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As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust: A Flavia De Luce Novel
Bradley, Alan
Banished! is how twelve-year-old Flavia de Luce laments her predicament, when her father and Aunt Felicity ship her off to Miss Bodycote’s Female Academy, the boarding school that her mother, Harriet, once attended across the sea in Canada. Rumors swirl that Miss Bodycote’s is haunted, and that several girls have disappeared without a trace. When it comes to solving multiple mysteries, Flavia is up to the task—but her true destiny has yet to be revealed.

All Fall Down
Weiner, Jennifer
Struggling with the demands of her job, distant husband, spoiled daughter, and Alzheimer’s patient father, Allison becomes addicted to painkillers and lands in rehab, where she confronts incompatible recovery techniques, barely trained counselors, and her own denial.

The Assassination Option
Griffin, W. E. B./ Butterworth, William E.
Promoted and placed in charge of a top-secret spy operation for a fledgling Central Intelligence Agency, James Cronley discovers links between the former German intelligence chief and the Mossad before receiving shocking intelligence from an undercover agent.

The Marriage Charm
Miller, Linda Lael
After a group of women in Bliss County make a pact to find husbands, jewelry designer Melody Nolan tries to determine whether or not police chief Spence Hogan, a notorious charmer, is marriage material.

The Body Snatchers Affair: A Carpenter and Quincannon Mystery
Muller, Marcia/ Pronzini, Bill
Conducting a dual investigation in the opium dens of Chinatown, Sabina Carpenter and John Quincannon search for missing millionaires against a backdrop of a brewing tong war. By the award-winning authors of The Bughouse Affair.

A Steadfast Heart
Peterson, Tracie
Refusing to consider an arranged marriage to her wealthy father’s older business partner, Lenore unexpectedly falls for Chicago lawyer Kolbein, who has arrived in Seattle to prevent his sister from becoming a mail-order bride.

Private Vegas
Patterson, James / Paetro, Maxine
Las Vegas is a city of contradictions: seedy and glamorous, secretive and wild, Vegas attracts people of all kinds–especially those with a secret to hide, or a life to leave behind. It’s the perfect location for Lester Olsen’s lucrative business. He gets to treat gorgeous, young women to five-star restaurants, splashy shows, and limo rides–and then he teaches them how to kill.
Struggling with the demands of her job, distant husband, spoiled daughter, and Alzheimer’s patient father, Allison becomes addicted to painkillers and lands in rehab, where she confronts incompatible recovery techniques, barely trained counselors, and her own denial.

All Fall Down
Weiner, Jennifer
Struggling with the demands of her job, distant husband, spoiled daughter, and Alzheimer’s patient father, Allison becomes addicted to painkillers and lands in rehab, where she confronts incompatible recovery techniques, barely trained counselors, and her own denial.

 

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One of the local authors book talking her work at the Feast of Authors this weekend was artist Rebecca Chaperon of Vancouver, whose Eerie Dearies is something I failed to capture in my usual net but is worthwhile on close inspection.  I’ve ordered several copies.  A beautifully macabre picture book for adults, Eerie Dearies highlights 26 excuses for girls missing school starting with Astral Projection and continuing through Mononucleosis and Narcolepsy all the way to Zombie Apocalypse. I’ve got a signed copy from the program if you’d like to examine. Comment or contact me.  Most of the finished works I picked up will go into the collection but this one has a bit of scruff on the outside so I’d rather just pass around.

 

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Tom Clancy Full Force and Effect
Greaney, Mark
A North Korean ICBM crashes into the Sea of Japan. A veteran CIA officer is murdered in Ho Chi Minh City, and a package of forged documents goes missing. The pieces are there, but assembling the puzzle will cost Jack Ryan, Jr. and his fellow Campus agents’ precious time. Time they don’t have.

Collision
Lackey, Mercedes/ Giguere, Veronica/ Martin, Cody/ Lee, Dennis
“Destroying the Thulian North American Headquarters has not made life easier for ECHO, or the world. The Thulians continue their attacks against ECHO headquarters around the world.

