After his departure from New York two years ago to meet up with his almost-fiancé, Zayne Beckett is the last person Agatha Watson wanted to stumble upon in her travels as a reporter with the New York Tribune. Pathetically bedraggled, he clearly needs to be taken in hand and sent back East. Once they arrive, Zayne sets out to repay Agatha's help with some of his own.
Weary of the expectations imposed by her strict upbringing, eighteen-year-old Mazy Pelfrey leaves her Kentucky mountain home for the genteel city of Lexington to attend secretarial school. But business school is harder than she thought, and the big city not as friendly--until she meets charming, wealthy Loyal Chambers. The only hindrance to her budding romance is Chanis Clay, the young sheriff Mazy thought she'd left firmly behind.
Haunted by the car accident that ended her career as a cookbook publicist, Val Deniston has traded the chaos of New York City for a quieter life near the Chesapeake Bay. Living with her curmudgeonly grandfather in Bayport is hardly glamorous, but she enjoys working at the local fitness club's café, and finally has time to work on her own cookbook. Then one of the club's patrons is found dead, and Val has to cook up a scheme to find the killer.
At an Oxford conference on "The Lingering Effects of the King Arthur Tales on Life in Elizabethan England," two participants don't fit in. Dotsy Lamb, PhD candidate from Virginia, has inadvertently invited a couple of New Agers from Glastonbury. Their agenda is to prove to the arrogant academics that King Arthur and Guinevere were real people. But Bram Fitzwaring doesn't show up for his scheduled address, because he's still in his room. Dead.
Hannah is nervous about the upcoming trial for her involvement in a tragic accident. She's eager to clear her name once and for all, but her troubles only double when she finds the judge bludgeoned to death with his own gavel--and Hannah is the number one suspect. Now on trial in the court of public opinion, she sets out in search of the culprit and discovers that the judge made more than a few enemies during his career.
Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes are on their way to California to deal with some family business. Along the way, they plan to break up the long voyage with a sojourn in southern Japan. Aboard the ship, intrigue stirs almost immediately. Holmes recognizes the famous clubman the Earl of Darley, whom he suspects of being an occasional blackmailer. And then there’s the lithe, surprisingly fluent young Japanese woman who befriends Russell and quotes haiku. Once in Japan, Russell’s suspicions are confirmed in a most surprising way.
A steadfast faith kept nurse Maggie Hunter going through the Great War. But her fiancé's death overseas shattered her trust in God and her heart. Now an injured man has washed up on the shores of her Nantucket home. Wartime tragedy cost Stefan Witte everything, and converted him to the cause of peace. But to deliver vital information to American authorities, he must fight Maggie's stubborn refusal to believe or forgive.
Elizabeth Bennett believes her troubles are over. The death of her husband leaves her free to raise their daughter, Hadley, alone on her beautiful Hawaiian ranch--until Spence Laamea arrives. Her husband's heir and illegitimate son from a liaison with a native woman, Spence takes control of the estate and Elizabeth's fate. Despite her distrust and the disapproval of the island's strict nineteenth-century white society, passions erupt between them.
Amish widow Hannah Yoder never intended to marry again. Yet when her friendship with veterinarian Albert Hartman begins to bloom, Hannah wonders if perhaps she's finally ready for a new love. But there's more to consider. Albert is a Mennonite, and Hannah cannot leave her Amish faith, not even for him. Does Albert have the courage to give up his modern life for Hannah, and will Hannah have the courage to let him?
Born in 1903, and until his death in 2003, Bob Hope was the only entertainer to achieve top-rated success in every major mass-entertainment medium, from vaudeville to television. He virtually invented modern stand-up comedy. He helped redefine what it means to be a star. Richard Zoglin shows there is still much to be learned about this public figure, who, unlike many Hollywood stars, truly loved being famous, appreciated its responsibilities, and handled celebrity with extraordinary grace.
On a searing August day, Melisandre Harris Dawes committed the unthinkable: she left her two-month-old daughter locked in a car. Melisandre was found not guilty by reason of criminal insanity. Freed, she left the country, her husband and her two surviving children, determined to start over. But now Melisandre has returned to Baltimore to meet with her estranged teenage daughters. Tyner Gray, Melisandre's lawyer, has asked Tess Monaghan to assess Melisandre's security needs. As a former reporter and private investigator, Tess finds herself plunged into this disturbing case involving a manipulative mother, and a judgmental stalker that has been watching her every move.
