New Arrivals · All Fiction

December 20, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Hush : a thriller

December 19, 2014
Robards, Karen, author.
New York : Gallery Books, 2014.
405 pages ; 24 cm
"When Riley Cowan finds her estranged husband Jeff dead in his palatial home, she's sure it's no coincidence. The police rule it a suicide, but Riley thinks someone's out for blood--specifically someone Jeff's father ripped off in one of the biggest financial fraud cases of all time. She suspects that someone is trying to send a message to Jeff's father: Tell me where the money is, or everyone you care about will die. Riley's in-laws might be billionaires, but she's afraid that not even their dirty money can protect her from an irate investor who will stop at nothing to get his hands on his misappropriated cash. Enter Finn Bradley, Philly-based FBI agent and Riley's love interest from way back when. Finn agrees to help Riley, and the two reignite sparks they both thought were extinguished long ago. But can they discover the killer's identity in time, before he resurfaces--and strikes again?"-- from publisher's web site.

Caught dead : a Rick Van Lam mystery

December 19, 2014
Lanh, Andrew, author.
Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, 2014.
283 pages ; 22 cm
"Mary Le Vu, wife of a poor grocery-store owner, is gunned down in a drive-by. Her twin sister insists dutiful Mary 'wouldn't be caught dead' in that drug-infested zone. The police rule it an unlucky accident. Skeptics hire private eye Rick Van Lam to get to the truth. Amerasian Rick--his father an unknown US soldier--is one of the Bui Doi, children of the dust, so often rejected by Vietnamese culture. But his young sidekick, Hank Nguyen, a pureblood Vietnamese, can help Rick navigate the closed world of Little Saigon"--Dust jacket flap.

Another night, another day

December 19, 2014
Rayner, Sarah.
408 pages ; 22 cm
"Three people, each crying out for help.There's Karen, about to lose her father; Abby, whose son has autism and needs constant care, and Michael, a family man on the verge of bankruptcy. As each sinks under the strain, they're brought together at Moreland's Clinic. Here, behind closed doors, they reveal their deepest secrets, confront and console one another, and share plenty of laughs. But how will they cope when a new crisis strikes? From the international bestselling author, Sarah Rayner, Another Night, Another Day is the emotional story of a group of strangers who come together to heal, creating lifelong friendships along the way"-- Provided by publisher.

No worst, there is none

December 19, 2014
McBride, Eve, 1945-, author.
254 pages : 22 cm
"A novel"--Cover.
In a serene city in the extravagant mid-eighties, the privileged Warne family is victimized when their talented and artistic eleven-year-old daughter Lizbett is sexually slain. How can any family endure such horror? In an intimate exploration of grief, the surviving family members struggle with their mourning. Hildy, a loving but abused Great Dane, also in need of healing, joins the family and becomes part of their journey back to normalcy. Meanwhile, the police search in vain for the murderer, Melvyn Searle, who is on his own journey, hiding in plain sight, feeling invincible, and hatching new plans as he draws closer to the family and stalks the Warnes' younger daughter, Darcy. A work that challenges our reason, our emotions, and our spirit, This is a novel inspired by real-life events.

The dress shop of dreams : a novel

December 19, 2014
Praag, Menna van.
New York : Ballantine Books, 2014.
viii, 326 pages ; 21 cm
Etta's dearest wish is to work her magic on her granddaughter. Cora's studious, unromantic eye has overlooked Walt, the shy bookseller who has been in love with her forever. Determined not to allow Cora to miss her chance at happiness, Etta sews a tiny magical stitch into Walt's collar, hoping to give him the courage to confess his feelings to Cora. But magic spells--like true love--can go awry.

