New Releases - August 2023

Out of Nowhere by Sandra Brown
Elle Portman is enjoying a night out with her son. But the unthinkable happens: a shooter opens fire.
Also caught in the melee was Calder Hudson.  The doctor tells him that he was lucky-- as far as gunshot wounds go.  Others weren't so lucky, which instills in Calder a sense of justice . . . a goal shared by Elle.
Their chance encounter at the police station leads to gravitation to one another, but even as the attraction grows, Elle and Calder can't help but wonder if the tragedy that brought them together is too painful to sustain--especially while the shooter remains at large.

Letters of Comfort by Wanda Brunstetter
Doretta Schwartz used to be happy and positive. But that all changed the day she learned of her fiancé's death. Feeling empty, she won't respond to calls from friends. William's twin brother, Warren, is also grieving his loss and trying to be supportive. Doretta responds to Warren's friendship, but is he just becoming a replacement for the once-in-a-lifetime love she lost?

Canary Girls by Jennifer Chiaverini
Early in the Great War, men left Britain's factories to enlist. Struggling arsenals hired women: "Be the Girl Behind the Man Behind the Gun," the recruitment posters beckoned. Thousands of women answered their nation's call. These "munitionettes" worked seven days a week handling explosives with little protective gear.
Among them is April Tipton. Impressed by her friend’s descriptions of wages, meals, and lodgings, she takes a job at Thornshire Arsenal, filling shells difficult- dangerous, and essential work. Joining them is Lucy Dempsey. Her coworkers invite her to join the arsenal ladies' football club, the Thornshire Canaries.
The football pitch is the one place where class distinctions and fears for their men fall away. As the war grinds on and tragedy takes its toll, the Canary Girls persist despite the dangers, proud to serve, determined to outlive the war.

None of this is True by Lisa Jewell
Celebrating her birthday at her local pub, podcaster Alix Summer crosses paths with a woman called Josie Fair. Josie, it turns out, is also celebrating her birthday.
A few days later, Alix and Josie bump into each other again. Josie has been listening to Alix's podcasts and thinks she might be an interesting subject for her series.
Josie's life is strange and complicated, and although Alix finds her unsettling, she can't resist the temptation. Slowly she starts to realize that Josie has some dark secrets, and before she knows it, Josie has inveigled her way into Alix's life.
But Josie disappears. Only then does Alix discover that Josie has left a legacy in her wake, and that Alix has become the subject of her own true crime podcast, with her and her family's lives under threat.

Rock Bottom by Fern Michaels
Izzy Flanders and Yoko Akia are beginning an indoor/outdoor café. Izzy who can help: her old college classmate, Zoe Danfield, now vice president of a construction corporation. But Zoe is tense and stressed, and Izzy eventually learns why.
Buildings and bridges have been collapsing all over the world, causing hundreds of deaths, and Zoe suspects her firm’s materials are the cause. Zoe knows someone has to blow the whistle. Who better than the Sisterhood? But this adversary has money, power, and resources to match the Sisterhood’s—and no intention of giving up without a fight . . .

Lion & Lamb by James Patterson
Philadelphia is in a state of shock: Eagles starting quarterback Archie Hughes, and his even wife Francine Hughes.
One spouse is murdered. The other is suspect #1.
For the defense: Cooper Lamb.
For the prosecution: Veena Lion.
Between them, they know every secret in Philadelphia. Together, they prove how two wrongs can make a right. They are Lion & Lamb.

The Bone Hacker by Kathy Reichs
Called in to examine what is left of a person, Tempe traces a tattoo to its source and is embroiled in a larger case. Young men have been disappearing on the islands of Turks and Caicos. Leads have emerged and only Tempe can unravel them.
The victims seem to have nothing in common. Do these attacks have something to do with the islands' gang violence? Tempe isn't so sure. Disturbingly, she discovers evidence that what's at stake may have global significance.
It isn't long before Tempe herself becomes a target.

After That Night by Karin Slaughter
Fifteen years ago, Sara Linton's life changed forever when a night out ended in a violent attack. Since then, Sara has remade her life and has finally managed to leave the past behind her.
Until one evening, everything changes. Sara battles to save a young woman who's been attacked. But as the investigation progresses, led by GBI Special Agent Will Trent, it becomes clear that the assault is uncannily linked to Sara's.
And the past isn't going to stay buried forever . . . 

Happiness by Danielle Steel
Sabrina Brooks is a successful author. Unlike her characters, Sabrina lives a quiet life with her two beloved dogs. But behind this peaceful exterior is a dark, painful past.
Sabrina channeled fear into her writing, and now she has everything she's ever wanted. Until the arrival of a mysterious letter declaring that Sabrina is now the heir to a title and estate outside London. Determined to sell quickly and return home, Sabrina is surprised by how much she loves the gardens and manor. She can't help but admire the estate attorney, Grayson Abbott. As she learns more about the family history, Sabrina begins to wonder if she could upend the stability she has worked so hard for.