New audio books available at the Taylor Community Library.
“Old Bones” by Douglas Preston
Nora Kelly, a young curator at the Santa Fe Institute of Archaeology, is approached by historian Clive Benton with a once-in-a-lifetime proposal, to lead a team in search of the “Lost Camp” of the tragic Donner Party. This was a group of pioneers who earned a terrible place in American history when they became snow-bound in the California Mountains in 1847, their fate unknown until the first skeletonized survivors stumbled out of the wilderness, raving about starvation, murder and cannibalism. Benton tells Kelly he has stumbled upon an amazing find, the long-sought diary of one of the victims, which has an enigmatic description of the Lost Camp. Nora agrees to lead an expedition to locate and excavate it-to reveal its long-buried secrets. Once in the mountains, however, they learn that discovering the camp is only the first step in a mounting journey of fear. For as they uncover old bones, they expose the real truth of what happened, one that is far more shocking and bizarre than mere cannibalism. When those ancient horrors lead to present-day violence on a grand scale, rookie FBI agent Corrie Swanson is assigned the case, only to find that her first investigation might very well be her last.
“Outfox” by Sandra Brown
FBI agent Drex Easton is driven by a single goal, to outmaneuver the con man once known as Weston Graham. Over the past 30 years, Weston has assumed many names and countless disguises, enabling him to lure wealthy women out of their fortunes before they disappeared without a trace, their families left without answers and the authorities without clues. The only common trait among the victims, a new man in their life who also vanished, leaving behind no evidence of his existence, except for one signature custom. Drex is convinced that these women have been murdered and that the man he knows as Weston Graham is the sociopath responsible. Each time Drex gets close to catching him, Weston trades one persona for another and disappears again. Now, for the first time in their long game of cat and mouse, Drex has a suspect in sight. Jasper Ford is recently married to a successful businesswoman many years his junior, Talia Shafer. Drex insinuates himself into their lives, posing as a new neighbor and setting up surveillance on their house. The closer he gets to the couple, the more convinced he becomes that Jasper is the clever, merciless predator he’s sought and that his own attraction to Talia threatens to compromise his purpose and integrity. This is Drex’s one chance to outfox his cunning nemesis before he murders again and eludes justice forever. But first he must determine if the desirable Talia is a heartless accomplice or the next.
“Quantum” by Patricia Cornwell
On the eve of a top secret space mission, Captain Calli Chase detects a tripped alarm in the tunnels deep below a NASA research center. A NASA pilot, quantum physicist and cybercrime investigator, Calli knows that a looming blizzard and government shutdown could provide the perfect cover for sabotage, with deadly consequences. As it turns out, the danger is worse than she thought. A spatter of dried blood, a missing security badge, a suspicious suicide, a series of disturbing clues all point to Calli’s twin sister, Carme, who’s been MIA for days. Desperate to halt the countdown to disaster and to clear her sister’s name, Captain Chase digs deep into her vast cyber security knowledge and her painful past, probing for answers to her twin’s erratic conduct. As time is running out, she realizes that failure means catastrophe not just for the space program but for the safety of the whole nation.
“Right After the Weather” by Carol Anshaw
Cate, a set designer lives and works in Chicago’s theater community. She has stayed too long at the fair and knows it’s time to get past her prolonged adolescence and stop taking handouts from her parents. She has a firm plan to get solvent and settled in a serious relationship. She has tentatively started something new even as she’s haunted by an old, going-nowhere affair. Her ex-husband, recently booted from his most recent marriage, is currently camped out in Cate’s spare bedroom and she’s not sure how to help him. Her best friend, Neale lives nearby with her son and is Cate’s model for what serious adulthood looks like. Only a few blocks away but in a parallel universe, we find Nathan and Irene, casual sociopaths, drug addicts and small-time criminals. Their world and Cate’s intersect the day she comes into Neale’s kitchen to find these strangers assaulting her friend. Forced to take fast, spontaneous action, Cate does something she’s never even considered. She now also knows the violence she is capable of, as does everyone else in her life, and overnight, their world has changed.
“The Treadstone Resurrection” by Joshua Hood
Operation Treadstone has nearly ruined Adam Hayes. The top-secret CIA Black Ops program trained him to be an all but invincible assassin, but it also cost him his family and any chance at a normal life. This is why he was determined to get out. Working as a carpenter in rural Washington State, Adam thinks he has left Treadstone in the past, until he receives a mysterious email from a former colleague, and soon after is attacked by an unknown hit team at his job site. Adam must regain the skills that Treadstone taught him in order to discover who the would-be killers are and why they have come after him now. Are his pursuers’ enemies from a long-ago mission? Rival intelligence agents? Perhaps, forces on the inside? His search will unearth secrets in the highest levels of government and pull him back into the shadowy world he worked so hard to forget.
