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Fantasy & Science

All the Plagues of Hell by Eri Flint & Dave Freer

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Targeted by the power-hungry illegitimate daughter of the overthrown duke, usurper Carlo Sforza turns for advice to his cunning doctor, Francisco Turner, to navigate Benito's vengeful plot and the unpredictable loyalties of powerful sorcerer Count Mindaug. Heirs of Alexandria No. 6

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Fox 8: A Story by George Saunders

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A keepsake edition of a cautionary fable by the best-selling author of Lincoln in the Bardo, previously available only as an ebook, incorporates original illustrations into the whimsical story of a misfit fox with a talent for understanding human language.

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The Mansion by Ezekiel Boone

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The rich and successful head of a multi-billion-dollar tech company reconnects with an embittered ex-partner for help when a failed program they created together begins causing sinister accidents. By the best-selling author of Zero Day.

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Of Blood and Bone by Nora Roberts

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Knowing she will have to reveal her identity as The One, Fallon Swift trains under a centuries-old mentor to hone her magical and fighting abilities to defend their world from violent raiders. By the best-selling author of Year One. Chronicles of The One No. 2

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Siege of Stone: Sister of Darkness by Terry Goodkind

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The Sorceress Nicci, the Wizard Nathan and the swordsman Bannon defend against a magical attack on two fronts when the breaking of an ancient curse unleashes hundreds of thousands of formerly petrified soldiers on the legendary city of Ildakar. Nicci Chronicles No. 3

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The Valley of Shadows by John Ringo & Mike Massa

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When his efforts to formulate a vaccine for the zombie virus force him into unsavory alliances with shady politicians and unsavory entrepreneurs, security director Tom Smith quietly considers an incomplete and dire backup plan for Earth's survivors. Black Tide Rising No. 5

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General Fiction

North of Dawn by Nuruddin Farah

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A Somalian couple's tranquil life abroad in Oslo is irrevocably transformed by the arrival of their jihadist son's widow and children, who respectively retreat into strict religion and hunger for freedoms in a new homeland.

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Radiant Shimmering Light by Sarah Selecky

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Working to establish herself online as a pet aura portrait artist, Lilian reconnects with her cousin, the famed head of a feminine lifestyle empowerment brand whose seemingly successful makeover program transforms Lilian's perspectives about authenticity versus marketing magic.

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The Songbird by Marcia Willett

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Taking a sabbatical in an English countryside cottage to make a difficult decision about the woman he loves, Tim forges bonds with eccentric but loving locals who harbor their own private struggles. By the author of The Sea Garden.

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The Dakota Winters by Tom Barbash

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Returning to his childhood home in 1979 New York's famed Dakota apartments, a former Peace Corps volunteer is swept up in a raucous celebrity effort to reignite his late-night host father's stalled career.

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Death of an Eye by Dana Stabenow

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Queen Cleopatra, pregnant with the child of Julius Caesar and co-ruling with her brother Ptolemy, turns to her childhood friend Tetisheri to find a shipment of new coins and discover who murdered the Queen's Eye in 47BCE Alexandria.

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A Light of Her Own by Carrie Callaghan

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Determined to become the first woman accepted into the prestigious Haarlem artist's guild of 1633 Holland, Judith Leyster navigates an art theft, a murder and the demons of her loved ones before being swept up in a dangerous conspiracy.

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Once a Midwife by Patricia Harman

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When her husband is imprisoned for his pacifist stance when the U.S. enters World War II, midwife Patience Hester fights for her husband's release while running her practice in the face of hostile neighbors. Hope River No. 3

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Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield

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When the seemingly dead body of a child reanimates hours after arriving at an ancient inn on the Thames, three families try to claim her in the new novel from the best-selling author of The Thirteenth Tale.

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Mystery & Detective

A Baker Street Wedding by Michael Robertson

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Marrying a celebrated actress during a tabloid-worthy wedding, Reggie is baffled when his bride pilots a plane to a remote village on the British coast for their honeymoon, where he begins to uncover dire secrets. Baker Street Letters No. 6

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Batter Off Dead by Maymee Bell

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Investing her last resources to cater a community charity event in the hopes of raising her bakery's profile, pastry chef Sophia Cummings scrambles to catch a killer when a wealthy benefactor is murdered at the heights of the festivities. Southern Cake Baker No. 2

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The Best Bad Things by Katrina Carrasco

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Dismissed from the Pinkerton Detective Agency for her penchant for going undercover as a man, 19th-century espionage agent Alma Rosales navigates multiple complex identities while tracking stolen opium for an alluring mastermind smuggler. A first novel.

