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House of Earth and Blood
A widow's courage

by Sarah J. Maas

Half-Fae, half-human Bryce Quinlan loves her life.
By day, she works for an antiquities dealer, selling barely legal magical artifacts, and by night, she parties with her friends, savouring every pleasure Lunathion - otherwise known as Crescent City - has to offer. But it all comes crumbling down when a ruthless murder shakes the very foundations of the city - and Bryce's world.
Two years later, her job has become a dead end, and she now seeks only blissful oblivion in the city's most notorious nightclubs. But when the murderer attacks again, Bryce finds herself dragged into the investigation and paired with an infamous fallen angel whose own brutal past haunts his every step. Hunt Athalar, personal assassin for the Archangels, wants nothing to do with Bryce Quinlan, despite being ordered to protect her. She stands for everything he once rebelled against and seems more interested in partying than solving the murder, no matter how close to home it might hit. But Hunt soon realizes there's far more to Bryce than meets the eye - and that he's going to have to find a way to work with her if they want to solve this case. As Bryce and Hunt race to untangle the mystery, they have no way of knowing the threads they tug ripple through the underbelly of the city, across warring continents, and down to the darkest levels of Hel, where things that have been sleeping for millennia are beginning to stir.

 

 

 

DevotedThe Salt Madonna

by Catherine Noske 

There are two stories here. Hannah Mulvey left her wind-lashed island home as a teenager. But her stubborn, defiant mother is dying, and Hannah has returned to Chesil, taking up a teaching post at the tiny schoolhouse, doing what she can in the long days of this final year. Like her mother, the island is not as once it was.
Isolation, the salt-struck land, a failing harvest, and better prospects elsewhere have left their mark on a community clinging desperately to the edge of the coast. But gradually, so that Hannah cannot pinpoint exactly when it begins, the community begins to unravel. There are odd reports, rumours. A girl disappears from her classes. People gather and mutter on street corners, meet at strange hours, flock together as a silent force. Even as an outsider, Hannah can see their increasingly strange behaviour towards her young charge... The truth lies with those who speak loudest... Catherine Noske's suspenseful and provocative novel turns on a single, terrible event. 

 

 

 

Wrath of Poseidon (Fargo adventures #12)Fool me once

by Clive Cussler

Husband-and-wife team Sam and Remi Fargo come up against an old enemy while searching for a treasure that has been lost for centuries. Ten years ago, a chance meeting at the Lighthouse Café in Redondo Beach led Sam Fargo and Remi Longstreet on the adventure of a lifetime, hunting the legendary riches stolen from the Persian King Croesus in 546 B.C. But they weren't the only ones. Someone else is after the gold, and he's willing to kill anyone who gets in his way.
When Sam and Remi run afoul of a criminal drug-running operation, their hopes of finding the treasure are dashed. But with Sam's ingenuity and Remi's determination, they survive their confrontation with the drug runners, and manage to send one of the key players to prison. Though the cache of gold is never found, life goes on. Sam and Remi marry and years later return to Greece to find the one treasure that got away. But now the kingpin they helped send to prison over a decade ago is released and he has two goals in mind: Find the legendary hoard of King Croesus, and kill Sam and Remi Fargo. The Fargos know that as long as this gold is out there, no one is safe.
They return to Greece for a final showdown - and one last chance to find that elusive treasure.

 

 

Hitler's Peace

 

Fair Warning

by Michael Connelly

Veteran reporter Jack McEvoy has taken down killers before, but when a woman he had a one-night stand with is murdered in a particularly brutal way, McEvoy realizes he might be facing a criminal mind unlike any he's ever encountered.
Jack investigates against the warnings of the police and his own editor and makes a shocking discovery that connects the crime to other mysterious deaths across the country. Undetected by law enforcement, a vicious killer has been hunting women, using genetic data to select and stalk his targets.
Uncovering the murkiest corners of the dark web, Jack races to find and protect the last source who can lead him to his quarry.
But the killer has already chosen his next target, and he's ready to strike.

 

 

 

 

HRT: Husband replacement therapyThe Womens War

by Jenna Glass

A nobleman's first duty is to produce a male heir, women are treated like possessions and bargaining chips-- until a world-altering spell ripple out physically and culturally.
Alys is the widowed mother of two adolescent children, and the disinherited daughter of a king. She discovers a fierce talent not only for politics but also for magic.
In a neighboring kingdom Ellin finds herself unexpectedly on the throne after the sudden death of her grandfather the king and all who stood ahead of her in the line of succession. Conventional wisdom holds that she marry quickly, then quietly surrender the throne to her new husband.
When a caravan of exiled women and their escort of disgraced soldiers stumble upon a new source of magic in what was once uninhabitable desert, what force can stand against the courage and resolution of women who have tasted freedom for the very first time?

