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New Fiction Releases
September 2012

These books are being published and released this month. They have been ordered by the Library and will be available soon.

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General Fiction . Fantasy & Science Fiction . Mystery & Detective . Romance

General Fiction

cover7 Days
By Deon Meyer
When two South African police officers are murdered by a culprit who threatens to kill an officer every day until a certain cold case is solved, Inspector Benny Griessel races against time to find answers about the death of an ambitious lawyer in spite of the lack of apparent motives or leads.

The Accomplice
By Charles Robbins
Smarting over his role in an embarrassing failed gubernatorial campaign, ambitious young politico Henry Hatten lands a lucky job as a communications director for a senator’s presidential campaign only to find himself embroiled in brutal dealings that make him question his sense of morality.

The Bad Miss Bennet
By Jean Burnett
The recently widowed Lydia Bennet searches for a wealthy replacement husband from Paris to Venice and even at her sister Elizabeth’s home in Pemberly, in this contemporary novel that picks up where Pride and Prejudice left off.

Between Heaven and Here
By Susan Straight
When Glorette Picard is found dead in an alley, those who knew her struggle to come to terms with her death and discover the killer, all the while finding out how intertwined her life and death was with the dark history of her city, Rio Seco.

Black Fridays
By Michael Sears
Struggling to rebuild his life after a two-year prison term for unscrupulous choices, former Wall Street hotshot Jason Stafford is tapped by an investment firm to investigate the suspicious death of a junior trader, a dangerous assignment that is complicated by his efforts to reclaim his young autistic son from his unstable ex-wife.

coverBlood Lies (Rogue Warrior)
By Richard Marcinko and Jim DeFelice
When the daughter of a retired Navy SEAL is kidnapped and held for ransom in Mexico, Rogue Warrior Richard Marcinko and his band of Red Cell International warriors embark on a rescue mission during which they uncover a secret Hezbollah camp and an elusive surprise enemy.

The Bridesmaid
By Beverly Lewis
Twenty-four-year-old Amishwoman Joanna Kurtz holds two secrets: she wants to be a published writer, and she longs to be married to an Amish man who lives two states away.

The Casual Vacancy
By J. K. Rowling
A long-anticipated first adult-audience novel by the award-winning author of the Harry Potter series follows the early death of a town councilman whose demise reveals deep-rooted conflicts in his seemingly idyllic community, which rapidly deteriorates in the face of cultural disputes, generation clashes and a volatile election.

Dancing Dogs: Stories
By Jon Katz
A warm and whimsical first collection of dog-themed stories by the best-selling author of Meet the Dogs of Bedlam Farm includes the tales of a woman’s farewell to a beloved retriever, a young girl’s instant connection with a shelter puppy and a sheepdog’s confrontation with an injured coyote.

The Devil’s Madonna
By Sharon Potts
Happily married and pregnant with her first child, artist Kali Miller probes Lillian Campbell, her 93-year-old grandmother, for information about her roots and her mother’s accidental death when Kali was a child, but as her grandmother begins to recall the past, it comes back to haunt both of them with a vengeance.

coverThe Dirty Streets of Heaven
By Tad Williams
Bobby Dollar, an angel who has taken part in the long battle between Heaven and Hell, must figure out why there are suddenly an unprecedented number of souls missing from both sides and determine who summoned a Babylonian demon to kill him.

The Fall of Alice K.
By Jim Heynen
A 17-year-old star student and gifted athlete hides the painful truths about her private life behind a successful façade that covers up a failing family farm, her mother’s growing apocalyptic fears about Y2K, the imminent institutionalization of her special-needs sister and her romance with the son of Hmong immigrants.

Fallen Masters
By John Edward
A riveting novel of metaphysical suspense by the acclaimed psychic medium and best-selling author of Crossing Over, traces an ultimate confrontation between good and evil as it unfolds on both the Earthly plain and the Other Side.

Father Night (McClure/Carson)
By Eric Van Lustbader
When reform efforts in the Middle East culminate in a violent power struggle between two criminal underworld bosses, McClure finds himself at the center of a multi-national uprising that is complicated by the powerful enemies who would kill him for saving the President’s daughter, Alli Carson.

