Karen's Staff Picks

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Swiped: A Novel By L.M. Chilton Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781668045701
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - May 21st, 2024

"Gwen Turner is a mess (and I mean that in the best way possible)! Her less than stellar choices have left her life in shambles and her social life sketchy at best.  When young men in town start turning up dead, Gwen becomes the target of police suspicion because the one thing they all have in common is having met up with Gwen after matching on a dating app.  Gwen tries to find the real killer to prove herself innocent and that’s when things really get interesting.

So much fun! This book has everything you could want in a mystery including an end you won’t see coming."


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The Husbands: A Novel By Holly Gramazio Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780385550611
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Published: Doubleday - April 2nd, 2024

"When Lauren returns home from a friend’s hen party she’s greeted by her husband Michael.  There’s only one problem- when she left earlier that evening she wasn’t married, there was no Michael.  It soon becomes apparent that the attic of the home she’d recently inherited from her Grandmother has the power to magically switch out "husbands”; one goes up the ladder and a completely different one comes down.  Now a year has passed and Lauren, having found a reason to not keep any of the men or the lives they offered, begins to question what it is she is actually looking for. What if the happiness she’s been hoping to find is just not to be? Has she been expecting too much? Is it time to settle?  This was a fun, thought -provoking, enjoyable, and completely original book."


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Everyone Who Can Forgive Me Is Dead: A Novel By Jenny Hollander Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781250890849
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Published: Minotaur Books - February 6th, 2024

"Charlie has spent the last ten years trying to forget the violent, tragic night at her elite NYC journalism school that had been dubbed by the press as “Scarlet Christmas”.

Now the sister of one of the victims is bringing the event to the big screen.  As one of the few survivors, Charlie has been invited to take part in its production.

As memories she’d long tried to repress coming flooding back, Charlie begins to realize there may be more to what happened that night then her mind will let her admit and the truth could destroy everything.

This is a really great page turner that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end."


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The Curse of Pietro Houdini: A Novel By Derek B. Miller Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9781668020883
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - January 16th, 2024

"This is so much more than another WWII tale of survival, or story of a thrilling art heist.  This book, loosely based on actual events, is a sweeping saga filled with the most endearing characters and written so well that I was enthralled from the very first page.  Massimo, orphaned at 14 by the Allied shelling of the abbey at Monte Cassino, narrates a tale that spans 40 years.  With his introduction of each new character I became more and more engrossed in his world; a world of Nazis and art thieves, cruelty and kindness, and great humor in equal measures.   Truly a wonderful and worthwhile read!"


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Welcome Home, Stranger: A Novel By Kate Christensen Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780063299702
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Published: Harper - December 5th, 2023

"I was all in with this book after about the first two pages and you will be too.  Rachel, mid-fifties, divorced, and childless, returns home to Maine when her mother dies and comes face to face with everything, and everyone, she has spent a lifetime trying to escape.

Kate Christensen surrounds Rachel with unforgettable characters, all of whom help to define Rachel while painting a vivid picture of the life she left behind and the reasons why.

This is a really well-written story that served as a reminder to me that it’s the ugly, awkward, painful moments in life that create the best memories."


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The Other Half (Detective Inspector Caius Beauchamp #1) By Charlotte Vassell Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780593685945
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Published: Anchor - November 21st, 2023

"A really terrific whodunit with characters you’ll love, and love to hate.  A young “influencer” is found dead in a public park in Kent and the investigation into her death reveals some shocking secrets about her life, and the lives of her very wealthy circle of friends. I love a book that keeps me guessing right until the end and this did just that."


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Amazing Grace Adams: A Novel By Fran Littlewood Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250857019
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - September 5th, 2023

"Today is Grace Adams’ daughter’s 16th birthday and Grace intends to make it perfect; the Universe, however, has a much different plan.  From the very first page I felt a kinship with Grace Adams, even, or especially, at her most chaotic and unhinged moments. Every woman, I would imagine, has experienced trying to keep it all together, because that is what is expected of us, even as things are falling wildly apart.  Grace’s misadventures on this one particular day are as cringe worthy as they are hilarious. But, as we learn of the events in Grace’s life that have led her to this day her story becomes heartbreaking and relatable as well.  I am grateful for a story like this which reminds me just how resilient people can be even in their most fragile moments."


