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After sundown

After sundown

Howard, Linda, 1950- author
2020

"Sela Gordon, the shy owner of a Tennessee general store, finds safety in solitude. But if anyone can pierce her protective shell it's the handsome, mysterious ex-military man living alone in the wilds of Cove Mountain. For two years, he's kept his distance--until the day he appears to warn her that a catastrophic solar storm capable of taking down the power grid is coming. Now, Sela must find the courage to become the leader Wears Valley needs. Bitter experience has taught Ben Jernigan it's best to look out for number one. For two years the former soldier has lived in a self-imposed exile, using a top-notch security system to keep people away. But he had to let Sela know about the impending threat--and now the quiet and undeniably sexy woman is making it too easy for him to lower his guard. As panic spreads, Sela and Ben discover that in the dark, cut off from the outside world, there's no more playing it safe--in life or in love."--Amazon.com.

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A bad day for Sunshine

A bad day for Sunshine

Jones, Darynda, author
2020

Sheriff Sunshine Vicram finds her cup o' joe more than half full when the small village of Del Sol, New Mexico, becomes the center of national attention for a kidnapper on the loose. Del Sol native Sunshine Vicram has returned to town as the elected sheriff-an election her adorably meddlesome parents entered her in-and she expects her biggest crime wave to involve an elderly flasher named Doug. But a teenage girl is missing, a kidnapper is on the loose, and all of it's reminding Sunny why she left Del Sol in the first place. Add to that trouble at her daughter's new school and a kidnapped prized rooster named Puff Daddy, and Sunshine has her hands full.

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The bad fire

The bad fire

Jardine, Quintin, author
2019

Bob Skinner may be Chief Constable no more but he's indispensable to Scotland's police force when it comes to cracking the toughest cases. It's not just the brilliant detective work - it's the absolute determination to unearth the truth and see justice done. And Bob Skinner doesn't care whose toes he treads on as he pursues the guilty.

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The big lie

The big lie

Grippando, James, 1958- author
2020

As the Electoral College battle for the White House lands in a Florida courtroom, Miami attorney Jack Swyteck has never felt farther from the truth, fighting for a faithless elector, caught between a corrupt president and his manipulative opponent with each revelation more explosive than the next.

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The book of longings

The book of longings

Kidd, Sue Monk, author
2020

"In her fourth work of fiction, Sue Monk Kidd brings her acclaimed narrative gifts to imagine the story of a young woman named Ana. Raised in a wealthy family in Sepphoris with ties to the ruler of Galilee, she is rebellious and ambitious, a relentless seeker with a brilliant, curious mind and a daring spirit. Defying the expectations placed on women, she engages in furtive scholarly pursuits and writes secret narratives about neglected and silenced women. When she meets the eighteen-year-old Jesus, each is drawn to and enriched by the other's spiritual and philosophical ideas. He becomes a floodgate for her intellect, but also the awakener of her heart. Their marriage unfolds with love and conflict, humor and pathos in Nazareth, where Ana makes a home with Jesus, his brothers, James and Simon, and their mother, Mary. She is sustained by her indomitable aunt Yaltha, who is searching for her long-lost daughter, as well as by other women, including her friend Tabitha, who is sold into slavery after she was raped, and Phasaelis, the shrewd wife of Herod Antipas. Ana's impetuous streak occasionally invites danger. When one such foray forces her to flee Nazareth for her safety shortly before Jesus's public ministry begins, she makes her way with Yaltha to Alexandria, where she eventually finds refuge and purpose in unexpected surroundings. Grounded in meticulous historical research and written with a reverential approach to Jesus's life that focuses on his humanity, The Book of Longings is an inspiring account of one woman's bold struggle to realize the passion and potential inside her, while living in a time, place, and culture devised to silence her"-- Provided by publisher.

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Buried

Buried

La Plante, Lynda, author
2020

Millions of stolen, untraceable bank notes lie untouched in an old Victorian cottage, the hidden legacy of the Dolly Rawlins and her widows. When a fire breaks out at the derelict cottage, with a badly charred body inside along with what looks like thousands of burnt bank notes, it attracts the attention of the police and one young detective in particular, Jack Warr. Jack's investigation into the fire coincides with an investigation into his own past.

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Code name Hélène

Code name Hélène

Lawhon, Ariel, author
2020

The Gestapo hears of a female operative with a remarkable ability to evade capture - putting a five-million-franc bounty on Nancy Wake's head. Escaping France, Nancy enters training with the Special Operations Executives, who transform her into Hélène. With a new mission in hand, Nancy is airdropped back into France as the deadly Madam Andrée - a powerful leader in the French Resistance. But no one can protect Nancy if the enemy finds out these different women are one and the same, and the closer to liberation France gets, the more exposed she will become.

