Stripped Bare by Shannon Baker: A cattle rancher investigates the murder of another, copes with her husband’s infidelity, and searches for her missing niece–heiress to a ranch that is a source of friction among locals. Set in Nebraska, specifically the Bar J Steak House in Hay Springs.
The Twenty-three by Linwood Barclay: Hundreds of people are going to the hospital with flu-like symptoms–and dozens have died. A college student has been murdered. The motive for harming the people of Promise Falls points to the number 23– and working out why will bring Duckworth closer to death than he’s ever been before.
Chaos by Patricia Cornwell: On a hot late summer evening in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Dr. Kay Scarpetta and her investigative partner, Pete Marina, respond to a call about a dead bicyclist. It appears that a young woman has been attacked with almost superhuman force.
The Whole Town’s Talking by Fannie Flagg: Elmwood Springs, Missouri, is a small town like any other, but something strange is happening at the cemetery. Still Meadows, as it’s called, is anything but still. Odd things begin to happen, and it starts the whole town talking.
Reckless Creed by Alex Kava: Ryder Creed and Maggie O’Dell investigate three mysterious deaths in different parts of the United States. The two find a link between all three deaths, and find may be the most prolific killer the United States has ever known. Nebraska author.
The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer: An ex-agent on the run from her former employers must take one more case to clear her name and save her life.
Swing Time by Zadie Smith: Two brown girls dream of being dancers–but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, what constitutes a tribe, or makes a person truly free. It’s a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early twenties, never to be revisited, but never quite forgotten, either.
Conclave by Robert Harris: The pope is dead. Behind the locked doors of the Sistine Chapel, one hundred and eighteen cardinals from all over the globe will cast their votes in the world’s most secretive election. They are holy men. But they have ambition. And they have rivals. Over the next seventy-two hours one of them will become the most powerful spiritual figure on Earth.
Mistletoe Secret by Richard Paul Evans: Thinking no one is reading, a blogger who calls herself LBH writes about her most personal feelings, especially her overwhelming loneliness. Alex Bartlett cares. He’s reading her posts in Daytona Beach, Florida. Nursing his own broken heart and trust issues, he finds himself falling for this sensitive, vulnerable woman whose feelings mirror his own.