Audio books available through the Taylor Community Library:
“The Lucky One”
by Lori Rader-Day
As a child, Alice was stolen from her backyard in a tiny Indiana community, but against the odds, her policeman father tracked her down within 24 hours and rescued her from harm. In the aftermath of the crime, her family decided to move to Chicago and close the door on that horrible day. Alice hasn’t forgotten that experience. She devotes her spare time volunteering for a website called The Doe Pages scrolling through pages upon pages of unidentified people, searching for clues that could help reunite families with their missing loved ones. When a face appears on Alice’s screen that she recognizes, she’s stunned to realize it’s the same man who kidnapped her decades ago. The post is deleted as quickly as it appeared, leaving Alice with more questions than answers. Soon on a search for the truth, she enlists the help of friends from The Doe Pages to connect the dots and find her kidnapper before he hurts someone else. Then Alice crosses paths with Merrily Cruz, another woman who’s been hunting for answers of her own. Together, they begin to unravel a dark, painful web of lies that will change what they thought they knew and could cost them everything.
by Linda Castillo
Chief of Police Kate Burkholder’s past comes back to haunt her when she receives a call from Amish widower Adam Lengacher. While enjoying a sleigh ride with his children, he discovered a car stuck in a snowdrift and an unconscious woman inside. Kate arrives at his farm and is shocked to discover the driver is a woman she hasn’t seen in 10 years, fellow officer Gina Colorosa. Ten years ago, Kate and Gina were best friends at the police academy, graduating together as rookies with the Columbus Division of Police. Now the reunion takes an ominous turn when Kate learns Gina is wanted for killing an undercover officer. Gina claims she’s innocent, that she was framed by corrupt officers who want her gone because she was about to turn them in for wrongdoing. Kate calls upon state agent John Tomasetti for help and with a blizzard bearing down, they delve into the incident. No one wants to talk about what happened the night Gina allegedly gunned down a fellow officer. Even Tomasetti is stonewalled, his superior telling him in no uncertain terms to back off. With whisperings of corruption and the threat of rogue cops seeking revenge, Kate and Gina hunker down at the Lengacher’s farm. As Kate gets closer to the truth, a killer lies in wait. When violence strikes, Kate must confront a reality that changes everything she thought she knew not only about friendship, but the institution to which she’s devoted her life.
by W.E.B. Griffin
In the dark shadows of downtown Philadelphia, the body of a 17-year-old high school cheerleader, clad only in her uniform top and with massive bruising on her throat, is found floating in the Delaware River. When Homicide Sergeant Matt Payne surveys the scene, he shakes his head at yet another vicious murder in a city that’s suffering a record number of killings. He knows this one, involving the petite, pretty daughter of a wealthy entrepreneur, will play long and loud in the media. Payne soon learns that the father had his vessel outfitted with miniature security cameras. Almost the entire crime was captured as digital video. Despite some imperfections, the video shows, in painful, shocking detail, what happened. It’s the parent’s worst nightmare as they soon realize the person they feared for their daughter is responsible for her death. He’s a University of Pennsylvania student, an ill-mannered and arrogant Middle Easterner with movie-star looks, who they had forbidden their daughter to see again.
Still, it’s not case closed. The murderer has gone underground. Payne races to find the killer before he can unleash an even more savage attack.
“The Bake Shop”
by Amy Clipston
Christiana Kurtz loves to bake, but when her bake stand becomes too busy, her mother encourages her to move her business to the local market. Her new bake shop becomes so busy that the line blocks the leather and woodcraft shop next door, which is run by Jeffrey Stoltzfus. When Jeffrey complains that her stand is driving away business due to the lines, she complains to him that his personalization machine smells. Though their relationship starts off on bad footing, they eventually forge a friendship. When Christiana’s father makes a surprise visit to the market, he is upset to find that Jeffrey uses the building’s electricity to personalize his items. He tells Christiana that Jeffrey is too modern for her, and she’s forbidden from dating him. Christiana is crushed, but she knows she must obey her father. When Jeffrey’s shop catches fire he puts the entire market in jeopardy, including Christiana’s bake shop. Christiana, however, can’t deny how she feels about Jeffrey despite his mistakes. Though the odds are against them, can two young people find a way to rebuild both their businesses and their relationship?
