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Note regarding Sex/Profanity/Violence (S/P/V) ratings:  Books with the note "***S/P/V NOT YET DETERMINED***" have not yet been reviewed to determine S/P/V content. The default "heavy" ratings may not accurately reflect the books' actual content. Please contact us for more information.

ENGLISH FICTION

CHRISTMAS HOMECOMING
Author:   PERRY, ANNE
S/P/V: Heavy sex; Heavy profanity; Heavy violence
Reading level: Adult 

LB  07012
1 volume in 1 container 

Charlotte Pitt's mother, Caroline, travels with her young husband, Joshua Fielding, and his theatrical troupe to Yorkshire to produce a stage adaptation of "Dracula" by the daughter of millionaire Charles Netheridge during the Christmas holiday. Only because of Netheridge's financial backing for their spring tour does the troupe keep at the production, after the disastrous first reading of the amateurish script. A brooding evil makes itself felt at the lonely hilltop mansion. Instead of the theatrical triumph that Netheridge desired for his daughter, there is murder - shocking and terrifying. 2011.
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CITY OF WHISPERS
Author:   MULLER, MARCIA
S/P/V: Heavy profanity; Heavy violence
Reading level: Adult
Series: SHARON MCCONE MYSTERY 

LB  07005
1 volume in 1 container 

Private eye Sharon McCone receives an email asking for help from her emotionally disturbed half brother Darcy Blackhawk. She replies but gets no response. Sharon discovers that the message was sent from an Internet cafe in San Francisco, a city he's never been to before. Sensing that her brother is in danger, Sharon begins a search for him. Her investigation leads her to a body at the Palace of Fine Arts and the unsolved murder of a young heiress. Sharon must race to solve both murders and ensure her brother's safety. Violence and strong language. 2011.

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FEAST DAY OF FOOLS
Author:   BURKE, JAMES LEE
S/P/V: Heavy sex; Heavy profanity; Heavy violence
Reading level: Adult 

LB  07011
1 volume in 1 container 

When alcoholic ex-boxer Danny Boy Lorca witnesses a man tortured to death in the desert of Southwest Texas, Sheriff Hackberry Holland's investigation leads to the home of Anton Ling, who is known for sheltering illegals. Ling denies having seen the victim or the perpetrators, but there is something in her steely demeanor that compels Hackberry to return to her home again and again as the investigation unfolds. Could it be that the sheriff is so taken in by this creature who reminds him of his deceased wife that he would ignore the possibility that she is just as dangerous as the men she harbors? 2011.
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HOUSE OF SILK: A SHERLOCK HOLMES NOVEL
Author:   HOROWITZ, ANTHONY
S/P/V: Heavy violence
Reading level: Adult 

LB  07014
1 volume in 1 container

London, 1890. Edmund Carstairs is being menaced by a wanted criminal who seems to have followed him all the way from America. His home is robbed and his family is threatened. And then the first murder takes place. Almost unwillingly, Holmes and Watson find themselves being drawn ever deeper into an international conspiracy that connects the teeming criminal underworld of Boston to the gas-lit streets of London. Violence. 2011. 

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HUMMINGBIRD LAKE
Author:   MARCH, EMILY
S/P/V: Some sex; Some violence
Reading level: Adult 

LB  06987
1 volume in 1 container 

Haunted by painful memories, pediatric surgeon Sage Anderson gives up medicine and moves to Eternity Springs, where she finds a place to call home. Yet even her newfound success as a gifted artist isn't enough to keep her nightmares at bay. Colt Rafferty is about to change all that. Eternity Springs is a refuge for Colt when the stress of investigating tragedies takes its toll. He's come for a little R & R, but instead he finds himself fascinated by the mysterious redhead whose secrets beg to be discovered. Some sex and some violence. 2011.