The Forgetting Tree
By Tatjana Soli
Abandoning the world of her literary education to move to her husband’s California citrus ranch, Claire Nagy forges an all-consuming bond with her family’s land that eventually supersedes her relationships with her husband and children until poor health and an unscrupulous caregiver threaten everything she has built.

coverThe Forgiven
By Lawrence Osborne
A couple in a deteriorating relationship is involved in a fatal car accident on their way to an annual wild party at a friend’s house deep in the Moroccan desert, and must deal with the repercussions.

By Jennifer Hillier
A sequel to Creep follows a Seattle serial murder investigation centering on Abby Locke, who has been imprisoned for the attempted killing of a police officer and who has captured the attention of a violent fan obsessed with proving her innocence.

Frozen Heat (Nikki Heat)
By Richard Castle
When she discovers a connection between the homicide she is investigating and the unsolved murder of her mother, NYPD Homicide Detective Nikki Heat must expose her family’s painful truths to stop a ruthless killer and solve the dark mystery that has tormented her for years.

Gone (Hannah Smith)
By Randy Wayne White
The author of the “Doc Ford” novels launches a new series that introduces Florida native and fishing guide Hannah Smith, a woman who uses uncommon resourcefulness, a keen sense of justice and unorthodox methods to track down a missing girl, a case that puts Hannah on the wrong side of violent adversaries.

Jane: The Woman Who Loved Tarzan
By Robin Maxwell
A centennial tribute to the original Tarzan of the Apes publication reimagines the classic story from Jane’s perspective, following the only woman student in Cambridge’s medical program as she travels the world to prove the theories of Darwin and finds an all-consuming love with an extraordinary man in the jungles of West Africa.

coverJohn Saturnall’s Feast
By Lawrence Norfolk
Taken in at the kitchens at Buckland Manor after the cruel death of his mother, young John quickly rises from kitchen boy to one of the greatest chefs of his generation before catching the attentions of the manor lord’s daughter, who resolves to starve herself until her father calls off her unwanted engagement.

Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures
By Emma Straub
Fleeing her once-idyllic family home in Wisconsin in the wake of a tragedy that compels her to pursue her acting career in golden-age Hollywood, Elsa becomes an Academy Award-winning actress and enjoys the heady extravagances of her fame while struggling to remain true to herself and balance the needs of her family.

The Life of Objects
By Susanna Moore
Drawn by a mysterious countess into the Berlin household of an aristocratic couple, Beatrice, a young Irish Protestant lace maker, is introduced to the highly rarified world of affluence and art collecting on the eve of World War II.

The Lincoln Conspiracy
By Timothy L. O’Brien
Witnessing a friend’s murder at the B&O Railroad Station in the late spring of 1865, Detective Temple McFadden discovers two diaries, including one belonging to Mary Todd Lincoln and another penned by John Wilkes Booth, documents that reveal a shocking conspiracy behind the assassination of the 16th President.

Love’s Winning Plays
By Inman Majors
Raymond Love, a young, inexperienced coach for a Southeastern Conference football team, falls for the athletic director’s daughter and joins her book club to impress her while on a motivational tour of small towns with the team’s head coach.

coverLow Pressure
By Sandra Brown
Publishing under a pseudonym, Bellamy Lyston writes a sensational, best-selling novel about her sister’s murder 19 years before and the tornado that destroyed the crime scene, and becomes the target of a stalker after a tabloid newspaper discovers the truth.

May We Be Forgiven
By A. M. Homes
Feeling overshadowed by his more-successful younger brother, Harold is shocked by his brother’s violent act of rage that irrevocably changes both of their lives, placing Harold in the psychologically dynamic role of father figure to his brother’s adolescent children and caregiver to his aging parents.

Me, Who Dove Into the Heart of the World
By Sabina Berman and Lisa Dillman
Karen Kieto, an autistic savant, has a gift with animals and helps her family’s company become the first humane tuna fishery in the world.

Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend
By Matthew Dicks
A creative tale imparted from the perspective of long-time imaginary friend, Budo, traces his awareness of his advanced age and constant thoughts of the inevitable day when 8-year-old Max, an autistic boy, will stop believing in him, a progression that is complicated by a teasing bully and Max’s abduction by an over-possessive therapist.

Mirage (The Oregon Files)
By Clive Cussler and Jack B. DuBrul
An investigation into a 1943 mission during which a U.S. destroyer vanished after it was deliberately sent into an obscure field of electromagnetic radiation finds Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the Oregon uncovering disturbing evidence of a dangerous super-weapon.

coverThe Mirrored World
By Debra Dean
Set in the royal court in 18th-century St. Petersburg, this sweeping historical novel follows Xenia, who, after tragedy strikes her family, undergoes a profound transformation that radically alters the course of her life and instills fear in the heart of the new empress, Catherine.

By Amy Sohn
Struggling with personal and professional challenges in the weeks before Labor Day, five sets of parents find their relationships changing in the face of influences ranging from Hollywood job opportunities and celebrity exes to extramarital affairs and abandonments.

The Natanz Directive (Jake Conlan)
By Wayne Simmons and Mark Graham
Pulled out of retirement after a 25-year career working undercover for the CIA’s Special Operations, “Superpatriot” Jake Conlan discovers harrowing intelligence about Iran’s nuclear capabilities that compels him to infiltrate a long-range missile factory to prevent an imminent Armageddon attack on Israel.

NW: A Novel
By Zadie Smith
Growing up in the same 1970s urban planning development in northwest London, four young people pursue independent and reasonably successful lives until one of them is abruptly drawn out of her isolation by a stranger who is seeking her help.

One Last Thing Before I Go
By Jonathan Tropper
Struggling with his ex-wife’s upcoming marriage to a nice guy and his Princeton-bound daughter’s unplanned pregnancy, bewildered Silver tackles difficult family dynamics and refuses to undergo a life-saving operation.

coverThe Orchardist
By Amanda Coplin
When two feral girls – one of them very pregnant – appear on his homestead, solitary orchardist Tallmadge, who carefully tends the grove of fruit trees he has cultivated for nearly half a century, vows to save and protect them while trying to reconcile the ghosts of his own troubled past.

The Other Woman
By Hank Phillippi Ryan
Tracking down a candidate’s secret mistress days before a pivotal Senate election, reporter Jane Ryland discovers links between her story and a serial killer investigation by detective Jake Brogan, with whom she partners to stop a killer in the face of dirty politics and betrayal.

Painter of Silence
By Georgina Harding
When a deaf and mute man is found on the steps of a Romanian hospital where he is recognized by a nurse with whom he shared poignant childhood experiences, his pencil sketches impart evocative images from a past that was shattered by the brutal Stalinist regime.

The People of Forever Are Not Afraid
By Shani Boianjiu
This coming-of-age story follows the lives of three Israeli girls who join the Israeli Defense Forces when they turn 18 and deal with gossip and flirting along with the threat of constant danger and intense military training.

The Prophet
By Michael Koryta
Two brothers, estranged since their sister’s abduction and murder when they were teens, are forced into a reunion through a new killing in their small Midwestern town.

By John Smolens
The residents of 1796 Newburyport, Massachusetts, succumb to panic, religious fervor, mob mentality, pillaging and worse when a trading ship arrives in port carrying a virus that sweeps through the town.

Robert Ludlum’s The Janus Reprisal
By Jamie Freveletti
Army microbiologist Lt. Jon Smith must track down and stop terrorists who stole samples of virulent bacteria and viruses from a World Health Organization conference before they can unleash the biological agents all over the world.

Romeo Spikes
By Joanne Reay
A first entry in a planned trilogy by the creator of the acclaimed BBC series The Murder Room introduces homicide squad detective Alexis Bianco, who reluctantly teams with the mysterious Lola in a case involving a demonic killer who uses exploitative seduction and crushing psychological torment to push victims into suicide.

