New Arrivals · All Fiction

October 23, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Pegasus : a novel

October 22, 2014
Steel, Danielle.
New York : Delacorte Press, 2014.
340 pages ; 25 cm
Nicolas von Bingen and Alex von Hemmerle, titled members of the German aristocracy, have been best friends since childhood. Both widowers, they are raising their children - Nick's two lively boys and Alex's adored teenage daughter - in peace and luxury on the vast Bavarian estates that have belonged to their families for generations. While Nick indulges in more glamorous pursuits, Alex devotes himself to breeding the renowned white Lipizzaner horses that enthrall audiences throughout Europe with their ability to dance and spin on command, majestic creatures whose bloodlines are rare and priceless. But it is Nicolas's bloodline that changes everything, when his father receives a warning from a high-ranking contact inside the Wehrmacht. A secret from the past has left the family vulnerable to the rising tide of Nazism: Nick's mother, whom he never knew, was of Jewish descent. Suddenly Nicolas must flee Germany, wrenching his sons away from the only home they have known, sailing across the Atlantic for a new life in America. Their survival will depend on a precious gift from Alex, their only stake for the future: eight purebred horses, two of them stunning Lipizzaners. In Florida, where Nicolas joins the Ringling Brothers Circus, he becomes Nick Bing, with Alex's prize white stallion -- now named Pegasus -- the centerpiece of the show.

Prince Lestat : the vampire chronicles

October 22, 2014
Rice, Anne, 1941-
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.
xx, 458 pages ; 25 cm.
"The novel opens with the Vampire world in crisis...vampires have been proliferating out of control; burnings have commenced all over the world, huge massacres similar to those carried out by Akasha in The Queen of the Damned... Old vampires, roused from slumber in the earth are doing the bidding of a Voice commanding that they indiscriminately burn vampire-mavericks in cities from Paris and Mumbai to Hong Kong, Kyoto and San Francisco. As the novel moves from present day New York and the West Coast to Ancient Egypt, fourth century Carthage, 14th century Rome, the Venice of the Renaissance, the worlds and beings of all the Vampire Chronicles--from Louis de Pointe du Lac, the eternally young Armand whose face is that of a Boticelli angel; Mekare and Maharet, Pandora and Flavius; David Talbot, vampire and ultimate fixer from the Secret Talamasca, and Marius, the true child of the Millennia; along with all the other new seductive, supernatural creatures--come together in this large, luxuriant, fiercely ambitious novel to ultimately rise up and seek out who--or what--The Voice is, and to discover the secret of what it desires and why... And, at the book's center, the seemingly absent, curiously missing hero-wanderer, the dazzling, dangerous rebel-outlaw--the great "hope" of the Undead, the dazzling Prince Lestat.."-- Provided by publisher.

Protecting the desert princess

October 22, 2014
Marinelli, Carol, author.
©2014
187 pages ; 17 cm.
"Seven days without her crown! Princess Layla of Ishla craves just one week outside the gilded cage of her palace. A chance to try absolutely everything that is forbidden! 1. Sharing a romantic dinner 2. Dancing the night away 3. Kissing a gorgeous man. The only exception? She must remain pure for her future husband! When she arrives in Australia, she finds there's only one man who can help her fulfill this dream. Revered yet feared, Mikael Romanov has earned his ruthless legal reputation, yet spirited Layla quickly gets beneath his skin. Mikael's sworn to protect her, but can he protect Layla from himself"--Page [4] of cover.

Rebel's bargain

October 22, 2014
West, Annie (Romantic fiction writer), author.
Don Mills, Ontario, Canada : Harlequin Enterprises Limited, 2014.
189 pages ; 17 cm.
"The Chatsfield"--Spine.
"Five years ago, Poppy Graham married Orsino Chatsfield beneath a confetti of paparazzi flashbulbs. But in her darkest hour, he let her down. Their split was bitter, and Poppy has strived for her independence and acceptance ever since. But now her arrogant husband is back... Injured in a climbing accident, there's only one person Orsino can turn to... his wife! They have unfinished business, and he'll face it before he walks away forever. But the blazing passion between them reignites in an instant, leaving Orsino to wonder whether it will kill or cure!" -- p. 4 of cover.

