New Arrivals · All Fiction

May 24, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The bone charmer

May 23, 2019
Shields, Breeana, author.
©2019
"Fate is predictable. Choice is not." -- Cover.
On the day of Saskia's kenning - a special bone reading that determines the apprenticeships of all seventeen-year-olds - her worst fear comes true. She receives an assignment to train as a Bone Charmer, a seer, like her mother. Saskia knows her mother saw multiple paths for her, yet chose the one she knew Saskia wouldn't want. Their argument leads to a fracture in one of the bones with the devastating result of splitting Saskia's future. Now she will live with two potential paths simultaneously: one where she's forced to confront her magic, and one where she tries to run from it. When both paths beome entangled in the plot of a rogue Charmer, Saskia learns no future is safe and some choices have unimaginable consequences. Only one future can survivie, and Saskia's life is in danger in both.

The Tubman command : a novel

May 23, 2019
Cobbs Hoffman, Elizabeth, author.
©2019
326 pages ; 24 cm
It's May 1863. Out-generaled and out-gunned, a demoralized Union Army has pulled back with massive losses at the Battle of Chancellorsville. Fort Sumter, hated symbol of the Rebellion, taunts the American navy with its artillery and underwater mines. In Beaufort, South Carolina, one very special woman, code named Moses, is hatching a spectacular plan. Hunted by Confederates, revered by slaves, Harriet Tubman plots an expedition behind enemy lines to liberate hundreds of bondsmen and recruit them as soldiers. A bounty on her head, she has given up husband and home for the noblest cause: a nation of, by, and for the people. The Tubman Command tells the story of Tubman at the height of her powers, when she devises the largest plantation raid of the Civil War. General David Hunter places her in charge of a team of black scouts even though skeptical of what one woman can accomplish. For her gamble to succeed, "Moses" must outwit alligators, overseers, slave catchers, sharpshooters, and even hostile Union soldiers to lead gunships up the Combahee River. Men stand in her way at every turn--though one reminds her that love shouldn't have to be the price of freedom.

Clover Blue

May 23, 2019
Edwards, Eldonna, author.
New York, NY : John Scognamiglio Books/Kensington Books, 2019.
ix, 338 pages ; 22 cm
Includes a reading group guide.

Correspondents : a novel

May 23, 2019
Murphy, Timothy, 1969- author.
©2019
440 pages ; 24 cm
Spanning the breadth of the twentieth century and into the post-9/11 wars and their legacy, Correspondents is a powerful novel that centers on Rita Khoury, an Irish-Lebanese woman whose life and family history mirrors the story of America. Both sides of Rita's family came to the United States in the golden years of immigration, which we see beautifully rendered in the first part of the novel, and in her home north of Boston Rita grows into a stubborn, perfectionist, and relentlessly bright young woman. She studies Arabic at university and moves to cosmopolitan Beirut to work as a journalist, and is then posted to Iraq after the American invasion in 2003. In Baghdad, she finds for the first time in her life that her safety depends on someone else, her talented interpreter Nabil al-Jumaili, an equally driven young man from a middle-class Baghdad family who is hiding a secret about his sexuality. As Nabil's identity threatens to put him in jeopardy and Rita's position becomes more precarious as the war intensifies, their worlds start to unravel, forcing them out of the country and into an uncertain future. Epic in scope, by turns funny and poignant, and moving from New England to the Middle East, Correspondents is a powerful story about the legacy of immigration, the present-day world of refugeehood, the violence that America causes both abroad and at home, and the power of the individual and the family to bring good into a world that is often brutal.

The learning curve : a novel

May 23, 2019
Berman, Mandy, author.
New York : Random House, [2019]
386 pages ; 22 cm
Fiona and Liv are seniors at Buchanan College, a small liberal arts school in rural Pennsylvania. Fiona, who is still struggling after the death of her younger sister, is spending her final year sleeping with abrasive men she meets in bars. Liv is happily coupled and on the fast track to marriage with an all-American frat boy. Both of their journeys, and their friendship, will be upended by the relationships they develop with Oliver Ash, a visiting literature professor whose first novel was published to great success at the age of twenty-six. Now Oliver is in his early forties, with thinning hair, rugged good looks, and a checkered past--there is talk of a relationship with an underage woman, a former student, at a previous teaching job. Meanwhile, Oliver's wife, Simone, is pursuing an academic research project in Berlin, raising their five-year-old son, dealing with her husband's absence, and wondering if their marriage is beyond repair. This sly, stunning, wise-beyond-its-years novel is told from the perspectives of the three women, and showcases Berman's talent for exploring the complexities of desire, friendship, identity, and power dynamics in the contemporary moment.

