New Fiction April 2021

Check out our new books for the month of April.  There's a little something for every taste.

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The Arctic fury

The Arctic fury

Macallister, Greer, author
2021

Virginia Reeve is summoned by an eccentric Brit with a compelling offer. Lady Jane Franklin wants her to lead a dozen women into the Arctic in search of the ships of her husband's lost expedition. A year later, Virginia stands trial for murder.

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The art of falling : a novel

The art of falling : a novel

McLaughlin, Danielle, 1969- author
2021

Nessa McCormack's marriage is coming back together again after her husband's affair. She is excited to oversee a retrospective art exhibit for one of Ireland's most beloved and enigmatic artists, the late sculptor Robert Locke. But the arrival of two enigmatic outsiders imperils both her personal and professional worlds. As Nessa finds the past intruding on the present, she must decide whether she can continue to live a lie - or whether she's ready to face the consequences once everything is out in the open.

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Before she disappeared

Before she disappeared

Gardner, Lisa, author
2021

Frankie Elkin is an average middle-aged woman, a recovering alcoholic with more regrets than belongings. But she spends her life doing what no one else will—searching for missing people the world has stopped looking for. When the police have given up, when the public no longer remembers, when the media has never paid attention, Frankie starts looking. A new case brings her to Mattapan, a Boston neighbourhood with a rough reputation. She is searching for Angelique Badeau, a Haitian teenager who vanished from her high school months earlier. Soon she learns she's asking questions someone doesn't want answered. But Frankie will stop at nothing to discover the truth, even if it means the next person to go missing could be her.

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The children's blizzard

The children's blizzard

Benjamin, Melanie, 1962- author
2021

Based on actual oral histories of survivors, on the morning of January 12, 1888, it was unusually mild weather. It was warm enough for children to return to school without their heavy coats - leaving them unprepared when disaster struck. At just the hour when most prairie schools were letting out for the day, a terrifying, fast-moving blizzard blew in without warning. Schoolteachers were suddenly faced with life and death decisions: keep the children inside, to risk freezing to death when fuel ran out, or send them home, praying they wouldn't get lost in the storm?

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Closer than she knows

Closer than she knows

Irvin, Kelly, author
2020

"In this fast-paced romantic suspense, a serial killer with a literary bent pursues a court reporter, leaving a taunting new note with every body he kills. And he's getting closer"-- Provided by publisher.

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The consequences of fear

The consequences of fear

Winspear, Jacqueline, 1955- author
2021

September 1941. While on a delivery, young Freddie Hackett witnesses an argument that ends in murder. Dismissed by the police when he attempts to report the crime, Freddie goes in search of Maisie Dobbs. While Maisie believes the boy and wants to help, she must maintain extreme caution: she's working secretly for the Special Operations Executive. Her two worlds collide when she spots the killer in a place she least expects. She soon realizes she's been pulled into the orbit of a man who has his own reasons to kill - reasons that go back to the last war.

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The forgotten daughter : a novel

The forgotten daughter : a novel

Goodman, Joanna, 1969- author
2020

In 1992, an assassin's daughter fights for Quebec's independence at the side of the man she loves, a separatist-opposing journalist whose sister, one of the Duplessis orphans--thousands of children falsely certified as mentally ill in the 1950s and 1960s by the provincial government--joins a reparations coalition.

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The four winds

The four winds

Hannah, Kristin, author
2021

Texas, 1934. Millions are out of work and a drought has broken the Great Plains. Farmers are fighting to keep their land and their livelihoods as the crops are failing, the water is drying up, and dust threatens to bury them all. One of the darkest periods of the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl era, has arrived with a vengeance. In this uncertain and dangerous time, Elsa Martinelli-like so many of her neighbors-must make an agonizing choice: fight for the land she loves or go west, to California, in search of a better life.

