BSC Titles for March, 2018

The Disappeared, by C.J. Box
Game warden Joe Pickett is looking for a female British executive who never came home from the high-end guest ranch she was visiting. At the same time, his friend Nate Romanowski has asked Joe to intervene with the feds on behalf of falconers who can no longer hunt with eagles even though their permits are in order. The more he investigates both cases, the more someone wants him to go away. Are they somehow connected? The answers, when they come, will be even worse than he’d imagined.

The Rising Sea, by Clive Cussler
A rise in the world’s sea levels sends Kurt Austin, Joe Zavala, and the rest of the NUMA scientific team around the globe in search of answers. A rare alloy unlike anything else on earth, a pair of five-hundred-year-old Japanese talismans, an assassin so violent even the Yakuza has disowned him, a technological breakthrough that will become a personal nightmare for Kurt Austin – the NUMA team must risk everything to head off the coming catastrophe.

As You Wish, by Jude Deveraux
Three women wound up at the Summerhouse for separate reason, but it’s not long before they begin to open up about their regrets, their wishes and their dreams. And when they’re presented with the opportunity of a lifetime–a chance to right the wrongs of their past–all three discover what can happen when dreams really do come true.

Every Note Played, by Lisa Genova
When concert pianist Richard becomes increasingly paralyzed from ALS, his ex-wife Karina becomes his reluctant caretaker. As Richard’s muscles, voice, and breath fade, both he and Karina try to reconcile their past before it’s too late.

The Punishment She Deserves, by Elizabeth George
Inspector Thomas Lynley of Scotland Yard and Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers find themselves up against one of the most sinister murder cases they have ever encountered.

The Woman Left Behind, by Linda Howard
Jina Modell works for a paramilitary organization, and she really likes it. She’s assigned to work as an on-site drone operator in the field with one of the GO-teams, an elite paramilitary unit.  Meanwhile, a powerful Congresswoman is working behind the scenes to destroy the GO-teams, and a trap is set to ambush Jina’s squad in Syria. Thought dead by her comrades, Jina escapes to the desert where she has to figure out how to stay undetected by the enemy and make it to her crew in time before they’re exfiltrated out of the country. The crew’s leader is bringing back the woman they left behind, dead or alive.

Duel to the Death, by J. A. Jance
The thirteenth book in the series featuring Ali Reynolds, a former Los Angeles news anchor turned amateur sleuth.

The Third Victim, by Phillip Margolin
A woman stumbles onto a dark road in rural Oregon–tortured, battered, and bound. She tells a horrific story about being kidnapped, then tortured, until she finally managed to escape. She was the lucky one–two other women, with similar burns and bruises, were found dead. 

The Escape Artist, by Brad Meltzer
Nola Brown is supposed to be dead. Her body was found on a plane that mysteriously fell from the sky as it left a secret military base in the Alaskan wilderness. Her commanding officer verifies she’s dead. The US government confirms it. But Jim “Zig” Zigarowski has just found out the truth: Nola is still alive. And on the run. Together, Nola and Zig will either reveal a sleight of hand being played at the highest levels of power or die trying to uncover the US Army’s most mysterious secret-a centuries-old conspiracy that traces back through history to the greatest escape artist of all: Harry Houdini.

Sweet Vengeance, by Fern Michaels
Tessa Jamison couldn’t have imagined anything worse than losing her beloved twin girls and husband–until she was convicted of their murder. For ten years, she has been in Florida’s Correctional Center for Women, fully expecting to die behind bars. But one day her lawyers announce that Tessa’s conviction has been overturned due to a technicality, and she’s released on bail to await a new trial. While out she begins to gather knowledge about her case. Will she be able to learn the whole truth at last . . . and reclaim her freedom and her future?

Red Alert, by James Patterson
Detectives Zach Jordan and Kylie MacDonald of the elite NYPD Red task force provide security for A-list New Yorkers, and the perpetrators responsible for an escalating series of crimes may be among the group they were formed to protect.  Zach and Kylie track a shadowy killer as he plays out his vendetta-and threatens to take down NYPD Red in the bargain.

