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Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts

It was a typical summer evening at the mall in Rockpoint, not far from Portland, Maine.  Three teenage friends waited for the movie to start.  A boy flirted with a girl selling sunglasses at a kiosk.  Mothers and children shopped together, and the manager at the video-game store tended to customers.  The the shooters arrived.

The chaos and carnage lasted only eight minutes before the killers were taken down.  But for those who lived through it, the effects would last forever.

In the years that followed, one would dedicate himself to a law enforcement career.  Another would close herself off, trying to bury the memory of huddling in a ladies’ room, helplessly clutching her cell phone–until she finally found a way to pour the emotions of that night into her art.

Some people would devour the details of the tragedy obsessively, while others avoided anything that might trigger flashbacks.  Some would strive to exploit the event for fame and profit.

But for one person, the shockingly high death toll at the DownEast Mall wasn’t high enough, the incalculable sorrow inflicted  not  enough to satisfy.  And as the survivors’ lives play out and intertwine in surprising ways, as they heal, find shelter, and rebuild, they will discover that another conspirator has been lying in wait ever since that terrible night”and this time, there might be nowhere safe to hide.


I’ve Only Got Eyes for You by Mary Higgins Clark

When eighteen-year-old Kerry Dowling is found dead at the bottom of the family pool, her devastated family faces the horrifying realization that Kerry might have been murdered by someone she loved.

The obvious first suspect is Kerry’s boyfriend,  with whom she’d had a bitter argument at a party she threw while her parents were away.  But suspicion falls upon the Dowlings’ neighbor, an intellectually disabled young man named Jamie.  Was a lack of invitation to the party enough to set him off–and is the pile of wet clothing his mother found in his room a sign of something sinister?

A guidance counselor at the local high school, Kerry’s grieving older sister, Aline, is bent on unveiling the truth.  Working closely with the detective assigned to the case, she turns up helpful clues.  But the more Aline digs, the more she’s putting her life in grave danger.


The 17th Suspect by James Patterson

A series of shootings exposes San Francisco to a methodical yet unpredictable killer, and a reluctant woman decides to put her trust in Sergeant Lindsay Boxer.  The confidential informant’s tip leads Lindsay  to disturbing conclusions, some of them about the police department itself.

The hunt for the killer lures Lindsay out of her jurisdiction and gets inside her head in dangerous ways.  When Lindsay suffers unsettling medical symptoms, her friends and confidantes in the Women’s Murder Club warn her against taking the crimes too much to heart.

With lives at stake, the detective can’t help but follow the case into more and more terrifying terrain.  When Assistant District Attorney Yuki Castellano tries a high-profile assault, she joins Lindsay in pushing professional boundaries.

As a decorated officer, loving wife, devoted mother, and loyal friend, Lindsay has an unwavering integrity that has never failed her.  But every day that the elusive suspect remains at large rocks the foundation of the Women’s Murder Club–and sows the seeds of its destruction.


Hardcore Twenty-four by Janet Evanovich

Brain-eating zombies, Headless Corpses, and a Wayward 50 pound Boa Constrictor named Ethel.  Yeah, it’s been a pretty routine week for Jersey Bounty Hunter Stephanie Plum.

Trouble comes in bunches or Stephanie Plum.  First, professional loon Simon Diggery won’t let her take him in until she agrees to care for his boa constrictor, Ethel.  Stephanie’s main qualification for babysitting an extremely large snake is that she owns a stun gun–whether that’s for use on the wandering serpent or the petrified neighbors remains to be seen.

Events take a dark turn when headless bodies start appearing across town.  Initially it’s just corpses from a funeral home and the morgue that have had heads removed.  But when a homeless man is murdered and dumped behind a church, Stephanie knows that she’s the only with a prayer of catching this killer.

If all that’s not enough, Diesel’s back in town.  The six-foot-tall, blond-haired hunk is a man who accepts no limits–that includes locked doors, closed windows, and underwear.  Trenton’s hottest cop, Joe Morelli, isn’t pleased at this unexpected arrival, nor is Ranger, the high-powered security consultant who has his own plans for Stephanie.

As usual, Jersey’s favorite bounty hunter is stuck in the middle with more questions than answers.  What’s the deal with Grandma Mazur’s latest online paramour?  Who is behind the startling epidemic of mutilated corpses?  And is the enigmatic Diesel’s sudden appearance a coincidence or the cause of recent deadly events?


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