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Fresh Picks


February 2009
Volume 4 Issue 2

Fiction  Non-Fiction  Downloadable Audiobooks  Audiobooks  Under the Radar

Welcome to Fresh Picks for the month of February! This month's newsletter contains a wide variety of titles to spark your interest.  We are particularly pleased to include James Church's Bamboo and Blood, which can be found in the Under the Radar section. 


Cruel IntentCruel Intent
by J. A. Jance

When her contractor's unfaithful wife is brutally murdered, Ali Reynolds sets out to prove the husband's innocence in spite of skepticism on the part of Ali's detective boyfriend, a situation that strains their relationship and catches the attention of the real killer.



Born to Run: A Novel of SuspenseBorn to Run
by James Grippando

Jack Swyteck gets caught in the dangerous web of intrigue and murder when his father asks for help in investigating the suspicious hunting death of the vice president.



Fidel's Last DaysFidel's Last Days
by Roland Merullo 

From the hot, roiling streets and glittering beaches of Miami to the crumbling and faded elegance of Old Havana, this explosive thriller leads readers on a breathless journey to the heart of a nation longing for change.



Nose Down, Eyes UpNose Down, Eyes Up
by Merrill Markoe 

Living rent-free as a handyman in a summer house following his divorce, Gil is baffled by his relationships with women, including his current girlfriend Sara, an animal communicator, who teaches him how to converse freely with his four dogs, in a hilarious novel of life, love, and the meaning of family. 





Delta Blues: The Life and Times of the Mississippi Masters Who Revolutionized American MusicDelta Blues
by Ted Gioia

With original research and keen insights, Gioia brings to life the stirring music of the Mississippi Delta, evoking the legendary figures who have shaped its sound and spirit.



Bake Until Bubbly: The Ultimate Casserole CookbookBake Until Bubbly
by Clifford A. Wright

The name of this cookbook says it all, envisioning creamy, tender casseroles with crusty, crunchy tops and Clifford Wright's book delivers, from down-home comfort food to rustic international cuisuine. 



Breakfast at Sally's: One Homeless Man's Inspirational JourneyBreakfast at Sally's
by Richard LeMieux 

This astonishingly frank memoir tells the story of one man's resilience in the face of economic disaster. LeMieux chronicles his journey from enjoying lavish vacations and a opulent home to being penniless, estranged from his family, and living in his van.



Panic: The Story of Modern Financial InsanityPanic: The Story of Modern Financial Insanity
edited by Michael Lewis 

Lewis guides readers through five of the most violent and costly upheavals in recent financial history. He describes the market factors leading up to each event and shows what people thought was happening, and analyzes what actually happened.







Somebody Else's DaughterSomebody Else's Daughter
by Elizabeth Brundage 

At the center of Brundage's new psychological novel lies an adoption under stressed and tragic circumstances. "Somebody Else's Daughter" delivers an electric, suspenseful tale of richly conflicted characters and the disturbed landscape of the American psyche.



Legally DeadLegally Dead
by Edna Buchanan

After a mobster in the Witness Protection Program turns on an unsuspecting community with tragic results, U.S. Marshal Michael Venturi leaves the Marshals Service and creates a private organization that secretly creates new identities for innocent victims. But when one of his clients is murdered, Venturi must call upon his former training to stay one step ahead of the police, ruthless killers, and his own former colleagues.



Rough JusticeRough Justice
by Jack Higgins

Dispatched by the President to report on the state of still troubled Kosovo, Agent Blake Johnson runs into Harry Miller, who has the same task from the British Prime Minister. Together they stop a Russian officer from torching a mosque, an action that will have considerable consequences for the United States, Britian, and Russia.



The Last CenturionThe Last Centurion
by John Ringo

In the second decade of the 21st century, the world is struck by two catastrophes: a new mini-ice age and a plague to dwarf all previous experiences. An American Army officer struggles to prevent the fall of his homeland--despite others' efforts to stop him.






When Will There Be Good News?When Will There Be Good News?
by Kate Atkinson  

Atkinson presents a tale involving the unexpected intersection of three lives, including a woman whose life had been shattered thirty years earlier, an ex-detective on a crowded train, and a teenage girl who is called upon to test her preparedness.



The Glass of Time: The Secret Life of Miss Esperanza GorstThe Glass of Time
by Michael Cox 

Taking a job as a Victorian lady's maid in the household of Baroness Tansor, nineteen-year-old orphan Esperanza Gorst hides the truth about her mission to uncover her mistress's secrets about a past injustice that has affected Esperanza's own life.



The Bodies Left BehindThe Bodies Left Behind
by Jeffery Deaver 

After an emergency police call from a lake house, Deputy Brynn drives up to the deserted lake in search of answers, uncovering not only a gruesome murder, but a terrified witness to the murder, Michelle.  As the chase through the Wisconsin wilderness commences with the murderers in pursuit, Brynn and Michelle must learn to trust each other if they want to survive.



The Private PatientThe Private Patient
by P. D. James

Commander Adam Dalgliesh and his team are called in to investigate a murder at a private nursing home for rich patients being treated by the famous plastic surgeon George Chandler-Powell.



Bamboo and BloodBamboo and Blood
by James Church

In a late 1990s North Korea, a younger Inspector O is working Pyongyang as the country's nuclear missile program begins to escalate and as the wife of a North Korean diplomat turns up dead in Pakistan under suspicious circumstances. As his investigation esculates, Inspector O discovers that the woman's death could lead to a larger conspiracy.



Back to Life: A Trophy Wives Club NovelBack to Life
by Kristin Billerbeck 

Lindsey knew that her husband, Ron, was 17 years her senior, but she never expected to be a widow at 35. She is overcome with mourning, until her late husband's first wife, Jane, shows up unexpectedly as the executor of his estate. Jane is everything Lindsey's not, with one surprise after another, including a son named Ron Jr.



One UnderOne Under
by Graham Hurley

Detective Inspector Joe Faraday's new case is disturbing, and he has to determine if it was suicide or murder.  In trying to identify the body, Detective Constable Winter comes across the name of a missing person related to crime, but he's not the victim; he has simply disappeared. 



Until We Reach HomeUntil We Reach Home
by Lynn N. Austin 

Life in Sweden seems like an endless winter for three sisters after their parents' suicide. Joining 16 million other immigrants who leave their homelands for America between 1890 and 1920, Ellin, Kirsten, and Sophia begin the long, difficult journey fraught with hardships.



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