Passion on Park Avenue

May 23, 2019
Layne, Lauren, author.
New York : Gallery Books, 2019.
277 pages ; 21 cm.
"For as long as she can remember, Bronx-born Naomi Powell has had one goal: own one of the ritzy Upper East Side homes where she used to watch her mom work as a housekeeper. Now a sassy CEO of one of the biggest fashion jewelry empires in the country, Naomi has exactly what she wants, but she's learning that it'll take more than the right address to make Manhattan's elite stop treating her like an outsider. The worst of them all is Oliver Cunningham, her new neighbor, and the grown son of the very family Naomi's mother used to work for. Oliver used to torment Naomi when they were children, and as a ridiculously attractive adult, he's tormenting her in entirely different ways. Naomi and Oliver find themselves engaged in a sensual battle-of-wills that will either consume or destroy them.."-- Provided by publisher.

The plus one

May 23, 2019
Money-Coutts, Sophia, author.
©2018
404 pages ; 20 cm
The Plus One [n] informal a person who accompanies an invited person to a wedding or a reminder of being single, alone and absolutely plus none.

Wooing Cadie McCaffrey

May 23, 2019
Turner, Bethany, 1979- author.
Grand Rapids, MI : Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2019]
347 pages ; 22 cm.
Cadie McCaffrey breaks up with her boyfriend, so he, with help from his pro-athlete work friends and tactics drawn from Cadie's favorite romantic comedies, does everything in his power to try to win her back.

Cowboy rebel

May 23, 2019
Brown, Carolyn, 1948- author.
New York : Forever, 2019.
377 pages ; 18 cm
"Ever since losing his best friend in a motorcycle accident, Taggart Baker wants to make every moment count. No dare is too dangerous, no adventure too crazy for this cowboy. But after one bad brush with the law, he realizes it's time to ditch his hooligan friends and grow up. Now he's running his own ranch next to the Longhorn Canyon spread in Texas. Still, no one would ever call him tame. Nikki Grady has worked too hard for her RN license just to throw it away for some reckless cowboy who shows up in her emergency room after a barroom brawl. But she can't help being drawn to Tag's sense of humor and those crystal blue eyes. The more time they spend together, the more she sees his good heart. But just as Tag seems ready to settle down for good, his troubled past comes calling-and this time he won't be able to walk away so easily"-- Provided by publisher.

Mine

May 23, 2019
Cole, Courtney (Novelist), author.
New York : Gallery Books, 2019.
292 pages ; 21 cm
"A riveting and heart-pounding story of a crumbling marriage rocked by an affair--as betrayal and jealousy begin to consume both wife and mistress, forever intertwining their fates"-- Provided by publisher.

Murder at Morrington Hall

May 23, 2019
McKenna, Clara, author.
New York : Kensington, 2019.
292 pages ; 22 cm
Spring, 1905: Free-spirited like the Thoroughbreds she rides across the Kentucky countryside, Stella takes adventure by the reins when she's asked to attend a mysterious wedding in rural England. But once she arrives at the lush Morrington Hall estate, her cold and ambitious father confesses that he won't only give away his best racehorses as gifts--he has also arranged to give away his daughter as bride to the Earl of Atherly's financially strapped son . . . Stella refuses to be sold off like a prized pony. Yet despite a rough start, there's something intriguing about her groom-to-be, the roguish Viscount "Lyndy" Lyndhurst. The unlikely pair could actually be on the right track with each other . . . until they find the vicar who was to marry them dead in the library. With culture clashes mounting between families, a scandalous murder case hangs over Morrington Hall. Now, Stella and Lyndy must go from future spouses to amateur sleuths as they team up to search for the truth--and prevent an unbridled criminal from destroying their new life together right out of the gate . . .