Woman With a Gun
Margolin, Phillip
In this thriller with a difference, the Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph “Woman with a Gun”, showing a bride facing an expanse of ocean with a six-shooter held behind her back, sparks the imagination of aspiring novelist Stacey Kim–especially when she learns that the woman in question was suspected of killing her millionaire husband on their wedding night. What does the photographer know? Especially intriguing because this photograph actually exists.

Hush
Robards, Karen
Riley Cowan’s father-in-law infamously foisted a huge financial fraud on the world, and now Riley’s estranged husband is found dead–a victim, she suspects, of an angry investor who lost out big. Now she’s uniting with an old flame, FBI agent Finn Bradley, to track down the killer before more people in the family feel his wrath.

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The Escape
Baldacci, David
Following Zero Day and The Forgotten, here’s the third novel featuring army special agent John Puller, who takes on the nation’s most problematic cases. No plot details yet, but lots of promo for the multi-million-copy best-selling Baldacci’s latest.
 
The Cinderella Murder: An Under Suspicion Novel
Clark, Mary Higgins / Burke, Alafair (CON)
Reigning queen of suspense Clark joins forces for the first time with the best-selling Burke for another adventure featuring the reality drama Under Suspicion, which asks those involved to re-create the circumstances of unsolved crimes. The victim in the show’s latest episode was a talented UCLA acting student whose body was found far from her car, with no indication whether she attended her final audition. Her boyfriend has been pretty close-mouthed, too.
 
The Job
Evanovich, Janet / Goldberg, Lee
A latest entry in the series by the author of the Stephanie Plum novels and the author of the Monk series finds Agent O’Hare reluctantly partnering with con-man Nicolas Fox to take down a big-league criminal.
 
Hope to Die
Patterson, James
Detective Alex Cross is being stalked by a psychotic genius, forced to play the deadliest game of his career. Cross’s family–his loving wife Bree, the wise and lively Nana Mama, and his precious children–have been ripped away. Terrified and desperate, Cross must give this mad man what he wants if he has any chance of saving the most important people in his life. The stakes have never been higher: What will Cross sacrifice to save the ones he loves?
 
Betrayed
Scottoline, Lisa
With 2013’s Accused, Scottoline relaunched her groundbreaking “Rosato & Associates” series, featuring an all-female law firm. Here Judy Carrier (featured in only one other Rosato mystery) is anxiously pondering her personal and professional lives when she must rush to the side of an aunt diagnosed with breast cancer. The death of undocumented worker Emelia Juarez, a friend who had been helping the aunt through chemo, seems decidedly suspicious to Judy.
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Let Sleeping Dogs Lie    The Promise: An Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Novel    The Drop  A New York Christmas 
 
Let Sleeping Dogs Lie
Brown, Rita Mae
The chase is on in “New York Times” bestselling author Rita Mae Brown’s gripping new foxhunting mystery, featuring the irrepressible “Sister” Jane Arnold and the wily antics of her four-legged friends. In “Let Sleeping Dogs Lie, “a century-old crime reawakens bad will–and stirs up a scandal that chills Sister to the bone.
 
The Burning Room
Connelly, Michael
In the LAPD’s Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet nine years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but all other evidence is virtually nonexistent.
 
Flesh and Blood: A Scarpetta Novel
Cornwell, Patricia Daniels
In her 22nd outing, Dr. Kay Scarpetta goes after the Copperhead, a serial sniper who kills seemingly random victims with a single deadly shot delivered at such a distance that there’s really no crime scene, only odd bits of copper left behind as a memento. What does Kay’s techie-brilliant niece, Lucy, have to do with it?
 
The Promise: An Elvis Cole and Joe Pike Novel
Crais, Robert
When Elvis Cole is hired to locate a woman who may have disappeared with a stranger she met online, it seems like an ordinary case – until Elvis learns the missing woman worked for a defense contractor and was being blackmailed to supply explosives components for a person or persons unknown.
 
