March New Book Releases

As you wish – Jude Deveraux – Sixty-year-old Olivia’s first marriage was long and unhappy, but now she is a newlywed, thrilled to finally be starting her life with the man she’s always truly loved—even if they are getting a late start. Kathy is in her forties and married to a handsome, successful businessman. Theirs would be a fairy-tale romance if it weren’t for one problem: he’s passionately in love with someone else! Twentysomething Elise is also in a troubled marriage, stuck with the man her wealthy parents chose for her. Now that he has a pregnant mistress, he seems willing to go to drastic lengths to take Elise out of the picture.

Though each of them wound up at the Summerhouse for separate reasons, it’s not long before they begin to open up about their regrets, their wishes and their dreams. And when they’re presented with the opportunity of a lifetime—a chance to right the wrongs of their past—all three discover what can happen when dreams really do come true.

The escape artist – Brad Meltzer – Nola Brown is the U.S. Army’s artist in residence, rushing in to capture battle details that later clarify what really happened, but now she’s seen something she shouldn’t have.

The Kremlin conspiracy – Joel C. Rosenberg – With an American president distracted by growing tensions in North Korea and Iran, an ominous new threat is emerging in Moscow. A czar is rising in the Kremlin, a Russian president feverishly consolidating power, silencing his opposition, and plotting a brazen and lightning-fast military strike that could rupture the NATO alliance and bring Washington and Moscow to the brink of nuclear war. But in his blind spot is the former U.S. Secret Service agent, Marcus Ryker, trained to protect but ready to kill to save his country.

Closer than you know – Brad Parks – Melanie Barrick’s life is on track after her foster-care upbringing but then derails, with her baby removed by Social Services and the sheriff’s deputies claiming to have found cocaine at her house.

The flight attendant – Christopher A. Bohjalian – As always, Bohjalian combines popular tropes with a serious examination of social issues. Binge-drinking flight attendant Cassandra Bowden wakes up with a hangover in a Dubai hotel room and finds the man she spent the night with lying dead beside her. She goes about her job, lying all the way to her encounter with the FBI at flight’s end in Paris. What happened that night? And what are the consequences of addiction, deception, and denial?

The rising sea – Clive Cussler – An alarming rise in the world’s sea levels–much larger than could be accounted for by glacier melt–sends Kurt Austin, Joe Zavala, and the rest of the NUMA scientific team rocketing around the globe in search of answers. What they find at the bottom of the East China Sea, however, is even worse than they imagined: a diabolical plan to upset the Pacific balance of power–and in the process displace as many as a billion people.

A rare alloy unlike anything else on earth, a pair of five-hundred-year-old Japanese talismans, an assassin so violent even the Yakuza has disowned him, an audacious technological breakthrough that will become a very personal nightmare for Kurt Austin – from the shark-filled waters of Asia to the high-tech streets of Tokyo to a forbidden secret island, the NUMA team must risk everything to head off the coming catastrophe.

Let me lie – Clare Mackintosh – This taut, emotionally complex thriller from British author Mackintosh (I See You) centers on 26-year-old new mother Anna Johnson. Anna’s father, Tom, jumped off the cliff at Beachy Head, England; seven months later, Anna’s mother, Caroline, followed suit. The coroner’s suicide decrees have always bothered Anna, and her doubts only deepen when, on the first anniversary of Caroline’s death, someone sends a card that reads, “Suicide? Think again.” Anna’s partner, Mark Hemmings, dismisses the message as a cruel joke, but Anna becomes convinced that Caroline was murdered. Her theory captures the interest of Murray Mackenzie, a retired detective turned civilian desk clerk at the Lower Meads police station, but when Murray begins an unofficial investigation and Anna starts receiving anonymous threats, she must decide whether the truth means more than her baby’s safety.

The Sparsholt Affair – Alan Hollinghurst – A World War II-era Oxford engineering student who hides secret ambitions to join the Royal Air Force and the lonely son of a celebrated novelist forge a fateful bond that reverberates throughout seven decades of shared family life and friendship.

Accidental heroes – Danielle Steel – At John F. Kennedy International Airport, TSA agent Bernice Adams finds a postcard of the Golden Gate Bridge inscribed with a sinister message and contacts Homeland Security agent Ben Waterman. Immediately, he checks out the flights that have just left for San Francisco and pinpoints the plane he thinks is being threatened. Is a dramatic rescue in the offing?

The Bishop’s Pawn – Steve Berry – Berry stalwart Cotton Malone is involved with FBI-Justice Department contention over an FBI file regarding Martin Luther King’s assassination.

The temptation of forgiveness – Donna Leon – Commissario Guido Brunetti has his hands full when a friend of his wife asks him to help her son, whom she suspects of drug use. When the boy’s father is found unconscious and badly injured at the foot of a gracefully arched Venetian bridge, Brunetti initially suspects the drug connection. But a long-running scam suggested by coupons, found at the victim’s office but bearing the name of his elderly aunt, point the investigation in another direction. Twenty-seventh in the CWA Macallan Silver Dagger-winning, internationally best-selling series.

The Italian party – Christina Lynch – Newly married, Scottie and Michael are seduced by Tuscany’s famous beauty. But the secrets they are keeping from each other force them beneath the splendid surface to a more complex view of ltaly, America and each other.

When Scottie’s Italian teacher—a teenager with secrets of his own—disappears, her search for him leads her to discover other, darker truths about herself, her husband and her country. Michael’s dedication to saving the world from communism crumbles as he begins to see that he is a pawn in a much different game. Driven apart by lies, Michael and Scottie must find their way through a maze of history, memory, hate and love to a new kind of complicated truth.

The disappeared – C. J. Box – Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett tackles two parallel cases involving the disappearance of a prominent British executive and a group of falconers who are being harassed by the feds, a double assignment that catches the attentions of a dangerous adversary.

To die but once – Jacqueline Winspear – Maisie Dobbs—one of the most complex and admirable characters in contemporary fiction (Richmond Times Dispatch)—faces danger and intrigue on the home front during World War II.

During the months following Britain’s declaration of war on Germany, Maisie Dobbs investigates the disappearance of a young apprentice working on a hush-hush government contract. As news of the plight of thousands of soldiers stranded on the beaches of France is gradually revealed to the general public, and the threat of invasion rises, another young man beloved by Maisie makes a terrible decision that will change his life forever.

Maisie’s investigation leads her from the countryside of rural Hampshire to the web of wartime opportunism exploited by one of the London underworld’s most powerful men, in a case that serves as a reminder of the inextricable link between money and war. Yet when a final confrontation approaches, she must acknowledge the potential cost to her future—and the risk of destroying a dream she wants very much to become reality.

I was Anastasia – Ariel Lawhon – Grand Duchess Anastasia, daughter of Tsar Nicholas II, has 354 entries in WorldCat; hers is a familiar story told in many forms. With nearly a century of doubts and impostors to build on, the author mimics DNA’s twisting strands by telling two tales, one of the real Anastasia, the other of Anna Anderson, who claimed to have survived the 1918 execution of the Tsar and his family. Until clear DNA evidence emerged in 2007 that proved Anastasia died with her family, Anna had the most credible claim on the Romanov title and bank accounts. Can we still even want to believe that Anastasia somehow survived? As a historical fiction novelist, Lawhon adjusts the facts to fit her dual narratives. Writing as “an enthusiast, not an expert,” the author relies on meaningful items from letters and other records to add convincing details.