The bishop's wife

December 19, 2014
Harrison, Mette Ivie, 1970-
New York, NY : Soho Crime, [2014]
345 pages ; 22 cm
"Inspired by an actual crime and written by a practicing Mormon, The Bishop's Wife is both a fascinating look at the lives of modern Mormons as well as a grim and cunningly twisted mystery. Linda Wallheim is the mother of five grown boys and the wife of a Mormon bishop. As bishop, Kurt Wallheim is the ward's designated spiritual father, and that makes Linda the ward's unofficial mother, and her days are filled with comfort visits, community service, and informal counseling. But Linda is increasingly troubled by the church's patriarchal structure and secrecy, especially as a disturbing situation takes shape in the ward. One cold winter morning, a neighbor, Jared Helm, appears on the Wallheims' doorstep with his 5-year-old daughter, claiming that his wife, Carrie, disappeared in the middle of the night, leaving behind everything she owns. The circumstances surrounding Carrie's disappearance become more suspicious the more Linda learns about them, and she becomes convinced that Jared has murdered his wife and painted himself as an abandoned husband. Kurt asks Linda not to get involved in the unfolding family saga, but she has become obsessed with Carrie's fate, and with the well-being of her vulnerable young daughter. She cannot let the matter rest until she finds out the truth. Is she wrong to go against her husband, the bishop, when her inner convictions are so strong?"-- Provided by publisher.

Vanessa and her sister : a novel

December 19, 2014
Parmar, Priya, 1974-
New York : Ballantine Books, [2014]
xii, 348 pages ; 25 cm
"In 1905, Virginia and Vanessa Stephens and their brothers Thoby and Adrian moved to unfashionable, bohemian Bloomsbury. All in their twenties, orphaned and unmarried, they began holding Thursday night gatherings in their unchaperoned, unconventional drawing room. Most of the young guests in that room would become famous, breaking the old rules and blazing their own new paths. It is from Vanessa's point of view at the center of this eccentric, charmed circle of artists and intellectuals that this novel is told, with unsparing honesty about their friendships, their love affairs, and in particular her own troubled relationship with her complicated, brilliant sister Virginia"-- Provided by publisher.

Bad Romeo

December 19, 2014
Rayven, Leisa.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2014.
406 pages ; 21 cm
"When Cassie Taylor met Ethan Holt at acting school, sparks flew. She was the good girl actress. He was the bad boy about campus. But one fated casting choice for Romeo and Juliet changed it all. Like the characters they were playing, Cassie and Ethan's romance seemed destined. Until he broke her heart and betrayed her trust. Now the A-list heartthrob is back in her life and turning her world around. One touch at a time. Cast as romantic leads once again, they're forced to confront raw memories of the heartbreaking lows and pulse-pounding highs of their secret college affair. But they'll also they'll discover that people who rub each other the wrong way often make the best sparks"-- Provided by publisher.

Dogwood Hill

December 19, 2014
Woods, Sherryl, author.
Don Mills, Ontario, Canada : Mira, [2015]
330 pages ; 25 cm.
When former pro football quarterback Aidan Mitchell comes to Chesapeake Shore to coach the high school team, Liz March, who has sworn off men, finds herself falling for him until a devastating secret from his past threatens to destroy everything.

Broken bonds

December 19, 2014
Harper, Karen (Karen S.), author.
Don Mills, Ontario : Mira Books, 2015.
377 pages ; 17 cm
"Cold Creek is a place with a dark history, especially for the Lockwoods. Now adults, the three Lockwood sisters are still recovering from the events that led to the destruction of their family when they were children. Determined to move forward, Tess and Kate are making fresh starts, ready to put bad--even deadly--memories to rest and settle happily in the small but booming town. And they're hoping their older sister, Charlene, can do the same. Char is back in town seeking comfort as she figures out her next move. A social worker used to difficult situations, she soon runs afoul of some locals who think she's sticking her nose where it doesn't belong. She's certain something sinister is being covered up, and when she witnesses Matt Rowan being run off the road, she knows she's right. Working together, Matt and Char figure uncovering the truth will be dangerous, but living in Cold Creek won't be safe for any of them until its secrets are revealed" -- from publisher's web site.


December 19, 2014
Heiter, Elizabeth.
Don Mills, Ont. : Mira Books, c2015.
395 p. ; 17 cm.
"The profiler."
When the Nursery Rhyme Killer returns after a long hiatus, FBI profiler Evelyn Baine finally gets her chance to investigate her best friend's unsolved abduction; but when she returns to Rose Bay, she finds a dark side to the seemingly idyllic town that could bring about her own disappearance.

