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More books for fall!

Long Road to Mercy, by David Baldacci. November, 2018.
FBI agent Atlee Pine has been called in to investigate a dead mule – and missing rider – at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Just as she begins to put together clues pointing to a terrifying plot, she’s called off the case. If she disobeys direct orders by continuing to search for the missing man, it will mean the end of her career. But unless Pine keeps working the case and discovers the truth, it could spell the very end of democracy in America as we know it…

Master of His Fate, by Barbara Taylor Bradford. November, 2018.
Victorian England is a country of sharp divides between rich and poor, but James Lionel Falconer, who works at his father’s market stall, is determined to become a merchant prince. He quickly rises through the ranks, proving himself both hardworking and trustworthy, and catching the eye of the head of the most prestigious shipping company in London. But when threats against his reputation – and his life – begin to emerge, James will have to prove that he truly is the master of his fate.

The Christmas Prayer, by Wanda Brunstetter. September, 2018.
Cynthia Cooper is traveling cross-country by wagon with her mother and the man she has promised to marry. But as Christmas is upon them and they are hunkered down in a small cabin, she is forced to reevaluate her reasons for planning to marry Walter Prentice. When a widowed father and a gold prospector both show an interest in Cynthia, she weighs her dreams for marriage alongside her responsibility to care for her mother. Can love win over her timid heart?

Past Tense, by Lee Child. November, 2018.
Jack Reacher plans to go on an epic trip across America, but he doesn’t get far. On a country road in the New England woods, he sees a sign to the town where his father was born and he takes the detour. At the same moment, in the same isolated area, a car breaks down with two young Canadians on their way to New York City to sell a treasure. As Reacher explores his father’s life, and as the Canadians face lethal dangers, strands of different stories begin to merge. Then Reacher makes a shocking discovery: The present can be tough, but the past can be tense . . . and deadly.

You Don’t Own Me, by Mary Higgins Clark. November, 2018. 
Television producer Laurie Moran will stop at nothing to solve the murder of a celebrity doctor–even as she finds herself in grave danger as a mysterious stalker plots his next move.

Sea of Greed, by Clive Cussler. November, 2018.
After an explosion in the Gulf of Mexico destroys three oil rigs trying to revive a dying field, the NUMA Team is tapped by POTUS to find out what’s gone wrong. The trail leads them to a brilliant billionaire in the alternative energy field, and her goal is the end of the oil age. The NUMA crew discovers that the oil fields are infected with bacteria that are consuming the oil before it can be pumped out of the earth–a bacteria originally lost decades ago when two submarines vanished in the Mediterranean. Can the biological terror that’s been unleashed be stopped?

Look Alive Twenty-Five, by Janet Evanovich. November, 2018.
There’s nothing like a good deli, and the Red River Deli in Trenton is one of the best. World-famous for its pastrami, cole slaw, and disappearing managers. Over the last month, three have vanished, and the only clue in each case is one shoe that’s been left behind. The police are baffled. Lula is convinced it’s a case of alien abduction. Whatever it is, they’d better figure out what’s going on before they lose their new manager, Ms. Stephanie Plum.

The Noel Stranger, by Richard Paul Evans. November, 2018.
Maggie Walther feels publicly humiliated after her husband is arrested for bigamy, and she has isolated herself from the world. When her friend insists she embrace the season to get her out of her funk, Maggie decides to put up a Christmas tree. She is taken by Andrew, the man who owns the Christmas tree lot and delivers her tree. Maggie begins to trust again, but just when she thinks she has finally found happiness, she discovers a dark secret from Andrew’s past. Is there more to this stranger’s truth than meets the eye?

When We Were Young, by Karen Kingsbury. October, 2018.
Noah’s obsession with social media has meant he and Emily’s fairytale life was well documented, but it has also ruined everything. Emily reaches out to a friend and tells her that they’re calling it quits and Noah is leaving in the morning. When Noah wakes the next day, he’s like Scrooge in A Christmas Carol. Emily is gone, the kids are older, and bizarre and strange events continue throughout the night so that Noah is certain he’s twenty years older, and he is desperate for a second chance. Now it would take a miracle to return to yesterday. 

