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LADIES' LUNCH: AND OTHER STORIES
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Discover May's Best New Reads: Stories to Ignite Your Spring Days.

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"COLD FURY defines the modern romantic thriller."�-�NYT�bestselling author Jayne Ann Krentz


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Romance writer and reluctant cop navigate sparks during fateful ride-alongs.


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A child under his protection�and a hit man in pursuit.


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Courtney Kelly sees things others can�t�like fairies, and hidden motives for murder . . .


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Reunited in danger�and bound by desire


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Journey to a city that�s full of quirky, zany superheroes finding love while they battle over-the-top, evil ubervillains bent on world domination.


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Let Us Descend
by Jesmyn Ward
"A suspenseful and darkly magical story of a young enslaved woman in the American South."
Posted January 4, 2024

Annis was born into slavery on a Carolina rice plantation, the daughter of an enslaved woman and the plantation owner, and trained as a housemaid. Her mother also passed down specialized knowledge of healing herbs, mushrooms, and the use of a spear gained from her own mother, a warrior Read more...


Treasure State
by C.J. Box
"Shocking riveting addition to this often dark and sinister series"
Posted August 24, 2023

When a private investigator from Florida disappears while searching for a man he's tracked to the small, insular town of Anaconda, Montana, his desperate client contacts Cassie Dewell to take up the unresolved case. Candyce Fly is an angry woman on a mission who wants the head of Read more...


Everyone Here Is Lying
by Shari Lapena
"A riveting domestic thriller, perfect to lose yourself in while putting everything else around you on hold"
Posted August 2, 2023

Dr. William Wooler had been having an affair with a neighbor's wife. Nora Blanchard, a volunteer at the same hospital where he was on staff, had fallen for the handsome doctor. Despite her conviction that William was her soulmate, she broke things off, fearing her husband suspected what Read more...


The Eden Test
by Adam Sternbergh
"Brilliantly clever domestic thriller with twists and turns that left me breathless!"
Posted April 25, 2023

Craig and Daisy, a couple whose marriage has been in trouble for some time, go on a couple’s retreat to examine their lives together. But Craig has a mistress he’s secretly planning on leaving Daisy for, and Daisy has secrets, too.

The pitch Read more...


You Must Remember This
by Kat Rosenfield
"A thrilling dual timeline family drama told with a modern gothic flare."
Posted April 17, 2023

After a devastating and humiliating breakup with her boyfriend, Delphine "Del" Lockwood retreats to Bar Harbor, Maine, and her family's historic cliffside manor. As her beloved grandmother is ensconced in a nearby assisted living facility, slowly succumbing to the ravages of dementia, Del believes she can help her Read more...


Before the Coffee Gets Cold
by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
"This café serves coffee, snacks, personable customer service, and that little something extra!"
Posted January 27, 2023

Tucked away in an unremarkable Tokyo alley and down a flight of stairs is the little basement café called Funiculi Funicula. Inside, the space is small and dimly lit, with only three tables for two and a couple of seats at a counter. The owner is Read more...


The Paris Apartment
by Lucy Foley
"A sinister and claustrophobic thriller about a woman searching for her missing brother."
Posted January 6, 2023

Jess Hadley runs to Paris and her only living relative, her half-brother, Ben Daniels, when she gets into a bit of trouble at her job at a bar in Brighton. She hadn’t seen Ben since he relocated to Paris, and she knew he wasn’t Read more...


Grounds for Murder
by Tara Lush
"Great series debut with a coffee theme and an island vibe!"
Posted December 30, 2022

Lana Lewis wanted to be a journalist for as long as she could remember, so after high school graduation, she left her hometown behind and went to college, eventually landing as a reporter for a prominent Miami paper. She met her husband, Miles, an older man pursuing a career Read more...


Holy Chow
by David Rosenfelt
"Another superb entry in the long-running Andy Carpenter series by David Rosenfelt."
Posted September 17, 2022

Rachel Morehouse had adopted her beloved dog, a chow named Lion, from the Tara Foundation, and a happier pairing would have been hard to find. So, When Tara Foundation founder, attorney Andy Carpenter, receives a call from her asking if he would take the dog back, Andy is puzzled Read more...


Death by Bubble Tea
by Jennifer J. Chow
"A warm, fun, family-centered, culinary-themed mystery!"
Posted August 5, 2022

That Friday, when Yale Yee learned she was losing her much-loved job at the local bookstore, she was worried that she would have no choice but to return to work in her father’s restaurant. Wing Fat, the thriving dim sum eatery, held overwhelmingly sad memories for Read more...


