Zoe Chambers, paramedic and deputy coroner in rural Pennsylvania’s tight-knit Vance Township, has been privy to a number of local secrets over the years, some of them her own. But secrets become explosive when a dead body is found in the Township Board President’s abandoned car.
As a January blizzard rages, Zoe and Police Chief Pete Adams launch a desperate search for the killer, even if it means uncovering secrets that could not only destroy Zoe and Pete, but also those closest to them.
AUTHOR: ANNETTE DASHOFY
TITLE: CIRCLE OF INFLUENCE
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Reporter Jane Ryland is tracking down a candidate’s secret mistress just days before a pivotal Senate election. Detective Jake Brogan is investigating a possible serial killer that may be hunting down Boston’s young women under the city’s bridges. As the body count rises and election looms closer, it becomes clear to Jane and Jake that their cases are connected and that they may be facing a ruthless killer who will stop at nothing to silence a scandal.
AUTHOR: HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN
TITLE: THE OTHER WOMAN
GENRE: Mystery, Serial Killer, Detective Thriller
Renowned theater director Cordelia Thorn is working to restore a historic theater in downtown Minneapolis that she and her actress sister, Octavia, recently bought. Cordelia has a vision for the playhouse’s future, but the more she learns about the building, the more fascinated she becomes by its past. Nicknamed “The Old Deep and Dark” because of the Prohibition era double murder that occurred in the basement then a speakeasy there are a wealth of secrets hidden inside its walls. And, to her shock and horror, Cordelia discovers that there is also one present day body literally buried in a basement wall. Cordelia immediately calls on her best friend, P.I. Jane Lawless.
Although Jane is already in the thick of another investigation she’s embroiled in a well known country western singer’s family scandal she agrees to help Cordelia out on the side. But show-biz is a small world, and as Jane starts tracing the trails of two separate investigations, she’s surprised to find they might not be as unconnected as she thought.
AUTHOR: ELLEN HART
TITLE: THE OLD DEEP AND DARK
GENRE: Mystery, Crime, Fiction
The Dane family’s roots tangle deep in the Ozark Mountain town of Henbane, but that doesn’t keep sixteen-year-old Lucy Dane from being treated like an outsider. Folks still whisper about her mother, a bewitching young stranger who inspired local myths when she vanished years ago.
When one of Lucy’s few friends, slow-minded Cheri, is found murdered, Lucy feels haunted by the two lost girls,the mother she never knew and the friend she couldn’t protect. Everything changes when Lucy stumbles across Cheri’s necklace in an abandoned trailer and finds herself drawn into a search for answers. What Lucy discovers makes it impossible to ignore the suspicion cast on her own kin.
More alarming, she suspects Cheri’s death could be linked to her mother’s disappearance, and the connection between the two puts Lucy at risk of losing everything. In a place where the bonds of blood weigh heavy, Lucy must decide where her allegiances lie.
AUTHOR: LAURA McHUGH
TITLE: THE WEIGHT OF BLOOD
GENRE: Fiction, Suspense Thriller, Mystery
Four years as a Ranger, followed by three in prison, Nick Stallman just wants to be left alone to do his job as a bartender in a small town bar called The Hard Right, but people won’t let him be. Everyone wants to dump their problems on the head bartender and beer psychologist.
Trying to settle into a quiet, mundane existence becomes even more complicated when a young woman arrives in the midst of a torrential rain; her car broken down and dead in the street and a cell phone buzzing relentlessly. This new arrival drags the chains of a past that won’t let her go and a trouble to the small town and The Hard Right like it’s never seen before.
AUTHOR: REGGIE TURK
TITLE: STOLEN CARS
GENRE: Crime, Mystery, Thriller,
One year ago Chellie Morris drove through a stop sign less than a mile from her house into the stampeding traffic of State Route 30. Nathan, her husband, arrived home after the accident to find a four word note on a bookshelf; not a suicide note, not a goodbye, not even a reminder for something he might forget, just four unexplainable words.
Too much alcohol and too little sleep have turned the last 365 days into a stagnant haze. Painful flashes from the last day, uneven rewinds of the past, and the haunting words of the note chaotically rumble and roll through his mind.
Four words only, four words left.
AUTHOR: REGGIE TURK
TITLE: THE NOTE