From the best-selling author of While I Was Gone and The Senator’s Wife, a superb new novel about a family and a community tested when an arsonist begins setting fire to the homes of the summer people in a small New England town. Troubled by the feeling that she belongs nowhere after working in East Africa for 15 years, Frankie Rowley has come home - home to the small New Hampshire town of Pomeroy and the farmhouse where her family has always summered. On her first night back, a house up the road burns to the ground. Is it an accident, or arson? Over the weeks that follow, as Frankie comes to recognize her father’s slow failing and her mother’s desperation, another house burns, and then another, always the homes of summer people. These frightening events, and the deep social fault lines that open in the town as a result, are observed and reported on by Bud Jacobs, a former political journalist, who has bought the local paper and moved to Pomeroy in an attempt to find a kind of home himself. As this compelling book unfolds, as Bud and Frankie begin an unexpected, passionate affair, arson upends a trusting small community where people have never before bothered to lock their doors; and Frankie and Bud bring wholly different perspectives to the questions of who truly owns the land, who belongs in the town, and how, or even whether, newcomers can make a real home there. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Sue Miller. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/003871/bk_rand_003871_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Against the peaceful night sky, a barn burns.… Sarah Kauffman sought permission from her church elders to paint murals on a few of the Amish community's barns. Each was designed like an old-fashioned quilt square, representing a piece of the Amish traditions Sarah loved. The works of art were intended to draw more tourists to the Home Valley in the struggling economy. But instead, they invited a menace. One by one, each barn is set ablaze and destroyed.…The arson fires spread fear through the community - amongst Amish and Englischers alike. Now Sarah wonders if she's being punished for her pridefulness…or whether there's a more malevolent will at work. As an outsider, arson investigator Nate MacKenzie struggles to investigate the crime scenes while adhering to Amish ways. With Sarah as his guide, he warms to the Plain People and their simple ways. As the fires rage, beliefs are challenged, a way of life is questioned and family secrets are exposed. In the aftermath of the destruction the people of the Home Valley must join together to raise their barns and their hopes for the future. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Gracie Peters. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/011158/bk_adbl_011158_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Nina Reilly needs a fresh start. In three years, she's taken on some of Lake Tahoe's most controversial cases and has turned her struggling one-woman law firm into a thriving practice. Now she's ready to sort out her complex relationship with her boyfriend, Monterey P.I. Paul Van Wagoner. So she's heading to the Carmel Valley, the place where she began her career and where her estranged father lives. It's also a place of dramatic contradictions and hidden tensions, of new wealth and old families. And, within days of her arrival, Nina is already feeling the heat, as a case of arson exposes some of the darkest secrets of her hometown. Two suspicious fires have already raged through the valley this summer, igniting suspicions of arson. When a third blaze ends in a fatality, police zero in on a suspect: Wish, the son of Sandy Whitefeather, Nina's ex-assistant. The dead man is identified as Wish's childhood friend, a troubled local auto mechanic who hated the changes wealthy newcomers had brought to the valley. Nina and Paul are certain that there is more to this strange case than meets the eye. As they work together to clear Wish, new, more frightening questions are raised, and another fire is set. And out of the flames a terrifying picture emerges: a community steeped in secrets and rage, a tangled history between two men, and a killer whose motives are dark and wrenching. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Laural Merlington. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/001273/bk_brll_001273_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
This is an absorbing fiction adaptation of Corbin Bernsen’s film Rust, which featured him in the starring role and director and is currently available for purchase and streaming online at Netflix and other online sites.In the midst of a crisis of faith, a man finds hope where he least expects it - his hometown. James Moore is a former pastor who returns home to discover his childhood friend is implicated in the arson of a farmhouse and the murder of an entire family. Convinced of his friend's innocence, James sets out to find the truth. In the process he reclaims a relationship with his father, restores hope to a floundering congregation, and rediscovers his own lost faith. Rust is an uplifting tale about faith, family, and the powerful ties that bind a community. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Trenton Bennett. