The Ghosts of Eden Park: the Bootleg King, the Women who pursued him, and the Murder that shocked Jazz-Age America is true crime at its best. It is a factual account about prohibition that reads somewhat like a novel. German immigrant George Remus was a self-made man who turned himself from pharmacist to lawyer to successful trafficker of whiskey. By 1921, he
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Alice is a young woman who survived a vicious stabbing years ago when she was 14. Her father was a successful writer of a pop-culture graphic novel series featuring a bartender named Mister Tender. The popularity of his fictional character resulted in this crime, committed by twin classmates who were obsessed with Mister Tender to the point of feeling they were being directed by him to stab her. After the assault, a traumatized Alice left her home in England with her mother and brother and moved to America, in order to seek anonymity. She spent years trying to put the incident behind he
The Last Romantics is a family story about four siblings in Connecticut who lose their father unexpectedly in 1981. Their mother secludes herself to the bedroom, and what becomes known as “The Pause” begins. Eldest sister Renee is 11 years old, and takes on the everyday duties to keep the family together. 8-year-old Caroline suffers nightmares, and 7-year-old Joe is
Lydia Smith is a clerk at the Bright Ideas Bookstore. She is a popular bookseller with a loyal fan base of book shop regulars, nicknamed the BookFrogs. One of her biggest fans is a troubled young man named Joey Molina. Life takes a turn for Lydia one night before closing the store. After hearing mysterious noises upstairs, she comes across her friend, dangling from a ceiling beam in an apparent suicide.
The Blue Hour is a true love story to the mountains and the people who live in them. It is a quiet collection of interweaving short stories which result in a beautifully written novel. Each chapter focuses on a resident in the small community of fictional Blue Moon Mountain, Colorado. The first narrative sets the tone when Sy, the town’s local and beloved veterinarian, commits suicide. His death
Kit is a librarian at Robbers Public Library is in small town Riverton, New Hampshire. Though the library hosts an assortment of regular library patrons, Kit has isolated herself and rarely socializes outside of working hours. She has a past she does not want to talk about, and is content with her solitary life at home. Things change for her when she meets Sunny, a 15-year-old homeschooled girl with off the grid parents. Sunny is serving community service at the library for the summer after trying to steal a dictionary. Kit and Sunny also become friends with Rusty, a regular offbeat p
Love Walked In is a heartfelt story about different kinds of love and its power. Cornelia Brown is a young woman working in a coffee house, and her life takes a turn when handsome, dashing Martin Grace walks in the door. While Cornelia is being swept off her feet, another story is taking place across town.
The Unquiet Dead introduces team of detectives Esa Khattak and Rachel Getty. Esa is a practicing Muslim and the head of Canada’s new Community Policing Section. His partner Rachel is the daughter of a former police supervisor, and she continues to be on the lookout for her younger brother who disappeared many years ago. Esa and Rachel are assigned a case where a lo
Pete Fromm’s recent memoir, The Names of the Stars: a life in the wilds, describes his time in Montana’s Bob Marshall Wilderness in 2004. He spent a month in solitude, missing his wife and two sons. Pete committed to the task of babysitting wild fish eggs, but regretted not being allowed to take his 9 and 6-year old sons, who wanted to join him. He eventually comes to the realization that it was probably