The Russian's acquisition

October 22, 2014
Collins, Dani, author.
©2014
187 pages ; 17 cm.
"To: Clair Daniels@BrighterDaysChildrensFund.org. From: Aleksy.D@DmitrievHoldings.com. Subject: Contractual Offer. You will find $100,000 in your charity's account today, provided I find you in my bed tonight. Aleksy Dmitriev is after the ultimate revenge. Yet his plan backfires when he discovers that his new mistress, Clair Daniels, is a virgin who could not have been her former employer's lover. Revenge may be out the window, but that won't stop Aleksy from enjoying the perks of his purchase. But Clair is destined to be more than just this Russian's acquisition!"--Page [4] of cover.

To defy a sheikh

October 22, 2014
Yates, Maisey, author.
©2014
190 pages ; 17 cm.
"The cost of defiance: Princess Samarah Al-Azem knows you cannot rush revenge. Having bided her time, she's finally ready to bring down Ferran, her kingdom's enemy and the man who took everything from her. In the still of night, she lies in wait in his bedchamber\'. It isn't the first time Sheikh Ferran has found himself at the edge of an assassin's blade, but never has it been wielded by such a beautiful assailant. Soon he has her at his mercy, something he's wanted for years! Now Samarah must decide: imprisonment in a cell, or in diamond shackles as his wife"--Pages [4] of cover.

The true king of Dahaar

October 22, 2014
Pammi, Tara author.
Don Mills, Ontario, Canada : Harlequin Enterprises Limited, 2014.
188 pages ; 17 cm.
"A dynasty of sand and scandal"--Spine.
"When heartbreak drives him to recklessness, Azeez nearly loses everything, including his life. Now he must make a choice. Spend his life in the shadows of the past, or embrace his future as the true king of Dahaar. Dr. Nikhat Zakhari left Azeez because she couldn't give him what he needed to rule. But now the only man she's ever loved needs her healing touch, and she is powerless to refuse him. Azeez knows he must assume the crown--- but will this unforgettable woman agree to be his desert queen?" -- p. 4 of cover.

The Valquez seduction

October 22, 2014
Milburne, Melanie, author.
Don Mills, Ontario, Canada : Harlequin Enterprises Limited, 2014.
185 pages ; 17 cm.
"The playboys of Argentina"--Spine.
"Standing outside a decadent Las Vegas nightclub, innocent schoolteacher Daisy Wyndham has never felt more out of her depth. And that's before sultry Argentinian polo player Luiz Valquez rides to her rescue in front of the global media, leading to reports of their engagement... It's a dangerous charade, but one they're both prepared to play! Luiz can shake his playboy image, and Daisy can cast aside her cloistered upbringing. With Luiz doing his best to be good and Daisy trying her hardest to be bad, it's only a matter of time before one of them gives in... " -- p. 4 of cover.

A virgin for his prize

October 22, 2014
Monroe, Lucy, 1967- author.
©2014
188 pages ; 17 cm.
"Her awakening: San Francisco heiress Romi Grayson has only had a taste of Maxwell Black's addictive brand of seduction and knows she should stay away. Especially having discovered just how determined he is to possess her! His proposal: Max prides himself on always being in control, yet somehow Romi sneaked under his cast-iron defenses, then walked away. Now he is driven to finish what they started. The ultimate prize! This Russian tycoon will stop at nothing, even blackmail, to have Romi warm and willing in his bed. And her innocence will make his long-awaited possession all the sweeter"--Page [4] of cover.

One night With Morelli

October 22, 2014
Lawrence, Kim, author.
© 2014
186 pages ; 17 cm.
"Warning: one night will never be enough. Draco Morelli: ruthless businessman, adoring father and wary ex-husband. This gorgeous Italian only ever signs up for temporary flings with glamorous women who know the rules of the game. Until he is blindsided by the one woman in all of London not interested in a relationship with him. Eve Curtis: dedicated workaholic, loyal friend and self-professed singleton. Determined to remain independent, Eve has been happy keeping men at a safe distance. Until now. Because when Draco sweeps her off her feet and into his bedroom, he opens her eyes to a whole new world of sin and seduction!"--Page [4] of cover.

Confessions of a thug

December 21, 2014
Taylor, Meadows, 1808-1876.
London : Folio Society, 1974.
372 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm.
Maps on lining papers.

