BONE DRY

NEW FEMALE SLEUTH YOU’LL LOVE—JUST DON’T MESS WITH HER!

“… a medical thriller not for the squeamish.” -Publishers Weekly

Meet Detective Nurse Gina Mazzio: She’s feisty, determined, tenacious, and all ballsy Italian ex-Bronxite. She might remind you a bit of Sandra Bullock when Sandra’s in FBI mode. Detective’s not her real title, RN is, though it might as well be Guardian Angel. Because you know how scary nurses can be; and how compassionate. Gina’s gone into investigative mode because her patients are in danger. And everyone at her fancy San Francisco hospital’s blowing it off like everything’s normal.

Carl Chapman, a young man with an excellent prognosis, has already died–and Gina knows he shouldn’t have. Another patient’s acting weird and desperate; a third, a teen-ager, has actually run away. Gina soon learns Carl’s cancer treatment’s gone missing, in fact finds out her patients are being subjected to a form of blackmail so diabolical Hanibal Lecter could have dreamed it up.

And murdered if they don’t pay up.

They’re blasted with chemotherapy and every other toxic poison available to save their lives. Most days they’re so run down they’re more dead than alive. But there’s one chance for survival—an experimental treatment. In turn, each will be infused with his or her own treated bone marrow – frozen, secure in the hospital’s storage vaults.

Only maybe not so secure. Because then comes the note: “We have your marrow…pay $50,000 or die now!”

Before it’s over, Gina will be stalked, threatened, and nearly killed. This is an action-packed but shocking, take-no-prisoners tale of medical suspense, definitely not for the faint-hearted. But fans of the more hard-boiled medical thrillers (and also of Patricia Cornwell) will eat it up! As well as lovers of, strong women sleuths, hospital mysteries, and all medical fiction, especially fans of Tess Gerritsen, Carolyn McCray, Eileen Dreyer, Lisa Genova, and Robin Cook.

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TREASURE UNCOVERED

TREASURE UNCOVERED

TREASURE UNCOVERED (Book 3 of the Bellingwood Series) CONTINUES THE SAGA OF POLLY GILLER WHO HAS BOUGHT THE OLD BELLINGWOOD SCHOOL BUILDING AND CONTINUES TO RENOVATE AND FIND MORE SECRETS.  OF COURSE THERE IS MURDER AND ROMANCE WOVEN INTO THE PLOT.  POLLY HAS TAKEN ON 4  ABUSED HORSES AND, WITH HER LATEST CUSTODIAN FOUND DEAD,  SHE IS HAVING TROUBLE FINDING A RELIABLE REPLACEMENT.  BUT SHE IS A STRONG WOMAN WHO WILL TAKE A CHALLENGE HEAD ON AND SHE IS ENJOYING HER LIFE ON THE “FARM” RATHER THAN THE HUSTLE AND BUSTLE OF HER LIFE IN BOSTON.  HER BEST FRIEND FROM BOSTON VISITS AND IS EVEN ABLE TO UNDERSTAND HOW POLLY COULD MAKE SUCH A CHANGE.  POLLY HELPS UNCOVER THE REASON FOR HER LATEST CUSTODIAN’S KILLING WHEN SHE AND HER FRIENDS START FINDING $100 BILLS HIDDEN INSIDE HIS OLD BOOKS.  POLLY EVEN FINDS AN ANCIENT VASE WITH MORE $100 BILLS INSIDE HIDDEN IN HER BARN!

ALL ROADS LEAD HOME WAS THE START OF THE SERIES AND THIS WAS A GREAT FOLLOW-UP.  START READING THE SERIES TODAY!

PUBLISHER’S SYNOPSIS:

Polly Giller has had the worst luck with finding a good custodian for Sycamore House and the murder of her latest employee draws even more attention to her propensity for finding dead bodies. Sheriff Aaron Merritt just assumes that when she calls him, it’s because she’s found someone. The pool at the Elevator expands as the locals lay odds on Polly’s next find. When Beryl Watson ends up in the hospital because of an explosion, the last thing she wants is to be a statistic in Polly’s life.

