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BSC Books for October

THE HEALING JARThe Healing Jar, by Wanda Brunstetter. Coming August, 2019.
Lenore Lapp is an Amish schoolteacher in her late twenties still living at home with her parents and grandparents.  Resigned to living single, Lenore throws herself into caring for her elders. While working in her grandmother’s garden, she digs up an old jar. Will Lenore find healing for her broken heart and solve long-buried family secrets by reading the note contained inside?

CHRISTMAS IN WINTER HILLChristmas in Winter Hill, by Melody Carlson. Coming September, 2019.
Krista Galloway is not a fan of Christmas, but when she accepts a job as a city manager in Winter Hill, Washington, Christmas is part of the deal. The small town is famous for its Christmasville celebration, and she has to manage it. As she tries to make her apartment feel like home, Krista begins to wonder if this move was a mistake. Can a friendly stranger help restore Krista’s Christmas spirit before the big day?

THE CHRISTMAS BOUTIQUEThe Christmas Boutique, by Jennifer Chiaverini
Just weeks before Christmas, severe weather damages the church hall hosting the Christmas Boutique. Determined to save the fundraiser, Sylvia Bergstrom Compson offers to hold the event at Elm Creek Manor, her family estate and summertime home to Elm Creek Quilt Camp. While the Elm Creek Quilters work to make sure the Christmas Boutique happens, it may take a holiday miracle to make it the success they want it to be.

BLUE MOONBlue Moon, by Lee Child
An elderly couple have made a few mistakes, and now they owe big money to some bad people. One move leads to another, and Jack Reacher finds himself a wanted man in the middle of a turf war between rival Ukrainian and Albanian gangs. He teams up with a waitress who knows more than she’s letting on, and sets out to take down the powerful and make the greedy pay. It’s a long shot, but Reacher believes in the kind of justice that comes along once in a blue moon.

THE NIGHT FIREThe Night Fire, by Michael Connelly
Harry Bosch’s mentor, John Jack Thompson, is dead. After his funeral, his widow gives Bosch a murder book that Thompson took with him when he left the LAPD 20 years before — the unsolved killing of a troubled young man in an alley used for drug deals. Bosch brings the murder book to Renée Ballard and asks her to help him find what about the case lit Thompson’s fire all those years ago. They soon arrive at a worrying question: Did Thompson steal the murder book to work the case in retirement, or to make sure it never got solved?

QUANTUM : A ThrillerQuantum, by Patricia Cornwell
On the eve of a top secret space mission, Captain Calli Chase detects a tripped alarm in the tunnels deep below a NASA research center. She knows that a looming blizzard and government shutdown could provide the perfect cover for sabotage, with deadly consequences. The danger is worse than she thought, and a series of clues point to Calli’s twin sister, Carme, who’s been MIA for days. Desperate to halt the countdown to disaster and to clear her sister’s name, Chase digs deep into her vast cyber security knowledge and her painful past, probing for answers to her twin’s erratic conduct. As time is running out, she realizes that failure means catastrophe—not just for the space program but for the safety of the whole nation.

THE SHAPE OF NIGHT : a novelThe Shape of Night, by Tess Gerritsen
After an unspeakable tragedy in Boston, Ava flees to a remote village in Maine, where she rents an old house named Brodie’s Watch. In that isolated seaside mansion, she finally feels at peace . . . until she glimpses the long-dead sea captain who has haunted the house for more than a century. Then she learns that the house she loves comes with a another secret: Every woman who has ever lived there has also died there.  Is the ghost of Captain Brodie responsible, or is a flesh-                                                    and-blood killer at work?

THE GUARDIANS.The Guardians, by John Grisham
In a small north Florida town, a young lawyer named Keith Russo was shot dead as he worked late one night. There were no witnesses, no suspects, no one with a motive. A young black man who was once a client was framed, convicted, and sent to prison for life. For 22 years he was in prison with no lawyer or advocate on the outside. Then he wrote to Guardian Ministries, a small innocence group founded by a lawyer/minister Cullen Post. Post  travels the South fighting wrongful convictions and taking cases no one else will touch. But powerful, ruthless people murdered Keith Russo, and they do not want to be found. They killed one lawyer, and they will kill another one without a second thought.

