New Arrivals · All Fiction

March 31, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Emma : a modern retelling

March 30, 2015
McCall Smith, Alexander, 1948- author.
361 pages ; 25 cm
"Originally published in Great Britian by The Borough Press, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, London, in 2014"--Title page verso.
Emma Woodhouse arrives home in Norfolk ready to embark on adult life. Not only has her sister, Isabella, been whisked away on a motorcycle up to London, but her astute governess, Miss Taylor is at a loose end, abandoned in the giant family pile, Hartfield, alongside Emma's anxiety-ridden father. Someone is needed to rule the roost and young Emma is more than happy to oblige. But there is only one person who can play with Emma's indestructible confidence, her old friend and inscrutable neighbor George Knightly -- this time has Emma finally met her match?

Hot pursuit

March 30, 2015
Woods, Stuart.
New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, [2015]
337 pages ; 24 cm
"A Stone Barrington novel"--Cover.
"Stone Barrington is back in the exciting new adventure from perennial fan favorite Stuart Woods. It's not often that Stone Barrington finds a woman as accustomed to the jet-set lifestyle as he, so he's pleasantly surprised when he meets a gorgeous pilot who's soon moving to New York, and available for closer acquaintance. Their travels together lead them from Wichita to Europe, but trailing them is some unwanted baggage his new lady love's unstable, criminal ex-boyfriend. And while Stone is fending off his newest adversary, trouble is brewing on the international stage. Several enemy operatives are at large, and only a coordinated intelligence effort will have any chance of stopping their deadly plot. But the clock is ticking. and time has nearly run out"-- Provided by publisher.

The complete fiction of Bruno Schulz

March 30, 2015
Schulz, Bruno, 1892-1942.
New York : Walker and Co., 1989.
xiv, 324 pages, [12] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
The street of crocodiles -- Sanatorium under the sign of the hourglass.

An empty cup

March 27, 2015
Price, Sarah, 1969-
Grand Haven, MI : Waterfall Press, [2015].
238 pages ; 21 cm
"An Amish woman is blessed with a second chance at love. Amish woman Rosanna Zook lost her self-confidence within the confines of a loveless and abusive marriage. In the years spent quietly dealing with her burdens and dutifully caring for others, she forgot her sense of self and ability to feel. But after her first husband's untimely death, she gets a second chance with Rueben Troyer, a godly man who welcomes Rosanna and her two children into his life. Despite the love and respect she finds in her new marriage, Rosanna soon learns that juggling the demands of her family and church community is more than she can handle. When Rosanna becomes ill, she is forced to confront a hard truth: one empty cup cannot fill another. For a woman who has spent her life giving, will Rosanna finally be able to let go and receive?"--Page [4] of cover.

The icing on the corpse

March 27, 2015
Mugavero, Liz, author.
New York, NY : Kensington Publishing Corp., 2015.
346 pages ; 17 cm.
Includes gourmet pet food recipes (pages [341]-343).
"Kristan "Stan" Connor is thrilled to be invited to the Groundhog Day festivities in quirky Frog Ledge, Connecticut. Her organic, home-baked pet treats are a big hit at the annual celebration, though an important guest is curiously absent...When Helga Oliver, the town's elderly historian, is found crumpled in the basement of the Historical Museum, the close-knit town is devastated. But after some tenacious digging, Stan discovers Helga was pushed down the stairs--and that this picture-perfect New England town may hide some dark secrets...Stan's dogged determination reveals Helga's ties to an unsolved death in 1948...but how does that connect to Adrian Fox, who's just arrived in town to shoot an episode of Celebrity Ghost Hunters? Stan is going to have to be very careful in chasing down the killer---if she wants to live to see another winter"--Page [4] of cover.


March 27, 2015
Driggers, James, author.
viii, 307 pages : illustration ; 21 cm
Butcher, the baker -- The brambles -- Sandra and the snake handlers -- M.R. Vale.
"Spanning the 1930s to the present day, James Driggers' evocative Southern Gothic collection introduces the intriguiing inhabitants of Morris, South Carolina-- a small town where a mix of rich, poor, and in-between co-exist, grappling with desire, ambition, hope, and loneliness"--Page [4] of cover.

Eye candy

March 27, 2015
Billingsley, ReShonda Tate, author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2015]
vi, 202 pages ; 21 cm.
Includes reading group guide.
Rising star Maya Morgan confronts her bad choices when she attempts to end her celebrity relationship with singer J. Love and pursue a new romance with the kindhearted Alvin.

