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Duke With Benefits Duke With Benefits

A skillfully crafted riddle wrapped in an enigma. The plot unfolds like an adventure, blended with romance, humor, and even murder. Readers are lead on a labyrinth trail of cryptic clues all the way to the best treasure of all... the happily ever after." 
—Sandra VanWinkle (7/1/17)

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The Alice Network The Alice Network

The Alice Network is a fantastic piece of historical fiction that recounts the true story of some of the female spies who were part of an actual spy ring called The Alice Network." 
—Joyce Greenfield (6/06/17)

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Magpie Murders Magpie Murders

"The mystery within a mystery is a gift to readers who enjoy British village mysteries. Horowitz captures the voice of the traditional British mystery perfectly, and then twists it... Perfect." 
—Lisa Holstein (6/06/17)

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Merely A Marriage Merely A Marriage

The New York Times bestselling author of The Viscount Needs a Wife returns with another roguishly delicious Regency romance...

"Beverley’s final romance is a tale of transformation and new beginnings, blended with warmth and a touch of wry humor. What a delight to read. That is so Beverley."" 
—Sandra VanWinkle (6/01/17)

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The Book of Summer The Book of Summer

"The Book of Summer is quite charming. A contemporary story that shows great reverence for the past, bridging the idyllic summers of wealthy twentieth century industrialists with the reality that nature does as nature wants. Put this one on your summer reading list!" 
—Joyce Greenfield (5/09/17)

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You Were Here You Were Here

“There is a mesmerizing almost dreamy quality to Sardar’s writing, which perfectly suits her debut novel. Put this together with a twisted plot rich in old secrets, modern day crimes, hidden passions, and chilling suspense and you have the kind of novel Hitchcock would give his eyeteeth to film." 
—John Charles (5/16/17)

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The Girl Who Knew Too Much The Girl Who Knew Too Much

“Run!” was Helen Spencer’s final word, written in her own blood on her bedroom wall...

"The smart, dual-layered plot and finely-crafted suspense combine to make this a fast-paced thriller from beginning to end. ...a twist of clever deception—a nail-biter of a tale." 
—Sandra VanWinkle (5/1/17)

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Goodnight From London Goodnight From London

Writer Ruby Sutton has just been offered the assignment of a lifetime—a transfer to wartime London to provide human interest stories for The American.

"Goodnight from London is an enthralling read, completely compelling and interesting as the pages fly by with a marvelous sense of time and place. Historical fiction doesn’t get any better than this! ." 
—Joyce Greenfield (5/1/17)

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The Women In The Castle

The Women in the Castle is an engrossing and intimate novel of love, sacrifice, betrayal and forgiveness, a truly thought-provoking, must-read book of 2017.

"A remarkably essential book for today – as the generation of people who lived, fought and survived World War II age and pass away, it becomes all the more important to capture their stories of resiliency, self-reliance and nonconformity." 
—Joyce Greenfield (4/1/17)

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The Halo Effect The Halo Effect

In this tour de force, a father, shaken by tragedy, tries to avenge his daughter’s murder—and restore his family’s shattered life.

"The descriptive prose and well-developed characters rule this tale about anguish and loss. Fast-paced and highly emotional, The Halo Effect offers a sustaining message." 
—Nancy Lepri (4/1/17)

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In The Grave Hour In This Grave Hour
A Maise Dobbs Mystery

"In This Grave Hour is one of the best books thus far in the fantastic Maisie Dobbs series.

With World War II having just been declared, Maise must look into a series of events that extends back to the time of the German invasion into Belgium during World War I fine a killer." 
—Joyce Greenfield (3/14/17)

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Wait For Dark Wait For Dark
A Bishop/SCU Novel

"What is happening in this sleepy town where crime is practically non-existent until now... The one commonality to the victims is each receives a cryptic text twenty-four hours before their demise... Wait for Dark. The reader is kept on pins and needles as to the culprit's identity!" 
—Nancy Lepri (3/07/17)

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Dead Letters Dead Letters
Caite Dolan-Leache

A missing woman leads her twin sister on a twisted scavenger hunt...

