Andrews, Donna Duck the Halls A few nights before Christmas, Meg is awakened when Michael is summoned to the New Life Baptist Church, where someone has rigged a cage full of skunks in the choir loft. The lengthy process of de-skunking the church requires its annual pre-Christmas concert to relocate to Trinity Episcopal, where Mother insists the show must go on, despite the budget-related protests of Mr. Otis, and elderly vestryman. Meanwhile, when Meg helps her grandfather take the skunks to the zoo, they discover that his boa has been stolen.
Andrews, Mary Kay Christmas Bliss As the holidays loom, so does antiques dealer Weezie Foley’s marriage to chef Daniel Stipanek. But why can’t pregnant maid-of-honor BeBe Loudermilk marry her live-in beloved?
Boyd, William Solo: A James Bond Novel 1969. A veteran secret agent. A single mission. A license to kill. James Bond returns.
Brann, Helen Robert B. Parker’s Silent Night It’s December in Boston, and Spenser is busy planning the menu for Christmas dinner when he’s confronted in his office by a young boy named Slide. Homeless and alone, Slide has found refuge with an organization named Street Business. Slide’s mentor is being threatened and Street Business is in danger of losing its tenuous foothold in the community. Spenser, aided by Hawk, finds a trail that leads to a dangerous drug kingpin.
Brown, Rita Mae The Litter of the Law Halloween arrives early this year to rural central Virginia, when a twisted killer will stop at nothing to protect a multimillion-dollar scheme. It is up to Mary Minor “Harry” Haristeen, the curious cat detectives Mrs. Murphy and Pewter, and Tee Tucker, the valiant crime-solving corgi to solve the mystery.
Butler, Robert Olen The Star of Istanbul War correspondent and American spy Christopher Cobb is charged with following German intellectual and putative spy Brauer onto the decks of the Lusitania. On board is gorgeous actress Selene Bourgani, who might be working with German intelligence. But as Cobb tracks Brauer and Bourgani from London to Istanbul (after the scurrilous U-Boat attack on the ship), he realizes that Bourgani’s intentions are more complicated than imagined.
Carl, JoAnna The Chocolate Book Bandit When the lifeless body of Abigail VanRoostock, a prim and proper retiring member of the library board, is discovered, everyone at the library board meeting is suspected in her murder. Lee McKinney Woodyard finds out that the members have all got something to hide…
Chiaverini, Jennifer The Spymistress Elizabeth Van Lew may have been born into a slave-holding family in Virginia, but she was educated by Northern Quakers and threw her support to the Union when her home state seceded. Van Lew helped Union prisoners escape from the notorious Libby Prison in Richmond, VA, and ran an extensive spy ring that even reached into the home of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.
Childs, Laura & Diana Orgain Gilt Trip Louisiana businessman Jerry Earl Leland served only a fraction of his five-year sentence for white-collar crime, thanks to some political connections and a few greased palms. But he won’t have long to enjoy his freedom…
Connolly, John The Creeps After years of neglect, the grand old building that once house Wreckit & Songs is about to reopen as the greatest toyshop that Biddlecombe has ever seen, and Samuel and his faithful dachshund Boswell are to be guests of honor at the big event. A good time will be had by all, as long as they can ignore the sinister statue that keeps moving around the town, the Shadows that are slowly blocking out the stars, the murderous Christmas elves, and the fact that somewhere in Biddlecombe a rotten black heart is beating a rhythm of revenge.
Dallas, Sandra Fallen Women New York socialite Beret Osmundsen learns of her sister Lillie’s death in a cryptic telegram from the family telling her not to bother returning home. But when she chances on a scandal sheet detailing the ugly murder of the prostitute Lillie Brown in a Denver brothel, she determines that the victim is her Lillie and that the murderer must be brought to justice.
Deaver, Jeffery The October List Two days ago, Gabriela’s life was normal. Then, out of the blue, she gets word that her six-year-old daughter has been taken. She’s given an ultimatum: pay half a million dollars and find a mysterious document known as the “October List” within 30 hours, or she’ll never see her child again.
Dekker, Ted Outlaw Having been enslaved by a Stone Age civilization somewhere in the jungles of Irian Jaya, Julie Carter is relieved to learn that her infant son, Stephen, did not drown at sea. When Stephen turns 18, he learns that his mother may still be alive and sets out to find her, making himself an Outlaw.
