Orphan Train

The Book: Orphan Train, by Christina Baker Kline The Blurb: Nearly eighteen, Molly Ayer knows she has one last chance. Just months from “aging out” of the child welfare system, and close to being kicked out of her foster home, a community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only…

To Hell and Gone in Texas: Al Quinn #1

The Book: To Hell and Gone in Texas, by Russ Hall The Blurb: Retired sheriff’s detective Al Quinn hasn’t spoken to his brother, Maury, in twenty years. When Maury lands in the hospital under suspicious circumstances, though, Al reluctantly abandons his quiet country seclusion to look into the matter. A second attempt to take Maury…

The Rocks

The Book: The Rocks, by Peter Nichols The Blurb: Set against dramatic Mediterranean Sea views and lush olive groves, The Rocks opens with a confrontation and a secret: What was the mysterious, catastrophic event that drove two honeymooners apart so suddenly and absolutely in 1948 that they never spoke again despite living on the same…

Knights of the Square Table

The Book: Knights of the Square Table, by Teri Kanefield The Blurb: Meet the Knights of the Square Table, San Francisco’s all-star chess team. On their way home from a tournament in Europe, their plane makes a forced landing on a remote island in the North Atlantic. Part survival story, part crime novel with a…

Coal River

The Book: Coal River, by Ellen Marie Wiseman The Blurb: As a child, Emma Malloy left isolated Coal River, Pennsylvania, vowing never to return. Now, orphaned and penniless at nineteen, she accepts a train ticket from her aunt and uncle and travels back to the rough-hewn community. Treated like a servant by her relatives, Emma…

The Scam: Fox and O’Hare #4

The Book: The Scam, by Evanovich/Goldberg The Blurb: Nicolas Fox is a charming con man and master thief on the run. Kate O’Hare is the FBI agent who is hot on his trail. At least that’s what everyone thinks. In reality, Fox and O’Hare are secretly working together to bring down super-criminals the law can’t…

The Fragrance of Surrender: Souls of the Sea #1

The Book: The Fragrance of Surrender, by April Geremia The Blurb: What would cause a woman to stand on the edge of a cliff deciding whether to slip over it or to live another day? How bad would it have to be? And what if she can’t turn to God because she believes He’s the…

The Unfortunate Decision of Dahlia Moss

The Book: The Unfortunate Decision of Dahlia Moss, by Max Wirestone The Blurb: Meet Dahlia Moss, the reigning queen of unfortunate decision-making in the St. Louis area. She is unemployed, broke, and on her last bowl of ramen. But that’s all about to change. Before Dahlia can make her life any messier on her own…