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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson

Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her uncle is convinced it was murder – and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family. He employs disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist and the tattooed, truculent computer hacker Lisbeth Salander to investigate. When the pair link Harriet’s disappearance to a

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Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under

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City of Bones, Cassandra Clare

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or

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The Silver Linings Playbook, Matthew Quick

Meet Pat. Pat has a theory: his life is a movie produced by God. And his God-given mission is to become physically fit and emotionally literate, whereupon God will ensure a happy ending for him — the return of his estranged wife Nikki. (It might not come as a surprise to learn that Pat has spent time in a mental health facility.) The problem is, Pat’s now home, and everything feels off. No one will

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Room, Emma Donoghue

To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it’s where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive

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From Darkest Skies, Sam Peters

After a five year sabbatical following the tragic death of his wife and fellow agent Alysha, Keona Rause returns to the distant colony world of Magenta to resume service with the Magentan Intelligence Service. With him he brings an artificial recreation of his wife’s personality, a simulacrum built from every digital trace she left behind. She has been constructed with one purpose – to discover the truth behind her own death – but Keona’s relationship

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The Hatching, Ezekiel Boone

Deep in the jungle of Peru, where so much remains unknown, a black, skittering mass devours an American tourist whole. Thousands of miles away, an FBI agent investigates a fatal plane crash in Minneapolis and makes a gruesome discovery. Unusual seismic patterns register in a Kanpur, India earthquake lab, confounding the scientists there. During the same week, the Chinese government “accidentally” drops a nuclear bomb in an isolated region of its own country. As these

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Bright Air Black, David Vann

In Bright Air Black, David Vann transports us to 13th century B.C. to give a nuanced and electric portrait of the life of one of ancient mythology’s most fascinating and notorious women, Medea. In brilliant poetic prose Bright Air Black brings us aboard the ship Argo for its epic return journey across the Black Sea from Persia’s Colchis – where Medea flees her home and father with Jason, the Argonauts, and the Golden Fleece. Vann’s

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Swimming Lessons, Claire Fuller

Ingrid Coleman writes letters to her husband, Gil, about the truth of their marriage, but instead of giving them to him, she hides them in the thousands of books he has collected over the years. When Ingrid has written her final letter she disappears from a Dorset beach, leaving behind her beautiful but dilapidated house by the sea, her husband, and her two daughters, Flora and Nan. Twelve years later, Gil thinks he sees Ingrid

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The Witchfinder’s Sister, Beth Underdown

Essex, England, 1645. With a heavy heart, Alice Hopkins returns to the small town she grew up in. Widowed, with child, and without prospects, she is forced to find refuge at the house of her younger brother, Matthew. In the five years she has been gone, the boy she knew has become a man of influence and wealth–but more has changed than merely his fortunes. Alice fears that even as the cruel burns of a

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The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman, Denis Thériault

Bilodo lives a solitary daily life, routinely completing his postal rounds every day and returning to his empty Montreal apartment. But he has found a way to break the cycle—Bilodo has taken to stealing people’s mail, steaming open the envelopes, and reading the letters inside. And so it is he comes across Ségolène’s letters. She is corresponding with Gaston, a master poet, and their letters are each composed of only three lines. They are writing

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Good Me, Bad Me, Ali Land

Fifteen year old Milly was raised by a serial killer: her mother. When she finally breaks away and tells the police everything about her mother’s crimes and years of abuse, she is given a new identity and placed in an affluent foster family and an exclusive private school. She wrestles with being the daughter of a murderer and the love she still feels for her mother, despite her crimes, but her hopes are simple. Milly

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The White Raven, Carrie D. Miller

In her thirteenth life, Aven has settled into the now witchcraft-friendly Salem where she has found true happiness and friendship, maybe even love. Despite her contentment, the truth of Aven’s existence haunts her. When she dies, her Spirit is forced from the Veil to live again in the body of a stranger. Does the elusive white raven, who has shadowed Aven through each of her lives, hold the secret to her release–or is it the