An island Christmas : a novel

October 21, 2014
Thayer, Nancy, 1943-
New York : Ballantine Books, [2014]
209 pages ; 20 cm
Felicia returns to her family's home on Nantucket to marry her adventurous, rugged boyfriend, Archie. Wondering if her handsome neighbor Steven Hardy might be a more suitable son-in-law, Jilly's mother embarks on a secret matchmaking campaign for Felicia and the dashing stockbroker. As the big day approaches and Jilly's older daughter, Lauren, appears with rambunctious kids in tow, tensions in the household are high. Enter a charming but mischievous cat named Jock.

The burning room : a novel

October 21, 2014
Connelly, Michael, 1956- author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2014.
388 pages ; 25 cm
In the LAPD's Open-Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot by a stray bullet nine years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but all other evidence is virtually nonexistent.

Mind blind

October 21, 2014
Don, Lari, author.
Edinburgh : KelpiesTeen, 2014.
303 p. ; 21 cm.

Heart of stone

October 21, 2014
Mullins, Debra.
New York : Tor, 2014.
316 p. ; 21 cm.
Sequel to: Prodigal son.
"A Tom Doherty Associates Book."
"Darius Montana is a Seer. With his gift of empathy, he can see into the hearts of others, both human and Atlantean. When his family comes into possession of one of the legendary power stones of Atlantis, Darius is sent to find the Stone Singer. Faith Karaluros is the last Stone Singer. Manipulated all her life for her rare ability, she is widowed after her husband tried to steal her power for the Mendukati, an extremist group that hunts Seers. Faith wants nothing more than to stay out of this war when Darius comes to find her--just in time to rescue her from being kidnapped. Faith goes with Darius, determined to do the job and be on her way with the money that can set her up where no one can find her again. She didn't count on the Mendukati sending a hit man after her. Darius swears he can protect her, but when she discovers he is one of the rare Atlanteans whose powers work on their own kind, can she trust him to keep his word, or is she being used again?"--Author's website.

Spectrum : a Karen Vail novel

October 21, 2014
Jacobson, Alan, 1961- author.
New York : Open Road Integrated Media, 2014.
419 pages ; 23 cm
"New York City: home to world-renowned museums, theater, restaurants, iconic sports franchises. Central Park. Wall Street. And an infamous serial killer who's terrorized the Big Apple for decades. The year is 1995 and the NYPD has just graduated a promising new patrol officer named Karen Vail. The rookie's first day on the job is anything but easy when she finds herself at the crime scene of a young woman murdered in an unusual manner. Vail is unsure of what she's looking at or what it means--but it's a case that will weigh on her mind for nearly twenty years. As the years pass, Vail's career takes unexpected twists and turns--as does the case that's come to be known as Hades. Now a skilled FBI profiler, will Vail be in a better position to catch the killer? Or will Hades prove to be Karen Vail's hell on earth?"--Publisher's website.

Controlled

October 21, 2014
Jones, Patrick, 1961-
Minneapolis : Darby Creek, [2014].
104 pages ; 20 cm.
Rachel Kelly was prepared for a high-stress, over-scheduled junior year filled with AP classes, orchestra, and an unrequited crush but after her troubled cousin Misty moves in and upsets Rachel's controlled life, Rachel finds herself becoming sympathetic toward Misty.

Outburst

October 21, 2014
Jones, Patrick, 1961- author.
2014
94 pages ; 20 cm.
After spending time in a juvenile detention center for a crime related to severe anger issues, seventeen-year-old Jada Robinson is sent to a foster home and enrolled in an alternative high school, and begins to move past her old life.

Shadows

October 21, 2014
Blake, E. C., author.
New York : Daw Books, Inc., 2014.
292 pages ; 22 cm.
In Masks, Mara Holdfast's life changed forever. As the daughter of the Autarch's Master Maskmaker, she had a clearly defined future: a quiet, ordered life in the capital, making Masks with her father and doing work important to the ruling Autarch. But when her Mask, specially made by her own father, cracked and fell to pieces during her Masking ceremony, Mara was exiled from everything she once knew. Now she has become part of an underground rebellion, rejecting the unjust rules of a Masked society. She must try to understand her unprecedented ability to use all types of magic--and to tear magic from the living bodies of those around her. But Mara has yet to discover just how horrifying her power can be...

