|Betrayal at the Beach by K.L. Montgomery|
When tragedy strikes the Bryce Beach Public Library, the choice is clear for librarian Sunshine Baker: solve the mystery or lose her job.
Despite having no prior sleuthing experience, Sunshine feels uniquely qualified due to her ninja YA librarian skills and all those Nancy Drew books she read as a kid. With the help of children’s librarian Molly Simmons and cataloguer Evangeline Dupree, Sunshine and her colleagues scour Bryce Beach for suspects, clues, and the stolen treasure.
Can she and her squad recover the proceeds from the library’s annual fundraising gala and Bryce Beach’s most priceless historical artifact, the Bible with the town’s founding fathers’ signatures?
But here’s the most vexing question of all: could one of Sunshine’s colleagues be a backstabbing traitor out to destroy the library? As Sunshine always says, “Jesus, take the wheel!”
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|Murder in the Family by Ramona Richards |
2020 SELAH AWARD FICTION BOOK OF THE YEAR
Greed Poisons Even The Sweetest Well
Storm chaser Molly McClelland must return to her small Alabama hometown when she unexpectedly inherits her hoarder aunt’s house . . . and all of its contents. Despite her suspicions that her aunt was murdered, Molly wants nothing more than to sell everything and get back to the life she loves. Especially once her homecoming reignites the decades-old family conflict that drove her away in the first place. But when Molly uncovers caches of cash, journals revealing secrets-and a body-amongst the stockpiles, she finds herself locked in a cat-and-mouse dance with a deadly endgame.
Molly teams with local sheriff, Greg Olson, to find the truth. But will her determination and his skills be enough, or will the killer-or killers-put an end to their efforts once and for all?
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|A Life for a Life by Lynda McDaniel|
Laurel Falls, N.C., 1985: I was done with being a crime reporter in Washington, D.C., tired of all the violence. So I packed up and moved to the small town of Laurel Falls, N.C. It looked like heaven to me—ancient mountains brimming with tall trees and songbirds, peace and quiet. Until I found the body.
The sheriff took the easy way, calling it a suicide. No way. I’d found that young woman, and I knew she hadn’t taken her own life. I’d spent my whole career searching for the truth, and I wasn’t about to stop now. Trouble was, without my usual sources, how much of a murder investigation could I pull off?
But a special kid lived next door. Abit Bradshaw, a teenager struggling to find his rightful place in the world. Hey, I knew all about that. I’d never fitted in either, but eventually I’d found something I was good at. I figured he just needed a chance too.
And he got one when we teamed up to solve that crime. Along the way, we sure met some interesting characters—both bad and good. We worked hard to find the killer before we became the next victims.
I should’ve known plans rarely pan out the way you think. ~Della Kincaid
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I come from a long line of storytellers, and I grew up sitting on the front porch listening to my parents, grandparents, and a wide selection of aunts and uncles spinning yarns that would raise eyebrows and disturb sleep. Naturally, I wanted to do it for a living.
I love stories and books and readers and listeners, and I’m blessed to have been able to spend my life around them. These days, I’m a speaker, writer, and editor, and my latest book is My Mother’s Quilts (Worthy Publishing), which is a devotional written about and around the quilts I inherited from my mother. My latest is a small-town crime novel, Murder in the Family. I’ve written six novels for Love Inspired Suspense, and have devotionals available from Abingdon and Barbour Books.
I’m the associate publisher for Iron Stream Media, although I’ve been an editor for Abingdon Press, Thomas Nelson, Rutledge Hill Press, and Ideals magazine. I’ve freelanced for more than a dozen other publishers and have edited more than 500 publications, including fiction, trade nonfiction, magazines, scripts, poetry, Bibles and biblical reference works, study guides, curriculum, and how-to manuals.
Essentially, I’ll write or edit just about anything. I’m also a speaker for writer’s conferences and women’s groups.
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