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How the Finch Stole Christmas

Donna Andrews

When her husband organizes a full-scale production of A Christmas Carol with a famous veteran actor in the starring role, Meg Langslow finds herself navigating unexpected challenges in the star's baggage and enemies.

 

The Dark Lake

Sarah Bailey

A beautiful young teacher has been murdered, her body found in the lake, strewn with red roses. Local homicide investigator Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock pushes to be assigned to the case, concealing the fact that she knew the murdered woman in high school years before. But that's not all Gemma's trying to hide. As the investigation digs deeper into the victim's past, other secrets threaten to come to light, secrets that were supposed to remain buried. The lake holds the key to solving the murder, but it also has the power to drag Gemma down into its dark depths.

 

The Stone in the Skull

Elizabeth Bear

The Gage is a brass automaton created by a wizard of Messaline around the core of a human being. His wizard is long dead, and he works as a mercenary. He is carrying a message from a the most powerful sorcerer of Messaline to the Rajni of the Lotus Kingdom. With him is The Dead Man, a bitter survivor of the body guard of the deposed Uthman Caliphate, protecting the message and the Gage. They are walking into a dynastic war between the rulers of the shattered bits of a once great Empire.

 

The Stolen Marriage

Diane Chamberlain

In 1944, twenty-three-year-old Tess DeMello abruptly ends her engagement to the love of her life when she marries a mysterious stranger and moves to Hickory, North Carolina. Tess's new husband, Henry Kraft, is a secretive man who often stays out all night, hides money from his new wife, and shows no interest in making love. Tess quickly realizes she's trapped in a strange and loveless marriage with no way out. When a sudden polio epidemic strikes the town, the townspeople band together to build a polio hospital. Tess, who has a nursing degree, bucks Henry's wishes and begins to work at the hospital, finding meaning in nursing the young victims. As Tess works to save the lives of her patients, can she untangle her husband's mysterious behavior and save her own life?

 

Last Christmas in Paris

Hazel Gaynor

August 1914. England is at war. As Evie Elliott watches her brother, Will, and his best friend, Thomas Harding, depart for the front, she believes--as everyone does--that it will be over by Christmas, when the trio plan to celebrate the holiday among the romantic cafes of Paris. Through their letters, Evie and Thomas share their greatest hopes and fears--and grow ever fonder from afar. Can love flourish amid the horror of the First World War, or will fate intervene? Christmas 1968. With failing health, Thomas returns to Paris--a cherished packet of letters in hand--determined to lay to rest the ghosts of his past. But one final letter is waiting for him.

 

The It Girls

Karen Harper

Promoting themselves from genteel poverty to fame, two beautiful sisters, one a daring fashion designer and the other a writer of scandalous novels, become each other's most staunch supporter and harshest critic in the face of misunderstandings and confidences.

 

Winter Solstice

Elin Hilderbrand

It's been too long since the entire Quinn family has been able to celebrate the holidays under the same roof. With Bart back safe and sound from Afghanistan, the Quinns are preparing for a holiday more joyous than any they've experienced in years. And Bart's safe return isn't the family's only good news: Kevin is enjoying married life with Isabelle; Patrick is getting back on his feet after paying his debt to society; Ava thinks she's finally found the love of her life; and Kelly is thrilled to see his family reunited at last. But it just wouldn't be a Quinn family gathering if things went smoothly.

 

Mind Game

Iris Johansen

Jane MacGuire is having dreams of a young woman that needs help. She has to find out who she is and why she is contacting her. Things are further complicated for Jane when Seth Caleb comes back into her life, and Eve Duncan surprises her with some news.

 

You Were There Before My Eyes

Maria Riva

An Italian woman emigrates to America with her husband during the early part of the twentieth century and must navigate a new language and country while dealing with the economic and social upheaval of an impending war.

 

Deep Freeze

John Sandford

Having previously investigated the murderous school board of Trippton, Minnesota, Virgil Flowers isn't happy to be called back when a woman is found there encased in ice. Her death seems to be connected to the midwinter reunion of the high school class of 20 years past, whose members obviously take old grudges to the extreme.