WHAT HAPPENS IN PARADISEWhat Happens in Paradise, by Elin Hilderbrand
A year ago, Irene Steele had the shock of her life when her loving husband was killed in a plane crash. But that wasn’t the only shattering news: he’d also been leading a double life on the island of St. John, where another woman loved him, too. Now Irene and her sons are on St. John, determined to learn the truth about the mysterious life of a man they thought they knew. Along the way, they’re about to learn some surprising truths                                                   about their own lives, and their futures.

A MRS. MIRACLE CHRISTMASA Mrs. Miracle Christmas, by Debbie Macomber
As the holiday season begins, Laurel McCullough could use some good news. She and husband, Zach, have been praying for a baby that seems more and more like an impossible dream, and they’ve had to move in with her grandmother, Helen, who’s having trouble taking care of herself. But when Laurel contacts a local home-care organization for help, there are no caregivers available. Then Mrs. Miracle appears at the door. Nothing short of a godsend, Helen is convinced she’s an angel! With Mrs. Miracle’s companionship, Helen is noticeably happier and more engaged. In the meantime, Laurel and Zach encounter curious signs, all pointing toward the arrival of a special baby. There’s more to Mrs. Miracle than meets the eye.

MEANT TO BE YOURSMeant to be Yours, by Susan Mallery
Wedding coordinator Renee Grothen isn’t meant for marriage. Those who can, do. Those who can’t, plan. But she never could have planned on gorgeous, talented thriller writer Jasper Dembenski proposing–a fling, that is. Fun without a future. And the attraction between them is too strong for Renee to resist. Now she can have her no-wedding cake…and eat it, too. Renee is an expert at averting every crisis. But is she finally ready to leap into the one thing that can never be controlled: love?

THE 19TH CHRISTMASThe 19th Christmas, by James Patterson
As the holidays approach, Detective Lindsay Boxer and her friends in the Women’s Murder Club have much to celebrate. Crime is down. The ME’s office is quiet. Even the courts are showing some Christmas spirit. The news cycle is so slow that journalist Cindy Thomas is on assignment to tell a story about the true meaning of the season for San Francisco. Then a criminal known only as “Loman” seizes control of the headlines, and he’s planning a deadly surprise for Christmas morning.

WHAT COMES MY WAYWhat Comes My Way, by Tracie Peterson
Ella Fleming is on the run from her past and secrets that could tear her family apart. Only while performing as a trick rider can she forget that she is the daughter of a murderer. Phillip DeShazer blames himself for his father’s death and has done his best to bury his guilt in work and drink. He finds support and kindness from Ella, however, the more she comes to his rescue, the more his guilt grows. They must learn to trust God when the road they travel takes them different                                                               directions. Only then can love be a part of their journey.

BLOODY GENIUSBloody Genius, by John Sandford
At the local state university, two feuding departments have faced off on the battleground of science and medicine. Each carries their views to extremes, but highly educated people of sound mind and good intentions can reasonably disagree, right? Then a renowned scholar winds up dead, and Virgil Flowers is brought in to investigate. As he probes the recent unrest, he soon comes to realize he’s dealing with people who are functionally crazy. Among this group of wildly impassioned, diametrically opposed zealots lurks a killer, and it will be up to Virgil to sort the murderer from the mere maniacs.

CHILD'S PLAYChild’s Play, by Danielle Steel
A senior partner at a prestigious New York law firm, Kate Morgan couldn’t be prouder of her three grown children. Tamara, Anthony, and Claire all went to great schools, chose wonderful career paths, and would have made their father proud. A single mother after the death of her husband, Kate keeps a tight rein on her family, her career, and her emotions, never once asking herself if she truly knows her children . . . or if her hopes for them are what they want. She is about to find                                                out. More often than not, parenting is about letting go                                                  of our dreams and embracing theirs.