Donaldson, Stephen R. The Last Dark Thomas Covenant is united with Linden Avery and Linden’s son, Jeremiah, but the Worm of the World’s End is making things look bleak indeed.
Eggers, Dave The Circle When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle, run out of a sprawling California campus, links users’ personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing, resulting in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. But soon, life beyond the Circle’s campus grows distant and Mae has a strange encounter with a colleague that leaves her shaken.
Erickson, Carolly The Spanish Queen: A Novel of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon Catherine of Aragon is tough-minded and daring as she deals with marriage, widowhood, invading Scots, and Henry VIII.
Fielding, Helen Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy Fielding introduces us to a whole new enticing phase of Bridget Jones’ life set in contemporary London, including the challenges of maintaining sex appeal as the years roll by and the nightmare of drunken texting, the skinny jean, the disastrous e-mail cc, total lack of Twitter followers, and TVs that need 90 buttons and three remotes to simply turn on.
George, Elizabeth Just One Evil Act When the daughter of Taymullah Azhar vanishes with her mother, Angelina, whom Azhar never married, Det. Sgt. Barbara Havers can’t help because Azhar has no legal claim on the child. Then Angelina returns to inform them that little Hadiyyah has been kidnapped from an Italian marketplace, and Inspector Thomas Lynley, Haver’s partner, heads south to mediate between the anguished parents and the Italian police. Soon, dark secrets about Angelina, her new lover, and Azhar himself emerge, further complicating the case.
Gilbert, Elizabeth The Signature of All Things Impoverished Englishman Henry Whittaker makes a killing in the South American quinine trade, eventually becoming the richest man in Philadelphia, where daughter Alma is born in 1800. She becomes a distinguished botanist, then falls in love with the dreamy Ambrose, a painter of orchids intent on examining the spiritual side of things.
Grisham, John Sycamore Row Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County’s most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises questions…Why would Hubbard leave nearly all his fortune to his maid?
Harris, Charlaine & Lisa Desimini After Dead: What Came Next in the World of Sookie Stackhouse With characters arranged alphabetically – from the Ancient Pythoness to Bethany Zanelli – bestselling author Charlaine Harris takes fans into the future of their favorite residents of Bon Temps and environs. You’ll learn how Michele and Jason’s marriage fared, what happened to Sookie’s cousin Hunter, and whether Tara and JB’s twins grew up to be solid citizens.
Hart, Carolyn Ghost Gone Wild Bailey Ruth loves to return to Earth as an emissary from Heaven’s Department of Good Intentions. When Heaven-sent Rescue Express drops her off on the outskirts of her old hometown, Adelaide, Oklahoma, Bailey saves Nick Magruder from taking a bullet. When she materializes to reassure him, she finds she can’t go back to vanishing. The only way to get back to Heaven is by helping snare the person who wants Nick dead.
Hart, Ellen Taken by the Wind Although Eric and Andrew have been trying to keep up a semblance of normal life, they know their thirteen-year-old son Jack has been having a tough time of it since they separated. They’ve been concerned, but now they’re terrified – Jack has run away from home. After examining the home, private investigator Jane Lawless believes Jack may have been abducted… or worse.
Henderson, Dee Unspoken Charlotte Graham is at the center of the most famous kidnapping in Chicago history. After four long years in captivity only three miles from her home, Charlotte’s two abductors were kills by FBI and she was rescued. She changed her identity and rebuilt her life, but Charlotte never said a word – to the cops, to her doctors, to family – about those four years. A reporter, Bryce Bishop, is writing a book about the kidnapping. Charlotte’s options are limited: Hope the reporter doesn’t find the full truth, or break her silence about what happened. And her silence is what has protected her family for years.
Johansen, Iris Silencing Eve This is the finale that fans have been waiting for. In Taking Eve, the game began. In Hunting Eve, the chase was on. Now, in Silencing Eve, the prey is cornered. Will Eve Duncan survive? Will those she loves take the fall with her? And will the secrets of Eve’s past ultimately become her undoing?
