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Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche by Nancy Springer

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 Release Date - August 31, 2021 I am a big Sherlock Holmes fan, and Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche was a pleasant surprise. I was immediately drawn into Enola's world and her goal to be an independent young woman. She's smart, witty, and incredibly charming. Enola is on her own and determined to stay a step ahead of her brothers. When she hears Sherlock won't eat and is suffering from depression, she heads to his home to get him motivated again. She never expects that trip to draw her into a case involving a dead woman. Letitia Gordon arrives to ask Sherlock to investigate her sister's sudden death. All Letitia was sent is a box of ashes. She finds it unusual that she never heard her twin was sick. Plus, her twin's husband seems to have already moved on with his life. Something's up and Letitia wants to know what's going on. Enola jumps in and offers to help out. She heads to the Earl of Dunhench's estate. There, she learns this is the second of

The Other Me by Sarah Zachrich Jeng

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 Release Date - August 10, 2021 Artist Kelly is spending her birthday at her best friend, Linnea's, Chicago art show. She's not having the best of times and steps out for a minute. When she steps through, she finds herself in her hometown in Michigan at her very own birthday party. The problem is that she's now married to a former high school classmate and her life is nothing like her life in Chicago. She has no idea what happened, but she's desperate to get back to the life she had in the city. As if things weren't already strange, Kelly soon finds ripples of her old life reappearing. Her tattooed that vanished in Michigan return briefly. Linnea remembers her briefly and offers to help her figure out what's going on. Just as quickly as Linnea is back in her life, she disappears again. Something is horribly wrong and Eric's secretive nature may be part of it. If only Kelly could figure things out and discover a way to get back to her old life. This was a str

Where I Left Her by Amber Garza

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 Release Date - August 24, 2021 Whitney's 15-year-old daughter, Amelia, has been especially moody as of late. In addition to the moodiness, her daughter is more distant and secretive than usual. When Amelia asks to go to her friend's house for an overnight, Whitney agrees and even forgoes her usual request to meet the girl's parents. Instead, Whitney drops Amelia off, watches Amelia head inside, and takes off.  When she doesn't hear from Amelia the next morning, she's concerned and heads to Lauren's house. There, she discovers an elderly couple lives there. They're convinced she has the houses mistaken, but Whitney remembers the roses lining the walkway. Panic starts to take over as Whitney realizes her daughter has vanished, and she has no idea what Lauren's last name is, so she can't give the police much information, either. Where I Left Her goes back and forth between the days leading up to Amelia's disappearance and the hours after. You qu

Ghosts by Dolly Alderton

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 Release Date - August 3, 2021 Modern dating isn't what it used to be when I was in my 20s. I'm thankful for that! Author Nina Dean has her hands full with an upcoming book deadline, her dad's progressing Alzheimer's disease, and friends who are having kids, dating, and getting married. She's not bothered by her single status, but she doesn't mind searching for Mr. Right, if he's out there. Enter Max. She comes across his profile on a dating app, and she's smitten. The two go on a date and the chemistry is undeniable. Soon, they're proclaiming their love for one another, he's about to meet her parents, he's met her friends, and... he disappears. He ghosts Dolly and she cannot figure out what went wrong. He told her he loved her, so why did he vanish? Ghosts is not your typical romance novel. A lot of the book is spent with Nina trying to come to terms with her dad's progressive illness, while also dealing with her best friend's preg

How to Kill Your Best Friend by Lexie Elliott

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 Release Date - August 17, 2021 College buddies Bronwyn, Georgie, and Lissa have been inseparable for years. When Lissa dies while swimming in a cove off the private island she and her husband own, it's hard for Georgie to comprehend how such a strong swimmer would have drowned. Bronwyn is equally stunned. As they reunite with their significant others and children on the island where Lissa died, both Georgie and Bronwyn start to wonder what they've missed. Someone is lurking in the shadows and doesn't seem to have friendly intentions, yet a storm is moving in, so as the danger heightens, no one can leave. Chapters in How to Kill Your Best Friend switch back and forth between the "murder" lessons, Bronwyn's insight, and Georgie's insight. I didn't love the changes, as I felt it dragged the pace down, especially in the first quarter of the novel. Once I started skimming the different ways to kill a friend, I found the book became more enticing.  I als

