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Book cover- A Better Man by Louise Penny
Book cover- A Better Man by Louise Penny

A Better Man

Louise Penny

The air is unbearably tense as Armand Gamache returns to the Surete du Quebec for his first day of work since being demoted from its command to head of homicide. Amid blistering personal social media attacks, Gamache sets out on his first assignment. He has been tasked with finding a missing woman, but while he leads the search for Vivienne Godin, Three Pines itself is threatened when the river breaks its banks, and a province-wide emergency is declared. As the waters rise, a body is discovered - and the victim's distraught father contemplates a murder of his own. Gamache is a father himself, and is haunted by a question . . . what would he do, if his child's killer might walk free?

Book Cover -  A Christmas Gift by Katie Flynn
Book Cover -  A Christmas Gift by Katie Flynn

A Christmas Gift

Katie Flynn

Liverpool, 1939 - Sixteen-year-old Lizzy Atherton is forced to flee her violent step-father in the middle of the night, and finds herself stranded on a station platform completely alone. Desperate to know what has become of her beloved mother, who she had no choice but to leave behind, Lizzy returns the next day only to find her home deserted. Devastated, Lizzy joins forces with her old school friend Dolly and Clara, an escaped evacuee, and vows to find her mother whatever it takes. But the war rages on and demands on the home front take Lizzy's life in a host of unexpected directions, and hopes of finding her mother gradually start to fade. If Lizzy can muster the strength to keep searching, she might just get her Christmas wish after all.

City of Darwin - Book - A Tapestry of Treason
City of Darwin - Book - A Tapestry of Treason

A Tapestry of Treason

Anne O'Brien

1399: Constance of York, Lady Despenser, proves herself more than a mere observer in the devious intrigues of her magnificently dysfunctional family, The House of York. Surrounded by power-hungry men, including her aggressively self-centred husband Thomas and ruthless siblings Edward and Richard, Constance places herself at the heart of two treasonous plots against King Henry IV. Will it be possible for this Plantagenet family to safeguard its own political power by restoring either King Richard II to the throne, or the precarious Mortimer claimant? Although the execution of these conspiracies will place them all in jeopardy, Constance is not deterred, even when the cost of her ambition threatens to overwhelm her. Even when it endangers her new-found happiness. With treason, tragedy, heartbreak and betrayal, this is the story of a woman ahead of her time, fighting for herself and what she believes to be right in a world of men.

Book Cover- All City: A Novel by Alex DiFrancesco
Book Cover- All City: A Novel by Alex DiFrancesco

All City

Alex DiFrancesco

In a near-future New York City in which both global warming and a tremendous economic divide are making the city unlivable for many, a huge superstorm hits, leaving behind only those who had nowhere else to go and no way to get out. Makayla is a 24-year-old woman who works at the convenience store chain that's taken over the city. Jesse, an 18-year-old, genderqueer, anarchist punk lives in an abandoned IRT station in the Bronx. Their paths cross in the aftermath of the storm when they, along with others devastated by the loss of their homes, carve out a small sanctuary in an abandoned luxury condo. In an attempt to bring hope to those who feel forsaken, an unnamed, mysterious street artist begins graffitiing colorful murals along the sides of buildings. But the castaways of the storm aren't the only ones who find beauty in the art...

City of Darwin - Book - American Fire
City of Darwin - Book - American Fire

American Fire

Monica Hesse

Documents the trial of a man charged with dozens of counts of arson in a rural Virginia county, sharing insight into his struggles with addiction, his relationship with his accomplice girlfriend, and the impact of the fires on their community.

 

Book Cover- Amish Outsider by Marta Perry
Book Cover- Amish Outsider by Marta Perry

Amish Outsider

Marta Perry

In the wake of his estranged wife's murder, widower Michael Forster returns to the Amish community he'd left as a teen. He wants a fresh start for himself and his daughter, Allie, away from those who still believe he's guilty. In River Haven, a quieter life seems possible. If only Allie's Amish schoolteacher, Catherine Brandt, was easier to ignore. A problem solver by nature, Cathy can tell Allie's withdrawn demeanor isn't due to shyness. But getting through to Allie also means breaching her father's hardened defenses. What starts as persistence soon grows into an attraction neither Cathy nor Michael saw coming. When the past suddenly threatens both his daughter and the woman he loves, Michael must risk everything to save them.