"Readers will find themselves absolutely mesmerized by this stunning debut that brilliantly mixes the fiendishly clever plot twists and can-she-be-trusted kind of narration... Fans of sophisticated, polished suspense will definitely consider Dolan-Leach's book to be one of the best literary finds of 2017." 
—John Charles (2/21/17)

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In the Shadow of Lakecrest In the Shadow of Lakecrest
Elizabeth Blackwell

"Fans of good, old-fashioned gothic romances will be delighted to discover Blackwell’s latest expertly crafted novel. Blackwell deftly plays homage to the literary grand doyenne of the genre – Daphne Du Maurier’s classic Rebecca - with her mesmerizing tale of a penniless nobody, who marries a wealthy scion only to discover he has a past that could prove deadly."
—John Charles (2/01/17)

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The Good at Heart The Good at Heart
Ursula Werner

Based on the author’s discoveries about her great-grandfather, this stunning debut novel takes place over three days when World War II comes to the doorstep of an ordinary German family...

"The Good at Heart is truly compelling, a heart stopping and gut-wrenching story of immeasurable bravery, hope . . . and love." 
—Joyce Greenfield (2/21/17)

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Garden of Lamentations Garden of Lamentations
Deborah Crombie

Scotland Yard detectives Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James are drawn into separate investigations in this powerful mystery

"Garden of Lamentations is an excellent read, two well-plotted and well-written mysteries in one book that was difficult to put down."
—Joyce Greenfield (2/7/17)

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Seven Minutes In Heaven Seven Minutes In Heaven
Desperate Duchesses By the Numbers
Eloisa James

"Seven Minutes in Heaven is classic Eloisa James: intelligent, articulate and flat-out sexy. Eugenia is perceptive and smart, a woman who quotes Shakespeare and dispenses comforting hugs in turn. "
—Joyce Greenfield (1/31/17)

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Dragon Springs Road Eleventh Grave in Moonlight
Darynda Jones

"Suffice it to say that Charley is as engaging and interesting as ever, Reyes is the hottest tutor in the celestial realm and beyond, and Charley and Reyes together still equals one of the hottest romances on this side of the solar system! ...fresh, suspenseful and exciting"
—Joyce Greenfield (1/24/17)

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Dragon Springs Road Dragon Springs Road
Janie Chang

"This latest evocative historical novel is set in the early 20th century, and it effortlessly transports readers to China as it attempts to make the transition from centuries of imperial rule to a modern republic. The author skillfully incorporates a generous measure of Chinese fantasy and myth into the storyline."
—John Charles (1/7/17)

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Downfall Downfall
J. A. Jance

"Jance always delivers a superb mystery starring a core of boldly drawn repeating characters readers care about. Downfall delivers the good with the bad situations, and it is also emotionally beautiful. This is a terrific . . . gratifying read."
—Betty Cox (9/1/16)

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Texas Tall Texas Tall
Kaki Warner

"Texas Tall has everything a great western romance should have – a strong sense of community, an independent heroine, and a love story that sizzles like rain on a hot pavement."

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The Queen's Accomplice The Queen's Accomplice
A Maggie Hope Mystery
Susan Elia MacNeal

"In this latest Maggie Hope novel, the perspectives of heroes, heroines, villains and victims converge into one finely crafted tale. The story is filled with the intrigue and deception that defined Nazi era London, and is a fitting tribute to the courageous women freedom-fighters who no one ever hears about, but should be forever grateful."

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When The Music's Over When The Music's Over
Inspector Banks Mystery
Peter Robinson

"There are over twenty books in Peter Robinson’s series featuring Detective Alan Banks, and When the Music’s Over is perhaps one of the most harrowing to read. Suspenseful and disturbing... a solidly well-written police procedural by one of the best authors in the genre."

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Blue Moon Blue Moon
Mundy's Landing Book Two
Wendy Corsi Staub

"Staub successfully continues her series with another thrilling, chilling, and completely fulfilling tale of spooky suspense that will hook readers from the very first chapter and not let them go until the novel’s stunning conclusion. ...cleverly conceived plot that keeps readers guessing as to the identity of the villain."

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Crowned and Dangerous Crowned and Dagerous
Royal Spyness Mystery
Rhys Bowen

"The latest sparkling addition to Bowen’s “Royal Spyness” series has charm to spare... Equal measures of Golden Age inspired sleuthing, madcap comedy and beguiling historical mystery that aptly proves that detection is always more fun when it is served up with plenty of wit and style."

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Barefoot Beach As Death Draws Near
A Lady Darby Mystery
Anna Lee Huber

"The newly weds are summoned by an unlikely requestor to investigate a recent murder – in an Irish abbey. Huber’s depth of historical research is evident from the very beginning of the story . . . to create a richly textured plot with an interesting cast of characters."

