New and Upcoming Fiction (Feb. 2022)

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Becoming My Sister – V.C. Andrews

Like everyone else in Palm Springs, Gish idolizes her smart, beautiful, kind older sister. Even their parents compare Gish unfavorably to Gloria—threatening to send her to boarding school once the more perfect sister leaves for college.

But Gloria has an unwavering love for Gish, even if that connection belies a weariness with her own accomplishments. Wanting a better life for her overlooked sibling, Gloria teaches Gish how to talk to boys, embrace her femininity, and finally develop a life of her own. And just as life is looking up for Gish, Gloria meets a handsome, mysterious boy. Obsessed with the stranger, Gloria closes off her life to her sister—then disappears without a trace.

Untethered from the weight of her sister’s presence—but also missing her sister’s love—what will Gish do with this new terrible freedom, with this sense she could become anything?

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Dead Silence – S.A. Barnes

Claire Kovalik is days away from being unemployed when her beacon repair crew picks up a strange distress signal. With nothing to lose and no desire to return to Earth, Claire and her team decide to investigate.

What they find at the other end of the signal is a shock: the Aurora, a famous luxury space-liner that vanished on its maiden tour of the solar system more than twenty years ago. A salvage claim like this could set Claire and her crew up for life. But a quick trip through the Aurora reveals something isn’t right.

Whispers in the dark. Flickers of movement. Words scrawled in blood. Claire must fight to hold onto her sanity and find out what really happened on the Aurora, before she and her crew meet the same ghastly fate.

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Woman on Fire – Lisa Barr

‘Woman on Fire’ is a gripping tale of a young, ambitious journalist embroiled in an international art scandal centered around a Nazi-looted masterpiece – forcing the ultimate showdown between passion and possession, lovers and liars, history and truth. From the author of ‘The Unbreakables’.

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Her Hidden Genius – Marie Benedict

Rosalind Franklin has always been an outsider–brilliant, but different. Whether working at the laboratory she adored in Paris or toiling at a university in London, she feels closest to the science, those unchanging laws of physics and chemistry that guide her experiments. When she is assigned to work on DNA, she believes she can unearth its secrets. Never again will she have to listen to her colleagues complain about her, especially Maurice Wilkins, who’d rather conspire about genetics with James Watson and Francis Crick than work alongside her. Then it finally happens–the double helix structure of DNA reveals itself to her with perfect clarity. But what unfolds next, Rosalind could have never predicted. Marie Benedict’s powerful new novel shines a light on a woman who sacrificed her life to discover the nature of our very DNA, a woman whose world-changing contributions were hidden by the men around her but whose relentless drive advanced our understanding of humankind.

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All the Queen’s Men – S.J. Bennett

Amateur detective Queen Elizabeth II is back in this hugely entertaining follow-up to ‘The Windsor Knot’, in which Her Majesty must determine how a missing painting is connected to the shocking death of a staff member inside Buckingham Palace.

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Murder at the Porte de Versailles – Cara Black

Cara Black’s riveting 20th installment in her New York Times bestselling Parisian detective series entangles private investigator Aimée Leduc in a dangerous web of international spycraft, postcolonial Franco-African politics, and terrorist threats in Paris’s 15th arrondissement.

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A Harmless Lie – Sara Blaedel

Detective Louise Rick′s beloved brother, Mikkel, has attempted suicide. His wife, Trine, left him days earlier, walking out the door one day with no warning and leaving Mikkel devastated.

Louise rushes home to Osted, the small, insular Danish town where she grew up and where Mikkel still lives. But the more Louise learns about Trine–a devoted wife and the mother of two young children–and her state of mind in the days before she left Mikkel, the more Louise begins to wonder whether Trine really meant to leave him. Or whether something much darker may have taken place.

As the local police begin to suspect that Mikkel may have had a hand in Trine’s disappearance, Louise struggles to clear his name but is forced to confront some hard truths: Small towns always hide secrets. The past always comes back to haunt you. And lies are never harmless.

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Wild Irish Rose – Rhys Bowen

 In this 18th installment of the ‘Molly Murphy’ mystery series, Mollys policeman husband, Daniel, comes with a tale to tell: there was a murder on Ellis Island that day, and the main suspect is the spitting image of Molly. The circumstances are eerily similar to when Molly herself arrived on Ellis Island, and she cant help but feel a sense of fate. Molly was meant to be there that day so that she can clear this womans name.

