New Arrivals · All Fiction

February 10, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Pull

February 9, 2016
Waltman, Kevin.
El Paso, Texas : Cinco Puntos Press, [2015]
300 pages ; 21 cm.
"Junior year. Derrick 'D-Bow' Bowen has worked hard for two years getting ready for this season. He earned his coach's trust and his role as the starting point guard for Marion East. But dissension and selfishness are threatening to tear the team apart"-- Provided by publisher.

Little white lies

February 9, 2016
Baker, Brianna, author.
New York, NY : Soho Teen, 2016.
260 pages ; 22 cm
Having achieved fame and thousands of followers with her Tumblr exposé of her brilliant-yet-clueless parents, a seventeen-year-old African American honors student tries to keep secret that her microblog is ghostwritten by a forty-one-year-old white man.

Revenge and the wild

February 9, 2016
Modesto, Michelle, author.
©2016
373 pages ; 22 cm
Seventeen-year-old foul-mouthed Westie, the notorious adopted daughter of local inventor Nigel Butler, lives in the lawless western town of Rogue City where she sets out to prove the wealthy investors in a magical technology that will save her city are the cannibals that killed her family and took her arm when she was a child.

Downward facing death

February 9, 2016
Kelly, Michelle (Romantic fiction writer), author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2016.
275 pages ; 22 cm
"After ten years away, Keeley Carpenter is excited to be back in Belfrey, the traditional English village hometown she fled as a shy teen, with a plan to reopen her father's neglected butcher shop as a yoga café, where she will sell delicious vegetarian food by day and teach yoga classes at night. However the more traditional residents of Belfrey do not take kindly to this idea-or really anything they deem even remotely "New Age-y." Within an hour of her arrival, Keeley comes face to face with Detective Constable Ben Taylor, who tells her that someone has just tried to burn down her shop. When officers arrived to stop the blaze, a body was found upstairs. Horrified by this news, Keeley is also startled to be reintroduced to Ben as DC Taylor, as he was her high school crush. In spite of her instant attraction to him, Keeley is determined to keep Ben at arm's length. As she settles back in to Belfrey and makes plans for her opening day, she soon finds herself embroiled in a murder investigation. When Keeley starts being threatened herself, she realizes someone may be out to kill more than her business prospects - but can she and Ben find the culprit before it's too late?"-- Provided by publisher.

Susana and the Scot

February 9, 2016
York, Sabrina, author.
New York, New York : St. Martin's Press, 2016.
viii, 355 pages ; 17 cm.
Andrew Lochlannach is famous for his conquests, on and off the battlefield. When a fellow warrior challenges him to a kissing contest, he wastes no time planting his lips on ninety-nine lovely lasses --- an impressive feat of seduction that gets him banished to the farmlands. Still, Andrew has no regrets about his exploits --- especially his embrace with the most beguiling woman he's ever met ... With flaming red hair and a temper to match, Susana is not the kind of innocent farmgirl who gives herself over easily to a man, even one as ruggedly handsome as Andrew. The wicked Scot may have won a kiss from the headstrong beauty in a moment of mutual desire, but Susana refuses to be just another one of his conquests. Andrew must convince the fiery lass that even though he is not playing a game, losing her is not an option ...

Arcadia

February 9, 2016
Pears, Iain.
©2015
509 pages ; 25 cm
Originally published in Great Britain by Faber and Faber Ltd., London, in 2015.
In 1960s Oxford, Professor Henry Lytten is attempting to write a fantasy novel that forgoes the magic of his predecessors, J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. He finds an unlikely confidante in his quick-witted, inquisitive young neighbor Rosie. One day, while chasing Lytten's cat, Rosie encounters a doorway in his cellar. She steps through and finds herself in an idyllic, pastoral land where Storytellers are revered above all others. There she meets a young man who is about to embark on a quest of his own--and may be the one chance Rosie has of returning home. These breathtaking adventures ultimately intertwine with the story of an eccentric psychomathematician whose breakthrough discovery will affect all of these different lives and worlds.

Saving Jason

February 9, 2016
Sears, Michael, 1950- author.
©2016
351 pages ; 24 cm
"Jason Stafford used to be a hot Wall Street trader, went too far, and paid for it in prison. Now a financial investigator, he's been asked to look into rumors of a hostile takeover of his firm, but he has no idea it will turn his whole life upside down. Suddenly embroiled in a grand jury investigation of Mob-related activities on Wall Street, and threatened by some very serious men, he is thrust into witness protection with his young autistic son. And then his son disappears. Has he been kidnapped, or worse? With no choice but to act, Stafford has no choice but to come out of hiding and risk everything to save his son, his firm, his pregnant girlfriend and himself."--Provided by publisher.