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KEEPER OF LOST CAUSES
Author:   ADLER-OLSEN, JUSSI
S/P/V: Some sex; Heavy profanity; Heavy violence
Reading level: Adult 

LB  07015
1 volume in 1 container 

Carl Morck used to be a good homicide detective - one of Copenhagen's best. Then a bullet almost took his life. Two of his colleagues weren't so lucky, and Carl, who didn't draw his weapon, blames himself. So a promotion is the last thing Carl expects. But it all becomes clear when he sees his new office in the basement. Carl's been selected to run Department Q, a department of one, investigating Copenhagen's coldest cases. He's been put out to pasture. What's surprising is that a case actually captures his interest. Strong language, violence, some descriptions of sex. 2011.

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LOST DECEMBER
Author:   EVANS, RICHARD PAUL
S/P/V: Some violence
Reading level: Adult 

LB  07013
1 volume in 1 container 

When Luke Crisp graduates from business school, his father, CEO and co-founder of Fortune 500 Crisp's Copy Centers, is ready to turn the family business over to his son. But Luke, after taking control of his trust fund, pursues a life of reckless indulgence. When his funds run out, so do his friends. Humbled, alone, and too ashamed to ask his father for help, Luke secretly takes a lowly job at one of his father's copy centers. There he falls in love with a struggling single mother and begins to understand the greatest source of personal joy. Some violence. 2011.

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MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT
Author:   MICHAELS, FERN
S/P/V: Some sex; Heavy profanity; Some violence
Reading level: Adult 

LB  07019
1 volume in 1 container 

This collection of Christmas short stories includes "Making Spirits Bright" by Fern Michaels, "Runaway Christmas" by Elizabeth Bass, "Home for Christmas" by Rosalind Noonan, and "Christmas on Cape Cod" by Nan Rossiter. In "Making Spirits Bright," Melanie McLaughlin wants to adopt two orphaned siblings and a just-for-the-holiday marriage to Bryce Landry fits her plan perfectly. In "Runaway Christmas," Heidi Bogue's young niece makes a surprise visit, and a snowstorm turns Heidi's cafe into a community refuge. Strong language, some descriptions of sex and some violence. Bestseller. 2011.

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NEXT ALWAYS
Author:   ROBERTS, NORA
S/P/V: Heavy sex; Some profanity
Reading level: Adult
Series: INN BOONSBORO    1 

LB  07010
1 volume in 1 container 

Clare Brewster, a war widow with three sons, owns a bookstore in Boonsboro, Maryland, where architect Beckett Montgomery and his brothers are restoring the local inn. Clare and Beckett have begun dating when a stalker threatens Clare. Some strong language and some explicit descriptions of sex. Bestseller. 2011.

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NEXT TO LOVE
Author:   FELDMAN, ELLEN
S/P/V: Heavy sex; Heavy profanity; Heavy violence
Reading level: Adult 

LB  07006
1 volume in 1 container 

Set in a small town in Massachusetts, "Next to Love" follows three childhood friends whose lives are unmoored when their men are called to duty in World War II. The changes thrust upon Babe, Millie and Grace move them in directions they never dreamed possible – while their husbands and boyfriends are enduring their own transformations. The three friends remain bonded by their past even as their children grow up and a new society rises from the ashes of the war. 2011.
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ORCHARD: A NOVEL
Author:   STEPAKOFF, JEFFREY
S/P/V: Heavy sex; Heavy profanity; Heavy violence
Reading level: Adult 

LB  07003
1 volume in 1 container 

Grace Lyndon is a rising ingénue in the world of perfumes and flavors; a stiletto-wearing workaholic in Atlanta, she develops aromas and tastes to enthrall the senses. Dylan Jackson is a widowed single father whose heart and hands have been calloused in the fields of his North Georgia apple farm. When Grace tastes an apple picked from Dylan's trees, she is determined to track down the origin of the apple. She finds a beautiful mountain orchard in the clouds and the mysterious man who owns it. 2011.
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PERFECT SUSPECT
Author:   COEL, MARGARET
S/P/V: Heavy sex; Heavy profanity; Heavy violence
Reading level: Adult 

