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Say Nothing 
By: Brad Parks
Recommended by Marilyn

Judge Scott Sampson doesn't brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: A prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she'll get the kids from school instead.

It's not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn't have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent's most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. A man who warns the judge to do exactly as he is told in a drug case he is about to rule on. If the judge fails to follow his instructions, the consequences for the children will be dire.

For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper's call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told.

Through it all, Scott and Alison will stop at nothing to get their children back, no matter the cost to themselves...or to each other.

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No One Knows
By: J.T. Ellison
Recommended by Yvonne

This is the first book I have read by author J.T. Ellison.  It caught my attention when Publishers Weekly said this about it "With the same page-turning suspense as The Girl on the Train and The Husband's Secret, New York Times bestselling author J.T. Ellison's No One Knows is a "riveting... skillfully plotted thriller." 

Aubrey Hamilton has been mourning her missing husband Josh for five years, even while she was considered the prime suspect in his murder. But when he is officially declared dead, there are still more questions than answers.  Aubrey finally resigns herself to moving on but meets a man who she mistakes for her dead husband and shortly thereafter, receives evidence suggesting her husband wasn't the man she thought he was.

No One Knows is full of realistically flawed characters who add interesting viewpoints to support the story and I really enjoyed the unravelling of Aubrey's childhood backstory.  In my opinion this is a must-read mystery full of suspense.  It explores the complex darkness within all of us, perfect for fans of Gillian Flynn, Liane Moriarty, and Paula Hawkins.

This title is available in Regular Print, Large Print, Book on CD and Downloadable eBook formats.

All By Myself Alone
By:  Mary Higgins Clark
Recommended by Kim

A glamorous cruise on a luxurious ocean liner turns deadly in the latest mystery from "Queen of Suspense" and #1 New York Times bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark.

Fleeing a disastrous and humiliating arrest of her husband-to-be on the eve of their wedding, Celia Kilbride, a gems and jewelry expert, hopes to escape from public attention by lecturing on a brand-new cruise ship--the Queen Charlotte.

On board she meets eighty-six-year-old Lady Emily Haywood, "Lady Em," as she is known throughout the world. Immensely wealthy, Lady Em is the owner of a priceless emerald necklace that she intends to leave to the Smithsonian after the cruise.

Three days out to sea Lady Em is found dead--and the necklace is missing. Is it the work of her apparently devoted assistant, Brenda Martin, or her lawyer-executor, Roger Pearson, and his wife, Yvonne, both of whom she had invited to join them on the cruise? Or is it Professor Henry Longworth, an acclaimed Shakespeare scholar who is lecturing on board? Or Alan Davidson, a guest on the ship who is planning to spread his wife's ashes at sea? The list of suspects is large and growing.

Celia, with the help of her new friends Willy and Alvirah Meehan, who are celebrating their forty-fifth wedding anniversary, sets out to find the killer, not realizing that she has put herself in mortal danger before the ship reaches its final destination.

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The Best Laid Plans
By: Terry Fallis
Recommended by Robert

When I peeked at the imprint date 2008, I was surprised that Terry Fallis Leacock winning book was already 9 years old. Having hosted Mr. Fallis a couple of years ago for a book talk, I thought that it was about time that I read his first novel. It was a difficult feat getting this book published. Tired of getting a literary agent or publisher to take a chance on it, Terry recorded a reading of the novel and released it as a podcast, chapter by chapter. Enough people eventually liked it that it won the Leacock Prize, Canada Reads 2011 and then made into a popular television miniseries.

