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The 24th hour

The 24th hour

Patterson, James, 1947- author
2024

Sergeant Lindsay Boxer, Medical Examiner Claire Washburn, Assistant District Attorney Yuki Castellano, and crime writer Cindy Thomas are gathered at one of San Francisco's finest restaurants. Before they can raise their glasses, a violent assault breaks out. The legal strategy is complicated by gaps in the plaintiff's memory - and the shocking reason behind her ever-changing testimony. As Yuki leads the prosecution, Lindsay chases down a high-society killer whose target practice may leave the Women's Murder Club short a bridesmaid - or two.

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Aftermarket afterlife

Aftermarket afterlife

McGuire, Seanan, author.
2024

Mary Dunlavy didn't intend to become a professional babysitter. Of course, she didn't intend to die, either, or to become a crossroads ghost. As a babysitting ghost, she's been caring for the Price family for four generations, and she's planning to keep doing the job for the better part of forever. With her first charge finally back from her decades-long cross-dimensional field trip, with a long-lost husband and adopted daughter in tow, it's time for Mary to oversee the world's most chaotic family reunion. And that's before the Covenant of St. George launches a full scale strike against the cryptids of Manhattan, followed quickly by an attack on the Campbell Family Carnival. It's going to take every advantage and every ally they have for the Prices to survive what's coming--and for Mary, to avoid finding out the answer to a question she's never wanted to know: what happens to a babysitting ghost if she loses the people she's promised to protect?

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Close to death : a novel

Close to death : a novel

Horowitz, Anthony, 1955- author
2024

Riverside Close is a picture-perfect community. It is the perfect idyll, until the Kentworthy family arrives, with their four giant, gas-guzzling cars, gaggle of shrieking children, and plans for a garish swimming pool in the backyard. Obvious outsiders, the Kentworthys do not belong in Riverside Close, and quickly offend every last one of the neighbors. When Giles Kentworthy is found dead on his own doorstep, a crossbow bolt sticking out of his chest, Detective Hawthorne is the only investigator they can call to solve the case.

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A dawn of onyx

A dawn of onyx

Golden, Kate, author
2023

"Arwen Valondale never expected to be the brave one, offering her life to save her brother's. Now she's been taken prisoner by the most dangerous kingdom on the continent, and made to use her rare magical abilities to heal the soldiers of the vicious Onyx King. Arwen knows better than to face the ancient, wicked woods that surround the castle on her own, which means working with a fellow prisoner might be her only path to freedom. Unfortunately, he's as infuriating as he is cunning--and seems to take twisted pleasure in playing on Arwen's deepest fears"-- Provided by publisher.

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Disturbing the dead

Disturbing the dead

Armstrong, Kelley, author
2024

Modern-day homicide detective Mallory Atkinson likes her job as assistant to undertaker/medical examiner Dr. Duncan Gray, and is developing true friends - and feelings - in this Victorian century. So, understanding the Victorian fascination with death, Mallory isn't that surprised when she and her friends are invited to a mummy unwrapping at the home of Sir Alastair Christie. When their host is missing when it comes time to unwrap the mummy, Gray and Mallory are asked to step in. And upon closer inspection, it's not a mummy they've unwrapped, but a much more modern body.

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Earls trip

Earls trip

Holiday, Jenny (Romance author), author
2024

"Even an earl needs his ride-or-dies, and Archibald Fielding-Burton, the Earl of Harcourt, counts himself lucky to have two. The annual trip that Archie takes with his BFFs Simon and Effie holds a sacred spot in their calendars. This year Archie is especially eager to get away until an urgent letter arrives from an old family friend, begging him to help prevent a ruinous scandal. Suddenly the trip has become earls-plus-girls, as Archie's childhood pals Clementine and Olive Morgan, are rescued en route to Gretna Green. ... The fully grown Clementine, while as frank and refreshing as he remembers, is also different to the wild, windswept girl he knew. This Clem is complex and surprising--and adamantly opposed to marriage. Which, for reasons Archie dare not examine too closely, he finds increasingly vexing"-- Provided by publisher.

