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Author: Faricy, Mike, Emmett, Patrick
International Mystery & Crime
packed Dublin Tale by Mike Faricy, dashing detective Jack Dillon, formerly of the US Marshals, is still detailed to a special detective unit in Dublin, Ireland. American ingenuity (on both sides of the law) meets Irish tough guys (also on both sides of the law) in this humorous international mystery, to deliver hard-boiled crime fiction at its funniest! When an armored truck is robbed at a small airport outside of Dublin, one of the thugs hired to guard it is killed. Enter Jack – because the job looks exactly like the work of an American criminal he escorted to jail a couple of years back. But the surviving eyewitness says the shooter was an old lady. Things just don’t add up. Jack had better put the pieces together quickly because it turns out the dead thug was the brother of local crime boss Eamon Dunne, and Dunne looks ready to tear Dublin apart to get vengeance. Jack’s friend with benefits, Abbey, is not the girl you’d take home to mama, but she has very useful connections who could help Jack out – if only he would connect.
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Author: Rehder, Ben
Life can get a little wild from time to time for John Marlin, the game warden in Blanco County, Texas—but few incidents compare to the stories flying around town at the start of this new deer season. Hunters are reporting an incredible sight: a six-foot-tall, drop-dead gorgeous blonde is roaming the woods, searching out camouflage-clad men with guns and disarming them with powers of seduction the likes of which none of them have ever come across before. Everyone has a hearty laugh at the expense of a few embarrassed hunters, until one of their own turns up dead in the woods. Now Marlin has a real mystery to deal with. Meanwhile, rumors are spreading about a new Blanco resident, an ex-New Yorker named Sal Mameli who’s ruffling feathers with his loud mouth and his penchant for getting his own way, no matter what the cost.
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Author: McClendon, Lise
Mystery Romance

A dead husband might be sadder except that once Harry dies, his widow, Merle Bennett realizes almost immediately it was no wonder she didn’t know anything about him. They’d pretty much been leading separate lives—several of them, as it turns out. Still, the will’s quite a shock. And so is an intriguing surprise—Harry left her a family home in a tiny French village. Or maybe a family home. Because who was Harry’s family? Finding out is half the fun.

Merle sets out to claim her inheritance, adolescent son in tow, and thus begins a sojourn reminiscent of A Year in Provence mixed up with something by Carolyn Hart, maybe, or M.C. Beaton. Because Malcouziac, Merle’s tiny Dordogne town, is the quintessential village—just perfect for a murder. And a rollicking good time.

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Author: Rey, Kelly
Amateur Sleuth Mysteries

Jamie Winter loathes her job as a secretary in the sleaziest law firm in New Jersey. Trouble is, someone else loathes the whole firm—enough to kill one of the partners, the two-timing, eleven-fingered king of lowbrow television commercial spots, Dougie Digits. Now, Jamie is being strong-armed into investigating by Dougie’s frosty widow, Hilary. The suspect list is long, including the firm’s bookish paralegal, embezzling bookkeeper, ambitious associate, and resentful senior partners. Add to that list a mélange of oddball clients with grudges of their own, and Jamie has her work cut out for her. With assists from her studly landlord and husband-hungry sister, Jamie uncovers enough dirt on her coworkers to launch a tabloid in her hunt to find the killer…before he or she strikes again!

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Author: Kontranowski, Liberty
Contemporary Romance

Every fangirl has a fantasy. What happens when that “if only” dream comes true?
I wrote a romance novel as a way to find escape in my unhappy marriage. I had no idea it would get published. Or that it would become an instant—and massive—success.

You know what else I didn’t know? That Niles Russell, the quirky and oh-so-private rock star who inspired the hero of my novel (and was the star of every one of my naughty daydreams) would find out about my book . . . and then proceed to text me.

What started out as an innocent digital convo quickly escalated until we found ourselves standing two feet from each other after one of his concerts. You won’t be surprised to hear that I felt the attraction immediately. But there was no way he felt it too.

Or did he?