To preserve

February 9, 2016
Reichert, Mickey Zucker, author.
New York : Roc, 2016.
vii, 351 pages ; .
"Inspired by Science Fiction Grand Master Isaac Asimov's I, Robot stories. 2037: Robotic technology has evolved into the realm of self-aware, sentient mechanical entities. But despite the safeguards programmed into the very core of a robot's artificial intelligence, humanity's most brilliant creation can still fall prey to those who believe the Three Laws of Robotics were made to be broken ... N8-C, better known as Nate, has been Manhattan Hasbro Hospital's resident robot for more than twenty years. A prototype, humanoid in appearance, he was created to interact with people. While some staff accepted working alongside an anthropomorphic robot, Nate's very existence terrified most people, leaving the robot utilized for menial tasks and generally ignored. Until one of the hospital's physicians is found brutally murdered with Nate standing over the corpse, a blood-smeared utility bar clutched in his hand. As designer and programmer of Nate's positronic brain, Lawrence Robertson is responsible for his creation's actions and arrested for the crime. Susan Calvin knows the Three Laws of Robotics make it impossible for Nate to harm a human being. But to prove both Nate's and Lawrence's innocence, she has to consider the possibility that someone somehow manipulated the laws to commit murder.."-- Provided by publisher.

Kingfisher

February 9, 2016
McKillip, Patricia A., author.
©2016
346 pages ; 22 cm
In the new fantasy from the award-winning author of the Riddle-Master Trilogy, a young man comes of age amid family secrets and revelations, and transformative magic.

Sweetgirl

February 9, 2016
Mulhauser, Travis, 1976- author.
©2016
240 pages ; 24 cm
Braving a northern Michigan blizzard to search for her missing meth-addicted mother, Percy James stops by the cabin of two drug addicts and flees with their endangered baby, triggering a dangerous race from the elements and a band of desperate criminals.

The Yid : [a novel]

February 9, 2016
Goldberg, Paul, 1959-
New York : Picador, 2016.
307 pages ; 22 cm
Subtitle from jacket.
"Moscow, February 1953. A week before Stalin's death, his final pogrom, "one that would forever rid the Motherland of the vermin," is in full swing. Three government goons arrive in the middle of the night to arrest Solomon Shimonovich Levinson, an actor from the defunct State Jewish Theater. But Levinson, though an old man, is a veteran of past wars, and his shocking response to the intruders sets in motion a series of events both zany and deadly as he proceeds to assemble a ragtag group to help him enact a mad-brilliant plot: the assassination of a tyrant. Levinson's cast of unlikely heroes includes Aleksandr Kogan, a machine-gunner in Levinson's Red Army band who has since become one of Moscow's premier surgeons; Frederick Lewis, an African American who came to the USSR to build smelters and stayed to work as an engineer, learning Russian, Esperanto, and Yiddish; and Kima Petrova, an enigmatic young woman with a score to settle. While the setting is Soviet Russia, the backdrop is Shakespeare: A mad king has a diabolical plan to exterminate and deport his country's remaining Jews. And wandering through the narrative, like a crazy Soviet Ragtime, are such historical figures as Paul Robeson, Solomon Mikhoels, and Marc Chagall. As hilarious as it is moving, as intellectual as it is violent--with echoes of Inglourious Basterds and Seven Samurai--THE YID is a tragicomic masterpiece of historical fiction"-- Provided by publisher.

Black Deutschland

February 9, 2016
Pinckney, Darryl, 1953- author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.
294 pages ; 22 cm
"Jed--young, gay, black, out of rehab and out of prospects in his hometown of Chicago--flees to the city of his fantasies, a museum of modernism and decadence: Berlin. The paradise that tyranny created, the subsidized city isolated behind the Berlin Wall, is where he's chosen to become the figure that he so admires, the black American expatriate. Newly sober and nostalgic for the Weimar days of Isherwood and Auden, Jed arrives to chase boys and to escape from what it means to be a black male in America. But history, both personal and political, can't be avoided with time or distance. Whether it's the judgment of the cousin he grew up with and her husband's bourgeois German family, the lure of white wine in a down-and-out bar, a gang of racists looking for a brawl, or the ravaged visage of Rock Hudson flashing behind the face of every white boy he desperately longs for, the past never stays past even in faraway Berlin. In the age of Reagan and AIDS in a city on the verge of tearing down its walls, he clambers toward some semblance of adulthood amid the outcasts and expats, intellectuals and artists, queers and misfits. And, on occasion, the city keeps its Isherwood promises and the boy he kisses, incredibly, kisses him back. An intoxicating, provocative novel of appetite, identity, and self-construction, Darryl Pinckney's Black Deutschland tells the story of an outsider, trapped between a painful past and a tenebrous future, in Europe's brightest and darkest city".