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Shadows Reel – C.J. Box

Wyoming Game Warden Joe Pickett’s job has many times put his wife and daughters in harm’s way. Now the tables turn as his wife discovers something that puts the Pickett family in a killer’s crosshairs in this thrilling new novel in the bestselling series.

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The Match – Harlan Coben

In this gripping new thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Boy from the Woods, Wilde–the ex-military operative with no memory of his past–follows a tip that he hopes will finally solve the mystery of his abandonment, but instead sends him straight into the arms of a serial killer. After months away, Wilde is back at home in the Ramapo Mountains, living as off-the-grid as possible after a failed bid at domesticity confirms for him what he’s known all along: he will always, both for better and for worse, remain free from the comforts and the constraints of modern life. Suddenly, a match at an online ancestry database puts Wilde on the trail of a close relative–the first family member he will have ever known. Only this stranger-turned-kin disappears as quickly as he resurfaces, having experienced an epic fall from grace that can only be described as a waking nightmare. Can Wilde discover the whereabouts of the only link to the truth before the trail goes cold once again? And who else may be looking, willing to do anything in their power to make sure Wilde’s past stays buried and what’s missing stays gone for good?

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Groundskeeping: A Novel – Lee Cole

Set in the foothills of Appalachia, ‘Groundskeeping’ is an indelible love story about two very different people navigating the entanglements of class and identity in an America coming apart at the seams – a stunning debut novel that marks the arrival of an extraordinary new talent.

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Welcome to the School by the Sea – Jenny Colgan

‘Welcome to the School by the Sea’ is the first book of Jenny Colgan’s new four-part series. It’s a new school year and Maggie, the newest teacher at Downey House, is determined to make her mark. Simone won a scholarship to the prestigious boarding school and wants to make her parents proud. Fliss never wanted to go to boarding school and hates being sent away from her home. Over the course of one year, friendships will bloom and lives will be changed forever. Life at the Little School by the Sea is never dull.

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Finlay Donovan Knocks ’em Dead – Elle Cosimano

In this second novel featuring author and single mother of two Finlay Donovan, someone out there wants Finlay’s ex-husband out of the picture. Permanently. Whatever else Steven may be, he’s a good father, but saving him will send her down a rabbit hole of soccer moms disguised as hit-women, and a little bit more involvement with the Russian mob than she’d like.

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A Relative Murder – Jude Deveraux

Bestselling novelist Sara Medlar is skilled at sharing stories about other people, but she hoped the truth about her own family would never surface. Her home in Lachlan, Florida, is her refuge and she loves having her niece Kate and dear friend Jack Wyatt together under her roof. The Medlar Three, as they are known around town, have sworn off getting involved in any more murder investigations.

When the sheriff unexpectedly leaves on vacation, Jack is surprised to find himself appointed as deputy. So when Kate stumbles upon a dead body while visiting a friend, the Medlar Three are back in the sleuthing game. Kate also has a charming new real estate client with a mysterious past. He seems to be followed by trouble and that makes Sara and Jack uneasy.

It doesn’t take long to discover that the murder and the new man in town are somehow related—the question is how. When the stranger’s true identity is revealed, Sara realizes her carefully crafted story is about to unravel and she fears she’ll lose Kate and Jack forever.

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The Recovery Agent – Janet Evanovich

#1 New York Times bestselling author Janet Evanovich returns with the launch of a blockbuster new series that blends wild adventure, hugely appealing characters, and pitch-perfect humor, proving once again why she’s “the most popular mystery writer alive” (The New York Times).

Lost something? Gabriela Rose knows how to get it back. As a recovery agent, she’s hired by individuals and companies seeking lost treasures, stolen heirlooms, or missing assets of any kind. She’s reliable, cool under pressure, and well trained in weapons of all types. But Gabriela’s latest job isn’t for some bamboozled billionaire, it’s for her own family, whose home is going to be wiped off the map if they can’t come up with a lot of money fast.

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Love & Saffron: A Novel of Friendship, Food and Love – Kim Fay

In the vein of the classic ’84’, ‘Charing Cross Road’ and ‘Meet Me at the Museum’, this witty and tender novel follows two women in 1960s America as they discover that food really does connect us all, and that friendship and laughter are the best medicine.

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Phantom Game – Christine Feehan

Camellia has lived on her own for a long time, relying on her unique psychic abilities to keep her safe. She knows that Jonas Smoke Harper was literally made for her, but life has taught her that the only one she can truly trust is herself. Jonas can sense Camellia is going to run and the hunter inside doesn’t want to let go. So hell just have to use all of his considerable skills to convince her to stay.