 

 

 

The Goodbye Man (Colter Shaw #2)If it bleeds

by Jeffery Deaver

The gripping new thriller from the No.1 Sunday Times bestseller Jeffery Deaver In pursuit of two young men accused of terrible hate crimes, Colter Shaw stumbles upon a clue to another mystery.
In an effort to save the life of a young woman-and possibly others-he travels to the wilderness of Washington State to investigate a mysterious organization.
Is it a community that consoles the bereaved? Or a dangerous cult under the sway of a captivating leader? As he peels back the layers of truth, Shaw finds that some people will stop at nothing to keep their secrets hidden.
All the while, Shaw must unravel an equally deadly enigma: locating and deciphering a message hidden by his father years ago, just before his death-a message that will have life-and-death consequences.

 

 

 

 

When Grace Went AwayLetters from the past

by Meredith Appleyard

Functionally dysfunctional.' That's how financial analyst Grace Fairley describes her family in the small South Australian farming community of Miners Ridge - a family fractured by tragedy and kept that way by anger, resentment and petty jealousies.
As the eldest sibling, Grace tries to keep the family in touch, but now she's accepted a promotion to the London office.
Time-zones and an enormous workload mean she's forced to take a step back, although she finds time to stay in contact with Miners Ridge landscape gardener Aaron Halliday. Sarah Fairley, Grace's mother, fled Miners Ridge and her embittered husband eight years ago. Now, in the absence of Grace, she finds herself pulled back to the small town where her estranged children and grandchildren live.
Drawn into the local community, and trying to rebuild family relationships, she uncovers a long-kept secret that could change her world ... Can Grace, Sarah and their family find a way to heal? Who will have the courage to make the first move?

 

 

 

Masked prey

A Week at the Shore

By Barbara Delinsky

One phone call is all it takes to lure real estate photographer Mallory Aldiss back to her family Rhode Island beach home.
It's been twenty years since she's been gone -- running from the scandal that destroyed her parents' marriage, drove her and her two sisters apart, and crushed her relationship with her first love. But going home is fraught with emotional baggage -- memories, mysteries and secrets abound.
Mal's thirteen-year-old daughter, Joy, has never been to the place where Mal's life was shaped and is desperate to go. Fatherless, she craves family and especially wants to spend time with the grandfather she barely knows. In just seven watershed days on the Rhode Island coast three women will test the bonds of sisterhood, friendship and family, and discover the role that love and memory plays in defining their lives.

 

 

Hammer to FallMy lies, Your Lies

By John Lawton

It's London, the swinging sixties, and by all rights MI6 spy Joe Wilderness should be having as good a time as James Bond. Alas, his postings are usually rather unglamorous, but thankfully he has a knack for doing well for himself even in unpromising situations.
In divided Berlin, he smuggled coffee into the East, a rather profitable racket until he had to transport something else-a spy. After an aborted mission on Berlin's famous "Bridge of Spies," Wilderness is both punished and kept out of trouble with a posting to remote northern Finland. Bored by his cover as a cultural attaché, with nothing to spy on, Wilderness finds another way to make money, this time by bringing vodka across the rather porous border into the USSR after an old KGB pal tells him there is-no joke-a vodka shortage in the USSR.
But with MI6 intelligence from London pointing to the refining of cobalt in the region, a critical component in the casing of the atomic bomb, Wilderness's posting is getting more interesting by the minute. And when he gets sent to Prague just before the Soviets send in tanks to quash the riotous students and artists of the Prague Spring, even the enterprising Wilderness may be out of his depth. With old friends and old enemies alike turning up in Prague, deception and danger are around every corner.

 

 

 

NON-FICTION

Micah Mortimer isn't the most polished person you'll ever meet. His numerous sisters and in-laws regard him oddly but very fondly, but he has his ways and means of navigating the world. He measures out his days running errands for work - his TECH HERMIT sign cheerily displayed on the roof of his car - maintaining an impeccable cleaning regime and going for runs (7:15, every morning). He is content with the steady balance of his life. But then the order of things starts to tilt. His woman friend Cassia (he refuses to call anyone in her late thirties a 'girlfriend') tells him she's facing eviction because of a cat. And when a teenager shows up at Micah's door claiming to be his son, Micah is confronted with another surprise he seems poorly equipped to handle. This book is an intimate look into the heart and mind of a man who sometimes finds those around him just out of reach, and a love story about the differences that make us all unique.

A Year of Forest School :
outdoor play and skill-building fun for every season

by Jane Worroll

This book offers the following unique points and a truly helpful way of understanding and resolving problems: A useful and easily understood description of childhood and adult attachment categories.

Guidelines on how to determine one's own attachment category understanding, from an attachment perspective why a person chooses the partner/spouse one does practical methods to changes one's insecure attachment pattern to a secure attachment that incorporates a positive view on oneself and healthier patterns in relationships.