The mystery of the Venus Island fetish

February 9, 2016
Flannery, Tim F. (Tim Fridtjof), 1956- author.
©2014
ix, 289 pages ; 22 cm
"First published in Australia by The Text Publishing Company"--title page verso.
"A Thomas Dunne book."
"It's 1932, and the Great Venus Island Fetish, a ceremonial mask surrounded by thirty-two human skulls, now resides in a museum in Sydney, Australia. But young anthropologist Archie Meek, recently returned from an extended field trip to Venus Island, has noticed something amiss: a strange discoloration on some of the skulls. Has someone tampered with the fetish? Is there a link between it and the mysterious disappearance of Cecil Polkinghorne, curator of archaeology? And how did Eric Sopwith, retired mollusks expert, die in the museum's storeroom? Could Archie's life be at risk as well? But these are not the only concerns that weigh upon the assistant curator's mind. Why hasn't his beloved Beatrice--registrar, anthropology--accepted his proposal of marriage and the love token he brought back from Venus Island? Has something been lost in translation?"

The good liar : a novel

February 9, 2016
Searle, Nicholas.
©2016
334 pages ; 24 cm
"Veteran con artist Roy spots an obvious easy mark when he meets Betty, a wealthy widow, online. In no time at all, he's moved into Betty's lovely cottage and is preparing to accompany her on a romantic trip to Europe. Betty's grandson disapproves of their blossoming relationship, but Roy is sure this scheme will be a success. He knows what he's doing" -- provided by publisher.

Beauty, beast, and belladonna

February 9, 2016
Chance, Maia, author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2016.
310 pages ; 17 cm.
"Berkley Prime Crime mystery"--Spine.
A beauty must solve a beastly murder. Variety hall actress Ophelia Flax knows how to win over an audience. That's why she's accepted the marriage proposal of the brutish Comte de Griffe to nettle her occasional investigative partner--and romantic sparring partner--the pompous if dashing Professor Penrose. But with his boorish table manners, wild mane of hair, and habit of prowling away the wee hours, the Comte has shredded Ophelia's last nerve. She intends to disengage from her feral fiancé at his winter hunting party--until Penrose, his lovely new fiancée, and a stagecoach of stranded travelers arrive at the Comte's sprawling château. Soon she can't tell the boars from the bores. When one of the guests is found clawed and bloody in the orangerie, Ophelia is determined to solve the murder before everyone starts believing the local version of Beauty and the Beast. But until the snows melt, she can't trust her eyes--or her heart--since even the most civilized people hold beastly secrets.

The grim steeper

February 9, 2016
Cooper, Amanda, 1957-
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2016.
292 pages ; 17 cm
"Mid-October in the charming Finger Lakes town of Gracious Grove means it's time for the annual Fall Fling Townwide Tea Party. The highlight of the festivities is a roaming tea-tasting, which includes a stop at Auntie Rose's Victorian Tea House. Sophie Taylor would like to share her enjoyment of the event with her sort-of boyfriend, English teacher Jason Murphy, but Jason's dean has accused him of falsifying grades to help an athlete at the local college. Steamed and stressed, Jason shows up the night of the party with bags under his eyes. But the dean shows up under Sophie's Japanese Maple later that night, murdered, and now Jason is suspected of far worse than fudging grade reports. It's up to Sophie, her Nana, and their friends the Silver Spouts to pore over the clues to find out who really decided to teach the dean a lesson."-- Back cover.

A familiar tail

February 9, 2016
James, Delia, author.
New York, New York : Obsidian, [2016]
324 pages ; 17 cm.
"An Obsidian mystery."
Unlucky-in-love artist Annabelle Britton decides that a visit to the seaside town of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is the perfect way to get over her problems. But when she stumbles upon a smoky grey cat named Alastair, and follows him into a charming cottage, Annabelle finds herself in a whole spell book full of trouble. Suddenly saddled with a witch's wand and a furry familiar, Annabelle soon meets a friendly group of women who use their spells, charms and potions to keep the people of Portsmouth safe. But they can't prevent every wicked deed in town.

It's a wonderful knife

February 9, 2016
Wenger, Christine Anne, 1952-
©2016.
298 pages ; 17 cm
"Includes delicious home-style recipes and holiday traditions."

Winterwood

February 9, 2016
Bedford, Jacey, author.
New York, NY : Daw Books, Inc., 2016.
424 pages ; 17 cm
It's 1800, Ross (Rossalinde) Tremayne, cross-dressing privateer captain and witch, inherits two things from her embittered dying mother. One is David, a half-brother she never knew about, and the other is a task she doesn't want: to open a winterwood box, magically sealed by her distant ancestor. On Ross' side she has her rag-tag crew of barely reformed pirates, her conflicted new brother, the jealous ghost of her dead husband, a dashing piratical admirer, and a sexy wolf shapechanger. (Please don't ever call him a werewolf. Just don't!) Ranged against her are the Kingsmen, who would hang her for murder and piracy; the Mysterium, who would hang her for witchcraft, and a powerful agent of the Crown who fights magic with darker magic.