Nine Perfect Strangers, by Liane Moriarty. November, 2018.
Nine people gather at a remote health resort. Some are here to lose weight, some are here to get a reboot on life, some are here for reasons they can’t even admit to themselves. Amidst all of the luxury and pampering, the mindfulness and meditation, they know these ten days might involve some real work. But none of them could imagine just how challenging the next ten days are going to be.

Target, by James Patterson. November, 2018.
A leader has fallen, and Alex Cross joins the procession of mourners from Capitol Hill to the White House. Then a sniper’s bullet strikes a target in the heart of DC. Alex Cross’s wife, newly elevated chief of DC detectives must solve the case or lose her position, and Alex is to lead an investigation unprecedented in scale and scope. But is the sniper’s strike only the beginning of a larger attack on the nation?

Kingdom of the Blind, by Louise Penny. November, 2018.
When a peculiar letter arrives inviting Armand Gamache to an abandoned farmhouse, he discovers that a complete stranger has named him and two others the executors of her will. The will is so odd they suspect the woman must have been delusional. When a body is found, the terms of the bizarre will suddenly seem less peculiar and far more menacing.

A Christmas Revelation, by Anne Perry. November, 2018.
Formerly a river urchin living on the banks of the Thames, nine-year-old Worm has never experienced a family Christmas. But he’s found a makeshift family in kindly Miss Claudine Burroughs and curmudgeonly Squeaky Robinson. When Worm witnesses the abduction of a woman just days before Christmas, he turns to Squeaky for help. The aid of Squeaky and Worm just might make the difference between a triumph over evil and a yuletide tragedy.

Beauchamp Hall, by Danielle Steel. November, 2018.
Winona Farmington once dreamed of graduating from college, moving to New York City, and pursuing a career in publishing. Then real life got in the way when she left college and returned to her small hometown to care for her sick mother. Years later, she is passed over for a promotion, and betrayed by her boyfriend and her best friend. Heartbroken, she makes the first impulsive decision of her conventional life–which changes everything. Beauchamp Hall reminds us to follow our dreams. . . You never know what magic will happen!

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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.

 

More BSC Holds for Spring

fixThe Fix, by David Baldacci. Coming April, 2017.
Following Memory Man and The Last Mile, David Baldacci returns with the third thriller featuring detective Amos Decker.

nighthawkNighthawk, by Clive Cussler. Coming May, 2017.
When an aircraft vanishes over the South Pacific, Kurt Austin and Joe Zavala are drawn into a deadly contest to locate the fallen machine. Russia and China covet the radical technology, but the United States worries about a darker problem — the X-37 is carrying a payload extracted from the upper atmosphere and stored at near absolute zero. As long as it remains frozen, the cargo is inert, but if it thaws, it will unleash a catastrophe of nearly unthinkable proportions. The NUMA team will risk everything in an effort to avert disaster . . . but they may be caught in a race that no one can win.

ebbThe Ebb Tide, by Beverly Lewis. Coming March, 2017.
When Sallie Riehl is asked to be a nanny for the summer at a Cape May, New Jersey, vacation home, she jumps at the chance to go beyond the Amish community where she grew up. As Sallie enjoys the shore she meets a marine biology student who talks about all he’s learning and asks about her interests, unlike most of the guys she grew up with. But Kevin is Mennonite, not Amish, so Sallie tries to brush aside her growing feelings for him. She also realizes that her time in Cape May is increasing her desire to see the world, challenging her plans for the future. Will Sallie change her plans, or only find what her heart is longing for back home in Paradise Township?

withoutWithout Warning, by Joel C. Rosenberg. Coming March, 2017.
As he prepares to deliver the State of the Union address, the POTUS is convinced ISIS is about to be crushed by American forces once and for all. But NYTimes foreign correspondent J. B. Collins tells the president he’s wrong, and he fears a catastrophic attack inside the American homeland is imminent. He argues that only capturing or killing the leader of ISIS can stop the attack and save American lives. But will the president listen and take action before it’s too late?

goldenGolden Prey, by John Sandford. Coming April, 2017.
Lucas Davenport’s first case as a U.S. Marshal sends him into uncharted territory. A Biloxi drug-cartel counting house gets robbed by the Dixie Hicks, leaving behind five bodies, including that of a six-year-old girl. Cartel assassins compete with Davenport to find the shooters and things get ugly real fast.

fastFast & Loose, by Stuart Woods. Coming April, 2017.
Stone Barrington is enjoying a boating excursion off the Maine coast when a chance encounter leaves him somewhat the worse for wear. Always able to find the silver lining in any circumstance, Stone is pleased to discover that the authors of his misfortune are members of a prestigious family who present a unique business opportunity. And, Stone and his new friends have an enemy in common. 