Book Cover- At Death's Door by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Book Cover- At Death's Door by Sherrilyn Kenyon

At Death's Door

Sherrilyn Kenyon

Born the beautiful daughter of a poor cobbler, Valynda Moore learned early in life that beauty was its own form of a curse in a world ruled by ruthless men who would use any means to take what they wanted. And the stakes were never higher than the night when one man went so far as to steal her very soul and condemn her to live eternity in the body of a living straw doll. Now she has one chance to be human again. To have her soul restored to a flesh-and-blood body. But only if she betrays everyone she holds dear, and breaks every vow she's made.

City of Darwin - Book - Banking Bad
City of Darwin - Book - Banking Bad

Banking Bad

Adele Ferguson

In Banking Bad, Adele Ferguson traces the origins of the banking scandal to the early 1990s, when buckets of money began pouring into compulsory superannuation funds, set up by Labor Treasurer Paul Keating. Attracted by the increasing cash, banks devised corrupt and questionable practices to get their hands on funds, along with aggressive selling practices that ignored due diligence, trust and honesty. Drawing on her multiple sources who led her to break the story of malpractice, the individuals, business owners, farmers and ordinary people who lost everything. Adele also looks at the falls from grace at the hands of the royal commission of some of the country's most highly ranked captains of industry, the failure of regulators and recommendations of the commissioner, Kenneth Hayne. And she asks whereto from here?

City of Darwin - Book - Bedlam At Botany Bay
City of Darwin - Book - Bedlam At Botany Bay

Bedlam At Botany Bay

James Dunk

Madness stalked the colony of New South Wales and tracing its wild path changes the way we look at our colonial history. What happened when people went mad in the fledgling colony of New South Wales? In this important new history, we find out through the tireless correspondence of governors and colonial secretaries, the delicate descriptions of judges and doctors, the brazen words of firebrand politicians, and the heartbreaking letters of siblings, parents and friends. We also hear from the mad themselves.

Book Cover- Black Ops by Chris Ryan
Book Cover- Black Ops by Chris Ryan

Black Ops

Chris Ryan

A series of gruesome killings take place in Dubai, Ghana and America. The victims are all connected with the SAS. In Hereford Danny Black realises they have something more specific in common - they were all involved in training a young Muslim soldier, Ibrahim Khan. Khan has been working under cover in Islamic State in a mission organised by MI6. Danny Black sets out to track him down with the help of Khan's MI6 handler on a trail that leads him to a library of ancient manuscripts in Damascus, the Syrian desert and finally back in the Brecon Beacons. There Danny discovers that he has finally met his match, his deadliest enemy - and it is the last person he ever expected.

Book Cover- Blind Spot by Brenda Novak
Book Cover- Blind Spot by Brenda Novak

Blind Spot

Brenda Novak

With her tortured past finally behind her - and her tormentor, Jasper Moore, locked up, where she can study him along with the other psychopaths at Hanover House - psychiatrist Evelyn Talbot is looking to the future. She's about to have a baby and marry her long-time love, Amarok, the only police presence in Hilltop, Alaska. But when she's snatched from her own driveway, she can only guess at who's taken her captive ... and why. Struggling to survive in a tiny, airless cell, Evelyn is relying on Amarok to find her. But he won't have much to go on, a point that becomes even more alarming when her captor reveals a clue to the mastermind behind her abduction. Not only does she know him, she knows he has a particularly gruesome method of disabling his victims. So unless she manages to escape, neither she nor her baby will survive.

City of Darwin - Book - Blood At The Root
City of Darwin - Book - Blood At The Root

Blood At The Root

Patrick Phillips

Forsyth County, Georgia, at the turn of the twentieth century, was home to a large African American community that included ministers and teachers, farmers and field hands, tradesmen, servants, and children. But then in September of 1912, three young black laborers were accused of raping and murdering a white girl. One man was dragged from a jail cell and lynched on the town square, two teenagers were hung after a one-day trial, and soon bands of white "night riders" launched a coordinated campaign of arson and terror, driving all 1,098 black citizens out of the county. National Book Award finalist Patrick Phillips tells Forsyth's tragic story in vivid detail and traces its long history of racial violence all the way back to antebellum Georgia.