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Must Love Weiners Must Love Weiners
Rescue Dog Romances
Casey Griffin

"Call them doxies, sausage dogs, badger hunters, or even Oscar Meyers, dachshunds are the clowns of the dog world. With their tiny little legs and barrel chests from whence come their mighty barks, they are perfect companions and fearsome defenders. Debut author Casey Griffin's new romance Must Love Wieners stars the little clowns and is the perfect tale for a dog lover."

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Missing, Presumed Missing, Presumed
Susie Steiner

A young, beautiful and successful daughter of a high-profile couple has gone missing, and all signs point to possible abduction, if not murder.

"Missing, Presumed is creatively suspenseful, a wonderfully readable mystery, especially for fans of British police procedurals."

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Radio Girls Radio Girls
Sarah-Jane Stratford

"a truly fascinating story encompassing a period of history not often heard about... in national security during the early 20th century. The story moves at a quick pace. Fans of historical fiction should not miss this uniquely compelling and mesmerizing tale."

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How To Manage A Marquess How To Manage A Marquess
Spinster House
Sally MacKenzie

"...the Regency reader’s equivalent of those wonderful screwball movie comedies of the 1930s. MacKenzie is a master a deftly mingling mirthful writing, marvelously amusing characters, and madcap plotting into one delightfully entertaining literary confection."

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Don't Go Home Don't Go Home
Death On Demand Mystery
by Carolyn Hart

"A tale with all the intrigue and red herrings and false trails a reader could want. Share the adventure of catching a killer who may be a visitor or . . . There is enough action in this story to lure the reader forward while savoring the taste of the old south mixed with a well crafted mystery."

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Ripped From The Pages Murder At Lambswool Farms
A Seaside Knitters Mystery
by Sally Goldenbaum

"Although they live in an enviable location, the number of murders is decidedly high, giving the friends lots of opportunities to practice their amateur sleuthing."

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Ripped From The Pages Ripped from the Pages
A Biliofile Mystery
by Kate Carlisle

"The latest installment of this well-built series holds multiple mysteries, though it's possible that they're all intertwined. The cast of eccentric characters makes the book delightfully entertaining. It's a fast, twisty read with outcomes that will surprise even the most seasoned of cozy readers."

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The Body In The Wardrobe The Body In The Wardrobe
by Katherine Hall Page

"The Body in the Wardrobe offers a delightful whodunit complete with anecdotes about Savannah's history as well as some mouth-watering recipes from the Lowcountry. This installment of the Faith Fairchild series oozes Southern charm with a heaping teaspoon of mystery."

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The Devil You Know The Devil You Know
by Jo Goodman

"Two parallel storylines run concurrently through The Devil You Know, and as the chapters fly by, a third line intersects them both. Author Jo Goodman keeps the plot unfolding at a delightful pace, exposing bits and pieces of a large puzzle that begin to slide into place slowly but surely..."

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The Visitor The Visitor
The Graveyard Queen Book Four
by Amanda Stevens

Restoring lost and abandoned cemeteries is my profession, but I'm starting to believe that my true calling is deciphering the riddles of the dead.

"...chilling. The Visitor is haunting and hair-raising, and will have you looking over your shoulder (and under your front porch) for days after the last page is turned."

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Always A Bridesmaid Always A Bridesmaid
by Lindsey Kelk

One best friend is in wedding countdown while the other heads for marriage meltdown in the hilarious new summer bestseller from Lindsey Kelk, author of the I Heart series.

"Brimming with plenty of cheeky charm and an abundance of effervescent wit, Always the Bridesmaid will delight readers, who like their chick lit served up with a sassy British accent. Sweet, sexy, and supremely entertaining, Kelk’s latest novel could be the best thing to hit publishing since Bridget Jones started keeping a diary."

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No Shred of Evidence by Charles Todd No Shred of Evidence
by Charles Todd
Historical Mystery

In this absorbing new entry in the acclaimed New York Times bestselling series, Scotland Yard’s Ian Rutledge is caught up in a twisted web of vengeance and murder.

"This is a page-turning roller-coaster of a read. Rutledge goes down numerous false paths, taking the reader, breathless, with him. The characters are true-to-life and help modern-day readers understand what a nightmare the Great War was for everyone involved..."

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My American Duchess by Eloisa James My American Duchess
by Eloisa James
Historical Romance

After two broken engagements, American heiress Merry Pelford is certain that the third time is indeed the charm...

"My American Duchess is yet another delightful novel from reader-favorite author Eloisa James. As always, the story is cleverly packed with subtle humor and wit from the very first pages. ...nothing short of a perfect romance."

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