The hero, Daniel Addison, is a Liberal speech writer who comes upon his girlfriend having sex with Opposition House Leader. Utterly devastated, Daniel leaves his political post and takes a job teaching at the University of Ottawa. Given the challenge to find a replacement candidate for the riding of Cumberland Prescott ( where no Liberal has won since Confederation), Daniel makes a deal with transplanted Scottish University of Ottawa engineering professor Angus McLIntock . If Daniel would take his class teaching English Literature to engineering students, Angus would let his name stand as the Liberal candidate for Cumberland Prescott. Everyone seems to be getting what they are looking for. Newly widowed Angus has no expectation nor will to win and so can spend his time finishing his cherished hovercraft. Daniel connects with nursing home resident and veteran Liberal campaigner Muriel and her politically savvy granddaughter. They and two punk-like engineering students begin to organize a campaign to unseat the popular Tory Finance minister. All seems to be going as expected until the finance minister and his female assistant are implicated in an embarrassing sex scandal. What will happen if Angus had a real chance to win the seat? You will have to read Fallis 's novel to find out what transpires.

The "Best Laid Plans" is a lot of fun. Terry Fallis takes Canadian politics and creates a Canadian version of "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington". Both Angus and Daniel are endearing characters trying to find their way in the cynical world of federal politics. The author, himself, has spent many years in this world himself. Trained as an engineer, Mr. Fallis has, like his hero Daniel, been a political speech writer and has worked in the offices of federal and provincial politicians. At present, Terry is the president of Thornley  Fallis Communications, a PR consulting firm. His background in the world of politics and his keen sense of humour has resulted in a book which should charm readers of every political persuasion.

This title is available in Regular print, Downloadable eBook and AudioBook formats.

Loving (DVD) 2016
Recommended by Emily


In 1958, in the state of Virginia, the idea of interracial marriage was not only considered to be immoral to many, it was also illegal. When Richard and Mildred fall in love, they are aware of the eyes staring at them and the words said behind their backs. It is when they get married, however, that words and looks become actions, and the two are arrested. The couple decide to take their case all of the way to the Supreme Court in order to fight for their love in this passionate and gripping drama that critics are calling "a masterpiece."


This title is available in DVD format.

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Leave Me
By:  Gayle Forman
Recommended by Pauline

New York City magazine editor, Maribeth Klein, an ├╝ber-organized mom is juggling her stressful job, a self-involved husband, and a set of preschool twins that are a handful. She's so busy helping everyone else she ignores her heart attack symptoms, ending up with emergency bypass surgery.

Following this massive disruption in her life, Maribeth decides the only way to recover from the emotional and physical trauma of what she's been through is to suddenly leave her family, fleeing to Pittsburgh, not only to escape but also, spurred by her health problems, to find out more about her own background as an adoptee.

She goes off the grid--using cash from her savings, a burner phone, old-fashioned yellow pages, and the local library--to get her bearings and put a semblance of a life together. With humor and pathos, Forman depicts Maribeth's complicated situation, exploring what drove Maribeth from her family as well as what compels her to look for her birth mother at the age of 44, and leaving readers feeling as though they've really accompanied Maribeth on her journey.

This title is available in Regular Print and downloadable eBook formats.

The Whole town's talking

By: Fannie Flagg
Recommended by Rachel


Elmwood Springs, Missouri, is a small town like any other, but something strange is happening at the cemetery. Still Meadows, as it's called, is anything but still. Original, profound, The Whole Town's Talking, a novel in the tradition of Thornton Wilder's Our Town and Flagg's own Can't Wait to Get to Heaven, tells the story of Lordor Nordstrom, his Swedish mail-order bride, Katrina, and their neighbors and descendants as they live, love, die, and carry on in mysterious and surprising ways.

Lordor Nordstrom created, in his wisdom, not only a lively town and a prosperous legacy for himself but also a beautiful final resting place for his family, friends, and neighbors yet to come. "Resting place" turns out to be a bit of a misnomer, however. Odd things begin to happen, and it starts the whole town talking.

With her wild imagination, great storytelling, and deep understanding of folly and the human heart, the beloved Fannie Flagg tells an unforgettable story of life, afterlife, and the remarkable goings-on of ordinary people. In The Whole Town's Talking, she reminds us that community is vital, life is a gift, and love never dies.


The title is available in Regular Print, Large Print, Book on CD and Downloadable eBook formats.

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