Sal Kahane, Polly’s college roommate and best friend from Boston, comes to Iowa to see what all the fuss is about at Sycamore House. The city girl has to keep an open mind in order to understand why her friend loves living among the cornfields. Polly’s relationship with Henry Sturtz, her contractor and friend, continues to grow. When he left town for a couple of months, she discovered how important he was.

Polly takes a risk on a new custodian with a mysterious background and farm thefts disrupt the little town. She finds herself worrying about locking things up again; something she had ceased doing when she moved out of Boston.

Things are never dull in Bellingwood and with the introduction of wonderful, new characters, Polly comes to a better understanding of herself and her relationship with this little town. All of the regulars are back with some stories of their own to tell.

What treasures are uncovered? Read on.

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THE LONG WAY HOME

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THE LONG WAY HOME IS THE TENTH OF ELEVEN IN THE CHIEF  INSPECTOR GAMACHE SERIES AND I HAVE READ ONLY ONE OTHER (HOW THE LIGHT GETS IN #9 – http://wp.me/p3DlOf-5e).

THE STORY IS THE SEARCH FOR CLARA’S HUSBAND, PETER, WHO SHE SUGGESTED LEAVE OVER A YEAR AGO ON A TRIAL SEPARATION WITH A MEETING ONE YEAR LATER TO SEE WHERE THEY ARE AT.  MANY WEEKS AFTER THAT ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY PETER HAS NOT RETURNED HOME SO CLARA ENGAGES RETIRED CHIEF INSPECTOR GAMACHE TO HELP HER FIND HIM FEARING HE MUST BE DEAD.

PETER IS AN ARTIST WHO HAS TRAVELED THROUGHOUT EUROPE’S ARTIST REGIONS AND SOME OTHER STRANGER DESTINATIONS BUT IT DOES SEEM HIS TRAIL IS HEADING HOME WHEN THE TRAIL ENDS.  GAMACHE AND HIS COHORTS CONTINUE TO DIG AND UNCOVER MORE SURPRISES.  A GOOD READ THAT YOU WILL ENJOY AND INSPIRE YOU TO BEGIN TO READ THE REST OF THE SERIES!

PUBLISHER’S BLURB:

Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, has found a peace he’d only imagined possible. On warm summer mornings he sits on a bench holding a small book, The Balm in Gilead, in his large hands. “There is a balm in Gilead,” his neighbor Clara Morrow reads from the dust jacket, “to make the wounded whole.”

While Gamache doesn’t talk about his wounds and his balm, Clara tells him about hers. Peter, her artist husband, has failed to come home. Failed to show up as promised on the first anniversary of their separation. She wants Gamache’s help to find him. Having finally found sanctuary, Gamache feels a near revulsion at the thought of leaving Three Pines. “There’s power enough in Heaven,” he finishes the quote as he contemplates the quiet village, “to cure a sin-sick soul.” And then he gets up. And joins her.

Together with his former second-in-command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir, and Myrna Landers, they journey deeper and deeper into Québec. And deeper and deeper into the soul of Peter Morrow. A man so desperate to recapture his fame as an artist, he would sell that soul. And may have. The journey takes them further and further from Three Pines, to the very mouth of the great St. Lawrence river. To an area so desolate, so damned, the first mariners called it The land God gave to Cain. And there they discover the terrible damage done by a sin-sick soul.

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FESTIVE IN DEATH

Cover of Festive in Death

BOY DO YOU GROW TO HATE TREY ZIEGLER, A PERSONAL TRAINER AT ALL THE RICH AND FAMOUS’ GYM.  HE STARTS MAKING HOME VISITS FOR MASSAGE THERAPY WITH A SPECIAL TEA AND ENDS UP SLEEPING WITH MOST OF THE TOWN’S WOMEN.  THE SORDID TALE GROW EVEN BIGGER WITH THE HUSBANDS PAYING TREY TO SLEEP WITH THEIR WIVES IN HOPES OF GRAND DIVORCE SETTLEMENTS.  TREY HAS FOUND HIS NICHE AND IS RAKING IN THE CASH UNTIL HE ENDS UP WITH HIS SKULL BASHED IN AND A KITCHEN KNIFE IN HIS CHEST.  THERE ARE SO MANY SUSPECTS BUT THE ONE WHO IS TRULY THE BEST SUSPECT MAY HAVE BEEN SET UP!  IT’S A FUN READ ESPECIALLY AROUND THE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY BUT YOU CAN ENJOY IT ANYTIME – I DID!