The start of me and you

March 26, 2015
Lord, Emery, author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2015.
376 pages ; 22 cm
Paige Hancock starts junior year with a list of ways to take back her life, rather than spending another year as "The Girl Whose Boyfriend Drowned," and finding out that Ryan Chase, her long-term crush, is available again might be the key.

The cemetery boys

March 26, 2015
Brewer, Heather.
New York, NY : HarperTeen, 2015.
273 pages ; 22 cm
"When Stephen moves to the small, midwestern town where his father grew up, he quickly falls in with punk girl Cara and her charismatic twin brother, Devon. But the town has a dark secret, and the twins are caught in the middle of it"-- Provided by publisher.

King : a Prophecy novel

March 26, 2015
Oh, Ellen.
New York, NY : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2015.
284 pages : map ; 22 cm
"Prophecy ; 3"--Title page verso.
"Girl warrior, demon slayer, and tiger spirit of the yellow eyes--Kira is ready for her final quest to save her cousin--the young boy destined to rule the Iron Realm as crown prince--and to uncover the third lost treasure while facing innumerable enemies in order to fulfill the famed prophecy"-- Provided by publisher.

Poison ivy

March 26, 2015
Riggs, Cynthia.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2015.
294 pages ; 22 cm.
"A Thomas Dunne Book."
"On her first day as adjunct professor at Ivy Green College, Victoria Trumbull recognizes the stench emanating from her classroom as more than just dead mice. Brownie, the groundskeeper's mangy mutt, soon discovers a second body hiding beneath a cluster of poison ivy. The stakes have never been higher for Ivy Green, which is on the brink of losing already-lukewarm support from its accredited partner, Cape Cod University. Thackery Wilson, the founder of Ivy Green, worries that the bad publicity from the murders will obliterate the financial and academic support the tiny college and its dependent students desperately need. As the bodies continue to pile up, all tenure committee members, Victoria and Brownie find themselves hunting a serial killer and trying to save the college. This charming 11th entry in the Martha's Vineyard mystery series brings the island to life with a cast of eccentric characters led by a unique and endearing sleuth"-- Provided by publisher.

The strange case of Rachel K

March 26, 2015
Kushner, Rachel, author.
New York : New Directions Publishing Corporation, [2015]
80 pages ; 19 cm
The great exception -- Debouchment -- The strange case of Rachel K.
Three early stories of myth, regime, and harlotry by the author of The Flamethrowers.

The haunting of sunshine girl. Book one

March 26, 2015
McKenzie, Paige, author.
296 pages ; 22 cm
Shortly after her sixteenth birthday, Sunshine Griffith and her mother Kat move from sunny Austin, Texas, to the rain-drenched town of Ridgemont, Washington. Though Sunshine is adopted, she and her mother have always been close, sharing a special bond filled with laughter and inside jokes. But from the moment they arrive, Sunshine feels her world darken with an eeriness she cannot place. And even if Kat doesn't recognize it, Sunshine knows that something about their new house is just ... creepy.


March 26, 2015
Oseman, Alice.
New York : HarperTeen, 2015.
357 pages ; 22 cm
"Tori Spring feels completely disconnected from her life--until she meets the relentlessly cheerful Michael Holden, and a series of schoolwide pranks starts to draw her out of her shell"-- Provided by publisher.


March 26, 2015
St. Jean, Trina, 1971- author.
Victoria, British Columbia : Orca Book Publishers, 2015.
301 pages ; 22 cm

Dead to the world

March 26, 2015
Cooper, Susan Rogers, author.
Sutton : Severn House, 2014.
216 pages ; 23 cm
E.J. has a surprise twentieth wedding anniversary present for Willis--a weekend away in the Texas hills. She's found the perfect Bed and Breakfast- the Bishop' Inn in the quaint town of Peaceful. Unfortunately, they've barely arrived before the inn's troubled elderly owner, Carrie Marie Hutchins, confides in them about a harrowing event from her childhood involving her dead father...and his spirit, which won't go away...E.J. has little time to digest Carrie's tales of strange goings-on: screaming, the guests' suitcases slashed, underwear hanging from a light fixture, before a further bizarre twist occurs: Humphrey Hammerschultz and Diamond Lovesy, self-proclaimed 'psychic detectives', suddenly turn up at Carrie's door. And when E.J. discovers a body, she determines to find out what' really going on in this not-so-peaceful town.

