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Author: Sercovich, Terri
Romantic Cozy Mystery

After the heartbreaking loss of his mother, Remy Renard suddenly finds himself inheriting a hotel and feeling utterly bereft. The upcoming Christmas season has only amplified his sadness. So his friends suggest getting out of town for the holidays. Little did Remy know that this trip would change his life forever.

Remy rents a large cabin in the idyllic ski resort town of Snowball City. He is joined by his close friend Cora, her grandmother, and the trusted family lawyer. Once Remy and his friends arrive in Snowball City, it seems too good to be true. “Full Amenities” listed on the rental page is actually a four-member house staff, and Remy is instantly drawn to the beautiful cook.

Although they all dreamt of a peaceful Christmas, it would soon be turned upside down when Remy is repeatedly caught in the middle of wacky disputes between his eccentric friends and the odd-ball staff.

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Author: Martin, Tina
African American Romance
Ramsey St. Claire can’t understand the pull he has to visit The Boardwalk Bakery – that is until he actually goes inside and meets the quirky, timid bakery owner, Gianna Jacobsen. There’s an instant…‘something’. Not love, though. He doesn’t believe in love at first sight. But there is…‘something’. Since recently taking a sabbatical from work, he has all the time in the world to figure out what that ‘something’ is.When he starts to peel back the layers of Gianna, he quickly becomes addicted to more than just her delicious, mouth-watering cupcakes. He wants to know her in ways he never thought he wanted to know a woman again. And Ramsey St. Claire always gets what he wants.
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Author: Lovelock, Liz
Sweet Second Chance Romance

I wasn’t expecting to see him ever again.
It was a wild Vegas night and that’s all it was. But now he’s back.

Lachlan Rogers.
Professional quarterback.
Really great guy.
The one that got away.

He wants to play for keeps this time, but I’m not ready to trust another man again. That won’t stop him from proving to me he’s the man I need.

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Author: McCrary, Mike
Suspense Thriller

He confessed. He killed three people. He said he did it… for you.

Hannah Rush waited too long to end a terrible marriage. Wanting a fresh start, she tries to move on by living a little in the fast lane. She engages in some harmless flirtation with a man at a local coffee shop, but he’s not as harmless as he seems.

One night he murders three strangers in cold blood. Telling the world, he did it for Hannah.

As her story brings relentless media attention, Hannah encounters a surviving final girl and learns of similar incidents with other women. Scrambling to end her nightmare, she’s pulled deeper into a dangerous world, leading her to some of humanity’s darkest corners. Hannah is pushed to the edge when that darkness threatens the people she loves the most.

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Author: Walsh, Jenni L
Historical Fiction

Born Simone Jules, reinvented as Eleanor Dumont, and largely remembered as Madame Moustache, A Betting Woman is a historical novel inspired by the tumultuous life, times, and loves of America’s first professional croupier of modern-day blackjack, bringing to life an intrepid and entrepreneurial real-life woman who lived on her own terms.

When her whole family dies in a fire, young Simone Jules flees her grief and travels west to reinvent herself in burgeoning San Francisco. Down to her last dollar and facing some unsavory options, Simone quick-wits her way to a gambling table where she begins to deal vingt-et-un – modern-day blackjack. Word travels fast among of this French-speaking, card-playing novelty, and she begins to build a new life for herself.

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Author: Sanders, Lawrence
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Private Investigator Mysteries

Privileged bachelor Archy McNally enjoys sipping late-night port with his girlfriend of the moment and tooling around South Florida in his red Miata sports car. Only occasionally does he get around to doing actual work as a part-time investigator for his father’s law firm. In these three witty novels, he’s paid to make discreet inquiries for Palm Beach’s elite—who are rarely what they seem.

McNally’s Secret: When Lady Cynthia Horowitz’s priceless 1918 US airmail stamps go missing from her plantation-style mansion, McNally unearths a shocking secret that could expose his own family’s skeletons. His search thrusts him into a thickening maze of sex, scandal, blackmail, and murder.

