April 2011 Paperbacks

Dating Mr. December by Phillipa Ashley

Emma Tremayne leaves her high-powered PR job and moves to the Lake District looking for peace, quiet–and celibacy. So perhaps it’s not the best idea when she agrees to help the local mountain rescue team raise funds by putting together a “tasteful” nude calendar.

The Shelters of Stone by Jean Auel

The Shelters of Stoneopens as Ayla and Jondalar, along with their animal friends, Wolf, Whinney, and Racer, complete their epic journey across Europe and are greeted by Jondalar’s people: the Zelandonii. The people of the Ninth Cave of the Zelandonii fascinate Ayla. Their clothes, customs, artifacts, even their homes formed in great cliffs of vertical limestone are a source of wonder to her. And in the woman Zelandoni, the spiritual leader of the Ninth Cave (and the one who initiated Jondalar into the Gift of Pleasure), she meets a fellow healer with whom to share her knowledge and skills. But as Ayla and Jondalar prepare for the formal mating at the Summer Meeting, there are difficulties. Not all the Zelandonii are welcoming. Some fear Ayla’s unfamiliar ways and abhor her relationship with those they call flatheads and she calls Clan. Some even oppose her mating with Jondalar, and make their displeasure known. Ayla has to call on all her skills, intelligence, knowledge, and instincts to find her way in this complicated society, to prepare for the birth of her child, and to decide whether she will accept new challenges and play a significant role in the destiny of the Zelandonii. Jean Auel is at her very best in this superbly textured creation of a prehistoric society.The Shelters of Stone is a sweeping story of love and danger, with all the wonderful detail based on meticulous research that makes her novels unique. It is a triumphant continuation of the Earth’s Children saga that began with The Clan of the Cave Bear. And it includes an amazing rhythmic poem that describes the birth of Earth’s Children and plays its own role in the narrative of The Shelters of Stone.

True Blue by David Baldacci

A mysterious high-profile homicide in the nation’s capital collides with the dark side of national security in David Baldacci’s new, heart-stopping thriller.

Mason “Mace” Perry was a firebrand cop on the D.C. police force until she was kidnapped and framed for a crime. She lost everything-her badge, her career, her freedom-and spent two years in prison. Now she’s back on the outside and focused on one mission: to be a cop once more. Her only shot to be a true blue again is to solve a major case on her own, and prove she has the right to wear the uniform. But even with her police chief sister on her side, she has to work in the shadows: A vindictive U.S. attorney is looking for any reason to send Mace back behind bars. Then Roy Kingman enters her life. Roy is a young lawyer who aided the poor until he took a high-paying job at a law firm in Washington. Mace and Roy meet after he discovers the dead body of a female partner at the firm. As they investigate the death, they start uncovering surprising secrets from both the private and public world of the nation’s capital. Soon, what began as a fairly routine homicide takes a terrifying and unexpected turn-into something complex, diabolical, and possibly lethal.

The Templar Legacy by Steve Berry

The ancient order of the Knights Templar possessed untold wealth and absolute power over kings and popes . . . until the Inquisition, when they were wiped from the face of the earth, their hidden riches lost. But now two forces vying for the treasure have learned that it is not at all what they thought it was–and its true nature could change the modern world. Cotton Malone, one-time top operative for the U.S. Justice Department, is enjoying his quiet new life as an antiquarian book dealer in Copenhagen when an unexpected call to action reawakens his hair-trigger instincts–and plunges him back into the cloak-and-dagger world he thought he’d left behind. It begins with a violent robbery attempt on Cotton’s former supervisor, Stephanie Nelle, who’s far from home on a mission that has nothing to do with national security. Armed with vital clues to a series of centuries-old puzzles scattered across Europe, she means to crack a mystery that has tantalized scholars and fortune-hunters through the ages by finding the legendary cache of wealth and forbidden knowledge thought to have been lost forever when the order of the Knights Templar was exterminated in the fourteenth century. But she’s not alone. Competing for the historic prize–and desperate for the crucial information Stephanie possesses–is Raymond de Roquefort, a shadowy zealot with an army of assassins at his command. Welcome or not, Cotton seeks to even the odds in the perilous race. But the more he learns about the ancient conspiracy surrounding the Knights Templar, the more he realizes that even more than lives are at stake. At the end of a lethal game of conquest, rife with intrigue, treachery, and craven lust for power, lies a shattering discovery that could rock the civilized world–and, in the wrong hands, bring it to its knees.

