The Woman Who Loved Horses
5 star historical fiction
When Melissa’s favorite thoroughbred mysteriously disappears from her father’s farm in Kentucky during the Great Depression, her search for him continues long after she marries the young veterinarian Jim Tolliver.
The Dunn Deal (A Christine Sterling Mystery)
Unrated cozy mystery
Rumors of dirty cops, midnight meetings on Friday the thirteenth, and a forested militia masquerading as a religious cult—these and other peculiar elements complicate the senseless murder of Deputy Sheriff Baxter Dunn, son-in-law of Christine Sterling’s best friend and mentor Zora Jane Callahan. The subject may be frightful, but amateur sleuth Christine Sterling tackles it with her characteristic blend of snoopiness and tenacity, especially after Molly, her beloved border collie, is dog napped in retaliation for Christine’s intrusion into matters that are none of her business.
Hot Enough to Kill (The Jolene Jackson Mystery Series)
4+ star mystery
Kickapoo, Texas, is the last place Jolene Jackson wants to be, but with her 72-year-old mother’s boyfriend murdered and Mother Dearest locked up because of it, she’s got little choice but to head south and deal with it. Bullets are flying, chicken’s frying and there’s a lunatic on the loose in the mesquites with a shotgun who’s Hot Enough to Kill.
5 star thriller
When Lieutenant Jack Keegan of the Chicago Police Department was assigned to the Southside Irish Parade in Chicago he thought he was in for enjoyable and uneventful day. Those hopes were quickly dashed when a 23-year-old man is killed only feet from the parade route.
5 star humor
Permanent Temporary is a whimsical study of modern American society from a multitude of perspectives.
May Day (Murder-by-Month Mysteries, No. 1) (Murder-By-Month Mystery)
4 star mystery
Minneapolitan Mira James has been taking it easy since college graduation–too easy. Due to a dead-end job and a cheating boyfriend, the Twin Cities have lost their charm, and Mira decides to begin a new life in rural Battle Lake. Right away she is offered jobs as an assistant librarian and part-time reporter, and falls into an unexpected romance with a guy who seems to be the perfect man until he turns up dead between the reference stacks her tenth day on the job.
Witness to Death
4+ star mystery
**Rated one of the 12 Best Crime Novels of the Year by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel**
John Brighton is an ordinary young schoolteacher still hung up on his ex, Michelle. Suspecting her new boyfriend is cheating on her, John decides to follow Frank’s Lexus and find out the truth once and for all. Turns out John’s in for a major surprise. Frank isn’t heading for some sack time with another girl. Instead he drags John into the middle of a shootout on the banks of the Hudson River, and before John knows what’s happening, he’s knee-deep in bodies.
This Is Your Heart in Love
5 star contemporary fiction/humor
This is not a story for your mom’s book club. This story is for anyone who’s ever done crazy s*** for the person they love. It’s for anyone who’s ever been defriended on Facebook or listened to overly dramatic music while they stare at someone’s profile picture. This is for anyone who’s ever been hopelessly trapped in the confines of the friend zone, or who has a standard break-up procedure designed to minimize emotional outbursts. This story is for anyone who’s ever looked at his college diploma and said, “Thanks, but what do I do now?” It is a story about hope, cyber-stalking, courage, crazy girlfriends and debauchery. But most of all, it’s about finding what it really means to be in love.
Vestal Virgin (Suspense in Ancient Rome)
4 star historical fiction
Elissa Rubria Honoria is a Vestal Virgin–priestess of the sacred flame, a visionary, and one of the most powerful women in Rome. Vestals are sacrosanct, sworn to chastity on penalty of death, but the emperor, Nero, holds himself above the law. He pursues Elissa, engaging her in a deadly game of wits and sexuality. Or is Elissa really the pursuer?
Brown Eyed Girl (La Fleur de Love)
4+ star contemporary romance
You’d think Dr. Tiffany LeBlanc would breeze through life with no worries. Although practicing in Lake Coburn, Louisiana, she and her handsome fiancé, Tanner Collins, were both reared in Houston’s elite circle of social snobbery. Life could be so perfect…if she could just keep her cheating fiancé in check, and get her parents approval for once in their miserable lives. Her only moral support is her brother, Drake, a practicing Houston attorney, other than the loving, but relocated, nanny who raised them both.
London Calling (Susanna and the Spy)
5 star historical mystery
It is the autumn of 1809, and Susanna Ward’s life is more perfect than she could ever have dared hope. She is reconciled with her estranged family and engaged to the man she loves, Lord James Ravenwood. But across the English Channel, Britain’s war with the Emperor Napoleon still rages. And when a chance letter arrives from London, Susanna learns that James has secretly allowed himself to be drawn into the shadowy world of espionage and intrigue. To be with James, Susanna travels to London–and is soon caught up in a dangerous operation to uncover a ring of French spies and a traitor within the British War Office.
Michal: A Novel (The Wives of King David)
Jill Eileen Smith
4 star historical/religious fiction
The daughter of King Saul, Michal lives a life of privilege–but one that is haunted by her father’s unpredictable moods and competition from her beautiful older sister. As a girl, Michal quickly falls for the handsome young harpist David. But soon after their romance begins, David must flee for his life.
Will Michal ever be reunited with David? Or is she doomed to remain separated from him forever?