The barkeep : a novel of zenspense

February 9, 2016
Lashner, William, author.
Seattle, WA : Thomas & Mercer, [2014]
458 pages ; 21 cm
"A thriller"-- Cover.
"Justin Chase is the perfect barkeep, tending bar as he lives his life, in a state of Zen serenity. At least until Birdie Grackle, a yellow-haired, foul-mouthed alcoholic from Texas, walks into his bar, orders a Mojito, and makes a startling confession. Six years ago Justin's life was ripped apart when he discovered his mother's bludgeoned corpse in the foyer of the family home. Now Justin's father is serving a life sentence and Justin, after a stint in an asylum, drowns his emotions in a pool of inner peace. But when Birdie Grackle claims to be the hit man who murdered Justin's mother for the money, Justin is hurled back to the emotions, the past, and, most frightening of all, the father he tried to leave behind"--Back cover.

Unhooked

February 9, 2016
Maxwell, Lisa, 1979-
©2016
342 pages ; 22 cm
"Gwen is kidnapped to an island inhabited by fairies, a roguish ship captain, and bloodthirsty beasts--and she must save their Queen before it's too late"-- Provided by publisher.

Graft

February 9, 2016
Hill, Matt, 1984- author.
Nottingham : Angry Robot, 2016.
444 pages ; 17 cm
Manchester, 2025. Local mechanic Sol steals old vehicles to meet the demand for spares. But when Sol's partner impulsively jacks a luxury model, Sol finds himself caught up in a nightmarish trans-dimensional human trafficking conspiracy. Hidden in the stolen car is a voiceless, three-armed woman called Y. She's had her memory removed and undertaken a harrowing journey into a world she only vaguely recognises. And someone waiting in the UK expects her delivery at all costs. Now Sol and Y are on the run from both Y's traffickers and the organisation's faithful products. With the help of a dangerous triggerman and Sol's ex, they must uncover the true, terrifying extent of the trafficking operation, or it's all over.

The confessions of X : a novel

February 9, 2016
Wolfe, Suzanne M.
Nashville, Tennessee : Thomas Nelson, [2016]
298 pages ; 22 cm
"Before he became a father of the Christian Church, Augustine of Hippo loved a woman whose name has been lost to history. This is her story. She met Augustine in Carthage when she was seventeen. She was the poor daughter of a mosaic-layer; he was a promising student and with a great career in the Roman Empire ahead of him. His brilliance and passion intoxicated her, but his social class would be forever beyond her reach. She became his concubine, and by the time he was forced to leave her, she was thirty years old and the mother of his son. And his Confessions show us that he never forgot her. She was the only woman he ever loved. In a society in which classes rarely mingled on equal terms, and an unwed mother could lose her son to the burgeoning career of her ambitious lover, this anonymous woman was a first-hand witness to Augustine of Hippo's anguished spiritual journey from religious cultist to the celebrated Christian saint and thinker. A reflection of what it means to love and lose, this novel paints a gripping and raw portrait of ancient culture, appealing to historical fiction fans while deftly exploring one woman's search for identity and happiness within very limited circumstances"-- Provided by publisher.

Ex-isle : a novel

February 9, 2016
Clines, Peter, 1969-
New York : Broadway Books, 2016.
389 pages ; 21 cm.

Jack$boi : a tale of urban terror

February 9, 2016
King, Darrell, 1968-
[Place of publication not identified] : [Createspace] ; [2016]
1 volume (unpaged) ; 22 cm
"'Jungle' was & is the only name he has ever been called. It is also the one name that that unsettles even the hood's most intimidating thugs, and murderous dopeboys. By day this unassuming slender Haitian born day laborer goes about his business as a seemingly harmless migrant employee of a local janitorial company, however once night falls upon his East Baltimore neighborhood anyone possessing valuables falls victim to this savage ski-mask clad stickup kid. With calculated strong armed robbery, violent rape & the ever present murder game all at his disposal the grim streets of Charm City have become all the more sinister. Jungle stalks the dark shadows of the hood's avenues & boulevards cruising silently behind the wheel of a dark sedan. He's on that paperchase hunt & if spotted you just might be the prey..."--Page 4 of cover.

Magic below

February 9, 2016
Burns, Laura J., author.
North Mankato, Minnesota : Capstone Young Readers, a Capstone imprint, [2016]
239 pages ; 21 cm.
Sequel to Bewitched in Oz.
"Cover illustration by Liam Peters"--T.p.
Zerie has learned that the real threat to Oz is Glinda the "Good" and her alliance with the Nome King, and now Ozma has magically transformed her into a mermaid and asked her to infiltrate Glinda's underwater palace, and free the Glass Cat and her friend, Brink--and she still is not completely sure who she can trust.

