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 All Day and A Night by Alafair Burke

A murder case with ties to a convicted serial killer leads a young defense lawyer and NYPD homicide detective Ellie Hatcher into parallel investigations with explosive and deadly results.

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 Any Other Name by Craig Johnson

Sheriff Walt Longmire is sinking into a high-plains winter discontent when his former boss, Lucian Connally, asks him to take on a mercy case outside his jurisdiction. Detective Gerald Holman of neighboring Campbell County is dead, and Lucian wants to know what drove his old friend, a by-the-book lawman with a wife and daughter, to take his own life.

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The Arsonist by Sue MillerA series of summer house fires exposes deep social faults in the hometown of Frankie Rowley, who makes unsettling discoveries about her aging parents while engaging in an affair with a local journalist.

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Carnal Curiosity by Stuart WoodsInvestigating a series of clever crimes targeting Manhattan’s elite, Stone and Dino are drawn into the world of high-end security and fraud only to discover that the mastermind behind the incidents may have intimate ties to Stone.

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 Chestnut Street by Maeve Binchy

Meet the unforgettable characters of Chestnut Street: Bucket Maguire, the window cleaner, who must do more than he bargained for to protect his son; Nessa Byrne, whose aunt visits from America every summer and turns the house upside down; Lilian, the generous girl with the big heart and a fiancé whom no one approves of and Melly, whose gossip about the neighbors helps a self-styled fortune-teller, get everyone on the right track.

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The Directive by Matthew Quirk

Mike Ford finds himself utilizing skills from his former life of crime when he helps his brother out of his involvement in stealing a billion-dollar trade secret from the Federal Reserve Bank.

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The Director by David Ignatius 

Graham Weber has been the director of the CIA for less than a week when a Swiss kid walks into the American consulate in Hamburg and says the agency has been hacked, and he has a list of agents’ names to prove it. Weber turns to the CIA’s in-house geek, sending him on a mole hunt into the hacker underground of Europe.

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Four Friends by Robyn Carr

A story of four women friends determined to find their stride. Ultimately, they’ll discover what it means to be a wife, mother, lover, friend…and most important: your true self.

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Ghost Ship by Clive Cussler

When Kurt Austin is injured attempting to rescue the passengers and crew from a sinking yacht, he wakes with fragmented and conflicted memories. Did he see an old friend and her children drown, or was the yacht abandoned when he came aboard? For reasons he cannot explain, Kurt doesn’t trust either version of his recollection.

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I’ve Got You Under My Skin by Mary Higgins Clark

Five years after her husband’s murder, Laurie Moran, a TV producer and single mother, starts filming a new “cold case” series in which four women involved in the unsolved murder of a wealthy Westchester matron reunite to recreate the scene of the crime–along with the real killer.

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  Live to see Tomorrow by Iris Johansen

When her mentor, Hu Chang, tasks her with rescuing an imprisoned journalist in Tibet, shadowy CIA operative Catherine Ling is pitted against a vile man. Is she being used as a pawn in a game of revenge that is not hers to play?

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The Map Thief by Michael Blanding

The map trade can be a cutthroat business, inhabited by quirky and sometimes disreputable characters in search of a finite number of extremely rare objects. Respected antiquarian map dealer, E. Forbes Smiley III spent years doubling as a map thief -until he was finally arrested slipping maps out of books in the Yale University library. The Map Thief delves into the untold history of this fascinating high-stakes criminal and the inside story of the industry that consumed him.

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Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening by Carol Wall

Carol Wall was at a crossroads in her life. Her children were grown; she had successfully overcome illness; her beloved parents were getting older. One day she notices a man tending her neighbor’s yard. His name is Giles Owita. He bags groceries at the supermarket. He comes from Kenya. And he is very good at gardening. Before long Giles is transforming not only Carol’s yard, but her life.

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An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris

A tale inspired by the infamous Dreyfus Affair finds recently promoted head of Paris’s late-19th-century counterespionage agency Georges Picquart leading the effort to convict Dreyfus only to succumb to gradual doubts that a high-level spy remains at large in the military. 

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  Otherwise Engaged by Amanda Quick

Barely escaping a would-be abductor who has left a trail of victims in his wake, world traveler Miss Amity Doncaster discovers that her attacker has become obsessed with gossip that ties Amity to scientist Benedict Stanbridge, a spy for the throne who resolves to bring the killer to justice.

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Summerset Abbey by T.J. BrownDaughters to the second son of the Earl of Summerset, Rowena and Victoria, after their father dies, move in with their uncle’s family in a much more traditional household where they learn about class division and, as war approaches, hope for a more modern future.(1st in the trilogy)

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  The Vacationers by Emma Straub
Celebrating their thirty-fifth anniversary and their daughter’s high-school graduation during a two-week vacation in Mallorca, Franny and Jim Post confront old secrets, hurts, and rivalries that reveal sides of themselves they try to conceal.Reserve this book
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