STEALTHStealth, by Stuart Woods
Stone Barrington is trying to enjoy some downtime at his English retreat when he’s sent off to the remote reaches of the UK and into a deadly snare. This is only the first volley by a rival power, one that has its eyes set on disrupting the peace of the nation. With the help of two brilliant women, Stone must leverage a new position of power to capture a villain. The closer he comes to nabbing the culprit, the more he realizes there’s a mastermind who’s a force to be reckoned with.

 

Bestseller Club Titles for June

SUMMER OF '69
Summer of ’69, by Elin Hilderbrand
Four siblings experience the drama, intrigue, and upheaval of a summer when everything changed. This historical novel is rich with the details of an era that shaped both a nation and an island thirty miles out to sea.

 

THE SUMMER OF SUNSHINE AND MARGOT
The Summer of Sunshine & Margot, by Susan Mallery
Etiquette coach Margot Baxter has never faced a client like Bianca, an aging movie star who gained fame through a campaign of shock and awe. She requires intensive lessons, forcing Margot to move into the mansion owned by the actress’s son, Alec. His stony exterior hides secret depths Margot would love to explore, but will he trust her enough to let her in? Sunshine Baxter has always been the good-time sister, abandoning jobs to chase after guys who used her, then threw her away. No more. This time, she’ll finish college, dedicate herself to her job as a nanny, and she 100 percent will not screw up her life again by falling for the wrong guy. Especially not the tempting single dad who also happens to be her boss.

 

UNSOLVED
Unsolved, by James Patterson
FBI agent Emmy Dockery is absolutely relentless. Her unique skill at seeing connections others miss has brought her an impressive string of arrests, but a shocking new case has left her utterly baffled. The victims all appear to have died by accident, and have seemingly nothing in common. But this many deaths can’t be coincidence. And the killer is somehow one step ahead of every move Dockery makes. How? Someone is watching Dockery. Studying, learning, waiting. Until it’s the perfect time to strike.

 

WHEREVER YOU GO
Wherever You Go, by Tracie Peterson
Mary Reichert is one of the best sharpshooters in the country, and in the Brookstone Wild West Extravaganza her skills are on display in every performance. Journalist Christopher Williams has been assigned to follow the Brookstone show on its 1901 tour of England and write a series of articles for his magazine. As he gets to know the cast he quickly finds himself irresistibly drawn to the show’s sharpshooter. Mary and Chris will both have to trust God if they are to heal from the wounds of the past and chart a new future together.

 

LOST AND FOUND
Lost and Found, by Danielle Steel
After breaking her ankle, Madison Allen is forced to step back from her demanding schedule, and she embarks on a road trip. She hopes to answer questions about the men she loved and might have married. Wearing a cast and driving a rented SUV, she sets off to reconnect with three very different men–one in Boston, one in Chicago, and another in Wyoming–to know once and for all if the decisions she made long ago were the right ones. Before moving forward into the future, she is compelled to confront the past.

 

SKIN GAME
Skin Game, by Stuart Woods
When Teddy Fay receives a freelance assignment from a gentleman he can’t refuse, he jets off to Paris on the hunt for a treasonous criminal. But as Teddy unearths more information that just doesn’t seem to connect, his straightforward mission becomes far bigger–and stranger–than he could imagine. Under the beautiful veneer of the City of Lights, true villainy lurks in the shadows…and Teddy Fay alone can prevent the impending disaster.

New Releases for February, 2019

A Justified Murder, by Jude Deveraux.
Lachlan, Florida, was rocked last year when two bodies were uncovered in the roots of a fallen tree. Sara Medlar, her niece Kate, and Jack Wyatt found themselves at the center of the mystery, working to reveal the truth behind a decades-old secret in the small town. They vowed to never again involve themselves in something so dangerous–until Janet Beeson is murdered. They are determined to leave this case to the professionals, but people are eager to tell their stories and clear their names with the trio who solved the Morris murders. Even the sheriff is hoping they’ll help. And once the town gets talking, they begin to see that there are more secrets buried in quiet Lachlan than anyone could have imagined…

Chocolate Cream Pie Murder, by Joanne Fluke.
When The Cookie Jar becomes the setting of a TV special about movies filmed in Minnesota, Hannah hopes to shine the spotlight on her bakery-not the scandal surrounding her personal life. But that’s practically impossible with a visit from the shifty character she once believed was her one and only love, a group of bodyguards following her every move, and a murder victim in her bedroom. Now, swapping the crime scene in her condo for her mother Delores’s penthouse, Hannah and an old flame team up to solve a case that’s messier than an upended chocolate cream pie.

