Freda and the Blue Beetle by Sophie Gilmore

Freda always listens when the other townsfolk tell her what to do. Yet that doesn’t stop her from setting off on her own adventures, and one day she discovers an injured blue beetle. After taking him home and naming him Ernest, he soon thrives and grows huge—as does his appetite. When a prized ewe goes missing, the townsfolk suspect Ernest and complain until Freda finally listens and forces him away. However, after a sudden emergency, Freda knows Ernest is the only one who can help—but will he hear her?

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Twisted Twenty-Six by Janet Evanovich

Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is back catching skips, but it’s her family who are embroiled in the real drama. When Grandma Mazur’s husband Jimmy dies after a very brief marriage, she’s more than happy to take on the role of grieving widow. However, not everyone is keen on paying her condolences—especially Jimmy’s unsavory business cronies, who are convinced she holds a special key that’ll unlock major fortunes. The trouble? Grandma doesn’t know anything about a key. As Jimmy’s pals lose patience, it’s up to Stephanie to help track down the key and protect her family.

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Lock Every Door by Riley Sager

Jules has been searching—for answers, for direction, for her sister. And after losing her job and discovering her boyfriend cheating, she’s also searching for a new home and career. So when an apartment sitting position opens up at the famed and exclusive Bartholomew, she jumps at the chance to live in the building of her dreams—and get paid for it! Sure, the rules are a little quirky, but then, everything does have a catch … and the Bartholomew has a big one.

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Pokko and the Drum by Matthew Forsythe

Pokko’s parents gave her a drum—major mistake. After listening to her nonstop racket, Pokko’s father sends her outside to play … quietly. After all, they’re a peaceful frog family and they don’t to call too much attention to their mushroom home. But after her drumming attracts a band of animals, her parents just might view her noisy hobby in a different light.

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Murder in the White House by Margaret Truman

Rob Fairbanks reluctantly accepted the position of special counsel in President Scott’s administration, but he might grow to regret it. After the Secretary of State is found murdered in the Lincoln Bedroom, his reputation is put on the line when the president tasks him with unmasking the murderer. And as his investigation uncovers backdoor deals in the underbelly of D.C., Fairbanks comes to one startling conclusion: the killer came from within the White House.

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Still Here: The Madcap, Nervy, Singular Life of Elaine Stritch by Alexandra Jacobs

On November 17, 2014, a who’s who of theatre professionals trekked to the Al Hirschfield Theater to pay tribute to Elaine Stritch. After a career spanning nearly seventy years, the actress had “left the building”, as she preferred to frame it, the previous July. But while there were plenty of tears as performers ranging from Nathan Lane and Bernadette Peters to Laura Benanti and Betty Buckley honored Stritch, there were also plenty of laughs. Plenty of knowing smiles. Perhaps above all, there was plenty of wonder: what comes after Elaine? At one point, director Hal Prince quoted “The Ladies Who Lunch” from the 1970 musical Company—an acerbic number that became Stritch’s signature. “Everybody dies,” he said. “I’m not so sure about Elaine.”

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