Journey through the mirror

December 19, 2014
Williams, T. R. (Tyler Ronald)
New York, NY : Atria Paperback, 2015.
450 pages ; 23 cm.

The book of the sultan's seal : strange incidents from history in the city of Mars

December 19, 2014
Rakhā, Yūsuf., author
New York : Interlink Books, 2015.
374 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.

Ice claw

December 19, 2014
Gilman, David.
New York : Ember, 2011, c2008.
438 p. ; 21 cm.
High in the French Pyrenees, fifteen-year-old Max Gordon's race to win an extreme sports challenge becomes a race to survive when he is accused of causing the death of a mysterious Basque monk who has predicted a cataclysmic ecological disaster.

Make me lose control

December 19, 2014
Ridgway, Christie.
363 pages ; 17 cm
"A cabin fever novel"--Cover.
As live-in tutor to a headstrong teen, Shay Walker has her hands full--and the girl's absentee father doesn't help matters, either. All Shay wants is to let loose and indulge in a birthday fling with the hottest stranger who's ever caught her eye. But her one-night stand turns out to be Jace Jennings, her student's long-distance dad...and now he's taking up residence--at his lakeside estate and in Shay's most secret fantasies. Jace isn't exactly a family man, but he's determined to do his best by his daughter--and the first step is forgetting how hot he is for her teacher. But close proximity and their heated connection keeps Shay at the forefront of his mind--even as it's obvious she holds her heart in check. So does Jace. Until they both realize that losing control just might mean finding forever.

Becoming Beauty

December 19, 2014
Boucher, Sarah E., 1976- author.
249 pages ; 21 cm
Obsessed with landing a wealthy nobleman and escaping her humdrum life, Bella instead finds herself the captive of a man-like Beast whose repellent presence is only made bearable by Jack, the Beast's sole companion.

In love

December 19, 2014
Harrison, Cora, author.
London : Macmillan Children's Books, 2013.
308 pages ; 20 cm.

I wish

December 19, 2014
Langston, Elizabeth, author.
Contoocook, NH : Spencer Hill Press, 2014.
318 pages ; 21 cm.
While at a flea market, Lacey Linden finds a music box that contains a genie that offers to grant her one wish a day for a month.

Confessions of a thug

December 21, 2014
Taylor, Meadows, 1808-1876.
London : Folio Society, 1974.
372 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm.
Maps on lining papers.

Drake : a novel

December 18, 2014
King, Joy Deja, 1978-
Collierville, TN : A King Production, [2014]
220, 6 pages ; 22 cm
Includes an excerpt from Power, by Joy Deja King.
"In the mean streets of Philadelphia, everyone is not cut out for living that cold, calculating thug life. Drake, a man who believes he has the game all figured out, has to learn the hard way, that no matter how much money you're making, the takers can get taken. Cindy, an ambitious hustler, pushes her way through the ranks, wanting nothing less than to control the lucrative drug trade in Philly. But will her thirst to be the ultimate boss cost Cindy her life? Prepare yourself for this gripping street tale, in the gut wrenching story of Drake."-- From back cover.

Kill 'em with cayenne

December 18, 2014
Oust, Gail, 1943- author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2014.
309 pages ; 22 cm.
"A Thomas Dunne book."
"A Spice shop mystery"--Jacket.
"Many of Brandywine Creek's citizens plan to participate in the [town's] week-long [barbeque] festivities and are busily concocting savory rubs and sassy sauces. Among the locals vying for the grand prize are Becca Dapkins and Maybelle Humphries. The women have been arch enemies ever since Buzz Oliver dumped Maybelle after a thirteen-year courtship and started seeing Becca. When Becca's body is found near one of the festival booths, bludgeoned by a brisket, Maybelle becomes one of Chief Wyatt McBride's top suspects. Determined to help clear her friend's name, [spice shop owner Piper Prescott] begins her own investigation, much to McBride's consternation"-- Provided by publisher.