The wisdom of perversity : a novel

March 26, 2015
Yglesias, Rafael, 1954- author.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2015.
356 pages ; 24 cm
"Brian and Jeff were best friends when they were young, leading lives of promise in New York City in the late 1960s, until something happened that brought an end to both their childhood and their friendship. Forty years later, when their secret surfaces in a terrible new context, they are forced to reunite by Jeff's cousin, Julie, who was also a victim of their childhood trauma. Together they must decide whether to tell all -- unbalancing their lives and threatening their future -- or continue to hide the truth and allow others to be victimized. ... [T]hese three childhood friends who join together as adults to acknowledge the ways in which their lives were altered by the actions of a predator who sexually abused them, and who now, many years later, has been exposed by more recent victims but, thanks to his wealth and influence, is on the verge of escaping punishment" -- provided by publisher.

Children of the tide : a Victorian detective story

March 26, 2015
Redfern, Jon, 1946- author.
Toronto : Dundurn Press, 2015.
293 pages ; 22 cm.

A ring from a marquess

March 26, 2015
Merrill, Christine.
Don Mills, Ontario : Harlequin Enterprises Limited, [2015]
281 pages ; 17 cm.
"A unexpected proposal"--Cover.
"Independent Margot de Bryun has no intention of giving a man control of her life! Although handsome rake Stephen Standish, Marquess of Fanworth, does pique her interest... Maybe a man can offer other advantages? Stephen sees Margot as perfect marriage material--talented, intelligent and alluring. But when a stolen family ruby is traced to the jewelry shop Margot owns, Stephen is infuriated and demands she become his mistress. Except Margot's not one to be easily tamed--and whether she be mistress or wife, sparks will certainly fly!"-- From back cover.

Escape from Baghdad!

March 26, 2015
Hossain, Saad Z., author.
304 pages ; 22 cm
"Originally published in 2012 in Bangladesh as Baghdad immortals by Bengali Publications"--Title page verso.
"Welcome to Baghdad during the US invasion. A desperate American military has created a power vacuum that needs to be filled. Religious fanatics, mercenaries, occultists, and soldiers are all vying for power. So how do regular folks try to get by? If you're Dagr and Kinza, a former economics professor and a streetwise hoodlum, you turn to dealing in the black market. But everything is about to change, because they have inherited a very important prisoner: the star torturer of Hussein's recently collapsed regime, Captain Hamid, who promises them untold riches if they smuggle him out of Baghdad. With the heat on and nothing left for them in Baghdad, they enlist the help of Private Hoffman, their partner in crime and a U.S. Marine. In the chaos of a city without rule, getting out of Baghdad is no easy task and when they become embroiled in a mystery surrounding an ancient watch that doesn't tell time, nothing will ever be the same. With a satiric eye firmly cast on the absurdity of human violence, Escape from Baghdad! features shades of Catch-22 and Three Kings while giving voice, ribald humor, and firepower to to people often referred to as, collateral damage."-- Provided by publisher

The animals : a novel

March 26, 2015
Kiefer, Christian, 1971- author.
New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, [2015]
314 pages ; 25 cm
"Bill Reed manages a wildlife sanctuary in rural Idaho, caring for injured animals--raptors, a wolf, and his beloved bear, Majer, among them--that are unable to survive in the wild. Seemingly rid of his troubled past, Bill hopes to marry the local veterinarian and live a quiet life together, the promise of which is threatened when a childhood friend is released from prison. Suddenly forced to confront the secrets of his criminal youth, Bill battles fiercely to preserve the shelter that protects these wounded animals and to keep hidden his turbulent, even dangerous, history"

The African equation

March 26, 2015
Khadra, Yasmina, author.
London : Gallic Books, 2015.
336 pages ; 20 cm
First published in France as L'Équation africaine by Éditions Julliard, 2011.
"Kurt Krausmann's settled existence as a Frankfurt doctor is torn apart when his wife commits suicide. Unable to make sense of what happened, he agrees to join his friend Hans on a humanitarian mission to the Comoros. But as they sail through the Gulf of Aden their boat is boarded by pirates. The two men are taken hostage and imprisoned in a cave on the East African coast. Their ordeal is just beginning: the hostile kidnappers and environment will test their endurance to the limit. Through all of the this, even as he focuses on survival and escape, what can Kurt learn about his captors, the land he's been brought to and, more importantly, himself?"--Front book flap.

