January 6, 2019

Mistletoe Murder by Karen MacInerney ripples with festive cheer as Lucy Resnick enjoys life selling her jams and soaps during the day, and evening fireside sessions with her knitting group – that is, until a local man turns up with a knife in his back just before Christmas. Sheriff Rooster Kocurek, never the brightest bulb on the string, is convinced it’s an open-and-shut case–murder by jealous wife–but Lucy suspects otherwise, and jumps in to wrap up the case before there’s more than one funeral this holiday season.

The Secrets Between Us by Thrity Umrigar pulls no punches describing life in the slums of Mumbai, when Bhima, poor and illiterate, is cruelly fired by her long-time employer and friend. Searching for a way to support herself and her granddaughter, Bhima’s path intersects with Parvati, a bitter, taciturn older woman. Forming a tentative business partnership selling fruits and vegetables at the local market, the two acquaintances soon develop a trusting friendship and learn to stand on their own.

The Splendor Before the Dark by Margaret George travels back in time to Nero’s Roman Empire, an unprecedented era of artistic and cultural splendor. In the tenth year of his reign, a terrifying prophecy comes to pass; a fire engulfs Rome, reducing entire swaths of the city to rubble, sparking rumors of Nero’s complicity in the blaze. Knowing his fate is tied to Rome’s, he vows to rebuild it as a city that will stun the world, but there are those who find his rampant quest for glory dangerous.

Quench by Dana Cohen, MD is based on breakthrough new science in the field of hydration, debunking many popular myths about “getting enough water” and offering a revolutionary five-day jump start plan that shows better hydration can reduce or eliminate ailments like chronic headaches, weight gain, gut pain, and even autoimmune conditions.

American Detective by Thomas A. Reppetto imparts a tightly woven slice of true crime reporting on some of the most notable investigations from the Roaring Twenties to the 1970s, including Thad Brown’s probe of the Black Dahlia murder to Elliott Ness’ work that cleaned up the Cleveland police but failed to capture the ‘Mad Butcher’. Along the way, you see deep inside the detective bureaus that were once the nerve center behind crime fighting in America, including the FBI itself, under the direction of J. Edgar Hoover.

Apollo to the Moon by Teasel Muir-Harmony celebrates the 50th anniversary of NASA’s Apollo missions to the moon, using key artifacts from the Smithsonian to tell of the groundbreaking space exploration program. From the lunar rover and an emergency oxygen mask to space food and moon rocks, the intriguing back-stories and profiles of key participants are shared along with the stories of those who made the journey possible.