Kadrey, Richard Dead Set Zoe is bereft after her father’s dead and a move to the Big City with her mother. For solace, she escapes to a dreamscape where she can visit her lost brother, though the atmosphere is subtly disturbed by a new, unseen presence. Then, at a used record store, she discovers vinyl discs whose grooves hold not music but lost souls and realizes that she might be able to reach her father.
Khoury, Raymond Rasputin’s Shadow FBI agent Sean Reilly finds himself teamed with Russian Federal Security Service agent Larisa Tchoumitcheva to discover why a Russian embassy attaché has apparently committed suicide and a retired Russian physics professor living in Queens has vanished, all of which leads to a small device that could change the world in a deadly way.
Kingsbury, Karen Fifteen Minutes Zack Dylan’s dream of singing on the biggest states and for the biggest crowds comes true when he leaves Kentucky to compete on the popular TV show Fifteen Minutes. Overnight, Zack becomes the most popular contestant, but as his star rises, Zack is often asked to compromise and quiet his beliefs. Can Zack stay true to himself and his faith in God?
Lackey, Mercedes Bastion In book five of the Collegium Chronicles, Mags returns to the Collegium, but there are mixed feeling – his included – about him actually remaining there. No one doubts that he is and should be a Herald, but he is afraid that his mere presence is going to incite more danger right in the heart of Valdemar.
Macomber, Debbie Starry Night Disgruntled gossip columnist Carrie Slayton really wants to be a serious journalist. When she discovers the whereabouts of the famously reclusive Finnegan Dalton, whose book about living in the Alaskan wilds has hit the bestsellers lists, she sees an opportunity to jump-start her career. But meeting Finn in the snowy wilderness during the holidays makes her rethink her decision.
McDermid, Val Cross and Burn Police detective Carol Jordan and clinical psychologist Tony Hill, the ever-reliable investigative team, are now barely speaking. A lot of women are ending up dead, and they all look like Carol Jordan. Seems as if this unpleasant development might bring our former buddies together again.
Nesbø, Jo Police The police urgently need Harry Hole…a killer is stalking Oslo’s streets. Police officers are being slain at the scenes of crimes they once investigated but failed to solve. The murders are brutal, the media reaction hysterical. But this time, Harry can’t help because those he loves most are facing terrible danger and Harry is not in a position to protect anyone.
Palahniuk, Chuck Doomed In the prequel Damned, Spoiled 13-year-old Madison Spencer wakes up in Hell after a drug overdose and promptly takes on the Devil himself. Here, she’s made it to Purgatory – which is to say, Earth – where she has continuing misadventures as a gallivanting spirit and ends up on a plastic continent in the Pacific called Madlantis.
Paretsky, Sara Critical Mass Viennese-born doctor Lotty Herschel, concerned when the daughter of a childhood friend claims to be in danger, turns to her close buddy Warshawski for help. Soon, Warshawski is investigating dark secrets dating back to the race to develop the atomic bomb.
Patterson, Richard North Loss of Innocence Martha’s Vineyard 1968: Whitney Dane, educated at Wheaton, soon to be married, and the youngest daughter of the all-American Dane family has everything she has ever wanted and is everything her all-powerful and doting father, Charles Dane, wants her to be. But the Vineyard’s still waters are disturbed by the appearance of Benjamin Blaine. An underprivileged, yet fiercely ambitious and charismatic figure, Blaine is a force of nature neither Whiney nor her family could have prepared for.
Pelecanos, George The Double Getting back the painting stolen from Grace Kinkaid will be child’s play for Spero Lucas. But tracking down the violent criminal who humiliated her is going to be dirty and dangerous business.
Rice, Anne The Wolves of Midwinter Rice continues the story of Reuben Golding, the transformed Man Wolf, as he seeks instruction about his new condition from the Morphenkinder while dwelling at a stately mansion along the Northern California coastline. It’s Christmas, but as Reuben discovers, the Morphenkinder have their own way of celebrating the holiday. Meanwhile, the mansion discloses a spectral presence full of desperate longing.
Roberts, Nora Dark Witch With indifferent parents, Iona Sheehan grew up craving devotion and acceptance. From her grandmother, she learned where to find both: a land of lush forests, dazzling lakes, and centuries-old legends. Ireland. When Iona arrives in Ireland, she lands a job at the local stables where she meets the owner, Boyle McGrath. Cowboy, pirate, wild tribal horseman, he’s three of her biggest fantasy weaknesses all in one big, bold package.