San Miguel
By T. Coraghessan Boyle
The lives of three women in turn-of-the-century San Miguel are shaped by ambition and circumstance, including the wife of a Civil War veteran who hopes to recover her health; her rebellious, aspiring-actress daughter; and a librarian who wonders if the island’s peace will endure.

Severe Clear (Stone Barrington)
By Stuart Woods
Overseeing the grand opening of an ultra-luxury hotel on the grounds of his late wife’s Bel-Air mansion, Stone Barrington presides over a star-studded gala attended by socialites, royalty and billionaires, and is compelled to call in favors by friends in the CIA when the NSA receives intelligence that the affair has attracted the attention of international terrorists.

coverThe Shape of the Final Dog and Other Stories
By Hampton Fancher
A debut collection by the award-winning screenwriter for Blade Runner  includes “Narrowing the Divide,” in which an escaped lab rat shares a philosophical conversation with a human; “Cargo,” in which a failed actor is reincarnated as a vengeful snail; and “The Black Weasel,” in which a bartender travels with a suspicious drifter.

By Irvine Welsh
The misadventures of Mark Renton and his friends are chronicled as they cope with economic uncertainties, family problems, drug use and the opposite sex in 1980s Edinburgh.

Talking to the Dead (Fiona Griffiths)
By Harry Bingham
Rookie cop Fiona Griffiths, on the cusp of breaking her first big case, uncovers a dire conspiracy that takes her into a dark underworld that threatens her with her own personal demons.

Taming the Wind (Land of the Lone Star)
By Tracie Peterson
Widowed mother Cassie Lowe and the man who once saved her life, Tyler Atherton, want to love each other, but first Cassie must get past her mistrust of marriage and Tyler must reclaim his inheritance.

Telegraph Avenue
By Michael Chabon
When ex-NFL quarterback Gibson Goode, the fifth-richest black man in America, decides to open his newest Dogpile megastore on Telegraph Avenue, Nat and Archy, the owners of Brokeland Records, fear for their business until Gibson’s endeavor exposes a decades-old secret history.

This Is How You Lose Her
By Junot Díaz
This lyrical collection of stories explores the heartbreak and radiance of love as it is shaped by passion, betrayal and the echoes of intimacy.

coverThose We Love Most
By Lee Woodruff
After the tragic death of her 9-year-old son at the hands of her 17-year-old neighbor, Maura Corrigan is swept away in the devastating aftermath of secrets and betrayals that force her to question everything.

Thy Neighbor
By Norah Vincent
Losing himself in drugs and alcohol for years after the violent deaths of his parents, Nick Walsh pursues a relationship with an enigmatic woman while conducting a spying campaign on his neighbors as part of his obsessive drive to come to terms with what happened.

The Time Keeper
By Mitch Albom
Given one last chance at redemption, Father Time, the inventor of the world’s first clock, must teach two earthly people the true meaning of time, a journey that leads him to a teenage girl who is about to give up on life and a wealthy businessman who wants to live forever.

The Tombs (Fargo Adventures)
By Clive Cussler and Thomas Perry
Enlisted by an archaeologist friend to help excavate a top-secret historical site, husband-and-wife team Sam and Remi Fargo discover clues alluding to the hidden tomb and treasure of Attila the Hun, and embark on a high-stakes chase through numerous countries where they are pitted against dangerous adversaries.

Trojan Horse
By Mark Russinovich
When a new form of the computer virus created by the CIA and Mossad is countered by an insidious Trojan Horse virus developed by China’s Cyber Warfare Center, cyber security analysts Jeff Aiken and Daryl Haugen are caught in the middle of a political uprising that threatens both of their lives.

coverTrust Your Eyes: A Thriller
By Linwood Barclay
A schizophrenic, map-obsessed shut-in who tours the world using a computer program witnesses what he believes to be a murder in New York City and enlists his caretaker brother in an effort to investigate.

The Twelve Rooms of the Nile
By Enid Shomer
In a dramatic account inspired by their 1850 journey up the Nile, Shomer imagines shared encounters between Florence Nightingale and Gustave Flaubert before their famous achievements, and depicts how the duo overcame considerable differences to forge a bond of intelligence, humor and passion.

