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Audio books available through the Taylor Community Library:

“The Christmas Spirits on Tradd Street” by Karen White

Melanie Trenholm should be anticipating Christmas with nothing but joy since she and her husband, Jack, will be celebrating it with their twin toddlers. But the ongoing excavation of her historic Tradd Street home has been a huge millstone, both financially and aesthetically. Local students are thrilled by the possibility of unearthing more Colonial-era artifacts, but Melanie is concerned by the ghosts connected to it that have suddenly invaded her life and her house and at least one of them is definitely not filled with holiday cheer. These relics aren’t the only precious artifacts for which people are searching. A past adversary is convinced there is a long-lost Revolutionary War treasure buried somewhere on the property. It’s a treasure literally fit for a king, and there have been whispers throughout history that many have already killed for it. Now someone will stop at nothing to possess it even if it means destroying everything Melanie holds dear.

“The Forgotten Man”

by Robert Crais

Elvis Cole has just received the phone call he’s been waiting for since childhood. Responding to a gunshot, the LAPD has found an injured man in an alleyway. He has told the officer on the scene that he is looking for his son, Elvis Cole. Minutes later, the man is dead. Haunted throughout his life by a lack of knowledge about his father, Elvis turns to the one person who can help him navigate the minefield of his past, Joe Pike. Together with LAPD detective, Carol Starkey, they launch a feverish search for the dead man’s identity, even as Elvis struggles between wanting to believe he’s found his father at last, and allowing his suspicions to hold him back. With each clue they unearth, a frightening picture begins to emerge about who the dead man might have been, and the terrible secret he’s been guarding. At the same time, Elvis has no way of knowing he has awakened a sleeping monster. The further he goes in his investigation, the closer he draws to a merciless killer who is violently connected to the unidentified man’s past. This psychopath believes Cole is hunting him, and he goes on the attack to find Elvis before Elvis can find him.

“Free Fall”

by Robert Crais

Elvis Cole is just a detective who can’t say no, especially to a girl in a terrible fix, and Jennifer Sheridan certainly qualifies: Her fiancé, Mark Thurman, is a decorated L.A. cop with an elite plainclothes unit, but Jennifer’s sure he’s in trouble, the kind of serious trouble that only Elvis Cole can help him out of. Minutes after his new client leaves his office, Elvis and his partner, Joe Pike, are in a deadly situation as they plummet into a world of South Central gangs, corrupt cops, and conspiracies of silence. Before the case is through, every cop in the LAPD will be gunning for a pair of escaped armed-and-dangerous killers who just happen to be Elvis Cole and Joe Pike.

“The Stranger Inside”

by Lisa Unger

Twelve-year-old Rain Winter narrowly escaped an abduction while walking to a friend’s house. Her two best friends, Tess and Hank, were not as lucky. Tess never came home, and Hank was held in captivity before managing to escape. Their abductor was sent to prison, but years later was released. Then someone delivered real justice and killed him in cold blood. Now Rain is living the perfect suburban life, her dark childhood buried deep. She spends her days as a stay-at-home mom, having put aside her career.When another brutal murderer who escaped justice is found dead, Rain is unexpectedly drawn into the case. Eerie similarities to the murder of her friends’ abductor force Rain to revisit memories she’s worked hard to leave behind. Is there a vigilante at work? Who is the next target? Why can’t Rain just let it go?

“The Stalking”

by Heather Graham

With the execution of a serial killer known as the Artiste, Cheyenne Donegal thinks a grim part of her past is finally put to rest. Her cousin had been the twisted killer’s final victim, and then-teenage Cheyenne was integral in bringing him to justice. That tragedy drove her to become an FBI agent. And now she’s back in Louisiana, because someone is murdering young women in the same manner as the Artiste. Krewe of Hunters agent Andre Broussard has deep ties in New Orleans and Cajun country beyond. He knows that more than one monster has stalked the bayou. Has a deadly threat been resurrected, or does someone have a dark inspiration? Now with the life of a missing woman on the line, Cheyenne and Andre have to set aside their doubts about each other and work to discover the truth. The case is too close and too personal, but they can’t let it go, especially now that a ruthless killer has turned the tables and is hunting them

“The Long Call”

by Ann Cleeves

In North Devon Detective Matthew Venn stands outside the church as his estranged father’s funeral takes place. On the day Matthew left the strict evangelical community he grew up in, he lost his family, too. Now, as he turns and walks away again, he receives a call from one of his team. A body has been found on the beach nearby, a man with a tattoo of an albatross on his neck, stabbed to death.The case calls Matthew back to the people and places of his past, as deadly secrets hidden at their hearts are revealed, and his new life is forced into a collision course with the world he thought he’d left behind.

