New Books for January 11
Amira & Hamza : the quest for the Ring of Power
Ahmed, Samira (Fiction writer), author
Having returned from Qaf as heroes, Hamza wants one more epic quest before heading back to school. While exploring an abandoned castle, the siblings must face the evil dev Ahriman which is out for revenge and to claim an ancient ring of power, so takes Hamza hostage.
Bloody fool for love : a Spike prequel
Ritter, William, 1984- author.
"Spike plans an epic heist against a ruthless gang of undead criminals in 1900s London in order to get back the one he loves"-- Provided by publisher.
The challenge : a novel
Steel, Danielle, author
One August afternoon in Fishtail, Montana, five inseparable friends' latest adventure takes a dangerous turn. Fear reverberates through the town as their parents grow ever more desperate to hear word that their children have been found. As they come to lean on one another for support, a media frenzy ensues, heightening tensions and testing some already fragile relationships. In the aftermath of this one fateful event, devastating secrets are revealed, new love appears on the horizon, and families are forced to reconsider what they once held dear.
Choosing brave : how Mamie Till-Mobley and Emmett Till sparked the civil rights movement
Joy, Angela, 1975- author
"The story of the mother of Emmett Till, and how she channeled grief over her son's death into a call to action for the civil rights movement"-- Provided by publisher.
Dirt Creek : a novel
Scrivenor, Hayley, author
When twelve-year-old Esther disappears on the way home from school in a small town in rural Australia, the community is thrown into a maelstrom of suspicion and grief. As Detective Sergeant Sarah Michaels arrives in town during the hottest spring in decades and begins her investigation, Esther's tenacious best friend, Ronnie, is determined to find Esther and bring her home. When schoolfriend Lewis tells Ronnie that he saw Esther with a strange man at the creek the afternoon she went missing, Ronnie feels she is one step closer to finding her. But why is Lewis refusing to speak to the police? And who else is lying about how much they know about what has happened to Esther?
The drowned woods
Lloyd-Jones, Emily, author
"Mer, the last living water diviner in the isles of Wales, seeks revenge against the prince who used her powers for his own evil ends."--Provided by publisher.
The family remains : a novel
Jewell, Lisa, author
Early one morning, DCI Samuel Owusu is called to the scene of a gruesome discovery connected to a cold case that left three people dead on the kitchen floor in a Chelsea mansion thirty years ago. Rachel Rimmer has also received a shock—news that her husband, Michael, has been found dead in the cellar of his house in France. After fleeing London thirty years ago in the wake of a horrific tragedy, Lucy Lamb is finally coming home. As they all race to discover answers to these convoluted mysteries, they will come to find that they're connected in ways they could have never imagined.
The final gambit
Barnes, Jennifer Lynn, author
"Eighteen-year-old Avery Grambs is weeks away from inheriting the multibillion-dollar Hawthorne fortune, but first she'll have to survive a dangerous game against an old enemy looking for vengeance"-- Provided by publisher.
Firestorm : a novel
Moore, Taylor, author
A powerful energy consortium, Talon Corporation, has started an aggressive mining operation that threatens to destroy Special Agent Garrett Kohl's land, his family's way of life, and everything they hold dear. Garrett goes on the offensive, embarking on an investigation that will hopefully rid the Texas High Plains of the intruders once and for all.
Slaughter, Karin, 1971- author
Longbill Beach, 1982. Emily Vaughn gets ready for prom night, the highlight of any high school experience. But Emily has a secret. And by the end of the evening, she will be dead. A murder that remains a mystery ... Forty years later, Emily's murder remains unsolved. Her friends closed ranks, her family retreated inwards, the community moved on. But all that's about to change. One final chance to uncover a killer ... Andrea Oliver arrives in town with a simple assignment: to protect a judge receiving death threats. But her assignment is a cover. Because, in reality, Andrea is here to find justice for Emily - and to uncover the truth before the killer decides to silence her too.
Haven : a novel
Donoghue, Emma, 1969- author
In seventh-century Ireland, a scholar priest named Artt has a dream in which God tells him to leave the sinful world behind. With two monks--young Trian and old Cormac--he rows down the River Shannon in search of an isolated spot in which to found a monastery. Drifting out into the Atlantic, the three men find the impossibly steep, bare island known today as Skellig Michael. In such a place, what will survival mean?
Heat 2 : a novel
Mann, Michael, 1943- author
One day after the end of Heat, Chris Shiherlis ... is holed up in Koreatown, wounded, half delirious, and desperately trying to escape LA. Hunting him is LAPD detective Vincent Hanna. ... Hours earlier, Hanna killed Shiherlis's brother in arms Neil McCauley ... in a gunfight under the strobe lights at the foot of an LAX runway. Now Hanna's determined to capture or kill Shiherlis, the last survivor of McCauley's crew. ... In 1988, seven years earlier, McCauley, Shiherlis, and their highline crew are taking scores on the West Coast, the US-Mexican border, and now in Chicago. ... And Chicago homicide detective Vincent Hanna--a man unreconciled with his history--is following his calling: the pursuit of armed and dangerous men into the dark and wild places, hunting an ultraviolent gang of home invaders.