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Kala: A Novel By Colin Walsh Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780593470022
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Published: Vintage - June 25th, 2024

"This is a book full of unexpected twists, edge of your seat moments, and heartbreaking revelations.  In a small Irish town, six misfit teens are bound together in the Summer of 2003, by family, by shared misfortune, and by a youthful yearning for adventure. At the end of that summer one of the six will have disappeared without a trace and the lives of the others will have been forever changed.  When circumstances bring them all back to the same small town 15 years later, they find that the unsolved mystery of their friend’s disappearance now threatens to destroy them along with those they love.  Truly an enjoyable read. A book I just couldn’t put down."


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The Many Lives of Mama Love (Oprah's Book Club): A Memoir of Lying, Stealing, Writing, and Healing By Lara Love Hardin Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781982197667
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Simon & Schuster - August 1st, 2023

"This book reads more like a novel than a memoir; fast paced, heartbreaking, shocking, and life affirming all at once.  Lara Love Hardin’s telling of her own story of addiction and bad decisions leading to multiple felony convictions, jail, and the loss of her children is only the beginning.  If viewed through the lens of “there but for the grace…” this is actually an incredibly compelling insight into second chances and forgiveness, repentance and rebuilding.  Reading this book gave me a new and deep respect for the power of forgiving, not just others but myself as well."


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Do Tell: A Novel By Lindsay Lynch Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593469286
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Published: Vintage - June 18th, 2024

"It’s 1939 and Hollywood’s “Golden Age” is in full swing when Edie O’Dare, a bit actress, finds herself at the end of a studio contract that won’t be renewed.  When the opportunity to use the insider information and connections she has developed over the last seven years to become a gossip columnist presents itself Edie jumps right in.

Much like the power social media has to exert undue influence on public opinion today, gossip columnists had the same power and, just like today, used that power with no regard for the people about whom they wrote.  Lives and careers were made and destroyed by Edie’s columns. This story is told, from Edie’s perspective, of a series of momentous columns, the lives they changed, and the impact that was felt for decades to come.

Engrossing and thought-provoking. Very enjoyable!"


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The Midnight News: A novel By Jo Baker Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593468265
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Published: Vintage - May 14th, 2024

"It is 1940 and Charlotte is in London trying to do her part for the war effort while still reeling from the loss of her brother who has died fighting on the front in France.  As the German bombing of the city intensifies, Charlotte’s friends and loved ones begin, one by one, to die under suspicious circumstances.  With her tenuous hold on reality weakening, Charlotte finds herself fighting, not just for her sanity but, for her life. Engrossing historical fiction with the exciting twists and turns of a murder mystery and the joy of a heartwarming love story; this book has it all."


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The Last One: A Novel By Will Dean Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781668021156
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Published: Atria/Emily Bestler Books - August 8th, 2023

"Wow…just, wow!  From the very first chapter I was hooked and found that I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.  Imagine awakening on your 2nd day of a transatlantic voyage aboard a luxury liner to find that you are completely alone; no staff, no crew, and none of the thousand or so other passengers who’d boarded just the day before.  That’s the situation Caz finds herself in. But as frightening as that is, she discovers that things will get worse, much worse.  A thrilling, terrifying story with endless twists and turns.  This was a fast, fun read."


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Murder Your Employer: The McMasters Guide to Homicide By Rupert Holmes Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781451648225
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - April 30th, 2024

"After failing in his attempt to murder his boss, Cliff Iverson is spirited away to a secret location where Cliff discovers he is the lucky recipient of a full scholarship, courtesy of an anonymous patron, to the mysterious McMasters Conservatory-an institution designed to teach its students how to commit, and get away with, murder. 

As the story unfolds we follow Cliff and his fellow aspiring 'deletists', as the school prefers to call murderers, in their quest to navigate McMasters unique challenges on their way to graduation and a successful 'thesis'.  The stakes are high because not doing so will result in consequences far beyond a failing grade.   Written with tongue in cheek this very original book is equal parts farce, suspense, and fantasy. If you’re like me you will find yourself rooting for the 'deletists' and against their much deserving victims.  Great fun!"


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Sign Here By Claudia Lux Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780593545775
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Published: Berkley - September 19th, 2023

"In her book, Sign Here, Claudia Lux weaves together a disturbingly plausible concept of Hell with a decades old mystery and a poignant family drama.  The result is sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking, and at all times, a very entertaining story.

This book is truly worth the read!"