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The Bell of Girardius
Warren Roberts
5 star thriller
“With echoes of Raymond Chandler, Mickey Spillane, Carl Hiaasen and Elmore Leonard, Warren Roberts has in Joe Milo created a protagonist with no counterpart in currently published British fiction, whose US peers would be Robert B Parker’s Boston PI, Spenser, or Elvis Cole, the PI creation of Robert Crais. His pitch-black mean streets leave other British crime writers in the dull grey mist, and the crisp, cliché-free, lively and cutting narrative, great sex, mayhem and dialogue and memorable one-liners ain’t half-bad as well.” The Tribune

Assumed Dead (Monika Everhardt medical mysteries)
Eleanor Sullivan
5 star mystery
From the shadow of the St. Louis Arch to the ashes of the World Trade Center, Assumed Dead pulses with the authentic excitement of a busy ICU as head nurse Monika Everhardt uncovers the mysterious connection between a battered wife, an unidentified car crash victim and a long-missing man while laying to rest some ghosts of her own.

Collapse (New America)
Richard Stephenson
5 star postapocalyptic fiction
America is falling, ready to join the Roman Empire as a distant memory in the annals of history. The year is 2027. Tired and desperate, the American people are deep in the middle of The Second Great Depression. The Florida coastline is in ruins from the most powerful hurricane on record; a second just like it is bearing down on the state of Texas. For the first time in history, the Middle East has united as one and amassed the most formidable army the world has seen since the Third Reich.

The Willing (Crayder Chronicles)
C.S. Splitter
5 star thriller
Tom Crayder is the All-American guy next door with a business, a wife, a son, a mortgage, and an expensive hobby. He is also a politically incorrect, wise cracking operative working for a shadowy organization dedicated to administering justice outside of a broken system. Not even his wife knows of his other life when she finds herself unwittingly involved in a drug war.

The Alzheimer’s Patient Who Couldn’t Forget
Gary Gusick
4+ star Southern fiction mystery/suspense
85-year-old Jew, Sam Coombs is confined to a nursing home in the Mississippi Delta, where he is steadily losing his mind. But it’s what he can’t forget that torments him. Coombs has a secret. A secret so powerful it could free a wrongfully convicted inmate, expose a cunning blackmailer, destroy a prominent family, bring a vicious murderer to justice, and shake the foundations of Mississippi’s political structure.

Fatal Judgment: A Novel (Guardians of Justice)
Irene Hannon
4+ star romantic suspense
U.S. Marshal Jake Taylor has seen plenty of action during his years in law enforcement. But he’d rather go back to Iraq than face his next assignment: protection detail for federal judge Liz Michaels. His feelings toward Liz haven’t warmed in the five years since she lost her husband–and Jake’s best friend–to possible suicide. How can Jake be expected to care for the cold-hearted workaholic who drove his friend to despair?

Nobody’s Angel
Jack Clark
4 star crime fiction/noir
Eddie Miles is shaken when fellow nighttime cabbie Lenny Smigelkowski falls victim to a serial killer. Eddie also discovers Relita, a teen prostitute brutally mutilated and abandoned in an alley. As Eddie mourns Lenny’s death and Relita’s pain and tries to find their assailants, he ponders other losses: his father’s real estate investments; the innocence of young women entering prostitution; Eddie’s daughter, now in his ex-wife’s custody; and his faith in humanity as his fares try to abuse, intimidate, and rob him.

The Seduction of Eva Volk
C.D. Baker
4+ star historical/literary fiction
In World War II, American soldiers were shocked to discover thousands of German POW’s carrying New Testaments. Christians serving Hitler? Never before undertaken in a novel, ‘The Seduction of Eva Volk’ explores the reality of this not-so-simple paradox from the German point of view.

Gathering String
Mimi Johnson
4+ star suspense
A long-ago fire that killed two boys in a small Iowa town emerges as a threat to the front-runner in the latest presidential campaign. The two journalists pursuing this mystery could hardly be more different.

Legacy of the Lake
Michael A. Smith
Unrated suspense
Jack Olsen, a down-on-his luck former cop, seeks inner healing at the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. Out fishing one day, he witnesses a deliberate collision that leaves one man dead. Hired by the elderly victim’s companion to investigate the so-called accident, Jack discovers another world beneath the surface of paradise—one characterized by organized crime, political corruption, drugs and gambling.

Julia Gets a Life
Lynne Barrett-Lee
New release British romantic comedy
When Julia’s husband has an affair with local siren Rhiannon de Laney, she feels as if her world is falling apart. Once the arguments have abated, and her husband has moved out, Julia realises she’s well and truly on her own, a single parent with two teenage children, a bad haircut and no idea of what to do or where to go next.

The Library of Lost Books
Darius Jones
New release literary fiction/fantasy
By day, Darius is a struggling ad writer. One night, he slips into a hitherto undiscovered world where a small group of determined guardians preserve lost books. As he explores this new world, he learns the techniques used for gathering and preserving the lost manuscripts. But all is not well. Darius’ arrival has set in motion a series of events that threatens to bring down the entire world.


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