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Fiction


Blood Money: A Jessie Drake Mystery         BR 18171
by Rochelle Krich
3 volumes
LAPD detective Jessie Drake investigates the murder of an elderly man in a park. Jessie learns he was Norman Pomerantz, a Holocaust survivor from New York City. As additional killings occur, Jessie uncovers a case of stolen identity leading to a philanthropic organization that reclaims Jewish property in Germany. 1999.


A Promise for Ellie: Daughters of Blessing, Book 1         BR 18174
by Lauraine Snelling
3 volumes
North Dakota, 1900. High school sweethearts Andrew Bjorklund and Ellie Wold have wanted to get married since childhood, but Andrew's father asks them to postpone the wedding. Andrew continues building their future homestead--until a tragedy drives him to risk everything for revenge. 2006.


Sophie's Dilemma: Daughters of Blessing, Book 2         BR 18175
by Lauraine Snelling
3 volumes
1901. Headstrong Sophie Knutson defies her father's wishes when she elopes with Hamre Bjorklund and moves to Seattle, Washington. Sophie finds that her life as a fisherman's bride is not all that she had envisioned. When tragedy strikes, Sophie contemplates returning home to Blessing, North Dakota. 2007.


A Touch of Grace: Daughters of Blessing, Book 3         BR 18176
by Lauraine Snelling
3 volumes
North Dakota, 1902. Jonathan Gould's wealthy New York family sends him to the town of Blessing to learn the value of manual labor. While staying at the Bjorklund farm, Jonathan is drawn to Grace Knutson. But Grace has always had her heart set on Toby Valders--despite her parents' disapproval. 2008.


The Reapers' Song: Red River of the North, Book 4         BR 18177
by Lauraine Snelling
3 volumes
Dakota Territory, 1880s. When her husband Haakan falls ill, Ingeborg Bjorklund tries her hand at working the fields. Meanwhile, the family takes in Zeb MacCallister, a newcomer with a secret about his past. Zeb falls for Katy Bjorklund, which tests the family's faith. For senior high and older readers. 1998.


Tender Mercies: Red River of the North, Book 5         BR 18178
by Lauraine Snelling
3 volumes
Dakota Territory, 1880s. Mary Martha MacCallister from Missouri visits her brother Zeb in Blessing, where she volunteers at the school and befriends eligible pastor John Solberg. Just as everyone comes to love her, Mary Martha must leave to care for her ailing mother. For senior high and older readers. 1999.


Blessing in Disguise: Red River of the North, Book 6         BR 18179
by Lauraine Snelling
3 volumes
1880s. Broken-hearted Augusta Bjorklund leaves Norway to start a new life in America. She intends to go to Blessing, North Dakota, to stay with relatives but boards the wrong train and meets handsome rancher Kane Moyer, who mistakes her for his mail-order bride. For senior high and older readers. 1999.


Still Water: A Charlie Resnick Mystery         BR 18436
by John Harvey
3 volumes
The disappearance of a friend of Inspector Charlie Resnick's lover, Hannah, interrupts his missing-paintings investigation. When the friend's corpse is found in the river, the death is considered a murder linked to similar cases. But Hannah persuades Charlie to look deeper. Strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 1997.


Last Rites: A Charlie Resnick Mystery         BR 18440
by John Harvey
3 volumes
Michael Preston, in prison for killing his father, receives permission to attend his mother's funeral--and seizes the opportunity to flee. Preston's escape reveals a secret from his family's past. Meanwhile, Inspector Charlie Resnick's personal life takes a surprising turn. Strong language and some violence. 1998.


What I Saw and How I Lied         BR 18441
by Judy Blundell
2 volumes
1947. Teenage Evie, her mother Beverly, and Evie's stepfather Joe celebrate Joe's return from World War II by vacationing in Florida. Evie's attraction to ex-soldier Peter--who has a strange hold on Joe--leads her to discover a devastating web of lies. For senior high and older readers. National Book Award. 2008.


The Museum of Dr. Moses: Tales of Mystery and Suspense         BR 18443
by Joyce Carol Oates
2 volumes
Ten macabre tales by National Book Award winner. In "Bad Habits" a serial killer's children attempt to understand their father's choice of victims. In the title story a woman tries to rescue her mother from a demented ex-coroner. Includes "Feral" and "Suicide Watch." Violence and strong language. 2007.


The Restless Dead: Ten Original Stories of the Supernatural         BR 18446
by Deborah Noyes
2 volumes
Horror stories by masters of dark fantasy. Vampires feed on the living in Annette Curtis Klause's "Kissing Dead Boys." Hunger for the flesh promises not renewal but defeat in Holly Black's "The Poison Eaters." Companion to Gothic! Ten Original Dark Tales (BR 16518). For junior and senior high readers. 2007.


Charity Girl         BR 18450
by Georgette Heyer
2 volumes
Young Cherry Steane runs away from the drudgery of her aunt's household to find her grandfather in London. Dashing Viscount Desford, attempting to assist Cherry while observing all proprieties, brings Cherry to his lifelong best friend Henrietta Silverdale--who has secretly loved Desford all along. 1970.


Betrayed: House of Night, Book 2         BR 18462
by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
3 volumes
As Zoey accepts her transformation into a vampire and the powers that come with it, teenagers from her former high school are murdered. When evidence in the case implicates Zoey's new school, the House of Night, she investigates--and discovers betrayal. Strong language. For senior high readers. 2007.