One Year Gone by Avery Bishop

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 Release Date - August 10, 2021 What a ride! One Year Gone is a gripping novel that's told by Jessica Moore, mom of the other narrator Bronwyn. It starts when Jessica gets a middle-of-the-night message from her daughter. Bronwyn disappeared a year ago, and Jessica has been desperate to learn the truth behind Wyn's disappearance. The police are convinced Wyn ran away, but Jessica wants answers. What would make Wyn leave? The texts Jessica receives put a whole new spin on the case. Wyn claims she was kidnapped by a member of the police, but she doesn't know where she is. That makes it very hard to investigate anything as the kidnapper could be anyone on the force locally or on the other side of the country at this point. Jessica knows one thing. She will do anything to bring her daughter back. There are plenty of possible kidnappers throughout One Year Gone , and that keeps you on the edge of your seat. I had my suspicions. At times, I thought I had nailed it. As it plays

Such a Good Wife by Seraphina Nova Glass

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Release Date - August 10, 2021 Seraphina Nova Glass' latest thriller shares the story of Melanie Hale, a stay-at-home mom who has her hands full with a teen daughter and autistic son. She does a lot to meet his needs, while also being there for the rest of her family. When her husband encourages her to go to a local writing group's meetings and have time to herself, she takes him up on it. At that first meeting, she meets a talented romance author. Luke is handsome, charming, and interested in her. She makes a mistake and has a brief affair. Things go horribly wrong when she goes to break things off with him and finds him dead. Melanie doesn't hang around. She runs from the scene, makes an anonymous call to 911, and hopes she can move past it. It's clear that someone knows, however, and will make her pay to keep her little secret. Such a Good Wife is addicting. I had a hard time putting it down as secrets were revealed. Melanie works tirelessly to cover her tracks an

The Therapist by B.A. Paris

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 Release Date - July 13, 2021 When her boyfriend gets an amazing deal on a home in the exclusive gated community called "The Circle," Alice is happy to start a new chapter in her life. She and Leo are head over heels, and this is the chance for them to live in London together.  During a housewarming party, Alice meets one of her new neighbors and gives him a tour of their remodeled bedroom. The problem is he isn't who he says he is. He's actually a private investigator hired to look into a murder. This begins the foray into a shocking truth that has Alice questioning everything. Leo never told her he got the house for a steal because Nina Maxwell, a popular therapist, was murdered in the upstairs bedroom. Leo lied to Alice, and she's not sure she can forgive him. As Alice begins to explore Nina's murder, she can't help but become more involved than she should. Nina's husband may not have been the killer. If he wasn't, Alice could be putting herse

Dark Roads by Chevy Stevens

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 Release Date - August 3, 2021 After her dad's death, Hailey McBride is pushed to move in with her aunt and her aunt's domineering boyfriend, part of local law enforcement. Like many other young women in the area, Hailey disappears. The difference is Hailey ran away after learning something and is hiding up in the woods. A year later, Beth Chevalier comes to Cold Creek hoping to find answers regarding her sister's murder. Her sister was Hailey's friend and Beth wants answers. Who is killing women along the dark roads in Cold Creek and how can they stop these murders? Dark Roads is fiction but based loosely on a number of killings. Within Chevy Stevens' novel there are plenty of twists that readers may or may not see coming. I wasn't surprised with the big reveal, so it wasn't shocking. That didn't stop me from wanting to stop reading. I was so engrossed with Hailey's situation that I couldn't put the book down. Beth is an addict, so she's