LB 12102 PLAIN VANILLA MURDER ALBERT, SUSAN WITTIG
China and Ruby Wilcox are presenting their annual ‘Not Just Plain Vanilla Workshop,’ always a huge hit with customers at Thyme & Seasons Herb Shop. But someone involved with the workshop is driven by a deadly motive, and China soon finds herself teaming up with the very pregnant Pecan Springs police chief Sheila Dawson to solve a vanilla-flavored murder. Sheila, happy to get out from behind the chief’s desk, is investigating the death of a botany professor, a prominent researcher specializing in vanilla orchids. China is trying to help a longtime friend: the dead professor’s ex-wife and a prime suspect in his murder. However, there’s no shortage of other suspects: a betrayed lover, a disgruntled graduate student, jealous colleagues, and a gang of orchid smugglers. But the lethal roots of this mystery reach back into the dark tropical jungles of Mexico, where the vanilla vine was first cultivated. At stake: a lucrative plant patent, an orchid that is extinct in the wild, and the life of an innocent little girl. Unrated. 2019. 437 pages.
LB 12104 OLD BONES PRESTON, DOUGLAS J.
Nora Kelly, a young Santa Fe archaeology curator, leads a team in search of the tragic Donner Party`s “Lost Camp.” When they expose the real truth–which is far more shocking than mere cannibalism–it leads to grand-scale present-day violence. Rookie FBI agent Corrie Swanson is assigned the case. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. Related names: Child, Lincoln, author. 498 pages.
LB 12103 TURN OF THE KEY WARE, RUTH
After stumbling across the ad for a live-in nanny position with a staggeringly generous salary, Rowan Caine arrives at Heatherbrae House and is smitten by the luxurious “smart” home and picture-perfect family. But she`s stepping into a nightmare that will lead to murder. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 519 pages.
LB 12101 TALKING TO STRANGERS: WHAT WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE PEOPLE WE DON’T KNOW GLADWELL, MALCOLM, 1963-
The author of The Tipping Point (DB 50027) examines what can go wrong when we interact with strangers. Using examples from history and recent headlines, he looks at how we often misjudge the motivations and trustworthiness of others. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 623 pages.
LB 12105 PIONEERS: THE HEROIC STORY OF THE SETTLERS WHO BROUGHT THE AMERICAN IDEAL WEST MCCULLOUGH, DAVID G.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of John Adams (DB 52275) recounts the settling of the Northwest Territory, which was ceded to the United States by Britain in the Treaty of Paris. Focuses on five key figures and draws on diaries and letters. Unrated. Bestseller. 2019. 573 pages.
LB 12106 MAGIC MISFITS: THE SECOND STORY HARRIS, NEIL PATRICK, 1973-
Leila and the other young magicians have the opportunity to perform with a famous stage psychic known as Madame Esmeralda, who may hold secrets to Leila`s past. Sequel to The Magic Misfits (DB 90217). For grades 3-6. 2018.
LB 12107 MAGIC MISFITS: THE MINOR THIRD HARRIS, NEIL PATRICK, 1973-
New member Emily helps the Magic Misfits when a ventriloquist with a dastardly plan comes to town. For grades 3-6. 2019.