Wednesday’s Mystery eBooks

If You See Kay Lie
by Quinn Glasneck
Rating: 4.2 #ad

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The snarky, inappropriate and irreverent duo is back and this time with clowns on the loose!

BJ’s life is a three-ring circus. She’s juggling her jobs, her friends, and man-troubles, and then things get complicated. Out on a morning walk with her dog, Twinkles, BJ stumbles over a dead body. Not quite what she expected before her first cup of coffee – or ever.

Then there’s the bullet dodging when not one, but two hot cops take their shot at a relationship with her, when they’re supposed to be investigating the crimes. And if that weren’t enough balls to juggle, there are the clown attacks!

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(The Badge Bunny Booze Mysteries)


The Scorpion’s Tail
by Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
Rating: 4.6 #ad

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Following the acclaimed debut of Old Bones, this second “happily anticipated” new thriller in Preston & Child’s series features Nora Kelly, archaeologist at the Santa Fe Archeological Institute, and rookie FBI Agent Corrie Swanson, as they team up to solve a mystery that quickly escalates into nightmare (Booklist).

A mummified corpse, over half a century old, is found in the cellar of an abandoned building in a remote New Mexico ghost town. Corrie is assigned what seems to her a throwaway case: to ID the body and determine cause of death. She brings archaeologist Nora Kelly to excavate the body and lend her expertise to the investigation, and together they uncover something unexpected and shocking: the deceased apparently died in agony, in a fetal position, skin coming off in sheets, with a rictus of horror frozen on his face.

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The Perfect Spy
by Amy Martinsen
Rating: 4.8 #ad

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She’s got the best undercover crew. But will a sinister secret undo them?

Kate Ross has lost way too much in the last six months. With her mother’s death from breast cancer, an agent she handled killed on the job, and her career in jeopardy, the beleaguered CIA officer’s faith in God seems like another casualty. So she’s relieved to be offered a shot at redemption by managing an innovative team of “mom spies”… until they saddle her with a more experienced man as a babysitter.

Battling self-doubt and a loss of confidence in her espionage skills, Kate directs a smoothly successful first mission for the unit….


Helix Nexus
by Chris Lofts
Rating: 5.0 #ad

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WHEN MAJOR NATHAN HELIX’S commanding officer plunges 55 floors to his death, everybody agrees that Helix is the obvious choice of investigator.

CONFLICT ERUPTS WHEN the Home Secretary intervenes. Helix refuses to stand down and chooses suspension over desk duty. Determined to discover who murdered his friend and mentor, he joins forces with his cyber-genius brother Ethan.

CHAINS OF EVIDENCE point back to a celebrated case, the pinnacle of Helix’s career, a crime centred around politics and power. The case is closed and Helix wants it left that way. But long lost family links lurk in the shadows and blood is thicker than water. He’s not the only one with a different version of the truth. EXPLOSIVE NEW EVIDENCE

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(Helix Genesis)


The First to Draw
by James Leonard
Rating: 5.0 #ad

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John Stonehouse fought for the Union, and in a lot of ways he’s still fighting. Now he’s ready to lay his battles to rest and find peace on a ranch all his own. But Rex Tovey has other plans for him.
Rex is used to getting what he wants, even if he has to kill everyone in his way to get it. He’s got plenty of bullets and plenty of men to back him up. And he always insists on being the last man standing.

When Rex sets his sights on John’s new land, all-out war erupts in Tucson and battle lines get drawn fast. Soon, Emma Longacre finds herself caught in the crossfire. With danger on all sides, she turns to John for help. But how can one man fight a whole gang?


Fake Truth
by Lee Goldberg
Rating: 4.3 #ad

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Author Ian Ludlow writes great adventures…but after helping Chinese movie star Wang Mei defect to the United States, he becomes the accidental hero of a real-life espionage thriller. Now he’s stuck with the actress – and suffering a nasty case of writer’s block – when he stumbles into a secret Russian plot using “fake news” to outrage Americans into believing a terrifying lie.