Lost republic

October 21, 2014
Thompson, Paul B.
Berkeley Heights, NJ : Scarlet Voyage, [2015]
256 pages ; 24 cm
In 2055, eight teens board the S.S. Sir Guy Carleton, the world's last steamship on its final voyage. Once far out in the Atlantic, all modern technology fails. Each teen must rely on their own special skills to survive on a strange island that should not exist and escape the Lost Republic"--Provided by publisher.

Faces of the dead

October 21, 2014
Weyn, Suzanne, author.
©2014
201 pages ; 22 cm
Sheltered Princess Marie-Thérèse Charlotte is determined to understand the Revolution that is sweeping France, so she switches places with a chambermaid and sneaks out of the palace--but even with a street-wise companion, Henri, the streets of Paris are a dangerous place.

Snake bite

October 21, 2014
Lane, Andy.
New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2014.
294 pages ; 24 cm.
Kidnapped and taken to China, young Sherlock Holmes enjoys adventure on the high seas before encountering a puzzling case of three men bitten by the same poisonous snake in different parts of Shanghai. Includes historical notes.

The Handsome Man's De Luxe Cafe

October 20, 2014
McCall Smith, Alexander, 1948-
New York : Pantheon Books, [2014]
227 pages ; 25 cm.
"Originally published in Great Britain by Little, Brown, an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group, a Hachette U.K. Company, London" --Verso title page.
"The newest installment in the beloved and best-selling series. In this delightful fifteenth installment, Mma Ramotswe has her hands full both at home and in the office. To add to her current challenges, her devoted partner, Grace Makutsi, has decided to branch out on her own and open The Handsome Man's De Luxe Cafe. But even "Miss 97 Per Cent" can't quite meet all the demands of running a business--not to mention those that a lightning strike makes on her building. Eventually, she'll have to accept all the help she can get--even if it comes from a completely unexpected source"-- Provided by publisher.

Fear and loathing

October 20, 2014
Norman, Hilary, author.
©2014
234 pages ; 23 cm.
"One warm Sunday evening in Miami Beach, a leisurely waterfront barbecue is transformed into a brutal massacre. When the cops arrive, they find four hogtied bodies in a carbon monoxide-filled BMW--and a note on the windshield addressed to Detective Sam Becket, its message personal and menacing. After another similar slaughter, Sam leads a task force dedicated to tracking down the killers. But meantime, in France, someone is stalking his daughter, Cathy, and before long Sam is forced into a decision which he knows could destroy his career. He doesn't know that he's just exposed all his loved ones to horrific danger..."--dust jacket.

Different tides

October 20, 2014
Woods, Janet, 1939- author.
Sutton : Severn House, 2014.
219 p. : 23 cm.
"1835. Clementine Morris, despite her youth and inexperience, is hired by Zachariah Fleet to care for his recently orphaned niece and nephew. But Zachariah has a secret, and there are troubles ahead, least of all when the self-possessed, wealthy businessman realises he may be falling for her"--provided by publisher.

New Guinea moon

October 20, 2014
Constable, Kate, 1966-
Crows Nest, N.S.W. : Allen & Unwin, 2013.
274 p. ; 20 cm.
A captivating coming of age story for younger teens, set in New Guinea around the time of independence. Julie has grown up not knowing her father. When she comes to stay with him one long summer, she learns to appreciate not only her long-lost father and his love of flying, but also New Guinea itself and the people she meets.

Runaways : a novel

October 20, 2014
Szymkowski, Beth, author.
©2014
239 pages ; 21 cm.
"Based on the TV series created by Beth Szymkowski."
"Awesomeness TV."
"A select group of Danbury Prep students are interrogated about the disappearance of the school's most unlikely couple. Kaylee and Mason left behind a dead body and a trail of secrets. It's anyone's guess what happened, but everyone has their theories. Classmates Lily, Jared, Keesha, Trevor, and Glinda span the high school strata and each possesses insight into the mysterious relationship. Their stories, relationships, and social hierarchies become increasingly tangled as the story unfolds. Runaways explores the web of high school politics, relationships, and the fact that every story has another side and sometimes, the truth has a price. "Since when are a couple of runaways a reason to interrogate half the school?" -- Publisher's description.

