Dazzling her patrons with scrumptious cupcakes at her Salem, Massachusetts bakery, Elizabeth Tucker continues to fall for the irresistible Diesel, who protects her from a villain who is seeking mystical stones tied to the seven deadly sins.
By Blood, by Ellen Ullman
In this dark and brilliant novel, a professor takes an office downtown, the walls are thin and he's distracted by voices from next door — his neighbor is a psychologist. He begins to hear about the patient's troubles. The professor is not just absorbed but enraptured. And the further he is pulled into the patient's recounting of her dramas, the more he needs the story to move forward. Armed with the few details he's gleaned, the professor takes up the quest and quickly finds the patient's mother in records from a German displaced-persons camp.Through the wall, he hears how his dear patient is energized by the news and so is he. He unearths more clues and invests more and more in this secret. His research leads them deep into the history of displaced-persons camps, of postwar Zionism, and—most troubling of all—of the Nazi Lebensborn program.
The Risk Agent, by Ridley PearsonA Chinese National working for an American-owned construction company is grabbed off the streets of Shanghai in broad daylight. The security company recruits two unique outsiders to do their bidding. Grace Chu is a forensic accountant hired to follow the money; John Knox is a civilian with unparalleled training in both combat and culture. Grace's top-notch American education and Chinese military service make her an unassuming, but effective, operative, while Knox's take-no-prisoners attitude brings them perilously close to harm. Following the money leads to more complex – and dangerous – consequences than either anticipated. Who is actually behind the kidnapping? And more important, can Knox and Grace locate the two hostages ahead of the deadline? Rich with the atmosphere of Shanghai and crackling with tension-filled suspense, Pearson's latest introduces two compelling new characters—and heralds in the start of a brilliant new series.