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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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Mr. Miracle: A Christmas Novel
Macomber, Debbie
Harry Mills is a guardian angel on a mission: help twenty-four-year-old Addie Folsom get her life back on track and, if the right moment strikes, help her find love. Posing as a teacher at a local college in Tacoma, Washington, Harry is up to the task, but not even he can predict the surprises that lay in store.
 
Leaving Time
Picoult, Jodi
Jenna Metcalf was three years old when her mother, Alice, disappeared from the elephant sanctuary where she worked as a researcher. Ten years later, Jenna is ready to launch a search. After poring over her mother’s research journals, consulting the Internet, and visiting her father in the mental institution where he’s been since shortly after the disappearance, she enlists outside assistance from Serenity Jones, a once-famous psychic whose gift appears to have deserted her, and Virgil Stanhope, the gruff, alcoholic ex-police detective who was once assigned to Alice’s case. With their help, Jenna finds new evidence at the now-closed sanctuary and begins to piece together the events of the night her mother disappeared, leading her to a few uncomfortable truths about the past, but bringing much-needed closure to her and her dad.
 
Bones Never Lie
Reichs, Kathy
Two child murders, separated by thousands of miles, have one thing in common – the killer. Years ago, Anique Pomerleau kidnapped and murdered a string of girls in Canada, then narrowly eluded capture. It was a devastating defeat for her pursuers, Brennan and police detective Andrew Ryan. Now, as if summoned from their nightmares, Pomerleau has resurfaced in the United States, linked to victims in Vermont and North Carolina. When another child is snatched, the reign of terror promises to continue – unless Brennan can rise to the challenge and make good on her second chance to stop a psychopath.
 
Deadline
Sandford, John
In Southeast Minnesota, down on the Mississippi, a school board meeting is coming to an end. The board chairman announces that the rest of the meeting will be closed, due to personnel issues. “Issues” is correct. The proposal up for a vote before them is whether to authorize the killing of a local reporter. The vote is four to one in favor. Meanwhile, not far away, Virgil Flowers is helping out a friend by looking into a dognapping, which seems to be turning into something much bigger and uglier–a team of dognappers supplying medical labs–when he gets a call from Lucas Davenport. A murdered body has been found–and the victim is a local reporter.
 
Paris Match
Woods, Stuart
Stone Barrington has returned to Paris to attend to some business concerns, and finds himself embroiled in high-stakes trouble on both sides of the pond. An old enemy is still in hot pursuit, and this time he might have a powerful local resource on his side: a gentleman with his own ax to grind against Stone. And back in the United States, the swirling rumor mill threatens to derail a project of vital importance not just to Stone but to the nation. Though Stone is no stranger to peril, never before has he faced threats from so many directions at once. 
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 Stone Mattress: Nine Tales       The Lost Key (A Brit in the FBI Series #2)       Edge of Eternity: Book Three of The Century Trilogy       The Perfect Witness
Stone Mattress: Nine Tales
Atwood, Margaret Eleanor
The award-winning author of The Handmaid’s Tale presents a collection of short stories that features such protagonists as a widowed writer who is guided by her late husband’s voice and a woman whose genetic abnormality causes her to be mistaken for a vampire.
 
The Blood of an Englishman: An Agatha Raisin Mystery
Beaton, M. C.
Investigating the murder of a local baker during an amateur theatrical, curmudgeon Agatha Raisin and her team of private detectives uncover a web of feuds and temperamental behaviors that place the team in mortal danger. By the best-selling author of the Hamish Macbeth series.
 
The Lost Key
Coulter, Catherine / Ellison, J. T.
Investigating the Wall Street stabbing of a rare book dealer who had been secretly looking for a missing WWI U-boat full of treasure, Nicholas Drummond and his partner, Mike Caine, frantically try to track down the victim’s missing children.
 
Edge of Eternity
Follett, Ken
A conclusion to the epic trilogy by the best-selling author of Winter of the World continues the experiences of five intertwined international families as they confront the social, political and economic turmoil of the second half of the 20th century. Edge of Eternity, the finale, covers one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the 1960s through the 1980s, encompassing civil rights, assassinations, Vietnam, the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution and rock and roll.
 
The Perfect Witness
Johansen, Iris
A stand-alone thriller by the best-selling author of the Eve Duncan series follows the experiences of a woman with an eidetic memory who has spent her life in the Witness Protection Program and who is forced to flee for her life when her cover is exposed.
 
Eyes Only
Michaels, Fern
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Burn
Patterson, James / Ledwidge, Michael
Back home in New York, Detective Michael Bennett investigates a burnt body left where a strange party had been held in a condemned building, in the seventh novel of the series following Gone.
 
Bones Never Lie
Reichs, Kathy
A latest entry in the best-selling series finds the forensic investigator employing her classic style while embarking on new territory that leads her to reunite with her mother and track down an elusive adversary. 
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Perfidia
Ellroy, James
Ellroy is back with the first book in a second “L.A. Quartet” and the same darkly stylish crime writing that made him famous. With the internments that commenced after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, a Japanese American family is found dead in Los Angeles. Was it murder or ritual suicide? That question ends up involving a top-notch Japanese American forensic chemist, a risk-taking young woman, real-life police officer William “Whiskey Bill” Parker, and corrupt police office Dudley Smith of L.A. Confidential fame.
 
