In Elegantly Wasted by C. Elizabeth Vescio, Frankie is a contract killer. With the help of her cousins, Kat and Addi, she carries out jobs for the mysterious Osiris Corporation using Kat’s etiquette school as their base. When their much-hated Grandmother dies, they’re planning the biggest job yet. How will revelations about family and the Osiris Corporation change the way they look at their future and will they stay alive long enough to see the long-term impact?
In An Airship Named Desire by Katherine McIntyre, a smuggling job goes wrong, the captain of the Airship Desire takes a job that not only appeals to his pocketbook but his sense of nationalism as he’s told that the contents are essential to his old German homeland — decimated in the last war. The Captain sends his best people — a first mate, Bea and Helmsman, Jenson. Turns out that stealing the box from armed British guards is the easy part. Once back on their Airship, the crew embarks on adventure, intrigue and danger with a box that, if discovered, could inspire a nation to rebel and start a new World War.
In Forever Me by Thomas Amo, Hannah is known as “PJ” (Plain Jane) to the in-crowd group known as the Stilettos until she helps one of them. When she starts hanging around with the girl she helped, her friends see her as turning her back on them and leave her. Enter a new Hannah and new friends — the sort of girls that no one thinks should have anything to do with each other. Can they contend with the Shelby, the leader of the Stilettos, who feels she’s been robbed of what belongs to her? To add to the confusion, a killer is on the loose. Can Hannah escape high school alive?
In The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap by Paulette Mahurin, Mildred Dunlap is a generous and loving soul, but in the eyes of the townsfolk, already has one strike against her—in the tradition of her father before her, she doesn’t go to church. When news of Oscar Wilde’s conviction in England hits little Red River Pass, Nevada, she discovers that she might have something else to fear. Edra, known to all as Mildred’s cousin, is actually her life partner. With the townsfolk calling for Wilde’s blood, what will happen if they find out about her? She has a plan to ward off the busybodies but can she pull it off or, in the end, will everything be made worse?
In The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde, Dragons and the people of Hereford have lived by the Dragonpact for 400 years. When 15-year-old Jennifer Strange, the acting manager of a magical employment agency, hears that the seers are predicting that the last dragon will die at the hands of the Last Dragonslayer, she has no idea that she is indeed that Dragonslayer. She’s determined not to carry out the prophecy but something big is coming and no one, not even the Last Dragonslayer, may be able to stop it.
In The Ghost Locket by D. Allen Wright, Kit, a 14-year-old art prodigy lost in an inner city wasteland. Julia is a mother who lost her husband and child. Fate or desperation bring the two together at a critical moment when Kit has a bad guy gunning for her. Can they both come out alive? The Ghost Locket is D. Allen Wright’s first novel.
In Some Like it Hawk by Donna Andrews, the former mayor of the small town in which Meg Landslow lives mortgaged all of the public buildings and absconded with the cash. Local records clerk, Phineas Throckmorton, barricaded himself in a basement and has been there for a year surreptitiously helped by a few faithful locals. When one of the “Evil Lender’s” employees is killed by a shot that seemed to have come from the barricade, no one can tell the “Evil Lender” that Phinny has an alibi without giving away the supply game that the lender had recently stepped up efforts to crack by bringing in a PI and a Hawk to kill the barricaded Clerk’s pigeons. Can the townsfolk prove Phinny’s innocence without losing the buildings?
In Never Tell by Alafair Burke, N.Y.P.D. Homicide Detective Ellie Hatcher, and her partner J.J. Rogan are called to the scene of what appears to be a suicide. A sixteen-year-old with an eating disorder slashes her wrists in the bathtub and even leaves a suicide note. When the wealthy parents of the deceased use their money and connections to bring an investigation, Ellie soon realizes that there’s more to this case than meets the eye.
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