Heart or mind

February 9, 2016
Jones, Patrick, 1961- author.
Minneapolis, MN : Darby Creek, [2016]
113 pages ; 19 cm
In this remake of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, long standing tension between African American and Somali students at Northeast High School in Minneapolis makes love difficult between Rodney, who is on probation, and Jawahir.

Trace evidence : [a Virals short story collection]

February 9, 2016
Reichs, Kathy, author.
New York, New York : Puffin Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), [2016]
294 pages ; 20 cm
Subtitle from cover.
Shock -- Shift -- Swipe -- Spike.
"A collection of four short stories based on the Virals series that gives further glimpses of the Virals' world as they work with Tory's famous great aunt, Temperance Brennan, to solve more mysteries, take look at where it all started before they became Virals, and get to the bottom of an attempted sabotage at Kit and Whitney's wedding"-- Provided by publisher.

Skin like silver : an Inspector Tom Harper novel

February 9, 2016
Nickson, Chris, author.
©2015
218 pages ; 23 cm.
Leeds, England. October, 1891. An unclaimed parcel at the Central Post Office is discovered to contain the decomposing body of a baby boy. It’s a gruesome case for DI Tom Harper. Then a fire during the night destroys half the railway station. The next day a woman’s body is found in the rubble. But Catherine Carr didn’t die in the blaze: she’d been stabbed to death – and Harper has to find her killer. The estranged wife of a wealthy industrialist, Catherine had been involved with the Leeds Suffragist Society, demanding votes for women, the same organization for which Harper’s wife Annabelle has just become a speaker. Were Catherine’s politics the cause of her death? Or is the husband she abandoned behind it? But when her brother escapes from the asylum and steals a shotgun, Harper has to race to find the answers.

Next of kin : a DI Sarah Quinn mystery

February 9, 2016
Carter, Maureen, author.
Sutton, Surrey Severn House Publishers, 2016.
216 pages ; 23 cm.
Ice-cool Detective Inspector Sarah Quinn and fiery reporter Caroline King lock horns once again in this latest intriguing mystery. When the body of a teenage girl is found in a local park, it is assumed she is the latest victim of a serial sex offender who has been plaguing the area. But when it transpires that the dead girl's best friend is missing, DI Sarah Quinn is drawn into a complex murder investigation where nothing is as it seems.

In vino veritas

February 9, 2016
Turnbull, Peter, 1950- author.
Sutton, Surrey, England : Severn House, 2016.
185 pages ; 23 cm.
Andrew "Big Andy" Cragg's drunken disclosure in a West London pub to an undercover Scotland Yard detective that he was once party to the disposal of the body of a murder victim sets a sinister and disturbing chain of events in motion for Harry Vicary and his team. A body is found exactly where Andrew Cragg said it would be, and the subsequent investigation plunges Vicary into a labyrinth world of contract killings, witness intimidation and large-scale money laundering. Can he piece together the clues to find out why a young woman was so brutally murdered, and by whom?

Backhand smash

February 9, 2016
Gregson, J. M., author.
c2015
218 pages ; 23 cm.
"This first world edition published 2015 in Great Britain and 2016 in the USA" -- Title page verso.
"Detective Sergeant Clyde Northcott--DCI Peach's tall, black, powerful protégé--has no interest in joining the snooty Birch Lane Tennis Club. So it is unfortunate for him when committee member Olive Crawshaw decides he would be the perfect talisman for the club's new, and controversial, policy to recruit members from a wider ethnic and social background. Clyde soon finds himself thrust into an exclusive community where his rusty tennis skills are the least of his concerns: for 'exclusive' does not mean moral, and while some of the club's members sail very close to the law, one of two of them go far beyond it. So when a distinguished club member is murdered, a problem arises: how can he and Peach unveil the killer, when almost everyone seemed to want the victim dead?

A murderous mind : a Naomi Blake novel

February 9, 2016
Adams, Jane, 1960- author.
Sutton, Surrey : Severn House, 2016
204 pages ; 23 cm.
The murder of a student re-opens a series of cold cases in this intriguing mystery. A young student is found brutally murdered in her room, killed while her flatmates slept nearby. The police soon recognize that this is frighteningly similar to a crime committed fifteen years before. A crime investigated by the now discredited Detective Inspector Joe Jackson, but never solved. Other deaths, linked to the same modus operandi and stretching back more than twenty years, have also remained unsolved. No link has been found between the victims - but it seems Joe Jackson had a perpetrator in mind. He had however been unable to prove his guilt. Can the new investigation trust the judgement of a man who was himself a killer? Or did that give Naomi Blake's one-time friend and mentor an insight his colleagues did not have?

Games wizards play

February 8, 2016
Duane, Diane, author.
©2016
619 pages ; 22 cm.
Nita, Kit and all the other young wizards are planning and practicing for a planetwide wizardry competition--but spells can go awry, unexpected dangers await, and the wizards must discover what secrets lie within themselves.

