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SEPTEMBER 2021 NEW RELEASES


A deadly secret is buried in the Colorado high country–and murder is only the beginning in the seventh gripping installment of Margaret Mizushima’s Timber Creek K-9 mysteries.

He was suspect number one–the man who tried to kill Deputy Mattie Cobb and may have killed her father thirty years earlier. But when Mattie and cold case detective Jim Hauck reach the Colorado state prison where they will finally get to interview him, he’s found dead in his cell. There’s only one clue: a map leading to Timber Creek and rugged Redstone Ridge.

Though she usually works with veterinarian Cole Walker, Mattie’s K-9 partner Robo has just sired a litter of pups, who require special, time-consuming care at Cole’s clinic. Left to explore the map’s clue without him, Mattie and Robo journey into the burned forest surrounding Redstone Ridge. But before they can finish their search they’re called to help investigate the death of a young woman found in a campground filled with elk hunters. Identification of the deceased points to her having recently given birth, but the infant is nowhere to be found.

As a deadly storm descends upon the mountains, covering everything with a layer of ice and snow, Mattie and her team search for the missing newborn. The storm batters the area, taking its toll on the team and forcing the sheriff to call in reinforcements. When new evidence surfaces, they decide that finding the woman’s killer will lead them to her baby, making them even more desperate to solve the case.

Then Cole goes missing, stranded alone in the high country with a person that Mattie now suspects is the mastermind behind several murders, including her father’s. She and Robo take to the trail to find Cole–but the killer has a cold-blooded plan that threatens them all.

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AUGUST 2021 NEW RELEASES


Price of Silence

Hungover from celebrating the latest win for his best-selling book, Bartholomew Beck is in no mood to deal with a pesky reporter. Especially one who is sleeping with his co-author, working for his enemy, and taking great pleasure in letting Beck know that his days as a free man are numbered.

U.S. Representative Paul Schuhmacher wants to avenge the death of his son, Paul, and he holds Beck responsible. But focusing on Beck leaves him vulnerable to his enemies, both political and personal.

Meanwhile, a clue in a twenty-year-old federal murder case drops in Beck’s lap. In solving the murder, might save himself. Or seal his doom. All he knows is that he’s not sure he can pay The Price of Silence.

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Dead Letters

A heart-pounding hunt begins when Claudia Rose’s young niece goes missing with an archaeologist whose shady past spills into the present. The frantic search takes Claudia to Egypt, Gibraltar, and the UK, where her skills as a forensic handwriting expert of international renown are needed to help foil a deadly terrorist plot—if only she can find Monica before she becomes a casualty

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JULY 2021 NEW RELEASES


Undercover Fudge by Christine DeSmet

Candy shop owner Ava Oosterling has her hands full when her best friend Pauline Mertens takes a summer job as a wedding coordinator–with the nuptials and reception scheduled in mere days in the back yard of Ava’s Blue Heron Inn overlooking Lake Michigan’s bay.
To help out her best friend, Ava is intent on making the table favors–edible fudge lighthouses patterned after their county’s 11 lighthouses.
Unfortunately, trying to finish the luscious ruby chocolate lighthouses becomes elusive. The sheriff informs Ava that a band of thieves storming the country may have targeted this wedding. And that’s because there’s proof Pauline’s mother is associated with the thieves.
When the sheriff asks Ava to go undercover, she finds herself in an emotional quagmire. Pauline’s mother only recently returned to Fishers’ Harbor after years of estrangement from her daughter. And, Coletta Mertens now works as the housekeeper at Ava’s inn. Has Ava’s fudge-and-wine hospitality provided a hideout for a criminal?
Unfortunately, “until death do us part” takes a murderous twist involving Ava’s Grandpa Gil, the dog Lucky Harbor, and Ava’s own beau.

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JUNE 2021 NEW RELEASES


Divided States by Rick Treon

In the confusion following a mass shooting, self-destructive Lori Young is kidnapped and told she’s the key to stopping a terrorist plot aimed at reunifying the former United States and restoring its status as a global superpower. The group of former CIA officers wants Lori to leverage her ex-husband and his team of former Tier One military operators into hijacking a nuclear weapon, which will be used to destroy the flow of the continent’s most valuable resource and ruin global markets. But the terrorists have a traitor in their midst, and together they can help avoid the nuclear strike — if she learns to weaponize her unusual skillset instead of constantly numbing the pain of her troubled past.

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Book cover of Elements of Submission by Karissa Knight

When a powerful young billionaire hires Chicago’s hottest legal star, she must decide whether he’s a killer or the man to unlock her most private fantasies.

