The Lincoln Myth
by Steve Berry
Retired CIA operative Cotton Malone is called away from his quiet life as a bookstore owner in Denmark to rescue a kidnapped agent and an informant from a rogue Mormon cult. At stake is the very sovereignty of the United States government, based on an agreement between Abraham Lincoln and Brigham Young that saved the Union during the Civil War. Berry’s plot twists at every turn and provides a glimpse into some of the history and practices of the Mormon religion. Historical fiction lovers will not be disappointed.
Visions of Sugar Plums
by Janet Evanovich
If you want a little holiday fun with easy going mystery, this book is for you. Janet Evanovich enlivens the characters of the Stephanie Plum mysteries series with holiday cheer and holiday humor. Watch out for Stephanie’s grandmother’s classic antics and lots of Christmas trees blowing up. Enjoy the story’s twists and turns, the introduction of Evanovich’s new character “Diesel”, and the holiday magic.
The First Days
by Rhiannon Frater
If you like the Walking Dead, this is your book! Fate puts Jenni and Katie—total strangers—together in a pickup, fleeing the suddenly zombie-filled streets of the Texas city in which they live. Before the sun has set, they have become more than just friends and allies—they are bonded as tightly as any two people who have been to war together.
by John Grisham
Luther and Nora Krank are fed up with the chaos of Christmas. The endless shopping lists, the frenzied dashes through the mall, the hassle of decorating the tree… where has all the joy gone? This year, celebrating seems like too much effort. With their only child off in Peru, they decide that just this once, they’ll skip the holidays.
The Monogram Murders
by Sophie Hannah
Poirot returns in this authorized continuation of Agatha Christie’s famous Belgian detective. Set in 1920s London, Poirot experiences a troubling encounter with a frightened woman at a restaurant where the detective is eating dinner. Soon after, Poirot is called in to help solve a triple murder at a posh hotel where the victims were found with a monogramed cufflink in their mouths. Are the events connected? Hannah makes a noble attempt at continuing the legacy of Christie but falls short with an unnecessarily-complex plot. Still, classic mystery lovers thirsting for more will want to make their own comparisons.
by M. A. Lawson
Kay Hamilton is a tough, gritty DEA agent who lets no one get in her way, including her higher-ups. Filled with colorful characters and action-packed scenes, “Rosarito Beach” flew by at a break-neck pace that left me anxious for the next in the series.