Scent of triumph

March 26, 2015
Moran, Jan.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2015.
viii, 372 pages ; 22 cm
Includes discussion questions.
"A novel of perfume and passion"--Cover.
"When French perfumer Danielle Bretancourt steps aboard a luxury ocean liner, leaving her son behind in Poland with his grandmother, she has no idea that her life is about to change forever. The year is 1939, and the declaration of war on the European continent soon threatens her beloved family, scattered across many countries. Traveling through London and Paris into occupied Poland, Danielle searches desperately for her the remains of her family, relying on the strength and support of Jonathan Newell-Grey, a young captain. Finally, she is forced to gather the fragments of her impoverished family and flee to America. There she vows to begin life anew, in 1940s Los Angeles. There, through determination and talent, she rises high from meager jobs in her quest for success as a perfumer and fashion designer to Hollywood elite. Set between privileged lifestyles and gritty realities, Scent of Triumph by commanding newcomer Jan Moran is one woman's story of courage, spirit, and resilience"-- Provided by publisher.

Hittin' it out the park : a novel

March 26, 2015
Hobbs, Allison, author.
273 pages ; 21 cm
Secrets abound in this scintillating, drama-fueled novel about a love triangle between a multi-millionaire baseball star, his wife, and the groupie who's trying to ruin their marriage--if a long-held secret doesn't destroy it first. Cheryl Blanton is married to a superstar baseball player who has won three Gold Gloves and recently signed a $120 million, five-year contract with the New York Yankees. He's wealthy and handsome, and all the groupies are after him, but Cheryl is gorgeous and her sex game has her man on lock. There's just one little secret she's been keeping from him: her husband doesn't realize that she's nine years his senior. And so far Cheryl's had no problem hiding her age--her husband only has eyes for her. That is, until twenty-one-year-old Sexy Sanchez comes on the scene. Sexy blatantly goes after Cheryl's man, and a series of catfights ensue between them. Cheryl realizes she's in the battle of her life to keep her man and plots to get rid of her nemesis. But when she hires a private investigator to dig up some dirt on Sexy, she discovers that getting rid of her rival might not be easy, and could also reveal some devastating secrets she'd rather keep to herself.--Back cover.

The courtesan duchess

March 26, 2015
Shupe, Joanna, author.
Kensington Pub Corp 2015 New York, NY : Zebra Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2015]
347 pages ; 17 cm

The harder they come : a novel

March 26, 2015
Boyle, T. Coraghessan, author.
384 pages ; 24 cm
Subtitle from book jacket.
Set in contemporary Northern California, The Harder They Come explores the volatile connections between three damaged people -- an aging ex-Marine and Vietnam veteran, his psychologically unstable son, and the son's paranoid, much older lover -- as they careen towards an explosive confrontation.

Where sea meets sky : a novel

March 26, 2015
Halle, Karina.
New York : Atria Books, 2015.
363 pages ; 22 cm
"Joshua Miles has spent his early twenties spinning his wheels. Working dead-end jobs and living at home has left him exhausted and uninspired, with little energy to pursue his passion for graphic art. Until he meets Gemma Henare, a vivacious out-of-towner from New Zealand. What begins as a one-night stand soon becomes a turning point for Josh. He can't get Gemma out of his head, even after she has left for home, and finds himself throwing caution to the wind for the first time in his life. It's not long before Josh is headed to New Zealand with only a backpack, some cash, and Gemma's name to go on. But when he finally tracks her down, he finds his adventure is only just beginning. Equally infatuated, Gemma leads him on a whirlwind tour across the beautiful country, opening Josh up to life, lust, love, and all the messy heartache in between. Because, when love drags you somewhere, it might never let go--even when you know you have to say goodbye"-- Provided by publisher.