Thief : a Robin Monarch novel

December 18, 2014
Sullivan, Mark T., author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2014.
336 pages ; 25 cm.
"With the help of his team, [former CIA agent and freelance operative Robin] Monarch breaks into the legendary Christmas party of Beau Arsenault, a shady investor and behind-the-scenes player at the very highest levels of power politics. Arsenault is not above bending or breaking the rules if there's illicit profit to be made. Monarch has decided that those illicit profits will be better used to take care of orphans and street kids"-- Provided by publisher.

No fortunate son : a Pike Logan thriller

December 18, 2014
Taylor, Brad, 1965-
New York : Dutton, [2015]
405 pages ; 24 cm
"In the latest military thriller from the retired Delta Force Operator and New York Times bestselling author, a hostage situation places America's most powerful political elite at the mercy of its worst enemies. When veteran operator Pike Logan and partner Jennifer Cahill receive a letter from Blaisdell Consulting-the umbrella cover company for their real employer, a top secret counterterrorist unit called the Taskforce-they expect orders for their next mission-impossible tasking. Instead, they learn that their latest actions have gotten them fired, despite having saved thousands of innocent lives. Pike's shock and fury is redirected when their commander, Colonel Kurt Hale, asks him and Jennifer for help with a personal matter: His niece Kylie, an exchange student in England, has gone missing. Neither Pike nor Jennifer understands how critical her disappearance will become. Meanwhile, all Taskforce teams have been redirected to a developing situation. A terrorist organization has targeted military relatives of key members of the US government, including the vice president's son. Their seizure of hostages was far-reaching and meticulously coordinated, and the full extent of the threat-and potential demands-has thrown the government into turmoil. They face a terrible choice: Cease counter-terrorist operations, or watch hostages die one by one. How much is a single life worth? Unless the Taskforce can decipher the web of lies devised by their enemies, the United States is about to find out"-- Provided by publisher.

The spook's bestiary : the guide to creatures of the dark

December 18, 2014
Delaney, Joseph, 1945- author.
New York, NY : Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2014.
222 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Ready to be presented to the last apprentice, Tom Ward, the spook's notebook contains instructions for vanquishing boggarts, witches, the unquiet dead, and other dark creatures and spirits.

Sword art online. 2, Aincrad

December 18, 2014
Kawahara, Reki.
New York, NY : Yen Press, 2014.
248 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"First published in Japan in 2009 by KADOKAWA CORPORATION,Tokyo"--Copyright page.
"Linked up and logged into the deadly VMMORPG "Sword Art Online" in both the real and virtual worlds, Kirito is stuck in a hell of one man's making, and like everyone else, unable to escape until the game is beaten"-- Provided by publisher.

Sword art online. 1, Aincrad

December 18, 2014
Kawahara, Reki.
New York : Yen Press, 2014.
248 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"First published in Japan in 2009 by KADOKAWA CORPORATION,Tokyo."
In the year 2022, some six thousand gamers excitedly explore the new Sword Art Online, which manipulates users' brain waves to create a wholly realistic gaming experience, but soon learn it lacks a log-out button and to escape they must conquer all one hundred floors--or die trying.

Sword art online. 3, Fairy dance

December 18, 2014
Kawahara, Reki.
New York : Yen Press, 2014.
204 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"First published in Japan in 2009 by KADOKAWA CORPORATION,Tokyo"--Copyright page.
After escaping Sword Art Online, the forbidden VRMMORPG of death, Kirito returns to reality to find that his game partner and lover, Asuna Yuuki, has not returned and his only clue to her virtual whereabouts is a mysterious screenshot than leads him into the new VRMMORPG world of ALfheim Online.

Mad Dogs

December 17, 2014
Muchamore, Robert.
London : Hodder Children's, 2007.
398 p. ; 20 cm.
The British underworld is controlled by gangs. When two of them start a turf war, violence explodes on to the streets. The police need information fast, and James Adams has the contacts to infiltrate the most dangerous gang of all. He works for Cherub. Cherubs are trained professionals, aged between ten and seventeen. They exist because criminals never suspect that kids are spying on them. For official purposes, these children do not exist.

