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Week of April 29, 2013

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Week of April 29, 2013

Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy plays by the book and plays hard, which is what puts the biggest case of the year into his hands. On one of the half-built, half-abandoned “luxury” developments that litter Ireland, Patrick Spain and his two young children are dead. But Broken Harbor holds memories for Scorcher, and working this case could resurrect something he thought he had tightly under control. BROKEN HARBOR is the fourth novel of the Dublin murder squad by Tana French.

In MIDNIGHT IN PEKING, historian and China expert Paul French at last uncovers the truth behind the notorious murder of a young Englishwoman, and offers a rare glimpse of the last days of colonial Peking.

Advent by James Treadwell - Fantasy/Adventure

 

The first in James Treadwell’s fantasy trilogy, ADVENT describes how magic was lost to humanity, and how a 15-year-old boy discovers that its return is his inheritance. It begins in a world recognizably our own, and ends an extraordinarily long way from where it started --- somewhere much bigger, stranger and richer.

Another Woman by Penny Vincenzi - Fiction
 
The night before her lavish wedding, Cressida Forrest went to bed serene and happy. By morning she had vanished without a trace. Shocked and confused, the two families face a long day of revelations, as a complex, fragile web of sexual, marital and financial secrets is ripped apart by Cressida's disappearance.
Bad Faith by Robert K. Tanenbaum - Legal Thriller

 

New York District Attorney Butch Karp battles to convict the parents of a deceased boy for failing to seek medical attention for their son, who believed, wrongly, that prayer was the answer for healing his rare but treatable brain disease. At the same time, Marlene investigates the charismatic demagogue Reverend McCord, who has an undeniable grasp on the parents.

Beastly Things: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery by Donna Leon - Mystery

 

When the body of man is found in a canal, damaged by the tides, carrying no wallet, and wearing only one shoe, Commissario Guido Brunetti has little to work with. Perhaps with the help of Signorina Elettra, Brunetti and Inspector Vianello can identify the man and understand why someone wanted him dead.

Broken Harbor by Tana French - Psychological Thriller

 

Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy plays by the book and plays hard, which is what puts the biggest case of the year into his hands. On one of the half-built, half-abandoned “luxury” developments that litter Ireland, Patrick Spain and his two young children are dead. But Broken Harbor holds memories for Scorcher, and working this case could resurrect something he thought he had tightly under control.

The Big Cat Nap: The 20th Anniversary Mrs. Murphy Mystery by Rita Mae Brown - Mystery

 

Harry's beloved ex–post mistress is never idle, dividing her time between raising this year’s bounty of crops; taking care of her veterinarian husband, Fair; indulging her passion for classic cars; and adding further to her reputation as a nosy neighbor. Her animal companions see disaster fast approaching but can do little except try their best to protect their foolishly intrepid human.

Dark Magic by James Swain - Fantasy

DARK MAGICis a genre-bending supernatural thriller from national bestselling novelist and real-life magician James Swain.

Father's Day: Across America with an Unusual Dad and His Extraordinary Son by Buzz Bissinger - Memoir

 

The author of FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS journeys across the country and into the psyche of his son and traveling companion, where he finds not only the remarkable skills and debilities known as savantism, but a host of admirable qualities as well.

Fireproof: A Maggie O'Dell Novel by Alex Kava - Thriller

 

Special agent Maggie O'Dell is called in to investigate a building fire with a human casualty. The local team insists the suspect is a rash and young perp, but Maggie thinks this is the work of a calculated and controlled criminal. As the acts of arson become more brazen, Maggie's professional and personal worlds begin to collide dangerously.

A Foreign Country by Charles Cumming - Thriller

 

On the vacation of a lifetime in Egypt, an elderly French couple are brutally murdered. Days later, a meticulously-planned kidnapping takes place on the streets of Paris. Amelia Levene, the first female Chief of MI6, has disappeared without a trace, six weeks before she is due to take over as the most influential spy in Europe. Desperate not only to find her, but to keep her disappearance a secret, Britain’s top intelligence agents turn to one of their own: disgraced MI6 officer Thomas Kell.

A Good Man: Rediscovering My Father, Sargent Shriver by Mark K. Shriver - Memoir

 

When Sargent "Sarge" Shriver died in 2011 after a valiant fight with Alzheimer's, thousands of tributes poured in from friends and strangers worldwide. After a lifetime searching for the path to his father's success in the public arena, Mark instead turns to a search for the secret of his father's joy, his devotion to others, and his sense of purpose.

Gypped: A Regan Reilly Mystery by Carol Higgins Clark - Mystery

 

PI Regan Reilly and her husband, Jack, head of the NYPD Major Case Squad, are in Los Angeles where Jack is attending a business conference. After the meeting, they plan to vacation in California. But then Regan gets in touch with a friend, Zelda, who suspects she is being gypped by her business manager who had her invest in a new line of vitamins.

