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Author: Arnold, Carolyn
Noir Crime

She could feel him watching her… Though every time she turned to look, there was no one there. The rest of the world thought she was going crazy—until it was too late.

When Laura Saunders is found strangled in her home with a man’s necktie, Detective Madison Knight is assigned the case. Her sergeant at the Stiles Police Department wants her to conclude it was an isolated incident and move on with the investigation, but Madison’s not the type to cave under pressure.

Madison is haunted by certain inexplicable clues at the crime scene, including the presence of a mysterious photograph. She believes the picture may somehow tie into the murder, but before she can dig into it, another woman’s body is discovered in a local park. Heather Nguyen was also murdered with the same brand of necktie that had been used on Laura.

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Author: Emrick, K.J.
Ghost Mysteries

Darcy Sweet would like to think that she is just an ordinary woman, happy in her life running the Sweet Read bookstore. But she isn’t ordinary. She has a connection to the other side that seems to draw her into mysterious situations more often than not. Add to the mix the antics of a rather naughty, slightly psychic cat and the eccentric ghost of her great-aunt Millie, and you have a recipe for anything but the ordinary.

When Darcy’s neighbor is murdered she is drawn into the mystery against her will when she finds the body. She tries to leave the investigation to the police, one of which is her sister, but an overheard conversation and a small nudge from the other side has her investigating the murder. The stakes are raised when the murderer strikes again. Who was killing the people in her life?

Things are complicated even more by her building attraction to her sister’s new cop partner, who makes it clear he does not appreciate Darcy’s interference in the investigation. Sparks fly between the two of them as they get further into the mystery surrounding the deaths.

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Author: Mirren, Lilly
Contemporary Women’s Fiction

Sarah Flannigan is moving home to the small, beachside hamlet of Emerald Cove. After years in the city building a career as an editor at one of the top publishing houses in the country, she’s uprooting her life to help her mother run the family cafe after the divorce.

Cindy Flannigan never thought she’d find herself single and alone in her sixties, but when her husband runs off with a younger woman, she uncovers secret debts he’s accumulated that will leave her in dire financial straits for the first time in her life. She calls on her eldest child to help and is delightfully surprised when her daughter moves home to the Cove. But concerns for her daughter’s future happiness soon mar the reunion.

Newlywed Meg has always wanted a family to love, so when she and Brad spend their honeymoon in Hawaii it seems like a dream come true. What happens next will change their lives forever.

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Author: Emrick, K.J.
Cozy Mystery

Adelle Powers, or Dell as she is known around the town of Lakeshore, is living her dream life. She and her best friend Rosie Ryan are owners of the wonderfully quirky Pine Lake Inn, a very popular Australian tourist destination. Running her own inn is the only thing she has ever wanted to do and it is her pride and joy.

So when Dell’s friend Jessica calls to say she’s coming for a visit Dell is ecstatic and can’t wait to show it off to her friend. Surprisingly Dell finds that Rosie is less than thrilled about the visit and can’t understand why. They were all such good friends, or so she thought.

It would seem that Rosie may know something about Jessica’s past that Dell doesn’t. Some sort of secret that Rosie is reluctant to share with her. When Jessica is found dead in her room the following day it would appear that her secret past may have finally caught up with her.

Horrified by the death of her good friend in her very own inn, Dell soon gets drawn into the mystery. And things take a turn for the very weird when Jessica’s ghost visits her, more than once, directing Dell to clues that have been overlooked by a very incompetent police investigation.

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Author: Baker, Bridget E.
Romantic Fantasy

The first time Chancery’s twin sister tried to kill her was on their ninth birthday. In the intervening years, nothing improved. In fact, Judica stabbed her hand with a fork just this morning so she could take the last pancake.

Then Judica threw it to her dog.

But Chancery has a secret.

She’s been watching their people’s finest warrior for years while she was supposed to be studying. He’s gorgeous, powerful, and a genius in all military applications—flawless in every way. Chancery thinks he may like her, too.

But he’s supposed to marry her evil twin, because their mother chose Judica as her heir, the future empress of one-sixth of the earth.

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Author: Robins, Sean
Epic Space Opera/Alien Invasion Adventure

A formidable alien armada stands on the brink of vanquishing the cosmos, their gaze set firmly on every inhabited world. The last line of defense? An eclectic crew of improbable champions: a maverick starfighter pilot, a daredevil stuntwoman, a lethal super-assassin, and a cosmic prankster with alien tricks up his sleeves. Their mission: to shield not just humanity, but billions of other intelligent lifeforms spanning the multiverse.

Meet Jim, a quick-witted pilot grappling with OCD, planning to propose to his love when his life is disrupted by the sudden appearance of his blood-soaked friend, Kurt. This unexpected twist spirals Jim’s life into a chaotic vortex of complicated problems which include time travel and visits from alternate universes, with an impending galactic war threatening the very fabric of human existence at its core.