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Booth – Karen Joy Fowler

‘Booth’ is an epic historical novel about the family behind one of the most infamous figures in American history: John Wilkes Booth. From the author of ‘We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves’, which was the winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

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The Chase – Candice Fox

When 650 of the worlds most violent people pour out of the Pronghorn Correctional Facility into the Nevada Desert, the biggest manhunt in US history begins. For John Kradle, this is his chance to prove his innocence, 26 years after the murder of his wife and child. Death Row Supervisor turned fugitive-hunter Celine Osbourne is single-minded in her mission to catch Kradle and she knows exactly where he’s heading.

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Olga Dies Dreaming – Xochitl Gonzalez

A blazing talent debuts with the tale of a status-driven wedding planner grappling with her social ambitions, absent mother, and Puerto Rican roots – all in the wake of Hurricane Maria. ‘Olga Dies Dreaming’ is a story that examines political corruption, familial strife, and the very notion of the American dream, all while asking what it really means to weather a storm.

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Moon Witch, Spider King – Marlon James

From Marlon James, author of the bestselling National Book Award finalist ‘Black Leopard, Red Wolf’, the second book in the Dark Star trilogy, his African ‘Game of Thrones’.

Both a brilliant narrative device—seeing the story told in ‘Black Leopard, Red Wolf’ from the perspective of an adversary and a woman—as well as a fascinating battle between different versions of empire, ‘Moon Witch, Spider King’ delves into Sogolon’s world as she fights to tell her own story. Part adventure tale, part chronicle of an indomitable woman who bows to no man, it is a fascinating novel that explores power, personality, and the places where they overlap.

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City of the Dead – Jonathan Kellerman

The past comes back to haunt psychologist Alex Delaware and Detective Milo Sturgis when they investigate a grisly double homicide and uncover an even more unspeakable motive in this riveting 37th installment of the ‘Alex Delaware’ series.

As the psychologist and the detective explore L.A.’s meanest streets, they peel back layer after layer of secrets and encounter a savage, psychologically twisted, almost unthinkable motive for violence and bloodshed.

This is classic Delaware: Alex, a man Milo has come to see as irreplaceable, at his most insightful and brilliant.

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Beach Wedding – Michael Ledwidge

Hamptons sand… Hamptons money… Hamptons murder…

When Terry Rourke is invited to the spare-no-expense beach wedding of his hedge fund manager brother, he thinks that his biggest worry will be flubbing the champagne toast. But this isn’t the first time Terry has been to the Hamptons.

As the designer tuxedos are laid out and the flowers arranged along the glittering surf, Terry can’t help but take another look at a decades-old murder trial that rocked the very foundations of the town—and his family. He soon learns that digging up billion-dollar sand can be a very dangerous activity. The kind of danger that can very quickly turn even the most beautiful beach wedding into a wake.

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Give Unto Others – Donna Leon

Brunetti is forced to confront the price of loyalty, to his past and in his work, as a seemingly innocent request leads him into troubling waters.

What role can or should loyalty play in the life of a police inspector? It’s a question Commissario Guido Brunetti must face and ultimately answer in Give Unto Others, Donna Leon’s splendid 31st installment of her acclaimed Venetian crime series

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Long Weekend – Gilly Macmillan

In this pulse-pounding thriller, a group of women travel to the most remote place in England for a weekend escape, only to discover a startling note that one of their husbands will be killed before they return home. Perfect for fans of Ruth Ware and Lucy Foley.

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The Darkest Place – Phillip Margolin

Defense attorney Robin Lockwood faces an unimaginable personal disaster and her greatest professional challenge in this fifth installment of Phillip Margolin’s ‘Robin Lockwood’ series.

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Looking for Jane – Heather Marshall

For readers of Joanna Goodman and Genevieve Graham comes a masterful debut novel spanning decades about three women whose lives are bound together by a long-lost letter, a mothers love, and a secret network of women fighting for the right to choose – inspired by true stories.

Weaving together the lives of three women, Looking for Jane is an unforgettable debut about the devastating consequences that come from a lack of choice—and the enduring power of a mother’s love.

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The Heretic – Liam McIlvanney

Set in 1976, seven years after the murders recounted in Liam McIlvanney’s breakout novel ‘The Quaker’, this new novel is a standalone mystery featuring Detective Duncan McCormack, who is investigating a series of murders among Glasgow’s poor and destitute. McCormack, however, has insight into Glasgow’s underground that many of his colleagues don’t. He has a secret of his own that he guards carefully but that takes him places and introduces him to people that prove essential to his investigations.