Robert B. Parker's The bridge

December 17, 2014
Knott, Robert, 1954-
New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, [2014]
312 pages ; 24 cm
"The Virgil Cole/Everett Hitch novels."
"The next gritty, gun-slinging entry in the New York Times-bestselling series, featuring itinerant lawmen Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch. Territorial Marshals Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch are back in Appaloosa, where their work enforcing the law has been exceptionally quiet. All that is about to change. An ominous storm rolls in, and along with it a band of night riders with a devious scheme, who show up at the Rio Blanco camp, where a three-hundred-foot bridge is under construction. Appaloosa's Sheriff Sledge Driskill and his deputies are the first to respond, but as the storm grows more threatening, news of troubles at the bridge escalate and the Sheriff and his deputies go missing. Virgil and Everett saddle up to sort things out but before they do the hard drinking, Beauregard Beauchamp arrives in Appaloosa with his Theatrical Extravaganza troupe and the promise of the best in lively entertainment west of the Mississippi. With the troupe comes a lovely and mysterious fortune-teller who is set on saving Everett from imminent but indefinable danger. The trouble at the bridge, the missing lawmen, the new arrivals, and Everett's shoot-out in front of Hal's Cafe; aren't the only things on Cole and Hitch's plate as a gang of unsavory soldiers ease into town with a shady alibi, shadier intentions, and a soon-to-be-discovered wake of destruction. As clouds over Appaloosa continue to gather, things get much worse for Cole and Hitch ... "-- Provided by publisher.

Fifty mice

December 17, 2014
Pyne, Daniel.
New York : Blue Rider Press, a member of Penguin Group (USA), [2014]
285 pages ; 24 cm
"What if a man is placed in the Federal Witness Protection Program against his will? And doesn't even know what he supposedly knows that merits a new name, a new identity, a new life? Jay Johnson is an Average Joe, a thirty-something guy with a job in telephone sales, a regular pick-up basketball game, and a devoted girlfriend he seems ready to marry. But one weekday afternoon, he's abducted on a Los Angeles Metro train, tranquilized, interrogated, and his paper trail obliterated. What did he see, what terrible crime-or criminal-is he keeping secret? It must be something awfully big. The trouble is, Jay has no clue. Furious and helpless, and convinced that the government has made a colossal mistake, Jay is involuntarily relocated to a community on Catalina Island-which turns out to be inhabited mainly by other protected witnesses. Isolated in a world of strangers, Jay begins to realize that only way out is through the twisted maze of lies and unreliable memories swirling through his own mind. If he can locate-or invent-a repressed memory that might satisfy the Feds, maybe he can make it back to the mainland and his wonderful, even if monotonous, life. Set in a noir contemporary L.A. and environs, Fifty Mice is a Hitchcockian thriller as surreal and mysterious as a Kafka nightmare. Chilling, paranoiac, and thoroughly original, it will have readers grasping to distinguish what is real and what only seems that way"-- Provided by publisher.

To love, honor, and perish

December 17, 2014
Barritt, Christy, author.
Place of publication not identified] : [Publisher not identified], c2013.
262 p. ; 22 cm.
How could God let this happen? Just when crime scene cleaner Gabby St. Claire's life is on the right track, the unthinkable happens. Gabby's fiancé, Riley Thomas, is shot and remains in life-threatening condition only a week before their wedding. Gabby is determined to figure out who pulled the trigger, even if investigating puts her own life at risk. But as she digs deeper into the facts surrounding the case, she discovers secrets better left alone. Doubts arise in her mind and the one man with answers is on death's doorstep. An old foe from the past returns and tests everything Gabby is made of--physically, mentally, and spiritually. Will her soul survive the challenges ahead? Or will everything she's worked for be destroyed?"--P. [4] of cover.