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Author: Methos, Victor
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Legal Thrillers

Fourteen years ago, prosecutor Jessica Yardley’s husband went to prison for a series of brutal murders. She’s finally created a life with her daughter and is a well-respected attorney. She’s moving on. But when a new rash of homicides has her ex-husband, Eddie, written all over them—the nightmares of her past come back to life.

The FBI asks Jessica to get involved in the hunt for this copycat killer—which means visiting her ex and collaborating with the man who tore her life apart.

As the copycat’s motives become clearer, the new life Jessica created for herself gets darker. She must ask herself who she can trust and if she’s capable of stopping the killer—a man whose every crime is a bloody valentine from a twisted mastermind she’s afraid she may never escape.

Pyramids: A Discworld Novel (affiliate link)

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Author: Pratchett, Terry
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Humorous Fantasy

Unlike most teenaged boys, Teppic isn’t chasing girls and working at the mall. Instead he’s just inherited the throne of the desert kingdom Djelibeybi—a job that’s come a bit earlier than he expected (a turn of fate his recently departed father wasn’t too happy about either).

It’s bad enough being new on the job, but Teppic hasn’t a clue as to what a pharaoh is supposed to do. After all, he’s been trained at Ankh-Morpork’s famed assassins’ school, across the sea from the Kingdom of the Sun. First, there’s the monumental task of building a suitable resting place for Dad—a pyramid to end all pyramids. Then there are the myriad administrative duties, such as dealing with mad priests, sacred crocodiles, and marching mummies. And to top it all off, the adolescent pharaoh discovers deceit and betrayal—not to mention a headstrong handmaiden—at the heart of his realm.

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Author: Bybee, Catherine
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Small Town & Rural Fiction

When a wildfire nearly destroys Parker Sinclair’s family home, it’s just one more disaster to add to her mountain of stress. For the past two years, she has shouldered the responsibility of raising her younger brother and sister after their parents’ untimely deaths. Forced to leave college for a crappy job that barely pays the bills, Parker manages her family property, which consumes every aspect of her life. Now winter is coming and the forecast isn’t spreading sunshine on the dark cloud over her head. The last thing Parker needs is a mudslide destroying everything she has worked so hard to maintain.

Colin Hudson’s job as a public works supervisor is to protect Parker’s property and neighborhood from further damage. But it’s a little hard when the owner of the land is a control freak who tries to do everything herself. The hardworking, attractive young woman is far from the “hot mess” she claims to be. In fact, her tight grip of control is one of the things that attract him the most. It’s also the hardest to crack. Now Colin’s working overtime to help Parker open up her heart, trust him, and let him in.

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Author: Wolzien, Valerie
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Amateur Sleuth Mysteries

When the Parent-Teachers Association president drops dead from a poison-laced canapé, two investigating officers enlist the aid of the PTA’s busy vice president, Susan Henshaw.

Susan Henshaw is turning forty — and feeling ancient. To lift her sagging spirits, Susan’s loving husband throws her a surprise party. But when one guest turns up dead, there is a long list of potential suspects to work through. Including Susan herself.

Kelly Knowlson’s ex-husband was murdered, and when the body suddenly vanishes, Kelly becomes the prime suspect. But is she truly capable of murder? Susan is determined to discover the truth behind the murder — and the missing corpse.

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Author: Wybrow, Dick
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Humorous Supernatural Thriller

Kane is a six-foot-seven French Canadian. But, a year ago, he was a wolf.

He’s now searching for the secret that will transform him back into a wolf so he can return to his family. His pack.

Last year, he’d been in the woods when a crazed soldier went on a rampage and bit him. The next morning, Kane awoke as a human.

However, when he steps into the moonlight he changes.

The results are… mixed.

In the full moon, he becomes a werewolf known as “the Wolfwere.” In lesser moon phases, he becomes, well, dogs.

Once, a small terrier. Another time, a pug.

The only one who knows Kane’s secret is a former (maybe not-so-former) criminal named Emelda. She needed to flee a crime family who wanted her dead; Kane needed someone who could drive.

The Cage: A Novel (affiliate link)

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Author: Kistler, Bonnie
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Legal Thrillers

On a cold, misty Sunday night, two women are alone in the offices of fashion conglomerate Claudine de Martineau International. One is the company’s human resources director. Impeccably dressed and perfectly coiffed, she sits at her desk and stares somberly out the window. Down the hall, her colleague, one of the company’s lawyers, is buried under a pile of paperwork, frantically rushing to finish.

Leaving at the same time, the two women, each preoccupied by her own thoughts, enter the elevator that will take them down from the 30th floor.

When they arrive at the lobby, one of the women is dead. Was it murder or suicide?

An incredibly original novel that turns the office thriller on its head, The Cage is a wild ride that begins with a bang and picks up speed as it races to its dramatic end.

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