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

Eve Dallas deals with a homicide—and the holiday season—in the latest from the #1 New York Times bestselling author.

Personal trainer Trey Ziegler was in peak physical condition. If you didn’t count the kitchen knife in his well-toned chest.
Lieutenant Eve Dallas soon discovers a lineup of women who’d been loved and left by the narcissistic gym rat. While Dallas sorts through the list of Ziegler’s enemies, she’s also dealing with her Christmas shopping list—plus the guest list for her and her billionaire husband’s upcoming holiday bash.
Feeling less than festive, Dallas tries to put aside her distaste for the victim and solve the mystery of his death. There are just a few investigating days left before Christmas, and as New Year’s 2061 approaches, this homicide cop is resolved to stop a cold-blooded killer.

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THE SILKWORM

THE SILKWORM

GREAT WHO-DUN-IT WITH GALBRAITH ALWAYS KEEPING YOU GUESSING.  YOU WILL NEVER GUESS WHO THE MURDERER IS NOR THE MOTIVE UNTIL GALBRAITH UNFOLDS IT ALL FOR YOU.   WELL WRITTEN AND EXCITING!  ALSO READ THE CUCKOO’S CALLING AND IT WAS GREAT TOO!

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

Private investigator Cormoran Strike returns in a new mystery from Robert Galbraith, author of the #1 international bestseller The Cuckoo’s Calling.

When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days—as he has done before—and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home.

But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine’s disappearance than his wife realizes. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were to be published, it would ruin lives—meaning that there are a lot of people who might want him silenced.

When Quine is found brutally murdered under bizarre circumstances, it becomes a race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any Strike has encountered before…

A compulsively readable crime novel with twists at every turn, THE SILKWORM is the second in the highly acclaimed series featuring Cormoran Strike and his determined young assistant, Robin Ellacott.

 

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MISSING YOU

MISSING YOU

A GOODREADS CHOICE AWARD 2014!  THIS WAS A GREAT MYSTERY SPANNING MANY YEARS.  FINALLY, KAT, AN NYPD DETECTIVE BEGINS TO PUT THE PIECES TOGETHER TO SAVE MORE PEOPLE FROM THIS VICIOUS PLOT.  THIS TEAM OF THIEVES PREYS ON PEOPLE WHO HAVE FEW RELATIONS OR FRIENDS, WHO ARE LOOKING FOR LOVE AND COMPANIONSHIP BUT HAVE ALSO RECENTLY COME INTO SOME MONEY.  THEY SUPPOSEDLY GO ON FANTASTIC VACATIONS TO REMOTE ISLANDS OR ON FANCY CRUISES TO MEET THEIR “DATE” BUT END UP BURIED IN A BOX WHILE THEIR MONEY IS GRADUALLY WITHDRAWN FROM ALL THEIR BANK ACCOUNTS.  BEWARE OF DATING WEBSITES MY FRIENDS AND ALWAYS CARRY AN AXE! A LITTLE GORY AT THE END BUT AT LEAST THE VICTIMS GET SOME JUSTICE!

PUBLISHER’S SYNOPSIS:

It’s a profile, like all the others on the online dating site. But as NYPD Detective Kat Donovan focuses on the accompanying picture, she feels her whole world explode, as emotions she’s ignored for decades come crashing down on her. Staring back at her is her ex-fiancé Jeff, the man who shattered her heart—and who she hasn’t seen in 18 years.

Kat feels a spark, wondering if this might be the moment when past tragedies recede and a new world opens up to her. But when she reaches out to the man in the profile, her reawakened hope quickly darkens into suspicion and then terror as an unspeakable conspiracy comes to light, in which monsters prey upon the most vulnerable.