Murder 101: A Decker/Lazarus Novel
Kellerman, Faye
As a detective lieutenant with the LAPD, Peter Decker witnessed enough ugliness and chaos for a lifetime. Now, he and his devoted wife Rena Lazarus are ready to enjoy the quiet beauty of upstate New York, where they can be closer to their four adult children and their foster son. But working for the Greenbury Police department isn’t as fulfilling as Decker hoped. While Rina has adapted beautifully to their new surroundings, Decker is underwhelmed and frustrated by his new partner, Tyler McAdams, a former Harvard student and young buck with a bad ‘tude. Just when he thinks he’s made a mistake, Decker is called to his first real crime here–a possible break-in at the local cemetery.
 
Son of No One
Kenyon, Sherrilyn
In Son of No One, next in the blockbuster The Dark-Hunters series by Sherrilyn Kenyon, it’s not easy being life’s own personal joke, but Josette Landry has made an unstable peace with the beast. Completely down on her luck, Josette takes a job with a local paranormal group as a photographer and camerawoman. Yeah, they’re even crazier than she is. The only paranormal thing she believes in is the miracle that keeps her rusted out hoopty running. But when something truly evil is released into the world, they are forced to call in reinforcement.
 
Angels Walking
Kingsbury, Karen
When former national baseball star Tyler Ames suffers a career-ending injury, all he can think about is putting his life back together the way it was before. He has lost everyone he loves on his way to the big leagues. Then just when things seem to be turning around, Tyler hits rock bottom. Across the country, Tyler’s one true love Sami Dawson has moved on.
 
The Children Act
McEwan, Ian
Ever sensitive to the nuances of contemporary life, McEwan gives us a heroine named Fiona Maye who serves as a High Court judge in London presiding over cases in family court. When she refuses husband Jack’s request for an open marriage, he leaves. Even as she ponders whether she was resisting the loss of love or of respectability, Fiona dedicates herself to the difficult case of a 17-year-old whose parents won’t allow him a lifesaving blood transfusion because of religious beliefs.
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Personal: A Jack Reacher Novel
Child, Lee
Child follows up nine straight No. 1 New York Times best sellers with another thriller featuring everyone’s favorite vigilante hero, Jack Reacher. No plot details yet, but after the way Never Go Back twisted around readers, who knows what direction this will take?
 
The Eye of Heaven
Cussler, Clive / Blake, Russell
Baffin Island: Husband-and-wife team Sami and Remi Fargo are on a climate-control expedition in the Arctic, when to their astonishment they discover a Viking ship in the ice, perfectly preserved–and filled with pre-Columbian artifacts from Mexico. How can that be?
 
Dark Blood
Feehan, Christine
Zev Hunter was an elite warrior, a dark-blood dealer of death to rogue Lycans who preyed on mankind. He was a loner, never given to personal attachments, and damned fierce at his job. But Zev begins to question his past and his purpose when he awakens in the darkness of the sacred cave of warriors and is soothed back to consciousness by the sensuously familiar voice of one woman, the woman who has haunted his fantasies for centuries. She was Branislava, member of the Dragonseeker clan?
 
Haunted
Hooper, Kay
When Deacon James’s younger sister Melanie calls him, terrified, he goes to her aid in the small Georgia town of Sociable. What he finds is a scared young woman in the grip of what she insists is a paranormal nightmare and murder. Two local men have been killed under mysterious circumstances and Melanie is the prime suspect.
 
Somewhere Safe With Somebody Good: The New Mitford Novel
Karon, Jan
After five hectic years of retirement from Lord’s Chapel, Father Tim Kavanagh returns with his wife, Cynthia, from a so-called pleasure trip to the land of his Irish ancestors. While glad to be at home in Mitford, something is definitely missing: a pulpit. But when he’s offered one, he decides he doesn’t want it. Maybe he’s lost his passion.
 
The Golem of Hollywood
Kellerman, Jonathan / Kellerman, Jesse
Sent to investigate a murder in the Hollywood hills, Det. Jacob Lev finds only a neatly severed head and the Hebrew word for justice scorched into the kitchen counter. Edgar/Shamus Award winner Jonathan Kellerman and son Jesse, an Edgar nominee, have written a thriller that touches, remarkably, on the Golem of Prague.
 
Blood on the Water: A William Monk Novel
Perry, Anne
In Perry’s 20th Monk mystery, the pleasure boat “Princess Mary” has exploded along the Thames waterfront at a cost of nearly 200 lives, and Monk is quick to find evidence that the Egyptian man sentenced to death for this outrage could not have been the culprit.
 
Festive in Death
Robb, J. D.
Personal trainer Trey Ziegler was in peak physical condition – if you didn’t count the kitchen knife in his well-toned chest. Lieutenant Eve Dallas soon discovers a lineup of women who’d been loved and left by the narcissistic gym rat. While Dallas sorts through the list of Ziegler’s enemies, she’s also dealing with her Christmas shopping list – plus the guest list for her and her billionaire husband’s upcoming holiday bash.
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