The Wedding Guest, by Jonathan Kellerman.
LAPD Lieutenant Milo Sturgis is a fine homicide detective, but when he needs to get into the mind of a killer, he leans on the expertise of his best friend, psychologist Dr. Alex Delaware. Summoned to a run-down former strip joint, Delaware and Sturgis find themselves crashing a wild Saints and Sinners-themed wedding reception where a bridesmaid has discovered the body of a young woman. What’s missing is any identification, or a single party goer who recognizes the victim. Delaware and Sturgis have a hundred guests to question, and a sneaking suspicion that the motive for murder is personal. The party’s over–and the hunt for whoever killed it is on.

California Girls, by Susan Mallery.
Finola, a popular LA morning show host, is famously upbeat until she’s blindsided on live TV by news that her husband is sleeping with a young pop sensation. She’s desperate for him to come to his senses and for life to go back to normal. Zennie’s breakup is no big loss. Although the world insists she pair up, she’d rather be surfing. So agreeing to be the surrogate for her best friend is a no-brainer, except, being pregnant is a lot lonelier–and more complicated–than she imagined. Ali is used to being overlooked, but when her fiancé sends his disapproving brother to call off the wedding, it’s a new low. And yet Daniel continues to turn up “for support,” making Ali wonder if maybe–for once–someone sees her in a way no one ever has. These sisters will start over and rebuild their lives with affection, charm and laugh-out-loud humor.

Killer Instinct, by James Patterson.
The murder of an Ivy League professor pulls Dr. Dylan Reinhart out of his ivory tower and onto the streets of New York, where he reunited with his old partner, Detective Elizabeth Needham. As the worst act of terror since 9/11 strikes the city, a name on the casualty list rocks Dylan’s world. Is his secret past about to be brought to light? Dylan literally wrote the book on the psychology of murder, and he and Elizabeth have solved cases that have baffled conventional detectives. But the sociopath they’re facing this time is the opposite of a textbook case. There’s no time to study for the test he’s about to give them. And if they fail, they die.


Connections in Death, by J. D. Robb.
Homicide cop Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband, Roarke, are building a brand-new school and youth shelter. They know that the hard life can lead kids toward dangerous crossroads–and with this new project, they hope to nudge a few more of them onto the right path. For help they hire child psychologist Dr. Rochelle Pickering–whose brother Lyle pulled himself out of a spiral of addiction and crime with Rochelle’s support. But when Lyle is found dead with a syringe in his lap, Eve’s investigation confirms that this wasn’t just another OD. Eve and Roarke both believe in giving people a second chance. Maybe even a third or fourth. But as far as they’re concerned, whoever gave the order on Lyle Pickering’s murder has run out of chances…

Coming this fall…


The Hope Jar, by Wanda Brunstetter. Coming September 2018.
The Lapps were looking for their long-lost granddaughter when they met Michelle and she assumed the identity of Sara Murray. Once homeless and hopeless, Michelle has come to love her new Amish friends. How can she tell the truth without hurting the ones she has truly come to love?


A Christmas by the Sea, by Melody Carlson. Coming September, 2018
When Wendy Harper inherits her family’s beachside cottage in Seaside, Maine, she sees it as a way to finally pay off the debts that have mounted since her husband died. She and her 12-year-old son Jackson move in–temporarily, she reminds him–in order to renovate it prior to selling it. Wendy knows that the most responsible thing to do is to sell the cottage and return to Ohio, but the lure of the sea is hard to resist.