A Most Unconventional Match         BR 18464
by Julia Justiss
3 volumes
London, 1820. Hal Waterman reluctantly pays visits to his best friend's sister-in-law, recently widowed Elizabeth Wellingford Lowery, while her family is abroad. Elizabeth gradually falls in love with shy Hal as he helps her deal with crooked businessmen and her young son David. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.


Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet         BR 18465
by Jamie Ford
3 volumes
Seattle, 1986. Newly widowed Chinese American Henry Lee reminisces about his World War II boyhood when he was in love with another student, Japanese American Keiko Okabe. Henry recalls visiting the Okabe family during their internment in Idaho, despite his father's objections, and waiting--in vain--for Keiko's return to Seattle. 2009.


That Old Cape Magic         BR 18484
by Richard Russo
2 volumes
Jack and Joy Griffin attend a wedding on Cape Cod, where Jack spent boyhood summers with his cynical academic parents. A year later Jack and Joy are separated but together again for their daughter's wedding. Jack is ready to shed his resentment toward his parents. Strong language. Bestseller. 2009.


Mountolive: The Alexandria Quartet, Book 3         BR 18690
by Lawrence Durrell
3 volumes
British diplomat David Mountolive provides another perspective on the events and characters of Justine (BR 18688) and Balthazar (BR 18689) revealing new motivations for the actions of the Coptic Nessim, his Jewish wife Justine, and others. 1958.


A Rogue of My Own         BR 18698
by Johanna Lindsey
2 volumes
Naive Lady Rebecca Marshall becomes a maid of honor at Queen Victoria's court. After Rebecca is seduced by the marquis Rupert St. John, a secret agent of the crown, they are forced to wed. Rupert, however, believes he was trapped into the marriage. Explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.


And Then Everything Unraveled         BR 18699
by Jennifer Sturman
2 volumes
When the ship that Delia's mother is aboard disappears off Antarctica, Delia goes to live with her two aunts in Manhattan. Refusing to believe her mom is dead, Delia searches for clues and discovers that her mother was the victim of a conspiracy. For junior and senior high readers. 2009.


Angle of Repose         BR 18718
by Wallace Stegner
5 volumes
Historian Lyman Ward, immobilized by illness and deserted by his wife, retires to his California cabin to research his family's past. He finds that the loveless marriage of his grandparents--a cultivated eastern artist and a pragmatic mining engineer--mirrors the troubled expansion of the American West. Some strong language. Pulitzer Prize. 1971.


Lord Jim: A Tale         BR 18722
by Joseph Conrad
4 volumes
Jim, a young, untested mate aboard the steamer Patna, cowardly abandons his crew when the ship threatens to sink. Disgraced and guilt-ridden, Jim builds a new life for himself as the benevolent ruler of an exotic Malaysian land--until circumstances interrupt his idyll. Includes 2007 introduction and notes. 1900.


The Old Wives' Tale         BR 18793
by Arnold Bennett
6 volumes
Portrays the divergent lives of two working-class English sisters. While conventional Constance works in her father's drapery shop and marries the chief assistant, spirited Sophia elopes to Paris with an irresistible but unscrupulous traveler. The siblings reunite years later, each shaped by their separate experiences. 1908.


Breaking the Rules         BR 18805
by Barbara Taylor Bradford
4 volumes
After surviving a brutal attack, Londoner Marie Marsden, known as "M," moves to New York to jump-start her modeling career. There she falls in love with and marries actor Larry Vaughan, but M's assailant discovers her whereabouts. Some violence, some strong language, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2009.


Star Trek         BR 18913
by Alan Dean Foster
2 volumes
When the Romulan's behemoth vessel attacks Captain George Kirk's Federation starship Kelvin, the original lives and fates of young James Kirk and teenaged Mr. Spock dramatically change. To stop the growing Romulan threat, they must learn to trust each other. Book adaptation of the 2009 Star Trek film. 2009.


Pandemonium         BR 18920
by Daryl Gregory
3 volumes
Demons randomly possess people for a short time, then jump to the next victim. Del Pierce is haunted by the Hellion, which unfortunately never left him. Del's only chance at sanity is to exorcise the elusive fiend. Strong language, some violence, and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2008.


Here Comes Trouble         BR 18923
by Donna Kauffman
3 volumes
After a breakup, Kirby Farrell opens a bed-and-breakfast in snowless Vermont, where former poker superstar Brett Hennessey is her only guest. Sparks fly when the two rescue a kitten and decide to gamble on love. Explicit descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2010.


This World We Live In         BR 19054
by Susan Beth Pfeffer
2 volumes
In the shadow of the asteroid's aftermath, teenager Miranda and her family struggle to survive. When Alex Morales--from The Dead and the Gone--arrives at her house, Miranda harbors romantic feelings for him. But continuing disasters disrupt their relationship. For junior and senior high readers. 2010.


Mad, Bad, and Blonde         BR 19082
by Cathie Linz
2 volumes
Stranded at the altar, librarian Faith West goes alone on her honeymoon to Italy. Faith has a one-night stand with Caine Hunter but soon discovers that Caine is a spy working for a rival of Faith's PI father. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. 2010.



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