A Plain Vanilla Murder by Susan Wittig Albert: Sheila, happy to get out from behind the chief’s desk, is investigating the death of a botany professor, a prominent researcher specializing in vanilla orchids. China is trying to help a longtime friend: the dead professor’s ex-wife and a prime suspect in his murder. However, there’s no shortage of other suspects: a betrayed lover, a disgruntled graduate student, jealous colleagues, and a gang of orchid smugglers.
Resistance Women by Jennifer Chiaverini: In the thriving intellectual culture of 1930s Berlin, Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Party wield violence and lies to seize power. Mildred, Arvid, and their friends resolve to resist and risk their lives to collect information from journalists, military officers, and officials within the highest levels of the Nazi regime. But when Nazi radio operatives detect an errant Russian signal, the Harnack resistance cell is exposed, with fatal consequences.
The Never Game by Jeffrey Deaver: A young woman has gone missing in Silicon Valley and her father has hired Colter Shaw to find her. But what seems a simple investigation quickly thrusts him into the dark heart of America’s tech hub and the cutthroat billion-dollar video-gaming industry.
The Stone Circle by Elly Griffiths: DCI Nelson has been receiving threatening letters. They are anonymous, yet reminiscent of ones she has received in the past, from the person who drew him into a case that’s haunted him for years. At the same time, Ruth receives a letter purporting to be from that very same person – her former mentor, and the reason she first started working with Nelson. But the author of those letters is dead. Or is he?
The Night Window by Dean Koontz: At first, only Jane stood against the “Arcadian” conspirators, but slowly others have emerged to stand with her, even as there are troubling signs that the “adjusted” people are beginning to spin viciously out of control. Now, in the thrilling, climactic showdown that will decide America’s future, Jane will require all her resources–and more–as she confronts those at the malevolent, impregnable center of power.
Homeward Hound by Rita Mae Brown: Amidst the revelry of the Christmas Hunt, mystery and intrigue abound! When the fanfare is interrupted by the discovery of a body, “Sister” Jane Arnold and her company of loyal hounds find themselves faced with a pressing task–to uncover who has killed a beloved club faithful. As always, the gang must untangle the complex web of clues laid before them, and with Sister Jane at the helm, they will not rest until the truth is laid bare.
The Guest Book by Sarah Blake: The Guest Book follows three generations of a powerful American family, a family that “used to run the world.” And when the novel begins in 1935, they still do. Kitty and Ogden Milton appear to have everything. But after a tragedy befalls them, Ogden tries to bring Kitty back to life by purchasing an island in Maine. That island, and its house, come to define and burnish the Milton family, year after year after year.
The Tale Teller by Anne Hillerman: Joe Leaphorn may have retired from the Tribal Police, but he finds himself knee-deep in a perplexing case involving a priceless artifact — a reminder of a dark time in Navajo history. Joe’s been hired to find a missing Biil, a traditional dress that had been donated to the