As the body count mounts and Kat’s hope for a second chance with Jeff grows more and more elusive, she is consumed by an investigation that challenges her feelings about everyone she ever loved—her former fiancé, her mother, and even her father, whose cruel murder so long ago has never been fully explained. With lives on the line, including her own, Kat must venture deeper into the darkness than she ever has before, and discover if she has the strength to survive what she finds there.

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LEAVING TIME

LEAVING TIME

LEAVING TIME WAS A GOODREADS RECOMMENDED NEW RELEASE THIS OCTOBER.  I FINALLY FINISHED AND ENJOYED EVERY MINUTE.  IT IS A CLEVER TALE THAT ALSO EXPLAINS THE PLIGHT OF THE AFRICAN ELEPHANT POPULATION TO POACHING FOR THEIR IVORY TUSKS.  JODI INTERWEAVES HER TWO SHORT STORIES, LARGER THAN LIFE AND WHERE THERE IS SMOKE, INTO THIS CREATIVE BOOK.  THE STORY REVOLVES AROUND THE SEARCH FOR JENNA METCALF’S MOTHER WHO IS A SCIENTIST STUDYING GRIEF AMONG ELEPHANTS.  SERENITY, A PSYCHIC WHO HAS SEEMINGLY LOST HER “POWERS”, AND VIRGIL, A PRIVATE DETECTIVE WHO HAS NO TOLERANCE OR BELIEF IN THE PARANORMAL, WORK WITH JENNA TO HELP SOLVE HER MOTHER’S MYSTERIOUS DISAPPEARANCE.

JODI ALSO PROVIDES RESOURCES TO LEARN MORE ABOUT ELEPHANT SANCTUARIES AND POACHING HERE IN THE US AND WORLDWIDE:  www.elephants.com   www.global elephants.org     www.elephant voices.org   www.tusk.org   www.savetheelephants.org   SEVERAL BOOKS ARE LISTED AT THE END AS INSTRUMENTS THAT HELPED JODI WRITE THE BOOK INCLUDINGTHE ELEPHANT WHISPERER BY LAWRENCE ANTHONY AND ELEPHANTS ON THE EDGE BY G. A. BRADSHAW.

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS GOOD READ AND WILL BE LOOKING TO LEARN MORE BY EXPLORING SOME WEBSITES AND PICKING UP THESE OTHER BOOKS!

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

Throughout her blockbuster career, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult has seamlessly blended nuanced characters, riveting plots, and rich prose, brilliantly creating stories that “not only provoke the mind but touch the flawed souls in all of us” (The Boston Globe). Now, in her highly anticipated new novel, she has delivered her most affecting work yet—a book unlike anything she’s written before.

For more than a decade, Jenna Metcalf has never stopped thinking about her mother, Alice, who mysteriously disappeared in the wake of a tragic accident. Refusing to believe she was abandoned, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice’s old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother’s whereabouts.

Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest: Serenity Jones, a psychic who rose to fame finding missing persons, only to later doubt her gifts, and Virgil Stanhope, the jaded private detective who’d originally investigated Alice’s case along with the strange, possibly linked death of one of her colleagues. As the three work together to uncover what happened to Alice, they realize that in asking hard questions, they’ll have to face even harder answers.

As Jenna’s memories dovetail with the events in her mother’s journals, the story races to a mesmerizing finish. A deeply moving, gripping, and intelligent page-turner, Leaving Time is Jodi Picoult at the height of her powers.

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TIN GOD

TIN GOD

TIN GOD IS A MYSTERY THAT TAKES JAMEE’S REALITY AND TEARS IT APART, ONE PIECE AT A TIME.  HER MAIN GOAL IN THE BEGINNING IS TO FIND THE DAUGHTER SHE GAVE UP FOR ADOPTION AT THE AGE OF 17.  THE PEOPLE SHE TRUSTS THE MOST ARE THE MOST DECEITFUL.  THOSE SHE DOES NOT TRUST STEP UP TO THE PLATE AS THOSE WHO KNOW ABOUT JAMEE’S DAUGHTER. THEN JAMEE’S FRIENDS START SHOWING UP MURDERED.   WILL JAMEE OVERCOME ALL ODDS AND SURVIVE TO FIND HER LONG LOST DAUGHTER?

