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Audio books available through the Taylor Community Library:

“Death on the Nile”

by Agatha Christie

Detective Hercule Poirot embarks on a journey to Egypt.The tranquility of a cruise along the Nile was shattered by the discovery that Linnet Ridgeway had been shot through the head. She was young, stylish and beautiful. A girl who had everything has now lost her life. Poirot recalled an earlier outburst by a fellow passenger: “I’d like to put my dear little pistol against her head and just press the trigger.” But not everything is how it seems.

“The Widow”

by Fiona Barton

There’s a lot Jean hasn’t said over the years about the crime her husband was suspected of committing. She was too busy being the perfect wife, standing by her man while living with the glares and the harassment. Now her husband is dead, and there’s no reason to stay quiet. There are people who want to hear her story. They want to know what it was like living with that man. She can tell them that there were secrets. There always are in a marriage. The truth, that’s all anyone wants. But the one lesson Jean has learned in the last few years is that she can make people believe anything.

“Good Morning, Midnight”

by Reginald Hill

Heredity seems to have gone a gene too far when Pal Maciver’s suicide in a locked room exactly mirrors that of his father years earlier. In each case all clues point toward Pal’s stepmother Kay Kafka. She turns out to have a formidable champion, Detective Superintendent Andrew Dalziel. DCI Peter Pascoe, nominally in charge of the investigation, finds he is constantly checked by his superior as he tries to disentangle the complex relationships of the Maciver family. At first these inquiries seem local and domestic. What really happened between Pal and his stepmother? How has key witness Dolores, contrived to disappear from the face of Mid-Yorkshire? Gradually, however, it becomes clear that the fall-out from Pal’s suicide spreads far beyond Yorkshire. The emotional epicenter is firmly placed here in Mid-Yorkshire where Pascoe comes to learn that for some people the heart, too, is a locked room, and in there it is always midnight.

“A Darkness More than Night”

by Michael Connelly

Harry Bosch is up to his neck in a case that has transfixed all of Los Angeles, a movie director is charged with murdering an actress during sex, and then staging her death to make it look like a suicide. Bosch is both the arresting officer and the star witness in a trial that has brought the Hollywood media pack out in a frenzy. Meanwhile, Terry McCaleb is enjoying retirement on Catalina Island when a visit from an old colleague brings his former world rushing back. It’s a murder, the unreadable kind of murder he specialized in solving back in his FBI days. The investigation has stalled, and the sheriff’s office is asking McCaleb to take a quick look at the murder book to see if he turns up something they’ve missed.

His first reading of the crime scene leads him to look for a methodical killer with a taste for rituals and revenge. As his quick look accelerates into a full-sprint investigation, the two crimes, his murdered loner and Bosch’s movie director, begin to overlap strangely. With one unsettling revelation after another, they merge, becoming one impossible, terrifying case, involving almost inconceivable calculation.

“A Killer among Us”

by Lynette Eason

Kit Kenyon is a first-rate hostage negotiator. Noah Lambert is a good detective with excellent instincts. The new partners have hardly had time to get used to each other when they are thrown into a grisly murder case. As evidence mounts up and more victims are found, Kit and Noah realize they are on the hunt for a serial killer. The problem is, he’s hunting one of them too.

“Sisterhood”

by Curtis Sittenfeld

From an early age, Kate and her identical twin sister, Violet, knew that they were unlike everyone else. Kate and Violet were born with peculiar “senses,” innate psychic abilities concerning future events and other people’s secrets. Though Violet embraced her visions, Kate did her best to hide them. Now, years later, their different paths have led them both back to their hometown of St. Louis. Violet has pursued a career as a psychic medium, while Kate, a devoted wife and mother, has settled down in the suburbs to raise her two young children. When a minor earthquake hits in the middle of the night, the normal life Kate has always wished for begins to shift. After Violet goes on television to share a premonition that another, more devastating earthquake will soon hit the St. Louis area, Kate is mortified. Equally troubling, however, is her fear that Violet may be right. As the date of the predicted earthquake quickly approaches, Kate is forced to reconcile her fraught relationship with her sister and to face truths about herself she’s long tried to deny.

“Holy Ghost Corner”

by Michele Andrea Bowen

Theresa Hopson is the successful owner of one of the hottest new stores in Durham, North Carolina: Miss Thang’s Holy Ghost Corner and Church Women’s Boutique. However success isn’t enough without someone to share it with. Theresa needs a man, unfortunately, the pickings are slim. Reverend Parvell Sykes is the assistant pastor at Theresa’s church, but behind his public persona, he’s greedy and conniving. The only other single, successful man in town is attractive Lamont Green, who hasn’t seen the inside of a church in years. But God works in mysterious ways, and Theresa must trust Him in order to find true happiness.

“The Promise of Us”

by Jamie Beck

Claire McKenna knows about loss. The bullet wound that ended her promising professional tennis career drove her to make a quiet life for herself working with fabric samples, chatting with her book group and spending time with her parents in her sleepy coastal Connecticut hometown. Then there was the boyfriend who dumped her to pursue her adventurous childhood friend. Now, Claire’s business has hit a financial snag, but she’s up to the challenge. After all, she can survive anything. At least she thinks so, until her teen crush, Logan, returns to town with his sister, Claire’s traitorous friend. Photographer Logan Prescott is more playboy than homebody. Now his sister’s illness teaches him that there’s more to life than chasing the next thrill. Intent on helping her win Claire’s forgiveness, he turns his charm on Claire and offers her big bucks to renovate his multimillion-dollar New York City condo. Will this ploy be enough to heal a damaged heart?

Jeanie Sluck is director of the Taylor Community Library.