Asylum novellas : the scarlets ; the bone artists ; the warden

February 8, 2016
Roux, Madeleine, 1985-
New York, N.Y. : Harpercollins, 2016.
315 p. : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Three chilling novellas set in the world of the New York Times bestselling novel Asylum, which Publishers Weekly called "a strong YA debut." For the first time, these three terrifying stories will appear together with new found photographs perfect for new readers or diehard series fans looking for new clues and insights into the thrilling world of Asylum. This collection also features bonus sneak peeks at Asylum, Sanctum, and Catacomb, the novels that first introduced the Brookline asylum's legacy of terror. In The Scarlets, Cal is drawn into New Hampshire College's twisted secret society - one with a deadly initiation. In The Bone Artists, Oliver tries to make a little extra money for college by working for a seedy organization that traffics in human bones. In The Warden, a young nurse starts a new job at the Brookline asylum but soon becomes suspicious of its unorthodox procedures.

The photographer's wife

February 8, 2016
Joinson, Suzanne, author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2016.
338 pages ; 25 cm
"Years after photographer William Harrington participates in a 1920s project to redesign Jerusalem with British parks against a backdrop of growing nationalist unrest, his revelations about long-buried secrets transform the life of his former employer's daughter." -- Provided by publisher.

Missing pieces

February 8, 2016
Gudenkauf, Heather, author.
©2016
284 pages ; 25 cm
Sarah Quinlan's husband, Jack, has been haunted for decades by the untimely death of his mother when he was just a teenager, her body found in the cellar of their family farm, the circumstances a mystery. The case rocked the small farm town of Penny Gate, Iowa, where Jack was raised, and for years Jack avoided returning home. But when his beloved aunt Julia is in an accident, hospitalized in a coma, Jack and Sarah are forced to confront the past that they have long evaded. Upon arriving in Penny Gate, Sarah and Jack are welcomed by the family Jack left behind all those years ago--barely a trace of the wounds that had once devastated them all. But as facts about Julia's accident begin to surface, Sarah realizes that nothing about the Quinlans is what it seems. Caught in a flurry of unanswered questions, Sarah dives deep into the puzzling rabbit hole of Jack's past. But the farther in she climbs, the harder it is for her to get out. And soon she is faced with a deadly truth she may not be prepared for.

He will be my ruin : a novel

February 8, 2016
Tucker, K. A. (Kathleen A.), 1978- author.
New York : Atria Books, 2016.
341 pages ; 24 cm
"The USA TODAY bestselling author of the Ten Tiny Breaths and Burying Water series makes her suspense debut with this sexy, heartpounding story of a young woman determined to find justice after her best friend's death, a story pulsing with the "intense, hot, emotional" (Colleen Hoover) writing that exhilarates her legions of fans. Twenty-eight-year-old Maggie Sparkes arrives in New York City to pack up what's left of her best friend's belongings after a suicide that has left everyone stunned. The police have deemed the evidence conclusive: Celine got into bed, downed a bottle of Xanax and a handle of vodka, and never woke up. But when Maggie discovers secrets in the childhood lock box hidden in Celine's apartment, she begins asking questions. Questions about the man Celine fell in love with. The man she never told anyone about, not even Maggie. The man who Celine herself claimed would be her ruin. On the hunt for answers that will force the police to reopen the case, Maggie uncovers more than she bargained for about Celine's private life--and inadvertently puts herself on the radar of a killer who will stop at nothing to keep his crimes undiscovered"-- Provided by publisher.

South of nowhere

February 8, 2016
Koenig, Minerva.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2016.
296 pages ; 22 cm
"A Thomas Dunne book."
"Reformed criminal Julia Kalas travels from small-town Texas to Mexico on the trail of a missing persons case in the second installment in this atmospheric, critically-acclaimed series Julia Kalas has found a place for herself in small-town Texas. After being forced to relocate by the Aryan Brotherhood and witness protection, she's working on getting her budding construction business off the ground. But her newfound status as a sometimes-problem solver doesn't stop local cops from giving her the hairy eyeball when a dead body is found stuffed in the upstairs closet of her latest remodeling project. Not up for another game of pin-the-tail-on-the-murder-suspect, Julia takes private detective John Maines up on an offer of employment working a missing persons case at the Texas-Mexico border. The fat check he dangles in front of her as payment will be enough to set her up in comfortable retirement far away from the tiny Texas backwater, which suits Julia just fine. However, fate, as usual, has other plans for her. In South Texas, Julia learns that the dead man in her closet has been identified and that a warrant has been issued for her arrest. As she tangles with Mexican drug lords, shady surgeons, and a gang of Native American women with an axe to grind, she can't ignore the sinking feeling that things are about to get a hell of a lot worse before they get better. South of Nowhere is the action-packed follow up to Minerva Koenig's original and thrilling debut, featuring an intriguing mystery and a gutsy heroine mystery fans will love"-- Provided by publisher.