Sandford, John Storm Front Virgil Flowers teams up with an Israeli cop chasing a guy who’s walked out of an archaeological dig with a crucial find – a copper scroll that could make us rethink our understanding of King Solomon.
Scottoline, Lisa Accused When Fiona Gardner was murdered six years ago, Lonnie Stalls was convicted of the crime. But Fiona’s little sister, Allegra, now 13, doesn’t believe that Lonnie is guilty, even though he was seen fleeing the scene covered in her blood and later confessed. Why would Rosato & Associates fly in the face of such obvious evidence and take Allegra seriously, especially given how powerful the Gardner family is?
Simmons, Dan The Abominable A woman funds the expedition of three climbers, insisting that though her son supposedly fell to his death on the mountain, they find him alive. Meanwhile others are looking for the lost climber, and the mystery surrounding him is getting positively creepy.
Smith, Lee Guests on Earth The beloved Smith takes us to Highland Hospital in Asheville, NC, where the orphaned Evalina Toussaint meets Zelda Fitzgerald in a story that ends with a terrible fire that occurred in real life and whose cause has yet to be discovered.
Smith, Wilbur Vicious Circle Hector Cross left behind a career of high risks and warfare when he married his beloved Hazel Bannock. But after his new life is tragically upended, he recognizes the ruthless hand of an old enemy behind the attack.
Snelling, Lauraine An Untamed Heart Eighteen-year-old Ingeborg Strand is certain she is destined to be an old maid. She’s had several suitors but none she deemed worthy. That is, until she meets a university student from Oslo, and feelings stronger than friendship begin to develop between them. But tragedy strikes, and the future begins to look bleaker than ever.
Steel, Danielle Winners A competitive skier, 17-year-old Lily Thomas always was a winter – but then a terrible chairlift accident left her paralyzed, robbing her of her Olympic dreams. Meeting Teddy, whose injuries are even worse than hers, gives Lily a newfound will to live fully. The story limns Lily’s relationship not just with Teddy but with her wealthy father, who has raised Lily alone since her mother’s death and is devastated to see his only child so sorely tested.
Thayer, Nancy A Nantucket Christmas The beaches of Nantucket are a delight in winter – especially as the famous Christmas Stroll winds through its charming, bedecked streets. It’s not so delightful for island newcomer Nicole Somerset, however, since the holidays also bring stepdaughter Kennedy, who can’t accept her parents’ divorce. There with her husband and three-year-old, pregnant Kennedy makes every effort to wreck Nicole’s Christmas plans. Then Kennedy’s oh-so-elegant mother shows up.
Turow, Scott Identical It’s awkward for Paul Giannis, who’s running for mayor of Kindle County, that identical twin Cass is just being released from prison 25 years after pleading guilty to the murder of his girlfriend, Athena Kronon. Athena’s murder is being reinvestigated by Evon Miller, head of security for the Kronon family business, and octogenarian private investigator Tim Brodie.
Ward, J.R. Possession When Cait Douglass resolves to get over her broken heart, throw off her inhibitions, and start really living, she’s unprepared for the two sensual men who cross her path. Torn between them, she doesn’t know which to choose – or what kind of dire consequences could follow.
Wiggs, Susan Candlelight Christmas A single father who yearns to be a family man, Logan O’Donnell is determined to create the perfect Christmas for his son. The entire O’Donnell clan arrives to spend the holidays in Avalon, a postcard-pretty town on the shores of Willow Lake. One of the guests is newcomer Darcy Fitzgerald. Between the snowy silence of winter woods, and toasty moments by a crackling fire, their two lonely hearts collide.
Woods, Stuart Doing Hard Time Stone Barrington’s son, Peter, already an accomplished filmmaker, drives cross-continent to California after graduating from Yale to make his career with Centurion Studios. He’s joined by his best friend, Benito Bacchetti, and his girlfriend. Along about New Mexico, they run into Stone’s old nemesis, Teddy Fay, and things get pretty bad.