Murder in red : a novel

May 23, 2019
Fletcher, Jessica, author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2019.
304 pages ; 22 cm
"Based on the Universal television series created by Peter S. Fischer, Richard Levinson & William Link."
"Jessica Fletcher's favorite gin rummy partner, Mimi Van Dorn, checks into the brand-new Clifton Care Partners, a private hospital that's just opened up shop in town, for a simple procedure--one that leads tragically, and inexplicably, to her death. Seeking justice in her inimitable fashion, Jessica decides to pursue her own investigation on the hospital and its shadowy business dealings. On the trail of what initially appears to be medical malpractice, Jessica digs deeper and learns her friend was actually a victim of something far more sinister. Death is bad for business, but murder is even worse, and Jessica will find plenty of both as she races to bring down Clifton Care Partners before someone else flatlines" -- from Amazon.com

Some choose darkness

May 23, 2019
Donlea, Charlie, author.
New York, NY : Kensington Books, 2019.
291 pages ; 24 cm
The truth is easy to miss, even when it's right in front of us. As a forensic reconstructionist, Rory Moore sheds light on cold-case homicides by piecing together crime scene details others fail to see. Cleaning out her late father's law office a week after his burial, she receives a call that plunges her into a decades-old case come to life once more. In the summer of 1979, five Chicago women went missing. The predator, nicknamed The Thief, left no bodies and no clues behind--until police received a package from a mysterious woman named Angela Mitchell, whose unorthodox investigation skills appear to have led to his identity. But before they could question her, Angela disappeared. Forty years later, The Thief is about to be paroled for Angela's murder--the only crime the DA could pin on him. But the cryptic file Rory finds in her father's law office suggests there is more to the case, and Angela Mitchell, than what was fed to the public, the details of which have been buried for four decades. Rory's talents are tested as she begins reconstructing Angela's last days. Making one startling discovery after another, Rory becomes helplessly entangled in the enigma of Angela Mitchell and what happened to her. Drawing connections between the past and present, Rory uncovers dark truths about the reclusive victim, her father, and the man called The Thief that send her down a twisting trail where things may not be as they appear. As she continues to dig, even Rory can't be prepared for the full, terrifying truth that is emerging ...

Fake it till you break it

May 23, 2019
Nguyen, Jenn P., author.
©2019
295 pages ; 22 cm
Mia and Jake have known each other their whole lives. They've endured summer vacations, Sunday brunches, even dentist visits together. Their mothers, who are best friends, are convinced that Mia and Jake would be the perfect couple, even though they can't stand to be in the same room together. After Mia's mom turns away yet another cute boy, Mia and Jake decide they've have had enough. Together, they hatch a plan to get their moms off their backs. Permanently. All they have to do is pretend to date and then stage the worst breakup of all time -- and then they'll be free. The only problem is, maybe Jake and Mia don't hate each other as much as they once thought...

Switchback

May 23, 2019
Stone, Danika, author.
New York : Swoon Reads, 2019.
308 pages ; 22 cm
"Vale loves to hike, but kind of hates her classmates. Ash is okay with his classmates, but kind of hates the outdoors. So, needless to say they are both fairly certain that the overnight nature hike with their PE class is going to be a hellish experience. But when they get separated from the group during a storm, they have worse things to worry about than bullies and blisters. Lost in the Canadian wilderness with limited supplies, caught in dangerous weather conditions, and surrounded by deadly wildlife, it's going to take every bit of strength, skill, and luck they can muster to survive."--Jacket flap.

Darkness on the edge of town

May 23, 2019
Christopher, Adam, 1978- author.
New York : Del Rey, [2019]
413 pages ; 24 cm
A prequel to the hit Netflix series Stranger Things.
"Chief Jim Hopper reveals long-awaited secrets to Eleven about his old life as a police detective in New York City, confronting his past before the events of the hit show Stranger Things,"--Amazon.com.

