<p>For the love of love…and books...<br/> Mattie Mobley planned to be a teacher, but when times grew tough during America’s Great Depression and there were no teaching positions in her hometown of Asheville, NC, Mattie found work starting a school and helping the Pack Horse Librarians just over the mountains in the rural town of Certain, Kentucky. She’s not certain at all that this is a good situation, but she’s determined and honestly, a little desperate. Of all the things that Mattie does have—money, comforts, a good name, she doesn’t have what matters most—friends, love, and a purpose of her own.<br/> Daniel, “The Grizzly Bear,” Barrett had a lovely life for a little while. Overcoming his family’s bad name and worse reputation, he made a life for himself in Certain. He was married with children and a figure of respect in his church, but desperate times called for desperate measures and a terrible tragedy was the result. Now exiled with his children along the wily run of the Hell for Certain Creek, Daniel has gotten used to being the town pariah again. It’s in his blood after all. Right? Maybe not, but he’ll need the powerful influence of love not only to change his own mind about himself but to convince his estranged extended family and the whole town as well.<br/> Can one librarian with a saddlebag full of books make people see the difference between fact and fiction? Mattie loves a good story, and this may be her best one yet. Fiction tells the best truths and the best truth of all is love.</p>
It’s Tucson, it’s summer, and it is stinking hot. Sturdy, stalwart Detective Marie Stransky has returned to work after the birth of her fifth baby, another girl, to find that “he’s back.” Called to Santa Rita Park, a gathering place for the homeless and addicted, Marie studies the strangled body of a young woman. The cigarette burn on her right wrist pegs her as a victim of a stalker that has already killed two homeless women. Then there is the young Mexican woman found shot in a wash. Homicide department head, Lieutenant Carl Lindgrin, a man Marie loves to hate, dismisses the murder as gang related, but the tattoo of a unicorn on the girl’s shoulder visible in the autopsy photo gives Marie pause. What self-respecting gangbanger has a tattoo of a unicorn? And the bodies pile up.
It’s the early 1980s and a rogue group is stealing historical artifacts from New England. At the top of their list is the USS Constitution. The FBI knows it needs help, but the president isn’t interested in using any more government resources on the operation. With limited options and time running out, the director of the FBI must find a way to stop the thieves before “Old Ironsides” sails into the sunset. This is when he makes an unexpected call—to his godson—Pierce Spruce. Pierce is on his honeymoon in Paris when his hotel room phone begins to ring. The question is—will he answer the call?
It wasn’t supposed to be like this. Cast adrift in an unfamiliar city, a young Irish immigrant named Molly finds herself forced into prostitution and has a child stolen out of her arms. With the city descending into the chaos of the Draft Riots, Molly must save herself before she can save the child. From the green fields of Galway to the crowded streets of New York and the ornate parlors of New Orleans, Molly never stops fighting to free herself and the child she hardly knows from a terrible fate.
Robert MacHugh is a late 17th century Scots wine merchant and smuggler in New York who finds himself (not totally willingly) chasing pirates, perfidious French persons, angry Native Americans and others as a “favor” for a very powerful London power broker. A story filled with straining canvas, roaring cannons, spies, crooked Dutch patroons, Maroons and pretty girls, among other things.
The Cookbook that Fueled a Movement-in more ways than one. To all appearances the intent of this cookbook was to raise money for the Equal Franchise Federation of Western Pennsylvania; but there was more to it than that. A lot more. In order to get the 19th (Suffrage) Amendment passed, women had to win the support of a large number of male voters, as well as the support of other women. The first goal was not easy because, among other things, men were worried that women would lose sight of their traditional roles as homemakers. And the education of their fellow women was made difficult because, in many homes, suffrage literature was simply not allowed. So what could be more innocent and less threatening then to produce a cookbook filled with homey recipes? Yet it also contained on its pages messages of equality, and notes of support for universal suffrage. There were recipes for orange marmalade, but there were also recipes for a "Pie for a Suffragist's Doubting Husband." In effect, this book, and others like it, was both an exemplary demonstration of domesticity-and a Trojan Horse. To be sure, several of these recipes might give a modern day, health conscious, nutritionist a case of the vapors. Neverthe-less, they were among the best recipes these women had; and even by today's standards, they're still delicious! From its pages you can not only generate a great meal, but you can read a slice of history while you're at it.
Kate Mahoney, the sleuthing principal of rough and tumble Saguaro Elementary, is back again. One hectic morning, Kate answers her office phone. In a voice that is sickeningly familiar, a man tells her that he will kill one of her students if she does not do exactly as he tells her. She does not and in turn, two of her sixth-graders, prissy Gladys and her nemesis and would-be boyfriend, Louis, disappear. Kate’s dreams catapult her back twenty years in time when she was Sister Katherine in the Congregation of the Celtic Cross. No gentle dreams, they are dominated by Mother Phillipa Manning, who issues directives from the grave, or whereever deceased Mother Provincials reside after death, to help in Kate’s search for the missing children.
Set in Tucson, Arizona, Provincial Justice is a tale of greed, lust and, of course, murder. In another life, Kate Mahoney, was Sister Katherine in the Congregation of the Celtic Cross, under the stern direction of Mother Provincial. Now she is the principal of Saguaro Elementary, an inner-city school where the custodian wears rubber gloves on his early morning rounds to clear the playground of used needles and condoms. When Julie Mason, the district Superintendent, is found dead in the first-grade classroom of Elijah Stewart, the teacher becomes the prime suspect. Though Kate imagines there are plenty of people who would like to see Julie Mason dead, or at least out of the business of education, she is certain that Elijah is not one of them and sets out to prove it.
Jim Dockery was born of contradiction. His father, General Alfred Dockery, was Richmond County’s most prominent opponent of secession and most vocal advocate for black suffrage. Yet he was also the owner of the county’s grandest plantation with one of its largest concentrations of slaves. Though he opposed the war, General Dockery sent six sons to fight for the Confederacy. Jim, the youngest of Alfred’s soldier sons, follows a Civil War path that takes him through some of the war’s bloodiest conflicts, and into the North’s deadliest prisons. He daily risks his life for a cause of which he is uncertain, his real cause being to one day get back home.
Angela Moretti is a 19 year old American WAFS ferry pilot, bringing Lend-Lease P-39 Aircobra fighters to Alaska for Russian pilots to fly into battle. Angela lives with a terrible pain in her soul. Her kid bother has been executed by the Nazi SS. No one understands her thirst for revenge except Katya Leonova, a Red Air Force fighter pilot her own age, whose own family was murdered by the Nazis. Their shared tragedies will bring these two women together in friendship, with quirk of fate sending them together into battle over Russia. Concealing Angela’s true identity, the women will fight the Nazi invaders over Kursk, in the greatest land and air battle in history, and learn through an unexpected ally that forgiveness triumphs over hate and revenge.