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In the Blood by Lisa Unger

Lana Granger is psychologically wounded from a childhood trauma. With great gaps in her memory, she has taken refuge at a small college in upstate New York, losing herself in her studies. Nearing graduation, she takes a job babysitting for a troubled boy who has recently moved to the community. As her relationship with the boy escalates, her best friend goes missing and Lana embarks on a quest to find her. In  the process she uncovers many secrets about her own past.  The riveted reader will discover that nothing is as it seems.

Revival. Volume One, You're Among Friends by Tim Seeley

For one day, in a small town in rural Wisconsin, the dead came back to life. These “revivers” are the people they were in life, though some have come back changed. Inside the quarantined town’s borders, Officer Dana Cypress and others in the town deal with the aftermath of “Revival Day.” In addition to setting up the larger mysteries of how and why this happened, this first volume delves into a few other mysteries, including a main character’s murder. Billed as a “rural noir,” the art evokes the dark, claustrophobic, isolated town while the character driven plots slowly unfold.

Unremarried Widow by Artis Henderson

In Unremarried Widow---official military terminology for the widow of a man killed in service--Artis Henderson recounts the unlikely love story between her and husband, Miles, an Apache helicopter pilot for the United States Army.  In this memoir, Henderson offers a visceral look into enduring after Miles is killed in Iraq, and eventually, reconciling herself to the hard work of recovery and reimagining her dreams. ~ Suzy Miller

Call number: 956.70443 HEN

Whistle in the Dark by Susan L. HIll

On his 13th  birthday, Clem is forced to quit school and start working in the local coal mines alongside his father. His younger sister has epilepsy and his income is needed to help with medical bills.  His grandfather lives with them and suffers from minor’s consumption.  He checks the mailbox every day, hoping for a compensation check.  And then a deadly tornado tears through the town while Clem is in the mines.  

Turn Left at the Cow by Lisa Bullard

Unhappy living with his new stepfather,Travis runs off to his grandmother’s home in small town Minnesota, where his late dad grew up. His dad, who died before Travis was born, was a local legend, suspected of robbing a bank and then never heard from again. When Travis shows up everyone believes he has come to retrieve the lost money, especially when some of the marked bills show up in local stores. Travis has no knowledge of his dad’s history or any idea where the loot is stashed.

Making Masterpiece: 25 Years Behind the Scenes at Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery! on PBS by Rebecca Eaton

In this delightful memoir Rebecca Eaton shares the story of her twenty-five years as executive producer of Masterpiece Theater.   She has overseen the program from its golden age of elaborate British costume drama to more contemporary gritty fare with the addition of the popular offshoot Mystery.  Iconic names such as Helen Mirren, Maggie Smith, Daniel Radcliffe, Colin Firth and Judi Dench spill off the pages.  Little know facts about colorful hosts including Alistair Cook and Diana Rigg are revealed.  The author also tells of how she almost turned down the now wild

The Telling Room: A Tale of Love, Betrayal, Revenge, and the World's Greatest Piece of Cheese by Michael Paterniti

As a struggling writer in Michigan, Paterniti comes across an article about a cave-aged Spanish cheese, Paramo de Guzman, which changes his life forever. Made in a small village by Ambrosio Molinos it has been enjoyed by kings, celebrities and even the Pope.  Paterniti travels to Guzman to meet the larger-than-life cheese maker and his family.  It is here that he is drawn into the story of love that inspired the creation of the cheese and the betrayal that caused its demise.

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger

The author of the Time Traveler’s Wife is back with another paranormal excursion. Twin daughters of estranged twin sisters inherit the estate of their aunt with the proviso that they must live in her apartment for a year. Chicago natives Julia and Valentina pack up and move to their new home which located adjacent to London’s historic Highgate Cemetery. The reader encounters ghosts, a family mystery, plot twists and an eccentric neighbor with OCD. The mix will keep you engaged to the end. ~Marty

Call number: Fiction NIFFENEGGER, A

Champion by Marie Lu

This final book in Lu’s Legend trilogy has all of the intrigue, action, and danger found in the first two volumes.  June has been chosen by new Elector Anden to serve as one of three Princeps-Elect, his closest government advisors.  Meanwhile, Day is acting as a commander in the military, but suffering from severe headaches and black-outs as a result of the experimental tests run on him by the government.  Day and June have not seen each other since the conclusion of Prodigy, and now June is urgently requesting to see Day.  However, despite his continued love for her, th

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