Dark Sacred Night, by Michael Connelly. Coming October, 2018.
Renée Ballard is working the night beat again, and returns to Hollywood Station in the early hours to find retired detective Harry Bosch rifling through old file cabinets. Bosch is investigating the death of fifteen-year-old Daisy Clayton, a runaway on the streets of Hollywood who was murdered and left in a dumpster. Ballard joins forces with Bosch to find out what happened to Daisy and finally bring her killer to justice


The Reckoning, by John Grisham. Coming October, 2018.
One morning in 1946 Pete Banning rose early, drove into town, walked into the Church, and calmly shot and killed the Reverend Dexter Bell. Pete’s only statement about it–to the sheriff, to his defense attorney, to the judge, to his family and friends, and to the people of Clanton–was “I have nothing to say.” And so the murder of the esteemed Reverend Bell became the most mysterious and unforgettable crime Ford County had ever known.


An Easy Death, by Charlaine Harris. Coming October, 2018.
Set in a fractured United States, in the southwestern country now known as Texoma. A world where magic is acknowledged but mistrusted, especially by a young gunslinger named Lizbeth Rose. She takes a job offer from a pair of Russian wizards to be their local guide and gunnie. Lizbeth Rose is a gunnie who has never failed a client, but her oath will test all of her skills and resolve to get them all out alive.


Vendetta, by Iris Johansen. Coming October, 2018.
With his dying breath, Carl Venable, head of the CIA task force on terrorism and Jude Brandon’s final link to terrorist ringleader Max Huber, gives Brandon a mandate: to keep his daughter, Rachel, safe at any cost. As Rachel and Brandon race against the clock to bring Huber down before he can orchestrate a nuclear explosion that will lay waste to the west coast, they also fight a growing attraction to each other – an attraction that could prove just as dangerous as Huber himself.


Elevation, by Stephen King. Coming October, 2018.
Scott Carey has inexplicably been steadily losing weight. He doesn’t want to be poked and prodded, he mostly just wants someone else to know, and he trusts Doctor Ellis. Scott is engaged in a low grade–but escalating–battle with the lesbians next door whose dog regularly drops his business on Scott’s lawn. They are trying to launch a new restaurant, but the people of Castle Rock want no part of a gay married couple, and the place is in trouble. When Scott finally understands the prejudices they face-including his own–he tries to help. Unlikely alliances, the annual foot race, and the mystery of Scott’s affliction bring out the best in people who have indulged the worst in themselves and others.


The Forbidden Door, By Dean Koontz. Coming October, 2018.
She was one of the FBI’s top agents until she became the nation’s most-wanted fugitive, a happily married woman before becoming a devastated widow. Now Jane Hawk may be all that stands between a free nation and its enslavement by a powerful secret society’s terrifying mind-control technology. With the madness spreading like a virus, the war between Jane and her enemies will become a fight for all their lives–against the lethal terror unleashed from behind the forbidden door


Alaskan Holiday, by Debbie Macomber. Coming October, 2018.
Before beginning her dream job as sous chef in one of Seattle’s hottest new restaurants, Josie Avery takes a summer job cooking at a lodge in the remote Alaskan town of Ponder. Josie falls for the rustic charms of the local community–including the quiet and intense Palmer Saxon. Josie and Palmer become close during the long Alaskan summer days, but Josie knows that, come fall, she’ll be returning to reality and the career she’s worked so hard for. Josie misses the last boat out of town before winter sets in, stranding her in Ponder and putting her dream job at risk. As the holidays approach, Josie and Palmer must grapple with the complications that arise when dreams confront reality, and the Christmas magic that can happen when they put their faith in love.


Not Quite Over You, by Susan Mallery. Coming October, 2018.
Silver Tesdal has a head for business and a mouth made for kissing, and banker Drew Lovato has his eye on both. But ever since he was dumb enough to let her go, she’s kept him at a distance. When the bank turns her down for a loan, Drew sees a double opportunity–he can finance her brilliant, unique idea to rock Happily Inc’s wedding industry and win back her trust. Silver finds herself falling even harder than when they were high school sweethearts, which means that she’ll have to come clean about the secret she’s been hiding from him for years–and risk losing him forever.