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The Big Empty by Stan Jones & Patricia Watts

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Investigating a small plane crash on Alaska's Big Empty as a favor to a friend, Chukchi police chief Nathan Active uncovers disturbing evidence of foul play, in a case that is complicated by his wife's emotionally haunted pregnancy. Nathan Active No. 6

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The Blood by E. S. Thomson

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Jem Flockhart and Will Quartermain identify a link between a suicide and a prostitute's drowning death in a floating hospital that has dark ties to a private anatomy school and the opium dens of the waterfront. Jem Flockhart No. 3

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Broken Ground by Val McDermid

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When a would-be heiress uncovers a murdered body rather than her hidden inheritance in a Highland peat bog, DCI Pirie unravels a case where nothing is what it seems. By the award-winning author of Out of Bounds. Inspector Karen Pirie No. 5

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Death Comes to Bath by Catherine Lloyd

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On a visit to Bath, Major Sir Robert Kurland and Lady Lucy Kurland discover that the English spa town is not beneficial to everyone’s health. Kurland St. Mary Mysteries No. 6

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Eggs on Ice by Laura Childs

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When an unpopular curmudgeon, cast as Scrooge in a local production of A Christmas Carol, is murdered by someone dressed as the Ghost of Christmas Past, the Cackleberry Club members find themselves sorting through a growing list of suspects. Cackleberry Club No. 8

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Eighteen Below by Stefan Ahnhem

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When a police chase in Helsingborg ends in the death of a tech entrepreneur, Fabian Risk and his team make a bizarre discovery about the victim's demise before the case is further complicated by other strange murders. Fabian Risk No. 3

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For the Sake of the Game: Stories Inspired by the Sherlock Holmes Canon by Laurie R. King & Leslie S. Klinger, eds.

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A follow-up to Echoes of Sherlock Holmes and In the Company of Sherlock Holmes features stories inspired by the Arthur Conan Doyle canon and includes contributions by such authors as Peter S. Beagle, Gregg Hurwitz and F. Paul Wilson.

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Fractured Truth by Susan Furlong

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When the mutilated remains of a young woman are found in an Appalachian Mountain cave, newly sworn-in deputy sheriff Brynn Callahan is forced to track down a killer driven by twisted motives. Bone Gap Travellers No. 2

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Hall of Mirrors by Christopher Fowler

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An early Peculiar Crimes Unit case from 1969 London finds a younger Bryant and May struggling to protect a playboy star witness and solve a murder mystery at an old-fashioned manor house estate. Bryant and May No. 15

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Hearts of the Missing by Carol Potenza

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A prize-winning debut novel follows the experiences of Pueblo Police Sergeant Nicky Matthews, who investigates a personally relevant case involving the serial murders of genetic members of the Fire-Sky tribe by a killer who also deliberately violates spiritual laws.

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In a House of Lies by Ian Rankin

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When the remains of a private investigator who went missing a decade earlier are discovered, Siobhan Clarke uncovers disturbing evidence implicating her mentor. By the Edgar Award-winning author of Even Dogs in the Wild. Inspector Rebus No. 22

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Lies Come Easy by Steven F. Havill

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A toddler's horrifying abandonment, the disappearance of a Forest Service unit and the brutal murder of a border-town resident overshadow the holiday for the Posadas County Sheriff's Department and their families. By the author of Nightzone. Posada County No. 23

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Murder at the Mill by M. B. Shaw

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Renting a cottage in picturesque Hampshire village to escape her crumbling marriage, Iris Grey is commissioned to paint the portrait of a celebrated crime writer before a tension-filled Christmas Eve party is thrown into turmoil by an untimely death. Iris Grey No. 1

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Newcomer by Keigo Higashino. Trans by Giles Murray.

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Newly transferred to a precinct in the Nihonbashi area of Tokyo, Detective Kyochiro Kaga, while investigating the puzzling murder of a woman, soon discovers that nearly all the people living and working in the business district of Nihonbashi are suspects.

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Not of This Fold by Mette Ivie Harrison

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When local authorities dismiss the strangling of an undocumented immigrant who had reached out to her for help, Mormon bishop's wife Linda Wallheim battles dogmatic Church power dynamics to find the killer and advocate for better community support. Linda Wallheim No. 4

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Sins as Scarlet by Nicholas Obregon

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A follow-up to Blue Light Yokohama finds embittered former Tokyo Police Department officer Kosuke Iwata setting up a private investigator business in California before investigating a cold-case murder with ties to a mysterious puzzle. Inspector Iwata No. 2

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Verses for the Dead by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child

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The authors return with their #1 best-selling series, confronting FBI Special Agent Pendergast with the one challenge he never expected: a partner.

