January 17, 2020
Beaton, M.C. BEATING AROUND THE BUSH: An Agatha Raisin Mystery. Blackstone Audio. December '19. $34.95 Audio CD. Unabridged. Thirtieth in the series. "When private detective Agatha Raisin comes across a severed leg in a roadside hedge, it looks like she is about to become involved in a particularly gruesome murder. Looks, however, can be deceiving, as Agatha discovers when she is employed to investigate a case of industrial espionage at a factory where nothing is quite what it seems. The factory mystery soon turns to murder and a bad-tempered donkey turns Agatha into a national celebrity, before bringing her ridicule and shame. To add to her woes, Agatha finds herself grappling with growing feelings for her friend and occasional lover, Sir Charles Fraith. Then, as a possible solution to the factory murder unfolds, her own life is thrown into deadly peril. Will Agatha get her man at last? Or will the killer get her first?" Simultaneous Hardcover release from Minotaur Books.
Brook, Allison. BURIED IN THE STACKS: A Haunted Library Mystery. Blackstone Audio. December '19. $29.95. Audio CD. Unabridged. Third in the series. "Librarian Carrie Singleton is building a haven, but one of her neighbors is misbehavin'. Can resident spirit Evelyn help Carrie catch the culprit who made her a ghost? In winter, the Haunted Library is a refuge for homeless townspeople. When a group purchases a vacant house to establish a daytime haven for the homeless, Carrie offers the library as a meeting place for the Haven House committee, but quickly learns that it may be used for illegal activities. As the new Sunshine Delegate, Carrie heads to the hospital to visit her cantankerous colleague, Dorothy, who had fallen outside the local supermarket. She tells Carrie that her husband tried to kill her - and that he murdered her Aunt Evelyn, the library's resident ghost, six years earlier. And then Dorothy is murdered - run off the road as soon as she returns to work. Evelyn implores Carrie to find her niece's killer, but that's no easy task: Dorothy had made a hobby of blackmailing her neighbors and colleagues. Carrie, Evelyn, and Smoky Joe the cat are on the case, but are the library cards stacked against them?" Available in Hardcover from Crooked Lane Books.
Clark, Mary Higgins. KISS THE GIRLS AND MAKE THEM CRY. Simon & Schuster Audio. November '19. $28.92. Audio CD. Unabridged. "When talented journalist Penelope 'Casey' Harrison starts to research a piece about the #MeToo movement that includes an incident in her own life which she has been trying to put out of her mind for years, she does not realize that the young man who drugged and assaulted her at a fraternity house party in college is now a wealthy, powerful industrialist on the eve of a merger which will make him a billionaire - and who will do anything, even murder, to cover his tracks." Simultaneous hardcover release from Simon & Schuster.
Cole, Courtney. MINE: A Novel. Simon & Schuster Audio & Blackstone Audio. Audio CD. Unabridged. May '19. $39.99. "Tessa was prepared for the hurricane. Lindsey was the storm she didn't see coming." While getting the house ready for a hurricane about to hit, Tessa Taylor finds nude pictures of a young woman named Lindsey on her husband's iPad. With her husband out of town and the hurricane approaching, Tessa's life begins to unravel. Not knowing what to do, she eventually manages to lure her husband's mistress to their home. Both women love the same man - which one will keep him? Simultaneous trade paperback release from Gallery Books.
Collins, Megan. THE WINTER SISTER. Simon & Schuster Audio and Blackstone Audio. February '19. $39.99. Audio CD. Unabridged. A haunting debut about a woman who's past crashes into the present. When her estranged mother begins treatment for cancer, Sylvie returns home to help her and begins to unravel the murder of her sister, Persephone. Missing for three days before her body was found, Persephone's murderer was never caught. The situation becomes even more complicated when Sylvie learns that her sister's boyfriend, Ben, somebody she suspected killed her sister, is a nurse at the cancer center where her mother is receiving care. While trying to deal with her mother, Sylvie starts to investigate what really happened to Persephone the night she died. Simultaneous hardcover release from Atria Books.
Crais, Robert. A DANGEROUS MAN. G.P. Brilliance Audio. August '19. $28.00. Audio CD. Unabridged. Read by Luke Daniels. Eighteenth in the Elvis Cole and Joe Pike series. "Joe Pike didn't expect to rescue a woman that day. He went to the bank same as anyone goes to the bank, and returned to his Jeep. So when Isabel Roland, the lonely young teller who helped him, steps out of the bank on her way to lunch, Joe is on hand when two men abduct her. Joe chases them down, and the two men are arrested. But instead of putting the drama to bed, the arrests are only the beginning of the trouble for Joe and Izzy. After posting bail, the two abductors are murdered and Izzy disappears. Pike calls on his friend, Elvis Cole, to help learn the truth. What Elvis uncovers is a twisted family story that involves corporate whistleblowing, huge amounts of cash, the Witness Relocation Program, and a long line of lies. But what of all that did Izzy know? Is she a perpetrator or a victim? And how far will Joe go to find out?" Simultaneous hardcover release from Putnam's Sons.