The Unfaithful Queen: A Novel of Henry VIII’s Fifth Wife
By Carolly Erickson
Inspired by the life of Catherine Howard, Erickson traces her early years as a sensual plaything for a series of lovers and her treasonous passion for Tom Culpepper before her failure to produce a son for King Henry VIII and scandalous allegations condemn her to death.

The Vanishing Act
By Mette Jakobsen
Living alone on a tiny, snow-covered island with her father, dog, a magician and a priest, 12-year-old Minou deals with her mother’s abandonment and hopes to find an explanation when a dead boy washes up on the beach.

The Vanishing Point
By Val McDermid
When a dying reality television star’s child is snatched at a bustling international airport, ghost writer and guardian Stephanie Harker assists the FBI’s search while investigating the family’s past to discover a motive for the abduction.

coverA Wanted Man (Jack Reacher)
By Lee Child
In an immediate continuation of the concluding events of Worth Dying For, Jack Reacher finds himself on a roller-coaster ride of escalating tensions where nothing is as it seems.

We Sinners
By Hanna Pylväinen
A large family in modern-day Michigan that belongs to a church that doesn’t permit drinking, dancing or television discusses their individual reactions when two siblings leave the faith for the temptations of modern culture.

By Lance Weller
The final journey of a Civil War veteran takes him along the Pacific Coast where an elderly and disabled Abel Truman endures a solitary existence in a driftwood shack before hiking the Olympic Mountains, a journey that causes him to reflect on the war’s savagery, the people who touched his life and his hopes for redemption.

Winter of the World (Century Trilogy)
By Ken Follett
The sequel to the best-selling Fall of Giants continues the stories of five interrelated families from different world regions who struggle with social, political and economic turmoil in the years leading up to World War II, during which Carla considers a dangerous act against the Nazis, brothers Woody and Chuck pursue separate paths to key world events and Lloyd takes a stand against Communism.

The Yellow Birds
By Kevin Powers
Two friends, both U.S. soldiers in Iraq, cling to life and each other as a bloody fight to take control of a city rages around them and they stave off fatigue, mental stress and insurgents.

By James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
As coordinated attacks by animals against humans increase and escalate, a young biologist and an ecologist warn world leaders that soon there will be nowhere left for humans to hide.

Fantasy & Science Fiction

coverAn Apple for the Creature
Edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L. Kelner
This collection of supernatural school stories includes new tales featuring telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse and Boston’s angelic private investigator, Remy Chandler.

The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer)
By Brent Weeks
Learning that he has less than a year to live, Gavin Guile struggles to resolve problems in the form of refugee needs, an illegitimate son and a treacherous ex-fiancée in a world where out-of-control magic forces him to seek help from the brother he betrayed.

By Chase Novak
A couple obsessed with their infertility travels to Slovenia to have an unusual and painful procedure that results in horrible consequences they manage to hide until their twins, Adam and Alice, turn 10 and start asking questions.

Clockwork Angels
By Kevin J. Anderson
Created in collaboration with the legendary rock band, Rush, best-selling author Anderson offers a novelization of the group’s new album.

Dark Storm
By Christine Feehan
Buried alive in a South American volcano for hundreds of years, Dax discovers that Mitro, the evil vampire he has been hunting for centuries, is still alive.

Devil Said Bang (Sandman Slim)
By Richard Kadrey
Trying to break out of Hell a second time, Sandman Slim, the new Lucifer, must figure out how to run his new domain and hold off a vast array of killers who want to take his place while a serial killer ghost and a secret cabal who can rewrite reality terrorize Los Angeles.

coverThe Fractal Prince
By Hannu Rajaniemi
A sequel to The Quantum Thief finds a physicist receiving mysterious information about how to enable immortality in a city torn by the agendas of “fast ones,” shadow players, jinni and two revolution-minded sisters; while a thief on the edges of reality is aided by a sardonic ship to risk his freedom and find his patron.