It’s up to Ian and Margo French, his researcher-turned-spy, to discover the connection between a barbaric drug lord in Mexico, a homicidal maniac in California, a rogue citizen army in Texas, a raging TV pundit in New York, and two dead tourists in Portugal…


Trouble on the Taj McCall
by Linda Robinson
Rating: 4.3 #ad

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Larabeth McCall has too much idle time since the youngest of her two daughters joined her sister in college. Blessed with an innate love of the great outdoors, Larabeth craves to explore nature in a motor home. But the empty-nest doldrums become the least of her worries as she awaits the results of a recent biopsy. With breast cancer having claimed lives in her family for the previous two generations, she has every reason for concern.

Unlike his wife, Elton McCall is not the adventurous sort but reconsiders her request to travel after he’s threatened with the possibility of losing the love of his life. He purchases a luxury motor home, leaves his business in his partner’s hands, and sets out with Larabeth to fulfill her dream on “The Taj McCall.” Surprisingly, Elton begins to enjoy the life-changing journey.


Tell Me
by Lisa Jackson
Rating: 4.5 #ad

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The most hated woman in Savannah, Georgia, is about to be set free. Twenty years ago, beautiful Blondell O’Henry was convicted of murdering her eldest daughter, Amity, and wounding her two other children. Though she swore she was innocent, the prosecution insisted that Blondell did it all to be with her lover. But Blondell’s son has now recanted his crucial testimony.

Reporter Nikki Gillette is determined to get the truth for her true crime book—as well as personal reasons. Amity was Nikki’s childhood friend. The night she died, Amity begged her to meet with her, insisting she had a secret to tell, but Nikki didn’t go.

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(Pierce Reed/Nikki Gillette Mysteries)


OFFENBUNKER: Cold War Spies Face Nuclear Menace
by A.G. Russo
Rating: 4.3 #ad

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A top secret bunker deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains. A silo housing a ballistic missile.

Cold War super powers the United States and the Soviet Union are engaged in an intense “arms race” build up of nuclear weapons and face off for control as the fate of the free world hangs in the balance.

The CIA, U.S. military intelligence, spies, double agents, the KGB, Stasi secret police, and assassins engage in a dangerous contest of espionage as Russia wants to spread communism and take control of Europe, and the United States wants to stop them.

What is the personal cost to those who devote their lives to preventing nuclear war?


The First Time I Saw You
by Lorhainne Eckhart
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Like his parents Andy and Laura Friessen, Gabriel knows what it means to face an impossible situation. What he doesn’t realize when he puts up an ad looking for a roommate he never expects to meet a down on her luck gorgeous single mom with a meddling family, a crazy ex-boyfriend, and enough chemistry between them to heat a county. The only problem is she doesn’t believe in happily ever after and sees falling in love as a mistake only fools make. But Gabriel can’t stop thinking about her, wanting her, and is determined to show her the road to love isn’t as dangerous as she believes.

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(The Friessens Series)

Tuesday’s Mystery eBooks

Confessions of the Assistant Extraordinaire
by Lotta Smith
Rating: 4.1 #ad

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Get three PI Assistant Extraordinaire Mysteries in a bundle. More than 100,000 words, humorous mystery books.

Ghostly Murder: A murder in a locked room…The faceless ghost… Throw in a cross-dressing detective plus his assistant extraordinaire in this new mystery series! A high profile murder calls for a high profile detective.
Immortal Eyes: Serial murder with a sick ritual… The most unusual way to use Eggs Benedict …and the mismatched duo’s race against time…
Deadly Vision: A sweet n’ cold murder… A newbie, pathetic agent…and a HOT MESS… PI Assistant extraordinaire Kelly Kinki is back, and she’s stuck between a hunk and a hard case.