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Death by chocolate frosted doughnut

Death by chocolate frosted doughnut

Graves, Sarah, 1951- author
2020


Devoted

Devoted

Koontz, Dean R. (Dean Ray), 1945- author
2020

A mother, a boy, and a desperate battle against the night. Woody Bookman hasn't spoken a word in his eleven years of life. Not when his father died in a freak accident. Not when his mother Megan tells him she loves him. For Megan, keeping her boy safe and happy is what matters. But Woody believes a monstrous evil is behind his father's death and now threatens him and his mother. And he's not alone in his thoughts. An ally unknown to him is listening. Woody's fearful suspicions are taking shape. A malicious man driven by evil has set a depraved plan into motion. And he's coming after Woody and his mother. The reasons are primal. His powers are growing. And he's not alone.

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The final deception

The final deception

Graham, Heather, author
2020

It was one of psychologist Kieran Finnegan's most chilling cases: her assessment of a murderer known as the Fireman. Now FBI agent Craig Frasier is called to a crime scene that matches the killer's methods, and news breaks that the Fireman has escaped prison. Amid a citywide manhunt, Kieran and Craig begin to suspect there is a new threat stalking the streets of Manhattan. Either those closest to the killer have been drawn into his evil, or someone is using another man's madness and cruelty to disguise their crimes.

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Five little Indians

Five little Indians

Good, Michelle, author
2020

Taken from their families when they are very small and sent to a remote, church-run residential school, Kenny, Lucy, Clara, Howie and Maisie are barely out of childhood when they are finally released after years of detention. Alone and without any skills, support or families, the teens find their way to the seedy and foreign world of Downtown Eastside Vancouver, where they cling together. The paths of the five friends cross and crisscross over the decades as they struggle to overcome, or at least forget, the trauma they endured during their years at the Mission.

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Hidden Salem

Hidden Salem

Hooper, Kay, author.
2020

In the eight years since Nellie Cavendish's twenty-first birthday, very odd things have begun to happen. The only starting point she has is a mysterious letter from her father delivered ten years after his death, insisting she go to a town called Salem and risk her life to stop some unnamed evil - before her thirtieth birthday. Evidence of Satanic activities and the disappearance of three strangers in Salem draws the attention of FBI's Grayson Sheridan - who arrives to find his undercover partner vanished. He knows that whatever's hiding in the seemingly peaceful little town is deadly.

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I thought I knew you

I thought I knew you

Hancock, Penny, author
2019

Jules and Holly have been best friends since university. Holly is the only person who knows about Jules's affair, and Jules was there for Holly when her husband died. When Jules's daughter Saffie makes a serious allegation against Holly's son Saul, neither woman is prepared for the devastating impact this will have on their friendship or their families. Especially as Holly, in spite of her principles, refuses to believe her son is guilty.

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The museum of desire

The museum of desire

Kellerman, Jonathan, author
2020

Four people have been slaughtered and left displayed bizarrely and horrifically in a stretch limousine. Confounding the investigation, none of the victims seems to have any connection to any other, and a variety of methods have been used to dispatch them. As psychologist Alex Delaware and detective Milo Sturgis make their way through blind alleys and mazes baited with misdirection, they encounter a crime so vicious that it stretches the definitions of evil.

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No going back

No going back

Kamal, Sheena, author
2020

Two years ago, Nora Watts' daughter Bonnie was kidnapped by the wealthy Zhang family. Though Nora rescued her, she made a powerful enemy in Dao. Now Dao is out for revenge, and she needs to track him down in order to keep herself - and Bonnie - safe. On Dao's trail, Nora pursues Dao from Canada to southeast Asia. But soon, the trail will lead full circle to Vancouver, the only home Nora's ever known, and right to the heart of her brutal past.

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Perfect little children

Perfect little children

Hannah, Sophie, 1971- author
2020

Beth hasn't seen Flora for twelve years. Flora looks the same, only older. Twelve years ago, Thomas and Emily were five and three years old. Today, they look precisely as they did then. They are Thomas and Emily without a doubt, but they haven't changed at all. They are no taller, no older. Why haven't they grown? How is it possible that they haven't grown up?

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Regretting you

Regretting you

Hoover, Colleen, author
2019

A dual narrative told from the perspectives of Morgan Grant, a thirty-three-year-old married mother of one, and Clara Grant, her sixteen-year-old daughter. Morgan doesn't want her daughter to make the same mistakes she did, so she's slightly overprotective of Clara. Clara isn't allowed to date or do much of anything, but sometimes gets away with it thanks to her Aunt Jenny. While Morgan appreciates their closeness, she also worries that her sister might be giving Clara bad advice. This is a novel about family, first love, grief, and betrayal from two completely different perspectives.