Lord of Mountains (Change)
By S. M. Stirling
At the end of the war against the Church Universal and Triumphant, King Artos must travel to a crowning ceremony to unite the realms.

Mercy Kill (Star Wars: X-Wing)
By Aaron Allston
A continuation of the series featuring the Wraith Squadron spy pilots finds its scattered team of rogues and misfits reunited three decades later when a powerful Galactic Alliance Army General is suspected of participating in an Empire conspiracy to topple the Alliance.

Midst Toil and Tribulation (Safehold)
By David Weber
When the Republic of Siddermark is threatened by wars triggered by the Charis kingdom’s declaration of independence from the Church of God Awaiting, Vicar Clytahn, King Cayleb, Queen Sharleyan and Merlin Arthawes struggle to prevent widespread starvation while protecting their people from violent attacks.

The Rapture of the Nerds
By Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross
A tale set at the end of the 21st century finds the planet’s divided hominid population subjected to the forces of a split metaconsciousness that inundates networks with plans for cataclysmic technologies, prompting an unwitting jury member to participate in a grueling decision.

Slow Apocalypse
By John Varley
After a former U.S. marine warns him of an impending apocalypse due to a virus that will contaminate the world’s fuel supply, Los Angeles screenwriter Dave Marshall must keep his family safe when he discovers the tale is true.

Mystery & Detective

coverA Brew to a Kill
By Cleo Coyle
Clare Cosi, the manager of a Greenwich Village coffeehouse, must find the suspect in a hit-and-run killing when her delivery truck is implicated in a crime.

Buffalo Bill’s Dead Now (Wind River Reservation Mysteries)
By Margaret Coel
Vicki and Father John investigate the murder of an Indian artifact collector after the valuable regalia worn by Arapaho Chief Black Heart in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show goes missing.

The Cocktail Waitress
By James M. Cain
A release of a previously unpublished novel by the author of The Postman Always Rings Twice, finds beautiful widow Joan Medford reluctantly working as a waitress to regain custody of her young son and considering relationships with a seductive con artist and a wealthy but unwell older man who proposes an unconventional marriage.

The Darling Dahlias and the Confederate Rose (Darling Dahlias)
By Susan Wittig Albert
As the members of the garden club in Darling, Alabama, prepare to plant roses for their annual Confederate Day celebration, they find themselves distracted by a series of mysteries involving stolen funds, a secret code and a local resident’s odd behavior.

The Dead Season
By Christobel Kent
Stuck in the sweltering summer heat of Florence, private investigator Sandro Cellini delves into a case where a man seems to have vanished into thin air.

coverA Death in Valencia
By Jason Webster
Tackling frustrating challenges in the form of a paella chef’s murder, local political uprisings and plans to demolish a colorful fisherman’s quarters on the sea front, detective Max Camara stumbles into a web of corruption and violence that forces him to question his own doubts and desires.

Death of a Neighborhood Witch (Jaine Austen Mysteries)
By Laura Levine
When Cryptessa Muldoon, a Hollywood has-been who spends her days making enemies with everyone on the street, is found murdered on Halloween night, Jaine Austen, to prove her own innocence, must unmask a killer among a neighborhood filled with suspects.

Death’s Door (Billy Boyle World War II Mysteries)
By James R. Benn
Lt. Billy Boyle goes undercover in the Vatican when his British spy girlfriend, Diana Seaton, goes missing in the wake of an American monsignor’s murder, a case that is complicated by the Vatican’s neutral stance in German-occupied Rome.

Delusion in Death (In Death)
By J. D. Robb
When a quiet downtown bar erupts in sudden violence that leaves 80 people dead, Lt. Eve Dallas discovers that the bar’s patrons were exposed to a lethal cocktail of chemicals and illegal drugs that a sinister killer administered through an airborne method.