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Girl gone mad

Girl gone mad

Bishop, Avery, author
2020

Emily Bennett works as a therapist in Pennsylvania, helping children overcome their troubled pasts--even as she struggles to forget her own. Once upon a time, Emily was part of a middle school clique called the Harpies--six popular girls who bullied the new girl to her breaking point. The Harpies took a blood oath: never tell a soul what they did to Grace Farmer. Now, fourteen years later, it seems karma has caught up to them when one member of that vicious circle commits suicide. But when a second Harpy is discovered dead shortly after, also from apparent suicide, the deaths start to look suspicious. And when Emily starts seeing a woman who looks a lot like Grace Farmer lurking in the shadows, she's forced to wonder: Is Grace back for revenge? Or is Emily's guilt driving her mad?

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The girls are all so nice here

The girls are all so nice here

Flynn, Laurie Elizabeth, author
2021

A lot has changed in the years since Ambrosia Wellington graduated from college, and she's worked hard to create a new life for herself. But then an invitation to her ten-year reunion arrives in the mail, along with an anonymous note that reads, "We need to talk about what we did that night." It seems that the secrets of Ambrosia's past-and the people she thought she'd left there-aren't as buried as she'd believed. Amb can't stop fixating on what she did or who she did it with: larger-than-life Sloane "Sully" Sullivan, Amb's former best friend, who could make anyone do anything. At the reunion, Amb and Sully receive increasingly menacing messages, and it becomes clear that they're being pursued by someone who wants more than just the truth of what happened that first semester. This person wants revenge for what they did and the damage they caused--the extent of which Amb is only now fully understanding.

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Hadley & Grace : a novel

Hadley & Grace : a novel

Redfearn, Suzanne, author
2021

Needing to escape her abusive marriage, Hadley flees with her two kids, knowing it might be her only chance. A woman who can't even kill a spider, Hadley soon finds herself pushed to the limits as she fights to protect her family. Grace, new mother of baby Miles, desperately wants to put her rough past behind her for good, but she finds it impossible when her path crosses with Hadley's, and her quest for a new start quickly spirals out of control and turns into a terrifying flight for survival. Stronger together than apart, the two find their fates inextricably entwined, and as the danger closes in, each must decide how much she is willing to risk for the other.

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In the garden of spite : a novel of the black widow of La Porte

In the garden of spite : a novel of the black widow of La Porte

Bruce, Camilla, author
2021

An audacious novel of feminine rage about one of the most prolific female serial killers in American history-and the men who drove her to it. They whisper about her in Chicago. Men come to her with their hopes, their dreams-their fortunes. But no one sees them leave. No one sees them at all after they come to call on the Widow of La Porte. The good people of Indiana may have their suspicions, but if those fools knew what she'd given up, what was taken from her, how she'd suffered, surely they'd understand. Belle Gunness learned a long time ago that a woman has to make her own way in this world. That's all it is. A bloody means to an end. A glorious enterprise meant to raise her from the bleak, colorless drudgery of her childhood to the life she deserves. After all, vermin always survive.

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Layla

Layla

Hoover, Colleen, author
2020

When the personality of the woman he loves is changed by the trauma of a severe accident, Leeds takes her to the bed-and-breakfast where they first met, before her escalating behavior complicates his ability to help another guest.

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The museum of forgotten memories : a novel

The museum of forgotten memories : a novel

Harris, Anstey, author
2020

"In this delightfully British gem from the author of Goodbye, Paris, a widow and her special needs son are forced to confront an uncertain future when they move into their family's abandoned Victorian museum. Their roommates? A grouchy caretaker and stuffed lions, tigers, and bears...oh my!"-- Provided by publisher.

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People like her : a novel

People like her : a novel

Lloyd, Ellery, author
2021

"A ... suspense debut about an ambitious influencer mom whose soaring success threatens her marriage, her morals, and her family's safety." -- Publisher's description.

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Ridgerunner

Ridgerunner

Adamson, Gil, 1961- author
2020

November 1917. After nearly twenty years, William Moreland, the notorious thief known as the Ridgerunner, has returned. And he is determined to steal enough money to secure his son's future. Twelve-year-old Jack Boulton, born in the woods to two outlaws, now finds himself semi-orphaned and left in the care of Sister Beatrice. The boy longs to return to his family's cabin, deep in the Sawback Range. His father is coming for him. The nun won't let him go.