Albom, Mitch The First Phone Call from Heaven Phones are ringing off the hook in little Coldwater, MI, but the callers are all deceased, stirring emotions from joyous relief to uncertain fear as they report being happy in heaven. People worldwide are hailing a miracle, but Sully Harding is determined to show that it’s a hoax. Sully’s wife died while he was doing time for a crime he may not have committed, and he worries when his young son starts carrying around a cell phone, convinced that he will soon be hearing from his mom. 9780062294371
Baldacci, David King and Maxwell It seems at first like a simple, tragic story. Tyler Wingo, a teenage boy, learns the awful news that his father, a soldier, was killed in action in Afghanistan. Then the extraordinary happens: Tyler receives a communication from his father… after his supposed death. Tyler hires Sean and Michelle to solve the mystery surrounding his father. But their investigation quickly leads to deeper, more troubling questions. Could Tyler’s father really still be alive? What was his true mission? Could Tyler be the next target?
Bruen, Ken Purgatory Even as he struggles to maintain his hard-won stability, former cop Jack Taylor must face a vigilante killer wiping out the bad guys of Galway and leaving little missives to Jack signed C 33.
Child, Lincoln & Douglas Preston White Fire In contemporary times, Corrie Swanson is examining the remains of several miners killed in a series of grizzly bear attacks in 1876 Roaring Fork, CO, when she discovers something shocking. She’s immediately silenced by the town’s leaders, who are mindful of Roaring Fork’s reputation as a high-end resort. FBI Special Agent Pendergast arrives to investigate just as arson break out, and a meeting between Arthur Conan Doyle and Oscar Wilde figures in the backstory.
Cornwell, Patricia Dust Home in Cambridge, MA, trying to forget work she did on a horrendous mass killing, medical examiner Kay Scarpetta must deal with the murder of a female grad student from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology whose body is found wrapped in linen and carefully posed on the rugby field. Strange how this case resembles one that Scarpetta’s FBI husband is handling in Washington, DC.
Cussler, Clive and Jack Du Brul Mirage Rumor says that a weapon out there somewhere can obliterate American aircraft carriers – just as U.S. Navy experiments with electromagnetic radiation reputedly obliterated a U.S. destroyer in 1943. Could the new weapon be linked to the work of Nikola Tesla, and what is Juan Cabrillo going to do about it?
Evanovich, Janet Takedown Twenty New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum knows better than to mess with family. But when powerful mobster Uncle Sunny goes on the lam in Trenton, it’s up to Stephanie to find him. Uncle Sunny is charged with murder for running over a guy (twice), and nobody wants to turn him in – not his poker buddies, not his bimbo girlfriend, not his two right-hand men, Shorty and Moe. Even Trenton’s hottest cop, Joe Morelli, has skin in the game, because the godfather is his actual godfather.
Faulks, Sebastian Jeeves and the Wedding Bells Bertie Wooster and the redoubtable butler Jeeves are back, with Bertie downcast because Georgina Meadowes is marrying someone else. His promise to help friend Peregrine “Woody” Beeching with his own star-crossed romance leads to Jeeves’s impersonating a lord and Bertie acting as manservant, all in the vicinity of the doubtless puzzled Georgina.
Flagg, Fannie The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion Flagg revisits the South, but her new novel takes in a larger swath of territory, ranging from Wisconsin to Texas. Flagg’s heroine, from present-day Alabama, is intrigued by the story of five women working at a Phillips 66 gas station in 1943, just as Flagg was intrigued by the story of women who ran a gas station and flew in the WASPs during the war.
Hooper, Kay Hostage Haven operative Luther Brinkman and FBI agent Callie Davis are sent into the wilderness of the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee to locate escaped felon Cole Jacoby, a mentally unstable bank robber. Neither Luther nor Callie knows that their quarry is far more than an escaped bank robber. And that in hunting him, they will find themselves being hunted by him, and will discover him to be the worst monster either of them has ever known.
Jackson, Joshilyn Someone Else’s Love Story Shandi Pierce is juggling finishing college, raising her delightful three-year-old genius son Nathan, and keeping the peace between her warring parents. She’s got enough complications without getting caught in the middle of a stick-up and falling in love with William Ashe, who willingly steps between the robber and her son.