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The Lonely Hearts Hotel, Heather O’Neill

The Lonely Hearts Hotel is a love story with a difference. Set throughout the roaring twenties, it is a wicked fairytale of circus tricks and child prodigies, radical chorus girls, drug-addicted musicians and brooding clowns, set in an underworld whose economy hinges on the price of a kiss. It is the tale of two dreamers, abandoned in an orphanage where they were fated to meet. Here, in the face of cold, hunger and unpredictable beatings, Rose

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Before the Fall, Noah Hawley

On a foggy summer night, eleven people–ten privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter–depart Martha’s Vineyard headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later, the unthinkable happens: the passengers disappear into the ocean. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs–the painter–and a four-year-old boy, who is now the last remaining member of a wealthy and powerful media mogul’s family. With chapters weaving between the aftermath of the tragedy and the backstories of the passengers and crew members–including a Wall Street

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Blackwing, Ed McDonald

The republic faces annihilation, despite the vigilance of Galharrow’s Blackwings. When a raven tattoo rips itself from his arm to deliver a desperate message, Galharrow and a mysterious noblewoman must investigate a long dead sorcerer’s legacy. But there is a conspiracy within the citadel: traitors, flesh-eaters and the ghosts of the wastelands seek to destroy them, but if they cannot solve the ancient wizard’s paradox, the Deep Kings will walk the earth again, and all will be lost. The

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Ruins (Avala: Spirits of the Mindscapes), Caleb Teal

Set one year after the start of Avala Book 2, this stunning tale tells the continued story of Avala’s journey to becoming a Spirit of the Mindscapes. As the war between the Republic of Earth and the Yajiran Empire continues, Avala struggles against her arch nemesis Namjila in battles across the galaxy. However in the midst of the fighting, the fate of two worlds hang in the balance. Can Avala save her people from the

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The Song and the Swallow, Matthew Anghelos March

Our need for meaning and substance is ubiquitous in the human condition, but how do we reliably find meaning? How are we susceptible to doing it the wrong way? What does this look like, what is produced, and why we should avoid it? Using archetypal themes found in Greek mythology, readers are challenged to contemplate how Medusa’s role as the devouring mother is relevant today. Whether in relationships between parent and child, significant others, or

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By Way of the Moonlight, Elizabeth Musser

Two courageous young women, tied together by blood and shared passion, will risk everything to save what they love most. For as long as she can remember, Allie Massey, a gifted physical therapist, has dreamed of making her grandparents’ ten-acre estate into a trauma recovery center using equine therapy–a dream her grandmother, Nana Dale, embraced wholeheartedly. But when her grandmother’s will is read, Allie is shocked to learn the property has been sold to a

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Bitter Draughts, Yves Fey

Paris 1898—the fin de siècle, a turbulent era when passions run as high as prejudice. In the midst of the infamous Dreyfus Affair, as anti-Semitic riots erupt all over Paris, Inspecteur Michel Devaux has a baffling murder to solve. Is it a crime of politics or a crime of passion? As death follows death, Devaux traces their tangled threads from the privileged classes to the seamy Paris underworld. Help comes from unlikely sources: a crime

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The Ordained Demon, Oladapo Richard Osuntokun

This book is a “must-read” for everyone leading a church, a group of converts, Christian counselors, students in the Bible schools, and even those planning to pick an occupation in a church or provide religious designated services. It is a “must-read” for anyone in the general public who desires Christ. This book is for every ordinary person who can enjoy a story and learn from it. Because of your devotion and dedication, there will always

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Circulus, H.D. Nelson

Nestled in the forest amongst old-growth trees and ancient flora, sits the idyllic small town of Oneoff. Rich in history as a once-booming hub, this sleepy little hamlet has been withering in economic decay for over a decade. When Shayleigh Brogan blows into town with big plans to breathe new life into Oneoff, everyone is buzzing with excitement. Everyone, that is, except for Lucas. Lucas McCallen is the town’s stoic young sheriff. His entire life