The Latest BSC Holds

stingSting, by Sandra Brown. Coming August, 2016.
Jordie Bennet is being hunted because her brother stole $30 million. Shaw Kinnard abducts her to try to get the money, and they both end up on the run from the FBI and the brother’s boss. Jordie’s only chance of survival is to outwit Shaw, and it soon becomes clear to Shaw that Jordie isn’t entirely trustworthy. Was she in on her brother’s scam, or is she an innocent pawn in a deadly vendetta?

night schoolNight School, by Lee Child. Coming November, 2016.
It’s 1996, and Reacher is still in the army. In the morning they give him a medal, and in the afternoon they send him back to school. That night he’s off the grid. Out of sight, out of mind. Two other men are in the classroom–an FBI agent and a CIA analyst. Reacher and his two new friends are told to find an American who has ties to a Jihadist sleeper cell.

wrong sideThe Wrong Side of Goodbye, by Michael Connelly. Coming November, 2016.
Harry Bosch returns in a new thriller.

odessaOdessa Sea, by Clive Cussler. Coming November, 2016.
A desperate attempt in 1917 to preserve the wealth and power of the Romanov Empire. A Cold War bomber lost with a deadly cargo. Mysterious deaths on the Black Sea linked to modern-day smugglers of nuclear materials. At the center of it all is Dirk Pitt and his team from NUMA. The action never stops as Pitt races to prevent the next global war.

curiousCurious Minds, by Janet Evanovich. Coming August, 2016.
The first in a new series of mysteries featuring the chemistry of Emerson Knight and Riley Moon.

turboTurbo Twenty-Three, by Janet Evanovich. Coming November, 2016.
Speed is the name of the game as Stephanie Plum returns in Turbo Twenty-Three.

mistletoeThe Mistletoe Secret, by Richard Paul Evans. Coming November, 2016.
Kelly Arrington is lonely and in mourning, and she copes by starting an anonymous blog, The Mistletoe Letters. Tyler Richards falls for this anonymous blogger, and follows a trail of clues to track her down.

caramelChristmas Caramel Murder, by Joanne Fluke. Coming September, 2016.
The holidays have arrived, and Hannah and her pal Lisa have agreed to provide the goodies for the town’s annual production of A Christmas Carol . But before anyone can say “Bah, humbug!” a Santa-sized sackful of trouble ensues.

whistlerThe Whistler, by John Grisham. Coming October, 2016.
John Grisham takes his blend of legal savvy and page-turning storytelling to a whole new level.

liarsAll the Little Liars, by Charlaine Harris. Coming October, 2016.
In this, the next installment in the Aurora Teagarden series, Aurora is basking in the news of her pregnancy when disaster strikes: four kids vanish from the school soccer field in an afternoon. Aurora’s 15-year-old brother Phillip is one of them.

razorRazor Girl, by Carl Hiaasen. Coming September, 2016.
This hilarious and entertaining novel starts with a car accident in the Florida Keys and heads on a wild ride from there.

frostFrost Line, by Linda Howard. Coming August, 2016.
Lenna is Strength, a human manifestation of the Tarot card from a long lost deck that made travel between worlds possible. Caine is a Hunter for magical beings, tasked with returning Lenna.  Instead, he’s drawn into her dangerous rescue mission.

downfallDownfall, by J.A. Jance. Coming September, 2016.
With a baby on the way, sudden deaths in the family from which to recover, a re-election campaign looming, and a daughter heading off for college, Cochise County, Arizona Sheriff Joanna Brady has her hands full when a puzzling new case hits her department.

wishThe Wish, by Beverly Lewis. Coming September, 2016.
Leona Speicher got the “sister” she’d always dreamed of when Gloria Gingerich and her family moved to Lancaster County Amish farmland. The newcomers seem to be everything a devout Plain family should be. Leona is shocked when the Gingeriches pack up and disappear after being expelled from the church for reasons no one will discuss. When Gloria contacts Leona after several years, Leona makes up her mind to persuade her friend to return to Lancaster County and the Amish ways. Will Leona’s dearest wish lead to her own undoing?