Shell Game, by Sara Paretsky. Coming October, 2018.
Legendary sleuth V.I. Warshawski returns to the Windy City to save an old friend’s nephew from a murder arrest. The case involves a stolen artifact that could implicate a shadowy network of international criminals. As V.I. investigates, the detective soon finds herself tangling with the Russian mob, ISIS backers, and a shady network of stock scams and stolen art that stretches from Chicago to the East Indies and the Middle East.


Ambush, by James Patterson. Coming October, 2018.
An anonymous tip about a crime in Upper Manhattan proves to be a setup. An officer is taken down–and, despite the attackers’ efforts, it’s not Michael Bennett. New York’s top cop is not the only one at risk. Michael Bennett can’t tell what’s driving the assassin, but he can tell it’s personal, and that it’s part of something huge. Through twist after twist, he fights to understand exactly how he fits into the killer’s plan, before he becomes the ultimate victim.


In times Gone By, by Tracie Peterson. Coming September, 2018.
After getting left at the altar, Kenzie Gifford flees to San Francisco to start her life over. She’s made new friends and has a good job. The only thorn in her side is Dr. Micah Fisher, who insists on pursuing her despite her constant rejection. Then the Great 1906 Earthquake strikes the city, and everything changes. The devastation makes Kenzie reevaluate her outlook on life–and possibly even her feelings for Micah. Her world is rocked again when her ex-fiance appears, full of apologies and determined to win her back. Does she dare trust him again? The sudden arrival of a hidden danger will expose the motivations of all involved, but it could cost Kenzie her life–as well as her heart.


A Spark of Light, by Jodi Picoult. Coming October, 2018.
The day starts like any other at the Center–a women’s reproductive health services clinic–its staff offering care to anyone who passes through its doors. Then a desperate and distraught gunman bursts in and opens fire, taking all inside hostage. After rushing to the scene, hostage negotiator Hugh McElroy sets up a perimeter and begins making a plan to communicate with the gunman. His phone vibrates and he glances at it, finding out that his fifteen-year-old daughter is inside the clinic. She will share the tensest few hours of her young life with a cast of unforgettable characters, including the disturbed individual himself, vowing to be heard.


Blood Communion, by Anne Rice. Coming October, 2018.
This is the saga of Prince Lestat and the story of the Blood Communion as he tells the tale of his coming to rule the vampire world and the eternal struggle to find belonging, a place in the universe for the undead, and how, against his will, he must battle the menacing, seemingly unstoppable force determined to thwart his vision and destroy the entire vampire netherworld.


Holy Ghost, by John Sandford. Coming October, 2018.
Pinion, Minnesota: nothing ever happened there and nothing ever would–until the mayor and a buddy come up with a scheme to put Pinion on the map. They’d heard of a place where a floating image of the Virgin Mary had turned the whole town into a shrine, attracting thousands of pilgrims. And all those pilgrims needed food, shelter, all kinds of crazy things, right? They’d all get rich! What could go wrong? When the dead body shows up, they find out, and that’s only the beginning of their troubles–and Virgil Flowers’–as they are all about to discover all too soon.


Every Breath, by Nicholas Sparks. Coming October, 2018.
Hope Anderson has been dating her boyfriend for six years with no wedding plans in sight, and her father was recently diagnosed with ALS. She decides to use a week at her family’s cottage in Sunset Beach, North Carolina, to ready the house for sale and mull over some difficult decisions about her future. Tru Walls has never visited North Carolina but is summoned to Sunset Beach by a man claiming to be his father. Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Tru hopes to unravel some of the mysteries surrounding his mother’s early life and recapture memories lost with her death. When the two cross paths, their connection is as electric as it is unfathomable . . . but in the days that follow, their feelings for each other will give way to choices that pit family duty against personal happiness in devastating ways.


Desperate Measures, by Stuart Woods. Coming October, 2018.
Upon returning to the states from a European jaunt, Stone Barrington makes the acquaintance of a stunning woman who seems like she could be an ideal candidate to meet some of his professional–and personal–needs. Before long, though, Stone is put to the task of protecting his new hire when New York City is rocked by a series of crimes, and it looks as if she might be the next target. In the city that never sleeps there’s always a plot being hatched, and the only recourse is constant vigilance and a bit of luck. But if those defensive systems fail, Stone will have to go head-to-head against some of the most dastardly scum he’s ever faced . . .