Defending Harlow

May 23, 2019
Stoker, Susan, author.
©2019
299 pages ; 21 cm
"Lowell 'Black' Lockard, former Navy SEAL, has watched his fellow Mountain Mercenaries settle down with the women of their dreams, but he's convinced he doesn't need love. Then he gets a call from Harlow Reese—a chef at a local women's shelter—and begins to reconsider his decision. After being continually harassed by a local band of punks, Harlow asks Lowell to give the women of the shelter lessons in self-defense. She doesn't expect him to take such a special interest in her safety, but he insists on escorting her to and from work, never taking no for an answer. Not that Harlow minds the personal touch…especially when it's coming from her former teenage crush. Despite her long history of bad dating luck, seeing Black again makes Harlow rethink her self-imposed celibacy. Easy on the eyes and hard to forget, the man has morphed into an alpha stud. And Harlow may be exactly the type of woman Black is looking for. Making her feel safe isn't only a duty; it's a pleasure. But the threats are escalating. The motives are a mystery. And as the danger burns almost as hot as their passion, there's much more at risk than their hearts."--Back cover.

Cut reality : a novel

May 23, 2019
Hacker, Zack, author.
©2018
327 pages ; 24 cm
When Jason returned home from competing on Beached he'd lost weight, couldn't sleep, and felt more alone than ever. But, he expected those changes. Jason had no way to predict that one of his fellow competitors would fling himself from a cliff. Unless he didn't. Jason can't believe it, but the network broadcasts the alleged suicide to the world, so he pushes forward in his own amateur investigation. Met with resistance from the cast and crew, he persists only through the support of his developing romance with Blake, a psychologist who observes alarming similarities between her patient and her partner. While under the watchful eye of the public, Jason has to decide: is what he uncovers too coincidental to be true, or so hard to accept because it's his new reality...

When crickets cry

May 23, 2019
Martin, Charles, 1969- author.
Nashville, Tennessee : Thomas Nelson, [2006]
ix, 336 pages ; 22 cm
"A novel of the heart"--Cover.
It begins on the shaded town square in a sleepy Southern town. A spirited seven-year-old has a brisk business at her lemonade stand. Her latest customer, a bearded stranger, drains his cup and heads to his car. But the little girl's pretty yellow dress can't quite hide the ugly scar on her chest. The stranger understands more about it than he wants to admit. And the beat-up bread truck careening around the corner with its radio blaring is about to change the trajectory of both their lives. Before it's over, they'll both know there are painful reasons why crickets cry--and that miracles lurk around unexpected corners.

Madam, may I

May 23, 2019
Bryant, Niobia.
New York, NY : Dafina Books/Kensington Publishing Corp., [2019]
276 pages ; 21 cm

A rogue by night

May 23, 2019
Bowen, Kelly (Romance fiction writer), author.
©2019
350 pages ; 17 cm
"Historical romance"--Spine.
"Baron. Physician. Smuggler. Harland Hayward is living a double life as an aristocrat by day and a criminal by night. As a doctor, Harland has the perfect cover to appear in odd places at all hours, a cover he uses to his advantage. He's chosen this life to save his family from financial ruin, but he draws the line at taking advantage of the honest and trustworthy Katherine Wright. Katherine thought she was done smuggling. Having finally convinced her ailing father and injured brother to abandon their criminal pursuits, she's returned to England to help them escape to a new life--once she helps them fulfill their last contract. And that means working with Hayward, even when her instincts tell her that becoming his ally may be a risk to her heart--as well as her life."--P. [4] of cover.

The Gameshouse

May 23, 2019
North, Claire, author.
New York, NY : Orbit, 2019.
441 pages ; 21 cm
Simultaneously published in Great Britain and the U.S. by Orbit.
"This novel was originally published in three installments"--Back cover.
The serpent -- The thief -- The master.
"Everyone has heard of the Gameshouse. But few know all its secrets... It is the place where fortunes can be made and lost through chess, backgammon--every game under the sun. But those whom fortune favors may be invited to compete in the higher league, where the games played are of politics and nations, of economics and kings. It is a contest where capture the castle involves real castles and where hide-and seek takes place on the scale of a continent. Among those worthy of competing in the higher league, three unusually talented contestants play for the highest stakes of all---"-- Provided by publisher.