Red Caps : new fairy tales for out of the ordinary readers

October 20, 2014
Berman, Steve, 1968-
Maple Shade, New Jersey : Lethe Press, 2014.
201 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
The Harvestbuck -- Most likely -- Cruel Movember -- Thimbleriggery and fledglings -- Bittersweet -- All smiles -- Persimmon, teeth, and boys -- Gomorrahs of the deep, a musical coming someday to Off-Broadway -- A calenture of the jungle -- Three on a match -- Steeped in debt to the chimney-pots -- Worse than alligators -- Only lost boys are found.
Red Caps might be a rock band. Or they might be something more sinister, a fey source of sounds that are but the backdrop to thrills and misadventures. These thirteen stories provide readers jaded with the traditional, Old World fairy tales and tempts them with new stories that will engage bored readers from their suburban ennui. Closets are waiting to be explored. Escape from work camp leads to a dangerous encounter on a wet road. That high school year book is magical and might be mocking you...or helping you find love. And isn't love one of the central premises of the fairy tale? These teenage boys and girls need not fear that their love has no worth, because Steve Berman has written for them princesses who love maidens and adorkable students who have wondrous and smart boyfriends. Readers can be assured that, if the tale does not end happy, it ends most memorably.

The psalms of Israel Jones : a novel

October 20, 2014
Davis, Ed, 1951-
Morgantown : Vidalia Press, an imprint of West Virginia University Press, 2014.
286 pages ; 22 cm
" Secrets and snakes, rock and gospel, guilt and grace. The Psalms of Israel Jones is the story of a father and son's journey towards spiritual redemption. This novel tells the tale of a famous father trapped inside the suffocating world of rock and roll, and his son who is stranded within the bounds of conventional religion. When Reverend Thomas Johnson receives an anonymous phone call, he learns his Dylanesque rock star father is acting deranged on stage, where he's being worshipped by a cult of young people who slash their faces during performances. In his declining years, Israel Jones has begun to incite his fans to violence. They no longer want to watch the show-they want to be the show. Eager to escape troubles with his congregation as well as gain an apology from his dad for abandoning his family, Reverend Johnson leaves town and joins Israel Jones's Eternal Tour. This decision propels him to the center of a rock and roll hell, giving him one last chance to reconnect with his father, wife, congregation-and maybe even God. The Psalms of Israel Jones is the 2010 Hackney Literary Award winner for an unpublished manuscript"-- Provided by publisher.

Each shining hour : a novel of watervalley

October 20, 2014
High, Jeff, 1957-
New York : New American Library, 2014.
401 pages ; 21 cm

Our Lady of Infidelity : a novel of miracles

October 20, 2014
Parker, Jackie.
New York : Arcade Publishing, [2014]
306 pages ; 24 cm
"It begins when a vision appears in a carwash window in the tiny, dusty desert town of Infidelity, a blip on the map just outside of Joshua Tree, California. A crowd gathers, and no two people see the same thing. At first, it brings wonderful things: healings, peace, a kind of happiness that the people of Infidelity have never known, but in the chaos that follows, people struggle to hold onto the beauty that came into their lives and ask, Were they deluded or duped--or were they given a great gift?"-- Provided by publisher.

Our Lady of the Nile

October 20, 2014
Mukasonga, Scholastique, author.
Brooklyn, NY : Archipelago Books, 2014.
244 pages ; 18 cm
Translated from the French.

Death of a blue blood

October 20, 2014
Bain, Donald, 1935- author.
New York, New York : Obsidian, [2014]
278 pages ; 22 cm
"Based on the Universal Television series created by Peter S. Fischer, Richard Levinson & William Link."
"An Obsidian mystery."
"Jessica Fletcher and her friend Scotland Yard detective inspector George Sutherland are invited to attend a New Year's Eve Ball at Castorbrook Castle, thanks to her British publisher. Shortly after arriving in the idyllic English countryside, Jessica discovers the body of a lady's maid in the garden. While their host, Lord Norrance, his snobbish third wife, other members of the household, and party guests squabble over the tragic death in tight-lipped, perfectly mannered, thoroughly British style, family relations are strained as old wounds are reopened and cutting remarks are freely handed out. And that's only during teatime! As midnight beckons at the ball the next night, the earl offers a toast, complete with fireworks. But the merriment crashes to a halt when he falls ill and dies, apparently poisoned--and the number of suspects with a grudge against the lord of the manor sprouts like English ivy. Now it's up to Jessica and George to find the killer--or killers--before another corpse welcomes in the New Year.... "-- Provided by publisher.

