Pushing Up Daisies by M.C. Beaton: When a wealthy land developer who had been planning to turn a community garden into a housing estate winds up dead, Agatha Raisin is hired by the victim’s accused son to clear him of suspicion and identify the real killer among numerous suspects.
The Life She Wants by Robyn Carr: Emma Shay Compton’s life is shattered by a husband who stole his client’s money, so she returns to her hometown and finds that starting over isn’t easy in a place full of unhappy memories and people she’d rather not face, especially Riley Kerrigan. Riley and Emma were like sisters–until Riley betrayed Emma, ending their friendship.
Winter Storms by Elin Hilderbrand: Some of the stormy weather of the past few seasons seems to have finally lifted for the Quinns. That doesn’t mean there aren’t a few dark clouds on the horizon as the family juggle health scares and love triangles. But if there’s one holiday that brings the Quinn family together, it’s Christmas, especially as they prepare to host Kevin and Isabelle’s wedding at the inn.
Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz: It is said that when he is reached by the truly desperate and deserving, the Nowhere Man can and will do anything to protect and save them. Evan Smoak is a man with skills, resources, and a personal mission to help those with nowhere else to turn. Now, however, someone is on his tail with similar skills and training. Someone who knows Orphan X and its covert operation.
The Obsidian Chamber by Douglas Preston: After a harrowing, otherworldly confrontation on the shores of Exmouth, Massachusetts, Special Agent A.X.L. Pendergast is missing, presumed dead. Sick with grief, his ward, Constance, retreats to her chambers beneath the family mansion at 891 Riverside Drive — only to be taken captive by a shadowy figure from the past.
Escape Clause by John Sandford: Two large, and very rare, Amur tigers have vanished from their cage at the Minnesota Zoo, and authorities are worried sick that they’ve been stolen for their body parts. Traditional Chinese medicine prizes those parts for home remedies, and people will do extreme things to get what they need. Some of them are a great deal more extreme than others.
Manitou Canyon by William Kent Krueger: When a man camping in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness goes missing, and the official search ends with no recovery in sight, Cork is asked by the man’s family to stay on the case. And when Cork goes missing as well, his family struggles to uncover the mystery behind the disappearances, while racing against an oncoming winter storm.
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult: Two white supremacists and don’t want Ruth, a black nurse, to touch their baby. The hospital complies, but the baby later goes into cardiac distress when Ruth is on duty. She hesitates before rushing to perform CPR. When her indecision ends in tragedy, Ruth finds herself on trial, represented by a public defender who warns against bringing race into a courtroom.