The scum of all fears

December 17, 2014
Barritt, Christy, author
[Place of publication not identifed] : [Publisher not identified] , c2013.
255 pages ; 22 cm.
"Gabby St. Claire is back to crime-scene cleaning, at least temporarily. With her business partner on his honeymoon, she needs help after a weekend killing spree fills up her work docket. She quickly realizes she has bigger problems than finding temporary help. A serial killer her fiancé, a former prosecutor, put behind bars has escaped. His last words to Riley were: I'll get out, and I'll get even. Pictures of Gabby are found in the man's prison cell, and Riley fears the sadistic madman has Gabby in his sights."--P. [4] of cover.

Foul play

December 17, 2014
Barritt, Christy, author
[Place of publication not identified] : River Heights Press ; [2014].
318 pages ; 22 cm.
"When crime scene cleaner Gabby St. Claire agrees to go undercover at a local community theater, she discovers more than backstage bickering, atrocious acting, and rotten writing. The female lead is dead and an old classmate who's staked everything on the musical production's success is about to go under. In her dual role of investigator and star of the show, Gabby finds the stakes rising faster than the opening night curtain. She comes face to face with her past and must make monumental decisions, not just about the play but also concerning her future relationships and career. Will Gabby find the killer before the curtain goes down-not only on the play, but also on as life as she knows it?" P. [4] of cover.

Dirty deeds

December 17, 2014
Barritt, Christy, author.
[United States] : Princeton Halls Press, 2013.
282 pages ; 22 cm.
"Gabby St. Claire knows that her fiance's request is a simple one that she should be able to honor. After all, Riley's law school reunion and attorneys' conference at a hoity-toity resort is a chance for them to get away from the mysteries Gabby often finds herself involved in as a crime scene cleaner. The week long trip is a chance for them to be "normal", a word that leaves a bad taste in Gabby's mouth."--P. [4] of cover.

The last heir of Monterrato

December 17, 2014
Brock, Andie, author.
Don Mills, Ontario, Canada : Harlequin Enterprises Limited, 2015.
189 pages ; 17 cm.
"He's fallen 12,000 feet from the sky... Now he knows exactly what he wants! Daredevil Rafael Revaldi has always lived for the moment. But having cheated death, the Conte di Monterrato is focused on the future. He needs an heir, but to get one he'll face his toughest challenge yet--winning back his estranged wife! Lottie returns to the castle she once called home with a newfound strength. The intense sensual connection between Lottie and Rafe remains, but so do the emotional scars of their marriage. Can Lottie risk her heart again to give them the child they both so desperately want?"--Page [4] of cover.

The Russian's ultimatum

December 17, 2014
Smart, Michelle, author.
Don Mills , Ontario, Canada : Harlequin Enterprises Limited, 2015.
187 pages ; 17 cm.
"He'll make her an offer... Pascha Virshilas is on the brink of securing personal redemption when Emily Richardson breaks into his office and steals private company documents. And then she has the gall to blackmail him into clearing her father's name! She can't refuse! But Pascha has his own terms. He'll keep his side of the bargain, but the enticing Emily must accompany him to his private island--the only place he can ensure her silence. But in the midst of a tropical storm, the wind blows aside suspicions and secrets to reveal something much more dangerous--lust!"--Page [4] of cover.

Die again : a novel

December 16, 2014
Gerritsen, Tess.
New York : Ballantine Books, 2014.
330 pages ; 25 cm.
"Boston Detective Jane Rizzoli is on the case of a big game hunter found dead in his apartment, alone with the body of a beautiful white snow leopard he had recently been commissioned to procure and stuff for a high-profile museum in the area. Medical examiner Maura Isles connects the case to a number of seemingly unrelated deaths where the victims have all been found hanging upside down, the hallmark of a leopard's kill. Rizzoli follows the puzzling trail of clues all the way to Botswana, where she uncovers the unsolved mystery of a deadly camping safari four years prior. When she realizes the two cases are connected, Rizzoli must track down the sole survivor of the tragic trip to discover who - or what - is behind these gruesome deaths"-- Provided by publisher.