King divas

March 26, 2015
Diamond, De'nesha, author.
New York, NY : Kensington Publishing Corp., 2015.
x, 342 pages ; 21 cm
Includes a reading group guide.
"Dafina Books"--Title page.
The most ruthless ride-or-die women of Memphis saved their empire by nearly destroying the streets. But as unexpected new rivals rise and brutal secrets shatter lives, betrayal means winner rules all...Putting out chaos with gasoline is one play that even the women of the Dirty South can't control. One merciless kill vaults good-girl-gone-bad Ta'Shara into gangland's power elite--but an enemy she doesn't see is targeting everything she can't afford to lose. For former Vice Lord chief Lucifer, taking back her power means all-out war on her lethal lover, no matter what the cost. Gorgeous Cleo at last has her sister's killer in her sights--if she can survive one deadly game too many. And as Queen G LeShelle's lies finally choke-hold her life, trusting someone more vicious than her husband Python may be the last mistake she'll ever make. Now these king divas will leave nothing standing--because if they can't reign, no one will...--Back cover.

Little Beach Street Bakery : a novel

March 26, 2015
Colgan, Jenny, author.
424, 16 pages ; 21 cm
Includes recipes and reading group guide.
"First published in Great Britain in 2014 by Sphere"--Title page verso.
Polly Waterford flees to the Cornish coast to escape a ruined relationship. To keep her mind off her troubles, she throws herself into her favorite hobby: making bread. But her relaxing weekend diversion quickly develops into a passion. As she pours her emotions into kneading and pounding the dough, each loaf becomes better than the last. Soon, Polly is working her magic with nuts and seeds, chocolate and sugar, and the local honey--courtesy of a handsome beekeeper. Packed with laughter and emotion, Little Beach Street Bakery is the story of how one woman discovered bright new life where she least expected it.

Killer gourmet : a Savannah Reid mystery

March 26, 2015
McKevett, G. A., author.
New York, NY : Kensington Books, [2015]
294 pages ; 22 cm.
The opening of Ryan and John's new gourmet restaurant is shattered by the murder of their temperamental chef, prompting Savannah and the Moonlight Magnolia gang to sift through a wide range of suspects to find the killer.

Game of mirrors

March 26, 2015
Camilleri, Andrea.
New York, NY : Penguin Books, 2015.
277 pages ; 20 cm
"An Inspector Montalbano mystery"--Cover.
"In Game of Mirrors, Inspector Montalbano and his colleagues are stumped when two bombs explode outside empty warehouses-one of which is connected to a big-time drug dealer. Meanwhile, the alluring Liliana Lombardo is trying to seduce the Inspector over red wine and arancini. Between pesky reporters, amorous trysts, and cocaine kingpins, Montalbano feels as if he's being manipulated on all fronts. That is, until the inspector himself becomes the prime suspect in an unspeakably brutal crime"-- Provided by publisher.

The Figaro Murders

March 26, 2015
Lebow, Laura.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2015.
327 pages ; 22 cm
"In 1786 Vienna, Lorenzo Da Ponte is the court librettist for the Italian Theatre during the height of the enlightened reign of Emperor Joseph II. This exalted position doesn't mean he's particularly well paid, or even out of reach of the endless intrigues of the opera world. In fact, far from it. One morning, Da Ponte stops off at his barber, only to find the man being taken away to debtor's prison. Da Ponte impetuously agrees to carry a message to his barber's fiance;e and try to help her set him free, even though he's facing pressures of his own. He's got one week to finish the libretto for The Marriage of Figaro for Mozart before the opera is premiered for the Emperor himself. Da Ponte visits the house where the barber's fiance;e works--the home of a nobleman, high in the Vienna's diplomatic circles--and then returns to his own apartments, only to be dragged from his rooms in the middle of the night. It seems the young prote;ge; of the diplomat was killed right about the time Da Ponte was visiting, and he happens to be their main suspect. Now he's given a choice--go undercover into the household and uncover the murderer, or be hanged for the crime himself. Brilliantly recreating the cultural world of late 18th century Vienna, the epicenter of the Enlightenment, Lebow brings to life some of the most famous figures of music, theatre, and politics"-- Provided by publisher.

Voyage of the Basilisk : a memoir by Lady Trent

March 26, 2015
Brennan, Marie, author.
New York : Tor, 2015.
348 pages : map ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates Book."
Iconoclastic scientist Isabella, Lady Trent of Scirland, embarks on a two-year global voyage, hoping to determine the relationships among the endless varieties of dragon.

Holding strong

March 26, 2015
Foster, Lori, 1958- author.
Don Mills, Ontario, Canada : HQN, 2015
475 pages ; 18 cm
"Cannon Colter bonus scene!"--Cover.
After a one-night stand with master flirt and curvaceous knock-out Cherry Peyton, up-and-coming MMA fighter Denver Lewis gives it his best shot to prove to her that he will always keep her safe, especially when her past comes back with a vengeance.