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Lightning Rod – Brad Meltzer

Archie Mint has led a charmed life – he’s got a beautiful wife, two impressive kids, and a successful military career. When he’s killed while trying to stop a robbery in his own home, his family is shattered – and then shocked when the other shoe drops. Mint’s charmed life, so perfect on the surface, held criminal secrets none of them could have imagined.

While working on Mint’s body before his funeral, mortician Zig Zigarowski discovers something he was never meant to see. That telling detail leads him to Dover Air Force Base, where he uncovers Mint’s involvement in a top-secret military unit and his connection to military artist and Sergeant First Class Nola Brown. Two years ago, Nola saved Zigs life – so he knows better than most that she’s as volatile and dangerous as a bolt of lightning.

Everyone wants to talk to Nola, but she’s not cooperating. In order to track her down, Zig teams with Nola’s long missing brother, who’s just as combustible as she is. As they follow Nola’s trail, they discover one of the U.S. governments most intensely guarded secrets – an undisclosed military facility that dates back to the Cold War and holds the key to something far more sinister: a hidden group willing to compromise the very safety and security of America itself.

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Fear Thy Neighbor – Fern Michaels

At twenty-nine, Alison Marshall is ready to find a place to call home. With no family and no ties, she’s drifted from one small Florida town to another since high school. Once she finds the right place to settle down, she’ll know. And when she reaches beautiful Palmetto Island, she thinks she may have found it.

The small, close-knit island community seems to have everything Alison needs. On a hunch, she contacts the island’s only realtor, and learns that an old beach house is on the market. Miraculously, it’s in her budget, and Alison takes it as another sign that she’s in the right place.

At first, home is everything she hoped it would be. But as days turn into weeks, she uncovers a dark side to this supposedly peaceful haven. The locals have a secret, and once Alison discovers what it is, she faces a stark choice. She can stay and join them—or escape. But leaving brings its own risks, and Alison is starting to wonder if coming to Palmetto Island is the last mistake she’ll ever make . . .

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The Horsewoman – James Patterson and Mike Lupica

The most realistic, thrilling, and romantic thriller in years. Maggie Atwood and Becky McCabe, mother and daughter, both champion riders, vowed to never, ever, go up against one another. Until the tense, harrowing competitions leading to the Paris Olympics. Mother and daughter share a dream: to be the best horsewoman in the world. Coronado is Maggie’s horse. An absolutely top-tier Belgian warmblood. Sky is Becky’s horse. A small, speedy Dutch warmblood. Only James Patterson could bring you such breakneck speed, hair-raising thrills and spills. Only Hall of Fame sportswriter Mike Lupica could make it all so real.

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The Diamond Eye – Kate Quinn

Kate Quinn returns with an unforgettable WWII tale of a quiet librarian who becomes historys deadliest female sniper. Based on a true story, ‘The Diamond Eye’ is a haunting novel of heroism born of desperation, of a mother who became a soldier, of a woman who found her place in the world and changed the course of history forever.

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Kaiju Preservation Society – John Scalzi

‘The Kaiju Preservation Society’ is John Scalzi’s first standalone adventure since the conclusion of his ‘Interdependency’ trilogy. In an alternate dimension, massive dinosaur-like creatures named Kaiju roam a warm and human-free world. They’re the universe’s largest and most dangerous panda and they’re in trouble. It’s not just the Kaiju Preservation Society whose found their way to the alternate world. Others have, too. And their carelessness could cause millions back on our Earth to die.

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What Happened to the Bennetts – Lisa Scottoline

Jason Bennett is a suburban dad who owns a court-reporting business, but one night, his life takes a horrific turn. He is driving his family home after his daughter’s lacrosse game when a pickup truck begins tailgating them, on a dark stretch of road. Suddenly two men jump from the pickup and pull guns on Jason, demanding the car. A horrific flash of violence changes his life forever.

Later that awful night, Jason and his family receive a visit from the FBI. The agents tell them that the carjackers were members of a dangerous drug-trafficking organization – and now Jason and his family are in their crosshairs. The agents advise the Bennett’s to enter the witness protection program right away, and they have no choice but to agree. But WITSEC was designed to protect criminal informants, not law-abiding families. Taken from all they know, trapped in an unfamiliar life, the Bennett’s begin to fall apart at the seams. Then Jason learns a shocking truth and realizes that he has to take matters into his own hands.