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Author: Mones, Nicole
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Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

This alluring novel of friendship, love, and cuisine brings the bestselling author of Lost in Translation and A Cup of Light to one of the great Chinese subjects: food. As in her previous novels, Mones’s captivating story also brings into focus a changing China—this time the hidden world of high culinary culture.

When Maggie McElroy, a widowed American food writer, learns of a Chinese paternity claim against her late husband’s estate, she has to go immediately to Beijing. She asks her magazine for time off, but her editor counters with an assignment: to profile the rising culinary star Sam Liang.

In China, Maggie unties the knots of her husband’s past, finding out more than she expected about him and about herself. With Sam as her guide, she is also drawn deep into a world of food rooted in centuries of history and philosophy.

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Author: Rock, J.A. , Henry, Lisa
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Regency Historical Romance

He must marry, or risk his fortune.

The whole of London Society has long assumed Lord William Hartwell will marry his childhood best friend, Lady Rebecca Warrington. After two Seasons, Hartwell remains quite content with bachelorhood–his parents do not. When Hartwell learns they intend to cut his purse strings unless he makes a match this Season, he resigns himself to a marriage of convenience with Becca, and yet he can’t help but be drawn to her younger brother, Warry.

He must marry, or risk his sister’s ruin.

The Viscount “Warry” Warrington is used to being viewed as the tagalong little brother. Now a grown man about to enter his second Season, Warry is desperate to be seen. When Lord Balfour, a handsome older peer, takes Warry under his wing, Warry thinks his dream is finally coming true. Until Balfour reveals his true intent—to make public a letter that will destroy Becca’s reputation, unless Warry agrees to marry him.

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Author: Wright, Cynthia
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Regency Romances

A French pirate of smoldering passions, Justin St. Briac has vowed never to marry. However, when his manipulative mother beckons him to her deathbed in Cornwall, he succumbs to her plea that he take a bride – devising an elaborate charade to appear to grant her dying wish.

The old woman’s days are numbered, after all, and soon he’ll return to his life of unfettered romantic conquests and adventure…

Mouette Raveneau, once the toast of the London ton, has been ruined by her dead husband’s crimes. When she reluctantly takes refuge in Cornwall with her two adolescent sons, Justin hires her to help carry off his grand scheme.

Soon, however their “business arrangement” begins to feel like what Justin has avoided his whole life–a real marriage, one where he could lose something much more valuable than his freedom…he might actually lose his heart.

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Author: Rose, Nichole
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Grumpy/Sunshine Holiday Rom-Com

Falling for her grumpy mountain man boss was not part of this sunshiney hot mess’s plans for Galentine’s Day.

Welcome to Winthrop, WA. Population: Screwed.
When I answered Deacon Cromwell’s ad for an assistant, roughing it with a mountain man was not what I had in mind.
But I’ll give anything a shot. Just so long as it doesn’t shoot back.
When my grumpy new boss finds out he hired…well, me…all bets are off.
He’s way too hot to handle.
And I’m dying to be handled.
If we don’t kill each other first.
I mean, accidents happen in the wild all the time, right?!

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Author: Rossignol, Rosalyn
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Violence in Society

On October 20, 1999, thirty-eight-year-old Nell Crowley Davis was bludgeoned, strangled, and stabbed to death in her backyard in Bluffton, South Carolina, near Hilton Head Island. In this blend of true crime and memoir, Rosalyn Rossignol tells the story of how Davis’s sixteen-year-old daughter, Sarah Nickel, along with two teenage boys, came to be charged in the case. Since no physical evidence tied Nickel to the murder, she was convicted of armed robbery and given the same sentence as the boys—thirty years. In the months that followed, Nickel vehemently insisted she was innocent.

Torn by Nickel’s pleas, Rossignol, a childhood friend of the murder victim, committed herself to answering the question that perhaps the police detectives, press, and courts had not: whether Sarah Nickel was indeed guilty of this crime.

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