Silent City

Sara’s Pick: Silent City by Carrie Smith Her first day back from dealing with ten months of cancer treatments, Claire Codella is assigned the murder of a high school principle, Hector Sanchez. It becomes a high-profile case because a Broadway star is sending her child to the school. As she struggles to discover who would…

Working Stiff

Working Stiff by Judy Melinek, MD   Judy Melinek presents an engrossing look at her training in to be a medical examiner in the New York City Office of the Medical Examiner. She carefully explains procedures and duties performed by those involved with death investigation. This includes autopsies, investigating death scenes and counseling those grieving relatives…

Best Day Ever

Sara’s Pick: Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda Paul Strom and his wife Mia have been married for ten years. She is a stay-at-home mom with their 2 boys, and they seem to have a perfect life. So, in their tenth wedding anniversary, Paul wants to give them a perfect day at their lake cottage,…

Stripped Bare

Sara’s Pick: Stripped Bare by Shannon Baker When her husband-sheriff, Ted, is found shot next to the murdered grandfather of her orphaned niece, Kate Fox needs to find the murderer because the neighboring sheriff who responded to the call has decided that Ted and Eldon shot each other and wants to arrest Ted for murder. …

Idyll Threats

Sara’s Pick:Idyll Threats by Stephanie Gayle Thomas Lynch moves to Idyll, Connecticut from New York City to become police chief after his patrol partner is killed. There isn’t much crime in the small town until a young girl is shot on the golf course in the middle of the night. He saw her before she…

Happiness: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-ever After

Sara’s Pick: Happiness : The Crooked Little Road to Semi-ever After by Heather Harpman  A New York couple who thought they couldn’t have children become pregnant. He doesn’t want children (although if he DID have a child, he’d want it to be with her). She moves back to California to be close to her mother…

To SIRI With Love

Sara’s Pick: To SIRI With Love by Judith Newman The true story of a mother and her twin sons, Gus, who is autistic and Henry, who is not. Gus flaps when he is happy, knows all the timetables for the subway in New York, and doesn’t like vacations because he is homesick for all that…

Dead Woman Walking

Sara’s Pick: Dead Woman Walking by Sharon Bolton Enjoying a hot-air balloon ride, the passengers are inadvertent witnesses to a murder. The murderer, realizing that at least one of them has seen his face, follows them, waiting for the balloon to crash so he can finish them all off. Unexpectedly there is one survivor. She…

Unraveling Oliver

Sara’s Pick: Unraveling Oliver by Liz Nugent A celebrated author of children’s books flies into a rage after dinner on night and beats his illustrator-wife almost to death. In the aftermath, he and others in his life explain how he came to this point. There is plenty of tragedy to go around starting with his…

Emma in the Night

Sara’s Pick: Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker Two sisters vanish one night leaving a car and shoes at the beach. Three years later, one of them returns. Held captive on an island off the coast of Maine and finally escaping, Cass is frantic to have help finding her sister. But forensic psychologist Dr….

The Velveteen Daughter

Sara’s Pick: The Velveteen Daughter by Laurel Davis Huber This biographical novel examines the lives of two extraordinary women. Before the Velveteen Rabbit was published, Margery Bianco Williams’ daughter was more famous as a child prodigy painter than her mother. But it seems that fame at an early age can exact a terrible toll. Told…

Are You Sleeping

Sara’s Pick: Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber Thirteen years after her father’s murder a podcast by an investigative reporter threatens to unravel the life that his daughter has carefully constructed. Lying to her boyfriend, with a new name and new city, Josie is trying to keep her new life together. When her mother commits…