A Minute to Midnight, by David Baldacci
FBI Agent Atlee Pine’s life was never the same after her twin sister Mercy was kidnapped–and likely killed–thirty years ago. After a lifetime of torturous uncertainty, Atlee’s unresolved anger finally gets the better of her on the job, and she finds she has to deal with the demons of her past if she wants to remain with the FBI. Atlee and her assistant Carol Blum head back to Atlee’s rural hometown in Georgia to see what they can uncover about the traumatic night Mercy was taken and Pine was almost killed.
Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry, by Mary Higgins Clark
(Originally published in January BSC Blog)
When talented journalist Penelope “Casey” Harrison starts to research a piece about the #MeToo movement that includes an incident in her own life which she has been trying to put out of her mind for years, she does not realize that the young man who drugged and assaulted her at a fraternity house party in college is now a wealthy, powerful industrialist on the eve of a merger which will make him a billionaire–and who will do anything, even murder, to cover his tracks.
Final Option, by Clive Cussler
Juan Cabrillo and his team of expert operatives return in this latest entry in the Oregon Files series. Aboard the Oregon, one of the most advanced spy ships ever built, they face new challenges and nemeses as they undertake another dangerous mission.
Twisted Twenty-Six, by Janet Evanovich
Grandma Mazur has decided to get married again – this time to a local gangster named Jimmy Rosolli. If Stephanie has her doubts about this marriage, she doesn’t have to worry for long, because the groom drops dead of a heart attack 45 minutes after saying, “I do.” Jimmy’s former “business partners” are convinced his new widow is keeping the keys to a financial windfall all to herself. What these guys didn’t count on was the widow’s bounty hunter granddaughter, who’ll do anything to save her.
Noel Street, by Richard Paul Evans
The year is 1975. Elle Sheen–a single mother who is supporting herself and her six-year-old, African-America son, Dylan, as a waitress at the Noel Street Diner–isn’t sure what to make of William Smith when his appearance creates a stir in the small town of Mistletoe, Utah. Elle learns that William, a recently returned Vietnam POW, may have the answer to her own secret pain–a revelation that culminates in a remarkable act of love and forgiveness.
Criss Cross, by James Patterson
In a Virginia penitentiary, Alex Cross and his partner, John Sampson, witness the execution of a killer they helped convict. Hours later, they are called to the scene of a copycat crime. A note signed “M” rests on the corpse. “You messed up big time, Dr. Cross.” Was an innocent man just put to death? Alex soon realizes he may have much to answer for, as “M” lures the detective out of the capital to the sites of multiple homicides, all marked with distressingly familiar details.
A Christmas Gathering, by Anne Perry
As beautiful as it may be, their friends’ country house is not where Lady Vespasia wishes to spend Christmas with her new husband, Victor Narraway. She’d have preferred a relaxing holiday at home with him–especially as Victor, former head of the London Special Branch, seems to be hiding undercover dealings with the other guests who have gathered at the spacious estate.
The Rise of Magicks, by Nora Roberts
After the sickness known as the Doom destroyed civilization, magick has become commonplace, and Fallon Swift has spent her young years learning its ways. Fallon cannot live in peace until she frees those who have been preyed upon. Strengthened by the bond she shares with her fellow warrior, Duncan, Fallon has already succeeded in rescuing countless shifters, elves and ordinary humans. Now she must help them heal–and rediscover the light and faith within themselves.
Spy, by Danielle Steel
In 1939, Europe is on fire and England is at war. From her home in idyllic Hampshire, Alexandra Wickham makes her way to London as a volunteer in nursing. Being fluent in French and German, her skills draw the attention of another branch of the service — she would make the perfect secret agent. Spy follows Alex’s extraordinary adventures in World War II and afterward. She lives life on the edge, with a secret she must always keep hidden.