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Week of March 26, 2012

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Week of March 26, 2012

Daisy Goodwin's THE AMERICAN HEIRESS tells the story of the beautiful, vivacious Cora Cash, whose family mansion in Newport dwarfs the Vanderbilts'. When she travels abroad with her mother at the turn of the 20th century to seek a titled husband, Cora suddenly finds herself Duchess of Wareham and married to Ivo, the most eligible bachelor in England.

In Alice LaPlante's TURN OF MIND, a former surgeon suffering from dementia becomes the primary suspect in the murder of her best friend and neighbor.

The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin - Historical Fiction

Traveling abroad with her mother at the turn of the 20th century to seek a titled husband, beautiful, vivacious Cora Cash --- whose family mansion in Newport dwarfs the Vanderbilts' --- suddenly finds herself Duchess of Wareham and married to Ivo, the most eligible bachelor in England.

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell - Fiction


Written with whip-smart precision and charm, ATTACHMENTS is a strikingly clever and deeply romantic debut about falling in love with the person who makes you feel like the best version of yourself. Even if it's someone you've never met.

Barefoot Season: A Blackberry Island Novel by Susan Mallery - Fiction


Michelle Sanderson may appear to be a strong, independent woman, but on the inside, she’s still the wounded girl who fled home years ago. A young army vet, Michelle returns to the quaint Blackberry Island Inn to claim her inheritance and recover from the perils of war. Instead, she finds the owner’s suite occupied by the last person she wants to see.

The Bone Yard: A Body Farm Novel by Jefferson Bass - Mystery


When a Florida forensic analyst asks Bill Brockton, a researcher on human decomposition, to investigate her sister’s death, he gets more than he bargained for. Bones turn up in the panhandle, leading them to ruins of a reformatory, where they find several shallow graves. They soon discover that the ghosts of the past can have a deadly effect on the present.

Breaking Silence by Linda Castillo - Thriller


The Slabaugh family are model Amish farmers, but when the parents and an uncle are found dead in their barn, the autopsy indicates foul play. Having grown up Amish, Kate is determined to bring the killer to justice. She searches for the link between the mounting Amish crimes and uncovers a dark secret at work beneath the placid surface of this idyllic community.

The Bride's House by Sandra Dallas - Historical Fiction


From the New York Times bestselling author of WHITER THAN SNOW and PRAYERS FOR SALE comes a novel about the secrets and passions of three generations of women who have all lived in the same Victorian home called the Bride's House.

A Death in Summer by Benjamin Black - Mystery


On a sweltering summer afternoon, newspaper tycoon Richard Jewell --- known to his many enemies as Diamond Dick --- is discovered with his head blown off by a shotgun blast. But is it suicide or murder? For help with the investigation, Detective Inspector Hackett calls in his old friend Quirke, who has unusual access to Dublin's elite.

The Devil Colony: A Sigma Force Novel by James Rollins - Thriller


Could the founding of the United States of America be based on a fundamental lie? The shocking truth lies hidden within the ruins of impossibility --- a lost colony of the Americas vanished in time and cursed into oblivion. Sigma Force must unravel the secret of the Devil Colony and save the world from cataclysm.

Drawing Conclusions: A Commissario Guido Brunetti Mystery by Donna Leon - Mystery


Late one night, Commissario Guido Brunetti is called away from dinner to investigate the death of a widow in her apartment. Though there are some signs of a struggle, the medical examiner rules that she died of a heart attack. It seems there is nothing for Brunetti to investigate. But he can’t shake the feeling that something, or someone, may have triggered her heart attack.

Elizabeth I by Margaret George - Historical Fiction


There seems to be no end to the fascination and continued appeal surrounding Queen Elizabeth I, the elusive monarch whose motives we still wonder about 500 years after she's gone. Margaret George delves deeply into Elizabeth's thoughts and struggles, giving audiences a striking vision of England's commanding queen and the monarchy that birthed the Golden Age of England.