book cover - Bright Steel by Miles Cameron
book cover - Bright Steel by Miles Cameron

Bright Steel

Miles Cameron

Every war comes down to the flash of bright steel, even when the air is full of magic ... Aranthur and his friends have come together across different continents and realms with one purpose: to strike back against the forces which have torn a hole in the heavens and threaten to rip the world beneath them apart as well. With time running short, and treason at home, there are battles to be fought on the field, in the magical arena, and in the ever-deadly realm of politics, and they must succeed on every front or everything will fall. Victory will require enemies to trust one another, old foes to fight together, spies to reveal the truth and steadfast allies to betray long-corrupt rulers.

Book Cover- Bush by Rhonda Matheson-Browne
Book Cover- Bush by Rhonda Matheson-Browne

Bush

Rhonda Matheson-Browne

A complicated thriller, which entangles Wattle, a mother and wife, living what appears to be a very luxurious existence, in the exquisite seaside resort town of Lorne, Australia. She is nervously covering up a secret, involving her husband and her son, that is about to explode the perfect illusion that she has attempted to hide from her close-knit community. Like the passion vines, that entangle themselves and suffocate the Australian rainforest, Bush is a story of the entwinement of various lives into a complicated root system that lies just below the surface.

book cover- Butterfly in Frost by Sylvia Day
book cover- Butterfly in Frost by Sylvia Day

Butterfly in Frost

Sylvia Day

Cosmetic surgeon Teagan Ransom isn't ready to fall in love again. Her divorce left her brokenhearted and depressed, and she's just starting to lay the groundwork for her future. Then Garrett Frost moves in next door. He's obstinate and bold, disrupting the order of Teagan's life. She recognizes the torment in her, but her own has left her too fragile to deal with him. Can hope soar above even the iciest desolation?

City of Darwin - Book - Dark Illusion
City of Darwin - Book - Dark Illusion

Dark Illusion

Christine Feehan

At any other time, Julija Brennan would find solace in the quiet of the Sierra Mountains, but now the mage is in the race of her life. Having broken free from her controlling family, Julija's attempts to warn the Carpathians of the coming threat has failed and put a target on her back--and those who hunt her are close behind...

City of Darwin - Book - Dopesick
City of Darwin - Book - Dopesick

Dopesick

Beth Macy

This powerful and moving story explains how a large corporation, Purdue, encouraged small town doctors to prescribe OxyContin to a country already awash in painkillers. The drug's dangerously addictive nature was hidden, whilst many used it as an escape, to numb the pain of of joblessness and the need to pay the bills. Macy tries to answer a grieving mother's question - why her only son died - and comes away with a harrowing tale of greed and need.

City of Darwin - Book - Endgame
City of Darwin - Book - Endgame

Endgame

Daniel Cole

A locked room. A dead body. A secret that went to the grave... When retired police officer Finlay Shaw is found dead in a locked room, everyone thinks it's suicide. But disgraced detective William 'Wolf' Fawkes isn't so sure. Together with his former partner Detective Emily Baxter and private detective Edmunds, Wolf's team begin to dig into Shaw's early days on the beat. Was Shaw as innocent as he seemed? Or is there more to his past than he'd ever let on? But not everyone wants Wolf back - and as his investigation draws him ever deeper into police corruption, it will not only be his career on the line - but the lives of those he holds closest as well.

City of Darwin - Book - Game of Snipers
City of Darwin - Book - Game of Snipers

Game of Snipers

Stephen Hunter

When Bob Lee Swagger is approached by a woman who lost a son to war and has spent the years since risking all that she has to find the sniper who pulled the trigger, he knows right away he'll do everything in his power to help her. But what begins as a favor becomes an obsession, and soon Swagger is back in the action, teaming up with the Mossad, the FBI, and local American law enforcement, as he tracks a sniper who is his own equal...and attempts to decipher that assassin's ultimate target before it's too late.

City of Darwin - Book - Ghost Fire
City of Darwin - Book - Ghost Fire

Ghost Fire

Wilbur Smith with Tom Harper

Theo, wracked with guilt, strikes a solitary path through life. Haunted by the spirits of lovers and family members, he is determined to atone for his mistakes. He seeks salvation in combat and conflict, joining the British in the war against the French and Indian army.

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