"And see if there's any news about the missing girl." Life, as Smith used to say, is just one thing after another - as one investigation ends, a new one begins. But for reasons unknown to the rest of her team, DCI Cara Freeman will be haunted by the next case for the Kings Lake Central murder squad. They find themselves delving into the seamy side of life in the town, and one of their number will have departed before this new investigation is over. Perhaps Detective Sergeant Chris Waters should have seen it coming, but he has a lot more than work on his mind these days.
©2020 Peter Grainger (P)2021 Tantor
A bold, heartfelt tale of life at Green Gables...before Anne: A marvelously entertaining and moving historical novel, set in rural Prince Edward Island in the 19th century, that imagines the young life of spinster Marilla Cuthbert and the choices that will open her life to the possibility of heartbreak - and unimaginable greatness. Plucky and ambitious, Marilla Cuthbert is 13 years old when her world is turned upside down. Her beloved mother dies in childbirth, and Marilla suddenly must bear the responsibilities of a farm wife: cooking, sewing, keeping house, and overseeing the day-to-day life of Green Gables with her brother, Matthew, and father, Hugh. In Avonlea - a small, tight-knit farming town on a remote island - life holds few options for farm girls. Her one connection to the wider world is Aunt Elizabeth "Izzy" Johnson, her mothers sister, who managed to escape from Avonlea to the bustling city of St. Catharines. An opinionated spinster, Aunt Izzys talent as a seamstress has allowed her to build a thriving business and make her own way in the world. Emboldened by her aunt, Marilla dares to venture beyond the safety of Green Gables and discovers new friends and new opportunities. Joining the Ladies Aid Society, she raises funds for an orphanage run by the Sisters of Charity in nearby Nova Scotia that secretly serves as a way station for runaway slaves from America. Her budding romance with John Blythe, the charming son of a neighbor, offers her a possibility of future happiness - Marilla is in no rush to trade one farm life for another. She soon finds herself caught up in the dangerous work of politics and abolition - jeopardizing all she cherishes, including her bond with her dearest John Blythe. Now, Marilla must face a reckoning between her dreams of making a difference in the wider world and the small-town reality of life at Green Gables.
©2018 Sarah McCoy (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers
No matter what you heard or thought about the movie version of Strip Tease, forget it. Film simply cant catch the layers of humor, satire, and imagination that author Carl Hiaasen creates in each of his novels. When a deranged Florida congressman falls for a gorgeous but virtuous stripper, he dedicates himself to pursuing this tasselled princess. Not only is she a real beauty, shes a damsel in distress. The effects of his quest will ripple through the spotlights of the strip joint, the sugar cane fields of south Florida, and some powerful political careers. Fueled by innocent lust and dizzy miscalculations, this story will keep you howling with surprise. George Wilsons colorful narration is the perfect vehicle for Carl Hiaasens twisted fairy tale.
©1993 Carl Hiaasen (P)1998 Recorded Books, LLC
In 1945, Elsie Schmidt is a naive teenager, as eager for her first sip of champagne as she is for her first kiss. She and her family have been protected from the worst of the terror and desperation overtaking her country by a high-ranking Nazi who wishes to marry her. So when an escaped Jewish boy arrives on Elsies doorstep in the dead of night on Christmas Eve, Elsie understands that opening the door would put all she loves in danger. Sixty years later, in El Paso, Texas, Reba Adams is trying to file a feel-good Christmas piece for the local magazine. Reba is perpetually on the run from memories of a turbulent childhood, but shes been in El Paso long enough to get a full-time job and a fianc, Riki Chavez. Riki, an agent with the U.S. Border Patrol, finds comfort in strict rules and regulations, whereas Reba feels that lines are often blurred. Rebas latest assignment has brought her to the shop of an elderly baker across town. The interview should take a few hours at most, but the owner of Elsies German Bakery is no easy subject. Reba finds herself returning to the bakery again and again, anxious to find the heart of the story. For Elsie, Rebas questions are a stinging reminder of darker times: her life in Germany during that last bleak year of WWII. And as Elsie, Reba, and Rikis lives become more intertwined, all are forced to confront the uncomfortable truths of the past and seek out the courage to forgive.
©2012 Sarah McCoy (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
From The New York Times best-selling author of The Baker's Daughter and Marilla of Green Gables, a story of family, love, and courage When Sarah Brown, daughter of abolitionist John Brown, realizes that her artistic talents may be able to help save the lives of slaves fleeing north, she becomes one of the Underground Railroads leading mapmakers, taking her cues from the slave code quilts and hiding her maps within her paintings. She boldly embraces this calling after being told the shocking news that she cant bear children, but as the country steers toward bloody civil war, Sarah faces difficult sacrifices that could put all she loves in peril. Eden, a modern woman desperate to conceive a child with her husband, moves to an old house in the suburbs and discovers a porcelain head hidden in the root cellar - the remains of an Underground Railroad doll with an extraordinary past of secret messages, danger, and deliverance. Ingeniously plotted to a riveting end, Sarah and Edens woven lives connect the past to the present, forcing each of them to define courage, family, love, and legacy in a new way.
©2015 Sarah Mccoy (P)2015 Random House Audio
Een meeslepend verhaal over goed en kwaadin de Tweede Wereldoorlog - zet aan tot nadenken Duitsland, 1945. De ergste oorlogsterreur is aan de jonge Elsie voorbijgegaan. Zij en haar familie worden beschermd door een hooggeplaatste nazi die met haar wil trouwen. Maar als er in de kerstnacht een ontsnapt Joods jongetje op de stoep staat, weet Elsie dat ze alles wat ze liefheeft in gevaar brengt als ze de deur van de bakkerswinkel voor hem opent. El Paso, Texas, zestig jaar later. Journaliste Reba Adams werkt aan een kerstartikel voor het plaatselijke blad en interviewt Elsie, de oudere eigenaresse van een bakkerij aan de andere kant van de stad. Elsie geeft haar verhaal maar moeilijk prijs. Reba's vragen zijn een nare herinnering aan een donker verleden: haar leven in Duitsland tijdens de oorlogsjaren. Als de levens van deze twee vrouwen steeds meer met elkaar verweven raken, worden ze gedwongen om de ongemakkelijke waarheid uit het verleden onder ogen te zien en de moed te vinden om te vergeven.
©2012 Meulenhoff Boekerij B.V (P)2012 Meulenhoff Boekerij B.V.