“The Shape of Night” by Tess Gerritsen
Ava Collette is punishing herself for an unspeakable tragedy. So she flees Boston and rents an old home named Brodie’s Watch on a remote coastal peninsula of Maine. There she, hopes to work on a cookbook inspired by New England cuisine that she’s been trying to finish for months. She immediately feels at peace in the isolated house, until she starts to hear strange noises. Rumor has it that a sea captain named Brodie has haunted the house for decades. Then, one night, Ava is awakened to find herself face to face with an apparition who looks and feels, all too real. Meanwhile, there’s been a series of accidental deaths nearby that don’t add up.
As Ava starts to check into the previous renter’s mysterious disappearance, she starts to realize that there’s a disturbing secret some in town are desperate to keep hidden. Soon all of Ava’s waking hours are consumed by her investigation, and her nights are ignited by Captain Brodie’s ghostly visits. Even as she questions her own sanity, she knows she must uncover the truth before a killer strikes again.
“Someone We Know” by Shari Lapena
In a quiet, suburb in upstate New York, a teenager has been sneaking into houses and into the owners’ computers as well, learning their secrets, and maybe sharing some of them, too. Who is he, and what might he have uncovered? After two anonymous letters are received, whispers start to circulate, and suspicion mounts. Now a woman down the street is found murdered, the tension reaches the breaking point. Who killed her? Who knows more than they’re telling? Just how far will all these very nice people go to protect their own secrets? In this neighborhood, it’s not just the husbands and wives who play games. Here, everyone in the family has something to hide.
“The Pawful Truth” by Miranda James
In addition to his library duties Charlie has enrolled in an early medieval history course offered by Professor Carey Warriner. Charlie feels a bit out of place since his fellow classmates are half his age. When Charlie hears an angry exchange between his friend Dixie and their professor, his interest in piqued. He’s even more intrigued when she shows up at his office asking for a study partner. Charlie turns her down and is saddened to learn just a few days later that Dixie has been killed. Charlie wonders if Professor Warriner had anything to do with Dixie’s death. Warriner is married to a fellow professor who happens to be a successful author. There are rumors on campus that their marriage was on the rocks. Was Dixie’s death the result of a lovers’ triangle gone bad? Charlie soon discovers that the professor’s wife may have some secrets of her own and his suspect list is only getting longer. As he and Diesel step further into the tangled web of relationships, someone else is viciously killed. Whose jealousy finally erupted into murderous rage? Was it a crime of passion or is there a more sinister motive? As Charlie races to unravel this mystery and draw out the culprit, he may just have to put his own life on the line.
“I Know You Know” by Gilly Macmillan
Twenty years ago, eleven-year-olds Charlie Paige and Scott Ashby were murdered in the city of Bristol, their bodies dumped near a dog racing track. A man was convicted of the brutal crime, but decades later, questions still linger. For his whole life Cody Swift has been haunted by the deaths of his childhood best friends. The loose ends of the police investigation consume him so much that he decides to return to Bristol in search of answers. Hoping to uncover new evidence, and to encourage those who may be keeping long-buried secrets to speak up, Cody starts a podcast to record his findings. There are many people who don’t want the case reopened so many years after the tragedy, especially Charlie’s mother, Jess, who decides to take matters into her own hands. When a long-dead body is found in the same location the boys were left decades before, the disturbing discovery launches another murder investigation. Now Detective John Fletcher must reopen his dusty files and decide if the two murders are linked. With his career at risk, the clock is ticking and lives are in jeopardy, will he be able to find the killer before they find him.
“The Dress in the Window” by Sophia Grant
World War II has just ended and American women are shedding their old clothes for the gorgeous new styles. Voluminous layers of taffeta and tulle, wasp waists, and beautiful color, all so welcome after years of sensible styles and strict rationing. Jeanne and Peggy Brink both had to weather every tragedy the war had to offer. Peggy is now a widowed mother and Jeanne is without the fiancé she’d counted on. Now both are living with Peggy’s mother-in-law in a grim mill town. Yet despite their grey pasts they long for a bright future in fashion. Jeanne will create stunning dresses for her clients with the help of her sister Peggy’s brilliant sketches. Together, they combine forces to create amazing fashions and a more prosperous life than they’d ever dreamed of before the war. However sisterly love can sometimes turn into sibling jealousy. Always playing second fiddle to her sister, Peggy yearns to make her own mark. As they soon discover, the future is never without its surprises, ones that have the potential to make or break their dreams.