In  Places Hidden, by Tracie Peterson
Camriann Coulterto
goes to San Francisco to find her brother, Caleb, who went missing three months ago. Her search leads her deep into the political corruption of the city–and into the acquaintance of Patrick Murdock, a handsome Irishman who was saved from a false murder charge by Caleb, and who knows more about what happened to him than anyone else. As the stakes rise and threats loom, will Patrick be able to protect Camri from the dangers he knows lie in the hidden places of the city?

The Kremlin Conspiracy, by Joel C. Rosenberg
With an American president distracted by growing tensions in North Korea and Iran, an ominous new threat is emerging in Moscow. A czar is rising in the Kremlin, a Russian president feverishly consolidating power, silencing his opposition, and plotting a brazen and lightning-fast military strike that could rupture the NATO alliance and bring Washington and Moscow to the brink of nuclear war. But in his blind spot is the former U.S. Secret Service agent, Marcus Ryker, trained to protect but ready to kill to save his country.

Accidental Heroes, by Danielle Steel
At a security checkpoint at New York’s John F. Kennedy airport, TSA agent Bernice Adams finds a postcard of the Golden Gate Bridge bearing an ominous message. Who left the postcard behind, which flight is that person on, and what exactly does the message mean? Someone is planning something terrible, and passengers, crew, and experts on the ground become heroes out of necessity to try to avert tragedy at the eleventh hour.

Caribbean Rim, by Randy Wayne White
Marine biologist Doc Ford has been known to help his friends out of jams occasionally, but he’s never faced a situation like this. His old pal Carl Fitzpatrick has been chasing sunken wrecks most of his life, but now he’s run afoul of the Florida Division of Historical Resources. Its director, Clive Nickelby, and his young “assistant” have disappeared–along with Fitzpatrick’s impounded cache of rare Spanish coins and list of uncharted wreck sites. There’s no way the thieves will go quietly–and Doc’s just put himself in their crosshairs.

 

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New holds for next February

Amish Cooking Class – The Celebration, by Wanda Brunstetter
Lyle and Heidi Troyer have taken in a brother and sister who were orphaned when their parents were killed in a car accident. Hoping to help the children adapt and make friends, Heidi decides to hold a series of Amish style cooking classes for kids. But kids are always accompanied by an adult–and that is where the trouble arises.

Raspberry Danish Murder, by Joanne Fluke
Hannah has felt as bitter as November in Minnesota since Ross vanished without a trace and left their marriage in limbo. Still, she throws herself into a baking frenzy as holiday orders pour into The Cookie Jar, even introducing a raspberry Danish pastry to the menu. P.K., her husband’s assistant at KCOW-TV, will be one of the first to sample it. But instead of taking a bite, P.K., who is driving Ross’s car and using his desk at work, is murdered. Was someone plotting against P.K. all along or did Ross dodge a deadly dose of sweet revenge? 

Great Alone, by Kristin Hannah
Alaska, 1974.
Untamed.
Unpredictable.
And for a family in crisis, the ultimate test of the human spirit.


Night Moves, by Jonathan Kellerman

An affluent family returns home from Sunday dinner only to find the murdered and brutalized corpse of a total stranger in their house. This baffling, twisted tale tests psychologist Alex Delaware and Detective Milo Sturgis to their intellectual and emotional limits.

Sisters Like Us, by Susan Mallery
Separately they may be a mess, but together sisters Harper and Stacey can survive anything—their indomitable mother, overwhelming maternity stores and ex’s weddings. Sisters Like Us is a delightful look at sisters, mothers and daughters in today’s fast-paced world.


Fifty Fifty, by James Patterson
WHAT ARE THE CHANCES . . . that convicted killer Sam Blue is innocent of the serial murders of three young women? Detective Harriet Blue is certain that her brother is incapable of having committed these horrific crimes. Determined to clear his name, no matter the cost to her career, Harry attends Sam’s hearing. The outburst she unleashes earns her a reassignment–to the Outback.

WHAT ARE THE CHANCES . . . that Harry has landed in a town where the population of seventy-five is in the sights of a seasoned killer? A diary found on the roadside outlines a shocking plan: the massacre of the entire town. And the first murder, shortly after Harry’s arrival, suggests that the clock is already ticking.