Raging sea

February 8, 2016
Buckley, Michael, 1969- author.
©2015
357 pages ; 22 cm
"Lyric Walker was there when the Alpha arrived. Like many, she wondered if they were invaders, never suspecting that they were on the run from a greater terror. When the real threat arrived, it came with a tidal wave that destroyed Coney Island. Everything and everyone Lyric ever cared for, including the Alpha prince Fathom, was either killed or lost forever. It changed the world. Now the military fights a war it cannot win against an enemy that will not die. Walls and roadblocks pit state against state. Refugees are public enemies, and a new nightmare approaches that is even more terrifying and deadly. In the midst of this chaos, Lyric, along with her best friend, Bex, and the prickly Alpha girl Arcade, search for Tempest, a rumored top secret camp where her parents might be imprisoned. But once they find it, she is captured as well, and offered a deadly deal she cannot refuse. The world's last, best hope is a group of thirty-three children who possess the same powers as she. It falls on her to train them before the second wave of a cataclysmic invasion eliminates mankind for good."--Jacket flap.

The queen of the night

February 8, 2016
Chee, Alexander, author.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016.
561 pages ; 24 cm
Lilliet Berne is a sensation of the Paris Opera, a legendary soprano with every accolade except an original role, every singers' chance at immortality. When one is finally offered to her, she realizes with alarm that the libretto is based on a hidden piece of her past. Only four could have betrayed her: one is dead, one loves her, one wants to own her. And one, she hopes, never thinks of her at all. As she mines her memories for clues, she recalls her life as an orphan who left the American frontier for Europe and was swept up into the glitzy, gritty world of Second Empire Paris. In order to survive, she transformed herself from hippodrome rider to courtesan, from empress's maid to debut singer, all the while weaving a complicated web of romance, obligation, and political intrigue.

Youngblood : a novel

February 8, 2016
Gallagher, Matt.
New York : Atria Books, 2016.
340 pages ; 24 cm
"The US military is preparing to withdraw from Iraq, and newly-minted lieutenant Jack Porter struggles to accept how it's happening--through alliances with warlords who have Arab and American blood on their hands. Day after day, Jack tries to assert his leadership in the sweltering, dreary atmosphere of Ashuriyah. But his world is disrupted by the arrival of veteran Sergeant Daniel Chambers, whose aggressive style threatens to undermine the fragile peace that the troops have worked hard to establish"--Dust jacket flap.

Everything's relative

February 8, 2016
McCarthy, Jenna, author.
New York : Berkley Books, 2016.
338 pages ; 21 cm
"When their mother dies, sisters Jules, Brooke and Lexi breathe a collective sigh of relief. Their days of being hurt and controlled by Juliana Alexander are over. It turns out, Juliana isn't about to let a little detail like death stop her. The three estranged sisters expect to inherit their mom's beat-up car and outdated condo. Instead, they discover there's a fortune waiting to be claimed--one they knew nothing about. But in classic Juliana fashion, there's a catch. Three of them, to be exact. Now Jules, Brooke and Lexi find themselves forced to rely on one another in order to become the women their mother wanted them to be. With millions of dollars on the line and as many obstacles in the way, they embark on a hilarious journey of self-discovery, forgiveness and finding the real meaning of wealth"-- Provided by publisher.

For cheddar or worse

February 8, 2016
Aames, Avery, author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, an imprint of Penguin Random House, 2016.
x, 309 pages ; 18 cm.
"Includes recipes."
"Berkley Prime Crime mystery"--Spine.
It’s time for the annual Cheese Festival in Providence, Ohio, and Charlotte Bessette’s cheese shop is packed with homemade specialties. Meanwhile, her friend Erin is prepping her dairy farm and inn for cheese makers, marketers, journalists, and one surprise guest—Lara Berry, pretentious cheese whiz, pompous bestselling author, and pungent critic whose extra sharp tongue can crumble a reputation. Even though any love for Lara by her friends curdled long ago, Charlotte is surprised when the foodie is smothered to death in her room at Erin’s inn. Accusations start flying, but the one laying blame on Erin strikes Charlotte as a crock. Now, to clear her friend’s name, Charlotte has to sift through Lara’s ex-lovers, former business partners, and unforgiving enemies to find a killer before Lara’s past casts a tainted pall on the festival’s future.

Off the books

February 8, 2016
Arlington, Lucy, author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, an imprint of Penguin Random House, 2016.
292 pages ; 18 cm.
The Novel Idea Literary Agency has planned a wedding-themed week for Inspiration Valley, celebrating not only North Carolina’s best vendors but also some of the agency’s most popular bridal books. The fact that Lila can use the event to plan her own impending nuptials is just the icing on the cake. But wedding bells turn to warning bells when Lila finds a dead man facedown in the frosting. Soon it’s discovered that the victim was connected to several Novel Idea authors, all of whom quickly become suspects in the case. It’s up to Lila and her fellow agents to find the real killer before one of their clients winds up scribbling stories from behind bars.