Here’s what’s coming in September

Shadow Tyrants, by Clive Cussler.
Juan Cabrillo and his team of expert operatives aboard the Oregon find themselves trapped between two power-hungry adversaries, both of whom are willing to use shocking means to accomplish their goals. Both sides think they are saving the world, but their tactics could very well bring about the end of humankind.

A Willing Murder, by Jude Deveraux.
Retired romance writer Sara Medlar has been staying busy remodeling a mansion in her hometown when her niece comes to town and moves in. Jackson Wyatt already has a room at the home, and he’s clearly got Sara wrapped around his finger. When two skeletons are accidentally uncovered in the quiet town, the trio is thrust together by the common goal of solving a mystery everyone else seems eager to keep under wraps.

Christmas Cake Murder, by Joanne Fluke.
With her dream of opening The Cookie Jar taking shape, Hannah’s life matches the hectic December hustle and bustle in Lake Eden–especially when she agrees to help recreate a Christmas Ball from the past in honor of Essie Granger, an elderly local in hospice care. But instead of poring over recipes for the festivities, she becomes enthralled by Essie’s old notebooks and the tale of a woman escaping danger on the streets of New York. Hannah’s surprised when the story turns real. As Hannah prepares to run a bakery, it’ll be a true miracle if she can prevent another Yuletide disaster by solving a mystery as dense as a Christmas fruitcake .

Field of Bones, by J.A. Jance.
This time Sheriff Joanna Brady may expect to see her maternity leave through to completion, but the world has other plans when a serial homicide case surfaces in her beloved Cochise County. Rather than staying home with her newborn and losing herself in the cold cases to be found in her father’s long unread diaries, Joanna instead finds herself overseeing a complex investigation involving multiple jurisdictions.

The First Love, by Beverly Lewis.
In the summer of 1951, eighteen-year-old Maggie Esh is in need of some hope. Sweet-spirited and uncommonly pretty despite struggling with a debilitating illness, she is accustomed to being treated kindly by the young men of her Old Order Amish church district. Yet no one but Jimmy Beiler ever asks her out. When tent revival meetings come to the area, Maggie attends out of curiosity, but the words of the evangelist begin to stir something deep inside her. Dare she hope for a brighter future?

Why Not Tonight, by Susan Mallery.
Natalie Kaleta will do anything for the artists at her gallery, including risk life, limb and the effect of humidity on her naturally curly hair. Braving a downpour to check on reclusive Ronan Mitchell, Natalie gets stranded by a mudslide at his mountain home, where the brooding glass artist reveals his playful side, sending her inconvenient crush from under-the-radar to over-the-top.

Juror #3, by James Patterson.
Ruby Bozarth is fresh to the Mississippi Bar when she is tapped as defense counsel in a racially charged felony. The murder of a woman from one of the town’s oldest families has Rosedale’s upper crust howling for blood, and the prosecutor is counting on Ruby’s inexperience to help him deliver a swift conviction. As news breaks of a second murder, Ruby’s ex-fiancé shows up on her doorstep–a Southern gentleman in need of a savior. As intertwining investigations unfold, no one in Rosedale can be trusted, especially the twelve men and women impaneled on the jury.

Dark Tide Rising, by Anne Perry.
When a ransom exchange turns deadly, Commander William Monk faces an unthinkable possibility: betrayal by his own men. Jacob’s Island is a broken-down waterside slum, and kidnappers have chosen this warren of tunnels and alleys as the site of a ransom exchange for Kate Exeter, the wife of a wealthy real estate developer. Harry asks the Thames River Police to secretly accompany him to the spot and ensure that no harm comes to anyone, but on arrival, Monk and five of his best men are attacked from all sides. Monk is left wondering who could have given away their plans.

