Author: Stewart Matthews
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Jennica Ausdall enjoyed all the perks of being a wealthy widow in Chicago: an opulent home, lavish cars, and enough money to treat everyone around her like human garbage. So, when she's murdered in the parking lot of her son's exclusive prep school, the list of suspects is long enough to paper over Wrigley Field. When Detective Shannon Rourke is called out to the scene, she catches a break. The murderer was careless. A series of clues clearly point to a specific person close to Jennica. But after Shannon arrests her primary suspect, she begins to doubt her own evidence. Her open and shut case might go deeper than anyone is willing to believe. Now, Shannon is left with a choice. She can go with the quiet, easy conviction, or risk the career she's given up everything for on the word of a lowlife two steps from a jail cell.
Author: Stewart Matthews
What was another murder in Chicago? A dead man clutching a pint of whiskey on the Ashland Avenue sidewalk wasn't new. It shouldn't have been enough to keep troubled Detective Shannon Rourke and her brother from making their escape to Sweden.Shannon's plan to put half a world between herself and her checkered past in Chicago is already rolling when she arrives at the crime scene, ready to pass the case off to another detective.But she didn't expect the victim to be her brother's best friend.When her ex-mobster brother hears about it, he gives her an ultimatum: stay and solve the case or he will. Now, Shannon is determined to leash her inner demons and finish the job, but if she fails, her brother will be the one to pay the price.
Author: Stewart Matthews
She took an oath to uphold the law, but oaths can be broken.Chicago PD Detective Shannon Rourke is falling apart, but by now, she's used to it. Her misfortune, however, has infected the people she loves. Her boyfriend worries she's concealing a dark secret, and his daughter is tormented by memories of a deranged serial killer--who targeted the girl because of Shannon.She needs a break from work before she snaps, but her problems have to wait when she's called to a puzzling crime scene on Chicago's deadly West Side. With a killer dropping fresh corpses every day, she fights to keep her demons shackled while she goes on the hunt. A single misstep could turn her misfortune into deadly tragedy--not only for herself, but for the family she loves.
Author: Laura Woollett
Publisher: Chicago Review Press
Big Top Burning investigates the 1944 Hartford circus fire and invites readers to take part in a critical evaluation of the evidence The fire broke out at 2:40 p.m. Thousands of men, women, and children were crowded under Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey's big top watching the Flying Wallendas begin their death-defying high-wire act. Suddenly someone screamed "Fire!" and the panic began. By 2:50 the tent had burned to the ground. Not everyone had made it out alive. With primary source documents and survivor interviews, Big Top Burning recounts the true story of the 1944 Hartford circus fire—one of the worst fire disasters in U.S. history. Its remarkable characters include Robert Segee, a 15-year-old circus roustabout and known pyromaniac, and the Cook children, Donald, Eleanor, and Edward, who were in the audience when the circus tent caught fire. Guiding readers through the investigations of the mysteries that make this moment in history so fascinating, this book asks: Was the unidentified body of a little girl nicknamed "Little Miss 1565" Eleanor Cook? Was the fire itself an act of arson—and did Robert Segee set it? Big Top Burning combines a gripping disaster story, an ongoing detective and forensics saga, and World War II–era American history, inviting middle-grades readers to take part in a critical evaluation of the evidence and draw their own conclusions.
Author: Sean Stewart
Publisher: Turtleback Books
Magical tale of the unhappy things that happen to a hero who tries but fails in living happily ever after.
Author: Mary Bernsen
Life hasn't been easy for Isabella. She spent most of her childhood in the foster care system, and now at twenty-two she has landed herself in prison on drug charges. Her troubled past is what makes her a perfect candidate for the government's latest scientific endeavor, Operation Gene Re-sequencing. No one will miss her. No one will question her absence. But, when it's discovered Isabella is immune to their DNA-changing drugs, she is selected to be used as prey for those who aren't.Chase and Brayden couldn't be more opposite; Chase is calm, reserved, and completely insistent that he will control the changes the virus is causing in his body. Brayden, on the other hand, has always been wild and uninhibited. He welcomes the new animalistic nature coming over him. The one thing they have in common? They both have a taste for the cute little Asian inmate who is now sharing their cell.
Author: Catherynne M. Valente
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
"One of the most extraordinary works of fantasy, for adults or children, published so far this century."—Time magazine, on the Fairyland series September has longed to return to Fairyland after her first adventure there. And when she finally does, she learns that its inhabitants have been losing their shadows—and their magic—to the world of Fairyland Below. This underworld has a new ruler: Halloween, the Hollow Queen, who is September's shadow. And Halloween does not want to give Fairyland's shadows back. Fans of Valente's bestselling, first Fairyland book will revel in the lush setting, characters, and language of September's journey, all brought to life by fine artist Ana Juan. Readers will also welcome back good friends Ell, the Wyverary, and the boy Saturday. But in Fairyland Below, even the best of friends aren't always what they seem. . . .