“A Single Thread”

by Tracy Chevalier

After the Great War took both her beloved brother and her fiancé, Violet Speedwell has become a “surplus woman,” one of a generation doomed to a life of spinsterhood after the war killed so many young men. Yet Violet cannot reconcile herself to a life spent caring for her grieving, embittered mother. After countless meals of boiled eggs and dry toast, she saves enough to move out of her mother’s place and into the town of Winchester. There she is drawn into a society of broderers, women who embroider kneelers for the Cathedral, carrying on a centuries-long tradition of bringing comfort to worshippers. Violet soon finds support and community in the group, fulfillment in the work they create, and even a growing friendship with the vivacious Gilda. Soon forces threaten her new independence and another war appears on the horizon, Violet must fight to put down roots in a place where women aren’t expected to grow.

“What Rose Forgot”

by Nevada Barr

Rose Dennis wakes up in a hospital gown, her brain in a fog, only to discover that she’s been committed to an Alzheimer’s unit in a nursing home. She has no memory of how she ended up in this position, but is sure something is very wrong. When she overhears one of the administrators saying about her that she’s “not making it through the week”, Rose is convinced that if she’s to survive, she has to get out of the nursing home. She avoids taking her medication, putting on a show for the aides, then stages her escape. The only problem is how to convince anyone that she’s not actually demented? Her relatives were the ones to commit her, all the legal papers were drawn up, the authorities are on the side of the nursing home, and even she isn’t sure she sounds completely sane. Any lingering doubt Rose might have had is erased when a would-be killer shows up in her house in the middle of the night. Now, Rose knows someone is determined to get rid of her. With the help of her sister, Marion, 13-year-old granddaughter Mel, and Mel’s friend Royal, Rose begins to gather her strength and fight back. She needs to find out who is after her and take back control of her own life. Someone out there is still determined to kill Rose, and they’re holding all the cards.

“Nothing Ventured”

by Jeffrey Archer

William Warwick has always wanted to be a detective, and decides, much to his father’s dismay, to join London’s Metropolitan Police Force. After graduating from university, William begins a career that will define his life, from his early months on the beat under the watchful eye of his first mentor, Constable Fred Yates, to his first high-stakes case as a fledgling detective in Scotland Yard. Investigating the theft of a priceless Rembrandt painting from the Fitzmolean Museum, he meets Beth Rainsford, a research assistant at the gallery as she guards a secret of her own that she’s terrified will come to light. While William follows the trail of the missing masterpiece, he comes up against suave art collector Miles Faulkner and his brilliant lawyer, Booth Watson QC, who are willing to bend the law to its breaking point to stay one step ahead of William. Meanwhile, Miles Faulkner’s wife, Christina, befriends William, but whose side is she really on? Just who will come out the winner and who will be the loser in this game of minds.

“Lethal Agent”

by Vince Flynn

A toxic presidential election is underway in an America already badly weakened by internal divisions. While politicians focus entirely on maintaining their own power and privilege, ISIS kidnaps a brilliant French microbiologist and forces him to begin manufacturing anthrax. Slickly produced videos chronicling his progress and threatening an imminent attack are posted to the internet, intensifying the hysteria gripping the US. ISIS then recruits a Mexican drug cartel to smuggle the bioweapon across the border, but it’s really just a diversion. The terrorist organization needs to keep Mitch Rapp and Irene Kennedy distracted long enough to have weaponized a deadly virus that they stumbled upon in Yemen. If they succeed, they’ll trigger a pandemic that could rewrite the world order. Rapp embarks on a mission to infiltrate the Mexican cartels and track down the ISIS leader who he failed to kill during their last confrontation. But with Washington’s political elite increasingly lined up against him, he knows he’ll be on his own.

Jeanie Sluck is director of the Taylor Community Library.