WHAT ARE THE CHANCES . . . that meanwhile, back in Sydney, a young woman holds the key to crack Harry’s brother’s case wide open? If only she could escape the madman holding her hostage . . . .

 


The Masterpiece, by Francine Rivers
A successful LA artist, Roman Velasco appears to have everything he could possibly want–money, women, fame. Only Grace Moore, his reluctant, newly hired personal assistant, knows how little he truly has.

Like Roman, Grace is wrestling with ghosts and secrets of her own. AAs she gets to know the enigmatic man behind the reputation, it’s as if the jagged pieces of both of their pasts slowly begin to fit together . . . until something so unexpected happens that it changes the course of their relationship–and both their lives–forever.

Coming January, 2018

Robicheaux, by James Lee Burke. Coming January, 2018.
During a murder investigation, Dave Robicheaux discovers he may have committed the homicide he’s investigating, one which involved the death of the man who took the life of Dave’s beloved wife. As he works to clear his name and make sense of the murder, Robicheaux encounters a cast of characters and a resurgence of dark social forces that threaten to destroy all of those whom he loves. 

Dark in Death, by J.D. Robb. Coming January, 2018.
As Eve Dallas puzzles over a homicide that seems carefully planned and yet oddly personal, she receives a tip from an author of police thrillers who recognizes the crime–from the pages of her own book. Dallas doesn’t think it’s coincidence, since a recent strangulation of a sex worker resembles a scene from her writing as well. This killer seems to find inspiration in someone else’s imagination, and this may be only the second of a long-running series. Only Eve can put a stop to a creative impulse gone wrong.

Unbound, by Stuart Woods. Coming January, 2018.
In the wake of a personal tragedy, former CIA operative Teddy Fay–now a successful Hollywood film producer known as Billy Barnett–takes a leave of absence to travel and grieve, and lands in Santa Fe in the company of his friends Stone Barrington and Ed Eagle. There, fate hands him an unexpected opportunity to exact revenge for his recent loss, from a man who helped to cover up the crime. From the New Mexico desert to the Hollywood hills, it will take all of Stone Barrington’s diplomacy and skill to maneuver for Teddy’s advantage while keeping innocents out of the crossfire.

 

What’s new?

The Christmas Blessing, by Melody Carlson. Coming September, 2017.
When she receives the news in late 1944 that her baby’s father was shot down in the South Pacific, Amelia Richards loses hope. Jobless and broke, she has nowhere to turn for help but her infant’s paternal grandparents. The only problem is, they don’t know that she–or their grandson–exists. When Amelia discovers that the family is wealthy and influential, dare she disclose the truth of her relationship with their son? Or could the celebration of the arrival of another unexpected baby nearly two thousand years ago be the answer to her dilemma?

The Rooster Bar, by John Grisham. Coming October, 2017.
Three friends realize they’re being scammed by their for-profit law school and its owner, a hedge-fund operator who happens to own a bank specializing in student loans. Maybe there’s a way to escape their crushing debt, expose the bank and the scam, and make a few bucks in the process. To do so, they would first have to quit school a few months before graduation, which would be completely crazy, right? Well, yes and no . . .

Out of the Ashes, by Tracie Peterson. Coming January, 2018.
Collette and Jean-Michel Langelier go to Alaska from post-war France after the death of their father. Jean-Michel is reunited with an old girlfriend who is now widowed, but have the years changed them too deeply to rediscover what they had? And when Jean-Michel’s nightmares of the war return with terrifying consequences, will faith be enough to heal what’s been broken for so long?

Fall from Grace, by Danielle Steel. Coming January, 2018.
Sydney Wells’s perfect life with her wealthy, devoted husband vanishes when he dies suddenly in an accident. Widowed at forty-nine, she discovers he has failed to include her in his will. With Andrew’s vicious daughters in control of his estate, and no home or money, Sydney finds a job in fashion, despite her own designer daughters’ warnings. Naive, out of her element, and alone in a world of shady international deals and dishonest people, she is set up by her boss and finds herself faced with criminal prosecution. Husband, safety, protection, money, and reputation gone, faced with prison, Sydney must rebuild her life from the bottom to the top again, with honor, resourcefulness, and dignity.

