Bunny Hand is our former Store Manager and an avid reader. She is comfortable with mystery, especially with a little romance thrown in. Dabbling a little into SF, she has found a niche in time travel, again, with a romantic twist. Add a historical twist to either category, and she is in.
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Nick Petrie is a genius at combining an interesting setting and plot with a fierce yet gentle protagonist to create stories that simply captivate from beginning to end. War veteran Peter Ash is feeling confined on June Cassidy’s ranch in eastern Washington and agrees to drive to Memphis to help out her friend Wanda Wyatt, also a veteran who has recently been receiving odd threats. When Peter arrives and a dump truck is plowed through Wanda’s house, he realizes the enormity of the problem. Meanwhile, Eli Bell, a young homeless boy, is manipulated by his friends to rob a jewelry store. When the heist goes bad, Eli is forced to steal Peter’s truck. Peter realizes that the boy is not a mobster but knows the kid is in deep trouble. Now Peter has Wanda and Eli to protect as he wages his war on the gangsters, ex-cons and criminals that are out to kill them all. That situation makes for an action- packed saga set in the south, with historical references to the Civil War. Just my cup of tea!
Luna ventures into adult suspense with this extremely engrossing story of two sisters who are abducted from their mother’s car in a K-Mart parking lot in small town in Pennsylvania. The police department is at a minimal force and has no leads, which frustrates Jamie, the girl’s mother, and angers Jamie’s parents; however, her aunt Maggie has the foresight and means to hire private detective Alice Vega, who has a huge success rate in Central California for locating missing children. Arriving in Pennsylvania, Vega is shut out by the local police and hires Max Caplan, a disgraced former policeman from that force who is now a private detective. He still has contacts and favors owed him by his former colleagues. Together Vega and Caplan maneuver through the local police and begin to uncover the lies, misconceptions and secret relationships that have led to this hideous crime, while time is running out to find the girls alive. An intoxicating suspense novel.
Seraphine Mayes is at the family estate on the Norfolk Coast mourning the sudden accidental death of her beloved father. His death has brought a melancholy that her twin brother Danny and older brother Edwin are beginning to think is worrisome. Seraphine becomes determined to find out why her mother threw herself off the cliffs on the day of the twin’s birth, and the au pair disappeared the same day. When Seraphine discovers a photograph taken on the day of her birth of her father, older brother and her mother, smiling and holding just one baby, she becomes obsessed with finding what really happened that day. She searches out the au pair, Laura, who refuses to talk to her and warns her to stay away. When Seraphine finds other threats burned into the lawn and written in lipstick on her bathroom mirror, she knows there are dangerous secrets that must be unveiled. Captivating to the very end.
As a child, Alison longed to be closer to her younger sister Kitty; however, a horrible accident on their way to school one day robbed her of that dream. Kitty sustained permanent brain damage, and her best friend Vanessa was killed, while Alison was unharmed except for retaining the brutal knowledge of what really occurred before the speeding car crashed into the two girls. Fifteen years later, Kitty is institutionalized, unable to speak or apparently remember what happened that morning. Conversely, Alison is riddled with the memory and lives a self-imposed solitary life in London as a semi-employed artist. An opportunity to teach art at a prison terrifies Alison but, desperate for work, she accepts. The prison experience is scarier than she imagined and will reopen the past with cataclysmic consequences. Once again, Corry uses her past experience working in a high security prison to deliver a gritty suspense thriller seeping in crime, revenge and desperation.
This is an intriguing look into the cannabis industry in Colorado. Although legal in some states but not sanctioned by federal government, these businesses must be cash only operations, creating an opportunity for entrepreneurs as well as criminals. Peter Ash, a combat veteran struggling to fit in to civilian life, accepts a temporary assignment with a newly established security company. Heavy Metal Protection transports large amounts of cash from clients to locations “off the grid.” Peter’s first cash run is intercepted by uniquely proficient hijackers. Of the four Heavy Metal Protection employees, only Peter survives, having killed four of the five criminals and retrieved the cash. The remaining thug is part of a much more complicated and sophisticated organization of violent activity, now focused on eliminating Peter and reclaiming a mysterious packet smuggled into the cash shipment. Petrie has scored with a novel packed with electrifying characters, thrilling plot, and a most enlightening look into the realities of legalizing cannabis.
Set in London, mostly in the Inner Temple High Court, this engrossing novel is a scrutiny of deceit and abuse of power. Kate, a criminal barrister, has just been awarded the biggest case of her career as well as an opportunity for revenge, seething since her college days. Sophie is a devoted mother and wife of James who has just admitted to having an affair. James, a junior Home Office minister in London’s government, has a promising career if he could only curb his “indiscretions.” James’ latest mistake is colossal, and he is being charged with rape. The trial must go on, dragging Sophie into depths of despair and doubt. Kate, who is prosecuting the case, faces challenges and memories almost beyond her capacity. When it seems like justice has failed one must hope that the human spirit will rebound – but will it?
If you are in the mood for a bizarre, terrifying, and over-the-top experience, you must read this haunting debut. A third-generation psychopath is living in London searching out victims with bone abnormalities with the purpose of adding them to his “museum." Like his grandfather and father before him, he kills, skins and meticulously preserves the skeletons of his victims and displays them in his secret space. The disappearance of two medically-challenged children draws the attention of Detective Sergeant Etta Fitzroy, who relates the situation to a cold case child abduction that has plagued her for a year. As Fitzroy and authorities intensify their search, the “Bone Collector," as he thinks of himself, enjoys the hunt and taunts them with clues and his morbid signature calling card. The tender compassion for disabled children, the insane violence of a crazed killer and the excitement of the chase form an emotional roller coaster that readers of this debut novel are not soon to forget.