Littell, Robert A Nasty Piece of Work Working as a private investigator in New Mexico, Former CIA agent Lemuel Gunn agrees to look for Emilio Gava, who jumped bail after being arrested for buying cocaine. But he has no picture of Gava and begins wondering whether the man even exists.
McCall Smith, Alexander The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon Mma Ramotswe is back, investigating a series of curious incidents that seem designed to put the Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon out of business. Meanwhile, the shifting cultural landscape complicates life for Mma Makutsi, who’s about to have a baby.
McCullough, Colleen Sins of the Flesh Summertime is not so easy in 1969 Holloman, CT, as Capt. Carmine Delmonico returns from vacation to find he must hunt for a killer whose victims turn up emaciated and emasculated. Then murder of a different sort occurs, and Delmonico has two chaotic cases to handle.
Patterson, James Cross My Heart Detective Alex Cross is a family man at heart – nothing matters more to him than his children, his grandmother, and his wife Bree. His love of his family is his anchor, and gives him the strength to confront evil in his work. One man knows this deeply, and uses Alex’s strength as a weapon against him. When the ones Cross loves are in danger, he will do anything to protect them. If he does anything to protect them, they will die.
Rendell, Ruth No Man’s Nightingale Retired Chief Inspector Wexford decides to help out when a female vicar Sarah Hussein is found strangled in the nastiest way. At the scene of the crime, Wexford unthinkingly picks up a letter showing that, aside from her status as a mixed-race woman and single mom working for reform in white male-dominated field, the victim may have a secret in her past.
Shreve, Anita Stella Bain An American woman named Stella Bain, found shell-shocked in a garden, is kindly taken in by surgeon August Bridge and his wife. They soon learn she was working as a nurse’s aide at the front but has no memory of her life before being discovered wounded on the battlefield.
Smith, Martin Cruz Tatiana After investigative reporter Tatiana Petrovna dies in a fall from the sixth floor of a Moscow apartment building, Arkady listens to tapes made by Tatiana that detail the cover-up of terrible crimes. His investigation leads him to Kaliningrad, geographically cut off from the rest of Russia, and a teenage chess hustler named Zhenya.
Spencer-Fleming, Julia Through the Evil Days As the frigid January hours and days tick by, Chief of Police Russ Van Alstyne and Reverend Clare Fergusson fight personal and professional battles they’ve never encountered. In the course of this one tumultuous week the lives of the Millers-Kill residents readers have come to love and cherish change forever.
Tan, Amy The Valley of Amazement Lucia, a young woman living in late 1800s San Francisco, followed the Chinese painter she adored to his homeland, only to discover that for her East and West did not meet. Lucia ends up working as mistress of the city’s classiest courtesan house when revolution descends on dusky 1905 Shanghai, and Lucia is separated from her daughter Violet in the madness. Forced to work as a “virgin courtesan,” Violet eventually becomes a smart businesswoman – but soon Shanghai will be occupied by the Japanese.
Trigiani, Adriana The Supreme Macaroni Company As Valentine Roncalli seeks to maintain the 100-year-old family business – the Greenwich Village – based Angelini Shoe Company – she complicates her life by falling in love with Gianluca Vechiarelli, a tanner whose secrets start to emerge on Christmas Eve as the couple celebrates the Feast of the Seven Fishes with Valentine’s family.
Adler-Olsen, Jussi The Purity of Vengeance In 1987, Nete Hermansen plans revenge on those who abused her in her youth, including Curt Wad, a charismatic surgeon who was part of a movement to sterilize wayward girls in 1950s Denmark.
Connelly, Michael The Gods of Guilt Defense attorney Mickey Haller is back with a new case – the murder of a prostitute whom he thought he had saved from a life on the streets. Now he learns that he may have instead endangered her and sets out to solve her murder – and find redemption. 9780316069519Conroy, Robert 1920: America’s Great War Set in an alternate history, after winning WW I, Germany invades America in 1920, marching through California and Texas as a desperate nation resists. Consider another 1920: Imperial Germany has become the most powerful nation in the world. In 1914, she had crushed England, France, and Russia in a war that was short but entirely devastating.
Dunn, Carola Heirs of the Body The Honourable Daisy Dalrymple Fletcher is recruited to help her cousin Edgar – the Lord Dalrymple find out who would be the heir to the viscountcy. When one of four potential claimants to the title of Lord Dalrymple dies a sudden, nasty death, the question on everyone’s mind is, “was it murder?”