Revival
King, Stephen
King offers his expected unmatchable suspense in a novel that certainly sounds deeper than your average chillfest. Sometime in the mid- to late 20th century, Rev. Charles Jacobs arrives in young Jamie Morton’s small New England town with his alluring wife and wows the community. Then, when tragedy strikes Jamie’s family, Jacobs lashes out violently at God and religious belief and is therefore banished. Years later, Jamie, a drug-addicted rocker still running from familial woe, encounters Jacobs and enters into a relationship that turns positively Faustian. The conclusion promises to rock us to our bones while echoing Hawthorne and Poe.
 
The Drop
Lehane, Dennis
While rescuing an abused puppy from a trash can on the streets of Mystic River, a lonely bartender meets a damaged woman, who is looking for something to believe in, and as their relationship grows, they encounter the Chechen mafia, stick-up artists, a relentless cop and the original owner of the puppy who now wants it back. Inspired the forthcoming film.
 
Private India 
Patterson, James / Sanghi, Ashwin
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A New York Christmas
Perry, Anne
Anne Perry’s new Christmas novel is an irresistible tale of love, betrayal, greed, murder, and selfless devotion. For the first time, Perry’s annual yuletide offering is set in New York City’s sparkling young metropolis bursting with life, promise, and subtle menace.
 
Blue Labyrinth
Preston, Douglas / Child, Lincoln
A long-buried family secret resurfaces when one of Aloysius Pendergast’s most implacable enemies shows up on his doorstep as a murdered corpse. The mystery has all the hallmarks of the perfect murder, save for an enigmatic clue: a piece of turquoise lodged in the stomach of the deceased. The gem leads Pendergast to an abandoned mine on the shore of California’s desolate Salton Sea, which in turn propels him on a journey of discovery deep into his family’s sinister past. In short order, Pendergast is caught in a wickedly clever plot, which will leave him stricken in mind and body…and may well end with his death.
 
The Girl Next Door
Rendell, Ruth
Three-time Edgar Award winner Rendell returns to tingle our spines with suspense about a tin box containing the skeletal remains of a male and a female hand, uncovered near an earthen tunnel where decades before a group of London children played during World War II. The youth now come together as aging adults to offer up memories that might help in the investigation.
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Havana Storm
Cussler, Clive
Investigating a toxic outbreak in the Caribbean Sea that is threatening the United States, Dirk Pitt is embroiled in a post-Castro power struggle for control of Cuba; while his children, Dirk Jr. and Summer, embark on a high-stakes treasure hunt. The three of them have been in desperate situations before . . . but perhaps never quite as dire as the one facing them now. By the best-selling authors of Poseidon’s Arrow.
 
A.D. 30
Dekker, Ted
Step back in time to the year of our Lord…A.D. 30. The outcast daughter of one of the most powerful Bedouin sheikhs in Arabia, Maviah is called on to protect the very people who rejected her. When their enemies launch a sudden attack with devastating consequences, Maviah escapes with the help of two of her father’s warriors–Saba who speaks more with is sword than his voice and Judah, a Jew who comes from a tribe that can read the stars. Their journey will be fraught with terrible danger.
 
Gray Mountain
Grisham, John
The Great Recession of 2008 left many young professionals out of work. Samantha Kofer was a third year associate at Scully & Pershing, New York City’s largest law firm. Two weeks after Lehman Brothers collapsed, she lost her job, her security, and her future. A week later she was working as an unpaid intern in a legal aid clinic deep in small town Appalachia. There, for the first time in her career, she was confronted with real clients with real problems. She also stumbled across secrets that should have remained buried deep in the mountains forever.
 
 
Shopaholic to the Stars
Kinsella, Sophie
Joining her husband in Los Angeles, Becky Bloomwood pursues work as an A-list celebrity stylist only to find herself caught between two rival stars, a situation that is further complicated by her father’s mysterious agenda. By the best-selling author of The Undomestic Goddess.
 