More BSC Holds Have Been Placed!

Seeing Red, by Sandra Brown. Coming August, 2017.
Kerra Bailey is a TV journalist hot on the trail of an interview with Major Franklin Trapper. He became a national icon when he was photographed leading a handful of survivors to safety after the bombing of a Dallas hotel. For years, he gave frequent speeches and interviews but then suddenly dropped out of the public eye. His estranged son, former ATF agent John Trapper, gets her the interview, which goes catastrophically awry. Kerra and John join forces to expose a network of lies and conspiracy–and uncover who would want a national hero dead.

Death at Nuremberg, by W.E.B. Griffin. Coming December, 2017.
Jim Cronley just won the Legion of Merit, and is out as Chief, DCI-Europe. His new assignments are to protect the U.S. chief prosecutor in the Nuremberg trials from a rumored Soviet NKGB kidnapping, and to hunt down and dismantle the infamous Odessa, an organization dedicated to helping Nazi war criminals escape to South America. It doesn’t take long for the first attempt on his life, and then the second. The deeper he pushes, the more secrets tumble out, and he doesn’t know which one will turn out to be the most dangerous.

The Whispering Room, by Dean Koontz. Coming January, 2018.
“No time to delay. Do what you were born to do. Fame will be yours when you do this.” These are the words that ring in the mind of mild-mannered, beloved schoolteacher Cora Gundersun–just before she takes her own life, and many others’, in a shocking act of carnage. When the contents of her journal are discovered, it seems she must have been insane. But Jane Hawk knows better. After her husband’s inexplicable suicide–and the equally mysterious deaths of scores of other exemplary individuals–Jane picks up the trail of a secret cabal of powerful players who think themselves above the law and beyond punishment. But the people bent on hijacking America’s future for their own ends never banked on a highly trained FBI agent willing to go rogue–and become the nation’s most wanted fugitive–in order to derail their plans to gain absolute power with a terrifying technological breakthrough.

Promise Not to Tell, by Jayne Ann Krentz. Coming January, 2018.
Gallery owner Virginia Troy has spent years battling the demons that stem from her childhood time in a cult and the night a fire burned through the compound, killing her mother. And now one of her artists has taken her own life, but not before sending Virginia a last picture: a painting that makes Virginia doubt everything about the so-called suicide–and her own past. Private investigator Cabot Sutter was one of the children in the cult who survived that fire…and only he can help her now. As they unravel the clues in the painting, it becomes clear someone thinks Virginia knows more than she does and she must be stopped. Virginia and Cabot draw closer to the mystery of their shared memories–and the shocking fate of the man who still wields the power to destroy everything they hold dear.

You Say it First, by Susan Mallery. Coming August, 2017.
Sculptor Nick Mitchell grew up in a family of artists and learned from his volatile father that passion only leads to pain. As he waits on a new commission, he takes a day job as a humble carpenter at a theme wedding venue. The job has its perks–mainly the venue’s captivating owner, Pallas Saunders. Pallas adores Weddings in a Box, but if she can’t turn the business around, she’ll have no choice but cave to her mother and trade taffeta for trust funds working at the family’s bank. Then when a desperate bride begs Pallas for something completely out of the box, her irresistible new hire inspires her. Nick knows she doesn’t belong behind a desk, and she knows in her heart that he’s right–where she really belongs is in his arms.

Second Chance Girl, by Susan Mallery. Coming September, 2017.
Mathias Mitchell’s easy smile hides a world of hurt. After the worst kind of family betrayal, he moved to Happily Inc., California–the wedding-destination town supplies a steady stream of bridesmaids, perfect for his “no promises, no pain” lifestyle. Yet he can’t stop watching for his beautiful, elusive neighbor, Gamekeeper Carol Lund, on the animal preserve behind their homes. She finds his offer to help her adopt a herd for her lonely giraffe surprising–and his determined seduction even more so. Just as she finally welcomes him into her bed, his careless actions crush her heart. Will she give him a second chance to prove she’ll always come first in his heart?