This man confessed

October 20, 2014
Malpas, Jodi Ellen.
New York : Forever, 2014.
viii, 534 pages ; 21 cm.
Copyright date 2013.
"The Manor, the very place where their passionate love affair began, fills with guests on what should be the happiest day of Ava and Jesse's lives. She has accepted that she'll never tame the fierceness in Jesse-and she doesn't want to. Their love is profound, their connection powerful, but just when she thinks that she's finally gotten beneath his guarded exterior, more questions arise, leading Ava to believe that Jesse Ward may not be the man she thinks he is. He knows too well how to take her to a place beyond ecstasy. but will he also drive her to the brink of despair? It's time for this man to confess"-- Provided by publisher.

Beneath this man

October 20, 2014
Malpas, Jodi Ellen.
New York : Forever, 2013.
531 pages ; 21 cm.
Sequel to: This man.
Originally published as an ebook.
Jesse Ward drowned her with his intensity and blindsided her with his passion, but he kept her away from his dark secrets and broken soul. Leaving him was the only way Ava O'Shea could survive. Now he's back in her life, determined to remind her of the sensual pleasures they had shared ... and determined to get her within touching distance ...

Stirring the plot

October 20, 2014
Gerber, Daryl Wood, author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2014.
x, 287 pages ; 18 cm.
Includes recipes.
Includes excerpt from As gouda as dead (pages 283-287).
Jenna Hart has packed The Cookbook Nook chock full of everything from ghostly texts to witchy potions in anticipation of the annual fund raiser luncheon. But there's one unexpected addition to the menu: murder. When the Head Priestess of the Winsome Witches is found dead under mysterious circumstances, there's no logical answer and plenty of blame to go around. With her Aunt Vera, unable to call on her ability to foresee the future, Jenna will have to use more than just sleight of hand and a few magic tricks to conjure up the truth.

Loop

October 17, 2014
Akins, Karen.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2014.
viii, 324 pages ; 22 cm
"A novel"--Cover.
Error-prone Bree Bennis, sixteen, will lose her scholarship if she can't pass Quantum Paradox 101, and things don't look good after she inadvertently brings a twenty-first century boy back with her, then enlists his help in discovering who's attacking time travelers in the twenty-third century.

Tell me again how a crush should feel

October 17, 2014
Farizan, Sara.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Young Readers, 2014.
296 pages ; 19 cm
High school junior Leila's Persian heritage already makes her different from her classmates at Armstead Academy, and if word got out that she liked girls life would be twice as hard, but when a new girl, Saskia, shows up, Leila starts to take risks she never thought she would, especially when it looks as if the attraction between them is mutual, so she struggles to sort out her growing feelings by confiding in her old friends.

How it went down

October 17, 2014
Magoon, Kekla, author.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2014.
326 pages ; 21 cm
When sixteen-year-old Tariq Johnson is shot to death, his community is thrown into an uproar because Tariq was black and the shooter, Jack Franklin, is white, and in the aftermath everyone has something to say, but no two accounts of the events agree.

Desert god : a novel of ancient Egypt

October 17, 2014
Smith, Wilbur A.
New York : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2014.
425 pages : map ; 24 cm
Maps on lining papers.
Taita the fusspot slave, spiritual wiseman and advisor to the Pharaoh is caught in a maelstrom of passion and danger in his efforts to destroy the Hyksos army by forming a dubious alliance with Crete.

Beware the wild

October 17, 2014
Parker, Natalie C.
New York, NY : HarperTeen, [2014]
330 pages ; 22 cm
A teenaged girl and her boyfriend must find her older brother after he wanders into their town's swamp and a mysterious girl appears in his place.

Snowfall : a Days of redemption Christmas novella

October 17, 2014
Gray, Shelley Shepard, author.
New York : Avon Inspire, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
222 pages ; 18 cm.
Includes reader's extras.
"Ruth Stutzman is a wonderful caregiver--but she has no experience with [children]. Laid off from her job at a retirement home due to budget cuts, she's relieved to find work--even if it means temporarily watching widower Martin Rodes' brood of six. Martin has done the best he can since his wife's passing, but he and the children need help. Their house, once full of laughter and light, has been darkened by sadness. Soon after Ruth arrives, the children are drawn to her warmth and gentleness, and so is Martin, even though he feels it's wrong"-- Provided by publisher.

