New Titles to Read

We just got a great batch of new adult books delivered, and they are ready to check out.  Here is a bit about each book:

Off the Grid, by C.J. Box- Everything changes when a group of special operators descend on off-the-grid criminal Nate Romanowski’s quiet life with the promise of making his criminal history disappear. All Nate has to do is help the professionals stop a domestic terror cell lurking in Wyoming’s Red Desert. But Nate’s friend, Joe Pickett, soon realizes these special operators are not who they claim.

The Company She Kept, by Archer Mayor- Vermont state senator Susan Raffner is a liberal political crusader and Governor Gail Zigman’s closest advisor. When Raffner’s body is discovered hanging from a cliff face, it’s all hands on deck for Joe Gunther’s Vermont Bureau of Investigation. Raffner’s death is quickly determined to be murder, and the fact that “DYKE” was carved into her chest spells hate crime. The VBI is facing a wide-ranging investigation under unprecedented media coverage. The governor, who was once involved with Gunther, increases the media frenzy by acknowledging that she and Raffner were lovers. Mayor’s novels always work best when the crime, the solution, and the VBI stay in Vermont. This one does, ranging from Brattleboro in the south to the state’s insular Northeast Kingdom, and it affords Mayor full opportunity to write engagingly and sometimes lyrically about the beauties, virtues, and quirks of his home state. The author’s legion of fans will also be surprised to learn new things about Joe’s longtime subordinates, Sammie Martens and the always irascible Willy Kunkel. This is another fine entry in a series that has been engaging crime devotees for more than a quarter century.

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, by Frederik Backman- **Librarian’s Favorite** When an almost-eight-year-old (as opposed to a more-than-seven-year-old; there’s a big difference) girl loses a family member, it’s a tragedy. When she loses a superhero, it’s devastating. But when Elsa’s grandmother dies, it’s cataclysmic, for Granny was Elsa’s best friend and champion, and her ability to distract Elsa from the torment of school bullies, the confusion of her parents’ divorce and respective remarriages, and the impending birth of her new half-sibling catapults her to warrior status in Elsa’s mind. Knowing that she’s dying of cancer, Granny prepares a quest for Elsa to accomplish upon her death that draws its inspiration from the elaborate bedtime stories Granny told about the legendary kingdoms of the Land of Almost-Awake. As Elsa discovers and delivers a series of letters from Granny to other residents in their apartment building, she finds new friends and allies who collectively help fill Granny’s shoes.

The Crossing, by Michael Connelly- Harry Bosch teams up with Lincoln Lawyer Mickey Haller i n the new thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly. Detective Harry Bosch has retired from the LAPD, but his half-brother, defense attorney Mickey Haller, needs his help. The murder rap against his client seems ironclad, but Mickey is sure it’s a setup. Though it goes against all his instincts, Bosch takes the case. With the secret help of his former LAPD partner Lucia Soto, he turns the investigation inside the police department. But as Bosch gets closer to discovering the truth, he makes himself a target.

The Nature of the Beast, by  Louise Penny- The winds of change are freshening in Three Pines. Armand Gamache, former chief inspector of the Surete du Quebec, now retired to the idyllic village north of Montreal, is starting to feel twitchy, pondering the next stage in his life. But even as the future signals change, the past is calling forth a nightmare. When the shocking death of a nine-year-old boy with a penchant for telling tall tales sends Gamache to the woods, looking for clues, he discovers that the boy’s last tale was tall but true: a giant missile launcher is found hidden in the woods, pointing toward the U.S. Is it the work of Gerald Bull, a real-life rogue physicist who actually built such a gun? Penny builds this fascinating and still little-known slice of Canadian history into a compelling mystery that leads to an exciting but tantalizingly open-ended finale. A few too many coincidences may be required here to link Three Pines to Gerald Bull’s bizarre, shocking career, but the overarching metaphor–the presence of a very large serpent in paradise–will resonate powerfully for devotees of this compelling series.

Fool Me Once, by Harlan Coben- Former special ops pilot Maya, home from the war, sees an unthinkable image captured by her nanny cam while she is at work: her two-year-old daughter playing with Maya’s husband, Joe—who was brutally murdered two weeks earlier. The provocative question at the heart of the mystery: Can you believe everything you see with your own eyes, even when you desperately want to? To find the answer, Maya must finally come to terms with deep secrets and deceit in her own past before she can face the unbelievable truth about her husband—and herself.

Orhan’s Inheritence, by Aline Ohanesian-  “Places and things stay with us, and sometimes we stay with them.” Remembering the past can be a tricky business and for those who experienced dark times in history the memories they may most want to forget are the very ones that future generations insist that they share. Orhan’s Inheritance begins in a small village in Turkey, with the death of a patriarch, Kemal, who bequeaths the family home to a woman his heirs have never heard of. Kemal’s grandson, Orhan, finds her across the world in a home for elderly Armenians and their meeting leads to a long buried account of two people deeply in love, torn apart by war and terrible sacrifice. Aline Ohanesian’s debut novel is rich in emotion and its roots run deep and wide, tapping into a largely neglected time in Turkish history, spanning decades, and honoring the resilience of the human spirit.

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