Rock Beats Paper
5 star action/adventure
Bret Cole is a pretty normal guy with a hole in his heart, he and his roommate, Chuck Levy, get a mysterious envelope that was mistakenly slid under their door, by a drug lord’s soldier. While Bret is not pleased with the idea, the two men decide to follow the instructions that were inside the envelope, and discover they’re meant to kidnap, and kill, Quinn Runnels. Instead, they decide to try to save her life.
Cross Current (Seychelle Sullivan)
5 star mystery/sea adventure
Salvage boat captain and sometime sleuth Seychelle Sullivan returns in Kling’s follow-up to her well-received debut, Surface Tension, this time to aid a frightened Haitian waif named Solange. Seychelle—who’s plying the South Florida waters on her tugboat, the Gorda, with her mechanic cum lover, B.J.—discovers the girl on a swamped boat and makes saving her, both from danger and from immigration officials, a personal crusade.
5 star historical thriller
This outstanding manuscript begins in 1909 northern California, where Alma Bentley has murdered her boss and lover, Joe Machado. Enter the famed attorney, Malachi Rivers, who must defend this uneducated, naïve and clearly guilty woman. The trial is watched carefully by Emma Knight, an heiress who is determined to make her own way as a newspaper woman and to whom Alma has confided the truth behind the murder.
Under Your Skin: A Thriller (A Cal Murphy Thriller)
4 star mystery
With small town journalist Cal Murphy quickly losing his big city dreams of writing for a metro newspaper, his passion is reignited when three star prep athletes are found dead in a 24-hour period.
As he and fellow photographer Kelly Mendoza attempt to make sense of bizarre circumstances that led to the teens’ deaths, Cal makes a chilling discovery, uncovering a vast conspiracy that grows darker with every twist and turn.
Last Stop This Town
5 star contemporary fiction/humor
Parental advisory: This book contains strong language, drinking, drugs, and sexual situations, all involving teens.
The debut novel from “American Pie” series screenwriter David H. Steinberg. It’s the last weekend before high school graduation, and as they prepare to go their separate ways, four life-long friends spend a wild and raucous night in New York City that forces them to face their fear of growing up… and growing apart.
Blood Orchids (The Lei Crime Series)
4+ star mystery
Hawaii is palm trees, black sand and blue water—but for policewoman Lei Texeira, there’s a dark side to paradise. Lei has overcome a scarred past to make a life for herself as a cop in the sleepy Big Island town of Hilo. On a routine patrol she finds two murdered teenagers—one of whom she’d recently busted. With its echoes of her own past, the murdered girl’s harsh life and tragic death affect Lei deeply. She becomes obsessed—even as the killer is drawn to Lei’s intensity, feeding off her vulnerabilities and toying with her sanity.
4+ star literary fiction
In the hills of Tennessee, Shane Carson, a gifted, nationally-recognized horseman, is living the good life. When a mysterious mustang shows up on his farm, Shane doesn’t know how—or why—the horse appeared, but the horse’s distinctive brand identifies her. She is one of the Spirit Horses, a rare, wild herd that runs free on the Shoshone reservation in Wyoming. Watched over for centuries in the tribe’s ancestral valleys, these exquisite horses, according to belief, provide a link to the afterlife.