Dugoni, Robert. THE EIGTH SISTER: A Thriller. Brilliance Audio. April '19. $24.99. Audio CD. Unabridged. Read by Edoardo Ballerini. First in the Charles Jenkins series. "A pulse-pounding thriller of espionage, spy games, and treachery by the New York Times bestselling author of the Tracy Crosswhite Series. Former CIA case officer Charles Jenkins is a man at a crossroads: in his early sixties, he has a family, a new baby on the way, and a security consulting business on the brink of bankruptcy. Then his former bureau chief shows up at his house with a risky new assignment: travel undercover to Moscow and locate a Russian agent believed to be killing members of a clandestine US spy cell known as the seven sisters. Desperate for money, Jenkins agrees to the mission and heads to the Russian capital. But when he finds the mastermind agent behind the assassinations - the so-called eighth sister - she is not who or what he was led to believe. Then again, neither is anyone else in this deadly game of cat and mouse. Pursued by a dogged Russian intelligence officer, Jenkins executes a daring escape across the Black Sea, only to find himself abandoned by the agency he serves. With his family and freedom at risk, Jenkins is in the fight of his life - against his own country." Simultaneous hardcover release from Thomas & Mercer.
Lescroart, John. THE RULE OF LAW: A Novel. Simon & Schuster Audio. February '19. $27.00. Audio CD. Unabridged. Read by Jacques Roy. Eighteenth in the Dismas Hardy series. "...attorney Dismas Hardy is called to defend the least likely suspect of his career: his longtime, trusted assistant who is suddenly being charged as an accessory to murder. Dismas Hardy knows something is amiss with his trusted secretary, Phyllis. Her out-of-character behavior and sudden disappearances concern Hardy, especially when he learns that her convict brother - a man who had served twenty-five years in prison for armed robbery and attempted murder - has just been released. Things take a shocking turn with Phyllis is suddenly arrested at work for allegedly being an accessory to the murder of Hector Valdez, a coyote who'd been smuggling women into this country from El Salvador and Mexico. That is, until recently, when he was shot to death - on the very same day that Phyllis first disappeared from work. The connection between Phyllis, her brother, and Hector's murder is not something Dismas can easily understand, but if his cherished colleague has any chance of going free, he needs to put all the pieces together - and fast." Simultaneous hardcover release from Atria Books. Available in trade paperback. September '19.
Mason, Jamie. THE HIDDEN THINGS. Simon & Schuster Audio and Blackstone Audio. August '19. $26.00. Audio CD. Unabridged. Based on the actual theft of a 17th century painting that was never recovered, the book fast forwards to present day where the painting causes major problems. When a home security camera records a home invasion that shows a teen named Carly fighting for her life, it quickly goes viral online. She survives, but what can be barely seen in a corner of the room changes the lives of four people in ways they never expected and Carly's stepfather will do whatever is necessary to keep a dark secret hidden. There is no way he can explain how that stolen painting could be hanging in his house. When the art dealer that was brutally attacked when the painting was stolen learns about the video all she wants to get the painting back. The man that stole the painting has to retrieve it so he can bring it to the people who hired him to steal it - and he will kill to get it back. But it's Carly who works to discover the truth to make things right. Simultaneous hardcover release from Gallery Books. Trade paperback from Simon & Schuster.
Walker, Caroline Louise. MAN OF THE YEAR. Simon & Schuster Audio and Blackstone Audio. June '19. $39.99. Audio CD. Unabridged. Sag Harbor's Man of the Year, Dr. Robert Hart, seems to have it all: a beautiful new wife, a new house, a yacht, and medical practice that is doing quite well. But it all starts to fall apart after allowing his son's college roommate to stay in their guest house for the summer. Robert becomes concerned when he begins to notice that their guest seemes to be paying way too much attention to his wife. It's all down hill from there as Robert becomes more and more paranoid and begins to destroy everybody around him. Simultaneous hardcover release from Gallery Books.
Woods, Stuart & Hall, Parnell. SKIN GAME. G.P. Penguin Audio. June '19. $28.00. Audio CD. Unabridged. Read by Tony Roberts. Third in the Teddy Fay series. "Teddy Fay returns to his roots in espionage. When Teddy Fay receives a freelance assignment from a gentleman he can't refuse, he jets off to Paris on the hunt for a treasonous criminal. But as Teddy unearths more information that just doesn't seem to connect, his straightforward mission becomes far bigger - and stranger - than he could imagine. The trail of bread crumbs leads to secrets hidden within secrets, evildoers trading in money and power, and a global threat on an unprecedented scale. Under the beautiful veneer of the City of Lights, true villainy lurks in the shadows...and Teddy Fay alone can prevent the impending disaster." Simultaneous hardcover release from Putnam's Sons.
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