The closer you come

March 26, 2015
Showalter, Gena, author.
Don Mills, Ontario : HQN Books, [2015]
441 pages ; 17 cm
"The original heartbreakers"--Cover.
"Just released from prison, Jase Hollister has one goal: stay out of trouble. Strawberry Valley, Oklahoma, sounds like the perfect place for him and his two brothers-by-circumstance to settle down and live a nice, simple life. But model citizen isn't exactly this rugged bachelor's default setting--especially when it comes to a certain hot-blooded Southern beauty... Brook Lynn Dillon has always been responsible. Not that it's done her much good. The down-on-her-luck waitress is broke, single and fun-deprived. Until Jase comes along. He is dangerous, sexy and tempting as sin, and the sizzling passion between them is undeniable. But can it melt her resistance? After all, the right kind of trouble might be just what they both need" -- Provided by publisher.

This heart of mine

March 26, 2015
Novak, Brenda, author.
392 pages ; 17 cm.
Unable to prove her innocence, Phoenix Fuller was sent to prison for running down a romantic rival. Now, after serving her 17-year sentence, Phoenix wants to return to Whiskey Creek and get to know her son, Jacob. But Jacob's father, Riley, isn't exactly welcoming.

Wild hearts

March 26, 2015
Sala, Sharon, author.
Don Mills, Ontario : Mira Books, [2015]
378 pages ; 17 cm
"Secrets and lies"--Cover.
"Dallas Phillips refuses to believe her father committed suicide, even though things were tough on his farm and he was deeply in debt. When she hears he'd told a neighbor about an upcoming windfall, she grows suspicious, and her suspicion only deepens when she realizes someone is lurking in the nearby mountains after dark. For help, she turns to Trey Jakes, local police chief--and her former lover. As they begin to investigate, another mystery comes to light. Trey's mother is beginning to remember events from thirty years ago, something shadowy that happened in the mountains, and Dallas's father was there, too. Is what happened that night connected to his 'suicide'? As they search for the truth, Trey and Dallas struggle to fight their attraction, but they may not be able to fend off another force--a killer who's more than willing to kill again to make sure old secrets stay buried."--Back cover.

Murder in Hindsight : [a New Scotland Yard mystery]

March 26, 2015
Cleeland, Anne. author
New York : Kensington Pub Corp, 2015.
327 pages ; 24 cm.
Subtitle from jacket.
Scotland Yard's unlikeliest detective pair-- plucky Irish redhead Kathleen Doyle and British lord turned cop Michael Acton-- are on the trail of a serial killer in the third of Anne Cleeland's mystery series. Kathleen Doyle is on the trail of a killer who seems to be intent on handing out vigilante justice-- killing those who, for one reason or another, have not paid the price for their crimes. But as she gets closer to the killer, other dangers lurk. Solonik has reared his head again, pulling Doyle into his web in unexpected ways. And Acton is acting surprisingly distant, given his usual fascination with his new wife."

Slayed on the slopes

March 26, 2015
Dyer-Seeley, Kate.
New York, NY : Kensington Publishing Corp., 2015.
346 pages ; 18 cm.
"A Pacific Northwest mystery"--Cover.
After talking her way into a job writing for Portland's Northwest Extreme magazine, Meg Reed may now really be in over her head. Actually, about 8,000 feet over her head. . .

Tails, you lose : a Witch City mystery

March 26, 2015
Perry, Carol J.
New York : Kensington, 2015.
375 pages ; 17 cm.

The unleashing

March 26, 2015
Laurenston, Shelly.
New York : Kensington Pub Corp., c2015.
373 p. ; 21 cm.
Kera Watson never expected to face death behind a Los Angeles coffee shop. Not after surviving two tours lugging an M16 around the Middle East. If it wasn't for her hot Viking customer showing up too late to help, nobody would even see her die. In uncountable years of service to the Allfather Odin, Ludvig "Vig" Rundstrom has never seen anyone kick ass with quite as much style as Kera. He knows one way to save her life--but she might not like it. Signing up with the Crows will get Kera a new set of battle buddies: cackling, gossiping, squabbling, party-hearty women. With wings. So not the Marines. But Vig can't give up on someone as special as Kera. With a storm of oh-crap magic speeding straight for L.A., survival will depend on combining their strengths: Kera's discipline, Vig's loyalty... and the Crows' sheer love of battle. Boy, are they in trouble.

