New Releases October 2020

The Sentinel, by Lee Child
One morning, Jack Reacher ends up in a town near Pleasantville, Tennessee. But there's nothing pleasant about the place. Rusty Rutherford, an IT manager recently fired after a cyberattack locked up the town’s data, is ambushed. Rutherford wants to stay put, look innocent, and clear his name, but Reacher thinks there’s more to the story. The thugs who jumped Rutherford are part of something serious and deadly, involving a conspiracy, a cover-up, and murder--all centered on a mousy little guy in a coffee-stained shirt who has no idea what he's up against.

The Noel Letters, by Richard Paul Evans
Noel Post, an editor in New York, returns to her childhood home in Salt Lake City to see her estranged, dying father, and ends up inheriting a bookstore. While reeling from all the change, she begins receiving anonymous letters, each one containing thoughts and lessons about her life and her future. She reacquaints herself with the bookstore and the people she left behind, and starts to unravel the reality of her childhood and her family. As the holidays draw near, she receives a Christmastime revelation that changes not only how she sees the past but also how she views her future.

The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop, by Fannie Flagg
Bud Threadgoode grew up in the railroad town of Whistle Stop, Alabama, with his proper mother Ruth, the fun-loving Aunt Idgie. Together they ran the popular Whistle Stop Cafe, known for its famous "Fried Green Tomatoes." Sadly, the railroad yards shut down and the town became a ghost town, with nothing left but boarded-up buildings and memories of a happier time. Then one day, Bud decides to take one last trip to see where the Whistle Stop used to be. In so doing, he discovers new surprises about Idgie's life and about other beloved Fried Green Tomatoes characters, and about the town itself. He also sets off a series of events which change his life and the lives of his daughter and others. Could these events all be just coincidences? Or something else? And can you go home again?

A Time for Mercy, by John Grisham
Jake Brigance is the court-appointed lawyer for Drew Gamble, a young man accused of murdering a local deputy. Many in Clanton want a swift trial and the death penalty, but Brigance sees it another way. Once he learns the details of the case, he realizes he has to do everything he can to save Drew--who is sixteen. Jake's commitment to the truth puts his career and the safety of his family at risk. 

Troubles in Paradise, by Elin Hilderbrand
After uprooting her life in the States, Irene Steele has just settled in at the villa on St. John where her husband Russ had been living a double life when a visit from the FBI shakes her foundations, and she again learns just how little she knew about the man she loved. And there’s growing evidence that the helicopter crash that killed him may not have been an accident.
Surprises are in store for the Steeles. At last all will be revealed about the secrets and lies that brought Irene and her sons to St. John -- and the truth that transformed them all.

Truly, Madly, Deeply, by Karen Kingsbury
Eighteen-year-old Tommy Baxter has decided he wants to be a police officer after graduation, and he’s in love for the first time. But his sweet Annalee Miller hasn't been feeling well. Tests reveal the unthinkable.
While his girlfriend begins the fight of her life, Tommy learns more about his own background. Secrets come to light that rock his world, and he becomes more determined to spend his future fighting crime and bringing peace to the streets. Or is this just his way to fight a battle he cannot win--the one facing Annalee?

Elsewhere, by Dean Koontz
Since his wife, Michelle, left seven years ago, Jeffy Coltrane has worked to maintain a normal life for himself and his eleven-year-old daughter, Amity, in Suavidad Beach. It's a quiet life, until a local eccentric known as Spooky Ed shows up on their doorstep. He entrusts Jeffy with hiding a strange object, and tells Jeffy he must never use the device. Jeffy and Amity accidentally activate it and discover it allows them to jump between parallel planes. They wonder, could Michelle be just a click away?

Jeffy and Amity aren't the only ones interested in the device. A man with a dark purpose is in pursuit, determined to use its grand potential for profound evil. Unless Amity and Jeffy can outwit him, the place they call home may never be safe again.

Jingle all the Way, by Debbie Macomber
Top real-estate executive Everly Lancaster finds her work is her life, leaving no space for anything else. Sensing her stress, Everly's boss insists she take December off. A month away seems crazy, but Everly's mother convinces her otherwise.
Everly is horrified to find her assistant has booked a guided cruise in the Amazon instead of the luxury beach vacation she expected. Not even Asher Adams, the ship's charming naturalist, can convince Everly that the trip will be unforgettable. Slowly but surely, she realizes he is right: the sights are spectacular. And with each passing day, Everly's relationship with Asher deepens, forcing her to take a long, hard look at her priorities.
Everly and Asher begin to see magic in the possibility of a life together. But as the cruise nears its end, and Everly's family Christmas approaches, both must decide if love is worth the risk.

Three Women Disappear, by James Patterson
Accountant Anthony Costello has a talent for manipulating both numbers and people, turning losses into profits, enemies into allies - and vice versa. When he's found murdered in his own home, three suspects top the list: Sarah, his personal chef. Anna, his wife. Serena, his maid. All three had motive to kill Costello. All three had access to his home. And all three women are missing. Eyes are on Detective Sean Walsh, who has a personal connection to the case, as his trail of leads dead ends. Neither the powerful bankroll behind Costello nor Walsh's vengeful superior officer can budge the investigation, yet as Walsh continues to dig, he uncovers even more reasons the women have to stay hidden - from the law, and from each other.

Forever by Your Side, by Tracie Peterson
After years of schooling on the East Coast, Constance Browning returns to Oregon and the reservation where she grew up with her missionary parents. She is accompanied by Thomas Lowell, her best friend and colleague, and to embark on a project to catalogue the native peoples of Oregon. But Connie and Tom have another purpose--to prove her parents are not involved in a secret conspiracy to goad the oppressed tribes into a doomed war. Connie finds life on the reservation much bleaker than she remembered, and she is glad to have Tom by her side. As tensions on the reservation rise and war looms ever closer, Connie and Tom search for whoever is truly behind the uprising. With danger unfolding amid shocking revelations, Connie will also have a revelation of the heart.

Shakeup, by Stuart Woods
Upon returning from a dangerous coastal adventure, Stone Barrington is looking forward to some normalcy at home. But when a grisly crime arrives on his doorstep, along with some suspicious new clients eager for his help, Stone realizes peace and quiet are no longer an option.
As it turns out, the mastermind behind the malfeasance rocking New York City and the nation's capital wields a heavy hand of influence. And when Stone is unable to recruit those closest to the case to his side, he is left with few leads and a handful of dead-ends. But with the help of important people in high places--and the expertise of alluring new friends--Stone is more than ready to rise to the occasion.