A brief understanding of the brain and its capacity for change how adult attachment affects parenting.

 

 

 

It Starts With FruitOestrogen Matters

by Jordan Champagne

Jordan Champagne has been sharing her methods for making fruit preserves for years. Now you can unlock the secrets of mouth-watering fruit sauces and butters, delicious whole-fruit preserves, and fresh-tasting jams and marmalades from the comfort of your home kitchen. Jordan's gentle and encouraging methods will guide you through the process of making incredible fruit preserves using seasonal produce.
Over her years making jams and marmalades and teaching workshops at Happy Girl Kitchen in Pacific Grove, California, she's developed techniques that are more flavorful and less complicated than traditional methods.
With master recipes each type of preserve; step-by-step photos to help you troubleshoot as you go; and 73 recipes for preserves and baked goods to showcase your newly preserved fruits.
Just start with fruit, and savor these delicious recipes all year long

 

 

lost pianosThe Lost Pianos of Siberia

by Sophy Roberts

In the late 1700s Catherine the Great embraced the craze for pianos that had swept western Europe since the 1500s, but had barely made an impact in Russia.
Her influence on musical culture was significant and production of pianos moved eastwards from London, Paris and Vienna to Moscow and St Petersburg, where thousands of exquisite grands were manufactured. These pianos made their way throughout the Russian Empire, ending up in far-flung, exotic and unexpected locations, including Siberia.
Covering a ninth of the world's landmass, Siberia has long held meaning for travellers - a hostile, snow covered landscape beneath which lies prehistoric animals preserved in permafrost; a land still inhabited by wild tigers, bears and leopards, connected to the rest of Russia by the Trans-Siberian Railway. And peppered throughout this much-maligned expanse are pianos. Sophy Roberts weaves together the story of these forgotten and lost instruments - languishing in the vast landscape - with the history of Siberia, its people and its musical legacy. Fusing nature writing, travelogue and memoir, The Lost Pianos of Siberia is an original, lyrical exploration of the mysterious allure of one of the most remote places on earth.

 

Teach your dog MaoriYou never forget your first :
a biography of George Washington

by Alexis Coe

In a genre overdue for a shakeup, Alexis Coe takes a closer look at our first--and finds he's not quite the man we remember.
Young George Washington was raised by a struggling single mother, demanded military promotions, chased rich young women, caused an international incident, and never backed down--even when his dysentery got so bad he had to ride with a cushion on his saddle. But after he married Martha, everything changed. Washington became the kind of man who named his dog Sweetlips and hated to leave home. He took up arms against the British only when there was no other way, though he lost more battles than he won.
Coe focuses on his activities off the battlefield--like espionage and propaganda. After an unlikely victory in the Revolutionary War, Washington once again shocked the world by giving up power, only to learn his compatriots wouldn't allow it. The founders pressured him into the presidency--twice.
He established enduring norms but left office heartbroken over the partisan nightmare his backstabbing cabinet had created. Back on his plantation, the man who fought for liberty finally confronted his greatest hypocrisy--what to do with the hundreds of men, women, and children he owned--before succumbing to a brutal death.
Alexis Coe combines rigorous research and unsentimental storytelling, finally separating the man from the legend.

 

 

How To Change Your MindThe Upside of Being Down :

how mental health struggles led to my greatest successes in work and life.

by Jen Gotch

With humor and heart, ban.do founder Jen Gotch shares the empowering story of her unlikely journey to becoming the creator and CCO of a multimillion-dollar brand.
From her childhood in Florida where her early struggles with bipolar disorder were misdiagnosed, to her winding career path as a waitress, photographer, food stylist, and finally, entrepreneur with no business experience, she illuminates how embracing her flaws and understanding the influence of mental illness on her creativity actually led to her greatest successes in business and life.
Hilarious, charming, and filled with fascinating insights from her hard-won experience as a true creative and a visionary businesswoman, Gotch's inspirational memoir dares readers to live each day with hope, optimism, kindness, and humor.

 

 

 

 

Protest Tautohetohe :Billion dollar whale : the man who fooled Wall Street, Hollywood, and the world

objects of resistance, persistence and defiance

by Stephanie Gibson

 An Illustrated History of Protest and Activism in Aotearoa New Zealand. For a small, peaceful democracy in the South Pacific, New Zealand has had its fair share of major protest issues, and over the decades New Zealanders have become adept at mobilising around causes. From protest about war be it the New Zealand Wars, the Great War, the Vietnam War or the invasion of Iraq to trade union.
This richly illustrated book brings together the objects made by protesters to proclaim and symbolise their causes and their struggles. It is a vivid reflection of 250 years of resistance and persistence.

 

 

Updated 13/06/2020