The mourning bells : a Lady of Ashes mystery

March 26, 2015
Trent, Christine, author.
New York : Kesington Books, 2015
256 pages ; 21 cm
One of Victorian London's most respected undertakers, Violet Harper has the new duty of accompanying coffins from various undertakers on the London Necropolis Railway for respectful funerals and burials in Surrey. But on her fateful first trip, the mournful silence of the train is shattered by the shrill ringing of a coffin bell--a device that prevents a person from being buried alive.Inside the noisome coffin Violet finds a man wide-eyed with fear, claiming he was falsely interred. When a second coffin bell is rung on another trip Violet grows suspicious. She voices her qualms to Inspector Hurst of Scotland Yard, only to receive a puzzling reply that, after all, it is not a crime to rise from the dead. But Violet's instincts are whispering that all is not well on the London Necropolis Railway's tracks. Is this all merely the result of clumsy undertaking, or is there something more sinister afoot? Determined to get to the heart of the matter, Violet uncovers a treacherous plot and villains who will stop at nothing to keep a lid on her search for the truth...

Driving heat : a blue-collar lover novel

March 26, 2015
Day, Zuri, author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2015]
viii, 370 pages ; 18 cm.
Meet the Carter brothers, five hard-working men with a lot to offer. They may not be wealthy but they're rich in integrity and loyalty--not to mention sex appeal. They just need the right women to share their world. At thirty, eldest brother Byron hasn't dated seriously in a while--not since he became a single dad to his beloved baby girl. Besides, he's found that most women can't see past his job as a bus driver, and he's not interested in that type of superficial foolishness. When he meets Cynthia Hall, her disinterest is obvious. Still, there's something about her. Cynthia has been successful in her career and unlucky in love. But those two worlds collide when Byron ends up in her office on business. It's a coincidence that casts him in a very different light than she's previously seen. Too bad he's not the upscale professional Cynthia had in mind. Yet given the chance, she might discover that while money can't buy happiness--a loving and passionate man can.

The day we met : a novel

March 26, 2015
Coleman, Rowan.
New York : Ballantine Books, [2015]
334 pages ; 21 cm
"For fans of Jojo Moyes's Me Before You comes a beautifully written, heartwarming novel about mothers and daughters, husbands and wives. The Day We Met asks: Can you love someone you don't remember falling in love with? A gorgeous husband, two beautiful children, a job she loves--Claire's got it all. And then some. But lately, her mother hovers more than a helicopter, her husband Greg seems like a stranger, and her kids are like characters in a movie. Three-year-old Esther's growing up in the blink of an eye, and twenty-year-old Caitlin, with her jet-black hair and clothes to match, looks like she's about to join a punk band--and appears to be hiding something. Most concerning however is the fact that Claire is losing her memory, including that of the day she met Greg. When Claire meets a handsome stranger on a rainy day, she starts to wonder if Greg still belongs in her life. She knows she should love him, but she can't always remember why. When Greg gives her a blank book, Claire starts to fill its pages with unshared memories and keepsakes, jotting down beginnings and endings and everything in between. The book becomes the story of Claire--her passions, her sorrows, her joys, her adventures in a life that refuses to surrender to a fate worse than death: disappearing. Advance praise for The Day We Met "As with Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes, I couldn't put this book down."--Katie Fford Look for special features inside. Join the Random House Reader's Circle for author chats and more"-- Provided by publisher.

The cat sitter's whiskers

March 26, 2015
Clement, Blaize.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2015.
288 pages ; 22 cm
"A Thomas Dunne book."
"Pet sitter Dixie Hemingway is on the prowl again in the newest installment of Blaize Clement's classic and beloved series of cozy mysteries, now written by her son, John Clement, using Blaize's notes and ideas for future adventures. Set in the sleepy beach-side town of Siesta Key, Florida, THE CAT SITTER'S WHISKERS catches up with Dixie as she heads off for work one morning in the dimly lit hours before sunrise. Her very first client of the morning is Barney Feldman, a Maine coon cat with a reputation for mischief who's guarding his vacationing owner's valuable collection of decidedly creepy antique masks. But someone's hiding in the house when she arrives, and they sneak up and knock her out cold. When the cops arrive at the house, there's just one problem: no one has broken in and nothing is missing. Searching for answers, Dixie soon finds herself hopelessly trapped in a murky world of black market antiques, dark-hearted secrets, and murderous revenge... a mystery only she can solve. "-- Provided by publisher.