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The guncle abroad : a novel

The guncle abroad : a novel

Rowley, Steven, 1971- author
2024

It's been five years since Patrick O'Hara's summer as his niece Maisie and nephew Grant's caretaker after their mother's passing. The kids are back in Connecticut with their dad, and Patrick has relocated to New York to remain close by. When his brother Greg announces he's getting remarried in Italy, Maisie and Grant are not thrilled. Patrick feels drawn to take Maisie and Grant back under his wing. As they travel through Europe on their way to the wedding, Patrick tries his best to help them understand love, much as he once helped them comprehend grief.

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Happy medium

Happy medium

Adler, Sarah, 1991- author
2024

A clever con woman must convince a skeptical, sexy farmer of his property's resident real-life ghost if she's to save them all from a fate worse than death, in this delightful new novel from the author of Mrs. Nash's Ashes.

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The last murder at the end of the world

The last murder at the end of the world

Turton, Stuart, author
2024

On an island, 122 villagers and three scientists living in peaceful harmony. Until, to the islanders' horror, one of their beloved scientists is found brutally stabbed to death - and triggerin the lowering of the island's security system that is keeping a deadly fog at bay. If the murder isn't solved within ninety-two hours, the fog will smother the island - and everyone on it. But the security system has also wiped out everyone's memory of exactly what happened the night before - which means that someone on the island is a murderer - and they don't even know it.

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Mind games

Mind games

Roberts, Nora, author
2024

Twelve-year-old Thea and her grandmother Lucy both awaken from the same nightmare. And though the two have never discussed the special kind of sight they share, they know something terrible has happened. Thanks to Thea's vision, their parents' killer will spend his life in supermax. But that ability to see into minds and souls still lurks within her - because the inmate who shattered her childhood has the same ability. Thea can hear his twisted thoughts and witness his evil acts from miles away. A long, silent battle will be waged between them - and eventually bring them face to face, and head to head.

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The ministry of time : a novel

The ministry of time : a novel

Bradley, Kaliane, author
2024

A recently established government ministry is gathering "expats" from across history to establish whether time travel is feasible. A civil servant is tasked with working as a "bridge:" living with, assisting, and monitoring the expat known as "1847" or Commander Graham Gore. By the time the true shape of the Ministry's project comes to light, the bridge has fallen haphazardly, fervently in love, with consequences she never could have imagined. Forced to confront the choices that brought them together, the bridge must finally reckon with how - and whether she believes - what she does next can change the future.

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Miss Morgan's Book Brigade : a novel

Miss Morgan's Book Brigade : a novel

Skeslien Charles, Janet, author
2024

1918: as the Great War rages, Jessie Carson leaves the New York Public Library to work for the American Committee for Devastated France. Upon arrival, Jessie turns ambulances into bookmobiles and trains the first French female librarians. Then she disappears. 1987: NYPL librarian and aspiring writer Wendy Peterson discovers that she and the elusive librarian have more in common than their work at New York's famed library, but she has no idea their paths will converge in surprising ways across time.

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Missing white woman : a novel

Missing white woman : a novel

Garrett, Kellye, 1978- author
2024

"It was supposed to be a romantic getaway weekend in New York City. Breanna's new boyfriend, Ty, took care of everything--the train tickets, the dinner reservations, the rented four-story luxury row house in Jersey City with a beautiful view of the Manhattan skyline. But when Bree comes downstairs on their final morning, she's shocked. There's a stranger lying dead in the foyer, and Ty is nowhere to be found. A Black woman alone in a new city, Bree is stranded and out of her depth--especially when it becomes clear that the dead woman is none other than Janelle Beckett, a missing white woman the entire internet has become obsessed with. There's only one person Bree can turn to: her ex-best friend, a lawyer with whom she shares a very complicated past. As the police and social-media mob close in, all looking for #Justice4Janelle, Bree realizes that the only way she can help Ty--and herself--is to figure out what really happened that night. But when people see only what they want to see, can she uncover the truth hiding in plain sight?"--Jacket flap.

