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Too Close To Home by Lynette Eason

Reviewed by Morgan Hayes

In a small southern town in South Carolina, young teenage girls are disappearing and then turning up dead. Homicide Detective, Connor Wolfe, and Special Agent, Samantha Cash, have been assigned to the case to solve the string of unsolved murders. Will the two be able to find out who is kidnapping and murdering the young girls before it’s too late?

This story is told from multiple perspectives, including Connor and his daughter, Samantha, and even the killer himself. Too Close To Home is a mystery, romance, and inspirational novel all rolled into one and is perfect for anyone who is looking for a light but intriguing read.

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Sudden Death by David Rosenfelt

Reviewed by Linda Shroyer

Recently I was in the mood for an entertaining light read, so I returned to an author I had read many years ago, David Rosenfelt.  In his book Sudden Death, Andy Carpenter is a wealthy New Jersey defense attorney who takes on a high profile murder case defending New York Giants star running back Kenny Schilling.  The odds are against Kenny since the murder victim is a Jets quarterback found in Kenny’s house with a bullet through him. As with all the books in the humorous Andy Carpenter series this story features a fun cast of characters and witty plot twists.  Think Dave Barry meets John Grisham. Great if you’re looking for a light read.

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The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

Reviewed by Gloria Goins

Susie Salmon has died and passed on to a heaven she never knew existed. This very surreal, personal “sanctuary” isn’t as blissful as expected, though. Susie struggles with combative emotions as she watches the life she so suddenly and tragically departed from. At the age of fourteen, Susie was raped and murdered by her very own neighbor, George Harvey, and must cope with the idea of him getting away with it. Simultaneously, Susie’s desperately grieving family conducts an investigation to gain closure and justice for the loss of their loving sister and daughter. As the novel progresses, clues pointing toward Harvey’ guilt become more prevalent, but the question always remains:  Will he pay for his heinous crime? Alice Sebold’s psychologically riveting story about a young girl’s murder truly displays the notion that a person’s life proceeds even after death, but does justice always prevail? The Lovely Bones is a delightfully challenging read for all ages alike.

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Big little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Reviewed by Sarah Murphy

Jane is a young mother, new to a small beach community, and soon befriended by two women with children also starting kindergarten at the local public school. Madeline is the fighter of the group, ready to stand up for anything she views as an injustice to another. Celeste, the third member of this group of mothers, is the beautiful wife of a very successful businessman.

Although the women form a quick bond, they also still harbor secrets they can’t share with the others. It isn’t until one explosive event occurs at a school function that all three realize secrets can be damaging and but sometimes necessary to survive.

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ALEX by Pierre Lemaitre

Reviewed by Brittany Holt

Alex begins with the kidnapping of a young and beautiful girl named Alex.  Alex was kidnapped by an unknown male, and is then beaten and left suspended in a crate in a cold abandoned building with only dog food to eat and her only company are the rats that view her as their next meal.  Police Commandant Camille Verhoeven from the Brigade Criminelle is assigned the case.  But Camille has a dark past of his own, haunted by what happened to his wife Irene he feels obligated to save Alex in time.  We follow Camille as he tries to find Alex in time and by identifying her kidnapper he unearths are Alex’s dark past and we learn what and who Alex really is.  Alex is a psychological thriller, filled with suspense and murder with a twist ending that you will not see coming. Alex is the second book in a riveting and suspenseful series by Lemaitre.

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The Lost Bird by Margaret Coel

Reviewed by Lonnie Payne

This is a good murder mystery read. In 1964, Father Joseph Kennan suddenly left his position at the St. Francis Mission on the Arapho Reservation in Wind River, Wyoming.  Now, he has returned to be Father John O’Malley’s assistant.  However, two weeks later he is found murdered.  A well known actress also retains Father O’Malley’s friend attorney Vicky Holden to help her find her birth parents.  She was also born in 1964.  However, the Arapaho did not adopt babies outside of their tribe especially in 1964. As details unfold it is discovered that several things occurred in 1964.  Father Kennan suddenly left his position. Dozens of Arapho  parents were told that their newborn babies had died from contaminated water.  Their caskets were sealed and the parents were not allowed to see their bodies.  All of these babies were born at the Markham Clinic.  Not only that but two people involved with the events at the Markham Clinic were found dead and their deaths were ruled suicide.  It becomes clear that there was a cover up on black market adoption of Indian babies.  But who was the mastermind behind it.

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Murder with Peacocks by Donna Andrews

Reviewed by Jade Crabtree

Meg Langslow is dependable and knows how to get things done. These lovely qualities mean that three of her loved ones have chosen her to be the maid of honor at their weddings. It also means that the above mentioned brides have left planning their weddings in her capable hands; did I also mention that the weddings are all taking place in the same month and in the same town? Meg is understandably just a bit stressed.

As the parties and picnics get into full swing a particularly nasty guest meets a suspicious end. Now Meg needs to add catching a killer to her massive to-do list. Luckily she has the help of the dress shop owner’s handsome (rumor has it gay) son and her good intentioned Dad. Will Meg be able to pull off three weddings and an arrest? Read to find out in this funny start to the Meg Langslow series.

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Pale Kings and Princes by Robert Parker

Reviewed by Lena Powers

This book is about a reporter, Eric Valdez, who gets killed when the newspaper he writes for sends him to Massachusetts to cover a story about a local drug kingpin. Spenser, a private detective the newspaper hires to find out who killed their reporter, begins to investigate grocery wholesaler, Felipe Esteva. Spenser believes Esteva is dealing drugs and paying off the local police to cover up the reporter’s murder. Evidence continues to multiply against Esteva when a second murder victim turns out to be the father of a young boy who drives a truck for him. When things start getting out of hand, Spenser brings in his girlfriend Susan and his partner Hawk to help him bring down Esteva and his allies. Was it Esteva who killed the nosy reporter? Read the book to find out.

This is a fast paced thriller that is sure to please fans of Robert B Parkers other Spenser novels.

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Amber House by Kelly Moore, Tucker Reed, & Larkin Reed

Reviewed by Jami McDonald

Amber House, a sprawling, Gothic estate located in Maryland, has been owned by Sarah Parson’s mother’s family for over three centuries. In the beginning of the book, 15-year-old Sarah, who has never stepped foot inside of the house until now, finds herself visiting, and then living in, the house after her grandmother’s funeral. After she gets settled into her new home, strange things begin to happen to Sarah. She sees ghostly figures lurking in the shadows, her brother claims he is frightened by a lady who lives in a mirror, and she starts to experience visions of her family’s past. Things at Amber House become even more intriguing when Jackson, the manor’s expert gardener and caretaker, convinces Sarah that her ancestor has buried a treasure somewhere on the grounds of the estate. As Sarah delves deeper into her family’s past, she discovers that history is more complicated, and dangerous, than she could have ever imagined.

Amber house is a creepy, atmospheric book that will appeal to readers who enjoy Gothic literature. If you enjoyed this title, you might also want to try The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield and The Woman in Black by Susan Hill.

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Big little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Reviewed by Sarah Murphy

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Jane is a young mother, new to a small beach community, and soon befriended by two women with children also starting kindergarten at the local public school. Madeline is the fighter of the group, ready to stand up for anything she views as an injustice to another. Celeste, the third member of this group of mothers, is the beautiful wife of a very successful businessman.

Although the women form a quick bond, they also still harbor secrets they can’t share with the others. It isn’t until one explosive event occurs at a school function that all three realize secrets can be damaging and but sometimes necessary to survive.

Available at TCPL: Book

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