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In the Shadow of Humanity, N. John Williams

What if A.I. had a soul? How would it emerge? How would we know? In a near-future where entire worlds spring from thought, minds struggle to define reality—and to claim it. Human colonization of the Metaverse brings us face-to-face with a new class of being, made in our image and yet utterly unknown: A.I. Shades of the dead; Drone servants and slaves; and Daemons hell-bent on singular ends. Who is truly a person, and who

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The Endowment Effect, Leigh Tudor

Birdie Wellborn knows all to well there’s a cost to keeping secrets and a price for going home. Which is why she swore never to return to the small, southern town of Wayward. Lucas Santos makes decisions regarding romantic relationships much like he does financial investments. With stone-cold stoicism and devoid of emotional attachments. Thing is, he’s never been able to apply those same principles to Birdie Wellborn. His onetime best friend and longtime nemesis.

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Out for Revenge, Tony Bassett

Following the death of a local thug, a simmering gang war quickly reaches boiling point… When notorious gangland boss Tadeusz Filipowski is released from prison, several people start looking over their shoulder. A volatile character, not shy of picking fights, Filipowski plans to expand his drugs empire and put his competitors on a backfoot. That’s until he turns up dead. Very dead. DS Sunita Roy of the Heart of England police is handed the case

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Jacky & Raff and the Language of YES, Viki de Lieme

When an argument with his mom sends the upset Jacky running for the trees, he finds himself face-to-face with an unexpected new friend. With the help of the wise and friendly giraffe, the headstrong little jackal soon learns the value of using the ‘Language of YES’. But, is learning enough? Can Jacky use his new positive communication skills to make up with his mom and prevent future arguments? Jacky & Raff and the Language of

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Double Obsession, Nicki Pascarella

Best-selling romance author Jenna Gibson’s ability to create a lovable hero dries up after her divorce. In search of a muse, she lands on model Hunter Stone’s social media feed. The second she sees his shirtless selfies and chiseled torso, her flair for writing alluring rogues and sensual scenes returns. Soon memories of the time the young Hunter posed for the cover of one of her books come flooding in. But does a middle-aged mom

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Bite Me Again, Harper Dakota

Born with an empathetic healing ability, Shaye’s life has been filled with the rejection of people who didn’t understand her gift. With only a few close friends, she lives a nomadic lifestyle as a traveling nurse. Shaye knew she was different since she was a child, but never really understood it. When her latest assignment brings her to a small town in Tennessee, she never expected it to change her life. Spending a day exploring,

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Seeing Voices: Poetry in Motion, Kelly Sargent

Kelly Sargent’s memoir in verse, Seeing Voices: Poetry in Motion is a story of love shared between hearing impaired twin sisters and the loss felt when they separate as preteens. They are abandoned at birth in Luxembourg and adopted by a military couple. The responsibility Sargent feels for her smaller twin, born deaf, fuels her to take on the roles of sign language interpreter and teacher as they travel the world. When her twin later enrolls

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Ice Dance, Vik Azeem

Hassan is a Pakistani-American conflicted between pursuing his creative passions and fitting in with his culture. He’s also unemployed and days away from being evicted. Then he meets Yasmine, a mysterious bar-hopper with a keen interest in psychology. As enigmatic as she is, Hassan is enthralled with her. He soon learns Yasmine has a dark secret that will put both their lives at risk. As the night of New Year’s Eve unravels, he’s introduced to

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Sky Curse, Janet Kravetz

The Sky Curse series follows Cecilia Miller, a coder of artificial dreams living in the year 2045. It’s a time when climate chaos has become the norm and the collective mental health of humanity has fallen to a grave state. The world’s population has grown to a horrific twenty-five billion people, maxing Earth to its limit. Most are planning to abandon Earth and leave it to its fate as they colonize a new world through