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The most fun we ever had

The most fun we ever had

Lombardo, Claire, 1988- author
2019

When Marilyn Connolly and David Sorenson fall in love in the 1970s, they are blithely ignorant of all that's to come. By 2016, their four radically different daughters are each in a state of unrest: Wendy, widowed young, soothes herself with booze and younger men; Violet, a litigator turned stay-at-home, battles anxiety and self-doubt when the darkest part of her past resurfaces; Liza, a neurotic and newly tenured professor, finds herself pregnant with a baby she's not sure she wants by a man she's not sure she loves; and Grace, the dawdling youngest daughter, begins living a lie that no one in her family even suspects. Beneath it all, the daughters share the lingering fear that they will never find a love quite like their parents'. As the novel moves through the single tumultuous year following the arrival of Jonah Bendt - given up in a close adoption by one of the daughters fifteen years before - we are shown the rich and varied tapestry of the Sorensons' past: years marred by troubled adolescence, infidelity and resentment, but also the transcendent moments of joy that make everything else worthwhile. -- From dust jacket.

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One perfect couple

One perfect couple

Ware, Ruth, author
2024

Lyla and her boyfriend, Nico join the cast of a new reality TV show, The Perfect Couple. Lyla and Nico are whisked off to Ever After Island, where the two of them will compete against four other couples in order to win a cash prize. Not long after they arrive on the deserted island, things start going wrong. Cut off from the mainland by miles of ocean and unable to reach the boat and crew that brought them there, the group must band together for survival. Then, one by one, contestants start to die. Lyla suddenly realizes she and Nico are trapped on the island with a murderer on the loose - and nowhere to hide.

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The paradise problem

The paradise problem

Lauren, Christina, author
2024

Anna Green thought she was marrying Liam "West" Weston for access to subsidized family housing while at UCLA. Three years later, Anna is a starving artist living paycheck to paycheck while West is a Stanford professor. Due to an antiquated clause in his grandfather's will, Liam won't see a penny of his inheritance until he's been happily married for five years. Just when Liam thinks he's in the home stretch, pressure mounts from his family to see this mysterious spouse. Liam will have to ask himself if the price tag on his flimsy cover story is worth losing true love that sprouted from a lie.

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Phantom orbit : a thriller

Phantom orbit : a thriller

Ignatius, David, 1950- author.
2024

Ivan Volkov, a Russian student in Beijing, discovers an unsolved puzzle in the writings of the seventeenth-century astronomer Johannes Kepler. He takes the puzzle to a senior scientist in the Chinese space program and declares his intention to solve it. Volkov returns to Moscow and continues his secret work. The puzzle holds untold consequences for space warfare. The years pass, and they are not kind to Volkov. After the loss of his son, a prosecutor who'd been too tough on corruption, and Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Volkov makes the fraught decision to contact the CIA.

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Seven summers

Seven summers

Toon, Paige, 1975- author
2024

Liv and Finn meet six summers ago working in a bar on the rugged Cornish coastline. Finn's life is in LA with his band, and Liv's is in Cornwall with her family - so they make a promise. Finn will return every year, and if they are single they will spend the summer together. This summer, Liv crosses paths with Tom - a mysterious new arrival in her hometown. For the first time Liv can imagine a world where her heart isn't broken every autumn. Now Liv must make an impossible choice. And when she discovers the shocking reason that Tom has left home, she'll need to trust her heart even more.

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This strange eventful history : a novel

This strange eventful history : a novel

Messud, Claire, 1966- author
2024

Over seven decades, from 1940 to 2010, the pieds-noirs Cassars live in an itinerant state - separated in the chaos of World War II, running from a complicated colonial homeland, and, after Algerian independence, without a homeland at all. Told with historical sweep, this is a family story: of patriarch Gaston and his wife Lucienne; of François and Denise, devoted siblings; of François' union with Barbara, a woman so culturally different they can barely comprehend one another; of Chloe, the result of that union, who believes that telling these buried stories will bring them all peace.

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You like it darker : stories

You like it darker : stories

King, Stephen, 1947-, author
2024

Stephen King's magnificent new collection of twelve stories that delve into the darker part of life - both metaphorical and literal. "Two Talented Bastids" explores the long-hidden secret of how the eponymous gentlemen got their skills. In "Danny Coughlin's Bad Dream," a brief and unprecedented psychic flash upends dozens of lives, Danny's most catastrophically. In "Rattlesnakes," a sequel to "Cujo," a grieving widower travels to Florida for respite and instead receives an unexpected inheritance - with major strings attached. Each of these stories holds its own thrills, joys, and mysteries.

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