Monthly Archives: December 2018

What’s coming in March, 2019?

March is a big month for BSC releases! (There is a January and a February release thrown in as well.)

WOLF PACKWolf Pack, by C.J. Box.
Joe Pickett learns that a drone is killing wildlife–and the drone belongs to a rich mystery man whose son is dating Joe’s daughter, Lucy. When Joe tries to lay down the rules for the drone operator, he’s asked by the FBI and the DOJ to stand down, which only makes him more suspicious. Meanwhile, human bodies are piling up in and around Joe’s district. He begins to fear that a pack of four vicious killers working on behalf of the Sinaloa cartel known as the Wolf Pack has arrived. Their target seems to be the mystery man and everyone–including Joe, Nate, and others–who is associated with him.

Forgiving Jar #2 - By: Wanda E. Brunstetter The Forgiving Jar, by Wanda Brunstetter. Coming February, 2019.
When Sara Murray first meets her Amish grandparents, she is shocked to learn someone else has been living with them and pretending to be her. Sara can’t understand how quickly her grandparents are willing to forgive the imposter. Secrets and deceit seem to follow Sara, and she is tired of it. Soon she meets Brad Fuller who is visiting her grandparents for Christmas. She likes him a lot, but he seems to pull away from her, not being totally honest. Struggling, Sara finds an old canning jar hidden in the barn that is full of encouraging prayers. Can Sara find a way to forgive the past and move on to building new relationships?

COURTING MR. EMERSONCourting Mr. Emerson, by Melody Carlson.
When the fun-loving and spontaneous artist Willow West meets buttoned-up, retired English teacher George Emerson, it’s not exactly love at first sight, but she does find him intriguing. Making it her mission to get him to loosen up and embrace life, she embarks on what seems like a lost cause–and finds herself falling for him in the process.

 

RUN AWAYRun Away, by Harlan Coben.
You’ve lost your daughter. She’s addicted to drugs and to an abusive boyfriend. And she’s made it clear that she doesn’t want to be found. Then, by chance, you see her playing guitar in Central Park. She’s living on the edge, and clearly in trouble. You approach her, beg her to come home. She runs, and you follow her into a dark and dangerous world you never knew existed. Before you know it, both your family and your life are on the line. In order to protect your daughter from the evils of that world, you must face them head on.

CELTIC EMPIRECeltic Empire, by Clive Cussler.
During what was supposed to be a routine investigation in South America, NUMA Director Dirk Pitt finds himself embroiled in an international mystery, one that will lead him across the world and which will threaten everyone and everything he knows–most importantly, his own family. Pitt travels to Scotland in search of answers about the spread of an unknown disease and the bioremediation company that may be behind it. Meanwhile, his son and daughter face a threat of their own when the discoveries they have made in an Egyptian tomb put killers on their trail. These seemingly unrelated riddles come together on the isles of Ireland, where only the Pitts can unravel the secrets of an ancient enigma that could change the very future of mankind.

MURDER, MY LOVEMurder, My Love, by Max Allan Collins.
Hammer is summoned to a meeting with Jamie Winters, United States Senator from New York, and Jamie’s lovely, very smart wife, Nicole, considered by many to be the power behind the throne. Winters is being blackmailed, and Hammer is given a list of suspects who may be behind the threats to the Senator’s career. But when the suspects begin to drop like flies, Hammer realizes there is more to this case than just a salacious tape.

THE LAST SECONDThe Last Second, by Catherine Coulter.
Galactus, France’s answer to SpaceX, has just launched a communications satellite into orbit, but the payload harbors a frightening weapon: a nuclear-triggered electromagnetic pulse. When the satellite is in position, Galactus’s second-in-command, Dr. Nevaeh Patel, will have the power to lay waste to the world with an EMP that will wreak havoc on communication and electronic systems on earth. A former astronaut, Patel believes she is following the directions of the Numen, aliens who saved her life when she space-walked outside the International Space Station. She is convinced that with the Holy Grail, just discovered by the owner of Galactus, she can be reunited with the Numen, change the world’s destiny, and become immortal with them.