Rain on the dead

December 16, 2014
Higgins, Jack, 1929-
New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, 2014.
310 pages ; 24 cm
"In the past few years, the killing and capture of many Al-Qaeda leaders has left the terrorist organization wounded--but by no means dead. And they intend to prove it. On a dark summer night, two Chechen mercenaries emerge from the waters off Nantucket to kill a high-value target, the former president of the United States, Jake Cazalet. Unfortunately for them, Cazalet has guests with him, including black ops specialist Sean Dillon and his colleague, Afghan war hero Captain Sara Gideon. The Chechens do not survive the night, but Dillon is curious as to how they even got on the island. What he discovers sends a chill through his bones--a name from very far back in Dillon's past. If this man is working with the terrorists now, the assassination attempt is only the beginning--and the next time, the results might be much, much different" -- from publisher's web site.

Saving Grace

December 16, 2014
Green, Jane, 1968- author.
346 pages ; 25 cm
"A novel"--Jacket.
"Grace and Ted Chapman: literary power couple. Ted is considered 'the thinking man's John Grisham' and Grace, his wife of twenty years, is beautiful, stylish, carefree. All of this is on the surface; beneath, what no one sees, is Ted's rages. His mood swings. And the precarious house of cards that their lifestyle is built upon. When Ted's longtime assistant and mainstay leaves, the house of cards begins to crumble and Grace, with dark secrets in her past, is most vulnerable"-- Provided by publisher.

Steadfast heart

December 16, 2014
Peterson, Tracie.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, A division of Baker Publishing Group, [2015]
329 pages ; 22 cm
"Brides of Seattle ; book 1"--Title page
"In 1880s Seattle, Washington, Lenore Fulcher desires love while so many around her are finding it; when lawyer Kolbein Booth arrives searching for his sister at a finishing school for mail-order brides, he and Lenore face danger and uncertainty amidst their growing attraction"-- Provided by publisher.

The assassination option

December 16, 2014
Griffin, W. E. B.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2014]
481 pages ; 24 cm.
" From the #1 New York Times- and Wall Street Journal-bestselling author comes the dramatic second adventure in the brand-new Clandestine Operations series about the Cold War, the fledgling Central Intelligence Agency-and a new breed of warrior. In Top Secret, W.E.B. Griffin introduced a remarkable new cast of heroes as they found themselves on the front lines of an entirely different kind of war. Now, these men and women are going to find out what they've really gotten themselves into. James Cronley thought he had done well-he didn't know he'd done this well. His first successful mission for the about-to-be-official new Central Intelligence Directorate has drawn all kinds of attention, some welcome, some not. On the plus side, he's now a captain; promoted to Chief, DCI, Europe; and in charge of a top secret spy operation. On the minus side, a lot of people would like to know about that operation, including not only the Soviets, but his own Pentagon, as well as a seething J. Edgar Hoover. Cronley knows that if just one thing goes wrong, he's likely to get thrown to the wolves. As if that weren't enough pressure, complications are springing up on all sides. He's discovered a surprising alliance between the former German intelligence chief and, of all things, the Mossad. A German family that Cronley never knew he had has suddenly, and suspiciously, emerged. And he's due for a rendezvous with an undercover agent against the Soviets known only as Seven K. It's when he meets Seven K that he gets the real surprise. "-- Provided by publisher.


December 16, 2014
Freeman, Shannon (Young adult author), author.
[Costa Mesa, California] : Saddleback Educational Publishing, [2015].
192 pages ; 18 cm.
"Shane is so drawn to Coach Rob that she can't see she's being played. Marisa begins to feel like her old self. It's like a weight has been lifted. And Brandi still can't shake her bad luck with relationships. She's on a dating break, but will she brush off a great guy? All bets are off when the three girls are listed in a threatening note"--Page [4] of cover.