Much ado about Lewrie : an Alan Lewrie naval adventure

May 23, 2019
Lambdin, Dewey, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2019.
320 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Lewrie loses his ship and his command when he receives news that Vigilance must return to England to be decommissioned and turned over to the dockyards for a complete refit. Lewrie is grounded, put on half-pay, and his crew disperses to look for new positions. It's late Autumn, and being ashore is heavenly, after a time. Lewrie spends time with his wife Jessica, helps his son Hugh find a new ship, and happily marries off Charlotte. Life onshore is quiet until Lewrie finds himself once again in the headlines of the city papers after discovering a dognapping gang and uncovering stolen Bisquits and Rembrants. The headlines should be positive, but soon the tides turn against Lewrie once again. There's never a dull moment for Lewrie. Dewey Lambdin is the reigning master of maritime fiction, celebrated as the heir to Patrick O'Brian and C.S. Forester. For over twenty years, his devoted fans have followed the adventures of Alan Lewrie, Royal Navy, from his days as a midshipmen to captain of his own ship and, though on somewhat dubious grounds, a baronetcy.

Her secret son

May 23, 2019
McKinnon, Hannah Mary, author.
©2019
366 pages ; 21 cm
Includes readers guide with discussion questions.
"When Josh's longtime partner, Grace, dies in a tragic accident, he is left with a mess of grief--and full custody of her seven-year-old son, Logan. While not his biological father, Josh has been a dad to Logan in every way that counts, and with Grace gone, Logan needs him more than ever. Wanting to do right by Logan, Josh begins the process of becoming his legal guardian--something that seems suddenly urgent, though Grace always brushed it off as an unnecessary formality. But now, as Josh struggles to find the paperwork associated with Logan's birth, he begins to wonder whether there were more troubling reasons for Grace's reluctance to make their family official. As he digs deeper into the past of the woman he loved, Josh soon finds that there are many dark secrets to uncover, and that the truth about where Logan came from is much more sinister than he could have imagined"-- Back cover.

Destiny arrives

May 23, 2019
Palmer, Liza, author.
Los Angeles : Marvel, 2019.
144 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
After years of battling threats on Earth and across the universe, the Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, protectors of the Sanctum Sanctorum, and forces of Wakanda must join together to fight Thanos. The Mad Titan has collected all six Infinity Stones, and Doctor Strange has foreseen there is only one possible timeline that results in good prevailing over evil. It all comes down to this last battle... as destiny arrives. -- adapted from jacket

Birthday

May 22, 2019
Russo, Meredith, author.
New York : Flatiron Books, 2019.
278 pages ; 22 cm
"A story about family-love-change-fate."--Back cover

The missing season

May 22, 2019
French, Gillian, author.
New York, NY : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2019.
294 pages ; 22 cm
After moving to a new town for her father's job, Clara learns that kids go missing from Pender every October and that a monster named the Mumbler may be responsible.

We are the perfect girl

May 22, 2019
Kaplan, A. E., author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2019]
374 pages ; 22 cm
In order to win over perfect Greg, beautiful Bethany goes on dates with him while bold Aphra coaches her on what to say, but their plan comes crashing down when Greg uncovers their scheme.

Dead man's mistress

May 22, 2019
Housewright, David, 1955- author.
©2019
306 pages ; 22 cm
"Louise Wykoff is arguably the most recognizable woman living in Minnesota, known for her presence in over one hundred paintings by the late and brilliant Randolph McInnis. Louise, known better as "That Wykoff Woman," was just a young apprentice when her intimate representation and the fact of the McInnis's marriage caused rumors to fly--and Louise to hide away for decades. All of McInnis's paintings are in museums or known private collections, until Louise confesses to having three more that no one has ever heard of--and now they've been stolen. Rushmore McKenzie, an occasional unlicensed private investigator, agrees to look into the theft. As he investigates, following clues that appear far too straightforward, he finds himself on the wrong side of the bars wondering if the trail might be deeper and darker than he's been led to believe. Hours away from St. Paul, deep in the nature of Grand Marais, the truth seems murkier--and deadlier--than anyone could have ever expected"-- Book jacket.

The favorite daughter

May 22, 2019
Rouda, Kaira Sturdivant, 1963- author.
©2019
353 pages ; 24 cm
Includes reader's group discussion questions.
"The perfect home. The perfect family. The perfect lie. Jane Harris lives in a sparkling home in an oceanfront gated community in Orange County. It's a place that seems too beautiful to be touched by sadness. But exactly one year ago, Jane's oldest daughter, Mary, died in a tragic accident and Jane has been grief-stricken ever since. Lost in a haze of anti-depressants, she's barely even left the house. Now that's all about to change. It's time for Jane to reclaim her life and her family. Jane's husband, David, has planned a memorial service for Mary and three days later, their youngest daughter, Betsy, graduates high school. Yet as Jane reemerges into the world, it's clear her family has changed without her. Her husband has been working long days -- and nights -- at the office. Her daughter seems distant, even secretive. And her beloved Mary was always such a good girl -- dutiful and loving. But does someone know more about Mary, and about her last day, than they've revealed? The bonds between mothers and daughters, and husbands and wives should never be broken. But you never know how far someone will go to keep a family together..." -- Provided by publisher.

