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The boi of feather and steel

The boi of feather and steel

Jerreat-Poole, Adan, 1990- author.
2021

"Tav struggles to come to grips with who they are -- and who they are becoming -- in this thrilling sequel to the queer witchy fantasy The Girl of Hawthorn and Glass. After Tav's dangerous journey to the magical City of Eyes, they realize they're more than just a purple-haired, motorcycle-riding teenager who can see magic -- they know how to use it. Returning to the human world, the City of Ghosts, Tav's team races to heal the wounds in the veil between worlds as Tav struggles to come to grips with who they are -- and who they are becoming. Meanwhile, an army of child witches has risen up to overthrow the tyrannical world-eating Coven. With blood and magic spilled on both sides, who will survive?"-- Provided by publisher.

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The bullet

The bullet

Johansen, Iris, author
2021

After being divorced from Joe Quinn for many years, Diane Connors abruptly returns to disrupt his life by begging his current wife, Eve Duncan, to do her a favor. Diane is on the run with a secret that will not only put Eve in danger but make her choose between protecting her family and doing what is right. Diane is not Eve's favorite person. But years of animosity must be cast aside because Diane is no longer the selfish woman that Eve once knew. She has become a selfless doctor who has discovered a silver bullet that will change life for everyone on the planet. And she's fighting evil forces to ensure that her miracle cure is made public. But to do that, she has to remain alive, and Eve must be by her side in the battle. Even when the memories of Diane and Joe together are a personal challenge that Eve must face.

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Crooked kingdom

Crooked kingdom

Bardugo, Leigh, author
2016


A distant grave

A distant grave

Taylor, Sarah Stewart, author.
2021

"In the follow up to the critically acclaimed The Mountains Wild, Detective Maggie D'arcy tackles another intricate case that bridges Long Island and Ireland. Long Island homicide detective Maggie D'arcy and her teenage daughter, Lilly, are still recovering from the events of last fall when a strange new case demands Maggie's attention. The body of an unidentified Irish national turns up in a wealthy Long Island beach community and with little to go on but the scars on his back, Maggie once again teams up with Garda detectives in Ireland to find out who the man was and what he was doing on Long Island. The strands of the mystery take Maggie to a quiet village in rural County Clare that's full of secrets and introduce her to the world of humanitarian aid workers half a world away. And as she gets closer to the truth about the murder, what she learns leads her back to her home turf and into range of a dangerous and determined killer who will do anything to keep the victim's story hidden forever. With the lyrical prose, deeply drawn characters, and atmospheric setting that put The Mountains Wild on multiple best of the year lists, Sarah Stewart Taylor delivers another gripping mystery novel about family, survival, and the meaning of home"-- Provided by publisher.

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Dream girl : a novel

Dream girl : a novel

Lippman, Laura, 1959- author
2021

Injured in a freak fall, novelist Gerry Andersen is confined to a hospital bed in his glamorous high-rise apartment. Then late one night, a caller claims to be the "real" Aubrey, the alluring title character from his most successful novel, "Dream Girl." But there is no real Aubrey. Isolated from the world, drowsy from medication, Gerry slips between reality and a dreamlike state in which he is haunted by his own past: his faithless father, his devoted mother; the women who loved him, the women he loved. Gerry has never been so alone, so confused - and so terrified.

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Dust off the bones : a novel

Dust off the bones : a novel

Howarth, Paul, 1978- author
2021

After their family's cattle farm is attacked in the 1890s Australian Outback, two estranged brothers reunite to attempt to revive the business and are called to testify after a reprisal slaughter is perpetrated against the Kurrong.

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Home stretch : a novel

Home stretch : a novel

Norton, Graham, 1963- author
2021

It is 1987 and a small Irish community is preparing for a wedding. The day before the ceremony, a group of young friends, including the bride and groom, are involved in an accident. Three survive. Three are killed. The lives of the families are shattered and the rifts between them ripple throughout the small town. The secrets - the unspoken longings and regrets that have come to haunt those left behind - will not be silenced.

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Hostage

Hostage

Mackintosh, Clare
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It had to be you : a novel

It had to be you : a novel

Clark, Georgia, author
2021

When her late husband leaves his half of their wedding planning business to his girlfriend, Liv Goldenhorn, who never saw this coming, finds herself shackled to her polar opposite in every way, whose inexperience may be just what the company needs.

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Little black book

Little black book

Carlisle, Kate, 1951- author
2021

Brooklyn has been happily settling into married life with her hunky husband, security expert Derek Stone, when a little black book arrives in the mail. The book is a rare British first edition of Rebecca, and inside, Brooklyn finds a note from her old friend Claire Quinn, asking her to restore it to its former luster. The day after the book arrives, Claire shows up at Brooklyn and Derek's home - in disguise. She believes her life is in danger. She's afraid that her past is catching up to her. Can Brooklyn page through the clues to keep her friend's past from destroying their future?