Born To Die
by Lisa Jackson
Rating: 4.7 #ad

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When two women turn up dead, both bearing an uncanny resemblance to Dr. Kacey Lambert, it appears to be a sad, strange coincidence. It’s not like there was any connection between Kacey and the B-movie actress or the elementary school teacher. But Detective Selena Alvarez suspects the “coincidence” is all part of a sinister design.

One of the bodies contained traces of poison at the time of death. Selena and her partner, Detective Regan Pescoli, can find no motive for murder…

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(An Alvarez & Pescoli Mysteries)


Hidden Thrones
by Russ Scalzo
Rating: 4.6 #ad

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As current as of this morning’s newspaper, this series will challenge the reader’s belief system, introduce him or her to the invisible world of spiritual warfare, and ensure that the reader will never look at the world in quite the same light ever again.

The spirit world is astir as the coming of the Lord draws near. The mystery swirling around the rise in supernatural activity has drawn much attention. A powerful secret society desperately seeks to harness this mystical power for their own gain.

Author and prayer warrior Jack Bennett can see evil. His unusual gift catapults him into a spiritual world of angels and demons. Jack’s special ability makes him the FBI’s newest hire, serving as a consultant for their new Paranormal Division. Together with Special Agent Frank Lederman, they investigate the improbable and the unexplainable.


Little Girls
by Ronald Malfi
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After years away, Laurie returns to the home where she was raised by a cold, distant father who recently exorcised his demons. But no amount of cleaning can wipe away the troubled past. She feels it lurking in the broken moldings, sees it staring from an empty picture frame, hears it laughing in the moldy greenhouse deep in the woods . . .

At first, Laurie thinks she’s imagining things. But when she meets her daughter’s new playmate, she notices her uncanny resemblance to another little girl who used to live next door. Who died next door.


The Dayton Flood of 1913
by Beth Livingston
Rating: 4.1 #ad

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INTERSECTING LIVES BATTLE THE FLOOD OF ALL FLOODS.

Sweeping through Dayton, Ohio, in March of 1913, a flood the strength of Niagara Falls, rose twenty feet and trapped thousands in businesses, houses, and treetops.

Annetta Schmidt and her father huddle on the roof of their shed when it swirls away on a collision course with the Main Street bridge.

Logan Wells, a jewelry salesman stranded in the Beckel House Hotel, loses his fortune but gains a treasure.

Esther and Oliver Garrison never dream that fleeing their home with their two toddlers and elderly mother would cause such anguish…


The Last Lie
by R.M. Demeester
Rating: 4.5 #ad

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When everyone is lying can the truth prevail? Single mother, Victoria Cooper wants to be a family with her son’s father. But she is hiding a secret. A secret which could prevent her from her picture-perfect happy ending.

Meanwhile, Spencer McGregor is lying to his family about Victoria and their son. Never mind, he’s living a secret, illicit second life that puts both him and his son in danger. When Spencer’s family and Victoria’s best friend catch onto the lies they soon find out that the truth comes with deadly consequences. Question is, can they stop lying before it’s too late?


The Orphan of Cemetery Hill
by Hester Fox
Rating: 4.2 #ad

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The dead won’t bother you if you don’t give them permission. Boston, 1844.

Tabby has a peculiar gift: she can communicate with the recently departed. It makes her special, but it also makes her dangerous.

As an orphaned child, she fled with her sister, Alice, from their charlatan aunt Bellefonte, who wanted only to exploit Tabby’s gift so she could profit from the recent craze for seances. Now a young woman and tragically separated from Alice, Tabby works with her adopted father, Eli, the kind caretaker of a large Boston cemetery.


Red Country
by Joe Abercrombie
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Shy South hoped to bury her bloody past and ride away smiling, but she’ll have to sharpen up some bad old ways to get her family back, and she’s not a woman to flinch from what needs doing. She sets off in pursuit with only a pair of oxen and her cowardly old step father Lamb for company. But it turns out Lamb’s buried a bloody past of his own. And out in the lawless Far Country the past never stays buried.

