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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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For Malice and Mercy, Gary W. Toyn

German immigrants Karl and Marta Meyer are loyal Americans, especially after an eye-opening visit to see their family during Hitler’s pre-war rise to power. When America enters the war, the FBI arrests the Meyers as spies, then strips them of their citizenship, rights, and livelihood. They are banished to a German/Japanese internment camp, but then violently targeted by Hitler loyalists. Deportation back to war-torn Germany seems their only hope of survival. Their son Hank enlists

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Fresh Start, Mark Shaiken

A secret family legacy becomes a ticking time bomb … Skyscraper developer, Quincy Witherman, has continued his family’s two-hundred-year practice of hiding assets in Switzerland. Now, needing protection from his creditors, he hires Kansas City bankruptcy lawyer Josephina Jillian Jones – 3J – but fails to disclose the Swiss assets to 3J, his bankers, the IRS, and the bankruptcy court … all felonies. 3J knows in her gut that something is wrong. So does Witherman’s banker,

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The Pregnancy Guide For Men, John Nero

With these simple tricks and tactics, you’ll get through her pregnancy successfully… and master every step of the way. Are you finding it hard to tell whether you’re excited or just scared pantsless? Of course, you’re excited, but still, what the heck are you supposed to do now? Relax, and take a deep breath — all dads have been in your same shoes once before. Finding out that you’re going to be a dad is

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The Summer Festival is Murder, Jill M. Lyon

A small-town summer on the coast of Oregon – sparkling water, tall trees, lots of festivals . . . and murder. Big-city transplant Felice Bowes is as shocked as everyone else when a controversial local official is viciously killed during the biggest festival of the season. She’s even more surprised when the local police chief asks her to help with the investigation, especially when she didn’t like the victim and some of the locals would

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Break Through The Noise, Mia Reyes

Want to overcome self-doubt? Want elevated confidence and social skills, even if you are often anxious or have an introverted mind? Then keep reading. Whether you’re 17 or 25: If doubt, insecurity, or social anxiety often stop you from being you, it could be limiting your life progress and personal development. It’s totally exhausting. It can make you ignore new open doors, miss out on opportunities, avoid friends. Seriously, sometimes it feels like being frozen

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Comfort Plans, Kimberly Fish

Colette Sheridan is being remodeled. As a San Antonio architect, she’d have vowed her career was to investigate the history and create new functions for the structures everyone else saw as eyesores. The old German farmhouse in Comfort, Texas, might be the screeching end of that dream job. The assignment seemed so ideal at the start; generous clients, a stunning location, and a pocketful of letters that were surely meant to explain the ranch’s story.

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Needing Normal, Emme Grange

What do you do when you find out  everything you know might be wrong? Prove you’re right, of course.  And that’s exactly what Jett Harper plans to do.  As a freshman, she only has two goals:  get good grades and prove she’s normal.  That’s easy enough, right? At least she thinks so, until she learns  her biggest assignment is to understand love.  Harder still?   She must work within an assigned group,  her Core5, and they

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Alaska Calibration, Maryann Landers

I’D FOUND THE STABILITY OF PEACE THEN MY FAITH WAS CHALLENGED BY THE ENMITY OF CHANGE I met Roy at fourteen and with the toss of a coin that summer night, I dialed in the love of my life. We wasted years until we found the answer to our hearts’ longing in Jesus. On the evening of our baptism, Roy suggested our family of four venture on his dream vacation to Alaska. Although reluctant to

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Undertakers Inc., JC Compton

Tim Thompson is a young man waiting only to join his entire family in the grave. But when he is hired by a mysterious undertaker business, he learns that many things other than death can happen to him, from meeting and falling for an outlaw vampire, to being reunited with his relatives after they emerge from the grave! Undead life is anything but simple, especially when you are the son of an ultra-dominant vampire. Opium

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Foreign & Domestic, Brandon Phillips

A warrior’s work is never done. Attacks are growing by land and by sea. Cameron Grey and a small cadre of veterans are deployed to expose a web of collusion to a sinister terror plot somewhere in the Americas. As the team digs deeper, they stumble onto an inconceivable conspiracy with global footprints across four continents. An unimaginable discovery puts Cam and company immediately in the cross-hairs of those in the shadows – both at

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Gods of Kiranis, Ronald A. Geobey

A Universe Awakens A mysterious structure encompasses Earth, and while the Church of the New Elect prepares for communion with the Sentience, a dark and distant world is reborn. Making an alliance with a powerful and enigmatic species, humankind is brought to a terrible realisation: they do not belong in this universe. Cassandra Messina was warned these days would come, and she believes God is on her side. But the one who speaks from the

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Good Heart, L. Marie Thomas

Fifteen years ago, a wealthy family dropped off the face of the earth, and no one knows why. Now, the truth is about to get out. Eighteen-year-old Lyla Brooks has no idea that she’s part of that wealthy family. To keep her from finding out, her parents send her away with her reclusive older brother to a small town called Good Hart, Michigan until things blow over, or blow up. Neither of the siblings knows

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Neptune’s Window: First Glance, L L Lewin

What if you had a glimpse into what others are oblivious to? According to the zodiac, the planet Neptune represents illusions, mystery, and the unconscious mind. Aries Dade is a teenage medium who has the ability to look inside those illusions and speak to the afterworld. But for some reason, she can’t communicate with her recently deceased mother. With the help of a few spirits, she tries to discover the truth behind her mother’s death.

