August 26, 2018

A Song Unheard by Roseanna M. White centers on Willa Forsythe, a kind-hearted violin prodigy, but also a top-notch thief, making her the perfect choice for a crucial task at the outset of World War I–stealing a cypher from a famous violinist currently in Wales. Lucas De Wilde has enjoyed the fame he’s won–until now, when being recognized might get him killed, as everyone wants the key to his father’s work as a cryptologist.

A Promise of Ruin by Cuyler Overholt unfolds in early 1900s New York, where the formidable crime syndicate known as the Black Hand has been terrorizing the city’s Italian community with bombings and kidnappings. When a young Italian girl is found drowned and sexually defiled, Dr. Genevieve Summerford suspects the organization has expanded into forced prostitution, and she won’t rest until the trafficking ring is brought to justice.

Blackout by Marc Elsberg questions, what happens when the lights go out? No one panics, not yet. Surely it’s a glitch, a storm, a malfunction. But across Europe, controllers watch in disbelief as electrical grids collapse from an apparent attack. Former hacker and activist Piero investigates the disaster, but the authorities soon suspect him, forcing Piero to go on the run to uncover who is behind the attacks. After all, the power doesn’t just keep the lights on–it keeps us alive.

The Value of Weeds by Ann Cliff explores the virtues of good weeds, wild plants that have survived in the face of centuries of hostility. Many of us, unfamiliar with the versatility of weeds, think of them as a nuisance, not understanding how they can protect and add fertility to soil; act as companion plants in gardens; provide food for farm livestock; support wildlife; provide herbal remedies for minor ailments; yield vegetable dyes and, finally, give us weed cuisine.

West Like Lightning by Jim DeFelice traces the events beginning in the spring of 1860, on the eve of a civil war that threatened to tear the country apart, when two Americans conceive an audacious plan to link the nation’s two coasts, thereby joining its present with its future. DeFelice reveals the true account from the development of the Pony Express from its start in St. Joseph, Missouri 1,500 miles west to Sacramento.

The Stuff by Dr. Sampson Davis & Sharlee Jeter illuminate those moments in life, we all have them, when we’re truly tested, when we wonder if we have the strength to overcome the challenges before us. Not everyone believes he or she has what it takes. The sister of a baseball legend and an emergency-room physician share from their personal tragedies and those of over two dozen others to highlight the core elements that can help us survive, even thrive, in spite of life’s difficulties.