New audio books available at the Taylor Community Library.
“All the Forgiveness” by Elizabeth Hardinger
Growing up on a farm in rural Kentucky, 15-year-old Albertina “Bertie” Winslow has learned a lot from her mama, Polly, but what she doesn’t know is how to look after children as a mother should.
When Polly dies after a long illness, Bertie takes on responsibility for her four younger siblings and their unreliable daddy. No matter how hard she tries to hold the family together, the task is overwhelming. Nine-year-old Dacia, especially, is resentful and stubborn, hinting at secrets in their mama’s life. Finally, Bertie makes the only choice she can, breaking up the family for its own survival, keeping the girls with her, sending the boys off to their grown brothers, long gone from home. Bertie marries young, grateful to find a husband willing to take on the care of her sisters, and eventually moves to the oil fields of Kansas. However marriage alone cannot resolve the grief and guilt she carries over a long-ago tragedy, or prepare her for the heartaches still to come. Only by confronting truths can she open herself to joy and learn how to not only give, but receive love.
“The Escape Room” by Megan Goldin
Welcome to the escape room. Your goal is simple. Get out alive. In the world of finance, Vincent, Jules, Sylvie and Sam are at the top of their game. They’ve mastered the art of the deal and celebrate their success in style, but a life of extreme luxury always comes at a cost. Invited to participate in an escape room challenge as a team-building exercise, the ferociously competitive co-workers crowd into the elevator of a high-rise building, eager to prove themselves. When the lights go off and the doors stay shut, it quickly becomes clear that this is no ordinary competition, they’re caught in a dangerous game of survival. Trapped the colleagues must put aside their bitter rivalries and work together to solve cryptic clues to break free. As the game begins to reveal the team’s darkest secrets, they realize there’s a price to be paid for the terrible deeds they committed in their ruthless climb up the corporate ladder. As tempers fray, and the clues turn deadly, they must solve one final chilling puzzle, which one of them will kill in order to survive?
“Hid from Our Eyes” by Julia Spencer-Fleming
1952, Millers Kill police chief Harry McNeil is called to a crime scene where a woman in a party dress has been murdered with no obvious cause of death.
1972. Millers Kill police chief Jack Liddle is called to a murder scene of a woman that’s very similar to one he worked as a trooper in the ’50s. The only difference is this time, they have a suspect. Young Vietnam War veteran Russ van Alstyne found the body while riding his motorcycle and is quickly pegged as the prime focus of the investigation.
Present-day. Millers Kill police chief Russ van Alstyne gets a 911 call that a young woman has been found dead in a party dress, the same MO as the crime he was accused of in the ’70s. The pressure is on for Russ to solve the murder before he’s removed from the case. He will enlist the help of his police squad and Reverend Clare Fergusson, who is already juggling the tasks of being a new mother to her and Russ’ baby and running St. Alban’s Church, to finally solve these crimes.
“Kiss the Girls and Make Them Cry” by Mary Higgins Clark
When talented journalist Penelope “Casey” Harrison starts to research a piece about the #MeToo movement it includes an incident in her own life that she has been trying to put out of her mind for years. Stunned, she didn’t realize the young man who drugged and assaulted her at a fraternity house party in college is now a wealthy, powerful industrialist. Now on the eve of a merger that will make him a billionaire, he will do anything, even murder, to cover his tracks.
“Memories and Murder” by Lynn Cahoon
It’s October in South Cove, California, and the locals in the quaint resort seem to be happily pairing off in the lull before the holidays. Everyone, that is, except for Jill Gardner’s elderly aunt, who just dumped her besotted fiancé and she won’t say why. When Jill hosts a talk at her shop on the topic of elder abuse, all that’s really on her mind is lunch. The topic hits close to home when she discovers Aunt Jackie has been getting mysterious calls. Jill’s certain the caller is a con artist, of course, but her feisty aunt claims to understand this, though she’s still shaken and Harrold’s still heartbroken. Who’s behind the scam and why was her aunt targeted? When a volunteer from the Senior Project is found murdered, Jill’s detective boyfriend is on the case and it soon becomes clear no one is safe when a caller from beyond becomes a killer in their midst.