twelveTwelve Days of Christmas, by Debbie Macomber. Coming October, 2016.
Julia Padden likes nearly everyone, but her neighbor, Cain Maddox, is a challenge. To get through to Cain, she’s going to kill him with kindness, and she decides to blog about her progress. She starts to get through the rough exterior, but will she tell him about the blog and risk their chance at love?

crashCrash and Burn, by Fern Michaels. Coming August, 2016.
Sisterhood member Nikki Quinn has agreed to represent Livinia Lambert as she files for divorce from her Speaker of the House husband, Wilson “Buzz” Lambert. Buzz fears the scandal will hurt his presidential plans, and intends to make life difficult for Livinia—with the help of ruthless law firm, The Chessmen. The Sisterhood has other ideas.

bullseyeBullseye, by James Patterson. Coming August, 2016.
The president of the United States is in New York for a summit at the United Nations with his Russian counterpart, and so is a team of lethal assassins, hunting their prey. Detective Michael Bennett must trace the source of a threat that could rip the country apart. With allegiances in doubt and no one above suspicion, only Bennett can save the president–and the country–before the assassins’ deadly kill shot hits its mark.

crossCross the Line, by James Patterson. Coming November, 2016.
Shots ring out in the early morning hours in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. When the smoke clears, a prominent police official lies dead, leaving the city’s police force scrambling for answers. Alex Cross steps in to crack the case.

messageThe Christmas Message, by Anne Perry. Coming November, 2016.
The year is 1900, and Victor Narraway is giving his wife, Vespasia, an unforgettable Christmas present–a trip to Jerusalem for the holiday. When a fellow traveler is murdered over a torn piece of ancient parchment he was taking to Jerusalem, Victor and Vespasia risk their lives to finish his mission and deliver the document to its home.

revengeRevenge in a Cold River, by Anne Perry. Coming September, 2016.
When Commander Monk of the Thames River Police is called to investigate the drowning of an escaped prisoner, he’s forced to contend with customs officer McNab, who clearly bears a grudge against him and appears intent on ruining Monk’s future as an officer of the law.

loveA Love Transformed, by Tracie Peterson. Coming September, 2016.
Clara Vesper, widowed and penniless, with two small children, goes to her aunt and uncle’s ranch in Montana, the only place she has ever been happy. A dangerous secret in her late husband’s life comes to light, and it is threatening everyone she loves.

smallSmall Great Things, by Jodi Picoult. Coming October, 2016.
Ruth Jefferson, an African American labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years’ experience, is told by white supremacist parents not to touch their child. The next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?

bayBay of Sighs, by Nora Roberts. Coming July, 2016.
The new Guardians Trilogy novel — To celebrate the rise of their new queen, three goddesses of the moon created three stars, one of fire, one of ice, one of water. But then they fell from the sky, putting the fate of all worlds in danger. And now three women and three men join forces to pick up the pieces…

escapeEscape Clause, by John Sandford. Coming October, 2016.
Two Amur tigers have vanished from their cage, and authorities are worried they’ve been stolen for their body parts. Traditional Chinese medicine prizes those parts for home remedies, and people will do extreme things to get what they need. Some are more extreme than others — as Virgil Flowers is about to find out. Then there’s the homefront. Virgil’s relationship with his girlfriend Frankie gets a lot more complicated when Frankie’s sister moves in for the summer.

twoTwo by Two, by Nicholas Sparks. Coming October, 2016.
At 32, Russell Green has it all: a stunning wife, a lovable six year-old daughter, a successful career as an advertising executive and an expansive home in Charlotte. Then things get turned upside down. In a matter of months, Russ finds himself without a job or wife, caring for his young daughter while struggling to adapt to a new and baffling reality.

awardThe Award, by Danielle Steel. Coming November, 2016.
Gaëlle de Barbet is sixteen years old in 1940 when the German army occupies France and frightening changes begin. She is shocked and powerless when French gendarmes take away her closest friend, Rebekah Feldmann, and her family, and send them to a detention camp for deportation to an unknown, ominous fate. The Award follows her life as a member of the Resistance and beyond.