THE MARKThe Big Kahuna, by Janet Evanovich.
Straight arrow FBI Agent Kate O’Hare always plays by the rules. Charming Con Man Nicholas Fox makes them up as he goes along. They’re working together to tackle the out-of-bounds cases ordinary FBI agents can’t touch. Next on the docket: The disappearance of the Silicon Valley billionaire known as the Big Kahuna. They’ve been assigned to find him but no one seems keen on helping. The only lead they have is the Kahuna’s drop-out son, who’s living the dream in Hawaii. Kate and Nick go undercover as a married couple in the surfer community of Paia, Maui. Living a laid back, hippy-dippy lifestyle isn’t exactly in Kate’s wheelhouse, and if they don’t catch a break soon, waves aren’t the only thing she’s going to be shredding.

CEMETERY ROADCemetery Road, by Greg Iles.
When Marshall McEwan left his hometown at age eighteen, he vowed never to return. The trauma that drove him away ultimately spurred him to become one of the most successful journalists in Washington D.C. But just as the political chaos in the nation’s capital lifts him to new heights, Marshall is forced to return home in spite of his boyhood vow. His father is dying, his mother is struggling to keep the family newspaper from failing, and the town is in the midst of an economic rebirth that might be built upon crimes that reach into the state capitol–and perhaps even to Washington.

DARK TRIBUTEDark Tribute, by Iris Johansen.
Despite her tragic childhood, violin prodigy Cara Delaney has finally found peace in her career as a professional musician and stability in her relationship with her guardians, forensic sculptor Eve Duncan and ex-Navy SEAL Joe Quinn. But the carefully constructed world Cara has built for herself is suddenly threatened when she is kidnapped by a mysterious man trying to settle a score against her family, setting off a violent chain of events that puts everyone Cara loves in danger. Now, Cara will have to use every instinct she has to stay one step ahead, or else she’ll pay the deadly tribute of her family’s dark past.

THE PERFECT ALIBIThe Perfect Alibi, by Phillip Margolin.
Robin Lockwood is a young lawyer with a prestigious small law firm and she is representing a young woman in a civil suit against a prominent local college athlete who is accused of her rape. At the same time, another client is up on a murder charge–one that should be dismissed as self-defense–but the D.A. trying the case is determined to bring it to trial. Now she has to mastermind two impossible cases, trying to find the hidden truth that links the two of them.

DEEP HARBORDeep Harbor, by Fern Michaels.
When Carol Ann “CJ” Jansen lost her beloved older brother, Kick, in a boating accident, she came adrift. Kick had taken on the role of caring for his little sister after their parents were killed in a car crash. Inheriting half his fortune has left CJ financially secure-yet needing a purpose. Fearing her life may be in jeopardy due to a corrupt boss, she moves to a small New England town for her own protection. Her blossoming friendship with the owner of a charter fishing boat offers the promise of much more. But before she can claim happiness, CJ must navigate a course through all her doubts and fears, and trust that this time, the water that took so much from her might just lead her safely home . . .

THE CHEFThe Chef, by James Patterson.
In the Carnival days leading up Mardi Gras, Detective Caleb Rooney comes under investigation for a murder he is accused of committing in the line of duty–as a Major Crimes detective for the New Orleans Police Department. Has his sideline at the Killer Chef food truck given him a taste for murder? While fighting the charges against him, Rooney makes a pair of unthinkable discoveries. His beloved city is under threat of attack. And these would-be terrorists may be local.

THE CORNWALLS ARE GONEThe Cornwalls are Gone, by James Patterson.
In her career as an Army intelligence officer, Captain Amy Cornwall has seen haunting sights half a world away. None compare to the chilling scene at her Virginia home. It is empty. A phone rings with a terrifying ultimatum: locate and liberate an unnamed captive in forty-eight hours, or her kidnapped husband and ten-year-old daughter are dead. Now, and in open defiance of Army Command, Amy must employ every lethal tactic she has to save them. To succeed, she must discover not only who dispatched her on this mission, but why. Without her family, she’s dead anyway.

THE FIRST LADYThe First Lady, by James Patterson.
Sally Grissom is a top secret service agent in charge of the Presidential Protection team. She knows that something is amiss when she is summoned to a private meeting with the President and his Chief of Staff without any witnesses. But she couldn’t have predicted that she’d be forced to take on an investigation surrounding the mysterious disappearance of the First Lady–with strict orders to keep it a secret. The First Lady’s absence comes in the wake of the public revelation of the president’s affair, so at first it seems as though she is simply cutting off all contact as she recuperates at a horse farm in Virginia. What begins as an innocent respite quickly reveals itself as a twisted case when the White House receives a ransom note along with the First Lady’s finger.