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Saxon Heroines, Sandra Wagner-Wright

Seventh century England is a hodgepodge of warring Anglo-Saxon states filled with shifting alliances and treacherous grabs for royal power. Kings rise and fall, depending on Woden’s Luck. Northumbria, the damp kingdom north of the River Humber, is a state riven with rivalries and kings determined to expand at any cost.  Women have no obvious role in a warrior society, but by using their wits, four women—two queens and two abbesses—make monumental changes. One woman

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Evanshard Glade, Dennis K. Hausker

Jeren awakes in the wizard academy to find the other wizards missing and a baby placed in his room. He feels the need to protect her at all costs and must run to elude the charge of a barbarian horde. He meets a group of villagers, survivors of a massacre and connects with beautiful Arium. Starting on a trek, they go through harrowing experiences avoiding feral pursuit while they accumulate friends and allies, as well

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STOP IT! It’s All In Your Head, Laura Mariani

The RULE BOOK to Smash The infamous glass ceiling – For women & young women everywhere. Women in leadership (albeit very few) have been the center of many conversations around women empowerment and inclusion. Each year rings in new strategies and approaches to ensuring that more women around the world get their seat at the table. With all the different hurdles (racism, sexism, ageism, ableism and all the other isms) women have to jump over,

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Shall We Dance?, Ingrid Deringer

“Shall We Dance” captures the magical bond between a boy and his grandmother that spans a lifetime and beyond. Each time the pair gets together, their unconditional love and joy will bring both laughter and tears to your eyes as they dance, sing, and play. Follow Grandma Ging Ging while she visits her grandson Rio throughout the years, as he grows from a baby to a young man. Together, they play hide and seek, ride

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Chasing God, Xyvah Okoye

In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, we sometimes forget that we were made for fellowship with God – for friendship, for worship. We lose sight of our creator as we chase down the creation, building idols for ourselves that try to block out the light of God. But God’s Glory cannot be blocked. He remains an ever-bright light, our Northern star when we are lost in the chaos of this world. As

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Roses, Wine & Murder: In the City of Steeples, Rose Young

Vineyards, gardens, fine wine and food pairings delight… yet in this case, death disturbs all tranquility! Roxanne Samson, a sweet and sensible gardening expert, finds a wealthy wine connoisseur dead in her city garden. The deceased was the boss of Georgi Algarve, who is a flamboyant wine aficionado and manages the Vinho Verde Wine Bar. Roxanne and Georgi are impulsive and endearing. They haphazardly search for clues to assist New London’s prominent Detective Dan Morrison

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The Story of my Life, Josh Resinger

What if you had the ability to read your entire life like a book? What if you didn’t like the outcome? Would you change it? Could you? Derek Hopkins is about to find out. Society is thrown into utter chaos due to the Contagion, a deadly disease that wipes out billions. In the midst of the devastation, a safe haven arises. The Colony. Behind its walls, Derek is raised and trained to navigate the shattered

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Author Spotlight

J B Glazer, Author Spotlight

I have been hiding my whole life. It’s a sacrifice I was willing to make for my family. My father’s political aspirations have always come first. I learned the hard way my actions could jeopardize everything he’s worked for. So I abandoned that girl who yearned for freedom and chased trouble. Instead I molded myself into the perfect daughter. Doing what is right and expected has become who I am. Until I met him―Rob Ashford.

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Charles Sacchetti, Author Spotlight 2

DO YOU KNOW THAT YOU’VE BEEN TOUCHED? In 2017, soon after the author published his first book, It’s All Good: Times and Events I’d Never Want To Change, he had a feeling that there was more to be done. While attending mass one Sunday, he realized that God was doing the nudging. Clearly, it was time to write Knowing He’s There: True Stories of God’s Subtle Yet Unmistakable Touch, a book highlighting how our loving

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D.R. Bailey, Author Spotlight

Bernadette Mackenna, top criminal barrister in Dublin. Faced with two challenges, one professional, one personal. A kidnapper killed by his victim. The victim is charged with murder. Bernadette wonders if she really can get her acquitted. The victim is hiding something, it’s going to take all Bernadette’s skill to get her to tell. Even then maybe she won’t. Closer to home Bernadette’s new conquest might be girlfriend material or otherwise just too good to be

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Wendy Whitaker Hoke, Author Spotlight

“That’s child abuse!” When the author heard those words on a plateau in the Himalayas, her life changed forever. She learned that she could speak truth about the abuse she endured as a young child. Wendy’s grandfather, Konrad Frederick Koosmann, was a Bishop in the American Lutheran Church. He was also a pedophile who preyed on little girls in his own family, including Wendy. This story addresses the family dynamics that allow child sexual abuse

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