 

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

For fans of Lisa Gardner, Allison Brennan, and Catherine Coulter!”Stacy Green has written an emotionally charged, thought-provoking and stunning mystery/suspense that will capture and hold you hostage until the last page is read.” –The Kindle Book Review

The truth can be as deadly as any weapon. Jaymee Ballard trusted only one person in Roselea, Mississippi with the secret of her lost daughter. When that person is brutally murdered, it leaves her with heartbreak and a slew of unanswered questions. The eerie similarity to a murder of one of Jaymee’s close friends years ago causes her to realize her past has come back to haunt her and may cost her own life.Years of deception and abuse leave Jaymee with few options and fewer allies. She turns to the widower of her friend–a man struggling with his own demons–to help her find her daughter and identify the killer before he strikes again.Before all evidence, the truth–and Jaymee’s daughter–are lost.

TIN GOD is a romantic thriller set in a small town. Filled with suspense and featuring a strong female protagonist, this mystery leaves the reader wanting more.

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THE SILENT SISTER

THE SILENT SISTER

A GOODREADS NEW RELEASE!  AND IT WAS A GOOD READ!  RETURNING TO HER HOME TOWN OF NEW BERN, NORTH CAROLINA, RILEY MACPHERSON IS OVERWHELMED WITH THE TASK OF CLEANING OUT HER FATHER’S HOME AFTER HIS DEATH.  SHE BEGINS TO FIND CLUES THAT MAKE HER QUESTION HER LIFE AND IN EXECUTING THE WILL SHE MEETS PEOPLE THAT WERE VERY IMPORTANT TO HER FATHER BUT RILEY HAS NO IDEA WHY.  DIANE CHAMBERLAIN WEAVES A TALE THAT UNFOLDS INTO A TRUE GEM!

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

In The Silent Sister, Riley MacPherson has spent her entire life believing that her older sister Lisa committed suicide as a teenager.  Now, over twenty years later, her father has passed away and she’s in New Bern, North Carolina cleaning out his house when she finds evidence to the contrary.  Lisa is alive.  Alive and living under a new identity.  But why exactly was she on the run all those years ago, and what secrets are being kept now?  As Riley works to uncover the truth, her discoveries will put into question everything she thought she knew about her family.  Riley must decide what the past means for her present, and what she will do with her newfound reality, in this engrossing mystery from international bestselling author Diane Chamberlain.

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THE ADVOCATE

THE ADVOCATE

I REALLY ENJOYED READING THE ADVOCATE ALMOST AS MUCH OF SOME OF GRISHAM’S WORK!  THERE IS NEVER A DULL MOMENT – SUCH A PAGE TURNER.  SABRE IS THE ULTIMATE CHILDREN’S ADVOCATE – FOLLOWING HER INSTINCTS AND HAVING A KNACK FOR GAINING A CHILD’S TRUST – YOU KNOW SHE WILL PREVAIL.  BUT YOU NEVER KNOW AGAINST WHAT ODDS!  GREAT READ – HAVE FUN!

PUBLISHER’S EXCERPT:

For Sabre Orin Brown, life is good; she has it
all…or would have, if only she could solve the mysterious disappearance of
her brother. The search for her brother and her career as a juvenile court
attorney collide when she defends a nine-year-old whose father will go to any
length to obtain custody.

Sabre finds
herself immersed in a case with too many unanswered questions. Her quest for
the truth takes her coast to coast and five years into the past. Confronted
with mysterious clues and strange occurrences, Sabre is threatened by someone
wanting to make her suffer the unbearable anguish of losing
everything–including her life.

As Sabre’s passion to find the answers
intensifies, she discovers a twisted history of desperation, deceit, and
revenge. And she discovers how obscure and treacherous the truth can be.

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