota for twenty years, ever since her twin sister disappeared on the Fourth of July, when the girls should have been together. But when she receives an anonymous newspaper clipping about another missing girl, Genevieve, Tori is dragged back to the past. Just like Tori’s sister, Genevieve vanished without a trace, her empty car abandoned on a lonely lakeside road as Independence Day fireworks lit up the sky overhead.

Returning to Minnesota lake country, Tori finds Genevieve’s distraught parents desperate for answers. How could their beautiful, popular daughter be snatched so near her own home?

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Author: Freethy, Barbara
Military Romance

Mia Callaway thought she had the perfect guy and the perfect job…until she didn’t. After a run of bad luck, Mia is looking for an escape, so she agrees to go to Angel’s Bay to clean out her aunt’s house. She has no idea that the wounded soldier next door and his adorable, but also wounded, daughter are about to change her definition of perfect.

Add in stolen art, a family secret, and a town where miracles can happen, and Mia’s escape turns out to be the greatest adventure of her life.

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Author: Durham, Laura
Cozy Mystery

The holidays are not so holly and jolly for DC’s premier wedding planner. In two novellas and a novel, Annabelle Archer and her zany crew attempt to keep holiday spirits bright as they encounter an abandoned baby, search for a missing Santa Claus, and are snowed in for the holidays–with a killer. On top of all that? They’ve got holiday parties to plan and brides on the verge of throwing holiday hissy fits.

Annabelle Archer’s Holiday Collection contains two novellas and one novel (all previously published) from the award-winning cozy mystery series. Books included:

Marry and Bright, A Novella–Book 11 in the series
Claus for Celebration–A Novel–Book 15 in the series
Slay Bells Ring–A Novella–Book 17 in the series

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Author: Sinclair, Rachel
Legal Thrillers

Avery Collins is an attorney with the tender heart of a warrior for the wrongfully accused, for one simple reason. She was once wrongfully accused, and spent 7 years in prison for a murder she didn’t commit.

Now sworn to protect the indigent accused, she’s persuaded to represent Esme Guitierrez, an El Salvadoran refugee who is accused of killing 21-year-old Aria Whitmore. Aria was the daughter of the prominent billionaire hotelier Jacob Whitmore, and was also an aspiring concert pianist and music composer.

As Avery digs further into the case, she realizes that there were some sick games taking place behind the closed doors of the Whitmore mansion, and Avery ends up with more questions than answers.

What happened to Aria’s birth mother?

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Author: Kingdom, Mariah
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The love of money is the root of all evil, and private investigator Rose Bennett knows that sometimes it leads to murder.

The sleepy Yorkshire town of Market Melbourne is shaken from its slumber when pretty young bank clerk Pandora Mitchell disappears. For Rose, newly arrived in town to investigate a potential fraud at the East & Northern Bank, the event shouldn’t be more than a headline in the local newspaper – except the missing girl held information that is vital to her inquiry.

Rose doesn’t believe in coincidence. She thinks that someone at the branch where Pandora worked wanted to silence the girl and DI George Mulligan, the old-school detective investigating Pandora’s untimely disappearance, is inclined to agree with her. And it isn’t long before someone sends a very clear message that Rose might be well advised to back off.

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Author: Hall, Alexis
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Regency Historical Romance

Peggy Delancey’s not at all ready to move on from her former flame, Arabella Tarleton. But Belle has her own plans for a love match, and she needs Peggy’s help to make those plans a reality. Still hung up on her feelings and unable to deny Belle what she wants, Peggy reluctantly agrees to help her woo the famous and flamboyant opera singer Orfeo.

She certainly doesn’t expect to find common ground with a celebrated soprano, but when Peggy and Orfeo meet, a whole new flame is ignited that she can’t ignore. Peggy finds an immediate kinship with Orfeo, who’s just as nonconforming as she is—and just as affected by their instant connection.

They’ve never been able to find their place in the world, but as the pair walks the line between friendship, flirtation, and something more, they may just find their place with each other.

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Author: Bradford, Barbara Taylor
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Romantic Action & Adventure

Nicky Wells has two passions—her career as a hard-hitting TV news correspondent, and her fiancé, British aristocrat Charles Devereaux. Though Nicky has faced war zones, she is unable to face Charles’s tragic death. Then, three years later—while covering the protests in Tiananmen Square—she lets herself be seduced into a romantic interlude with a longtime friend, photographic journalist Cleeland Donovan. Now Nicky wonders if she’s ready to face a new future . . . until she spots a man who looks eerily like Charles.

Rushing headlong into a mystery that will take her from New York to London, Rome, and Madrid, Nicky finds herself unraveling evidence of Charles’s disturbing double life—and questioning everything she thought she knew about him, and herself.

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Author: Delinsky, Barbara
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Contemporary Women’s Fiction

A controversial Boston radio talk-show host, Monica Grant is a strong, willful, and independent woman. She wants an equally strong man. Someone like the heroes in the romance novels she’s addicted to . . . someone like Michael Shaw.

A cop with the heart of a poet, Michael is looking for that special someone, too—an old-fashioned, feminine woman. And for some reason he thinks Monica just might be the one. By turns infuriatingly chauvinistic and irresistibly attractive, Michael demands something from Monica that she doesn’t know if she can give—or even wants to. With Michael, can she find the happy ending of her own love story?

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Author: Kent, Hannah
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Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

Set against Iceland’s stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal murder of her former master, is sent to an isolated farm to await execution.

Horrified at the prospect of housing a convicted murderer, the family at first avoids Agnes. Only Tv=ti, a priest Agnes has mysteriously chosen to be her spiritual guardian, seeks to understand her. But as Agnes’s death looms, the farmer’s wife and their daughters learn there is another side to the sensational story they’ve heard.

Riveting and rich with lyricism, Burial Rites evokes a dramatic existence in a distant time and place, and asks the question, how can one woman hope to endure when her life depends upon the stories told by others?

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Author: Coonts, Stephen
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War & Military Action Fiction

Jake Grafton has been promoted to deputy director of a new US intelligence agency—and the stakes of his commission are higher than ever before. With the Soviet Union on the brink of dissolution, a vast nuclear arsenal is suddenly ripe for the taking by mercenaries, rogue nations, and insane Russian nationalists. Grafton must stop them, and he may have to do it alone—because not everyone supposedly on his side wants him to succeed.

From the “masterful storyteller” whose blockbuster tales of international suspense include Flight of the Intruder and Liars & Thieves, The Red Horseman is a startling vision of the apocalyptic danger that emerged at the end of the Cold War, a threat that still exists wherever weapons of mass destruction remain poorly secured.

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Author: Palmer, Diana
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Romantic Erotica

Gaby Cane was always a bit afraid of her attraction to Bowie McCayde. Even when she was fifteen and Bowie’s family took her in, she had sensed his simmering resentment. Now ten years later, she’s an aspiring journalist who can hold her own with any man professionally, the dark shadows of years gone by far behind her. Then Bowie strides back into her life—only this time, he needs her, and the pull of loyalty to his family is too strong to ignore.

When Bowie asked Gaby to help save his family’s Arizona ranch, he never expected the girl he once knew to return transformed into a stunning, successful woman. As they work together, Bowie is shocked to find that her innocence and beauty stir a hunger he can’t deny. But the rogue rancher can sense something holding her back, and he’s determined to uncover the terrible secret Gaby is fighting to keep hidden . . .

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