West Side Love Story
by Priscilla Oliveras
"A chance encounter, a magical kiss - could it be what it takes to break up a decades-long feud?"
Posted June 27, 2022

The last thing busy ER nurse Mariana Capuleta wanted to do was spend New Year's Eve playing wingman to her more outgoing sister, Cat, at a hopping San Antonio rooftop bar, but there she was. However, a magical kiss with a handsome stranger as the new year arrived Read more...


The Hacienda
by Isabel Cañas
"The Hacienda is a mesmerizing tale of secrets and the supernatural."
Posted June 13, 2022

To escape her life as an impoverished relation, living on the sufferance of her mother’s extended family, Beatriz marries a handsome supporter of the Mexican revolution, Rodolfo Solorzano. After the wedding, they travel to his rural estate, San Isidro, where he leaves her in charge while returning Read more...


The Mad Girls of New York
by Maya Rodale
"An exciting and tense fictional account of Nellie Bly and her famous "Ten Days in a Mad-house.""
Posted May 26, 2022

After six years of writing for the Pittsburgh Dispatch and six months reporting from the wilds of Mexico, Nellie Bly was ready for the larger New York newspaper stage. But breaking into the “men only” world of Newspaper Row there proved more than challenging and Read more...


In a New York Minute
by Kate Spencer
"I was utterly charmed by the delightful main characters and their circle of friends and family."
Posted May 26, 2022

Frannie Doyle is having a really bad day. It starts with getting laid off from the design job at Spayce she’s had for the past four years. Things get worse when on her way home, a box full of office mementos in her arms, her Read more...


Fool Me Once
by Ashley Winstead
"Can former lovers overcome their past and work together for the greater good?"
Posted May 26, 2022

Lee Stone, Stoner to her friends, is on a personal mission to protect the environment, address climate change, and do it starting right there in her home state of Texas. With a master’s degree in environmental policy, she’s the communications director for the woman-led Read more...


The World of Pondside
by Mary Helen Stefaniak
"An entertaining puzzle of a story with some astounding out-of-the-blue twists and turns!"
Posted May 26, 2022

When Robert Kallman was diagnosed with ALS, the progression of the disease eventually placed him in full-time care at Pondside Manor. But rather than give up on life, he continued to hope for a cure and got to know his fellow residents, making new friends, especially with the Read more...


Decoy Training
by Caridad Pineiro
"As the trauma of the past begins to ease, love comes at just the right time."
Posted May 4, 2022

Shane Adler, injured in Afghanistan when the building he was in collapsed from a car bomb, retired from the Army rather than take a desk job. Now he and his dog, Decoy, who had located him in that building’s rubble and remained by his side until he Read more...


Nine Lives
by Peter Swanson
"A mysterious list of nine random names. Or are they?"
Posted May 4, 2022

The plain white envelope postmarked New York City, with no return address, only contained a single folded sheet of paper with a list of nine names on it. Nine recipients, and none recognized any of the names listed other than their own. But all too soon, the names would Read more...


Detection Detail
by Terri Reed
"Suspicions. Will these two realize they’re made for each other and trust in love?"
Posted April 2, 2022

Responding to a car fire outside the Rocky Mountain National Park, Officer Nelson Rivers and his canine partner, a yellow Lab named Diesel, find evidence of an accelerant and no accident. It had been deliberately set. And with the driver of the vehicle at the hospital in a coma Read more...


Three Shots to the Wind
by Sherry Harris
"It's a truly baffling case when Chloe's photo is found in the hand of a dead man!"
Posted March 26, 2022

It's January in Florida, but just one look at her weather app showing the minus 1-degree temperatures back in Chicago, confirms to Chloe Jackson that staying in Emerald Cove was the right decision. With her work at the Sea Glass Saloon, volunteering at the local community library Read more...


Karen Siddall


https://karensiddall.wordpress.com/

Before retiring in 2019, I worked for over 40 years in the public sector as an educator, speaker, and researcher in criminal justice, environmental education, fire protection, groundwater, and water conservation. I live in North-Central Texas (Grand Prairie) with my husband, Jim; Princess, Ginger, and Smoky (the cats); and two basset hounds - Peaches and Stoli. I enjoy reading various genres, including mysteries, SciFi, contemporary and paranormal romance, and thrillers, but I have a real weakness for cozies, westerns, dystopian tales, and post-apocalyptic fiction. I just like to read, and I like to connect other readers with books that they might enjoy. I write a couple of blogs about books I’ve read and participate annually in the Ultimate PopSugar Reading Challenge, Goodreads Personal Reading Challenge, Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge, and The Celebrity Readers’ Finishing the Series Challenge. All those reading prompts keep me motivated to read some of the many books I’ve bought over the years.

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