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Author: Stone, Arthur
Sword & Sorcery Fantasy
It started with a girl. One he had seen many months past, and only for a few evenings. Her father, as it turned out, was a barbaric maniac, straight out of the foulest dungeons of the Middle Ages. Decades into the 21st century, the madman seemed terribly out of place. Yet he was also a powerful mogul – and determined to turn the life of every man who had ever been romantically involved with his daughter into a particular variant of hell only made possible by the latest VR technology. All seventeen of his girl’s former lovers would suffer in virtual reality until they snapped. The torturers had considered every possibility and taken every measure to assure their success. Not even death would offer their victims an escape. No harm would come to their bodies, of course. Only their minds. For the first sixteen, the project succeeded. But the seventeenth was different. The seventeenth was Dark.

Deaf Row: A Mystery (affiliate link)

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Author: Franscell, Ron
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Private Investigator Mysteries

Former detective Woodrow Bell left his big-city homicide beat for a quiet life in a small Colorado mountain town. Having failed in so many ways—as a father, husband, friend, and cop—all he wants out of retirement is to fade away. But when he stumbles across a long-forgotten child murder, he can’t just let it go.

Suspecting that the killer may still be near, Woodrow is drawn into the macabre cold case. With local cops taking no interest, Bell must rely on the end-of-the-road codgers he meets for coffee every morning—a club of old guys with unique skills who call themselves Deaf Row. Soon, this motley crew finds itself on a collision course with a serial butcher.

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Author: Hart, Carolyn
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Amateur Sleuth Mysteries

An ageing heiress’s surprise engagement leads to murder in the Agatha Award–winning author’s New York Times bestselling series.

Wealthy, widowed art patron Virginia Neville has fallen head over heels for Jake O’Neill, her handsome, charming, and much younger fiancé. But when she announces their engagement at a gala gallery opening, not all the gathered friends and stepfamily are pleased. And before the last champagne bubble pops, murder disrupts the grand celebration.

Bookstore owner Annie Darling is shocked to learn that her employee Chloe Martin is the prime suspect. Now she’s determined to untangle an unholy marriage of jealousy, blackmail, and malicious mischief to clear Chloe’s name—even if it means having to cross swords with her policeman hubby Max and cross paths with a cruelly clever stalker.

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Author: Hardy, Jason
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Social Services & Welfare

A former parole officer shines a bright light on a huge yet hidden part of our justice system through the intertwining stories of seven parolees striving to survive the chaos that awaits them after prison in this illuminating and dramatic book.

Prompted by a dead-end retail job and a vague desire to increase the amount of justice in his hometown, Jason Hardy became a parole officer in New Orleans at the worst possible moment. Louisiana’s incarceration rates were the highest in the US and his department’s caseload had just been increased to 220 “offenders” per parole officer, whereas the national average is around 100. Almost immediately, he discovered that the biggest problem with our prison system is what we do—and don’t do—when people get out of prison.

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Author: Whalen III, John
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Sauces & Toppings Cooking

Spice things up in the kitchen! Rubs, Third Edition will be your guide to season any dish so you can create your own signature concoction!

Part of The Art of Entertaining series, this new and expanded edition of the bestselling book by John Whalen III makes it even easier to season any dish and features:

Over 175 recipes for rubs, marinades, glazes, and bastes
A guide to flavor profiles – like “spicy,” “sweet,” “savory,” and “tangy” – and the types of proteins on which each one works best
Directions for using the appropriate rub, marinade, glaze, or baste depending on how you are planning to cook your food
This handbook is a perfect gift for family and friends that love to grill, and they’ll be sure to invite you to their next Fourth of July, Memorial Day, or Labor Day BBQ shindig. Or buy it for yourself and enjoy cooking in the great outdoors!

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Author: King, Peter
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International Mystery & Crime

They call him the gourmet detective. From his home in London to the culinary capitals of Europe and beyond, he is known for his sharp mind and even sharper palate. When chefs need a rare ingredient or a new idea to gain that extra Michelin-star boost, they come to him. And when cases turn deadly, he has a most exquisite way of catching killers.

The Gourmet Detective: Hired to uncover a renowned secret recipe, the gourmet detective infiltrates the most exclusive culinary circle in London. But the job takes a bitter turn when a chef is poisoned in this “fabulous, four-star feast” of a debut (Michael Klauber, restaurateur).

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