Just as in her first novel, Visitation Street, Pochoda has created stories within a larger story, blending and connecting the plots and characters, finalizing in an incredible tale. Set in Southern California from the Pacific Ocean to the slums of Los Angeles to the beauty of the Mojave Desert, this masterpiece of character development includes a menagerie of humankind. Britt is a runaway with a dark secret and Tony is an unhappy lawyer looking for meaning in his boring existence. Ren is just out of juvenile hall searching for his mom, who seems to have abandoned him. Owen and James are discontented teenage twins living in a desert community under the thumb of their father, a self-acclaimed healer of his “disciples.” Blake is a lifelong drifter trying to stay above the law and hiding from a violent past. Only this talented author could spin this mix of human condition to present another resounding literary success.
If you enjoy an engrossing mystery with intense historical undertones, you will love this tale woven into the World War II era existence. The British occupy Palestine in 1946; Lilya has joined the resistance group to form an independent Jewish state. Her assignment, however much she resents it, takes her to war-ravaged Europe in search of Raphael Lind, a scientist reported to have perished in a concentration camp. There is evidence that he is still alive among the many refugees that the British will not allow to emigrate to Palestine, refugees who are housed in camps throughout Europe. Pretending to be a member of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, an organization to aid Jewish survivors, Lilya’s search brings her to London’s Whitehall, home of the British Secret Intelligence Service, and rubble-strewn Munich and Berlin. Meanwhile, someone is mirroring her journey, desperately seeking the same man, and circumstances become very dangerous but immensely interesting. A fantastic debut novel set in a most intriguing time in world history.
Helena Holbrook is the daughter of an abducted sixteen-year-old girl and her kidnapper. Jacob is a brutal man who holds mother and daughter prisoners in a remote cabin in the marshlands of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for eleven years, with no running water, heat or electricity. Helena learns to live off the land and reveres and despises her father as his moods fluctuate. Thirteen years later, Helena Pelletier is the grown woman who has changed her identity and has a husband and two daughters and is living quite normally given that her entire childhood was spent in total isolation from civilization. But now Jacob Holbrook has just killed two prison guards, is the subject of a massive manhunt to capture “The Marsh King” as he has been dubbed and Helena knows exactly where he is headed – for her and her family. Her father taught her to hunt and now he is the hunted. A terrifying thriller blending the beauty of nature with the wisdom of Native American culture and remarkable human spirit and resilience.
This is a charming story of love, friendship, family and fantasy. Alice adores her younger brother Theo and is terrified to learn that he needs a heart transplant in order to survive. When a perfect match becomes available, she is sent to live with her estranged and rather severe paternal grandmother, Nell, while the operation and the long recovery take place. Nell and Alice’s father have not spoken since he walked out on Alice, Theo and their mom over two years earlier. Living in her father’s childhood home nestled in the midst of a spooky forest with no heat, internet or TV, Alice discovers that things are not always explainable and that, well, fairies just might exist. A heartwarming tale of the power of believing in something unbelievable! –
Young lawyer Lily has a lot going on in her life right now. She recently married after a very short courtship; she is starting her first criminal investigation with an interview in a maximum-security prison; and she has inadvertently just volunteered to watch her neighbor’s nine-year-old daughter, Carla, while the single mom works on weekends. The marriage to fledgling artist Ed sours quite rapidly when Lily learns the real reason for her new husband’s haste; and her prison interview with Joe Thomas, a convicted murderer who convinces Lily of his innocence and stirs passionate feelings within her, proves to be life-altering. Carla, despite her young age, has a mature propensity for getting what she wants, haunting everyone she encounters for years to come, especially Lily. Corry’s background as the writer in residence of a high-security prison has enabled her to create a psychological thriller that explores the minds and actions of some incredibly felonious and immoral, but deliciously interesting, characters.
“Grief came to her as a heaviness, an open roaring mouth that became bigger and deeper the more she focused on it until it filled up her mind with no room for thoughts, words, food or faces.” This is how Flint describes Ruth’s pain after the murder of her two children ages 5 and 3, abducted from their apartment in the middle of the night in the summer of 1965. Estranged from her husband and juggling long hours as a cocktail waitress and single motherhood, Ruth is immediately suspected by detectives, the press and neighbors. The empty liquor bottles, sexy clothing and many suitors are viewed as obvious conclusions; however, there is a deep love, determination and pride within Ruth that no one can calculate except Pete Wonickie, a rookie tabloid reporter who believes her innocence. Can he help her abate the false testimonies and bias opinions in time to save her from jail? Inspired by real events, this debut marks a new talent in crime fiction and amazing character analysis.
In the not-too-distant future, a simple outpatient procedure to increase empathy between romantic partners has become all the rage. And Briddey Flannigan is delighted when her boyfriend, Trent, suggests undergoing the operation prior to a marriage proposal--to enjoy better emotional connection and a perfect relationship with complete communication and understanding. But things don't quite work out as planned, and Briddey finds herself connected to someone else entirely--in a way far beyond what she signed up for. It is almost more than she can handle--especially when the stress of managing her all-too-eager-to-communicate-at-all-times family is already burdening her brain. But that's only the beginning. As things go from bad to worse, she begins to see the dark side of too much information, and to realize love--and communication--are far more complicated than she ever imagined.