The summer of Ellen

May 22, 2019
Friis, Agnete, author.
New York, NY : Soho Crime, [2019]
296 pages ; 21 cm
First published in Danish under the title Sommeren med Ellen, ©2015.
"Jacob, a middle-aged architect living in Copenhagen, is in the alcohol-soaked throes of a bitter divorce when he receives an unexpected call from his great-uncle Anton, who is in his nineties and still lives with his brother Anders on their rural Jutland farm--a place Jacob hasn't visited since the summer of 1978. Anton asks Jacob to answer the question that has haunted them both for decades: What happened to Ellen? To find out, Jacob must revisit the farm and confront what took place that summer--one defined by his teenage obsession with Ellen, a beautiful young hippie from the local commune who came to stay with Anton and Anders, and the unsolved disappearance of a local girl. In revisiting old friends and rivals, Jacob discovers that the tragedies that have haunted him for over forty years were not what they seemed"--Provided by publisher.

Dark site

May 22, 2019
Lee, Patrick, 1976- author.
New York : Minotaur Books, 2019.
vii, 391 pages ; 24 cm
"On an otherwise normal morning, former Special Forces operative Sam Dryden is the target of an unsuccessful attempted abduction. Using his attacker's cellphone, he learns that another person, a woman named Danica Ellis, is also being targeted. Dryden arrives just in time to save Danica from the assault team sent after her. But neither of them recognize the other, or have any idea why they are being targeted. The only clue is a heavily redacted, official-looking document given to Danica by her stepfather before he was killed"-- Provided by publisher.

The flatshare

May 22, 2019
O'Leary, Beth, author.
New York : Flatiron Books, 2019.
328 pages ; 24 cm
"Tiffy and Leon share an apartment. Tiffy and Leon have never met. After a bad breakup, Tiffy Moore needs a place to live. Fast. And cheap. But the apartments in her budget have her wondering if astonishingly colored mold on the walls counts as art. Desperation makes her open minded, so she answers an ad for a flatshare. Leon, a night shift worker, will take the apartment during the day, and Tiffy can have it nights and weekends. He'll only ever be there when she's at the office. In fact, they'll never even have to meet. Tiffy and Leon start writing each other notes--first about what day is garbage day, and politely establishing what leftovers are up for grabs, and the evergreen question of whether the toilet seat should stay up or down. Even though they are opposites, they soon become friends. And then maybe more. But falling in love with your roommate is probably a terrible idea--especially if you've never met."--Dust jacket.

The red-stained wings

May 22, 2019
Bear, Elizabeth, author.
New York : TOR, 2019.
384 pages : map ; 25 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates Book."
The Gage and the Dead Man brought a message from the greatest wizard of Messaline to the ruling queen of Sarathai, one of the Lotus Kingdoms. But the message was a riddle, and the Lotus Kingdoms are at war.

The Kingdom

May 22, 2019
Rothenberg, Jess, author.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2019.
340 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Ana, a half-android, half-human employee of a futuristic fantasy theme park, the Kingdom, faces a charge of murder in a tale told through flashbacks and court transcripts.

The helicopter heist : a novel based on true events

May 22, 2019
Bonnier, Jonas, 1963- author.
New York : Other Press, 2019.
401 pages ; 21 cm
Sami has a new child to provide for, so after years of petty crime, he's training as a chef. But when a business deal suddenly goes sideways, Sami is left wondering how he'll ever provide for his newborn daughter.

The scent keeper

May 22, 2019
Bauermeister, Erica, author.
©2019
311 pages ; 25 cm
"A moving and evocative coming-of-age novel about childhood stories, families lost and found, and how a fragrance conjures memories capable of shaping the course of our lives. The Scent Keeper explores the provocative beauty of scent, the way it can reveal hidden truths, lead us to the person we seek, and even help us find our way back home"--Provided by publisher.