Leverage in Death, by J.D. Robb.
For the airline executives finalizing a merger that would make news in the business world, the nine a.m. meeting would be a major milestone. But after marketing VP Paul Rogan walked into the plush conference room, strapped with explosives, the headlines told of death and destruction instead. The NYPSD’s Eve Dallas confirms that Rogan was coerced by two masked men holding his family hostage. His motive was saving his wife and daughter–but what was the motive of the masked men?

In His Father’s Footsteps, by Danielle Steel.
This is the story of two World War II concentration camp survivors, the life they build together, and the son who faces struggles of his own as a first generation American determined to be his own person and achieve success.

What’s coming now through July?

The Hawaiian Discovery, by Wanda Brunstetter. Coming June, 2018.
Ellen has received the Amish church’s permission to go to Hawaii and help her friend Mandy through challenging times. Rob works at an organic farm, far from his past mistakes and burning regrets. When Ellen befriends Rob, the attraction is mutual, but her commitment to the Amish faith stands between them. Could a heartfelt discovery lead to forgiveness, reunion, and love?

We’ll Meet Again, by Melody Carlson. Coming soon.
Now in its third year, World War II still rages, taking its toll on the Mulligan sisters. The war will eventually end, but will the Mulligan family remain intact when it does?

Double Blind, by Iris Johansen. Coming July, 2018.
Kendra Michaels is reluctant to help the FBI with the most recent case they’ve brought her. But then she hears the body was found just blocks away from her condo and the hunt is on for a killer whose nightmarish plan is slowly becoming clear. Kendra joins forces with private investigator Jessie Mercado and agent-for-hire Adam Lynch to stop the plot as it grows ever closer to its terrifying conclusion.

A Measure of Darkness, by Jonathan Kellerman. Coming July, 2018.
It’s been a busy year for Alameda County Coroner’s Deputy Clay Edison. He’s solved a decades-old crime, things are getting serious with his girlfriend, and his brother’s fresh out of prison, bringing with him a great big basket of crazy. Then the call comes in the middle of the night about chaos and death at a party in West Oakland, leaving a dead Jane Doe. Clay’s journey to give her a name and bring her justice will lead him into the bizarre–a seductive world where innocence and perversity meet and mingle; where right and wrong begin to blur.

Marry Me by Sundown, by Johanna Lindsey. Coming July, 2018.
Johanna Lindsey takes you on an adventure in 1880s Montana where passions and gold fever run high as an American heiress turns to a rugged mountain man to help her locate her father’s fortune.

Cottage by the Sea, by Debbie Macomber. Coming July, 2018.
A seaside town and its eclectic community help one young woman reclaim the light after darkness. In this heartwarming tale, Annie finds that the surest way to fix what is damaged within is to help others rise above their pain and find a way to heal.

When We Found Home, by Susan Mallery. Coming July, 2018.
Callie Smith doesn’t know how to feel when she discovers she has a brother and a sister–Malcolm, who grew up with affection, wealth and privilege, and Keira, a streetwise twelve-year-old. She moves into the grand family home with her siblings and grandfather on the shores of Lake Washington, hoping just maybe this will be the start of a whole new life. This story explores the definition of a modern family–blended by surprise, not by choice–and how those complicated relationships can add unexpected richness to life.

In Dreams Forgotten, by Tracie Peterson. Coming July, 2018.
Judith Gladstone came to San Francisco after her parents died to find her last living relative, an aunt she has never met. The truths she learns about her past and her parents are shocking and overwhelming, and the more she gets to know her new family, the more danger she uncovers. Someone does not want Judith in the picture, and they will do whatever it takes to get rid of her.

The Other Woman, by Daniel Silva. Coming July, 2018.
Espionage…Love…Betrayal… Nothing is what it seems.

The Good Fight, by Danielle Steel. Coming July, 2018.
The daughter and granddaughter of prominent Manhattan lawyers, Meredith McKenzie is destined for the best of everything: top schools, elite social circles, the perfect marriage. While her grandfather rises to the Supreme Court, Meredith enlists in the most pressing causes of her time, fighting for civil rights and an end to the Vietnam War. When the violence of the era strikes too close to home, her once tightly knit family must survive a devastating loss and rethink their own values and traditions in light of the times.

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.

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.