Dream Town by David Baldacci
1952, Los Angeles. PI Aloysius Archer is dining with actress Liberty Callahan when they’re approached by Eleanor Lamb, a screenwriter who would like to hire him, as she suspects someone is trying to kill her.
A visit to Lamb’s residence leaves Archer unconscious after he stumbles over a body; and Lamb seems to have vanished. With the police now involved in the case, a friend of Lamb’s employs Archer to find out what’s happened to the screenwriter.
Archer’s investigation takes him from the glamorous LA to the dark side of the city, and onward to Las Vegas, just now hitting its stride as a hot spot for celebrities and the mob.
With the help of Liberty and his PI partner Willie Dash, Archer will risk everything and leave no stone unturned in finding the missing Eleanor Lamb, and in bringing to justice killers who would love nothing better than to plant Archer six feet under.
A Family Affair by Robyn Carr
Anna McNichol knows how to take charge. Raised by a single mother, she's worked to ensure her children have every advantage she didn't. And while her marriage has its problems, she believes in "till death do us part." Now an empty nester, she's at the peak of her career and ready to seize the opportunity to focus on her future.
But life can change in an instant, and when her husband dies suddenly, Anna's carefully constructed world falls apart. The mysterious woman at the memorial service confirms her husband had been keeping secrets, and Anna is determined to get to the truth.
And as she puts her life back together, Anna realizes the McNichols may not be perfect but they'll always be family, and family is forever.
The Baxters by Karen Kingsbury
A storm builds in the sky as Elizabeth Baxter prepares to celebrate her daughter Kari's wedding to Tim. Elizabeth can't shake a sense of dread. Something bad is about to happen. Elizabeth knows it.
Indeed, there are currents of conflict and doubt coursing through the Baxter family. Kari Baxter is starting to panic. Is marrying Tim a mistake? And what about her family? Her brother Luke is resentful of their sister Ashley, who has returned from Paris. She’s a single mom with a son she too often leaves with their parents. Ashley and their sister Brooke have lost the faith that is the family's glue. Kari sees Ashley rejecting her longtime love, who clearly cares for her, no matter what happened in Paris.
When the storm reaches a crescendo, a moment of danger brings truths to light. At the end of the long day, can the Baxters remain a family?
Death of the Black Widow by James Patterson
On his first night with Detroit PD, Officer Walter O'Brien is called to a murder scene. A twenty-year-old has bludgeoned her kidnapper with skill that shocks even O'Brien's veteran partner. The woman is also an escape artist. Her flight from police custody makes the case impossible to solve--and, for Walter, even more impossible to forget.
By the time Walter is promoted to detective, his fascination with the missing woman is approaching obsession. And when Walter discovers that he's not alone in his search, one truth is certain. This deadly string of secrets didn't begin in his home city--but he's going to make sure it ends there.
Three Debts Paid by Anne Perry
A serial killer is roaming the streets of London, and Daniel Pitt's university chum Ian, now a member of the police, is leading the search. The murders are keeping his mind occupied, but when Ian learns that their old professor, Nicholas Wolford, has been charged with plagiarism, he takes the time to personally ask Daniel to defend their beloved teacher. For help catching who Londoners are now calling the "Rainy Day Slasher," Ian also enlists Daniel's good friend Miriam Croft, a pathologist. As the murders continue, Miriam can't help but notice links that have been overlooked by Daniel and Ian. In their concern to defend their former professor, are the two university friends blind to a far worse crime that has been committed?
The Investigator by John Sandford
Letty Davenport has seen more action and uncovered more secrets than many law enforcement professionals. Now, with a master's in economics, she's restless in a desk job for U.S. Senator Colles. Letty's ready to quit, but her skills have impressed Colles, and he offers her feet-on-the-ground investigative work.
Several oil companies have reported thefts of crude, Colles tells her. He isn't so much concerned with the oil as he is with the money: who is selling the oil, and what are they doing with the profits? Rumor has it that a militia group might be involved. Colles wants to know if the money is going to them, and if so, what they're planning.
Letty is partnered with a DHS investigator and when the case quickly turns deadly, they know they're on the track of something bigger. A plan has been set in motion. . . and the clock is ticking down.
Beautiful by Danielle Steel
Veronique Vincent is one of the most sought-after models, gracing the covers of magazines and walking runways across the globe. Yet, Veronique wants little of the life that modeling affords her. The daughter of a single mother, she has always preferred spending time at home to attending parties. When a getaway presents a break Veronique is eager to escape her busy schedule. Then, an explosion at the airport changes her life forever.
Veronique finds herself hospitalized and alone, devastated to learn that the blast has killed both of the people she loved most. She is also forced to confront the reality that her appearance is forever altered. As she plunges into seclusion, she struggles to find herself again after losing everything. Then, her mother's will reveals long-held secrets.
As Veronique forges bonds old and new, she begins to see a light beyond the darkness, finding peace in opportunities to help others, and redefining for herself what beauty is, and what it truly means to be beautiful.