New Releases - June 2023


The First Ladies by Marie Benedict 
Mary McLeod Bethune refuses to back down as white supremacists attempt to thwart her work. Eleanor Roosevelt is awestruck. Mary and Eleanor become friends confiding their secrets, hopes, and dreams. 
When Franklin Roosevelt is elected president, Eleanor moves toward her own agenda, a consequence of her husband's affair. Eleanor becomes a controversial First Lady for her outspokenness, particularly on civil rights. And when she receives threats because of her ties to Mary, it only fuels the women's desire to fight together for justice and equality. 

The 9th Man by Steve Berry 
Luke Daniels receives a call from an old friend. Jillian Stein is in trouble and her life may be in danger. She needs Luke's help. Immediately. Intervening, he finds himself embroiled in a war -- one side seeking the truth, the other trying to escape the past. 
Thomas Rowland is a man with a past. For him, everything turns with what happened on November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas. Rowland will do anything to keep the world from learning what actually happened that day, including killing Luke, Jillian, and anyone else. 

The Five Star Weekend by Elin Hilderbrand 
Hollis Shaw is the creator of the blog Hungry with Hollis and is married to a surgeon. But after Matthew is killed in a car accident, the cracks in Hollis's perfect life grow deeper. 
So when Hollis hears about something called a "Five-Star Weekend" she decides to host her own on Nantucket. But the weekend doesn't turn out to be a joyful Hallmark movie. 
Hollis's first love, Jack Finigan, spends time with them, stirring up old feelings. Tatum is forced to play nice with Dru-Ann, Hollis's best friend from college. Brooke has just discovered that her husband is having another relationship with a woman at work. And then there's Gigi, a stranger who embodies an unusual grace and has many secrets. 

Southern Man by Greg Iles 
Fifteen years after the events of the Natchez Burning trilogy, Penn Cage is alone. Penn's exile comes to an abrupt end when a brawl triggers a shooting that nearly takes the life of his daughter Annie. 
Soon, an arsonist begins torching antebellum plantation homes. When an unknown Black group claims the fires as acts of justice, panic ensues. 
When Penn's closest friend is shot to death by a county deputy, protests ignite, and the community descends into hostilities. State politicos use this as an excuse to dissolve the city government and seize control, and enraged activists begin converging on the town to see justice done. 

The Last Sinner by Lisa Jackson 
There are killers so savage that they leave a mark on everyone who crosses their path. For Detectives Bentz and Montoya, Father John, a fake priest who strangled prostitutes, is one such monster. 
Bentz thought he'd ended it when he killed Father John. But now there are signs he may have been wrong. A new victim has surfaced, her ruined body staged in unmistakable detail. Either it's a copycat, or Father John has come back to haunt New Orleans. 

The Survivor by Iris Johansen 
When Riley Smith comes to ask Eve Duncan for help, Eve has to say no, this quest is not her expertise as a forensic sculptor.  
Riley is aware of the threat from treasure hunters. When she evades them and finds the body of a female warrior, it is just what she needs to entice Eve to help.   
As the women seek answers to the discovery that will change history. 

The Happiness Plan by Susan Mallery 
Heather is happy . . . ish. She has a business, a cat, and best friends Daphne and Tori. So why does she feel crushed when her ex gets someone new? She reaches out to the stranger who might be her dad. 
Daphne isn't having an affair, despite what her husband believes. Can they find their way before it's too late? 
When Tori forms a crush on Daphne's brother-in-law, she suppresses her feelings. Until she has to move in with him. If things go wrong, she could lose her friends. . . but if they go right, she could lose her heart. 

Cross Down by James Patterson 
Alex Cross is gravely injured. For the first time, John Sampson is on his own.  
Detective Alex Cross makes his own rules. Detective John Sampson enforces them. 
When attacks erupt, sidelining Cross, Sampson is sent reeling.  
As a shadow force advances on the nation's capital, Sampson alone must protect every American, including the president. 

Private Moscow by James Patterson 
Jack Morgan stands inside the Stock Exchange with his comrade whose company is being launched onto the market, awaiting the opening bell. 
Before the bell rings, a bullet finds its mark. The victim's wife hires Jack to find the killer. What he discovers shakes him to his core. Jack identifies another murder in Moscow that appears to be linked. So, he heads to Russia, and begins to uncover a conspiracy that could have global consequences. 

The Only One Left by Riley Sager 
Now reduced to a chant, the Hope family murders shocked the Maine coast in 1929. While most people assume seventeen-year-old Lenora was responsible, the police were never able to prove it. She has never spoken about that night, nor has she set foot outside where it all occurred. 
It's now 1983 and Kit McDeere arrives to care for Lenora. Lenora was rendered mute by a series of strokes and can only communicate by tapping out sentences on a typewriter. Lenora uses it to make an offer--I want to tell you everything. 
It becomes clear there's more to the tale. But Kit starts to suspect Lenora might not be telling the complete truth--and that the harmless woman could be far more dangerous than she first thought. 

Palazzo by Danielle Steel 
After her parents' accident, Cosima Saverio assumes leadership of her family's brand. While running a company at twenty-three, Cosima must also maintain the family home and care for her siblings: Allegra and Luca. 
Cosima’s success has come at a cost: Her needs are always secondary until she meets Olivier Bayard. Cosima has found a confidante. 
Then Luca loses at the casino, and his debt is to be repaid with money or his life. Cosima is given an impossible choice: list the home, sell the family business, or let Luca fend for himself.  

Zero Days by Ruth Ware 
Hired to break into buildings and hack security systems, Jack and her husband, Gabe, are the best in the business. But after an assignment goes wrong, Jack arrives home to find her husband dead and the police are closing in on their suspect--her. 
Jack must decide who she can trust as she circles closer to the killer.  

Welcome to Beach Town by Susan Wiggs 
In  Alara Cove it's graduation day at Thornton Academy. At Thornton, the students are children who live in gated enclaves. But the class valedictorian is Nikki Graziola, who is there on scholarship. Nikki veers off script while giving her address and reveals a secret that breaks open the whole community.  
Nikki's accusation pits her against the family whose money runs the town.  
As Nikki struggles to rebuild her future, she finds that the people of the town have not forgotten her.