Wilhelmina Green is the lawyer of choice for sexual predators and murderers. Her latest victory, the acquittal of a U.S. senator, has made Mina a media sensation. Escaping the attention, she secretly takes her next tombstoning dive into Australian waters. The risk of a solo jump at dawn serves as her punishment and atonement for releasing guilty men into the world.

CEO Jonathon Thomas Heun, suspected of a brutal murder, hires Mina to represent him. His seductive world of wealth and power soon draws her in as they work to uncover evidence of Jonathon’s innocence. Mina senses he’s keeping part of himself closed off from the world. And from her.

Dark fantasies of fear, pain and passion haunt Mina’s dreams and leave her breathless. No man has ever seemed capable of having her—possessing her—in this way. Until Jonathon.

Is he a killer? Or the one she’s been waiting for?

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JUNE 2021 NEW RELEASES

John Cabrelli is adjusting to his new role in the expansive rural landscape in Northern Wisconsin. When grouse hunters stumble upon a body in the backwoods, Cabrelli works to untangle the complex case, while stressed relationships, public outcries for justice, and pressure from the media compound the situation. He soon finds his greatest resource is the community itself.

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MAY 2021 NEW RELEASES


Sheila Lowe‘s re-release of her popular novel Proof of Life is now available.

After recovering from amnesia five years ago, Jessica Mack never told anyone she had started hearing voices from the spirit world. Now, FBI Special Agent Zach Smith is pressing her to help him find missing four-year-old Ethan Starkey, and she can no longer ignore the voices. Forced to use her “gift” to help find the little boy, she senses that time is running out. When she meets the Reverend Bella Bingham, whose congregation is comprised of people interested in the Afterlife, Jessica, and Sage Boles, a man with a mysterious past, they are guided by the voices to a séance in Hollywood Hills. Hoping to find clues to the child’s whereabout, Jessica gets far more than she bargained for.

Jessica’s journey begins in the prequel, What She Saw, when she wakes up on a train not knowing who she is or where she’s going. All she knows is, she cannot approach the police. Leaving the train in the California beach town of Ventura, Jessica runs into someone who appears to know her and takes her to her apartment. There, she discovers two sets of ID with her photo, two sets of keys, and a lot more questions than answers. The voices are already with her, but she pushes them aside in her quest to learn who she is and what she saw that stole her memory.

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APRIL 2021 NEW RELEASES

Laurie Buchanan’s debut novel Indelible launches a new mystery series sure to win her loyal fans, with a fast-paced plot, a luscious setting, and a series of memorable characters all woven together into a seamless narrative that will keep you guessing.

When a sniper killed his partner, Sean McPherson was injured in the ambush. Now an ex-cop, he takes a job at a writing retreat in the Pacific Northwest. At Pines & Quill, he hopes to heal and put his life back together in the Zen-like capacity of groundskeeper and all-around handyman.

Sniper, Jason Hughes, blames McPherson for the loss of more than ten million dollars’ worth of heroin―and he wants revenge.

In the guise of a New York City limo driver working on a sizzling tell-all memoir, Hughes arrives at Pines & Quill along with three other writers in residence: a bohemian psychic taking a break from grueling work as a forensic intuitive, a bitter divorcée who wants to open herself to a new life, and a vibrant and resilient potter navigating life from a wheelchair.

With conflicting agendas, uncertain loyalties, and romantic entanglements at play, Hughes finds it difficult to get McPherson in his sights. Gradually, he forms a different plan, one that threatens the lives of everyone at the retreat.

Indelible is a literary mystery perfect for fans of Anthony Horowitz and Agatha Christie.

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MARCH 2021 NEW RELEASES

Elly Griffith’s The Postscript Murders is a literary mystery perfect for fans of Anthony Horowitz and Agatha Christie.

The death of a ninety-year-old woman with a heart condition should not be suspicious. Detective Sergeant Harbinder Kaur certainly sees nothing out of the ordinary when Peggy’s caretaker, Natalka, begins to recount Peggy Smith’s passing.

But Natalka had a reason to be at the police station: while clearing out Peggy’s flat, she noticed an unusual number of crime novels, all dedicated to Peggy. And each psychological thriller included a mysterious postscript: PS: for PS. When a gunman breaks into the flat to steal a book and its author is found dead shortly thereafter—Detective Kaur begins to think that perhaps there is no such thing as an unsuspicious death after all.

And then things escalate: from an Aberdeen literary festival to the streets of Edinburgh, writers are being targeted. DS Kaur embarks on a road trip across Europe and reckons with how exactly authors can think up such realistic crimes .

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