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Author: Skopin, Nancy
Private Investigator Mysteries
After surviving two attempts on her life, Nikki decides to do something normal for a change and attend her high school reunion. While there she becomes reacquainted with an old flame, Paul Marks, who is now an air traffic control supervisor. Nikki agrees to have lunch with Paul the following day, and over lunch she becomes convinced that something is terribly wrong. After a few beers and a little persuading, Paul confides that three controllers reporting to him have died in the last two months, under suspicious circumstances.
Nikki insists on looking into the deaths and, with the help of her former mentor, Sam Pettigrew, soon discovers that Paul himself is the target of a ruthless assassin. So much for normal. In an effort to save Paul, Nikki must, once again, put her own life on the line.
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Author: Andrews, Stephanie
Women’s Action & Adventure Fiction

She’s not a karate expert.
She can’t pick a lock.
And she certainly isn’t a master of disguise…

But Riley is stubborn, and this is her city. She’s not going down without a fight!

For fans of Janet Evanovich, or anyone who likes female characters who are strong, funny, and real. Meet Kay Riley, a Chicago cop wrongly accused and on the run for her life.

Being a cop was never something that Riley was very good at. But now, as she must become a vigilante to clear her name, she finds new reserves of strength and courage, all with a healthy dose of sarcasm.

With her name and photo splashed across the nightly news, Riley should leave the city ASAP. Instead, she decides to stay undercover and track down the real killer. But somebody knows that Riley is still in the game, and soon the police are the least of her worries as a sexy assassin starts closing in.

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Author: Blackard, Sara
Romantic Suspense

An ex-Army Special Operations member burned once by love. A single-mom stalked by a powerful enemy. Can he risk his heart for her safety?

Zeke has everything he could want.
A multi-billion dollar inheritance allows him to protect others…
… and with the camaraderie of his brothers-in-arms.
He spends his time growing his security firm and keeping his head down. Love is the last thing on his mind, until Samantha and her daughter are in need of his help.

Samantha used to have a comfortable life.
Now she waits tables to put food on her own.
Forced from the life she had built, Samantha works to restore what was lost. With her daughter in tow, she begins a new life in the Colorado mountains. It’s not perfect, but it’s all theirs. But when the tempting Zeke offers to help her, she begins to wonder if love could heal her shattered life.

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Author: Culligan, S.
Financial Thrillers

How do you walk away from a job to die for? You can’t. Not when you’re next on your company’s hit list.
Jo Lavelle is one of the chosen new hires at Butterfly Investments – London’s premiere hedge fund. Butterfly is famous for their top secret trading model… and making their customers filthy rich. Jo is now on the fast track to climb to the inner circle of London’s financial elite.

The long hours and strange interview tactics are all worth it…

Until the threads started to unravel, and the first body turned up.

When she uncovers a secret that some would kill to protect, Jo finds herself fighting for her life. As she’s thrown into the web of intrigue surrounding Butterfly Investments, she can’t know who might help her… or who would rather her dead.

How many people are they willing to silence to protect the firm?

Just who do you trust when you’re in the viper’s nest?

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Author: Hawley, Bridget
Humorous Science Fiction

A witty Belle-like wanderer meets murderous beasts. The locals can be like that. Welcome to Haell.

Troubled past? Check. Strictly avoiding interstellar travel for the foreseeable future? Check. Shrouded homeless human on an alien planet dodging draven dung and the occasional hawked loogie? Check.

Hi. The name’s Trick. A short female camped out on a brutal planet lying low with my secrets until suddenly I’m not. With a lethal librarian providing backup, I find myself investigating a series of abductions in the city of TreValla while gathering a motley group of allies, sentient murderous books, and an alluring enemy K’Vroken on the way.

When word spreads that ‘undesirable’ citizens are being targeted for their meager ability to harness mahdra, a magic that usually only the elite here on Haell can manipulate, I allow myself to become bait. I mean, as an avatar for the celestial stars themselves, brimming with a world-ending amount of mahdra, it seems fitting that a born reject like me sticks up for those whose voices go unheard. I may have just been remade for it.

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Author: Smale, Holly
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Romantic Comedy

Geek + runway = a runaway hit! Geek Girl is the first book in a hilarious, internationally bestselling series that’s perfect for fans of Morgan Matson and Julie Buxbaum.

Harriet Manners is a geek. She always has been, and she thought she always would be—but when she’s discovered by a modeling agent, she leaps at the chance to reinvent herself.

There’s only one problem: Harriet is the definition of awkward. Can she transform from geek to chic?

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Author: Howard, Emily Louise
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Printmaking in Graphic Design

An essential guide to linoleum block printing techniques, with seventeen step-by-step projects and insights from some of today’s most talented printmakers.