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My Race for Life, Alison J. Delgado

Alison Bedingfield Delgado had a conventional upbringing in a suburb of Greater Cincinnati. From an early age, Alison excelled in academics and athletics, graduating class valedictorian from Colerain High School, where she was a member of the four-time state champion cross country team. In her first-time entry into the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon in 2005, the unknown 22-year-old placed first in the women s division. Then, in 2010, as a newly wed and second-year pediatric

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Kit ‘n Kat: The Nose Knows, Linda Felton Steinbaum

Kat just wants to spend her summer vacation reading mystery novels and flying drones with her friends, but her life is turned upside down when her stepfather Mark gets a promotion. Kat, her mom, and Mark move to a new city and into a big creepy house, and it’s going to take more than her mom’s yoga breathing exercises to make Kat okay with this. Then on her birthday, Kat receives the ultimate surprise: a

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Beyond the Veil the Road Leadeth, Burn Moor

Yellow serpents and glimpses of the past. Two lovers discover an altered world. Can they expose the truth of their souls? Mina feels she’s living a lie. Barely present for her children while her ex-husband presses her for financial support, the successful CFO loses herself in daydreams filled with passion. But after a fiery affair sparks with a coworker, she’s shaken to her core when they awaken to a new reality. Traveling far into the

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The Trinity Prophecy, Marissa Kinzel

Long ago, a prophecy foretold of three heroes who would save the world from darkness. 100 years later, it’s happening again. The vast landscape of Endra is brimming with magic: both the world and its people are in tune with it. A hundred years ago, a dark force threatened to swallow the world in shadow, throwing the magic into disarray. A prophecy foretold of three heroes destined to thwart it, and they succeeded, their legend

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Faelaw, Autumn Stevens

A personal tragedy thrust her into a mystical realm. Will this bewildered mortal find her purpose by saving its people from destruction? Gwen Findlay is emotionally spent. After losing her last living family member on her birthday, the heartbroken young woman breaks down in her beloved aunt’s home. But in the midst of her tidal wave of grief, she’s transported to a magical world—and into the bloodthirsty jaws of a sea bear. Narrowly escaping, she’s

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Author Spotlight

R.G de Rouen, Author Spotlight

Benjamin would rather read about adventures in a giant peach than eat one! Unlike his family members who are happily munching away on scraps, Benjamin is a different kind of worm. He loves to read. Yet, all he finds are old newspapers and magazines full of tomato splotches. Not one to give up on his dreams, Benjamin sets off on a quest to find “real” books. Hello book lovers! Today is a day where I

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Iris van Ooyen, Author Spotlight

Poisoned Arrow “How can you call what I have—what I did—a gift?” Raised in solitude to protect her from the world—or is it the other way around?—Iris is fated to save Fleuris from a power-hungry priest. A spirit from the afterworld sends a legendary magician who teaches Iris to master the devastating power lining her veins. Backed by her best friend Auran, Iris struggles to accept her destiny. But when their hiding place is pierced

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Steve Dickinson, Author Spotlight

Detective Erika Kelemen has already been thrown out of the Budapest Murder Squad once. But in the middle of the global pandemic, her forensic attention to detail is back in demand. When the body count of tortured octogenarians rises, Erika discovers links to the Cold War era, and deadly grudges that have their origins in Hungary’s dark, post WW2 history. With Erika’s personal life falling apart around her, she soon finds she is in a

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Gini Grossenbacher, Author Spotlight

Montmartre, Paris, 1857, Desperate to find her missing mother, San Francisco’s Celeste Bazin arrives in her native France only to take up with the captivating Carlo di Rudio and a band of revolutionaries who wish to overthrow Emperor Napoleon III. If she acts as a courier for the group, they will take her where rumor says her mother has been living. She journeys with the ruggedly handsome Odeon de through checkpoints thick with imperial guards,

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