The ghost tree

May 22, 2019
Erskine, Barbara, author.
©2018.
580 pages : genealogical table ; 20 cm.
"Beware of the secrets in your family history..." --Cover.
Before you follow the path into your family's history, beware of the secrets you may find. Ruth has returned to Edinburgh after many years of exile. Left rootless by the death of her estranged father, she is faced with the daunting task of sorting through his possessions. Amidst the dust of her old life, Ruth discovers a hidden diary from the eighteenth century, written by her ancestor, Thomas Erskine. As she sifts through the ancient pages of the past, Ruth is pulled into a story that she can't escape. As the youngest son of a noble family Thomas' life started in genteel poverty, but his extraordinary experiences propel him from the high seas to Lord Chancellor. Yet, on his journey through life, he makes a powerful enemy who hounds him to the death... and beyond. Ruth has opened a door to the past that she can't close.

Mostly dead things : a novel

May 22, 2019
Arnett, Kristen N., author.
Portland, Oregon : Tin House Books, 2019.
356 pages ; 23 cm
Taking over her family's failing taxidermy shop in the wake of her father's suicide, grief-stricken Jessa-Lynn Morton pursues less-than-legal ways of generating income while struggling to figure out her place among her eccentric loved ones.

The path keeper

May 22, 2019
Simmonds, N. J., author.
©2019
383 pages ; 22 cm
Ella hates London. She misses her old life in Spain and is struggling to get over her past--until she meets Zac. He's always loved her but isn't meant to be part of her story. Not this time. Not ever. Little does she know that his secret is the one thing that will tear them apart and force her to live in a world that no longer makes sense. A world full of danger, lies and magic.

Home wrecker

May 22, 2019
Joseph, Dwayne S.
Deer Park, NY : Urban Renaissance, 2011, ©2008.
ix, 271 pages ; 17 cm
Originally issued: Deer Park, NY : Urban Books, 2008 as a trade paperback.
Includes book club discussion questions and a conversation with the author.
Wives pay Lisette to ruin their marriages. Some are looking to get out of abusive situations and others are looking to get even with their husbands. Some don't want a divorce, just control. After Lisette turns down Kyra Roger's job offer, Kyra doesn't want to take no for an answer. Lisette's life will never be the same.

Wolf-light

May 22, 2019
Badoe, Yaba, author.
London : Zephyr, 2019.
277 pages ; 22 cm

First kill

May 22, 2019
Hagberg, David, author.
©2019
331 pages ; 25 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
"It is the beginning of Kirk McGarvey's career as a CIA black ops officer. Fresh out of the Air Force OSI, he receives his first assignment: assassinate a Chilean general known as the Butcher of Valparaíso, a monster who has tortured and killed more than one thousand dissidents at a soccer stadium in Valparaíso. McGarvey manages to cross the border over the mountains from Argentina without being discovered, and even makes his way to the general's remote compound. But the odds are stacked against him. Chile's National Intelligence Agency, the ANI, has been warned of his approach and wants him to fail--and someone back home in Washington is working to make sure he does. For this newly-minted assassin, killing the butcher is only the beginning."--Dust jacket.

My ex-best friend's wedding

May 22, 2019
Wax, Wendy, author.
New York : Berkley, 2019.
354 pages ; 21 cm
"Prized and stored away for safekeeping, the timeless ivory wedding dress, with its scooped neck and cleverly fitted bodice, sits gently folded in its box, whispering of Happily Ever Afters. To Kendra, Brianna, and Lauren it's a reminder of what could have been, the promise of a fairy tale, and a friendship torn apart. But as Kendra knows firsthand: it wasn't the dress's fault. Once closer than sisters, Lauren and Bree have grown up and grown apart, allowing broken promises and unfulfilled dreams to destroy their friendship. A successful author, Lauren returns home to the Outer Banks, fiance in tow, to claim the dress she never thought she'd wear. While Bree, a bookstore owner, grapples with the realities of life after you marry the handsome prince. As the former best friends wrestle with their uncertain futures, they are both certain of one thing: some betrayals can never be forgiven. Now on the eve of her daughter Lauren's wedding, Kendra struggles with a secret she's kept for far too long. And vows to make sure the dress will finally bring Lauren and Bree back together--knowing they'll need each other to survive the coming storm"-- Provided by publisher.

