Big City Otto
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When Otto the elephant’s best friend, Georgie, is chimp-napped by the Man with the Wooden Nose, Otto and his parrot friend, Crackers, travel to America in search of him. Laughter and pandemonium are never far when Otto and Crackers are on the hunt.
The Madonnas of Leningrad
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A family wedding brings back memories of surviving WWII in Leningrad. Marina worked at the Hermitage museum as a docent, and remembers how the art provided a retreat from the horrors of war.
The Heist
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A new series with special agent Kate O’Hare chasing con man Nicolas Fox. Like the Stephanie Plum series, there are terrific secondary characters.
The English Girl
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The story starts in Corsica, moves to France and England and ends up in Russia. Spy and art restorer, Gabriel Allon, must rescue a kidnap victim.
Saving Italy
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In the middle of WWII a new army unit called the monuments men was created to save the art being looted by the Nazis.
The 500
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The author’s first novel has been nominated for the Anthony and the Edgar, top mystery prizes. Struggling student, Mike Ford, gets his dream job, pays off his student loans and discovers his dream job is a nightmare.
The Hour Of The Red God
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Set in modern day Nairobi, Detective Mollel searches for a killer who might be connected to the upcoming elections.
Hawaii
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Part of the Music Rough Guide series, this album samples beautiful Polynesian music fused with slack key and slide guitar from different eras. Some of the tracks show its connection to American blues music.
Cold Cereal
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The Goodco cereal company is trying to take over the world, and a group of children and assorted magical creatures must stop them. Filled to overflowing with a delightful mish mash of Celtic folklore, Arthurian legend, Shakespeare, and puzzle-solving, the characters are likable and the plot is fast. But for adults the best part is the satire.
The Truth Of Me
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Robbie and his dog, Ellie, spend the summer with his grandmother. Even though Robbie is young, he discovers the kind of person he wants to be. The truths that Robbie uncovers helps him connect with his mother.
The Man Who Cast Two Shadows
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This second title in the NYPD sergeant Kathleen Mallory series is as difficult to put down as the first book. Mallory, a street orphan adopted by a police detective and his wife grows up to join the police herself. This series influenced Stieg Laarson’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.
Murder in Chelsea
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The latest title in the gaslight series set in 19th century New York finds midwife Sarah Brandt discovering more about her adopted daughter’s past.

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