The Buzzard Table by Margaret Maron: A mysterious ornithologist staying at Mrs. Lattimore’s Victorian home and doing research on Southern vultures seems familiar to Judge Deborah Knott and Sheriff’s Deputy Dwight Bryant, especially after a murderer strikes.
The Fifth Assassin by Brad Meltzer: Archivist Beecher White discovers a connection that may link the individuals responsible for the only four successful assassinations of American Presidents after discovering a modern-day killer who is recreating the assassins’ crimes.
The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny: When a peaceful monastery in Québec is shattered by the murder of their renowned choir director, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and Jean-Guy Beauvoir of the Sãurete du Québec are challenged to find the killer in a cloistered community that has taken a vow of silence.
Standing in Another Man’s Grave by Ian Rankin: Two Scottish detectives investigate the disappearance of a hitchhiking teenage girl, their only clue a photo sent from the missing girl’s cell phone
The Perfect Marriage by Kimberly Lawson Roby: Husband and wife Denise and Derrek Shaw seem to have the perfect life, but they are each hiding dangerous addiction to drugs.
Watching the Dark by Peter Robinson: When Detective Inspector Bill Reid is found murdered, Chief Inspector Alan Banks, suspecting police corruption, handles the investigation with then learns Reid’s murder is linked to the disappearance of a young English girl six years earlier.
The Blood Gospel by James Rollins: After an earthquake in Israel reveals a subterranean temple that contains the crucified and mummified body of a girl, archaeologist Erin Granger, a military forensic expert, and a Vatican priest are sent to investigate.
Mistress of my Fate by Hallie Rubenhold: Passionate love and suspicious death conspire against seventeen-year-old Henrietta Lightfoot as she is thrown headlong to fend for herself as a courtesan, a gambler, and a spirited intellect in the decadence and debauchery of eighteenth-century London.
The Child’s Child by Barbara Vine: When their grandmother dies, siblings Grace and Andrew Easton inherit her London mansion, which they decide to share, but after Andrew’s boyfriend moves in they find a mysterious unpublished manuscript that mirrors their lives.
Footprints in the Sand by Mary Jane Clark: Wedding cake decorator and maid of honor, Piper Donovan must save the day when the impending nuptials are threatened by the disappearance of a bridesmaid, the discovery of a body on the wedding beach and the arrival of the lecherous, ex-drug dealer best man.
Over the Edge by Mary Connolly: After surviving a fire and fighting in the Civil War, Seth Kincaid has returned to Colorado crazier than ever. While Seth remembers a lot of things, he doesn’t remember getting married, but Callie is determined to help him remember.
Shadow Creek by Joy Fielding: An unlikely group of campers including a woman, her two oddball friends, her teen daughter and her ex’s fiancé embark on a trip in the Adirondacks only to be targeted by a pair of teenage killers.
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain: Follows the surviving members of the heroic Bravo Squad through one exhausting stop in their media-intensive “Victory Tour” at Texas Stadium, football mecca of the Dallas Cowboys.
The Road to Cardinal Valley by Earlene Fowler: Hoping to help her alcoholic brother, Nash, make a fresh start, Ruby McGavin returns to Cardinal, California, where she must confront her estranged mother and a terrible secret.
The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson: Son of an influential father, Pak Jun Do rises through the ranks in North Korea to a life of espionage, kidnapping, and torture, and eventually falls for the dictator’s favorite actress.
Dream Eyes by Jayne Ann Krentz: Gwen Frazier returns to the small town of Wilby, Oregon, after the death of her friend and mentor, Evelyn Ballinger, and using her gift of psychic powers she begins to hunt for the killer with Judson Coppersmith, a man with startling power and disturbing energy.
Robert B. Parker’s Ironhorse by Robert Knott: Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch, newly appointed as Territorial Marshals, find themselves traveling by train through Indian Territories
The Chocolate Money by Ashley Prentice Norton: Bettina Ballentyne must figure out how to reconcile her yearning for maternal affection with her mother’s take-no-prisoners-style parenting during her privileged childhood in Chicago and later at a top-tier east coast boarding school.
Agenda 21 by Glenn Beck: In a dystopian future in which America has become the non-democratic Republic and a life has no meaning unless it can contribute either cleaner energy or more life, Emmeline discovers how bleak her existence is when the Authorities come for her mother.
The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin: Despite her own major achievements, Anne Morrow Lindbergh is viewed merely as Charles Lindbergh’s wife. The fairy-tale life she once longed for will bring heartbreak and hardships, ultimately pushing her to reconcile her need for love and her desire for independence.
Wards of Faerie by Terry Brooks: Druid Aphenglow Elessedil learns the truth about the vanished Elfstones, becomes the target of assassins, and joins an expedition to locate the missing stones.
Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt: Her world upended by the death of a beloved artist uncle who was the only person that understood her, fourteen-year-old June is mailed a teapot by her uncle’s grieving friend, with whom she forges a poignant relationship
1356 by Bernard Cornwell: The rascally Thomas of Hookton, aka Le Batard, and his band of not-so-merry mercenaries are bidden by the Earl of Northhampton to unearth the lost sword of Saint Peter in this recreation of the Battle of the Poitiers in 1356.
A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers: In a rising Saudi Arabian city, far from weary, recession-scarred America, a struggling businessman pursues a last-ditch attempt to stave off foreclosure, pay his daughter’s college tuition, and finally do something great.
Safe House by Chris Ewan: When Rob Hale wakes up in the hospital after a motorcycle crash on the Isle of Man, his first thought is for Lena, the gorgeous blonde who was on the back of his bike. But the doctors and the police insist that he was found alone at the scene and don’t believe she exists.
Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingslover: Tired of living on a failing farm and suffering oppressive poverty, bored housewife Dellarobia Turnbow, on the way to meet a potential lover, is detoured by a miraculous event on the Appalachian mountainside that ignites a media and religious firestorm that changes her life forever.
Heartbroken by Lisa Unger: Tells the story of three women on Heart Island and their parallel struggles to overcome the challenges in their lives as well as how they deal with the consequences of their actions.
After today’s Brown Bag, be sure to join us for a screening of Ken’ Burn’s Dust Bowl – Part One!