Their journey will take them across the barren plains to a frontier town gripped by gold fever, through feud, duel and massacre, high into the unmapped mountains to a reckoning with the Ghosts.

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(First Law Standalones Mysteries)


Twisted Twenty-Six
by Janet Evanovich
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How far will Stephanie Plum go to protect the one person who means the most to her? The stakes have never been higher in this #1 New York Times bestseller from Janet Evanovich.

Grandma Mazur has decided to get married again – this time to a local gangster named Jimmy Rosolli. If Stephanie has her doubts about this marriage, she doesn’t have to worry for long, because the groom drops dead of a heart attack 45 minutes after saying, “I do.”

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Monday’s Mystery eBooks

Steamed Open
by Barbara Ross
Rating: 4.7 #ad

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Beachcombers, lighthouse buffs, and clammers are outraged after Frick puts up a gate in front of his newly inherited mansion. When Julia urges him to reconsider, she’s the last to see him alive—except the person who stabs him in the neck with a clam rake. As she pores through a long list of suspects, Julia meets disgruntled employees, rival heirs, and a pair of tourists determined to visit every lighthouse in America. They all have secrets, and Julia will have to work fast to expose the guilty party—or see this season’s clam harvest dry up for good.

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(A Maine Clambake Mysteries)


Helix Nexus
by Chris Lofts
Rating: 5.0 #ad

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WHEN MAJOR NATHAN HELIX’S commanding officer plunges 55 floors to his death, everybody agrees that Helix is the obvious choice of investigator.

CONFLICT ERUPTS WHEN the Home Secretary intervenes. Helix refuses to stand down and chooses suspension over desk duty. Determined to discover who murdered his friend and mentor, he joins forces with his cyber-genius brother Ethan.

CHAINS OF EVIDENCE point back to a celebrated case, the pinnacle of Helix’s career, a crime centred around politics and power. The case is closed and Helix wants it left that way. But long lost family links lurk in the shadows and blood is thicker than water. He’s not the only one with a different version of the truth.

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(Helix Genesis)


Sunshine
by Robin McKinley
Rating: 4.4 #ad

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Although it had been mostly deserted since the Voodoo Wars, there hadn’t been any trouble out at the lake for years. Rae Seddon, nicknamed Sunshine, head baker at her family’s busy and popular café in downtown New Arcadia, needed a place to get away from all the noise and confusion – of the clientele and her family. Just for a few hours. Just to be able to hear herself think.

She knew about the Others, of course. Everyone did. And several of her family’s best regular customers were from SOF – Special Other Forces – which had been created to deal with the threat and the danger of the Others.


No Name Key
by Jessica Argyle
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All Elle wants is a little land to call her own. And she has earned it, finding a measure of peace on a lonely isle near the bottom of the Florida Keys. But others have their own designs, especially Billy, her deadbeat, absent husband who could show up any time to claim her or maliciously destroy what he cannot have.

In 1935, as Labor Day approaches, a storm is brewing that will alter Elle’s life and the landscape of the Florida Keys forever. How far will Elle go to protect the little that she has? And if she does the unimaginable, can she keep her freedom?


Shadow Sands
by Robert Bryndza
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The moors are a perfect hiding place for a serial killer. And a chilling return to the past for nascent private investigator Kate Marshall in a pulse-racing thriller by the author of Nine Elms.

Criminology academic Kate Marshall is on a scuba jaunt with her son when they dive toward a shocking discovery: the body of a teenage boy entangled below the surface of the Shadow Sands reservoir. The detective chief inspector’s too-quick narrative of a tragic drowning doesn’t add up, and when Kate follows the evidence, it leads to a darker discovery.


Leave the Light On
by Lorhainne Eckhart
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When the unthinkable happens. A family’s life is changed forever.

