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One for the Money by Janet Evanovich

A fun, light-hearted read with a likeable heroine (Stephanie Plum) who after losing her job seeks out her
cousin Vinnie, a bail bondsman, about a filing job. That job has just been filled, but there's an opening for a bounty hunter, and the money's good. Stephanie blackmails her way into the job. Of course, Stephanie is unbelievably unqualified for this job, but a mixture of desperation, pride, and stubbornness take her a long way.
(New Tampa Bookclub)
Simple Truth by David Baldacci

Wrongfully imprisoned, trying to clear his name, and newly escaped from prison--Rufus must expose a shocking cover-up.
Grades 4-6
The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester.

This book has it all.  Action, Adventure, Fantasy & Humor.  It grabbed me at the 1st page (not just for kids).

His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik.

To explain the book as a movie pitch: it’s Jane Austen, Patrick O’Brien, and the Napoleonic War fought with talking dragons. Exceptionally fun historical fantasy.

 Fantasy/Paranormal Romance/Steampunk
  Cynthia Soulless by Gail Carriger

A light, funny read. Think "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" meets Jane Austen in this wickedly funny debut novel, which kicks off Carriger's new series set in an alternate 19th-century London that not only knows about vampires and werewolves, but accepts them into the upper tiers of society. (there are 5 books in this series & all are worth reading)

Still Life by Louise Penny.

The simple writing style hides the perfectly executed traditional mystery.  Clever,  charming, well-realized characters in a believable, beautiful setting.  If you enjoyed Christie’s Miss Marple, you will enjoy this one. This is the first of the Inspector Gamache Series, and Winner of the New Blood Dagger Award for best first novel, Arthur Ellis, Barry, Anthony and Dilys Awards!

Science Fiction
A Princess of Mars (John Carter of Mars #01) by Edgar Rice Burroughs.  Written in 1912 the novel is considered a classic example of 20th century pulp fiction.  This was a book club pick & I wasn't sure if I'd like it; but I did, so much that I plan to read the entire series.

Let the adventures begin, as Captain John Carter finds himself transported to the alien landscape of Mars--where the low gravity increases his speed and strength exponentially. Taken prisoner by Martian warriors, he impresses them with his remarkable fighting skills, and quickly rises to a high-ranking chieftain. But the heroic Carter's powers thrust him right in the middle of a deadly war raging across the planet--and a dangerous romance with a divine princess.
 Science Fiction/Adventure/Humor
   Beth The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Do you like British Humor?  Looking for something slightly different to read? 
Don't panic! This is the book for you.

Just before Earth is destroyed to make an intergalactic freeway, Arthur Dent is saved by his friend Ford Prefect, who happens to be an alien.
 Romantic Suspense
Open Season by Linda Howard is one of my favorite books. Tired of her boring life as a small-town librarian, Daisy Minor decides to give herself a "life makeover" for her 34th birthday. Transforming herself into a party girl, she's declared open season for manhunting. But her free-spirited fun is shattered when she witnesses something she shouldn't--and becomes the target of a killer.


The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo.  Highly recommended for anyone who enjoyed The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, this Norwegian Crime Fiction moves quickly through touching love stories, murder, mistaken identities, corrupt police, Nazis ( Neo and not), and the Russian Front of WW2. Elegant, chilly prose, believable characters, and an intricate plot that deserves a big-screen thriller treatment.

  Cynthia & Jenny
Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpern. In the vein of bestselling humor collections by Chelsea Handler, David Sedaris, and Laurie Notaro, "Sh*t My Dad Says" is a chaotic, hilarious, true portrait of a father-son relationship from a major new comic voice.  I laughed out loud reading this book.
 Romantic Suspense
   Cynthia Dream Man by Linda Howard. Knowing that she is the key to catching a serial killer stalking Orlando, Florida, Marni Keen reluctantly offers to help the cynical police detective with the case. But not even Marni could foresee what would happen next: instantly, the two are drawn into a wildly erotic affair that takes them on a quest for the ecstasies of love--and on a dangerous journey into the twisted mind of a madman.

Faceless Killers by Henning Mankell. Another title for those that enjoyed The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.  A horrifying, and seemingly motiveless crime serves as introduction to  Inspector Kurt Wallander. Wallander’s life is a mess, but his need for finding both his suspect and restoring some meaning to a chaotic and violent world makes him incredibly sympathetic.

 Apocalyptic Fiction
   Beth The Road by Cormac McCarthy

At once brutal and tender, despairing and rashly hopeful, spare of language and profoundly moving, this work is a fierce and haunting meditation on the tenuous divide between civilization and savagery, and the essential, sometimes terrif
 Historical Romance
Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas

In the shelter of her country cottage, Sara Feilding puts pen to paper to create dreams. But curiosity has enticed the prim, well-bred gentlewoman out of her safe haven--and into Derek Craven′s dangerous world.

