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Amanda's Pick

The Cage

Author: Bonnie Kistler
Call Number: FIC Kistl
Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Suspense
Collection: Adult Fiction
Format: Book

On a cold, misty Sunday night, two women are alone in the offices of fashion conglomerate Claudine de Martineau International. One is the company's human resources director. Impeccably dressed and perfectly coiffed, she sits at her desk and stares somberly out the window. Down the hall, her colleague, one of the company's lawyers, is buried under a pile of paperwork, frantically rushing to finish. Leaving at the same time, the two women, each preoccupied by her own thoughts, enter the elevator that will take them down from the 30th floor. When they arrive at the lobby, one of the women is dead. Was it murder or suicide?

Ashley's Pick

The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic

Author: Leigh Bardugo
Call Number: YA FIC Bardu
Genre: Fantasy, Short Stories, Fairy Tales
Collection: Young Adult Fiction, OverDrive
Format: Book, ebook

Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns. Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid's voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy's bidding but only for a terrible price. Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times—bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.

Christine's Pick

This Is How We Love

Author: Lisa Moore
Call Number: FIC Moore
Genre: Cultural (Newfoundland), Canadian Literary Fiction, Families
Collection: Adult Fiction
Format: Book

As the snowstorm of the century rages toward Newfoundland, twenty-one-year-old Xavier is beaten and stabbed in a vicious attack. His mother, Jules, must fight her way through the shuttered streets of St. John's to reach the hospital where Xavier lies unconscious. When a video of the attack surfaces, Jules struggles to make sense of what she sees in the footage -- and of what she can't quite make out. While Xavier's story unfolds, so, too, do the stories that brought him there.

Debra's Pick

The Limit

Author: Kristen Landon
Call Number: J FIC Lando
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Dystopia
Collection: Junior Fiction
Format: Book

In a world not too far removed from our own, kids are being taken away to special workhouses if their families exceed the monthly debt limit imposed by the government. Thirteen-year-old Matt briefly wonders if he might be next, but quickly dismisses the thought. After all, his parents are financially responsible, unlike the parents of those other kids. As long as his parents remain within their limit, the government will be satisfied and leave them alone. But all it takes is one fatal visit to the store to push Matt’s family over their limit—and to change his reality forever.

Larina's Pick

This Side of Murder (Verity Kent Mysteries #1)

Author: Anna Lee Huber
Call Number: FIC Huber
Genre: Mystery, Historical Fiction
Collection: Adult Fiction, OverDrive
Format: Book, ebook, audiobook

England, 1919. Verity Kent's grief over the loss of her husband pierces anew when she receives a cryptic letter, suggesting her beloved Sidney may have committed treason before his untimely death. Determined to dull her pain with revelry, Verity's first impulse is to dismiss the derogatory claim. But the mystery sender knows too much--including the fact that during the war, Verity worked for the Secret Service, something not even Sidney knew. Relying on little more than a coded letter, the help of a dashing stranger, and her own sharp instincts, Verity is forced down a path she never imagined--and comes face to face with the shattering possibility that her husband may not have been the man she thought he was.

Nika's Pick

The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

Author: Carl Sagan
Call Number: N/A
Genre: Science, Philosophy, History
Collection: OverDrive
Format: ebook

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and distinguished astronomer Carl Sagan argues that scientific thinking is critical not only to the pursuit of truth but to the very well-being of our democratic institutions. Casting a wide net through history and culture, Sagan examines and authoritatively debunks such celebrated fallacies of the past as witchcraft, faith healing, demons, and UFOs. And yet, disturbingly, in today's so-called information age, pseudoscience is burgeoning with stories of alien abduction, channeling past lives, and communal hallucinations commanding growing attention and respect. As Sagan demonstrates with lucid eloquence, the siren song of unreason is not just a cultural wrong turn but a dangerous plunge into darkness that threatens our most basic freedoms.

Sherry's Pick

Once Upon A River

Author: Diane Setterfield
Call Number: FIC Sette
Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery
Collection: Adult Fiction, OverDrive
Format: Book, ebook

On a dark, misty night in the small English village of Radcot, locals gather at the Swan Inn to cap their day with drinks and lore. The 600-year-old pub is a famed hub for storytellers, but the patrons cannot know that their evening will be stranger than any tale they could weave. Into the inn bursts a mysterious man, sopping and bloodied and carrying an unconscious four-year-old girl. But before he can explain who he and the child are, and how they came to be injured, he collapses. Upriver, two families are searching desperately for their missing daughters... When the families learn of the lost little girl at the Swan Inn, each wonders if their child has at last been found. But identifying the child may not be as easy as it seems.

Staff Pick

Blind Tiger

Author: Sandra Brown
Call Number: FIC Brown
Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance, Mystery
Collection: Adult Fiction, OverDrive
Format: Book, ebook, audiobook

Thatcher Hutton, a war-weary soldier on the way back to his cowboy life, jumps from a moving freight train to avoid trouble... and lands in more than he bargained for. On the day he arrives in Foley, Texas, a local woman goes missing. Thatcher, the only stranger in town, is suspected of her abduction, and worse. Standing between him and exoneration are a corrupt mayor, a crooked sheriff, a notorious cathouse madam, a sly bootlegger, feuding moonshiners... and a young widow whose soft features conceal an iron will.

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