Block Print Magic is the perfect reference for a wide range of printmaking enthusiasts. The easy-to-follow illustrated instruction takes you through every step of the process, beginning with choosing and caring for tools and setting up a studio, through design essentials, carving techniques, and printing techniques. Those techniques include multi-block printing, reduction cuts, puzzle blocks, and rainbow-roll printing. Advanced carving techniques for creating textures, crosshatching, and three-dimensional shading will give you the opportunity to expand and strengthen your expertise.

Among the visually stunning projects you’ll learn to create:
Colorful, multi-block hex sign
Reduction cut sunflowers print
One-page pocket zine from a single block
Fabric wall hanging embellished with embroidery

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Author: Guhrke, Laura Lee
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Victorian Historical Romance

Henry, Duke of Torquil, wouldn’t be caught reading the wildly popular “Dear Lady Truelove” column, but when its advice causes his mother to embark on a scandalous elopement, an outraged Henry decides the author of this tripe must be stopped before she can ruin any more lives. Though Lady Truelove’s identity is a closely guarded secret, Henry has reason to suspect the publisher of the notorious column, beautiful and provoking Irene Deverill, is also its author.

For Irene, it’s easy to advise others to surrender to passion, but when she meets the Duke of Torquil, she soon learns that passion comes at a price. When one impulsive, spur-of-the-moment kiss pulls her into a scorching affair with Henry, it could destroy her beloved newspaper, her career, and her independence. But in the duke’s arms, surrender is so, so sweet . . .

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Author: Berghoff, Carlyn, Berghoff, Jon, Ryan, Nancy Ross
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Midwestern U.S. Cooking, Food & Wine

150 traditional favorites from Chicago’s famed Berghoff Restaurant alongside contemporary culinary creations, plus a guide to entertaining at home.

With The Berghoff Family Cookbook, fans of the beloved restaurant can now make Berghoff classics at home, including the famous Berghoff Creamed Spinach, German Potato Salad, Wiener Schnitzel, Sauerbraten, Apple Strudel, Black Forest Cake, and many more treasured and—until now—secret recipes from the Berghoff’s celebrated kitchens.

More than a collection of wonderful recipes, The Berghoff Family Cookbook is a piece of Chicago history and an essential guide for cooking and party planning. What started as a small saloon in 1898 quickly became a Chicago dining institution when Prohibition prompted founder Herman Joseph Berghoff to start serving meals to stay in business. When Prohibtion ended in 1933, the Berghoff Restaurant was the first Chicago establishment to receive a liquor license, and it soon became famous for both its traditional German food and its Dortmunder beer.

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Author: Manley, Stephanie
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Cooking Reference

Re-create the restaurant experience with more than 200 recipes for homemade versions of dining-out faves!

Packed with the most popular recipes from, this book offers over 200 unauthorized restaurant re-creations that have been tested and re-tested by people just like you. Each tasty dish is designed to taste like the restaurant original so you can:

•Save money while enjoying your favorite restaurant dishes

•Mix and match items from different restaurants to create the perfect meal

•Satisfy kids with their fast food favorites while making a fancier dinner for the adults

•Modify original re-creations to make them healthier while maintaining the delicious taste

•Find the ideal recipe for any occasion with quick reference icons, impress-your-guest dishes, quick-and-easy treats, meat-lover fare, and vegetarian options

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Author: Goldman, Ken
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Human Figure Art

Study human anatomy to translate nature into drawings that are both anatomically accurate and artistically beautiful.

Essential Human Anatomy for Artists is an anatomy course in a book that’s designed to offer you new tools to help you understand the connections between exterior forms and deeper structures.

Along with demonstrations of key materials are in-depth discussions of the skeleton and the study of the muscles.
The drawing demonstrations, which are based on a series of live model poses, are designed to help readers understand the various forms of the human body.
Key information on movement and lighting is also included.

For artists at every level of experience, Essential Human Anatomy for Artists allows you to learn to work freely and confidently with the human figure and use the information it provides to create an accurate visual impression.

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Author: Sherman, Casey
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True Crime

The dark story behind the bright lights of Tinseltown

From the outside, Hollywood starlet Lana Turner seemed to have it all—a thriving film career, a beautiful daughter, and the kind of fame and fortune that most people could only dream of. But when the famous femme fatale began dating mobster Johnny Stompanato, thug for the infamous west coast mob boss Mickey Cohen, her personal life became violent and unpredictable. Lana’s teenage daughter, Cheryl, watched her beloved mother’s life deteriorate as Stompanato’s intense jealousy took over. Eventually, the physical and emotional abuse became too much to bear, and Lana attempted to break it off with Johnny—with disastrous consequences. The details of what happened that fateful night remain foggy, but it ended in a series of frantic phone calls and Stompanato dead on Lana’s bedroom floor, with Cheryl claiming to have plunged a knife into his abdomen in an attempt to protect her mother. The subsequent murder trial made for the biggest headlines of the year, its drama eclipsing every Hollywood movie.

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