Count to Ten, by James Patterson. Coming November, 2017.
Santosh Wagh quit his job as head of Private India after events in Mumbai almost got him killed. But Jack Morgan, global head of the world’s finest investigation agency, needs him back. Jack is setting up a new office in Delhi, and Santosh is the only person he can trust. Santosh accepts, and it’s not long before the agency takes on a case that could make or break them. Plastic barrels containing dissolved human remains have been found in the basement of a house in an upmarket area of South Delhi. Not just any house, this property belongs to the state government. With the crime scene in lockdown and information suppressed by the authorities, delving too deep could make Santosh a target to be eliminated.

Past Perfect, by Danielle Steel. Coming November, 2017.
Past Perfect is a spellbinding story of two families living a hundred years apart who come together in time in a startling moment, opening the door to rare friendship and major events in early-twentieth-century history. 

 

End of the year reads

End Game, by David Baldacci. Coming November, 2017.
Will Robie returns home from a mission overseas to discover that his boss–codenamed Blue Man–has vanished. His last known location was in remote Colorado, and there have been no other sightings or communications since. But there is violence brewing in this small town, and Robie and his sometime-partner Jessica Reel will be lucky if they make it out alive, with or without Blue Man…

Secrets of Cavendon, by  Barbara Taylor Bradford. Coming November, 2017.
The Secrets of Cavendon picks up in the summer of 1949, with the new generation of the estate at the forefront of the scandal and intrigue. With romance, betrayal, heartbreak, and possible murder threatening to tear them apart, the Inghams and Swanns will have to find a way to come together and protect each other in the face of threats they never could have predicted.

The Midnight Line, by Lee Child. Coming November, 2017.
Jack Reacher takes a stroll through a Wisconsin town and sees a class ring in a pawn shop window: West Point 2005. The ring is tiny, for a woman, and it has her initials engraved on the inside. Reacher wonders what unlucky circumstance made her give it up and he decides to find out, beginning a journey that takes Reacher through the upper Midwest. Turns out the ring was just a small link in a far darker chain. Some lines should never be crossed. But then, neither should Reacher.

Two Kinds of Truth, by Michael Connelly. Coming October, 2017.
Harry Bosch is back as a volunteer working cold cases for the San Fernando Police Department and is called out to a local drug store where a young pharmacist has been murdered. Meanwhile, an old case from Bosch’s LAPD days comes back to haunt him when a long-imprisoned killer claims Harry framed him, and seems to have new evidence to prove it. The two unrelated cases wind around each other like strands of barbed wire.

The  Armageddon File, by Stephen Coonts. Coming November, 2017.
After one of the most contentious and divisive elections in history, the new president is finally settling into the West Wing. But when his chief of staff discovers evidence that voting machines in key counties in swing states were tampered with, the whole administration is in danger of unraveling. Did someone steal the election? Are America’s enemies involved? Jake Grafton and Tommy Carmellini race to solve the mystery of a potentially rigged election before Americans’ full faith and credit in our democracy, sovereignty, and rule of law become completely undone.

Typhoon Fury, by Clive Cussler. Coming November, 2017.
Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the Oregon have been hired to search for a collection of paintings worth half a billion dollars. The leader of a Filipino insurgency is not only using them to finance his attacks, he has stumbled upon one of the most lethal secrets of World War II: a Japanese-developed drug, designed, but never used, to turn soldiers into super-warriors. To stop him, the Oregon must not only take on the rebel commander, but a South African mercenary intent on getting his own hands on the drug, a massive swarm of torpedo drones targeting the U.S. Navy, and an approaching megastorm.

Hardcore Twenty-Four, by Janet Evanovich. Coming November, 2017.
This Jersey girl hits hard–twenty-four seven. Stephanie Plum continues her antics in Hardcore Twenty-Four.

In This Moment, by Karen Kingsbury. Coming November, 2017.
A brand-new Baxter Family novel about a beloved high school principal who starts a Bible Study to improve the lives of his struggling students, only to become the national focus of a controversial lawsuit.

