• A Proposal They Can't Refuse

    A Proposal They Can't Refuse

    Caña, Natalie

    "Natalie Caña turns up the heat, humor and heart in this debut rom-com about a Puerto Rican chef and an Irish American whiskey distiller forced into a fake engagement by their scheming octogenarian grandfathers. Kamilah Vega is desperate to convince her family to update their Puerto Rican restaurant and enter it into the Fall Foodie Tour. With the gentrification of their Chicago neighborhood, it's the only way to save the place. The fly in her mofongo--her blackmailing abuelo says if she wants to change anything in his restaurant, she'll have to marry the one man she can't stand: his best...

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  • Back to the Garden

    Back to the Garden

    King, Laurie R.

    "The Gardener Estate was a twentieth-century Eden. Now, restoration work digs up a grim relic of the home's past: a human skull. Inspector Raquel Laing has her work cut out for her. Fifty years ago, Rob Gardener, turned his home into a commune of peace, love and equality. But that was also a time when serial killers preyed on innocents. As Raquel dives into the Estate's archives, everything she finds keeps bringing her back to Rob Gardener himself. A lot of people seem to have disappeared from the Gardener Estate that summer when the commune mysteriously fell apart. The pressure...

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  • Fairy Tale

    Fairy Tale

    King, Stephen

    "Charlie Reade looks like a regular high school kid, but he carries a heavy load. His mom was killed in a hit-and-run accident when he was seven, and grief drove his dad to drink. Charlie learned how to take care of himself and his dad. When Charlie is seventeen, he meets a dog named Radar and her aging master, Howard Bowditch, a recluse in a big house with a locked shed in the backyard. Sometimes strange sounds emerge from it. Charlie starts doing jobs for Mr. Bowditch and loses his heart to Radar. When Bowditch dies, he leaves Charlie a...

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  • The Rising Tide

    The Rising Tide

    Cleeves, Ann

    "Fifty years ago, a group of teenagers spent a weekend on Holy Island. Now, they still return every five years to celebrate their friendship and remember the friend they lost to the rising waters of the causeway. Now, when one of them is found hanged, Vera is called in. Learning that the dead man had recently been fired after misconduct allegations, Vera knows she must discover what the friends are hiding, and whether the events of many years before could have led to murder then, and now. Secrets long-hidden are finding their way to the surface, and Vera may find...

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  • Two Nights in Lisbon

    Two Nights in Lisbon

    Pavone, Chris

    "Ariel Pryce wakes up in Lisbon, alone. Her husband is gone--no warning, no note, not answering his phone. Something is wrong. She starts with hotel security, then the police, then the American embassy, at each confronting questions she can't fully answer: What exactly is John doing in Lisbon? Why would he drag her along on his business trip? Who would want to harm him? And why does Ariel know so little about her new--much younger--husband? The clock is ticking. Ariel is increasingly frustrated and desperate, running out of time, and the one person in the world who can help is...

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  • A Song of Comfortable Chairs

    A Song of Comfortable Chairs

    McCall Smith, Alexander

    "Grace Makutsi's husband, Phuti, is in a bind. An international firm is attempting to undercut his prices in the office furniture market. Meanwhile, Mma Makutsi is approached by an old friend who has a troubled son. Grace and Phuti agree to lend a hand, but the situation is more than they can handle on their own. It will require not only all of their patience and dedication, but also the help of Mma Ramotswe and the formidable Mma Potokwani. Mma Makutsi deals with it all with her usual grace. That, along with the kindness, generosity, and good sense that the...

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  • Desperation in Death

    Desperation in Death

    Robb, J. D.

    "New York, 2061. The place called the Pleasure Academy is a living nightmare where abducted girls are trapped, trained for a life of abject service. Dorian, a thirteen-year-old runaway who'd been imprisoned there, might never have made it out if not for her fellow inmate Mina. Unfortunately, they didn't get away fast enough. Now Dorian is injured and Mina lies dead while Lt. Eve Dallas looks over the scene. Mina's elegant clothes and beauty products convince Dallas that she was being groomed for sex trafficking. No matter what, she must keep her head clear because she is desperate for justice...

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  • The Ways We Hide

    The Ways We Hide

    McMorris, Kristina

    As a little girl raised amid the hardships of Michigan's Copper Country, Fenna Vos learned to focus on her own survival. That ability sustains her even now as the Second World War rages in faraway countries. Though she performs onstage as the assistant to an unruly escape artist, behind the curtain she's the mastermind of their act. Ultimately, controlling her surroundings and eluding traps of every kind helps her keep a lingering trauma at bay. Yet for all her planning, Fenna doesn't foresee being called upon by British military intelligence. Tasked with designing escape aids to thwart the Germans, MI9...

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  • The Mutual Friend

    The Mutual Friend

    Bays, Carter

    "It's the summer of 2015, and Alice Quick needs to get to work. She's twenty-eight years old, grieving her mother, barely scraping by as a nanny, and freshly kicked out of her apartment. If she can just get her act together and sign up for the MCAT, she can start chasing her dream of becoming a doctor . . . but in the Age of Distraction, the distractions are so distracting. There's her tech millionaire brother's religious awakening. His picture-perfect wife's emotional breakdown. Her chaotic new roommate's thirst for adventure. And, of course, there's the biggest distraction of all: Love....

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  • Siren Queen

    Siren Queen

    Vo, Nghi

    "It was magic. In every world, it was a kind of magic. "No maids, no funny talking, no fainting flowers." Luli Wei is beautiful, talented, and desperate to be a star. Coming of age in pre-Code Hollywood, she knows how dangerous the movie business is and how limited the roles are for a Chinese American girl from Hungarian Hill--but she doesn't care. She'd rather play a monster than a maid. But in Luli's world, the worst monsters in Hollywood are not the ones on screen. The studios want to own everything from her face to her name to the women...

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