Katy and Steven have settled in their new home, with a new job, a new life, and a baby on the way. Everything for this young couple is perfect—that is, until the night Steven makes a quick trip to the grocery store for his pregnant wife. As the sun rises and Katy wakes, she soon discovers that Steven never made it home

Did you miss the other books in this big family romance series? Start with the worldwide bestseller THE FORGOTTEN CHILD translated in German & French, coming soon to Portuguese, Spanish & Chinese.

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OFF GRID
by J. P. Redding
Rating: 4.7 #ad

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How Long Can They Hide From The Surveillance State? From the halls of D.C. to the remote shores of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, OFF GRID is a wild ride through a dystopian near future of mass surveillance.

In the wake of a global calamity, the economy collapses. The Feds respond by wielding every power of the Welfare State to control the populace. A key tool is PivPal, an indispensable smartphone used to track citizens. As civil liberties crumble, resistance is relegated to flyover country whose residents – derided as off-gridders – cling to the time-honored virtues of freedom, self-reliance, and charity. Against this backdrop, Jenny Hernandez struggles to keep her rural church community nourished and safe…


The Catherine Wheel
by Patricia Wentworth
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An advertisement appears in the newspaper, asking for genealogical information from descendants of a certain Jeremiah Taverner, who died in long-ago 1888. It looks like an ordinary notice by a curious scholar, but the question is not nearly as simple as that. The man behind the ad is a Taverner himself: estranged, wealthy, and looking for a suitable relation to name in his will. The case grows complicated quickly, for there are many who bear the name, several illegitimate relatives aside. Old feuds reemerge now that there is a whiff of money in the air, and the extended family converges to squabble over the cash.

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(The Miss Silver Mysteries)


THE SUM OF OUR SORROWS
by Lisette Brodey
Rating: 4.4 #ad

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In an idyllic suburb in Northern California, tragedy strikes the Sheppard family when Abby, the mother of three daughters and wife to Dalton, is killed in a car accident. Charlotte, the middle daughter, is in the car with her mother and survives without physical injury but remains deeply scarred on the inside.

Dalton tells Lily, his eldest daughter, that she must sacrifice long-awaited college plans and put her life on hold to take care of her sisters. Lily is torn between her devotion to family and an increasing need to find her place in the world — but how can she leave, knowing her family may crumble? Will her presence eventually cause more problems than it resolves?

Sunday’s Mystery eBooks

Sweet Revenge
by Diane Mott Davidson
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The New York Times bestselling author of Dark Torte and Double Shot delivers another knockout novel featuring Colorado caterer Goldy Schulz.

Goldy Schulz is thrilled to be catering a holiday breakfast feast for the staff of the Aspen Meadow Library. But her merriment goes cold when she spots a woman lurking in the stacks—a woman with a striking resemblance to Sandee Brisbane. The Sandee Brisbane who shot and killed Goldy’s ex-husband, the Jerk. It sure looks like her, but it can’t be because Sandee is dead. Or so everyone believes.

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One Fine Mess
by Mark Petersen
Rating: 3.8

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It’s time to show some ovaries. All Jules Nichols wants is respect–and babies. A quiet life with a happy family. So with the help of her lover, she comes up with a plan to get rid of her abusive hubby. Once Eddie’s dead she and Wesley can live on the insurance money. Quietly. Happily.

They’ve thought everything through: alibis, misleading clues, disposing of the murder weapon, even how often Jules should check in with the cops to make sure something is being done to find Eddie’s killer. Still, good thing she’s bold and determined, because despite all her planning, the baddies start lining up against her. First it’s the Mob, then drug-dealing bikers, then even her crazy sister. At the same time, the Vermont State Police won’t go away, and Wesley’s not exactly manning up to deal… #ad


Anasazi Medium
by G G Collins
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Eight of the nine signs signaling the end of the Fourth World of the Hopi have come to pass. The ninth is hurtling toward Earth!