The People vs. Alex Cross, by James Patterson. Coming November, 2017.
Alex Cross has never been on the wrong side of the law-until now. Charged with gunning down followers of his nemesis Gary Soneji in cold blood, Cross is being turned into the poster child for trigger-happy cops who think they’re above the law. Cross knows it was self-defense, but will a jury see it that way? As Cross fights for his professional life and his freedom, his former partner John Sampson brings him a gruesome video tied to the disappearances of several young girls. Despite his suspension from the department, Cross can’t say no to Sampson, and the investigation leads them to the darkest corners of the Internet, where murder is just another form of entertainment. With everything on the line, Cross will do whatever it takes to stop a dangerous criminal…even if he can’t save himself.

A Christmas Return, by Anne Perry. Coming November, 2017.
As Charlotte Pitt’s grandmother Mariah Ellison finds herself investigating a long-unsolved slaying, it becomes clear that grappling with intrigue and foul play runs in the family. A festive Christmas package left on Mariah’s doorstep contains an ominous present, sparking memories of a twenty-year-old murder that shattered her friendship with the victim’s widow. Though the gift is a bitter reminder of that tragic time, in the spirit of the season Mariah travels to Surrey in hopes of reconciling with her estranged friend and solving the crime that drove them apart.

Year One, by Nora Roberts. Coming December, 2017.
It began on New Year’s Eve. The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed–and more than half of the world’s population was decimated. Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place. In a world of survivors where every stranger encountered could be either a savage or a savior, none of them knows exactly where they are heading, or why. But a purpose awaits them that will shape their lives and the lives of all those who remain. The end has come. The beginning comes next.

More BSC holds for Fall

Mind Game, by Iris Johansen. Coming October, 2017.
Jane MacGuire goes back to Scotland to continue her search for the treasure she’s been chasing for years. Now she’s plagued by dreams of a girl in danger. Who is she, and what is she trying to tell Jane? Things are further complicated when Seth Caleb comes back into her life. He’s in trouble, and Jane will be pulled into his world as she fights to save him.

Killing Season, by Faye Kellerman. Coming October, 2017.
A young man’s investigation into his sister’s death draws him into the path of a sadistic serial killer. Four years ago, Ellen Vicksburg went missing in River Remez, New Mexico. Her younger brother, Ben, could imagine nothing worse than never knowing what happened to her until, on the first anniversary of her death, he found her body in a shallow grave by the river’s edge. Now sixteen, he is committed to finding the monster who abducted and strangled Ellen. 

Proving, by Beverly Lewis. Coming September, 2017.
Amanda Dienner hasn’t spoken a word to her mother or twin sister in five years when she receives word that her mother has passed away and left her Lancaster County’s most popular Amish bed-and-breakfast. Of course there’s a catch, and Mandy, now an Englisher, soon learns that the farmhouse inn will only be hers if she is able to successfully run it for one year. Mandy accepts the challenge and she’s determined to prove she is more than capable of running the bed-and-breakfast. Can Mandy fulfill the terms of her inheritance, or will this year in Amish country prove a dreadful mistake?

Cherished Mercy, by Tracie Peterson. Coming September, 2017.
Mercy Flanagan survived the Whitman Massacre as a child, and now wants peace between the native peoples and the white settlers inhabiting Oregon Territory. She is tired of Oregon City, so when she learns that family friend Eletta Browning is pregnant, she travels south to the Rogue River Valley to help. There she meets Eletta’s brother-in-law, Adam, and finds him attractive, but he seems determined to focus on ministering to the local tribes and keeps Mercy at arm’s length. When tragedy strikes and tensions in the territory reach the boiling point, Mercy and Adam must rely on their faith in God in order to make it out alive.

Deep Freeze, by John Sandford. Coming October, 2017.
Virgil Flowers knows the town of Trippton, Minnesota, a little too well. A few years back, he investigated the corrupt – and as it turned out, homicidal – local school board, and now the town’s back in view with more alarming news: A woman’s been found dead, frozen in a block of ice. It might be connected to a high school class of twenty years ago that has a reunion coming up, so Virgil begins to dig into twenty years’ worth of traumas, feuds, and bad blood. In the process, one thing becomes increasingly clear to him. It’s true what they say: High school is murder.

Quick & Dirty, by Stuart Woods. Coming October, 2017.
Stone Barrington is the master of keeping calm and collected under fire, but his latest case will challenge even his tireless aplomb.