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Above the Bay of Angels: a novel by Rhys Bowen


Isabella Waverly only means to comfort the woman felled on a London street. In her final dying moments, she thrusts a letter into Bella's hand.


It's an offer of employment in the kitchens of Buckingham Palace, and everything the budding young chef desperately wants: an escape from the constrictions of her life as a lowly servant. In the stranger's stead, Bella can spread her wings. Arriving as Helen Barton from Yorkshire, she pursues her passion for creating culinary delights, served to the delighted Queen Victoria herself.


Best of all, she's been chosen to accompany the queen to Nice. What fortune! Until the threat of blackmail shadows Bella to the Riviera, and a member of the queen's retinue falls ill and dies. Having prepared the royal guest's last meal, Bella is suspected of the poisonous crime. An investigation is sure to follow. Her charade will be over. And, her new life will come crashing down-if it doesn't send her to the gallows. – Publisher



Gone by Midnight by Candice Fox


Four young boys are left alone in a hotel room while their parents dine downstairs. When Sara Farrow checks on the children at midnight, her son is missing. Distrustful of the police, Sara turns to Crimson Lake's unlikeliest private investigators--disgraced cop Ted Conkaffey and convicted killer Amanda Pharrell. The clock is ticking, and the danger Ted uncovers could well put his own child in deadly peril.


The Billionaire in Boots by Julia London


As the firstborn son, it's been drilled into Nick that he is the heir apparent to the Prince family empire. But cattle ranching has never been his true passion. Nick wants to be a pilot. However, when his father dies, leaving Nick to clean up the mess, he knows he must do his duty before following his heart. Charlotte Bailey can't believe that Nick is back to run the ranch. As the office manager, she knows it's her responsibility to help him. If only he wasn't so brooding and cranky--and so hot it's a wonder his chaps don't melt right off him.


But when sparks fly between them, she's adamant about staying away from a cowboy on his way out the door. Nick knows the ranch's pretty, smart, and capable office manager is off-limits, but he needs her. And working in such close proximity to Charlotte every day is making Nick crazy. She smells good, she looks good, she makes him laugh, but most of all she makes him want to stay. - Publisher.


The Girl from Widow Hills by Megan Miranda


As a child, Arden Maynor was swept away while sleepwalking during a terrifying rainstorm. Found alive days later clinging to a storm drain, the girl from Widow Hills was a living miracle. Now a young woman living hundreds of miles away, Arden goes by Olivia. With the twentieth anniversary of her rescue approaching, the media will inevitably renew its interest in Arden. Then Olivia begins sleepwalking again. One night she jolts awake in her yard-- and at her feet is the corpse of a man she knows from her previous life. -- Publisher



Near Dark: a thriller by Brad Thor


The world's largest bounty has just been placed upon America's top spy. His only hope for survival is to outwit, outrun, and outlast his enemies long enough to get to the truth. But for Scot Harvath to accomplish his most dangerous mission ever - one that has already claimed the lives of the people closest to him, including his wife - he's going to need help - a lot of it. Not knowing who he can trust, Harvath finds an unlikely ally in a Norwegian agent Sølvi Kolstad. Just as smart, deadly, and determined, she not only has the skills, but also the broken, troubled past to match Harvath's own. - Publisher


Choppy Water by Stuart Woods


Stone Barrington and his friends are vacationing in Maine when their leisure is suddenly disrupted by extreme weather. To make matters worse, the inclement conditions allow for a menacing adversary to sneak in unnoticed and deliver a chilling message. Soon it becomes clear that the target of the incident is one of Stone's closest companions, and that these enemies have a grander scheme in mind.


From the bustling streets of New York City to the sun-drenched shores of Key West, Stone intends to nab the criminals that appear behind him at every step. But his search only leads him further down a trail of peril and corruption, and he'll soon find that at the end of the road is a more dangerous foe than he could have imagined. - Publisher


The White Streak: A Western Duo by Max Brand


In The White Streak, 21-year-old Jimmy Babcock, a former football star, but now a worker at the local bank run by William Parker in the town of Dresser, which has changed from cattle country to one made up of oil and alfalfa fields.


When Parker fires Jimmy, all Jimmy can think is how he will hurt Muriel Aiken, his fiance, who wants to marry. When his father signs over the old family homestead to him that is in serious need of repair, Jimmy feels better. But an unexpected invitation from Parker to meet him at the Club convinces him that Parker wants him back. When he learns what Parker really has in mind, Jimmy finds himself recalling the stories he has heard from his father about the notorious robber the White Streak and Utah Billie. Now, he has to make a hard decision. - Publisher


Cottonmouth by Sean Lynch


A legendary gunfighter can never outrun the ghosts of his past. But he can outshoot them. Acclaimed author Sean Lynch's epic saga of Samuel Pritchard continues-with a venegance. 1874. After losing his innocence in the Civil War and risking his life as a Texas Ranger, Samuel Pritchard has finally settled into a peaceful life in his hometown of Atherton, Missouri. As marshall, he hopes to put his bloody past behind him. To see his sister marry his lifelong friend. To find a wife and raise a family. For the first time in his life, Pritchard isn't gunning for anyone-and no one is gunning for him. Or so he thinks.


Strangers have arrived in Atherton. Hard-eyed men with guns. Someone has placed a bounty on Pritchard's head: $10,000 in gold, deposited anonymously in a Wells Fargo bank, payable to anyone who puts the legendary pistolero in a pine box. This is the story of Samuel Pritchard. A small-town sheriff with a larger-than-life reputation, lightning-fast guns, and a long list of enemies who'd love to see him dead. -Publisher

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