Seventh grave and no body

October 17, 2014
Jones, Darynda, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2014.
viii, 322 pages ; 25 cm
"A novel"--Jacket.
"Twelve. Twelve of the deadliest beasts ever forged in the fires of hell have escaped onto our plane, and they want nothing more than to rip out the jugular of Charley Davidson and serve her lifeless, mangled body to Satan for dinner. So there's that. But Charley has more on her plate than a mob of testy hellhounds. For one thing, her father has disappeared, and the more she retraces his last steps, the more she learns he was conducting an investigation of his own, one that has Charley questioning everything she's ever known about him"-- Provided by publisher.

The remedy for love : a novel

October 17, 2014
Roorbach, Bill.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2014.
311 pages ; 22 cm
They're calling for the "Storm of the Century," and in western Maine, that means something. So Eric closes his law office early and heads to the grocery store. But when an unkempt and seemingly unstable young woman in line comes up short on cash, a kind of old-school charity takes hold of his heart--twenty bucks and a ride home; that's the least he can do. Trouble is, Danielle doesn't really have a home. She's squatting in a cabin deep in the woods: no electricity, no plumbing, no heat. Eric, with troubles--and secrets--of his own, tries to walk away but finds he can't. She'll need food, water, and firewood, and that's just to get her through the storm: there's a whole long winter ahead. Resigned to help, fending off her violent mistrust of him, he gets her set up, departs with relief, and climbs back to the road, but--winds howling, snow mounting--he finds his car missing, phone inside. In desperation, he returns to the cabin. Danielle's terrified, then merely enraged. And as the storm intensifies, these two lost souls are forced to ride it out together.

The nightingale before Christmas : a Meg Langslow mystery

October 17, 2014
Andrews, Donna.
©2014
vi, 295 pages ; 22 cm.
"A Thomas Dunne book."
"As the holidays draw near in Caerphilly, Mother volunteers to take part in a big Christmas-themed decorator show house--each room of a temporarily untenanted house is decorated to the hilt by a different decorator for the public to tour. Of course, Mother insists that Meg pitch in with the organization, and she finds herself surrounded by flamboyant personalities with massive egos clashing and feeling their professional reputations are at stake. Then the rooms start to be sabotaged, and an unfortunate designer turns up dead--making Mother a prime suspect. Can Meg catch the real killer in time to save Mother the indignity of arrest? The brilliantly funny and talented Donna Andrews delivers another winner in the acclaimed avian-themed series that mystery readers have come to love. Cozies make excellent stocking-stuffers, and Nightingale Before Christmas is guaranteed to put the "ho ho hos" into the holidays for the legions of fans hungry for another Christmas book featuring Meg Langslow. Donna has won many awards for this very popular series, and continues to come up with new hilarious adventures for her endearing heroine. The novel is full of superb screwball comedy as well as Donna's trademark crisp plotting, not to mention bushels of holiday cheer--it wouldn't be the most wonderful time of the year without it."-- Provided by publisher.

The Tudor Vendetta

October 17, 2014
Gortner, C. W., author.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2014.
292 pages ; 21 cm
"A novel"--Cover.
"London, 1558. Queen Mary is dead, and 25-year old Elizabeth ascends the throne. Summoned to court from exile abroad, Elizabeth's intimate spy, Brendan Prescott, is reunited with the young queen, as well as his beloved Kate, scheming William Cecil, and arch-rival, Robert Dudley. A poison attempt on Elizabeth soon overshadows her coronation, but before Brendan can investigate, Elizabeth summons him in private to dispatch him on a far more confidential mission: to find her favored lady in waiting, Lady Parry, who has disappeared during a visit to her family manor in Yorkshire. Upon his arrival at the desolate sea-side manor where Lady Parry was last seen, he encounters a strange, impoverished family beset by grief, as well as mounting evidence that they hide a secret from him. The mystery surrounding Lady Parry deepens as Brendan begins to realize there is far more going on at the manor than meets the eye, but the closer he gets to the heart of the mystery in Vaughn Hall, the more he learns that in his zeal to uncover the truth, he could be precipitating Elizabeth's destruction. From the intrigue-laden passages of Whitehall to a foreboding Catholic manor and the deadly underworld of London, Brendan must race against time to unravel a vendetta that will strike at the very core of his world--a vendetta that could expose a buried past and betray everything he has fought for, including his loyalty to his queen"-- Provided by publisher.