A handsome, tough and tenacious Cockney, he rose from, poverty to become lord of London′s most exclusive gambling house--a struggle that has left Derek Craven fabulously wealthy, but hardened and suspicious. And now duty demands he allow Sara Fielding into his world--with her impeccable manners and her infuriating innocence. But here, in a perilous shadow-realm of ever-shifting fortunes, even a proper "mouse" can be transformed into a breathtaking enchantress--and a world-weary gambler can be shaken to his cynical core by the power of passion. . .and the promise of love.


 Mystery/Romance Suspense

Naked in Death by J.D. Robb (aka Nora Roberts).  The ending will blow you away, I couldn't believe who the killer was.

As NYPD Lt. Eve Dallas races to find a serial killer, she becomes very involved with one of the suspects. Her overpowering feelings for a man she barely knows could jeopardize her investigation, her faith in herself--and her life.

There are 44 books in this series & growing.  I recommend reading them in order until Eva & Rourke get married and then you want to read them out of order if necessary.
Paranormal Romance/Fantasy
Psy-Changeling series by Nalini Singh.  This is a great series; well-written and very interesting story line.  The first book is Slave to Sensation and it is best to read them in order.

Nalini Singh dives into a world torn apart by a powerful race with phenomenal powers of the mind--and none of the heart. Slave to Sensation -- Born a Psy, Sascha Duncan must hide the emotions which mark her as flawed. But a passionate Changeling will tempt her to reveal everything and risk her very soul.
 Paranormal Romance/Fiction
 Beth Charming the Highlander by Jane Chapman. The first book of the series, this book can also be read alone.  A great book if you want to try paranormal but aren't looking for vampires and werewolves.

Stranded on an icy Maine mountaintop in a plane crash, scientist Grace Sutter is alone in the wilderness with the only other surviving passenger--Greylen MacKeage, a sexy medieval Highland warrior who's tossed through time to find the woman he's destined to love.
Fiction/Romance/Time Travel/Historical
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. 

While Claire and her husband visit an ancient stone monument in 1945 England, Claire is suddenly thrust back to the year 1743--and becomes torn between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

I love this book because of its detail and historical accuracy.  The plot is convoluted and highly entertaining.  If you want an involved series, this is the book for you.  If you want a quick beach read, try "Charming the Highlander" by Janet Chapman.

 Mystery (Florida)
   Cynthia Triggerfish Twist by Tim Dorsey (local author).  Laugh out loud funny.

This prequel to Dorsey's first novel, "Florida Roadkill, " provides an "insanely funny" ("New York Times") tale of murder and mayhem in the Sunshine State. Jim Davenport anticipates the good life on Triggerfish Lane, but the area is not what it seems, what with its casual violence, homicidal hookers, and a serial killer-cum-folklorist living across the street.
 Mystery (Florida)

Sanibel Flats by Randy Wayne White. First appearance of the intelligent ex-NSA officer and Marine Biologist, Doc Ford. For those who enjoy their Florida crime fiction realistic, yet stylish and atmospheric. Guaranteed great summer reading!

Historical/Holocaust/Juvenile Fiction

Book Thief by Markus Zusak.

Set during World War II in Germany, Zusaks groundbreaking novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing, encounters something she cant resist: books.
Erotica (Florida)


If you liked Fifty Shades of Grey, you'll love this series.

Masters of the Shadowlands by Cherise Sinclair.   Includes Clubs Shadowlands and Dark Citadel.  Extremely well-written and superb character development.

After her car is disabled during a tropical storm Jessica Randall discovers that the isolated house where she seeks shelter is a "private bondage club".  At first shocked, she soon becomes aroused watching the interaction between Doms and their subs, but she is a professional, intelligent woman, and surely isn't a submissive... or is she? 

  Cynthia  Deal Breaker by Harlan Coben

The debut of Myron Bolitar, a hotheaded, tenderhearted sports agent and one of the most fascinating and complex heroes in suspense fiction.  "Deal Breaker" is a page-turning classic from Edge Award-winner and master storyteller Harlan Coben.

Sports Agent Myron Bolitar is poised on the edge of the big time.  So is Christian Steele, a rookie quarterback and Myron's prized client.  But when Christian gets a phone call from a former girlfriend--a woman who everyone, including the police, belies is dead--the deal starts to go sour.  Trying to unravel the truth about a family's tragedy, a woman's secret, and a man's lies, Myron is up against the dark side of his business--where image and talent make you rich, but the truth can get you killed.

 Young Adult

ages (13 to 17)



Conspiracy 365 series by Gabrielle Lord (12 book series - January thru December)

On New Year's Day, Cal is chased down the street by a staggering, sick man with a deadly warning, "They killed your father. They'll kill you.  You must survive for the next 365 days."" 

 Suspense    Cynthia Jack Reacher series.  Killing Floor is the first book in the series.  This book won the 1998 Anthony Award for Best First Novel & the 1998 Barry Award for Best First Novel. 

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