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Love for beginners : a novel

Love for beginners : a novel

Shalvis, Jill, author
2021

When Emma Harris wakes up from a coma she learns that her fiancé and her BFF have fallen in love, she's lost her job, and the life she knew is gone. Overwhelmed but grateful to be alive she starts over from scratch. Eager for a new beginning, Emma opens a doggy day care. Unfortunately, the only space she can afford is owned by her childhood nemesis Ali Pratt. She tries to roll with the punches, but a friend drops his grandpa off at the doggy day care in desperation then on top of that, she and Ali bring the term 'frenemies' to a whole new level. And then another grandparent shows up. And another. In the midst of all that, Emma realizes she's accidentally fallen for Evil PT.

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Notorious

Notorious

Palmer, Diana, author
2021

Gaby Dupont knows some men shouldn't be trusted. Ever. Especially not high-profile lawyer Jake Chandler. To get the inside scoop on Jake's dealings - and protect herself and her beloved grandma - Gaby must take a job with the devil himself. Of course, she can't tell him who she really is. Even as they clash, Gaby gets under his skin as no other woman ever has. When Gaby comes under fire, Jake risks his career and reputation to keep her safe. But can he protect Gaby without losing his heart?

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One of us is lying

One of us is lying

McManus, Karen M., author
2017

When the creator of a high school gossip app mysteriously dies in front of four high-profile students, all four become suspects. It is up to them to solve the case.

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The perfect murder

The perfect murder

Martin, Kat, author.
2021

"The eldest of the three wealthy Garrett brothers, Reese Garrett is in the middle of a major purchase for his multimillion-dollar oil and gas company, Garrett Resources. The Poseidon offshore drilling platform venture will greatly enhance the company's value. But when Reese is on a trip out to see the rig, his helicopter crashes, leaving him hospitalized and two men dead. It's discovered the chopper was sabotaged, and Reese is determined to find out who's behind the crash--and whether he was the intended target. Then, when his lover, Kenzie, is accused of her ex-husband's murder--a man with a vested interest in the Poseidon deal--clues start pointing to a connection that puts Reese, Kenzie and her young son in the sights of a killer. From the Texas heat to the Louisiana bayous, Reese and his brothers must track down the truth before the body count gets any higher!"-- Provided by publisher.

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The personal librarian : a novel

The personal librarian : a novel

Benedict, Marie, author
2021

"In her twenties, Belle da Costa Greene is hired by J. Pierpont Morgan to curate a collection of rare manuscripts, books, and artwork for his newly built Morgan Library. Belle becomes a fixture on the New York society scene and one of the most powerful people in the art and book world, known for her impeccable taste and shrewd negotiating for critical works as she helps build a world-class collection. But Belle has a secret, one she must protect at all costs. She was born not Belle da Costa Greene but Belle Marion Greener. She is the daughter of Richard Greener, the first Black graduate of Harvard and well-known advocate for equality. Belle's complexion isn't dark because of her alleged Portuguese heritage that lets her pass as white-her complexion is dark because she is African American. The Personal Librarian tells the story of an extraordinary woman, famous for her intellect, style, and wit, and shares the lengths she must go-for the protection of her family and her legacy-to preserve her carefully crafted white identity in the racist world in which she lives"-- Provided by publisher.

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The president's daughter : a thriller

The president's daughter : a thriller

Clinton, Bill, 1946- author
2021

Matthew Keating is a former Navy SEAL - and a former President of the United States, now relocated to rural New Hampshire after a brave but ill-fated military mission cost him his second term. All he wants is to sink into anonymity with his family (and his Secret Service detail). But when he's briefed on an imminent threat against his daughter, Keating's SEAL training may prove more essential than all the power, connections, and political acumen he gained as President.

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Pretty things : a novel

Pretty things : a novel

Brown, Janelle, author
2021

Two wildly different women - one a grifter, the other an heiress - are brought together by the scam of a lifetime. Nina once bought into the idea that her fancy liberal arts degree would lead to a fulfilling career. When that dream crashed, she turned to stealing from rich kids in LA alongside her wily Irish boyfriend, Lachlan. Nina learned from the best: Her mother was the original con artist, hustling to give her daughter a decent childhood despite their wayward life. But when her mom gets sick, Nina puts everything on the line to help her, even if it means running her most audacious, dangerous scam yet. Vanessa is a privileged young heiress who wanted to make her mark in the world. Instead she becomes an Instagram influencer - traveling the globe, receiving free clothes and products, and posing for pictures in exotic locales. But behind the covetable fa©ʹade is a life marked by tragedy. After a broken engagement, Vanessa retreats to her family's sprawling mountain estate, Stonehaven: a mansion of dark secrets not just from Vanessa's past, but from that of a lost and troubled girl named Nina. Nina's, Vanessa's, and Lachlan's paths collide here, on the cold shores of Lake Tahoe, where their intertwined lives give way to a winter of aspiration and desire, duplicity and revenge. This dazzling, twisty, mesmerizing novel showcases acclaimed author Janelle Brown at her best, as two brilliant, damaged women try to survive the greatest game of deceit and destruction they will ever play.