Berlin 1948. Almost four years after the war's end, the city is still in ruins, a physical wasteland and a political symbol about to rupture. In the west, a blockaded city is barely surviving on airlifted supplies. In the east, the early days of political reconstruction are being undermined by the compromises of the Cold War. Alex Meier, a young Jewish writer, fled the Nazis for America before the war. But the politics of his youth have now put him in the crosshairs of the McCarthy witch hunts.
The year is 1844, and the Missouri belle Julia Dent met dazzling horseman Lieutenant Ulysses S Grant. Since childhood, Julia owned as a slave another Julia, known as Jule. The Grants vowed never to be separated, but as Ulysses rose through the ranks, so did the stakes of their pact. During the war, Julia would travel, often in the company of Jule and the four Grant children. Yet Julia and Jule saw two different wars. Upon the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, Jule claimed her freedom and rose to prominence as a businesswoman in her own right. The two women's paths continued to cross throughout the Grants' White House years in Washington, DC, and later in New York City, the site of Grant's Tomb.
Tucked away in the rolling hills of rural western Virginia is the resort of Storyton Hall, catering to book lovers who want to get away from it all. To increase her bookings, resort manager Jane Steward is hosting a Murder and Mayhem week so that mystery fans can gather for some role-playing and fantasy crime solving. But when the winner of the scavenger hunt, Felix Hampden, is found dead in the Mystery Suite, and the valuable book he won as his prize has gone missing, Jane realizes one of her guests is an actual murderer.
It's early October, and hordes of visitors have descended on the tiny, celebrated village of Threadville, Pennsylvania, to attend a Halloween crafts fair, a zombie retreat, and the wedding of Edna Battersby. As a friendly prank for Edna's wedding, Willow and the gang have fashioned an overly extravagant hoopskirt, complete with lights and music. But in a bizarre turn of events, the garish gown is implicated in a mysterious lakeside murder.
Widowed at forty, with four children and not enough money, Nora has lost the love of her life, Maurice, the man who rescued her from the stifling world to which she was born. And now she fears she may be drawn back into it. Wounded, strong-willed, clinging to secrecy in a tiny community where everyone knows your business, Nora is drowning in her own sorrow and blind to the suffering of her young sons, who have lost their father. Yet she has moments of stunning empathy and kindness.
When a billionaire's chauffeur is brutally murdered and his son is abducted, NYPD Red Detective Zach Jordan and his ex-girlfriend partner, Kylie MacDonald, realize that their own lives are becoming more threatened as they get closer to solving the case.
On the Caribbean island of Saint Domingue, an island consumed by the flames of revolution, a senseless attack leaves only one survivor--an infant girl who falls into the hands of two French émigrés. They take the beautiful child they call Ruth to the bustling American city of Savannah. What follows is the sweeping tale of Ruth's life as shaped by her strong-willed mistress and other larger-than-life personalities she encounters in the South.
Dessert chef Casey Feldstein is running a new retreat called "From Sheep to Shawl" at a resort on the Monterey Peninsula. Participants will learn about sheepshearing, fixing up the fleece, and spinning, and will eventually knit a lovely shawl. Expert spinner Nicole Welton has been hired to teach the fleece-to-fiber portion of the retreat. But when the teacher fails to show up for class and is found lying dead on the boardwalk, everyone's nerves are frayed.
A moment-by-moment account of the largest Atlantic storm system ever recorded--a hurricane like no other. It was the largest storm anyone had ever seen. Initially a tropical storm, Sandy had grown into a hybrid monster. It charged across open ocean, picking up strength with every step, baffling meteorologists and scientists, officials and emergency managers, even the maritime wisdom of sailors and seamen. When the storm made landfall, Sandy was not just enormous, it was also unprecedented. As a result, the entire nation was left flat-footed. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration couldn't issue reliable warnings; the Coast Guard didn't know what to do. Journalist Kathryn Miles takes readers inside the maelstrom, detailing the stories of professionals at the National Hurricane Center and National Weather Service. The characters include a forecaster who risked his job to sound the alarm in New Jersey, the crew of the ill-fated tall ship Bounty, Mayor Bloomberg, Governor Christie, and countless coastal residents whose homes--and lives--were torn apart and then left to wonder. When is the next superstorm coming?
New York FBI agent Aiden Mahoney, a new member of the Krewe of Hunters, goes to Sleepy Hollow to investigate the disappearance of an old friend, Richard Highsmith. Mo Deauville and her dog find Richard's head on a statue of the legendary Headless Horseman. Together, they share their ability to communicate with the dead to find answers.
As the wars that have ravaged Britain fade into the past, Axl and Beatrice, a couple of elderly Britons, set out on a journey to find the son they have not seen in years, and are joined in their travels by a Saxon warrior, his orphaned charge, and a knight.