by Robin Cook
When the body of social worker Kera Jacobsen shows up on Chief New York City Medical Examiner Laurie Montgomery’s autopsy table, at first it appears she was the victim of a tragic yet routine drug overdose. For Laurie and her new pathology resident, Dr. Aria Nichols, little things aren’t adding up. Kera’s family and friends swear she never touched drugs. Administrators from the hospital where Kera worked are insisting the case be shrouded in silence. Although Kera was 10 weeks pregnant, nobody seems to know who the father was or whether he holds the key to Kera’s final moments alive. As a medical emergency temporarily sidelines Laurie, Aria turns to a controversial new technique, using genealogic DNA databases to track down those who don’t want to be found. Working with experts at a start-up ancestry website, she plans to trace the fetus’s DNA back to likely male relatives in the hopes of identifying the mystery father. When Kera’s closest friend and fellow social worker is murdered, the need for answers becomes even more urgent, because someone out there clearly doesn’t want Kera’s secrets to come to light and if Aria gets any closer to the truth, she and Laurie might find themselves a killer’s next targets.
“Good Girls Lie”
by J.T. Ellison
In the town of Marchburg, Virginia, The Goode School is a prestigious prep school known as a Silent Ivy. The boarding school of choice for daughters of the rich and influential, it accepts only the best and the brightest. Its elite status, long-held traditions and honor code are ideal for preparing exceptional young women for brilliant futures at Ivy League universities and beyond. Now a stranger has come to Goode, and this ivy has turned poisonous. In a world where appearances are everything, as long as students pretend to follow the rules, no one questions the cruelties of the secret societies or the dubious behavior of the privileged young women who expect to get away with murder. When a popular student is found dead, the truth cannot be ignored. Rumors suggest she was struggling with a secret that drove her to suicide. Look closely, because there are truths and there are lies, and then there is everything that really happened.
“Hems and Homicide”
by Elizabeth Penney
Iris Buckley is so ready for a change. After the death of her beloved grandfather, Iris decides to stay in her Maine hometown to help out her widowed grandmother, Anne, and bring her online handmade apron designs to real-time retail life. The shop, Ruffles & Bows, is set to include all the latest and vintage linen fashions, a studio for sewing groups and classes, and a friendly orange cat. The only thing they were not planning to have on the property was a skeleton in the basement. Anne recognizes the remains of an old friend, and when a second body shows up in the apron shop, their corrupt landlord becomes a prime suspect. Now, it’s up to Iris to help clear her name. Enlisting the help of her old high-school crush Ian Stewart and her BFF Madison Morris, Iris must piece together an investigation to find out who the real killer is and find a way to keep her brand-new business from being scrapped in the process.
“Holly Banks Full of Angst”
by Julie Valerie
Holly Banks could not have made a worse first impression on the seemingly perfect moms in her new affluent community, the Village of Primm. Turns out wearing pink piggy pajama bottoms while dropping off her kindergartener late to the first day of school wasn’t her best look. Not to mention Holly’s worried her husband may be having an affair, she can’t get her daughter to stop sucking her thumb, her hard-won film degree is collecting dust, and to top it all off, the power-hungry PTA president clearly has it in for her. If matters couldn’t get any worse, Holly’s natural eye for drama lands her in the middle of a neighborhood mystery, right as her own crazy mother shows up in Primm “to help.” Through it all, Holly begins to realize her neighbors may be just as flawed as and even wackier than she is, leaving her to wonder: Is there such a thing as a perfect mom?
by Emily Belden
Twenty-nine-year-old Charlotte Rosen has a secret, she’s a widow. Ever since the fateful day that leveled her world, Charlotte has worked hard to move forward. Great job at a hot social media analytics company. Roommate with no knowledge of her past. Adorable dog. All the while, she’s faithfully data-crunched her way through life, calculating the probability of risk, so she can avoid it. Yet in Charlotte’s wildest dreams could she ever have predicted that her late husband’s ashes would land squarely on her doorstep five years later. Stunned but determined, Charlotte sets out to find meaning in this sudden twist of fate, even if that includes facing her perfectly coiffed, and perfectly difficult, ex-mother-in-law and her husband’s best friend, who seems to become a fixture at her side whether she likes it or not.
Soon a shocking secret surfaces, forcing Charlotte to answer questions she never knew to ask and to consider the possibility of forgiveness. When a chance at new love arises, she’ll have to decide once and for all whether to follow the numbers or trust her heart.
by Jeremy Arthur
Julian has lost everything he ever loved and is almost out of time. His life and death struggle against fate offers him one last chance to do the impossible and save the woman to whom he is inextricably bound. Together, Julian and Josephine wage war against a relentless force that threatens to destroy them. The fight will take everything they are and everything they have, as they try once more to give each other back their unfinished lives. As time runs out for them, Julian learns that fate has one cruel trick in store for them and even a man who has lost everything still has something left to lose.
Jeanie Sluck is director of the Taylor Community Library.