Author: Gretta Mulrooney
THE FASCINATING NEW DETECTIVE MYSTERY FROM CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED AUTHOR GRETTA MULROONEY "Beautifully written with psychological depth. This is a high-class private detective mystery which you won't want to put down. There's drama, conflict, and a family with some very nasty skeletons in the closet." Ann Abrams How can someone vanish without a trace? Carmen Langborne is a woman who no one seems to like very much, and now she's gone missing. But there is no body, no leads and no real suspects. And the police have stopped investigating her disappearance. Carmen's stepdaughter Florence hires private detective Tyrone Swift to find the missing woman. If the body is found, Florence will inherit half of a very valuable house. As Swift delves deeper into the family's affairs, he discovers dark family secrets that threaten the reputations of powerful people. Will Swift get to the truth before those with much to hide stop him? Find out in this absorbing mystery with many twists and turns, featuring characters with real dilemmas and conflicts. You will not want to put this book down till the surprising and dramatic conclusion. If you like Robert Galbraith, Angela Marsons, Colin Dexter, Ruth Rendell, or Mark Billingham you will be gripped by this exciting new crime fiction writer. THE LADY VANISHED is the first in a new series of detective mysteries featuring Tyrone Swift. Tyrone Swift is a former policeman turned private detective. He's survived a stabbing and his fiancee running off with another man. Swift is unlucky in love but pretty good at getting to the truth. He loves rowing on the river Thames and his ex-fiancee has just come back on the scene. OUT OF THE BLUE by Gretta Mulrooney is available now. Can you ever go back to your first love? and COMING OF AGE: A compelling novel of intrigue, growing up, and love for the wrong person by best-selling author Gretta Mulrooney. "
Author: Rebecca Howie
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
It's been four years since the car crash took away her father and Sam Beckett's nightmares are back with a vengeance. When her friend suggests she take a PI course to distract herself, Sam agrees, but she soon realises it won't be as simple as she expected when her first case leads to a woman being killed, her husband accused of her murder, and a series of threatening text messages sent to her phone which lead Sam to believe that her father's crash might not be the accident everyone thought it was.
Author: Moli?re, Ian Maclean, George Graveley
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
This selection of seven of Molière's prose plays includes "Precious Provincials," "The Would-be Gentleman," "Don Juan," "The Reluctant Doctor," "Scapin the Schemer," "The Miser," and "George Dandin."
Author: Julia London
"After a lonely childhood with an irrespnosible mother, Madeline Pruett unexpectedly inherits a high altitude cattle ranch. Whe Maddie arrives at the ranch, she discovers there are another three inheritors -- her two unknown sisters, and Luke Kendrick, son of her father's partner, and a ruggedly handsome but unpredictable man.
Author: Megan Haskell
When friends become enemies and enemies become friends, who's left to trust?Trained as an elite fighter and educated in the ways of the elves, Nuriel "Rie" Lhthannien has worked decades to be accepted into the High Court messenger service. It's a simple enough occupation, but in a realm where humans are treated as little better than slaves, it's a position she'll do anything to protect. On a routine delivery in the Human Realm, Rie is attacked by assassins from the enemy Shadow Realm and framed as a traitor. Facing execution at the hand of an unmerciful king, she evades capture and crosses the portal into enemy lands to prove her innocence. Surprising allies arise from the shadows, assisting her search and uncovering secrets she didn't know she kept. With the risk of discovery lurking at every turn, Rie must use every weapon in her arsenal -- and some she didn't know she possessed -- to uncover the truth behind the attack. Along the way, she discovers she might not be as human as she was led to believe, and her heritage could be more dangerous than she ever imagined.
Author: Thanhha Lai
Publisher: Univ. of Queensland Press
Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama.
Author: David A. Kessler, MD
Publisher: Tundra Books
Most people believe that it's natural to gain a lot of weight as we get older. But this is not true. Kessler knows it's not true because until about 30 years ago, we did not have a weight problem in North America. In fact, throughout history, the human body weight stayed pretty much the same. People ate the amount of food they needed and no more. Then, in the 1980s, something changed. North Americans started gaining a lot of weight. What happened in such a short time to add so many millions of pounds to so many millions of people? Something had changed in North America, but it wasn't us. It was our food. These processed foods - loaded with sugar, fat, and salt - make it almost impossible for some people to stop eating. Many years ago, the food industry managed to figure out that they could sell more food if it had a lot of sugar, fat, and salt in it. Good food should make you feel full and satisfied. But foods that are high in sugar, fat, and salt have the opposite effect on many people. Instead of easing our hunger, these foods make us want to eat more. Even when we're full, even when we're not hungry, we feel the need to eat. Hijacked helps us understand what it is that we're eating and helps us train our brains to know when to stop eating and to stop craving food.
Author: C.M. Sutter
Publisher: C.M. Sutter
Sleepy little North Bend just woke up. The newly promoted Sergeant Jade Monroe, and her partner, Detective Jack Steele, have just been informed of an unidentified male body found at a local lake. The town is in an uproar. The victim was nearly decapitated, and murder simply doesn’t happen in North Bend. As more bodies turn up, the single connection between all of the victims becomes clear—it’s Jade, herself. With each new victim getting one step closer to Jade, time begins to tick away. She must find the person responsible before her loved ones, or herself, are targeted next. Note: All Detective Jade Monroe books are standalone stories, yet they are best read in chronological order. #1 Maniacal #2 Captive #3 Fallacy #4 Premonition #5 Exposed