Here we are : book of colors
Jeffers, Oliver, author, illustrator
"Inspired by the bestselling picture book, 'Here We Are,' comes this irresistible concept board book that helps introduce babies and toddlers to the many colors of our world"-- Provided by publisher.
Here we are : book of opposites
Jeffers, Oliver, author, illustrator
"Inspired by the bestselling picture book, 'Here We Are,' comes this irresistible concept board book that helps introduce babies and toddlers to opposites"-- Provided by publisher.
Kellerman, Faye, author
When the biological mother of Peter and his wife Rina's foster son is brutally beaten and her children taken, Peter, Rina, and Gabe's biological father, a former hitman-turned-millionaire, race against time to rescue them, ending in an explosive confrontation from which no one will emerge unscathed.
Magic tree house : the graphic novel. , Pirates past noon
Laird, Jenny, 1969- adapter
The magic tree house whisks Jack and Annie to an island in the Caribbean where they dig up buried treasure with real-life pirates.
Mika in real life : a novel
Jean, Emiko, author
At thirty-five, Mika Suzuki's life is a mess. Mika is at her lowest point when she receives a phone call from Penny - the daughter she placed for adoption sixteen years ago. Penny is determined to forge a relationship with her birth mother. Faced with her own inadequacies, Mika embellishes a fact about her life. What starts as a tiny white lie slowly snowballs into a fully-fledged fake life. In the end, Mika must face the truth - about herself, her family, and her past - and answer the question, just who is Mika in real life?
Perish : a novel
Watkins, LaToya, author
"LaToya Watkins's PERISH follows four members of the Turner clan: Julie B., a woman who regrets her wasted youth and the time spent under Helen Jean's thumb; Alex, a police officer grappling with a dark and twisted past; Jan, mother of two, who yearns to go to school and leave Jerusalem and all of its trauma behind for good; And Lydia, a woman whose marriage is falling apart because her body can't seem to stay pregnant; as they're called home to say goodbye to their mother and grandmother, Helen Jean. Told through alternating chapters, and set in a vividly drawn, tight-knit rural, Black Texan community, PERISH explores the effects of inherited trauma and intra-generational violence and pain as the family's "reunion" unearths long-kept secrets and forces each member to ask themselves important questions about who is deserving of forgiveness and who bears the cross of blame. With powerful, sharp prose and a sense of place that is wholly immersive, offering a nuanced look into black communites in Texas, this beautiful yet heart-wrenching debut novel will pull you in and drop you into the world LaToya has masterfully crafted within the pages"-- Provided by publisher.
The rising tide
Cleeves, Ann, author
When a member of a group of friends, who meet regularly for reunions on Holy Island, is found hanged, Vera Stanhope must discover what the friends are hiding and whether the events of many years before could have led to murder then, and now.
Robert B. Parker's fallout
Lupica, Mike, author
The small town of Paradise is devastated when a star high-school baseball player is found dead just a day after winning the team's biggest game. As police chief Jesse Stone searches for answers about how the boy died and why, he is stonewalled at every turn, and it seems that someone is determined to keep him from digging further. Then Jesse must divide his attention between two cases after the shocking murder of a former Paradise police chief. Both old and new enemies come into play, and in the end, Jesse and his team must discover the common factor between the two deaths in order to prevent a third.
A song of comfortable chairs
McCall Smith, Alexander, 1948- author
"In this latest installment in the beloved No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, Grace Makutsi encounters a pair of quandaries that will require all of her and Mma Ramotswe's cleverness and generosity to resolve. Grace Makutsi's husband, Phuti, is in a bind. An international firm is attempting to undercut his prices in the office furniture market. Phuti has always been concerned with quality and comfort, but this new firm seems interested only in profits. To make matters worse, they have a slick new advertising campaign that seems hard to beat. Nonetheless with Mma Ramotswe's help, Phtui comes up with a campaign that may just do the trick. Meanwhile, Mma Makutsi is approached by an old friend who has a troubled son. Grace and Phuti agree to lend a hand,but the boy proves difficult to reach, and the situation is more than they can handle on their own. It will require not only all of their patience and dedication, but also the help of Mma Ramotswe and the formidable Mma Potokwani in order to help the child. Faced with more than her fair share of domestic problems, Mma Makutsi deals with it all with her usual grace. That, along with the kindness, generosity, and good sense that the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency is known for, assure us that in the end, allthese matters will be set right"-- Provided by publisher.