 

 

The Tiger's Prey

Wilbur Smith

Tom Courtney, one of four sons of master mariner Sir Hal Courtney, once again sets sail on a treacherous journey that will take him across the vast reaches of the ocean and pit him against dangerous enemies in exotic destinations. But just as the winds propel his sails, passion drives his heart. Turning his ship towards the unknown, Tom Courtney will ultimately find his destiny—and lay the future for the Courtney family.

 

Fairytale

Danielle Steel

Camille Lammenais grew up in the beauty of the Napa Valley with her parents, Christophe and Joy. Graduating from Stanford, she returns to help manage their vineyard, Château Joy. When her mother dies suddenly from cancer, the devastated Christophe is easy prey for Maxine, the Countess de Pantin. Within weeks they are a clandestine couple, making love like teenagers, glowing with their secret. When tragedy strikes again, Camille is at her stepmother's mercy, and that of the two stepbrothers who appear. And now, Camille must fight-- first for her legacy, and then for her very life.

 

Dead of Winter

Wendy Corsi Staub

In Valley View, a small town populated by mediums, a superstitious killer is on the prowl and gunning for Bella Jordan, who witnessed one of his body dumps, and the whole town must come together to stop the murderer before he strikes again.

 

Nine Lessons

Nicola Upson

Called to the peaceful wooded churchyard of St-John's-at-Hampstead, Detective Chief Inspector Archie Penrose faces one of the most audacious and unusual murders of his career. The body of the church's organist is found in an opened grave, together with a photograph of a manor house and a cryptic note. The image leads Archie to Cambridge, where the crisp autumn air has brought bustling life to the ancient university and town. Mystery author Josephine Tey is also in Cambridge, where the change of seasons marks a series of vicious attacks against women, spreading fear and suspicion throughout the community. Soon, another body is revealed, and in the shadow of King's College Chapel, Archie uncovers a connection twenty-five years old which haunted both victims--as well as some of their living companions. As Archie and Josephine both grapple with savage malefactors intent on making their victims pay, they must race to stop another attack.

 

The Lying Game

Ruth Ware

Four girls are best friends and inseparable at Salten, a second-rate boarding school near the cliffs of the English Channel. They are notorious for playing the Lying Game, telling lies to both fellow boarders and faculty. Their little game has consequences when they soon learn their shared past was not as safely buried as they had once hoped.

 

Home All Along

Beth Wiseman

Charlotte has made a home for herself in Amish Country with Daniel. But unforeseen events rock their fragile world and may move them even further away from the life they long for...Charlotte, an Englisher, is living in Amish Country, and she has formed strong and lasting bonds with the people in her new community. She has even fallen in love with an Amish man. But just when she is considering a permanent conversion to the Amish way of life, her world crashes around her. An unexpected death and a mysterious visitor unsettle Charlotte, and she begins to question her faith and her choices.

 

Lilac Lane

Sherrly Woods

Single mom Kiera Malone struggled for years to raise her three children in a small town on the coast of Ireland. Just when she’s let down her guard and allowed herself to love again, her fiancé suffers a fatal heart attack and leaves her alone yet again. Overwhelmed by her loss, she’s persuaded to visit her father, Dillon O’Malley, and her daughter, Moira O’Brien, in Chesapeake Shores. With the promise of family ties and a job at O’Brien’s, her son-in-law’s Irish pub, she takes what seems like the biggest risk of her life. As it turns out, though, crossing the ocean is nothing compared to moving into a charming cottage on Lilac Lane, right next door to Bryan Laramie, the moody chef at O’Brien’s, who doesn’t do anything the way Kiera believes it should be done. Their kitchen wars quickly become the stuff of legends in Chesapeake Shores, and the town’s matchmakers conclude where there’s heat, there’s sure to be passion.

 

Quick & Dirty

Stuart Woods

A beautiful new client pulls Stone Barrington into a serpentine mystery in the exclusive world of art. It is a business where a rare find could make a career, and a mistake in judgment could be costly. It will take a man of Stone Barrington's careful discernment and well-honed instincts to get to the truth without ruffling the wrong feathers in the exclusive world of New York City's luxury penthouses and grand Hamptons estates.