Haven: A Bishop/Special Crimes Unit Novel by Kay Hooper - Thriller

 

FBI Agent Nathan Navarro is a member of the Special Crimes Unit, which investigates paranormal/extraordinary cases. He is tasked with investigating the disappearance of Jessie Rayburn, an operative of Haven, a civilian offshoot of SCU. Navarro suspects something deadly has happened to Jessie.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

A Lady Cyclist's Guide to Kashgar by Suzanne Joinson - Fiction

 

When Freida learns she has inherited the contents of an apartment belonging to a dead woman she has never heard of, she must embark on an unexpected journey.

The Last Refuge: A Dewey Andreas Novel by Ben Coes - Thriller/Adventure

 

Dewey Andreas, a former Army Ranger and Delta, owes his life to Kohl Meir and his team of Israeli commandos. So when a nuclear device with the words “Goodbye Tel Aviv” is spotted in the possession of Iran, Dewey must face off against an opponent with equal cunning, skill and determination.

The Last Victim by Karen Robards - Paranormal Romantic Thriller

 

When two vacationing families are brutally slain, FBI agents Ryan Sinclair and Buzz Crane discern that it could be the work of the notorious Boardwalk Killer. They turn to one of the country's preeminent experts on serial killers, Dr. Charlotte Stone, who was the only survivor of his last killing spree 15 years ago. When another family is murdered and a third girl is abducted, she knows she must do everything possible to stop the crazed madman who has long haunted her nightmares.

Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China by Paul French - True Crime

 

Historian and China expert Paul French at last uncovers the truth behind the notorious murder of a young Englishwoman, and offers a rare glimpse of the last days of colonial Peking.

The Next Best Thing by Jennifer Weiner - Fiction

 

Ruth Saunders headed west with her 70-year-old grandma in tow, hoping to be hired as a television writer. Four years later, she finally hits the jackpot when the sitcom she wrote, “The Next Best Thing,” gets the green light. But her dreams are threatened by demanding actors, number-crunching executives, a crush on her boss, and her grandmother’s impending nuptials.

Odd Apocalypse: An Odd Thomas Novel by Dean Koontz - Supernatural Thriller

 

The magnificent West Coast property known as Roseland is now home to a reclusive billionaire financier and his faithful servants. And, at least for the moment, it’s also a port in the storm for Odd Thomas and his traveling companion. But Roseland holds many mysteries, and only Odd is brave --- or mad --- enough to confront the evil that resides there.              

One Shot at Forever: A Small Town, an Unlikely Coach, and a Magical Baseball Season by Chris Ballard - Sports

 

In 1971, a small-town high school baseball team from rural Illinois playing with hand-me-down uniforms and peace signs on their hats defied convention and the odds. Led by an English teacher with no coaching experience, the Macon Ironmen became the smallest school in Illinois history to make the state final, a distinction that still stands.

The Orphanmaster by Jean Zimmerman - Historical Thriller

Orphan children are going missing in 1663 New Amsterdam, and among those looking into the mysterious state of affairs are a quick-witted 22-year-old trader and a dashing British spy. But both the search for the killer and their  newfound romance are endangered when Blandine is accused of being a witch, and Edward is sentenced to hang for espionage.

Plugged by Eoin Colfer - Crime Fiction

 

An Irish ex-pat becomes embroiled in one --- and possibly two --- murders, and as he finds himself becoming a prime suspect, he begins to wonder if he is indeed a killer.

Railsea by China Miéville - Science Fiction

 

On board the moletrain Medes, Sham Yes ap Soorap watches in awe as he witnesses his first moldywarpe hunt: the giant mole bursting from the earth, the harpoonists targeting their prey, the battle resulting in one’s death and the other’s glory. But no matter how spectacular it is, Sham can’t shake the sense that there is more to life than traveling the endless rails of the railsea.

A Spear of Summer Grass by Deanna Raybourn - Historical Romance

 

As the fallout to her latest scandal, Delilah Drummond has been exiled to Kenya and her favorite stepfather's savanna manor house. There, she meets Ryder White, who becomes her guide to the complex beauty of this unknown world. Only when this sacred place is profaned by bloodshed does Delilah discover what is truly worth fighting for --- and what she can no longer live without.

State of Emergency by Marc Cameron - Thriller


Air Force OSI agent Jericho Quinn and his crack team of specialists must track down the black-market arms dealer who is masterminding a nuclear attack and dismantle them both. When the trail leads to South America, Quinn has to join the famous Dakar Rally, a 6,000-mile motorcycle run that's about to become the most dangerous race in history. It's not the finish line they're racing for. It's the fate of the world...

Stolen Prey: A Lucas Davenport Novel by John Sandford - Thriller

 

In the small Minnesota town of Deephaven, an entire family has been killed. To Lucas Davenport, the scene looks an awful lot like the kind of scorched-earth retribution he has seen in drug killings sometimes. But this is a seriously upscale town, and the husband was an executive vice president at a big bank. It just doesn’t seem to fit. Until it does.

The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers - Fiction

 

In Al Tafar, Iraq, twenty-one-year old Private Bartle and eighteen-year-old Private Murphy cling to life as their platoon launches a bloody battle for the city. In the endless days that follow, the two young soldiers do everything to protect each other from the forces that press in on every side: the insurgents, physical fatigue, and the mental stress that comes from constant danger.