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NEW RELEASE BOOKS of MAINE FICTION

    


Last Cruise, a novel by Maine author, Kate Christensen

Christine Thorne, a former journalist turned Maine farmer, is central to this entertaining story of the chefs, musicians, officers & passengers all partying on a vintage cruiseship well past her prime.  The food writing is excellent, the character studies are great, and the foreboding builds with subtle clues on the status of the ship. 

Down in the main galley, Mick Szabo, a weary Hungarian executive sous-chef, watches escalating tensions among the crew.  We have a recipe for disaster when the retro style cruise is hideously interrupted; half of the staff walks off the job and an engine fire causes electrical shutdown of the AC, lighting, kitchen equipment and the plumbing! 

Woman in the Woods, a thriller by John Connolly

In the beautiful Maine woods, a partly preserved body is discovered. Investigators realize that the dead young woman gave birth shortly before her death. But there is no sign of a baby. Private detective Charlie Parker, is hired by a lawyer to shadow the police investigation and find the infant but Parker is not the only searcher. Someone else is following the trail left by the woman, someone with an interest in much more than a missing child - someone prepared to leave bodies in his wake. And in a house by the woods, a toy telephone begins to ring and a young boy is about to receive a call from a dead woman.

Stay Hidden by Paul Doiron 

Warden Mike Bowditch is investigating a hunting incident without backup when heavy fog enshrouds the small island off the coast of Maine. The isolated setting is beautiful but troubled by too much alcohol, drugs, starving deer and two neo-Nazi brothers.  Doiron develops this array of characters making each one unique in this fascinating mystery with an unpredictable ending.

Bimini Twist, by Linda Greenlaw 

Jane Bunker returns in another thrilling, small-town mystery set in Down East Maine It seems like everyone in Green Haven knows that Jane has scored an invite to the ultra-exclusive Summer Solstice Soiree and they all assume she'll be in attendance, as one of the few eligible single women in town. Of course, that's the last place Jane would like to be; hobnobbing and making small talk with the upper crust isn't her bag. She prefers working as an insurance investigator and as the deputy sheriff. When she gets to work one morning, the sheriff asks her to take a break on her personal war on drugs; it seems that she's been so successful catching dealers she's called too much attention to just how bad it's gotten, and the community is worried that all the attention on the drug trade will deter the summer tourists that they so badly needs to keep the economy going. Instead, Jane takes on a missing person case and is plunged into the underbelly of the resort town, and must find the woman before the worst happens.


NEWLY RELEASED FICTION!

       

Prisoner in the Castle, by Susan MacNeal

A series of baffling murders among a group of imprisoned agents threatens the outcome of World War II in this chilling mystery from the author of Mr. Churchills Secretary

World War II is raging, and former spy, Maggie Hope, knows too much. She knows what the British government is willing to do to keep its secrets. She knows the real location of the planned invasion of France. She knows who's lying! She knows who the double-crossers are and who is sending agents to their deaths. 

These are the reasons Maggie is isolated on a remote Scottish island, in Killoch Castle, which is really a prison, out of contact with friends and family. Then one of her fellow inmates drops dead in the middle of his after-dinner drink, and he's only the first. As victims fall one by one, Maggie will have to call upon all her wits and skills to escape not just certain death . . . but certain murder. For what's the most important thing Maggie Hope knows? She must survive.

So Much Left Over, a novel by Louis de Bernieres    AUTHOR OF CORELLIS MANDOLIN

They were an inseparable tribe of childhood friends. Some were lost to the battles of the First World War; those who survived have had their lives unimaginably upended. Now in the 1920s, they have scattered to Ceylon, India, France and Germany, and back to Britain, each of them trying to answer the question that fuels this sweeping novel: If you have been embroiled in a war in which you expected to die, what are you supposed to do with so much life unexpectedly left over?  In brief, dramatic chapters, and we follow these old friends over the decades as their paths cross or their ties fray, as they test loyalties and love, face survivor grief and guilt, and adjust in profound ways to the modern world.

At the center are Daniel, an RAF flying ace, and Rosie, a wartime nurse. As their marriage is slowly revealed to be built on lies, Daniel finds solace with other women, and Rosie draws her religion around like a cloak. And her sisters: a bohemian, the wife of a minister, and a spinster, are each seeking purpose & happiness in her own unconventional way; his military brother, unable to make his way in a peaceful world; her increasingly peculiar mother, and her genial, shockingly secretive father. The tenuous peace begins to shatter and we watch as WWII reshapes the lives of these beautifully drawn women and men.

Rogue Protocol, Sci/Fi by Martha Wells

Our favorite Sci/Fi antisocial A.I. is back on a mission. The case against the too-big-to-fail GrayCris Corporation is floundering, and more importantly, authorities are beginning to ask questions about where Dr. Mensah SecUnit is. And Murderbot would rather those questions went away. For good.

Martha Wells Rogue Protocol is the third in the Murderbot Diaries series, starring a human-like android who keeps getting sucked back into adventure after adventure, though it just wants to be left alone, away from humanity and small talk.

