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The Andalucian Friend by Alexander Sōderberg
Breaking her personal code to date a charming patient, Sophie Brinkmann discovers that he is the head of a powerful international crime organization warring against a ruthless German syndicate.

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The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Philipp Sendker
When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter has any idea where he might be–until they find a love letter he wrote many years before, to a Burmese woman who is unknown to them.

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 Dear Life by Alice Munro
A collection of stories by the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author, illuminates moments that shape a life, from a dream to simple twists of fate, and is set in the countryside and towns of Lake Huron.

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Will Anderson inadvertently breaks up a key suffrage rally when he thwarts a gunman set on killing Elizabeth. No one else saw the man, and Elizabeth believes he hallucinated the entire incident. Elizabeth asks him to sit on the sidelines. But with new death threats against Elizabeth and the next rally only a few days away, Will has to unravel a complicated tapestry of blackmail, double-dealing, conspiracy, and murder before the killer has his next chance to strike.
 irresistible blueberry bakeshop & cafe - Copy  The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Café by Mary Simses
Ellen is determined to fulfill the last wish of her dying grandmother – to find the boy she once loved and give him her last letter. Things get complicated when Ellen falls into the bay and is saved by Roy, a local carpenter and the one person who can bring closure in her quest.
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It Happens in the Dark by Carol O’Connell
After two patrons at a play are found murdered on successive nights, detective Kathy Mallory investigates the killings along with mysterious backstage chalkboard messages.

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 The Last Original Wife by Dorothea Benton Frank
After an accident, Leslie Anne, last original wife among her husband’s group of cronies, realizes her perfect life is a sham. She embraces the healing powers of South Carolina’s white beaches where she reclaims the woman she was meant to be.

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 Looking for Me by Beth Hoffman
Opening an antiques shop in Charleston after discovering a talent for restoring furniture, Teddi Overman struggles to come to terms with her shattered family and sense of self after receiving news that her long-missing brother might still be alive.

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Murder with Peacocks by Donna Andrews
The eccentric preparations that Meg must endure as she returns home to assume the duties of being a bridesmaid at three different weddings in one summer suddenly become much more complicated when a visitor gets himself murdered in her small Virginia hometown.

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Please Don’t Tell by Elizabeth Adler
Assisting a car accident victim who was traveling to San Francisco to solve the murder of his fiancé, Fenny Dexter shares a night of passion with the man, whose identity comes into question in the wake of a series of brutal murders.

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Proof of Guilt by Charles Todd
When the clues in a hit-and-run investigation lead him to two families famous for producing and selling the world’s best Madeira wine, Scotland Yard’s Ian Rutledge is pitted against his new supervisor, who has his own suspect.

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 The Road from Gap Creek by Robert Morgan
The Road to Gap Creek takes us back into the lives of Julie and Hank as well as their children, seen through the eyes of their youngest daughter, Annie. Through Annie we watch the four Richards children create their own histories, lives that include both triumph and hardship in the face of the Great Depression and World War II.

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The Shanghai Factor by Charles McCarry
An American spy in China has settled into a pleasant routine when he is called back to Washington. His assignment: go undercover as the American ambassador for a Chinese conglomerate, and learn the secrets of their CEO. Is Chen Qi the front man for the Chinese Intelligence, known as the Guoanbu?

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The Stranger by Camilla Läckberg
Detective Patrik Hedstrm tackles his toughest investigation yet when a string of suspicious deaths points to a potential serial killer who has turned his eye toward Fjallbacka and her dark forests, where two children vanished decades before.

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 Tapestry of Fortunes by Elizabeth Berg
Motivational speaker, Cecilia Ross moves into a beautiful old house in St. Paul and bonds with three roommates. The four women are different ages, but all are feeling restless, and want to take a roadtrip to find again the people and things they miss.

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 World War Z by Max Brooks
An account of the decade-long conflict between humankind and hordes of the predatory undead is told from the perspective of dozens of survivors who describe in their own words the epic human battle for survival.

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The Wrong Girl by Hank Phillippi Ryan
Tipped off by an ex-colleague on a quest to find her birth mother, Boston newspaper reporter Jane Ryland begins to suspect that the respected adoption agency is reuniting birth parents with the wrong children. For detective Jake Brogan, a woman’s brutal murder seems to be a case of domestic violence. Then Jake finds an empty cradle at the murder scene. Where is the baby who should have been sleeping there?


 Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler 
Seventeen-year-old Zelda Sayre meets Lieutenant Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald at a country club dance. Fitzgerald isn’t rich or settled, and he wants, of all things, to be a writer in New York. No matter how wildly in love they may be, Zelda’s father firmly opposes the match. But when Scott finally sells his first novel, Zelda defies her parents to board a train to New York and marry him in the vestry of St. Patrick’s Cathedral.