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Staff Picks Fall 2018

Kathy's Pick

Lethal White is the fourth book in the Cormoran Strike series from the international bestselling author Robert Galbraith.

"I seen a kid killed...He strangled it, up by the horse."

When Billy, a troubled young man, comes to private-eye Cormoran Strike's office to ask for his help investigating a crime he think he witnessed as a child, Strike is deeply unsettled.  While Billy is obviously mentally distressed, and cannot remember many concrete details, there is something sincere about him and his story.  But before Strike can question him further, Billy bolts from his office in a panic.  

Trying to get to the bottom of Billy's story, Strike and Robin Ellacott-once assistant, now a partner in the agency-set off on a twisting trail that leads them through the backstreets of London, into a secretive inner sanctum with Parliament, and to a beautiful but sinister manor house deep in the countryside.

And during this labyrinthe investigation, Strike's own life is far from straightforward: his newfound fame as a private eye means he can no longe operate behind the scenes as he once did.  Plus, his relationship with his former assistand is more fraught than it has ever been-Robin is now invaluable to Strie in the business, but their peersonal relationship is much, much trickier than that.

The most epic Robert Galbraiath novel yet, Lethal White is both a gripping mystery and a page-turning next installment in the ongoing story og Cormoran Strike and Robin Ellacott.

  

Jill's Pick

Amber Patterson is fed up.  She's tired of being a nobody: a plain, invisible woman who blends into the background.  She deserves more- a life of money and power like the one blond-haired blue-eyed goddess Daphne Parrish takes for granted.

To everyone in the exclusive town of Bishops Harbor, Connecticut, Daphne- a socialite and philantropist-and her real-estate mogul husband, Jackson, are a couple straight out of a fairy tale.

Amber's envy could eat her alive...if she didn't have a plan.  Amber used Daphne's compassion and caring to insinuate herself into the family's life- the first step in a meticulous scheme to undermine her.  Before long, Amber is Daphne's closest confidante, traveling to Europe with the Parrishes and their lovely young daughters, and growing closer to Jackson.  But a skeleton from her past may undermine everything that Amber has worked towards, and if it is discovered, her well laid plans may fall to pieces.

With shocking turns and dark secrets that will keep you guessing until the very end.  The Last Mrs. Parrish is a fresh, juicy, and utterly addictive thriller from a diabolically imaginative talent.

 

   

Lacey's Pick

Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe.  She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases-a job that has given her more mney than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year old.

It doesn't help that Stella has Asperger's and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting cleaned by pilot fish.  Her conclusion: she needs lots of practce-with a professional.  Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan.  The Vietnamese and Sweedish stunner can't afford to turn down Stella's offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan-from foreplay to more-than-missionary position...

Before long Stella not only learns t appreciate his kisses, but craves all of the other things he's making her feel.  Their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense.  and the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic...

 

Theresa's Pick

When New Yorker Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home and quality time with the man she hopes to marry.  But Nick has failed to give his girlfriend a few key details.  One, that his childhood home looks like a palace; two, that he grew up riding in more private planes than cars; and three, that he just happens to be the country's most eligible bachelor.

On Nick's arm, Rachel may as well have a target on her back the second she walks off the plane, and soon, her relaxed vacation turns into an obstacle course of old money, new money, nosy relatives, and scheming social climbers.

 

 

Amanda's Pick

For One More Day is the story of a mother and son, and a relationship that covers a lifetime and beyond.  It explores the question: What would you do if you could spend one more day with a lost loved one?

As a child, Charley "Chick" Benetto was told by his father, "You can be a mama's boy or a daddy's boy but you can't be both."  So he chooses his father, only to see the man disappear when Charley is on the verge of adolescence.

Decades later, Charley is a broken man.  His life has been crumbled by alcohol and regret.  He loses his job.  He leaves his family.  He hits bottom after discovering his only daughter has shut him out of her wedding.  And he decides to take his own life.

He makes a midnight ride to his small hometown, with plans to do that, he staggers back to his old house, only to make an astonishing discovery.  His mother-- who died eight years earlier--is still living there, and welcomes him home as if nothing happened.

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