Royal Seduction by Jennifer Blake

Determined to uncover the truth behind his brother’s murder, Prince Rolfe of Ruthenia travels to 19th-century Louisiana where he takes Angelina Fortin captive, believing her to be a witness.

Strange Neighbors by Ashlyn Chase

All-star pitcher and shape-shifter Jason Tanner buys an apartment building and meets his tenants: an unemployed crime-fighting vampire; a wereraven with a morbid sense of humor; a super-friendly salesman werewolf; and two witches. Not to mention an all-too-human nurse.

Red Rabbit by Tom Clancy

Jack Ryan’s first days with the CIA may be the Pope’s last days alive.

Laced by Carol Higgins Clark

A haunted castle, a pair of international jewel thieves, and a hotel fire — so begins Regan and Jack Reilly’s honeymoon in Ireland . . . Private Investigator Regan Reilly and her husband, Jack, head of the Major Case Squad in New York City, have just gotten hitched! They’ve headed to Hennessy Castle, a romantic spot in western Ireland — seemingly the perfect place to escape the world and the criminals they deal with daily — to begin their lives together. But Hennessy Castle is hardly relaxing! Their first afternoon in Ireland, Regan and Jack go out for a jog, stopping at an old graveyard at the edge of town. The first tombstone they see is marked REILLY . Turns out May Reilly, who died in 1822, was a talented lacemaker who made an exquisite tablecloth for a banquet at Hennessy Castle but was never paid. Legend has it that May has haunted the castle ever since. Awakened in the middle of the night, Regan spots a mysterious woman on the back lawn of the castle. At the sound of Jack’s voice, Regan turns her head for a moment. When she turns back, the woman is gone. A moment later, the hotel’s fire alarm goes off. In the ensuing melee, Regan and Jack meet a young American Irish couple, Sheila and Brian O’Shea, who have started a business selling Irish memorabilia — but on this trip to Ireland their “business” is to pick up paintings they’ve commissioned from a superstitious amateur artist who doesn’t realize the value of her work. The last thing these two online entrepreneurs want is for Regan and Jack to figure out what they’re up to. The following morning, May Reilly’s famous tablecloth is discovered missing from the memorabilia room at the castle, and a note has been left for Jack by an elderly couple who checked out immediately after the fire. The “elderly” couple is, in fact, two international jewel thieves in disguise, who refer to themselves as “Jane and John Doe.” Taunting Jack, who has been on their trail for more than a year, they claim responsibility for the theft of May Reilly’s tablecloth, knowing full well that Jack won’t be able to enjoy his honeymoon when he finds out they were right under his nose and may still be in Ireland. With the help of Regan’s Irish cousin — Galway resident Gerard Reilly — Regan and Jack hunt for the thieves who have eluded law enforcement for too long. Their search takes as many twists and turns as the winding country roads of the Emerald Isle, as they travel from tiny villages to the crowded pubs of Galway and back to Hennessy Castle — where May Reilly is not resting in her grave! Filled with Irish history and lore, and a cast of quirky characters on both sides of the Atlantic,Lacedwill take you on a journey that will keep you laughing, turning pages, and maybe even believing in ghosts!

Play Dead by Harlan Coben

Fade Away by Harlan Coben

In novels that crackle with wit and suspense, Harlan Coben has created one of the most fascinating heroes in suspense fiction: the wisecracking, tenderhearted sports agent Myron Bolitar. In this gripping third novel in the acclaimed series, Myron must confront a past that is dead and buried-and more dangerous than ever before.    The home is top-notch New Jersey suburban. The living room is Martha Stewart. The basement is Legos-and blood. The signs of a violent struggle. For Myron Bolitar, the disappearance of a man he once competed against is bringing back memories-of the sport he and Greg Downing had both played and the woman they both loved. Now, among the stars, the wannabes, the gamblers, and the groupies, Myron is embarking upon the strange ride of a sports hero gone wrong that just may lead to certain death. Namely, his own.