Emily and Einstein: A Novel of Second Chances by Linda Francis Lee - Fiction


Emily Barlow believes that her marriage to Sandy Portman is a happy one. But when Sandy dies in a car accident, she finds out that the fairy tale she let herself believe in was far from the truth. While working through her grief, she learns that the man she loved was not even someone she knew.

Feast Day of Fools by James Lee Burke - Thriller


When alcoholic ex-boxer Danny Boy Lorca witnesses a man tortured to death in the desert and reports it, Sheriff Hackberry Hollan's investigation leads to the home of Anton Ling, a regal, mysterious Chinese woman whom the locals refer to as La Magdalena and who is known for sheltering illegals.

Grace by T. Greenwood - Fiction

Thirteen-year-old Trevor Kennedy has endured bullying at school for as long as he can remember. But where Trevor once silently tolerated the jabs and name-calling, now anger surges through him in ways he's powerless to control. Only Crystal, a store clerk dealing with her own loss, sees the deep fissures in the Kennedy family --- in the haunting photographs Trevor brings to be developed.

Iron House by John Hart - Thriller

At the Iron Mountain Home for Boys, orphaned Julian survives only because his older brother, Michael, is fearless and fiercely protective. Decades later, Michael is an enforcer in New York’s world of organized crime. But when he revisits the place he was born and the brother he lost so long ago, he will encounter a whole new level of danger.

The Morning Star by Andre Schwarz-Bart - Fiction


Acclaimed French novelist and Holocaust survivor Andre Schwarz-Bart’s last novel, discovered after his death, begins in the year 3000, in the aftermath of nuclear war. Combining fact, myth, folktale and fantasy, the plot spans several thousand years, weaving the heroic tale of the Jewish people from Abraham, to the Holocaust and its extermination camps, and into the future.

Satori by Don Winslow - Thriller


It’s 1951, and the Korean War is raging. Nicholai Hel is a master of hoda korosu --- or "naked kill" --- and he’s acutely attuned to danger. He’s spent the last three years in solitary confinement, but now the CIA needs him. The Americans are willing to offer Hel freedom, money and a neutral passport, but only if he kills the Soviet commissioner to China.

Son of Stone: A Stone Barrington Novel by Stuart Woods - Mystery


Stone Barrington is back in New York, and he's looking to stay closer to home and cash in on his partnership at Woodman & Weld. But his former love, Arrington Calder, has other plans for Stone...including introducing him to the child he fathered many years ago.

The Taker by Alma Katsu - Fiction


A woman covered in blood with no obvious injuries is brought into the emergency room of a small hospital in Maine. Believing she may be in shock, the on-call doctor keeps her for observation. When she begins to tell the doctor about her life, it makes him wonder if what he’s hearing is true or an incredible tale woven by a potential murderer.

Terrified by Kevin O'Brien - Thriller


To save her abducted son, Megan Keeler must put herself at the mercy of a maniac. Is Glenn a cold-blooded killer determined to destroy her world piece by piece, or is the truth even more twisted? Megan thought she knew fear, but her nightmare is only beginning...

Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante - Literary Thriller


In Alice LaPlante's masterful, haunting debut novel, a former orthopedic surgeon suffering from dementia becomes the primary suspect in the murder of her best friend and neighbor.
Who Shot the Water Buffalo? by Ken Babbs - Historical Fiction


Lieutenants Tom Huckelbee and Mike Cochran make an unlikely pair of officers training to be helicopter pilots in Vietnam. Their only aim is to get through this disorienting war without losing their minds.

Winged Obsession: The Pursuit of the World's Most Notorious Butterfly Smuggler by Jessica Speart - True Crime


One of the world's most beautiful endangered species, butterflies are as lucrative as gorillas, pandas and rhinos on the black market. In this cutthroat $200 million business, no one was more successful --- or posed a greater ecological danger --- than Yoshi Kojima, the kingpin of butterfly smugglers.

You're Next by Gregg Hurwitz - Thriller


Mike Wingate seems to have it all in Gregg Hurwitz's latest nail-biter --- a devoted wife, a beautiful daughter, a growing company --- until shadowy figures from his past begin emerging and force him to protect his family at any cost.