December 16, 2014
Freeman, Shannon (Young adult author), author.
[Costa Mesa, California] : Saddleback Educational Publishing, [2015].
187 pages ; 18 cm.
"A hurricane is heading for the Texas Gulf Coast. Brandi's parents make an early call: evacuate now. But Marisa's father decides to leave at the last minute. The Maldonados pay the price with crazy traffic and long gasoline lines. Shane's family decides to ride out the storm in Port City's biggest hotel. Will they live to regret it?"--Page [4] of cover.

A Port in pieces

December 16, 2014
Freeman, Shannon (Young adult author), author.
[Costa Mesa, California] : Saddleback Educational Publishing, [2015].
225 pages ; 18 cm.
"Shane, Brandi, and Marisa plan to attend College for one year. But the hurricane damage is too great. The college won't reopen on time. As they ponder their future, Shane gets amazing news. Her journalism class is going to New York City. Once Brandi and Marisa hear that, they decide the entire senior class should go to the Big Apple"--Page [4] of cover.

The accident

December 16, 2014
Freeman, Shannon (Young adult author), author.
[Costa Mesa, California] : Saddleback Educational Publishing, [2015].
202 pages ; 18 cm.
"Shane is bored with school, then she meets the hot new volleyball coach. Suddenly, things are looking up. Brandi becomes co-captain of the varsity cheer squad. Dating a famous rapper is not bad either. And Marisa is the featured twirler during halftime. But after a big win, her crew parties a little too hard"--Page [4] of cover.


December 16, 2014
Lemaître, Pierre, 1951-
New York : MaLehose Press, 2014.
452 p. ; 24 cm
First published in the United States by Quercus in 2014--t.p. verso.
For Commandant Verhoeven life is beautiful: he's happily married, and expecting his first child with the lovely Irene. But his blissful existence is punctured by a murder so savage that even the most hardened officers on the force are shaken to the core. In the face of the seemingly motiveless horror, only Verhoeven makes the vital connection - the crime scene resembles one described in a James Ellroy novel too closely for there to be any coincidence. As the stylized murders continue, Verhoeven traces the crimes' literary inspirations, and risks his superiors' ire by taking out adverts to inform the killer of his progress. Before long, the case develops into a personal duel, with each man hell-bent on outsmarting his opponent. There can only be one winner - whoever has the least to lose ...

The vendetta of Felipe Espinosa

December 16, 2014
Jones, Adam James.
Waterville, Maine : Five Star, 2014.
433 pages ; 23 cm

Murder tightly knit

December 16, 2014
Chapman, Vannetta.
Grand Rapids, MI : Zondervan, [2014]
xi, 368 pages : map ; 22 cm
"An Amish village mystery ; book 2."
"When a local Amish man is found dead, the Middlebury Amish Artisan Village comes under suspicion. Two amateur sleuths

Earth & sky

December 16, 2014
Crewe, Megan, author.
New York : Skyscape, [2014]
304 pages ; 21 cm
Seventeen-year-old Skylar has been haunted for as long as she can remember by fleeting yet powerful sensations that something is horribly wrong. But despite the visions of disaster that torment her, nothing ever happens, and Sky's beginning to think she's crazy. Then she meets a mysterious, otherworldly boy named Win and discovers the shocking truth her premonitions have tapped into: that our world no longer belongs to us. For thousands of years, life on Earth has been at the mercy of alien scientists who care nothing for humans and are using us as the unwitting subjects of their time-manipulating experiments. Win belongs to a rebel faction seeking to put a stop to it, and he needs Skylar's help to save the world and keep the very fabric of reality together.


December 16, 2014
Turner, Katharine, author.
New York ; Boston : Little Brown and Company, 2014.
206 pages ; 21 cm
"As far as Elaine Morris is concerned, the Ouija board is just a game she played at sleepovers as a kid. But her best friend, Debbie, has been messing around with one recently--and claims she's starting to hear strange noises around the house. 'Laine thinks Debbie is a total dork for getting spooked, until Debbie dies in a horrible and haunting way. Desperate to figure out what really happened to her friend, 'Laine starts using the Ouija board to uncover its mystery. She soon learns that something sinister has come through the board, and it's not ready to say GOOD-BYE."--Page 4 of cover.

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