Beating About the Bush by M.C. Beaton

Agatha Raisin is back on the case—only this time she’s investigating industrial espionage. For once, it appears that she’ll get to forgo the gruesome in favor of white collar crime at a local factory. However, it’s not long before a body turns up and all evidence points to a freak accident involving a mad donkey. But Agatha knows better, and she’ll stop at nothing to clear the donkey’s name and catch the real killer.

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Unfollow: A Memoir of Loving and Leaving the Westboro Baptist Church by Megan Phelps-Roper

The Westboro Baptist Church has been a staple of Topeka, Kansas—and the American religious landscape—for decades. The inflammatory rhetoric of its congregants, who spread condemnation and cheer on tragedy, has brought them both worldwide fame and notoriety. Megan Phelps-Roper, as a granddaughter of the church’s founder, grew up with this as her backdrop, where protesting homosexuality and soldiers’ funerals with vulgar signage were regular occurrences. With an upbringing steeped in extremism, Phelps-Roper evolved not only to accept these views, but to offer full-throated support as she disseminated hateful rhetoric as a digital content manager for the church. And then Twitter changed everything.

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Snowflakes at Mistletoe Cottage by Katie Ginger

Esme has long had aspirations of writing her own cookbook, but she’s content working as a food technologist for a television program—that is until the ghastly host gets her fired. And after her boyfriend breaks up with her on the same day, she trades in the glitz of London for her quiet hometown of Sandchester. With the bit of money she has left, she rents a rundown cottage with the hope of carving out a new path and finally achieving her culinary dream. But after an old school crush drops back into her life, Esme soon realizes she just might want to share her dream with someone else.

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Born Bad by C.K. Smouha and Stephen Smith

When Wolf looks in the mirror, he thinks he looks bad. And when he thinks looks bad, he feels bad. And when he feels bad … well, bad things happen. And frankly, he’s tired of being bad. But after a chat with other members of the animal kingdom, Wolf soon realizes that maybe he doesn’t have to be bad after all.

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Can’t Judge a Book By Its Murder by Amy Lillard

Arlo Stanley has been juggling preparations for her high school reunion with a book-signing event for a famous local writer. However, her plans are derailed when the bestselling author, Wally Harrison, is found dead in front of her bookstore. The police suspect foul play and all evidence points to one person: Arlo’s best friend and coworker, Chloe. But Arlo knows better and soon she and the other members of the Friday Night Book Club are off on their own investigation to unmask the real killer.

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The Box Turtle by Vanessa Roeder

After Terrance, a turtle, is born without a shell, his parents improvise by dressing him in a cardboard box. It’s the perfect substitute—it keeps him out of the rain, gives him a place to hide, and it’s even big enough to invite a friend over. However, when another turtle calls his box weird, Terrance sets off to find a better shell … But what happens when he discovers he misses his box?

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Apple Cider Slaying by Julie Anne Lindsey

After the death of her Grampy, Winnie Montgomery has been even more committed to the success of the business she runs with her Granny Smythe. Still, there’s no denying that the orchard is in financial trouble, and unless things turn around—well, she doesn’t even want to consider what would happen. Fortunately, Winnie and Granny have a plan: the First Annual Christmas at the Orchard, a massive festival centered around the pair’s apple-centric products. But after Granny’s sworn enemy is found dead in their apple press and she becomes the number one suspect, Winnie turns sleuth to clear her name.

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