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The Book of Cold Cases – Simone St. James

In 1977, Claire Lake, Oregon, was shaken by the Lady Killer Murders: Two men, seemingly randomly, were murdered with the same gun, with strange notes left behind. Beth Greer was the perfect suspect–a rich, eccentric twenty-three-year-old woman, seen fleeing one of the crimes. But she was acquitted, and she retreated to the isolation of her mansion.

Oregon, 2017Shea Collins is a receptionist, but by night, she runs a true crime website, the Book of Cold Cases–a passion fueled by the attempted abduction she escaped as a child. When she meets Beth by chance, Shea asks her for an interview. To Shea’s surprise, Beth says yes.

They meet regularly at Beth’s mansion, though Shea is never comfortable there. Items move when she’s not looking, and she could swear she’s seen a girl outside the window. The allure of learning the truth about the case from the smart, charming Beth is too much to resist, but even as they grow closer, Shea senses something isn’t right. Is she making friends with a manipulative murderer, or are there other dangers lurking in the darkness of the Greer house?

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High Stakes – Danielle Steel

Jane Addison is smart, young and ambitious. She’s delighted to have landed a job with a prestigious talent agency, Fletcher and Benson. Hailey West, her boss, is dedicated to her authors, but her home life is chaotic and challenging as a single mother following her husband’s tragic death. Francine Rivers, the stern and bitter head of department, is also raising children on her own after an acrimonious divorce, and she has had to overcome financial hardship by paying the very highest price.

Meanwhile, Allie Moore seems to have it all: she relishes success and loves working with the talented actors she represents. But then a passionate relationship with one of her star clients risks derailing her career. And Merriwether Jones, the CFO of the agency, appears to have the perfect marriage until her husband’s jealousy over her career threatens her happiness.

Jane quickly realizes that there are damaging secrets behind the doors of the agency. She has the least power, but she is also the least willing to accept things as they are. And when she tries to put things right, the consequences will leave no one unscathed.

In this riveting novel, five women at the top of their game navigate the challenges of career and ambition, family and personal lives in a world where it’s necessary to fight for what is right.

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French Braid – Anne Tyler

A major new novel from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anne Tyler, ‘French Braid’ is a brilliantly perceptive journey deep into one family’s foibles, from the 1950s up to our pandemic present. It illuminates the kindnesses and cruelties of our daily lives, the impossibility of breaking free from those who love us, and how close -yet how unknowable – every family is to itself.

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The Lying Club – Annie Ward

‘Big Little Lies’ meets ‘Desperate Housewives’ in the explosive new novel from Annie Ward, about three women in a hyper-elite private school community whose lives are turned upside down by the dark secrets that roil beneath the surface, culminating in a shocking crime and electrifying twists readers won’t see coming.

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Sundial – Catriona Ward

All Rob wanted was a normal life far from her childhood home, Sundial, hidden deep in the wild Mojave Desert. But Rob is terrified for her oldest daughter, Callie, as she sees a darkness in Callie that reminds her too much of the family she left behind. What’s buried at Sundial could never stay a secret forever, and Rob must risk one last trip out there to protect her family, and her future.

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The Shop on Royal Street – Karen White

‘The Shop on Royal Street’ is the first in a new spinoff series of Karen White’s ‘Tradd Street’ novels. Nola Trenholm has bought her first house in New Orleans, but it appears the houses previous occupants aren’t ready to depart. Although she cant communicate with ghosts, Nola knows someone who can. Beau Ryan has a dark past, which involves the disappearance of his family during Hurricane Katrina, and his connection to an unsolved murder of a woman who once lived in the old Creole Cottage Nola is determined to make her own – whether or not the resident restless spirits agree.

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A Sunlit Weapon – Jacqueline Winspear

In the 17th installment of the ‘Maisie Dobbs’ series, a series of possible attacks on British pilots leads Jacqueline Winspear’s beloved heroine Maisie Dobbs into a mystery involving First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.

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A Safe House – Stuart Woods

Stone Barrington is looking forward to some quiet time in New York City, until he is asked to transport precious, top-secret cargo across the Atlantic. Taking on the challenge, Stone flies off unaware of what—or who—he is bringing with him.

But his plans to lie low are quickly spoiled when a dangerous dispatcher tracks down Stone and his tantalizing mystery guest, intent on payback—and silencing anyone who poses a threat. From the English countryside to the balmy beaches of Key West, Stone is on an international mission to hide and protect those closest to him.

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