Detroit Breakdown
By D. E. Johnson
Summoned to the formidable Eloise Insane Asylum where Elizabeth’s cousin has been accused of murder, Will Anderson and Elizabeth Hume launch an investigation with the assistance of Detective Riordan, and discover clues suggesting that Will, who is posing as an inmate, is in grave danger.

coverA Door in the River: A Hazel Micallef Mystery
By Inger Ash Wolfe
Detective Hazel Micallef investigates a bee stinging death on an Indian reservation only to discover the culprit was not an insect but a fiendish teenage girl with a strange weapon.

A Fistful of Collars (Chet and Bernie)
By Spencer Quinn
Hired to babysit a spoiled actor whose latest film is being shot in the Valley, Chet and Bernie uncover links between the actor and a long-ago local crime, a situation that is further complicated by the actor’s troublemaking cat.

The Fourth Crow (Gil Cunningham)
By Pat McIntosh
When a mentally ill woman seeking a cure at a saint’s cathedral is subjected to a macabre ritual and found brutally murdered, Gil Cunningham pursues a dual investigation into the woman’s death and the thefts of cathedral objects, a crime that is complicated by Alys’s involvement in intense family problems.

Garment of Shadows: A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes
By Laurie R. King
Waking up in Morocco with no memory of her identity, Mary Russell is enmeshed in the political and military uprisings in Europe, while Sherlock Holmes taps the assistance of T. E. Lawrence to restore Mary’s memory and prevent a full-scale war that threatens countless lives.

Hiss and Hers (Agatha Raisin)
By M. C. Beaton
Having fallen hopelessly in love with local gardener George Marston, a shameless Agatha Raisin donates money for a charity ball in the hopes of dancing with him only to discover that he has been murdered by a killer who caused him to be fatally bitten by a poisonous snake.

coverImitation of Death (Nikki Harper Mysteries)
By Cheryl Crane
When the dead body of a TV producer’s son is found in a dumpster behind her mother’s mansion, Nikki Harper, the daughter of Hollywood screen legend Victoria Bordeaux, becomes immersed in a world of celebrity drug-dealing, cults, illegal aliens and backstabbing as she tries to solve the crime.

The Incense Game: A Novel of Feudal Japan (Sano Ichiro)
By Laura Joh Rowland
When the shogun’s carefully regulated court is thrown into chaos by a massive earthquake in 1703 Japan, Sano Ichiro investigates the poisoning murders of a nobleman’s daughters to prevent the regime’s takeover.

A Killing in the Hills
By Julia Keller
A first novel by a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist with the Chicago Tribune finds a prosecuting attorney and her estranged teenage daughter trying to protect their town and each other in the aftermath of a shocking triple murder committed by an unknown shooter whose identity is gradually realized by the daughter.

Lucky Stuff (Jane Wheel)
By Sharon Fiffer
Forced to sell her house and move her antique collection after her divorce is finalized, private investigator Jane Wheel relocates to her Illinois hometown, where she investigates a washed-up comedian’s activities against a backdrop of a crewman’s suspicious death.

The Malice of Fortune
By Michael Ennis
Machiavelli and Leonardo da Vinci team up to expose a serial killer when Pope Alexander dispatches a Vatican courtesan to discern the truth about his beloved illegitimate son’s murder, an investigation that reveals the secret history behind the controversial political work, The Prince.

coverMore Than Sorrow
By Vicki Delany
Hannah Manning, a confused former war correspondent still affected by a traumatic brain injury, moves into her sister’s Ontario home to try to forget her painful memories, but soon a ghostly image, the disappearance of her new Afghan friend and a very real threat to her 10-year-old niece eat at her last remaining grip on sanity.

Outrage: An Icelandic Thriller (Reykjavik Murder Mysteries)
By Arnaldur Indridason
When Detective Erlender places her in charge during his leave of absence, Elinborg tackles a disturbing serial rapist case that has the local police racing against time to prevent another attack.

Robert B. Parker’s Fool Me Twice (Jesse Stone)
By Michael Brandman
Providing security assistance at the site of a local film shoot where a starring actress has received death threats from her estranged, jealous husband, Paradise police chief Jesse Stone arrests a distracted teen who has caused a horrible car crash, only to find himself in a political conflict with wealthy locals, elected officials and the district attorney.

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