Pariah

May 22, 2019
Gear, W. Michael, author.
New York, NY : DAW Books, Inc., [2019]
484 pages ; 22 cm.
"Corporate assassin Tamarland Benteen's last hope is the survey ship Vixen. With a load of scientists aboard under the supervision of Dr. Dortmund Weisbacher, Vixen is tasked with the first comprehensive survey of the newly discovered planet called Donovan. Given that back in Solar System, Boardmember Radcek would have Benteen's brain dissected, he's particularly motivated to make his escape. The transition that should have taken Vixen years is instantaneous. Worse, a space ship is already orbiting Donovan, and, impossibly, human settlements have been established on the planet. For Dortmund Weisbacher, this is a violation of the most basic conservation tenets. Donovan is an ecological disaster. Down on Donovan, Talina Perez takes refuge in the ruins of Mundo Base with the wild child, Kylee Simonov. But the quetzals are playing their own deadly game: one that forces Talina and Kylee to flee farther into the wilderness. Too bad they're stuck with Dortmund Weisbacher in the process. Back in Port Authority, Dan Wirth discovers that he's not the meanest or deadliest man on the planet. Tamarland Benteen is making his play for control of PA. And in the final struggle, if Benteen can't have it, he'll destroy it all."--Inside dust jacket.

Prologue to murder

May 22, 2019
Elliott, Lauren, author.
©2019
330 pages ; 18 cm
When she is implicated in the murder of a librarian, Addie Greyborne investigates while dealing with her messy love life, a quest that leads her to pirate legends and a possible buried treasure.

Threat zero : a sniper novel

May 22, 2019
Irving, Nicholas, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2019.
viii, 309 pages ; 25 cm
When a political convoy is ambushed, killing the wives, husbands, and children of high-ranking leaders, Harwood and Stone find themselves tracked by an unknown adversary while trying to prevent a vengeful president from retaliating against innocents.

The secrets we bury

May 22, 2019
Webb, Debra, author.
©2019
425 pages ; 17 cm
Includes novella: The undertaker's daughter.
After her father's murder, Rowan Dupont returns to Winchester, Tennessee, to run her family's funeral home, where she tries to stop an obsessive serial killer and reconsiders her mother's and sister's earlier deaths.

The song of the jade lily : a novel

May 22, 2019
Manning, Kirsty, author.
New York, New York : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]
450, 17 pages ; 23 cm
"Originally published as The Jade Lily in Australia in 2018 by Allen & Unwin." -- Verso.
"1939, Shanghai: Beautiful local Li and Jewish refugee Romy form a fierce friendship, but the deepening shadows of World War II fall over the women as they slip between the city's glamorous French Concession district and the teeming streets of the Shanghai Ghetto. 2016: Alexandra returns to Australia from London to be with her grandparents, Romy and Wilhelm. Her grandfather is dying, and over the coming weeks Romy and Wilhelm begin to reveal the family mysteries they have kept secret for more than half a century. After Wilhelm dies, Alexandra flies to Shanghai, determined to trace her grandparents' past-- and the truth about her family and herself."-- adapted from jacket.

Strangers and cousins

May 22, 2019
Cohen, Leah Hager, author.
New York : Riverhead Books, 2019.
308 pages ; 24 cm
In the seemingly idyllic town of Rundle Junction, Benita and Walter are preparing to host the wedding their elder daughter, Clem. A marriage ceremony at their beloved, rambling home should be the happiest of occasions, but Walter and Bennie have a secret. A new community is moving to Rundle Junction, threatening the social order and forcing Bennie and Walter to confront uncomfortable truths about their small town. Meanwhile, Aunt Glad, the oldest member of the family, arrives for the wedding, troubled by long-buried memories of a scarring event that occurred when she was a girl in Rundle Junction. As she pieces together details about this event, the family begins to realize that Clem's wedding may not be exactly what they imagined. Clever, passionate, artistic Clem has her own agenda. What she doesn't know is that by the end, everyone will have roles to play in this richly imagined ceremony of familial connection - a brood of quirky relatives, effervescent college friends, ghosts emerging from the past, a determined little mouse, and even the very group of new neighbors whose arrival has shaken Rundle Junction.

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