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Wine and Punishment by Sarah Fox

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The owner of a literary pub finds her efforts to start over in a quaint Vermont community challenged by a suspicious fire and the untimely death of her compulsive gambler ex. By the author of the Pancake House Mysteries. Literary Pub No. 1

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The Bride of Ivy Green by Julie Klassen

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In a conclusion to the popular series, Jane navigates a difficult choice about Gabriel and her inn, Mercy considers leaving Ivy Cottage to accept a governess position and a secretive new dressmaker raises local suspicions. Tales From Ivy Hill No. 3

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Dead Sea Rising by Jerry B. Jenkins

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Leading her first archaeological dig in Jordan to search for concrete evidence from the life of biblical patriarch Abraham, Nicole discovers a 4,000-year-old complex with ties to an ancient puzzle and modern-day Jewish-Islamic peace efforts. Dead Sea Chronicles No. 1

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Moondust Lake by T. Davis Bunn

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A disillusioned business executive who would escape from his tyrannical father's shadow and psychotherapist with a tragic past discover unexpected healing, freedom and love in the solitude of a Miramar Bay retreat. By the best-selling author of Firefly Cove. Miramar Bay No. 3

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A Season of Grace by Lauraine Snelling

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Struggling to open her heart to suitors after establishing a promising farm in 1910 Minnesota, Nilda panics when she spots the dangerous man responsible for the trauma she hoped to leave behind in Norway. Under Northern Skies No. 3

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Story Collections

The Pushcart Prize XLIII: Best of the Small Presses 2019 Edition by Bill Henderson with the Pushcart Prize Editors

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The 43rd edition showcasing those who won the annual, celebrated, American literary award highlights the best and most influential works of modern literature including stories, essays and poetry from over 70 both new and established authors from more than 50 small presses.

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Before We Were Strangers by Brenda Novak

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A woman reeling from a traumatic loss returns to her childhood hometown to uncover the truth about her mother's mysterious disappearance years earlier, a mystery that is complicated by community secrets and questions about her father's innocence.

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Bleak Harbor by Bryan Gruley

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One day before Bleak Harbor's much-anticipated Dragonfly Festival, Danny Peters, the youngest member of the family that founded the town five generations ago, disappears.

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The Boy by Tami Hoag

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When a 7-year-old boy is brutally murdered at the same time his 13-year-old babysitter goes missing, detectives Nick and Annie sift through a grieving mother's troubled past to uncover the truth. By the best-selling author of Night Sins. Broussard and Fourcade No. 2

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Deep War: The War With China and North Korea—The Nuclear Precipice by David Poyer

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In the wake of a catastrophic nuclear attack on America, Admiral Dan Lenson leads an allied force in the Pacific only to be challenged by a powerful Chinese artificial intelligence system that seems to anticipate and counter every move. Dan Lenson No. 18

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A Delicate Touch by Stuart Woods

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Asked by an old acquaintance with help solving a tricky puzzle, Stone Barrington unwittingly stirs up a decades-old scandal in high-society New York and must risk his life to protect innocent lives. By the award-winning author of Chiefs. Stone Barrington No. 48

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The Enemy of My Enemy by W. E. B. Griffin & William E. Butterworth, IV

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Searching for two Nazi criminals who have been broken out of prison by powerful enemies, special agent James Cronley Jr. discovers evidence of a stolen fortune in the hands of an infamous organization. By the best-selling authors of Broken Trust. Clandestine Operations No. 5

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Into the Night by Sarah Bailey

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Lost and alone after relocating to Melbourne, brilliant Detective Sergeant Gemma Woodstock is assigned to a hostile partner before investigating two murders, including one of a homeless man and the other of a high-profile movie star. Gemma Woodstock No. 2

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Liars' Paradox by Taylor Stevens

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Trying to lead normal lives, 26-year-old twins Jack and Jill, who were raised to deceive—and to kill, are drawn into a twisted game when their mother goes missing, pitting them against the CIA, KGB and a network of trained assassins—all of whom want them dead.

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The Moscow Sleepers by Stella Rimington

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Liz Carlyle and Peggy Kinsolving uncover a Russian plot to undermine the German government and travel from Montreal to Moscow in order to stop them in the tenth novel of the series following Breaking Cover. Liz Carlyle No. 10

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Pandemic by Robin Cook

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When a heart-transplant recipient abruptly dies under suspicious circumstances, veteran medical examiner Jack Stapleton follows leads to a gene-editing biotechnology and the unethical requirements of a megalomaniacal businessman. By the best-selling author of Coma. Jack Stapleton & Laurie Montgomery No. 11

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The Three Secret Cities by Matthew Reilly

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When his victory in the Great Games throws the four legendary kingdoms into turmoil, Jack West, Jr. races to find the Three Secret Cities to protect the world from vengeful shadow forces. Jack West, Jr. No. 5

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Watching You by Lisa Jewell

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When a murder occurs in Melville Heights, one of the nicest neighborhoods in Bristol, England, dangerous obsessions come to light involving the headmaster at a local school, in this place where everyone has a secret.

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