Pretty ugly

March 26, 2015
Butler, Kirker.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martin's Press, 2015.
294 pages ; 22 cm
"A novel"--Cover.
"From a writer/producer of Family Guy, a satirical look at a dysfunctional southern family complete with an overbearing stage mom, a 9 year-old pageant queen, a cheating husband, his teenage girlfriend, a crazy grandmother, and Jesus. After eight-and-a-half years and three hundred twenty-three pageants, Miranda Miller has become the ultimate stage mother. Her mission in life is to see that her nine-year-old daughter, Bailey, continues to be one of the most successful child pageant contestants in the southern United States. But lately, that mission has become increasingly difficult. Bailey wants to retire and has been secretly binge eating to make herself "unpageantable;" and the reality show Miranda has spent years trying to set up just went to their biggest rival. But Miranda has a plan. She's seven months pregnant with her fourth child, a girl (thank God), and she is going to make damn sure this one is even more successful than Bailey, even if the new girl is a little different. Miranda's husband, Ray, however, doesn't have time for pageants. A full-time nurse, Ray spends his days at the hospital where he has developed a habit of taking whatever pills happen to be lying around. His nights are spent working hospice and dealing with Courtney, the seventeen-year-old orphan granddaughter of one of his hospice patients who he has, regrettably, knocked up. With a pregnant wife, a pregnant teenage mistress, two jobs, a drug hobby, and a mountain of debt, Ray is starting to take desperate measures to find some peace. Meanwhile, the Millers' two sons are being homeschooled by Miranda's mother, Joan (pronounced Jo-Ann), a God-fearing widow who spends her free time playing cards and planning a murder with Jesus. Yes, Jesus. A bright new voice in satirical literature, Kirker Butler pulls no punches as he dissects our culture's current state of affairs. It's really funny, but it's also pretty ugly"-- Provided by publisher.

VietMan : a novel

March 26, 2015
Lliteras, D. S., author.
193 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Viet Man is about the transformation of a young man who enlisted in the Navy during the Viet Nam War, was trained as a hospital corpsman, was transferred into the Marine Corps, then sent to Viet Nam where he joined the elite First Recon. It is a first person narrative of alternating episodes experienced in the rear and in the bush. In the rear, Doc encounters a straw-haired Midwestern farm boy who shows him how to prepare a meal of long-rats and Loopie, a Puerto Rican from the Bronx who shares a guilt torn confession that borders on confabulation. In the bush, Doc experiences the terror of accidentally releasing a live grenade among his men, of rushing to rescue a wounded marine, and of sharing a quiet conversation in a bunker with Trang, a South Vietnamese soldier. After being assigned to the Recon Dive Team and attending the Navy diving school in the Philippines, he returns to Viet Nam where he engages in numerous combat dives and river operations. At the end of his tour, he is processed out of the military. And upon his return to his hometown as a veteran, he faces a jarring reception of insolence, indifference, and fragmented flashbacks.


March 26, 2015
Petroff, Shani, author.
[Hoboken, NJ] : Polis Books, [2015]
354 pages ; 23 cm
"A Destined novel"--Title page.
"Madden's life is a whirlwind of privilege and perks. Born into the elite Purple ring, she is fated to be a Minister of the Seven. Although her position comes with the burden of great responsibility, she's nothing if not confident in her future. Her classmate Dax, an Ash, is clinging to the opposite end of the spectrum. While everyone around her knows what destiny awaits them, Dax's fate is... missing. After all, Destiny Specialists have determined how she will fulfill her life's purpose, and they are never wrong. Isolated and ignored, she refuses to let her lack of status define her... Destiny is calling. Will you fight for yours?"-- [Flip side] of dust jacket.

The frail days

March 26, 2015
Prendergast, Gabrielle, author.
Victoria, British Columbia : Orca Book Publishers, 2015.
119 pages ; 19 cm.

Alice in Wonderland High

March 26, 2015
Shane, Rachel.
Blue Ash, OH : Merit Press, [2015]
300 pages ; 22 cm
In the town of Wonderland, Illinois, not known for embracing the Green Movement, teenaged Alice Liddell tries to continue the environmental activism of her late parents, without getting expelled from high school.

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