The four corners of Palermo

October 17, 2014
Di Piazza, Giuseppe, author.
New York : Other Press, [2014]
231 pages ; 22 cm
Palermo in the 1980s. Fourteen hours from any place in what one might call the civilized world, a city of great beauty but torn by the second great Mafia gang wars. A perfect place for a young crime reporter to get his start. As our crime reporter looks back on his own youth, he lyrically retells four tragic stories that marked him: a Mafioso who refused to become a professional killer; a model whom he loved and couldn't save; a father who succumbed to hatred and jealousy; and a daughter in search of her lost honor. In The Four Corners of Palermo, Giuseppe Di Piazza brilliantly evokes the smell of blood and gunpowder, the averted gazes of a city in lock-down, and the forced hilarity of young people growing up in a Mafia reign of terror who, surrounded by death on all sides, affirm their humanity in each other's arms and beds.

Bathing the Lion

October 17, 2014
Carroll, Jonathan, 1949-
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2014.
280 pages ; 24 cm
"In Jonathan Carroll's surreal masterpiece, Bathing the Lion, five people who live in the same New England town go to sleep one night and all share the same hyper-realistic dream. Some of these people know each other; some don't. When they wake the next day all of them know what has happened. All five were at one time "mechanics," a kind of cosmic repairman whose job is to keep order in the universe and clean up the messes made both by sentient beings and the utterly fearsome yet inevitable Chaos that periodically rolls through, wreaking mayhem wherever it touches down--a kind of infinitely powerful, merciless tornado. Because the job of a mechanic is grueling and exhausting, after a certain period all of them are retired and sent to different parts of the cosmos to live out their days as "civilians." Their memories are wiped clean and new identities are created for them that fit the places they go to live out their natural lives to the end. For the first time all retired mechanics are being brought back to duty: Chaos has a new plan, and it's not looking good for mankind.."-- Provided by publisher.

Fish tails : a novel

October 17, 2014
Tepper, Sheri S., author.
New York, NY : Harper Voyager, An Imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2014.
708 pages ; 24 cm
In Fish Tails, two of Sheri S. Tepper's beloved characters--Abasio and Xulai (A Plague of Angels and The Waters Rising)--and their children travel from village to village scattered across the sparsely populated land of Tingawa. They are searching for others who might be interested in adopting their sea-dwelling lifestyle. Along their journey they encounter strange visitors from the far off world of Lom, characters from Tepper's nine-book True Game series of novels--Mavin Manyshaped, Jinian Star-eye, and Silkhands the Healer--all of whom have been gathered up by an interfering, time-traveling, rule-breaking do-gooder to do one last good deed on earth before its metamorphosis is complete. For the waters are rising and will soon engulf the entire planet, transforming it utterly and irrevocably.

Rowdy

October 17, 2014
Crownover, Jay.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2014]
viii, 400 pages ; 21 cm
"The New York Times and USA Today bestselling Marked Men series continues with this sizzling, sexy story of love, heartbreak, fate, and second chances. After the only girl he ever loved told him that he would never be enough, Rowdy St. James knocked the Texas dust off his boots and set out to live up to his nickname. A good ol' boy looking for good times and good friends, Rowdy refuses to take anything too seriously, especially when it comes to the opposite sex. Burned by love once, he isn't going to let himself trust a woman again. But that's before his new co-worker arrives, a ghost from the past who's suddenly making him question every lesson he ever learned. Salem Cruz grew up in house with too many rules and too little fun--a world of unhappiness she couldn't wait to forget. But one nice thing from childhood has stayed with her; the memory of the sweet, blue-eyed boy next door who'd been head over heels in love with her little sister.Now, fate and an old friend have brought her and Rowdy together, and Salem is determined to show him that once upon a time he picked the wrong sister. A mission that is working perfectly--until the one person that ties them together appears, threatening to tear them apart for good"-- Provided by publisher.

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