The Washington Decree, a mystery by Jussi Adler-Olsen

16 years before Democratic Senator Bruce Jansen was elected president of the US, a PR stunt brought together five unique people: young Dorothy Rogers, small-town sheriff, single mother, well-known journalist, and the teenage son of one of Jansen employees, Wesley. In spite of their differences, the 5 remain bonded by their shared experience and devotion to their candidate.

For Dorothy, who worked the campaign with Wesley, the Jansen election is a personal victory: a job in the White House, proof to her Republican father that she was right, and the rise of an intelligent, clear-headed leader with her same ideals. But the triumph is short-lived: His pregnant wife is killed on election night, and the alleged mastermind behind the shooting is none other than her own father. When Jansen becomes President, he is a changed man, determined to end gun violence by any means. Rights are taken away as quickly as weapons. International travel becomes impossible. Checkpoints & roadblocks destroy infrastructure. The media is censored; militias declare civil war on the government. The country is in chaos, and the friends find themselves fighting a very different battle, for their rights and their country.

The Unwanted Guest, by Shari Lapena 

The twisty new thriller, a cool read for a hot day!

A weekend retreat at a cozy mountain lodge is supposed to be the perfect getaway. But when the storm hits, no one is getting away. It is winter in the Catskills and Mitchells Inn, nestled deep in the woods, is the perfect setting for a relaxing, maybe even romantic, weekend away. It boasts spacious old rooms with huge woodburning fireplaces, a well-stocked wine cellar, and opportunities for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or just curling up with a good murder mystery. So when the weather takes a turn for the worse, and a blizzard cuts off the electricity and all contact with the outside world, the guests settle in for the long haul. Soon though, one of the guests turns up dead it looks like an accident. But when a second guest dies, they start to panic. Within the snowed-in paradise, something, or someone, is picking off the guests one by one. And there is nothing they can do but hunker down and hope they can survive the storm.


NEW PAPERBACK FICTION

     

 

Light It Up, a mystery by Nick Petrie

Combat veteran Peter Ash leaves a simple life rebuilding Oregon hiking trails to help his good friend Henry, whose daughter runs a Denver security company that protects cash-rich cannabis entrepreneurs from modern-day highwaymen. His son-in-law and the company operations manager were carrying a large sum of client money when their vehicle vanished without a trace, leaving the daughter and her company vulnerable.

When Peter is riding shotgun on another cash run, the cargo he is guarding comes under attack and he narrowly escapes with his life. As the assaults escalate, Peter has to wonder: for criminals this sophisticated, is it really about the cash?  Finding himself on the defensive for too long, Peter marshals his resources and digs for the truth in a scheme that is bigger and far more lucrative than he had ever anticipated. With so much on the line, his enemy will not give up quietly, and now he has Peter directly in his sights. Very realistic, with a timely topic, strong characters and a surprise ending!

The Child Finder, a novel by Rene Denfield

This imaginative but realistic thriller has a fairytale quality. A true page-turner with enticing descriptions of the Oregon forest in winter that pulls us into the scene.

A novel of loss, discovery, redemption explores the story of Naomi who works as a detective. She is good at her job of locating lost kids in part because she lost her own youth to something barely remembered. This is a dual narrative story: one of Naomi on the hunt, and the other of the lost girl being sought who lives in a frozen world, reborn as a snow child. It is a disturbing and brilliant tale. 3 years ago, Madison Culver disappeared when her family was choosing a Christmas tree in the Oregon Skookum National Forest. She would be 8 years old now if she has survived. Desperate to find their beloved daughter, the Culvers turn to Naomi, a private investigator with an uncanny talent for locating the lost and missing. Known to the police and parents as The Child Finder, Naomi is their last hope. She understands children like Madison because once upon a time, she, too, was a lost girl.

Western Star, a Longmire mystery by Craig Johnson

Sheriff Walt Longmire is enjoying a celebratory beer after weapons certification at the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy when a young sheriff confronts him with a photograph of 25 armed men standing in front of a Challenger steam locomotive. It takes him back to when, fresh from the battlefields of Vietnam, Walt accompanied his mentor Lucian to the annual Sheriff Association junket held on the excursion train known as the Western Star, which ran from Cheyenne to Evanston and back. Armed with his trusty Colt .45 and an Agatha Christie paperback, young Walt was ill-prepared for the machinations of veteran sheriffs, let alone the cavalcade of curious characters on the train.

The photo, along with the parole of one of the most dangerous men Walt ever encountered, hurtles the sheriff into a head-on collision of past & present, placing him and everyone he cares about squarely on the tracks of runaway revenge.

Forest Dark, a novel by Nicole Krauss

Jules Epstein, a man whose drive and outsized personality have, for 68 years, been a force to be reckoned with, is undergoing a metamorphosis. In the wake of his parents deaths, the end of his 30-year marriage, and retirement from his legal firm, he has felt an irresistible need to give away his possessions, alarming his children and the executor of his estate. With the last of his wealth, he travels to Israel, with a nebulous plan to do something to honor his parents. In Tel Aviv, he meets a charismatic rabbi planning a reunion for the descendants of King David who insists that Epstein is part of that storied line. He also meets the beautiful daughter who convinces Epstein to become involved in her own project: a film about the life of David being shot in the desert with life-changing consequences.