The River
Lewis, Beverly
Tilly and Ruth, two formerly Amish sisters, are plagued by unresolved relationships when they reluctantly return to Lancaster County for their parents’ landmark wedding anniversary. Since departing their Plain upbringing, Tilly has married an Englisher, but Ruth remains single and hasn’t entirely forgotten her failed courtship with her Amish beau.
The Handsome Man’s De Luxe Café
McCall Smith, Alexander
In this delightful fifteenth installment, Mma Ramotswe has her hands full both at home and in the office. To add to her current challenges, her devoted partner, Grace Makutsi, has decided to branch out on her own and open The Handsome Man’s Deluxe Cafe. But even “Miss 97 Per Cent” can’t quite meet all the demands of running a business – not to mention those that a lightning strike makes on her building. Eventually, she’ll have to accept all the help she can get – even if it comes from a completely unexpected source.
 
Prince Lestat: The Vampire Chronicles
Rice, Anne
The novel opens with the vampire world in crisis…vampires have been proliferating out of control; burnings have commenced all over the world, huge massacres similar to those carried out by Akasha in “The Queen of the Damned.” Old vampires, roused from slumber in the earth are doing the bidding of a Voice commanding that they indiscriminately burn vampire-mavericks in cities from Paris and Mumbai to Hong Kong, Kyoto, and San Francisco.
 
Desert God: A Novel of Ancient Egypt
Smith, Wilbur A.
Game of Thrones meets Ancient Egypt in this magnificent, action-packed epic. On the gleaming banks of the Nile, the brilliant Taita–slave and advisor to the Pharaoh–finds himself at the center of a vortex of passion, intrigue, and danger. His quest to destroy the Hyksos army and form an alliance with Crete takes him on an epic journey up the Nile, through Arabia and the magical city of Babylon, and across the open seas. With the future of Egypt itself on his shoulders, Taita enters a world where the line between loyalty and betrayal shifts like the desert sands, evil enemies await in the shadows, and death lingers on the edges of darkness.
 
Pegasus
Steel, Danielle
Warned by well-placed friends to flee late 1930s Germany because he is partly Jewish, the aristocratic Nicolas von Bingen heads to America with his two sons–and two snowy white Lipizzaner horses, which serve as Nick’s entree into the magical world of the Ringling Brothers Circus. Wouldn’t you know he falls in love with a tightrope walker? Inspired by the author’s own family history.
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War Dogs
Bear, Greg
The Gurus were a highly advanced species who brought amazingly useful and sophisticated technology to the human race. There was, of course, a catch. They warned of a far more malevolent life form, beings who have hounded the Gurus across the cosmos. The media have taken to calling them the Antagonists — or Antags — and they have already established a beachhead on Mars. Enter Master Sergeant Michael Venn, a veteran Skyrine who is dropped onto the Red Planet with his band of brothers on a mission to turn back the Antag tide. But the Skyrines will face impossible odds just to survive — let alone make it home alive.
 
Closer to Home
Lackey, Mercedes
Mags was once an enslaved orphan living a harsh life in the mines, until the King’s Own Herald discovered his talent and trained him as a spy. Now a Herald in his own right, at the newly established Heralds’ Collegium, Mags has found a supportive family, including his Companion Dallen. Although normally a Herald in his first year of Whites would be sent off on circuit, Mags is needed close to home for his abilities as a spy and his powerful Mindspeech gift. There is a secret, treacherous plot within the royal court to destroy the Heralds. The situation becomes dire after the life of Mags’ mentor, King’s Own Nikolas, is imperiled. His daughter Amily is chosen as the new King’s Own, a complicated and dangerous job that is made more so by this perilous time. Can Mags and Amily save the court, the Heralds, and the Collegium itself?
 
A Matter of Heart
Peterson, Tracie
Texas born and raised Jessica Atherton is a wealthy young woman whose heart was broken when the man she intended to marry wedded another. But her world is upended when two new men come into her life, and both manage to stir her heart. If Jessica follows her heart, where will it lead?
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