The Quiet Hours by Michael Scanlon

After Detective Finnegan Beck is demoted and forced to work in the quiet town of Cross Beg, his intention is to keep his head down until he can return to Dublin. However, after a teen girl is found dead, he’s thrust into a complicated investigation, with his experience pulling him to suspect the case is more complicated than it first appears. As he wades through closely guarded secrets and the deep social relationships that come with small town life, he feels on the cusp of cracking the case— and then there’s another murder.

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Death by Committee by Alexis Morgan

After inheriting a rundown estate from her late Aunt Sybil, Abby McCree settles into life in the tiny town of Snowberry Creek. Though really, there’s no time to settle. Aunt Sybil had many obligations, and now Abby’s expected to carry the mantle. Soon she’s taking the reins of the local quilting guild, serving on the city’s Senior Affairs group, and planning garage sales. But then her tenant, Tripp, discover a body buried in her backyard— and it’s Aunt Sybil’s fierce archrival. As all signs point to Sybil as the murderer, Abby becomes focused on finding the real killer and clearing her aunt’s name.

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The Year of Starting Over by Karen King

Things are about to get a lot different for Holly. After her boyfriend, Scott, stands her up yet again, she’s finally had enough. No longer will she mold herself to make others happy. Instead, she makes a list of all the goals she wants to accomplish— a full year’s worth. In no time, with her yellow Mini packed, she sets off for a farmhouse in Spain. As she settles into her new life, though, she’s soon distracted by her neighbor, Matias. But one of her goals for the year certainly isn’t to find love … right?

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The Happiness Project by Pippa James

Three friends meet to celebrate New Year’s Eve and plot the changes they want for the coming year. Alison wants to exercise more. Kate wants to find more zen during her third pregnancy. Frankie just wants to hold down a job longer than two weeks. As they try to live outside their comfort zones, each must wade through parenting problems, ex-friends, and relationship issues— all to complete their happiness project.

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Ruby in the Sky by Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo

Title: Ruby in the Sky
Author: Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Publication Date: 02/05/2019
Classification: Middle Grade

The last thing Ruby wanted to do was move into yet another forever home, particularly in Vermont. But Ruby knows the drill— don’t settle in, don’t make friends, and soon enough her mother, Dahlia, will pack them up and leave for their next forever home. However, everything changes when her mother is wrongly arrested after an altercation with an abusive boss. With the court date looming, Ruby attempts to push aside the noise and invisibly navigate sixth grade. But then she meets Abigail, her reclusive neighbor, and learns of her remarkable past.

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Chilly da Vinci by Jarrett Rutland

Title: Chilly da Vinci
Author/Illustrator: Jarrett Rutland
Publisher: NorthSouth Books
Publication Date: 12/04/2018
Classification: Picture Book

While other penguins are off being penguins, Chilly da Vinci occupies his time by inventing. However, his newest invention proves to be a disaster, and soon him and the other penguins are stranded at sea with a hungry orca nipping at their short tails. Now, Chilly must invent his best contraption to date to get the penguins back home or risk becoming a sea snack.

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Straw Into Gold by Hilary McKay and Sarah Gibb

Title: Straw Into Gold
Author: Hilary McKay
Illustrator: Sarah Gibb
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication Date: 02/05/2019
Classification: Fairy Tales

The tales are familiar. A young woman attends a ball with the aid of a fairy godmother. A girl escapes from an evil queen and her quest for vain gratification. A girl and her cloak journey through the woods. Fairy tales provide the simplistic and highly dramatic bones that have influenced countless retellings, reimaginings, reexaminations— pick your word.

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