The Navigator by Clive Cussler

Years ago, an ancient Phoenician statue known as the Navigatorwas stolen from the Baghdad Museum, and there are men who would do anything to get their hands on it. Their first victim is a crooked antiquities dealer, murdered in cold blood. Their second very nearly is a UN investigator who, were it not for the timely assistance of Austin and Zavala, would now be at the bottom of a watery grave. What’s so special about this statue? Austin wonders. The search for answers will take the NUMA team on an astonishing odyssey through time and space, one that encompasses no less than the lost treasures of King Solomon, a mysterious packet of documents personally encoded by Thomas Jefferson, and a top secret scientific project that could change the world forever. And that’s before the surprises really begin . . . Rich with all the hair-raising action and endless invention that have become Cussler’s hallmarks, The Navigatoris Clive’s best yet.

Bandit Lawman, Texas Bride by Carol Finch

In a daring plan, Marshal Jackson Culpepper and his brothers disguise themselves as bandits and rob the corrupt local bank, hoping to root out the real embezzler. Too bad Cassandra Bixby was depositing her life savings that dayhellip;Naturally, Cassie demands an investigationhellip;all the while fighting off her growing attraction to the Texas lawman who, to her frustration, refuses to take her seriously.Jack is in a bind-he can’t very well arrest himself! Was it safe to share his secret with this woman-on-a-mission-the woman he’s coming to love?

The Highlander’s Sword by Amanda Forester

Lady Aila Graham is destined for the convent until her brother’s death leaves her an heiress and her father hastily arranges a marriage for her with a Highland warrior she’s never met.

The Making of a Gentleman by Shana Ghana

Twelve years in prison has stripped him of his humanity, Armand, Comte de Valaire has lost the ability to interact with polite society, until his family hires him a beautiful tutor, and he starts to come alive again. Saving him is her only chance to escape a terrible fate. Felicity Bennett vows she’ll do whatever it takes to help Armand fight back the demons that have held him captive for so long. With Felicity’s help, Armand begins to heal, until a buried secret threatens to destroy their growing passion.

Penhallow by Georgette Heyer

A family tyrant whose murder has shocking and far-reaching consequences. Hated for his cruel and vicious nature, yet ruling his family with an iron hand from his sickbed, tyrannical patriarch Adam Penhallow is found murdered the day before his birthday. His entire family had assembled for his birthday celebration, and every one of them had the ways and means to commit the crime. As accusation and suspicion turn in one direction, then another, the claws and backstabbing come out, and no one is exempt from the coming implosion.

Detection Unlimited by Georgette Heyer

Slumped on a seat under an oak tree is old Sampson Warrenby, with a bullet through his brain. He is discovered by his niece Mavis, who is just one of ten people in the village in the running for chief suspect, having cause to dislike Warrenby intensely. Only Chief Inspector Hemingway can uncover which of the ten has turned hatred into murder.

Footsteps in the Dark by Georgette Heyer

What begins as an adventure soon becomes a nightmare…<br><br>Locals claim it is haunted and refuse to put a single toe past the front door, but to siblings Peter, Celia, and Margaret, the Priory is nothing more than a rundown estate inherited from their late uncle-and the perfect setting for a much-needed holiday. But when a murder victim is discovered in the drafty Priory halls, the once unconcerned trio begins to fear that the ghostly rumors are true and they are not alone after all! With a killer on the loose, will they find themselves the next victims of a supernatural predator, or will they uncover a far more corporeal culprit?

Deception by Jonathan Kellerman

Just when readers think Jonathan Kellerman has taken his spellbinding tales of mystery and psychological suspense to the limit, with “Deception” he takes a bold leap into terrifying and uncharted new territory.

The Fire Lord’s Lover by Kathryne Kennedy

The Wild Irish Sea by Loucinda McGary

The telepathic image of her twin brother fighting for his life sends Amber O’Neill rushing to the rocky shores of Ireland. Desperate to find him, she turns to reclusive local inspector Kevin Hennessy.

