Staff Picks: Nate

by Delores Fossen,  

On the day Lieutenant Nate Ryland’s baby daughter is kidnapped, he finds hope in the most surprising of allies: Darcy Burkhart, a woman he never thought—never wanted—to see again. But Darcy’s son has also been taken and there’s nothing that will keep them from bringing their children home. Unfortunately this is no ordinary adversary, and even someone like Nate, who’s used to dealing with the worst of society, can’t predict the enemy’s next move. As the search continues, Nate finds himself admiring the woman he once considered his greatest opponent—and desiring her in a way he never would have thought possible.

Staff Picks: The Man from Gossamer Ridge

by Paula Graves, 

To criminology professor Alicia Solano, serial killers aren’t just academic. A very real one is stalking her now, possibly the same madman who brought Gabe Cooper to town. The sexy Southern lawman still blames himself for an unsolved murder and this time, he’ll do anything to catch the killer—and keep Alicia alive.

Not that the feisty prof wants his protection. Her protests prove useless when Gabe insists on moving in with her. And although Gabe senses getting Alicia to trust him—especially after surviving her own traumatic past—is going to be a challenge, it’ll be worth it. Gabe knows better than anyone just how far this murderer will go to get what he wants. But so will Gabe. And what he wants is Alicia.

Staff Picks: Cowboy conspiracy

by Joanna Wayne, 

Ex-lawman Wyatt Ledger came back home to find his mother’s killer…even if it was his father. The truth had haunted him nearly twenty years, but now nothing would come between them—except a damsel and her daughter in distress.

Kelly Burger sought a fresh start in the Hill Country, but when her dangerous past followed, she turned to the safe arms of her cowboy protector. Though he now battled two killers by day, at night Wyatt was defenseless against her seductive touch. Secrets of their past lurked in town—unspeakable and deadly. Once he uncovered them, could Wyatt save himself, his family and the woman he loved?

Staff Picks: Cowboy with a cause

by Carla Cassidy,  

“I’d apologize for kissing you, but I’m not all that sorry.”

Dancer Melanie Brooks had escaped small-town Oklahoma, giving up the country for Broadway’s bright lights. Yet after her mother’s funeral called her back, her own health issues forced her to stay. Now her tenant, too-hot-for-his-own-good Adam Benson, is giving her a reason to dance again. But has a killer set his sights on her, too?

Adam knows a little something about fresh starts. As for his beautiful neighbor, he doesn’t see a wheelchair#151;he sees a woman who understands. But as the heat grows between them, he can’t avoid the feeling that more than her big-city past haunts her#151;and that danger has been lurking, waiting to strike#133;.

Staff Picks: The tunnels

by Michelle Gagnon,  

An old, abandoned tunnel system beneath a prestigious New England college becomes the gruesome stalking ground of a serial killer#133;

The crime scenes are both grim and otherworldly. The bodies of two female students are found mutilated and oddly positioned in the dark labyrinth beneath the school#151;haunting symbols painted on the walls above them.

In her decade tracking serial killers, FBI special agent Kelly Jones has seen some of the worst humanity can inflict. Yet the tragedy unfolding at her alma mater chills her to the bone. Evidence suggests that the connection between the victims#151;daughters of powerful men#151;and the cryptic message behind the killings is rooted in a dark, ancient ritual. As the body count rises, so do the stakes. The killer is taunting Kelly, daring her to follow him down a dangerous path from which only one can emerge.

Staff Picks: Dust to dust : a Diane Fallon forensic investigation

by Beverly Connor, 

FBI agent turned private investigator Ross Kingsley comes to Diane Fallon for help. Nine years ago his son went to prison for rape and murder. Now his daughter is dead under suspicious circumstances and he believes she was killed uncovering evidence of her brother’s innocence.

Staff Picks: Cold Sight

by Leslie Parrish,  

After being made a scapegoat in a botched investigation that led to a child’s death, Aidan McConnell became a recluse. Still, as a favour to an old friend, Aidan will help on the occasional ESA case. Reporter Lexie Nolan has a nose for news. She suspects that a serial killer has been targeting teen girls around Savannah, but no one believes her. So she turns to the new paranormal detective agency and the sexy, mysterious Aidan for help. But just as the two begin forging a relationship, the case turns eerily personal for Lexie and Aidan rediscovers his ability to feel.

Staff Picks: Dark truth : a novel

by Mariah Stewart 

Murder didn’t end Nina Madden’s life–it destroyed it. When her father was charged with the serial killings of several college students, Nina and her mother became pariahs in their small Maryland town. Though Nina never believed the hideous accusations, evidence led to her father’s conviction and guaranteed the death penalty. After the execution, Nina left Stone River to escape the hatred and persecution . . . but she couldn’t shake the lingering doubts.

Staff Picks: Beg for mercy

by Jami Alden, 

“Megan Flynn thought she was falling in love. Cole Williams wasn’t just handsome and passionate, he was one of the good guys. Or so she thought, until he arrested her brother–the only family she has left–for a murder she knows he couldn’t have possibly committed. Now, with her heart broken and her brother’s life hanging in the balance, Megan will risk everything to prove his innocence. Even if that means throwing herself into the path of a sadistic killer with a hauntingly familiar MO. Seattle Detective Cole Williams had given up on making Megan see reason where her brother is concerned. But when she insinuates herself in the most shockingly brutal case Cole has ever worked, he can’t stand idly by. Plunged into a secret world where the city’s elite indulge their darkest desires, Cole will do whatever it takes to bring down a madman who has made Megan his most coveted prey.”–P. [4] of cover.

Staff Picks: Buckhorn beginnings

by Lori Foster,  

The Buckhorn Brothers are back in “Buckhorn Beginnings, ” featuring two classic tales of sizzling romance from a “New York Times”- and “USA Today”-bestselling author