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/120095/bk_acx0_120095_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The game-filled water of Lake Shanoha is an oasis in the harsh Nevada desert supporting a horse ranching community 45 miles south of the Kiahawk Indian reservation. The Kiahawks have lived passively at the base of Red Rock Mountain for more than 100 years. The Kiahawks are, as they always have been, abused by the townspeople.The Kiahawks take the abuse as a matter of course, until the brightest light in their lives, the chief's granddaughter, is brutally raped and murdered by three wild teenagers from town. This is only the beginning of a domino effect of lies, murder, and arson, causing more pain and grief than the Kiahawks can bear. With no law to turn to for help, the Kiahawk nation returns to the power of their mystic past to unleash hell upon the town of Lake Shanoha. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin Foley. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/bimo/000445/bk_bimo_000445_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Two years have passed since the last murder rocked Grace Gulch. Life has settled down for the three Wilde sisters. The town is celebrating the opening of the MGM Center for the Arts with a clue-driven scavenger hunt, and Cici expects her first child in six weeks. Newcomers have joined the community, including Cici's mother-in-law, Gilda Howe. Cici's peace is shattered when an art studio burns down with a body inside. The missing artist quickly becomes the primary suspect because of his public breakup with the victim. An old secret forces Cici to take up sleuthing one more time. Legends of buried treasure and rumors of drugs mix with jealousy as Cici looks into arson and murder. When she comes close to solving the puzzle, a second person goes missing - her little sister. Will she find her in time? 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jae Huff. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/059488/bk_acx0_059488_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
From the author of The Fringe comes an addictive new dystopian saga. When Lark was sentenced to 25 years behind bars, she thought San Judas was her lucky break. The primitive 16,000-acre community in rural New Mexico isn't like any other prison. There are no cells, there is no warden, and Mother Mercy is the law. She didn't realize she'd be fighting for survival on a daily basis - battling hunger, violent inmates, and Mother Mercy's iron fist. Lark's only friend is Bernie - an off-the-rails environmental activist doing time for arson - and a mysterious stranger who's been sending her illicit messages from the men's colony. Lark never thought escaping San Judas was possible until a message in a bottle changes everything: The guards outside the walls are disappearing, and the world as they know it is coming to an end. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jennifer O'Donnell. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/podm/000551/bk_podm_000551_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
There's one corpse too many in this ingenious mystery featuring husband-and-wife sleuth duo PI Rosco Polycrates and crossword editor Belle Graham. The residents of the bucolic Massachusetts hamlet are up in arms. A developer has bought the sprawling Quigley homestead, and his construction crew is causing a ruckus digging up the land. The noise stops abruptly when a female skeleton is found buried in the garden. Hired to find out who killed Jane Doe - and why - cop-turned-investigator Rosco Polycrates and his wife, crossword editor Belle Graham, discover an insular community that doesn't take kindly to outsiders. With the local police labeling it a cold case, they have their work cut out for them. Add arson and a double homicide, and the grid is set for a brainteaser that just might stump two of New England's most dedicated crime busters - if it doesn't kill them first. PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Noah Michael Levine. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/020379/bk_adbl_020379_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Fall comes to Pepin County with a vengeance as Deputy Sheriff Claire Watkins confronts a new evil festering beneath the placid surface of the Wisconsin farm community. A refugee from the Twin Cities, Claire has slowly adapted to small-town life - especially now that she loves and lives with Rich Haggard. But in this rural area, other folks are dangerously restless.One is Daniel Reiner, a wealthy part-time resident who's been buying up too much land - at least as far as the locals are concerned. Another is gambling addict and aging gold digger Patty Jo Tilde, who recently married a widower 20 years her senior. Patty is itching to inherit her husband's property, sell it to Reiner, and leave the countryside behind. The only stumbling block - her husband must die.Add to the mix a suspicious goat-herding daughter-in-law and a wounded elk, and things quickly reach a boiling point. As Claire Watkins delves deeper into the mystery, she believes she's uncovered a deadly history of lies, deceit, arson, and poison. Her problem is to prove it - and then she learns what happened to Patty Jo's last husband. . . . 1. Language: English. Narrator: Joyce Bean. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/brll/001099/bk_brll_001099_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.