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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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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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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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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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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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Abigail Dean’s Girl A is a propulsive tale of escape and survival.

Lex Gracie doesn’t want to think about her family. She doesn’t want to think about growing up in her parents’ House of Horrors. And she doesn’t want to think about her identity as Girl A: the girl who escaped, the eldest sister who freed her older brother and four younger siblings. It’s been easy enough to avoid her parents–her father never made it out of the House of Horrors he created, and her mother spent the rest of her life behind bars. But when her mother dies in prison and leaves Lex and her siblings the family home, she can’t run from her past any longer. Together with her sister, Evie, Lex intends to turn the home into a force for good. But first she must come to terms with her siblings–and with the childhood they shared.

This begins a gripping psychological family story about the shifting alliances and betrayals of sibling relationships–about the secrets our siblings keep, from themselves and each other. Who have each of these siblings become? How do their memories defy or galvanize Lex’s own? As Lex pins each sibling down to agree to her family’s final act, she discovers how potent the spell of their shared family mythology is, and who among them remains in its thrall and who has truly broken free.

For readers of Room and Sharp Objects, an absorbing and psychologically immersive novel about a young girl who escapes captivity–but not the secrets that shadow the rest of her life.


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Saralyn Richard’s new standalone mystery, A MURDER OF PRINCIPAL, starts when a maverick principal comes in with a student-centered agenda, and there’s no more business as usual at Lincoln High School. Killing the principal is just the beginning…

Someone sets fire to Lincoln High and kills its new principal. Chaos threatens to overtake the urban school. Assistant Principal Sally Pearce, hired by the deceased principal to help him revamp and change the culture, vows to carry on the mission. In doing so, she locks horns with fellow assistant principal, Wally Welburton, and gets caught up in gang threats, racial tensions, grievances, sexual harassment complaints, and the murder investigation, as well.

Sally never dreamed, when she stepped up to lead this culturally diverse school, that she would be faced with solving a mystery and returning the school to order. The odds are against her—she is a woman in a man’s job, a minority in this community. Her strong moral compass and her commitment to the school community bolster her as she fights one challenge after another. When a second murder happens on school grounds, Sally realizes she is trapped in a cycle of violence that must be stopped.

A MURDER OF PRINCIPAL captures the behind-the-scenes drama of an American high school, with all the passions and tensions of society-at-large, but the heart of this book is pure mystery. 


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