Rachel is recruited by the spirit world to prevent a cataclysmic occurrence: the end of the Fourth World of the Hopi. The ancient spirit tells her: “Everyone you know and everyone you do not know will die. You will die. Your feline will die.”

In this fourth Rachel Blackstone paranormal adventure, ancient peoples enlighten contemporary humankind in a mystery as old as time. As earthquakes occur in Santa Fe and a New Mexico supervolcano threatens to blow, it becomes imperative she discover the root of all evil. But can she stop the greedy men intent on having their way and willing to kill to achieve it?

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(Rachel Blackstone Paranormal Mysteries)


Still Waters
by Heather Graham, Karen Harper
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The Island by Heather Graham On a weekend vacation, Beth Anderson is unnerved when she discovers a skull on the beach. As she starts to look into this mysterious find, handsome stranger Keith Henson seems to appear everywhere she goes. He claims to be keeping an eye on her safety, but Beth senses other motives.

Below the Surface by Karen Harper Briana Devon knows her twin sister would never deliberately leave her, but when she surfaces after a dive, Daria and their boat have vanished. Fighting rough waves and a fast-approaching storm, Bree barely makes it to shore, where Cole De Roca revives her.


Mindbridge
by Joe Haldeman
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A remarkable alien technology could have devastating consequences for humanity in this novel by the Hugo and Nebula Award–winning author of The Forever War.

In the far future, the accidental scientific breakthrough known as the Levant-Meyer Translation changes everything. Suddenly people can leap instantaneously across the universe, albeit temporarily, enabling teams of Tamers to explore far-flung worlds and prepare them for possible human habitation. But one expedition doesn’t make it back alive.


Kacy Chronicles Boxed Set
by Amazon Customer
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This box set includes all four books in The Kacy Chronicles, a Prophesies of Oriceran Series full of portal-travel, magic, dragons, action, adventure and romance. Written for anyone who has ever wanted to fly!

Born to a wealthy Virginian family, privileged Jordan’s got her life all planned out. Get her PhD, find the perfect Virginia man to marry, pop out a few more Kacy’s and make her State Senator father proud.

If only Jordan could let the past rest. When your mother disappears without a trace it carves a gash that bleeds a long time. Jordan has never given up hope that her mother is alive. So when Jordan’s old nanny shows up with a mysterious locket containing a portrait of Jordan’s mother, Jordan believes her hope was not in vain.

When the locket opens a portal to an alternate universe and a stranger hurtles through to earth, it’s not her first clue that something very strange is at play.


Close Enough to Kill
by Beverly Barton
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He’s their secret admirer, wooing them with phone calls, love letters, and special gifts. From a distance, he admires them. Desires them. Despises them. And when he gets close enough, he kills them all.

Adams County, Alabama, is a friendly place where everyone knows each other—but not well enough, it seems. Someone among them is a serial killer who first romances, then stalks, kidnaps, and kills his victims. It’s the first big case for sheriff Bernie Granger, and a chance to prove herself to her new partner, Memphis police detective Jim Norton. But this killer is uncannily smart. It’s as if he knows what Bernie is thinking. And his next move is more than shocking—it’s chillingly personal.

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(Griffin Powell Mysteries)


unRepentant
by Bridget E. Baker
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Inara, sick of playing the pawn, has decided to up her game. But not all of her new decisions have been positive, and one misstep can have far reaching consequences. Will Inara play nicely, or bring down the entire family in her fury?

When you’ve already lost everything that matters… Inara devoted more than two hundred years of her life to serving Alamecha. She gave up on her epic love. She lost her best friend. She protected her sisters, even as they stole her birthright. Her siblings made error after error, and Inara patiently cleaned up their mistakes. Gambling over the future of the world isn’t daunting.

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(The Birthright Mysteries)


The Best of Jules Verne
by Jules Verne
Rating: 4.6 #ad

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Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea,

Around the World in Eighty Days,

Journey to the Center of the Earth,

The Mysterious Island