Cowboy John Elder needs cattle hands to drive his longhorns to Kansas--he just never figured they'd be wearing petticoats. Traveling with Moira O'Mara and her orphan girls is a mutually beneficial arrangement. And the feisty beauty evokes John's every masculine instinct to protect, defend--marry? Moira can't deny that his calm, in-control manner proves comforting. But she's determined not to let anything get in the way of her search for her long-lost brother.
Nicole's husband quit his job and won't help take care of their son, leaving Nicole to run the house and work full-time. Can she say enough is enough without losing the man she loves? Sacrificing a personal life for her career is how Shannon Rigg rose to become vice president in her firm, but she wonders now whether she made the right choice. Although Pam Eiland has a beautiful house and a husband she adores. When unexpected change turns her life upside down, she'll have to redefine herself. Together they bond and make the changes in their lives that afford everyone some happiness and empowerment.
The Bird family lives in a simple brick house in a picture-perfect Cotswolds village. Pragmatic Meg, dreamy Beth, and tow-headed twins Rory and Rhys attend the village school. Their father is a sweet gangly man, but it's their mother Lorelei, a beautiful free spirit, who spins at the center. Then a tragedy occurs and begins to tear the family apart. Years later, something calls them back to the house and to what really happened that Easter weekend.
Roland Nair returns to Freetown to reunite with his friend Michael Adriko to meet Adriko's fiancee, Davidia. Together the three set out to visit Adriko's clan in the Uganda-Congo borderland. Nair gets mired in betrayal in a landscape of violence as he travels with them, gets smuggled into a war zone, kidnapped by the Congo Army, and terrorized by a self-proclaimed god ruling over a dying village. Their journey leads the three to meet themselves not in a new light, but rather in a new darkness.
When Queenie Hennessy is told she has days to live she sends a letter on pink paper in which she bids goodbye to Harold Fry. It is a letter that inspires an unlikely walk, a cast of well-wishers and the examination of many lives unlived. But there is a second letter, a longer, quieter more complicated letter which she will never send. It is this letter, the one we did not know about in The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, which reveals the shocking and beautiful truth of Queenie's life.
Paige Mahoney escaped the brutal penal colony of Sheol I, but her problems have just begun: many fugitives are still missing, and she is the most wanted person in London. As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on Paige, the city's mime-lords and mime-queens are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take center stage, but bitter fault lines run through the clairvoyant community.
Facing financial ruin, Abigail and her father search for affordable lodgings until a strange solicitor arrives with an astounding offer: the use of a distant abandoned manor house. They're startled to find Pembrooke Park entombed as it was left: tea on the table, clothes in the wardrobes, a doll's house left in mid-play. And the handsome local curate welcomes them with a warning: Beware trespassers drawn by rumors of a secret treasure room.
Grace Kimball, a recently retired teacher in Endurance, Illinois, is haunted by a dark event from her past. Most days, however, Grace loves her life in the little town filled with friends and past students. Then local reporter Brenda Norris dies in a suspicious fire. And when newspaper editor Jeff Maitlin asks Grace to finish Brenda's research for the upcoming 175th centennial, neither realizes the town harbors people who will do anything to keep their secrets.
The story of K-9 Marine hero Lucca, and the handlers who fought alongside her through two bloody wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In Top Dog, Maria Goodavage takes readers into the life of Lucca K458, a decorated and highly skilled military working dog. A bond develops between Lucca and Marine Corps dog handlers Chris Willingham and Juan Rodriguez, in what would become a legendary 400-mission career. A Specialized Search Dog, Lucca belongs to an elite group trained to work off-leash at long distances from her handler. She served alongside both Special Forces and regular infantry, and became so sought-after that platoons frequently requested her by name. The book describes in gritty detail Lucca's adventures on and off the battlefields, including tense, lifesaving explosives finds and firefights, as well as the bravery of fellow handlers and dogs they served with. Ultimately we see how the bond between Lucca and her handlers overcame the endless brutalities of war and the traumas this violence ignites.
John Wells, with his former CIA bosses Ellis Shafer and Vinnie Duto, has uncovered a staggering plot, a false-flag operation to convince the President to attack Iran. But they have no hard evidence, and no one at Langley or the White House will listen. Now the President has set a deadline for Iran to give up its nuclear program, and the mullahs in Tehran have responded with a deadly terrorist attack. Wells, Shafer, and Duto know they have only twelve days to find the proof they need. They fan out, from Switzerland to Saudi Arabia, Israel to Russia, desperately trying to tease out the clues in their possession. Meanwhile, the United States is moving soldiers and Marines to Iran's border. And Iran has mobilized its own squad of suicide bombers.