LB  07018
1 volume in 1 container 

After a candidate for governor is murdered, and his estranged wife is arrested for first-degree homicide, journalist Catherine McLeod received a call from an anonymous woman claiming she saw the real killer leave the scene of the crime but is afraid to confide in the police. To uncover the truth, Catherine must risk her career – and her life - to find the witness who can identify the candidate's murderer: Detective Ryan Beckman. 2011.
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POIROT INVESTIGATES: A HERCULE POIROT COLLECTION
Author:   CHRISTIE, AGATHA
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult
Series: HERCULE POIROT MYSTERY      

LB  06996
1 volume in 1 container 

A collection of detective stories featuring Hercule Poirot.  Contents: “The Adventures of the Western Star,” "The Tragedy at Marsdon,” “The Adventures of the Cheap Flat,” “The Mystery of Hunter's Lodge,” “A Million-Dollar Bond Robbery,” “The Adventure of an Egyptian Tomb,” "The Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan," "The Kidnapped Prime Minister," "The Disappearance of Mr. Davenheim," "The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman," "The case of the Missing Will," "The Veiled Lady," "The Lost Mine," and "The Chocolate Box."

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SATURDAY'S CHILD
Author:   NEELS, BETTY
S/P/V: Heavy sex; Heavy profanity; Heavy violence
Reading level: Adult 

LB  07009
1 volume in 1 container 

Abigail worked hard for a living. And she expected to continue, for no man had shown signs of wanting to marry her - least of all the mysterious Professor Dominic van Wijkelen. Certainly he admired her nursing skills. He confidently asked her to take on his private cases which took Abigail from London to Holland and then Spain. But all he seemed to feel for her was intense dislike. Did Dominic not trust women? Was she too plain? Whatever the reason, there was little Abigail could do about it. 1972.
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SHELTER: A MICKEY BOLITAR NOVEL
Author:   COBEN, HARLAN, 1962-
S/P/V: Some violence
Reading level: Young Adult; Adult
Series: MICKEY BOLITAR NOVEL      

LB  07002
1 volume in 1 container 

Mickey Bolitar begins his sophomore year at a new high school and gets a girlfriend named Ashley. When Ashley suddenly disappears, Mickey uncovers an underworld and learns the truth about his father. Some violence. For senior high and older readers.   Commercial audiobook. 2011.

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TALE OF CASTLE COTTAGE: THE COTTAGE TALES OF BEATRIX POTTER
Author:   ALBERT, SUSAN WITTIG
S/P/V: None
Reading level: Adult
Series: COTTAGE TALES OF BEATRIX POTTER    8 

LB  07016
1 volume in 1 container 

It's the heart of the summer in 1913, and Beatrix Potter is eager to marry her fiancé, solicitor William Heelis. But there are a few obstacles blocking the happy couple's path to the altar, including opposition from Mr. and Mrs. Potter, and a slight problem with the remodeling of Castle Cottage - Will and Beatrix's future home. 2011.

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ZERO DAY
Author:   BALDACCI, DAVID
S/P/V: Heavy sex; Heavy profanity; Heavy violence
Reading level: Adult 

LB  07007
1 volume in 1 container 

John Puller is a combat veteran and the best military investigator in the U.S. Army's Criminal Investigative Division. Now Puller is called out on a case in a remote, rural area in West Virginia coal country far from any military outpost. Someone has stumbled onto a brutal crime scene - a family slaughtered - and the local homicide detective joins forces with Puller in the investigation. Facing a potential conspiracy that reaches far beyond the hills of West Virginia, Puller is one man on the hunt for justice. Bestseller. 2011.
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FATAL GIFT OF BEAUTY: THE TRIALS OF AMANDA KNOX
Author:   BURLEIGH, NINA
S/P/V: Heavy sex; Heavy profanity; Heavy violence
Reading level: Adult

LB  07017
1 volume in 1 container 

The sexually violent murder of twenty-one-year-old British student Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy, on the night of November 1, 2007, became an international sensation when one of Kercher's housemates, twenty-year-old Seattle native Amanda Knox, was arrested and charged with murder. "The Fatal Gift of Beauty" is a literary investigation of the murder, the controversial trial, the machinations of Italian justice, and the underground depravity and clash of cultures in one of central Italy's most beloved cities. 2011.
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