What would you be willing to do to walk away from your current life—just disappear? Casey Duncan, a homicide detective, killed a man when she was in college and was never caught. Her best friend, Diana, is entangled in an abusive relationship with her ex-husband. Both need to disappear. Fortunately, there’s a secret town just for people like them but they have to apply and be accepted to live there first; and, there are strings attached. Residents of Rockton must give up their cell phones, internet, and computers, and can’t send or receive mail. Plus, there’s no way to get in or out without the town council’s approval. Casey’s application normally would be rejected but the town needs a homicide detective—badly—to solve its first homicide. Casey and Diana are accepted and brought to Rockton, where they discover things are not always as they seem. Strap yourself in for a crime novel thrill ride!
City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong
Dollbaby: A Novel by Laura Lane McNeal
In the summer of 1964 Ibby Bell’s father dies. Her mother dumps Ibby and her father’s urn at grandmother Fannie’s New Orleans house. Fannie, Fannie’s cook, Queenie, and her daughter, Dollbaby, take it upon themselves to initiate Ibby into the ways of the South. Soon hidden secrets, closed rooms, and southern family quirks begin to unlock their mysteries to Ibby.
For fans of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt and The Help, Dollbaby brings to life the charm and unrest of 1960s New Orleans.
In The Garden of Beasts
No one wanted to be the first US Ambassador to Hitler’s Germany. It was 1933; Hitler and his Nazi party had risen to power promising a renewed and powerful Germany but stories of the beatings and hatred of Jews and other minorities were beginning to leak out of Berlin. Newly-elected President Franklin Roosevelt had to personally call William Dodd, an easy-going history professor at the University of Chicago, to convince him to fill the vacancy. Reluctantly, Dodd accepted the job with the caveat that his wife, son and flamboyant daughter accompany him. Dodd’s daughter, Martha, began to get noticed at Nazi Party functions leading her father to believe she was in over her head. As the author succinctly stated, “These were complicated people moving through a complicated time, before the monsters declared their true nature.” This well-written glimpse into the lives and machinations of the Nazi inner circle is an excellent read.