Griffin, W.E.B. & William E. Butterworth IV Hazardous Duty Mexican cartels and Somali pirates are running rampant, and the President decides that Col. Charley Castillo is the only man who can handle the mess. Alas, he has just forced Castillo to retire, so nastily that some of Castillo’s men have gone into hiding.
Hall, James W Going Dark Florida private investigator Daniel Thorn is worried when he learns that his recently discovered son, Flynn Moss, has innocently become involved with Earth Liberation Front (ELF), a radical environmental group responsible for arson and considered a top terrorist threat by the FBI. When Flynn learns that insider ELF members are planning to turn the organization’s peaceful takeover of a nuclear plant into a radioactive catastrophe, his father pitches in to save the situation – and his son.
Hess, Joan Murder as a Second Language Longtime bookseller and single mother, Claire Mallory – now a married woman of leisure – tries her hand at volunteering, but instead lands right in the middle of another murder investigation.
Higgins, Jack The Death Trade Sean Dillon and Sara Gideon are back, running a big operation stretching from Paris to the Saudi Arabian desert that aims to rescue an Iranian scientist. Unhappy with the breakthrough he’s made in nuclear research – he doesn’t want the current regime to have the bomb – he’s still unable to run without endangering his family.
Koontz, Dean Innocence In a secretive, shadowy city, Addison hides from the prying eyes of those who live openly, because they kill his (mysterious) kind on sight. But one night he spots an edgy young woman facing down a particularly nasty sort and intervenes.
Lustbader, Eric Van Robert Ludlum’s The Bourne Retribution Bourne’s friend Eli Yadin learns that Ouyang Jidan, a senior member of China’s Politburo, and a major Mexican drug lord may have been trafficking in something far more deadly than drugs. Yadin needs Bourne to investigate. Bourne agrees because Ouyang Jidan is the man who ordered Rebeka – one of the only people Bourne has ever cared about – murdered. Bourne is determined to avenge her death.
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Muller, Marcia & Bill Pronzini The Spook Lights Affair Carpenter and Quincannon of Professional Detective Services investigate the mysterious death of Virginia St. Ives, a young debutante who leapt from a foggy parapet in a shimmer of ghostly light. The seemingly impossible disappearance of her body creates an even more serious problem for Carpenter and Quincannon.
Perry, Anne A Christmas Hope Claudine Burroughs, who works with William Monk’s wife at a women’s clinic, is bored at yet another festive event until a charming poet arrives with his prostitute companion. When the woman is found dead, Claudine starts to play sleuth.
Reich, Christopher The Prince of Risk Robert Astor’s father, the chairman of the New York Stock Exchange, is killed in a brazen, mystifying attack on the south lawn of the White House while en route to deliver a terrifying secret to the President. A cryptic clue leads him deeper into the web of lies surrounding the murder, and Astor stumbles onto a sophisticated foreign conspiracy that threatens to wipe out the entire foundation of the financial system of the United States.
Robards, Karen Hunted A top hostage negotiator for the New Orleans Police Department, Caroline Wallace finds herself facing former colleague Reed Ware, who’s got the mayor and the chief of police at the end of his gun. When the SWAT team launches a premature attack, Reed manages to take Caroline hostage – and explains that he’s in danger after having discovered high-level police and government corruption.
Rollins, James and Rebecca Cantrell Innocent Blood Archaeologist Erin Granger, whose search for an ancient artifact linked with Christ has led her to a hush-hush Vatican order called the Sanguines, must appeal to the order again when she finds herself up against a man called Iscariot plotting the world’s end.
Todd, Charles Hunting Shadows When a society wedding occasions one murder and another, seemingly unconnected, murder occurs shortly thereafter, the local constabulary calls in Scotland Yard. To solve the crimes, a puzzled Rutledge must wrestle with his ethics as he dredges up memories of a crime he witnessed during World War I.
Weldon, Fay The New Countess In this third book about what life was really like for masters and servants before the world of Downton Abbey, Lord Robert and Lady Isobel Dilberne and the entire grand estate, with its hundred rooms, are busy planning for a visit from Edward VII and Queen Alexandra.