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Someone we know

Someone we know

Lapeña, Shari, 1960- author
2019

In a quiet, leafy suburb in upstate New York, a teenager has been sneaking into houses - and into the owners' computers as well. Learning their secrets, and maybe sharing some of them, too. When a woman down the street is found murdered, the tension reaches its breaking point. In this neighbourhood, it's not just the husbands and wives who play games. Here, everyone in the family has something to hide.

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The stalking

The stalking

Graham, Heather, author
2019

FBI agent Cheyenne Donegal is back in Louisiana because someone is murdering young women in the same manner as the serial killer known as the Artiste. Krewe of Hunters agent Andre Broussard knows that more than one monster has stalked the bayou. With the life of a missing woman on the line, Cheyenne and Andre have to set aside their doubts about each other and work to discover the truth. The case is too close and too personal - but they can't let it go, especially now that a ruthless killer has turned the tables and is hunting them.

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Sword of fire

Sword of fire

Kerr, Katharine, author
2020

"The bards are the people's voice--and their sword. All over the kingdom of Deverry, the common people are demanding reform of the corrupt law courts. In Aberwyn, the situation catches fire when Gwerbret Ladoic, second in authority only to the High King, allows a bard to starve to death rather than hear their grievances. Guildwoman Alyssa, a student at the local scholars' collegium, and Lady Dovina, the gwerbret's own daughter, know that evidence exists to overthrow the so-called traditional legal system, if they can only get it into the right hands. The powerful lords will kill anyone who threatens their privileges. To retrieve the proof, Alyssa must make a dangerous journey that will either change her life forever--or end it.

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This lovely city

This lovely city

Hare, Louise, author
2020

"London, 1950. With the war over and London still rebuilding, jazz musician Lawrie Matthews has answered England's call for labour. Arriving from Jamaica aboard the Empire Windrush, he's rented a tiny room in south London and fallen in love with the girl next door. Playing in Soho's jazz clubs by night and pacing the streets as a postman by day, Lawrie has poured his heart into his new home -- and it's alive with possibility. Until one morning, while crossing a misty common, he makes a terrible discovery. As the local community rallies, fingers of blame point at those who were recently welcomed with open arms. And before long, London's newest arrivals become the prime suspects in a tragedy that threatens to tear the city apart. Immersive, poignant, and utterly compelling, Louise Hare's debut examines the complexities of love and belonging, and teaches us that even in the face of anger and fear, there is always hope."-- Provided by publisher.

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Trace elements

Trace elements

Leon, Donna. author
2020

"When Dottoressa Donato calls the Questura to report that a dying patient at the hospice Fatebenefratelli wants to speak to the police, Commissario Guido Brunetti and his colleague, Claudia Griffoni, waste no time in responding. "They killed him. It was bad money. I told him no," Benedetta Toso gasps the words about her recently deceased husband, Vittorio Fadalto. Even though he is not sure she can hear him, Brunetti softly promises he and Griffoni will look into what initially appears to be a private family tragedy. They discover that Fadalto worked in the field collecting samples of contamination for a company that measures the cleanliness of Venice's water supply and that he had died in a mysterious motorcycle accident. Distracted briefly by Vice Questore Patta's obsession with youth crime in Venice, Brunetti is bolstered once more by the remarkable research skills of Patta's secretary, Signora Elettra Zorzi. Piecing together the tangled threads, in time Brunetti comes to realize the perilous meaning in the woman's accusation and the threat it reveals to the health of the entire region. But justice in this case proves to be ambiguous, as Brunetti is reminded it can be when, seeking solace, he reads Aeschylus's classic play The Eumenides."-- Provided by publisher.

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Under the rainbow

Under the rainbow

Laskey, Celia, author
2020

When a national nonprofit labels Big Burr "the most homophobic town in the US" and sends in a task force of queer volunteers as an experiment - they'll live and work in the community for two years in an attempt to broaden hearts and minds - no one is truly prepared for what will ensue. As tensions roil the town, cratering relationships and forcing closely guarded secrets into the light, everyone must consider what it really means to belong. Told with warmth and wit, this novel is a poignant, hopeful articulation of our complicated humanity that reminds us we are more alike than we'd like to admit.

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You are not alone

You are not alone

Hendricks, Greer, author
2020

Shay Miller has three strikes against her: no job, no apartment, no love in her life. But when she witnesses a perfectly normal looking young woman about her age make the chilling decision to leap in front of an ongoing subway train, Shay realizes she could end up in the same spiral. She is intrigued by a group of women who seem to have it all together, and they invite her with the promise: 'You are not alone.' They are everything Shay aspires to be, and they seem to have the keys to getting exactly what they want. As Shay is pulled deeper and deeper under the spell of the Moore sisters, she finds her life getting better and better. But what price does she have to pay?

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