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The push : a novel

The push : a novel

Audrain, Ashley, 1982- author
2021

"A tense, page-turning psychological drama about the making and breaking of a family, about a woman whose experience of motherhood is nothing at all what she hoped for--and everything she feared. Blythe Connor is determined that she will be the warm, comforting, supportive mother to her new baby Violet that she herself never had. But in the thick of motherhood's exhausting early days, Blythe becomes convinced that something is wrong with her daughter--Violet rejects her mother, screams uncontrollably, andbecomes a disturbing, disruptive presence at her preschool. Or is it all in Blythe's head? Her husband, Fox, says she's imagining things. What he sees is an overwhelmed wife who can't cope with the day-to-day grind. The more Fox dismisses her fears, themore Blythe begins to question her own sanity, and the more we begin to question what Blythe is telling us about her life as well. Then their son Sam is born--and with him, Blythe has the natural, blissful connection she'd always imagined with her child.Even Violet seems to love her little brother. But when life as they know it is changed in an instant, the devastating fall-out forces Blythe to face the truth. Here, we see the making and breaking of a family in crystalline detail, and what it feels likewhen women are not believed. The Push is a tour de force you will read in a sitting, an utterly immersive pageturner that will challenge everything you think you know about motherhood, about our children, and about what happens behind the doors of even the most perfect-looking families. . "-- Provided by publisher.

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Should we stay or should we go : a novel

Should we stay or should we go : a novel

Shriver, Lionel, author
2021

For ten years, Kay watched helplessly as Alzheimer's ravaged her father. Her husband of twenty-eight years, Cyril, found his brief exposure to her father's decline intolerable. Healthy and full of vitality, both Kay and Cyril, now in their early 50s make a pact: on Kay's 80th birthday they will commit suicide together. Their deal is made in 1991. They will have thirty more years together. But as time passes and their "final" day approaches, doubts begin to arise.

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Someone to cherish

Someone to cherish

Balogh, Mary, author
2021

When Harry Westcott lost the title Earl of Riverdale after the discovery of his father's bigamy, he insists he enjoys the solitude but does wonder sometimes if he is lonely. Lydia Tavernor, recently widowed, dreams of taking a lover. She doesn't want to shackle herself to another man in marriage, but sometimes, she wonders if she is lonely. Both are unwilling to face the truth until they find themselves alone together one night, and Lydia surprises even herself with a simple question. Harry's answer leads them down a path neither could ever have imagined.

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The stepsisters

The stepsisters

Mallery, Susan, author
2021

When her dad married Sage's mom, Daisy was thrilled to get a bright and shiny new sister. But Sage was beautiful and popular, everything Daisy was not, and she made sure Daisy knew it. Eighteen years, two kids and one troubled marriage later, Daisy never expects - or wants - to see Sage again. But when the little sister they have in common needs them both, they put aside their differences to care for Cassidy. As long-buried truths are revealed, no one is more surprised than they when friendship blossoms.

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Sunrise by the sea

Sunrise by the sea

Colgan, Jenny, author
2021

Marisa Rosso can't understand why everyone else is getting on with their lives as she still struggles to get over the death of her beloved grandfather, back home in Italy. Retreating further and further from normal life, she moves to the remote tidal island of Mount Polbearne, at the foot of Cornwall, hoping for peace and solitude. Between her noisy Russian piano-teaching neighbour, the bustle and community spirit of the tiny village struggling back to life after the quarantine, and the pressing need to help save the local bakery, can Marisa find her joy again at the end of the world?

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What's done in darkness

What's done in darkness

McHugh, Laura author
2021

Seventeen-year-old Sarabeth had become increasingly rebellious since her parents found God. She'd all but given up on escaping the farm when a masked man kidnaps her. A week passes before she is found alive. Five years later, Sarabeth is struggling to keep her past buried when investigator Nick Farrow calls. Convinced that her case is connected to the strikingly similar disappearance of another young girl, Farrow wants Sarabeth's help - even if that means dragging her back to the last place she wants to go - to face her estranged family and all her deepest fears.

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When stars collide

When stars collide

Phillips, Susan Elizabeth, author
2021

Thaddeus Walker Bowman Owens, the backup quarterback for the Chicago Stars, is a team player, talented sideline coach, occasional male underwear model, and a man with a low tolerance for Divas. Olivia Shore, international opera superstar, is a driven diva with a passion for perfection, a craving for justice, too many secrets - and a monumental grudge against the egotistical, lowbrow jock she's been stuck with. Tender and funny, passionate and insightful, this irresistible romantic adventure proves that anything can happen when two superstars collide.

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