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Author: Mars, Jack
Espionage Thrillers

Kent Steele, 38, a brilliant professor of European History at Columbia University, lives a quiet life in a New York suburb with his two teenage daughters. All that changes when late one night he gets a knock on his door and is abducted by three terrorists—and finds himself flown across the ocean to be interrogated in a basement in Paris.

They are convinced that Kent is the most lethal spy the CIA has ever known.

He is convinced they have the wrong man.

Do they?

With a conspiracy around him, adversaries as smart as he is, and an assassin on his tail, the wild game of cat and mouse leads Kent on a perilous road—one that may lead back to Langley—and to a shocking discovery of his own identity.

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Author: Thorn, Daisy
Small Town Romantic Comedy

You break up with your boyfriend of ten years after walking in on him with another woman. A day later you received a phone call from your mother whom you haven’t spoken to all those years and it’s to deliver gruesome news.
You have no job, no life, no future plans. And now you are moving into a new quirky town where only happy weirdos live. And the final cherry on top, the sisters who hate you are moving here as well.

Sounds fun? Because I am having a blast over here…

But nothing else shakes me as much as the local tattoo artist slash the most gorgeous man I’ve ever seen who refuses to ink what I want on my body.
The romance is dead. Is that so hard to tattoo? Only Alec Colson is determined to prove me wrong and I am not sure how long my resistance can withstand his attention…

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Author: Ambrose, Marylou
Humorous Fiction

Would anyone believe you if you predicted someone’s death?
My mother may have lost her marbles years ago, but when she said someone was going to die, I believed her. The problem was trying to convince everyone else.

Hi, my name is Marie, and my mom, Rose, is the oldest resident at Overlook Terrace, an assisted living facility in Pennsylvania. Mom is still feisty, but at age 102 she suffers from dementia, and her conversational repertoire is limited. Without warning, she might break into song, swear like a sailor, or say something else inappropriate. Luckily, the staff thinks she’s a hoot.

Mom also has uncanny senses. Some might call it Extra Sensory Perception or ESP. So, while she might not be the most reliable source of information, when she predicts someone’s death, my sister, Gina, and I believe her. Turns out, she was right. And when more mysterious things start to happen, and Mom seems to be a target, we start to worry she might be in danger.

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Author: Marseh, Af
Diseases & Physical Ailments

“Why is it so hard to just say ‘cancer’?”

Af’s journey starts from the exhilaration of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games to confronting a tumour diagnosis at 29. An unexpected return to the UK meant trading Olympic thrills for surgeries and chemotherapy. This isn’t just a tale of medical battles but family relationships, friendships and positivity. Af shared his journey on social media with an unfiltered look into the world of cancer treatment.

Set against the vibrant backdrop of Brazil and the medical corridors of UK hospitals, Af’s tale is one of resilience, humour, and hope. A jocular tone combined with poignant moments, Af educates and connects, taking readers on an emotional journey. And throughout it all, a lingering question remains: What became of the Brazilian girl he met in Rio, and will he get through this?

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Author: Brooke, Penny
Cozy Mystery

After inheriting her grandmother’s sprawling estate in the picturesque town of Green Oaks, Massachusetts, bookbinding hobbyist Charlotte Young yearns to break out of her shell. Joined by her trusty cats, Roma and Archimedes, she has her work cut out for her: her grandmother’s manor is in a state of disrepair.

But shortly after arriving, Charlotte stumbles upon a ghastly discovery while exploring her grandmother’s overgrown garden. She quickly finds herself in the middle of a century-old cold case that may have consequences in the present day.

Will Charlotte piece together the clues to uncover the mysteries of the past? Or will her sleuthing put her in harm’s way?

This fun-filled and clean bookbinding cozy mystery will have you guessing until the very end.

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Author: Shostak, Kay Dew
Cozy Mystery
Jewel Mantelle has never lived in the South, much less on the coast, so moving from Chicagoland to the historic North Florida coastal town of Sophia Island seems like just the adventure to fix her marriage. However, when she arrives she finds that it’s awfully hot and humid there and that these Southern folks really like to hug.
Her husband’s past on the island includes a creaky old house in the historic district and lots of nosy relatives he’d forgotten to mention. When one of the Mantelle cousins turns up dead, Jewel needs something she’s never really had before—friends. As her lunch bunch puts on their detective caps to get to the bottom of this murder, Jewel discovers that she may get more than she bargained for out of Sophia Island.
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Author: McLean, Rachel
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Police Procedurals

Meet DCI Lesley Clarke. She’s a straight-talking city copper who doesn’t suffer fools gladly… and she’s been transferred to rural Dorset.

After being injured in a bomb attack, Lesley is presented with a choice – early retirement, or a period of respite in a calmer location.

But things don’t stay calm for long.

Before she’s even started her new job, Lesley is dragged into investigating a murder at one of England’s most iconic landmarks, the imposing Corfe Castle.

Lesley must hit the ground running. Can she get along with her new partner DS Dennis Frampton, a traditionalist who doesn’t appreciate her style? How will she navigate the politics of a smaller force where she’s a bigger, and less welcome, fish? And most importantly, can she solve the murder before the killer strikes again?

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Author: Perry, Thomas
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Heist Thrillers

An aging but formidable strip club owner, Claudiu “Manco” Kapak, has been robbed by a masked gunman as he placed his cash receipts in a bank’s night-deposit box. Enraged, he sends his half-dozen security men out to find a suspect who is spending lots of cash and is new enough to Los Angeles not to know he was robbing a gangster. Their search leads them to Joe Carver, an innocent but hardly defenseless newcomer who evades capture and sets out to make Kapak wish he’d chosen someone else.

Meanwhile, the real culprit, Jefferson Davis Falkins, and his new girlfriend Carrie seem to believe they’ve found a whole new profession: robbing Manco Kapak. Lieutenant Nick Slosser, the police detective in charge of the puzzling and increasingly violent case, has his own troubles, including worries about how he’s going to afford to send the oldest child of each of his two bigamous marriages to college without making their mothers suspicious.

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Author: Frech, Steve
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Crime Action & Adventure

How far would you go to protect your family?

Mark Burcham and his wife Amy live the perfect life: they have a happy marriage, a comfortable home in Los Angeles and a beautiful daughter, Tatum. But one night Amy fails to come home from a business trip to Boston, and her office has no record of a client on the east coast.

Then Mark gets the worst news of all; Amy has been found dead. But nothing makes sense. Why was Amy still in town, when he’d waved her off at the airport a few days before? Who was the mysterious client she’d been meeting with for months? There’s only one thing Mark knows for certain: his wife was keeping secrets.

As he digs deeper into the life Amy tried to keep hidden, Mark realizes that someone is trying to stop him, someone who is watching his every move. And when they threaten Tatum to keep him from discovering the truth, Mark will stop at nothing to keep his family safe…

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Author: Mallery, Susan
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Domestic Life Fiction

Jill Strathern left town for the big city and never looked back—until she returned home years later to run a small law practice. It turns out her childhood crush, Mac Kendrick, a burned-out LAPD cop, has also come back to sleepy Los Lobos. Even though Mac rejected her back in high school, Jill can’t deny the attraction she still feels for him.

Now Jill and Mac are tangled in enough drama to satisfy the most jaded L.A. denizens—Mafia dons, social workers, angry exes and one very quirky eight-year-old make even the simplest romance complicated. And it all goes to prove that when it comes to affairs of the heart, there’s no place like home. An unlikely pair . . . but a perfect match.

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