“A Stranger on the Beach” by Michele Campbell
Caroline Stark’s beach house was supposed to be her finest achievement, a lavish, expensive space to showcase what she thought was her perfect family. After a very public fight with her husband, she realizes things may not be as perfect as they seem, her husband is lying to her, the money is disappearing, and there’s a stranger on the beach outside her house. As Caroline’s marriage and her carefully constructed lifestyle begin to collapse around her, she turns to Aidan, a total stranger, for comfort and revenge. After a brief and desperate fling that means nothing to Caroline and everything to him, Aidan’s infatuation with Caroline, her family and her house becomes more and more destructive. Who is manipulating whom in this deadly game of obsession and control? Who will take the blame when someone ends up dead and most important of all what is Caroline hiding?
“The Chain” by Adrian McKinty
Your phone rings. A stranger has kidnapped your child. To free them you must abduct another child. They will be released when your victim’s parents kidnap another. If any of these things don’t happen, your child will be killed. You are now part of the chain and the chain must remain unbroken.
“The Christmas Boutique” by Jennifer Chiaverini
Just weeks before Christmas, wintry weather damages the church hall which is hosting the Christmas Boutique that supports the county food pantry. Determined to save the fundraiser, Sylvia Bergstrom Compson offers to hold the event at Elm Creek Manor, her ancestral family estate and summertime home to Elm Creek Quilt Camp. In the spirit of the season, Sylvia and the Elm Creek Quilters begin setting up market booths in the ballroom and decking the halls with beautiful hand-made holiday quilts. Each of the quilters chooses a favorite quilt to display, a special creation evoking memories of holidays past and dreams of Christmases yet to come. Sarah, a first-time mother expecting twins, worries if she can handle raising two babies, especially with her husband so often away on business. Cheerful, Agnes reflects upon a beautiful appliqué quilt she made as a young bride and the mysterious, long-lost antique quilt that inspired it. Empty nesters and occasional rivals Gwen and Diane contemplate family heirlooms and unfinished projects as they look forward to having their children home again for the holidays. While the Elm Creek Quilters work tirelessly to make sure the Christmas Boutique happens, it may take a holiday miracle or two to make it the smashing success they want it to be.
“The Healing Jar” by Wanda Brunstetter
Lenore Lapp is an Amish schoolteacher in her late twenties still living at home with her parents and grandparents. She thought love had passed her by until she meets Jesse Smucker, a widower with a baby daughter. She quickly falls in love with them both and accepts Jesse’s proposal of marriage, but Jesse breaks off their engagement when he realizes he can’t marry only for convenience. Resigned to living single, Lenore throws herself into caring for her elders. While working in her grandmother’s garden, she digs up an old jar. Will Lenore find healing for her broken heart and solve long-buried family secrets by reading the note contained inside?
“A Killer Edition” by Lorna Barrett
With her assistant, Pixie, picking up more responsibility around the shop, Tricia Miles suddenly has a lot more time on her hands. Tricia decides to join the local animal-rescue board and enter the Great Stoneham Bake-Off, but neither pans out as smoothly as she’d hoped. Balancing a bake-off that’s heating up with a frosty reception from the board, Tricia stops by Joyce Whitman’s romance bookstore looking for a book to get her fired up. She stumbles on something hot, but it’s an argument between Joyce and her neighbor Vera Olson instead of a steamy read. When Vera turns up dead in Joyce’s garden hours later, Tricia has to wonder, could Joyce be the killer? Or is the culprit still lurking in town? One thing is for sure, someone in Stoneham is stirring up something more sinister than sweet. Tricia is determined to win the cutthroat cooking contest, but first she will have to make sure no one else is in danger of getting burned.