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The rose code

The rose code

Quinn, Kate, author
2021

1940. As England prepares to fight the Nazis, three very different women answer the call to mysterious country estate Bletchley Park, where the best minds in Britain train to break German military codes. 1947. As the royal wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip whips post-war Britain into a fever, a mysterious traitor has emerged from the shadows of their Bletchley Park past, and now Osla, Mab, and Beth must resurrect their old alliance and crack one last code together.

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Stone cold heart

Stone cold heart

Frear, Caz, author
2019

"After a brief stint in the Mayor's Office, DC Cat Kinsella is back at the London Metropolitan Police, wisecracking with her partner Luigi Parnell and trying to avoid the wrath of the boss, DI Kate Steele. But for Cat and Parnell, it's serious business when a young Australian woman turns up dead after a party thrown by her new boss. The initial investigation of Naomi Lockhart's murder points to Joseph Madden, the owner of a coffee shop around the corner from police headquarters. Madden insists he's innocent, that he was home with his wife Rachel at the time of the murder. When police question her, Rachel contradicts his alibi, swearing that she was home alone. While the team builds its case against Joseph, Cat is tasked with getting to the heart of the Maddens' marriage. Cat knows that one of them is lying, but the question of which one, and why, is far more complicated than she could have expected. As she tries to balance the demands of the investigation with a budding romance and unresolved family drama, Cat has to decide how far she'll go to keep her own past mistakes buried"--Jacket

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The survivors : a novel

The survivors : a novel

Harper, Jane (Jane Elizabeth), author
2021

"Kieran Elliott's life changed forever on the day a reckless mistake led to devastating consequences. The guilt that still haunts him resurfaces during a visit with his young family to the small coastal community he once called home. Kieran's parents are struggling in a town where fortunes are forged by the sea. Between them all is his absent brother, Finn. When a body is discovered on the beach, long-held secrets threaten to emerge. A sunken wreck, a missing girl, and questions that have never washed away..."-- Provided by publisher.

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Waiting for the night song

Waiting for the night song

Dalton, Julie Carrick, author
2021

"An urgent message from her long-estranged best friend Daniela brings Cadie back to her childhood home. There, they are forced to face a dark secret that ended both their idyllic childhood bond and the magical summer that takes up more space in Cadie's memory than all her other years combined."--Publisher's description.

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What's mine and yours : a novel

What's mine and yours : a novel

Coster, Naima, 1986-, author
2021

A community in the Piedmont of North Carolina rises in outrage as a county initiative draws students from the largely Black east side of town into predominantly white high schools on the west. When Gee and Noelle join the school play meant to bridge the divide between new and old students, their paths collide, and their two seemingly disconnected families begin to form deeply knotted, messy ties that will shape the trajectory of their adult lives. And their mothers - each determined to see her child inherit a better life - will make choices that will haunt them for decades to come.

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When shadows fall

When shadows fall

Gray, Alex, author
2020

When his old friend and former colleague is shot dead at his home, Detective Superintendent William Lorimer is devastated. And his problems are only just beginning. It's not long before two further deaths are reported: both victims ex-policemen. It's clear this is a targeted campaign against their own, yet with no other link between the victims to identify the killer, Lorimer's police team are starting to panic. Who will be next? Lorimer knows he must keep his cool if he is to solve the case. But with time running out before the next attack, he's struggling to ignore the sickening question at the back of his mind: Will he get to the killer, before the killer gets to him? Whether you've read them all, or whether you're coming to Alex Gray's highly acclaimed Lorimer series for the very first time, this is the perfect, page-turning winter read if you love Ann Cleeves, Val McDermid or Ian Rankin.

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With no one as witness

With no one as witness

George, Elizabeth, 1949-, author
2020

Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley faces the greatest challenge of his career. When an adolescent boy's nude body is found draped over a tomb in a graveyard, the police recognize the work of a serial killer who's been murdering boys in London. This is the killer's fourth victim but the first to be white. Hoping to avoid charges of institutionalized prejudice in their failure to pursue the earlier crimes to their conclusion, New Scotland Yard takes the case and hands it over to Lynley and his colleagues Detective Constable Barbara Havers and Detective Sergeant Winston Nkata. The killer is a psychopath who does not intend to be stopped. But a devastating tragedy within their ranks causes the police to fumble in their pursuit, which may bring more fatal consequences.

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