A Bride After All by Kasey Michaels

After being burned by love, Claire Ayers had just about given up on finding her dream husband. The physician’s assistant would have to be content taking care of other people’s kids. Until she met her happily-ever-after wrapped up in one seductive single-father packagehellip;.Nick Barrington wasn’t looking for a happy ending. Except the more time he spent with Claire, the more the captivated journalist wanted to make her a part of his family. With a little help from one well-meaning matchmaker, was Nick ready to pop the questionhellip;and make Claire a bride after all?

Suddenly a Bride by Kasey Michaels

Single mother Elizabeth Carstairs had no illusions about getting married. Tying the knot the second time around wouldn’t be about love and romance. It would be about friendship and compatibility and making a home for her family. Then she met her sons’ sexy baseball coachhellip;.Will Hollingswood liked his life as a footloose bachelor. That was before his matchmaking cousin introduced him to Elizabethhellip;before the Widow Carstairs and her lively twin boys started him dreaming about white picket fences and forever after. Could he convince Elizabeth to say “I do” to a lifetime of love?

The Bridegroom by Linda Miller

“New York Times”-bestselling author Miller returns to the Arizona frontier in this latest Stone Creek novel–a tale of passion, adventure, and dangerous promises.

Montana Creeds: Dylan by Linda Miller

Hailed as rodeo’s bad boy, Dylan Creed likes life in the fast lane. But when he learns the young daughter he rarely sees has been abandoned by her mother, Dylan heads home to Stillwater Springs. He must learn to become a champion father–and Kristy Madison just might be the woman to teach him how.

Montana Creeds: Logan by Linda Miller

Descendants of the legendary McKettrick family, the Creeds are renowned in Stillwater Springs, Montana, for raising hell. After years of wandering, Logan Creed returns home to put down roots. Briana Grant has heard stories about her gorgeous neighbor, and after her home is vandalized, Logan shows Briana–and the folks of Big Sky country–just what he’s made of.

At Home in Stone Creek by Linda Miller

Ashley O’Ballivan had her heart broken years ago by a man–and now he’s mysteriously back. Jack McCall isn’t who she thinks he is. For her sake, he must keep his distance, but his feelings for her are so powerful. To protect her, he has to leave, vowing to fight his way home to her and Stone Creek forever.

To Conquer Mr. Darcy by Abigail Reynolds

Mr. Darcy’s Obsession by Abigail Reynolds

Elizabeth Bennet was more unsuitable for Mr. Darcy than ever. Mr. Darcy is determined to find a more suitable bride. But then he learns that Elizabeth is living in London in reduced circumstances, after her father’s death robs her of her family home. What if Mr. Darcy can’t help himself from seeking her out? He just wants to make sure she’s alright. But once he’s seen her, he feels compelled to talk to her, and from there he’s unable to fight the overwhelming desire to be near her, or the ever-growing mutual attraction that is between them. What if Mr. Darcy’s intentions were shockingly dishonorable?

Big Jack by J.D. Robb

In New York City in 2059, someone is pursuing missing gems from a decades-old heist…someone who’s willing to kill for them. Sharp-witted and sexy, NYPSD Lieutenant Eve Dallas is used to travelling in the shadowy corners outside the law. And in a future where crime meets cutting-edge technology, she will attempt to track down the diamonds once and for all-and stop the danger and death that have surrounded them for years.

Undone by Karin Slaughter

When a tortured young woman enters the trauma center of an Atlanta hospital, Dr. Sara Linton is thrust into a desperate police investigation with Special Agent Will Trent and his partner, Faith Mitchell. Though guarding their own wounds and their own secrets, Sara, Will, and Faith find that they are all that stand between a madman and his next victim.

To Conquer a Highlander by Mary Wine

Mary Wine captures all the raw, rugged beauty of the Scottish Highlands, where tumultuous times bred a race of warrior men and women who fought for country, keep, and kin, and loved as passionately as they lived. In “To Conquer a Highlander”, Torin McLeren discovers his neighbor is plotting against the rightful heir to the throne of Scotland, a move that is likely to incite an English invasion. Seeking to foil the plot, he takes his neighbor’s daughter hostage. Fiery Shannon Boyd plans to seduce her captor and then destroy him as retribution. But her plan goes awry when she lures Torin into her bed. In Torin, Shannon finds a passionate lover, a man who values and understands her. A man worth risking her life for, or her father will surely kill them both when he discovers what they’ve done.

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