A turn for the bad

February 8, 2016
Connolly, Sheila, author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2016.
vi, 293 pages ; 18 cm.
Series numeration from www.goodreads.com.
"A Berkley Prime Crime mystery."
"After calling Ireland home for six months, Boston expat Maura Donovan still has a lot to learn about Irish ways -- and Sullivan's Pub is her classroom. Maura didn't only inherit a business, she inherited a tight-knit community. And when a tragedy strikes, it's the talk of the pub. A local farmer, out for a stroll on the beach with his young son, has mysteriously disappeared. Did he drown? Kill himself? The child can say only that he saw a boat. Everyone from the local gardaí to the Coast Guard is scouring the Cork coast, but when a body is finally brought ashore, it's the wrong man. An accidental drowning or something more sinister? Trusting the words of the boy and listening to the suspicions of her employee Mick that the missing farmer might have run afoul of smugglers, Maura decides to investigate the deserted coves and isolated inlets for herself. But this time she may be getting in over her head..."--provided by Amazon.com.

A disguise to die for

February 8, 2016
Vallere, Diane, author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2016.
292 pages ; 18 cm.
"Includes recipes and costume ideas!"--Page 4 of cover.
"Berkley Prime Crime mystery"--Spine.
No sooner does former magician's assistant Margo Tamblyn return home to Proper City, Nevada, to run Disguise DeLimit, her family's costume shop, than she gets her first big order. Wealthy nuisance Blitz Manners needs forty costumes for a detective-themed birthday bash. As for Blitz himself, his Sherlock Holmes is to die for--literally--when, in the middle of the festivities, Margo's friend and party planner Ebony Welles is caught brandishing a carving knife over a very dead Blitz. For Margo, clearing Ebony's name is anything but elementary, especially after Ebony flees town. Now Margo is left to play real-life detective in a town full of masked motives, cloaked secrets, and veiled vendettas.

Whisker of trouble

February 8, 2016
Ryan, Sofie, 1958- author.
New York, New York : Obsidian, an imprint of New American Library, a division of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, 2016.
328 pages ; 18 cm.
Sarah is turning her keen eye to the estate of collector Edison Hall, hoping for fabulous finds for Second Chance...but when her rescue cat, Elvis, discovers a body in the kitchen, everything goes paws up. The body belongs to an appraiser who had been hired to check out Edison's wine collection. When Edison's sister shows up at Second Chance, she hires Sarah's friends...the kooky and charismatic trio of ladies who call themselves Charlotte's Angels and work out of the shop...to solve the murder, Sarah knows she and Elvis are only going to get deeper into the case. But as it becomes a cat and mouse game of lies, cons, cheats, and family squabbles, can Elvis and Sarah claw their way to the truth before the killer slinks away forever?

Alone in the dark

February 8, 2016
Rose, Karen.
New York : Signet, published by New American Library, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2016]
721 pages ; 18 cm
"The New York Times bestselling author of Closer Than You Think returns with a breathtaking new novel of suspense in the Cincinnati series--one that crosses the line between danger and desire, and justice and revenge. Homicide Detective Scarlett Bishop has seen enough bad guys slip through the cracks and innocent victims go unavenged to know that good doesn't always prevail. So far she's been able to lock away her rage and her vigilante fantasies. That lock is about to break. Former Army Ranger Marcus O'Bannion is a fierce champion of victims' rights. His secret past gives him good reason. He believes he's seen the depths of human depravity, but then his investigation into the murder of a young girl who once asked for his help lures him and Scarlett down a dark, dark road--and straight into the crosshairs of a dangerous, powerful underground ring that deals in human trafficking. To stop them, Scarlett and Marcus have to be just as cunning and just as ruthless. But first they have to make it out alive."-- Page [4] of cover.

You're the one that I want : a Christiansen family novel

February 8, 2016
Warren, Susan May, 1966-
Carol Stream, Illinois : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., [2016]
363 pages : map ; 21 cm.
Owen Christiansen has been in a downward spiral since an injury ended his NHL career. A job on an Alaskan crabbing boat offers a fresh start... and maybe even a shot at romance with Elise "Scotty" McFlynn, the captain's daughter. Used to being one of the guys, Scotty doesn't believe in happily ever after. When Casper Christiansen arrives to drag his prodigal brother home, he brings with him a truckload of family drama-- and the news that Casper is wanted for questioning in connection to a crime back in Minnesota. As Scotty escorts the brothers to Deep Haven as part of her new job on the Anchorage police force, she begins to see potential for a happy ending-- if she's brave enough to embrace it.

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