Under the midnight sunUnder the Midnight Sun, by Tracie Peterson. Coming January, 2019.
Tayler Hale, one of the first women naturalists, has always loved adventure and the great outdoors, and her remote job location also helps keep her away from the clutches of the man to whom she once made a foolish promise. It seems she must keep running, however, and in secret, her boss from Yellowstone arranges for a new job . . . in Alaska. The popular Curry Hotel continues to thrive in 1929 as more visitors come to Alaska and venture into the massive national park surrounding Denali. Recent graduate Thomas Smith has returned to the hotel and the people he considers family. When Tayler comes to fill the open position and he must work with her, everything becomes complicated. The summer brings unexpected guests and trouble to Curry. With his reputation at stake, will Thomas be able to protect Tayler from the danger that follows?

WHEN YOU ARE NEARWhen You Are Near, by Tracie Peterson.
After her father’s death, Lizzy Brookstone, the star trick rider of the all-female Brookstone Wild West Extravaganza, takes over management of the traveling show. In her new role, she has to work with both Wesley DeShazer, the man who once broke her heart, and Jason Adler, her financial partner. Soon, she finds herself torn between the two men. As her life and the lives of two other troubled women become intertwined,  Lizzy strives to hold the show together. Can she keep the Brookstone Extravaganza alive without losing the desire of her heart?

THE FIFTH DOCTRINEThe Fifth Doctrine, by Karen Robards.
It took one hell of an effort for the authorities to finally get the jump on master manipulator Bianca, but now that they have, it’s far from the capture she expected. Instead of taking her in, there’s an offer on the table that would allow Bianca to walk away scot-free. All she has to do is run one last mission–the kind she might never return from. If she wants to go back to her normal life in Savannah, it’s not like she has a choice. An intelligence operation is already under way in North Korea, one that’s poised to end the country’s existing tyrannical regime for good. But first, the US need one of their own to go undercover as the hacker who recently stole intel from NORAD. Enter Bianca. After everything she’s seen, Bianca knows feeding fake information directly into the belly of the beast is about as dangerous as it gets. If Bianca has to go down, she’s gonna go down swinging…

THE PERSIAN GAMBLEThe Persian Gamble, by Joel C. Rosenberg.
Shot out of the air in enemy territory in the middle of the greatest international crisis since the end of the Cold War, former U.S. Secret Service agent Marcus Ryker finds himself facing an impossible task. Not only does he have to elude detection and capture by Russian special forces, but he must convince his own government to grant safe harbor to the one man responsible for the global mayhem–Russian double agent and assassin Oleg Kraskin. Can they find a way to stop world destruction?

SILENT NIGHTSilent Night, by Danielle Steel.
Once famous, outgoing, and charismatic, Emma is now a shadow of her former self–without speech, without memory, lost and terrified. But with her aunt Whitney’s help, along with a team of caregivers and doctors, Emma begins to find her way, starting her young life all over again–and changing the lives of everyone around her.

 

WILD CARDWild Card, by Stuart Woods.
Stone Barrington and his latest paramour are enjoying a peaceful country retreat when their idyll is broken by an unwelcome stranger. He was sent by an enemy, someone who’d be happy to silence Stone and all his collaborators for good . . . only it’s soon clear that Stone is not an easy man to target. With the country’s future in the balance, Stone will need to muster all his savvy and daring to defeat this rival once and for all.

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Beyond the Bestsellers

Looking for new authors? Or new movies to watch? The Scott County Library System staff has put out staff picks — the best of 2018. Find something good to read, watch or listen to today! (Our list will download as a PDF).

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New Authors Added to the BSC

We are adding six new, popular authors to the Bestseller Club:

Jennifer Chiaverini
Lisa Gardner
Elin Hilderbrand
William Kent Krueger
B.A. Paris
Karin Slaughter

Update your forms to add these authors today. Paper forms are available at all branches.

Unfortunately, due to the irregularity of their publishing and publication dates that keep moving into the future, we are removing a few authors from the BSC as well:

Nevada Barr
Carol Higgins Clark
Diane Mott Davidson
Jack Higgins.

The library will still purchase any new titles by these authors, but automatic holds will not be placed for BSC members.