But Epstein is not the only seeker. Leaving her family in Brooklyn, a young novelist arrives at the Tel Aviv Hilton where she has stayed every year since birth. Troubled by writers block and a failing marriage, she hopes that the hotel can unlock her own perception of life. But when she meets a retired literature professor who proposes a project she cannot turn down, she’s drawn into a mystery that alters her life in ways she could never have imagined.

 

       

Mary B: An untold story of Pride and Prejudice, by Katherine J. Chen

I really loved this book by Katherine Chen. Her writing is perfect. I've always been intrigued by the character of Mary Bennett and I felt like this novel was written just for me.     - Kath

What is to be done with Mary Bennet? The awkward middle child of five, she possesses neither the beauty of her eldest sister, Jane, nor the high spirited charm of Lizzy. Even compared to her frivolous younger siblings, Kitty and Lydia, Mary knows she is lacking in the ways that matter for single women in nineteenth-century England, who must marry in order to secure their futures. At least she has the silent rebellion and secret pleasures of reading  and writing to keep her company. 

Double Life, a thriller by Flynn Berry

Claire is a hardworking doctor leading a simple, quiet life in London. She is also secretly the daughter of the most notorious murder suspect in the country. 30 years ago, while Claire and her brother slept upstairs, a brutal crime was committed in her family townhouse. Her fathers car was found near the English Channel with bloodstains on the front seat. Her mother insisted she had seen him in the house that night, but his powerful, privileged friends maintain his innocence. The first Lord accused of murder in more than a century! When the police tell Claire they have found him, her carefully calibrated existence begins to fracture. She does not know if she is the daughter of a murderer or a wronged man, but Claire will soon learn how far she will go to finally find the truth. 

Ghosted, a novel by Rosie Walsh

Seven perfect days. Then he disappeared. A love story with a secret at its heart.

When Sarah meets Eddie, they connect instantly and fall in love. Sarah feels her life has finally begun. And it is mutual, as though Eddie has been waiting for her too. Sarah has never been so certain of anything. When Eddie leaves for a long awaited vacation and promises to call from the airport, she has no cause to doubt him. But he never calls.

Her friends tell her to forget him, but she cannot. She knows something has happened. Minutes, days, weeks go by as Sarah becomes increasingly worried. But then she discovers she is right. There is a reason for his disappearance: the one thing they did not share - the truth. 

Believe Me, a thriller by J P Delaney

In this twisty psychological thriller an actress plays both sides of a murder investigation. One British actress pays the rent on her New York City apartment as a decoy for a firm of divorce lawyers, hired to entrap straying husbands. When the cops begin investigating one of her targets for murdering his wife (and possibly others) they ask her to lure the suspect into a confession. But with the actress pretending to be someone she is not, differentiating the decoy from the prey becomes impossible... and deadly.   

A Place for Us, a novel by Fatima Farheen Mirza

 This is a deeply moving and resonant story for our times: a masterful novel of love, identity, and belonging. In a narrative that sees family life through the eyes of each member, it charts the bonds that hold them together to the differences that pull them apart. It gathers the lives of an Indian Muslim family in California for the wedding of their eldest daughter. As the marriage of Hadia, one chosen for love, not tradition, brings the family back together, her parents must come to terms with the choices their daughters and their estranged son have made.And as Hadia, Huda, and Amar attempt to carve out lives for themselves, they must reconcile their present culture with their parents faith, tread a path between the old world and the new, and learn how the smallest decisions can lead to deep betrayals.
 


 MORE EXCELLENT FICTION

     

The Lido, by Lilly Page

Kate is 26, riddled with anxiety and panic attacks, who works for a local paper in London covering forgettable small stories. When she is assigned to write about the closing of the local lido (outdoor pool and recreation center), she meets Rosemary, an 86-year-old widow who has swum at the lido daily since it opened when she was a child. When a local developer tries to buy the lido for a posh new apartment complex, Rosemary's fond memories and sense of community are under threat. As Kate delves deeper into the history, with the help of a charming photographer, she pieces together a portrait of the pool, and a of a singular woman.

 

Spinning Silver, a novel by Naomi Novik

A fresh and imaginative retelling of the Rumpelstiltskin fairytale:
Miryem is the granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father is not a very good one. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, he has left his family on the edge of poverty, until Miryem intercedes. Hardening her heart, she sets out to retrieve what is owed, and soon gains a reputation for being able to turn silver into gold! But when an ill-advised boast brings her to the attention of the cold creatures who haunt the wood, nothing will ever be the same. For words have power, and the fate of a kingdom will be forever altered by the challenge she is issued.
A rich, multilayered fantasy that readers will want to return to again and again.

Clock Dance, a novel by Anne Tyler

A charming new novel of self-discovery and second chances.Willa Drake can count on one hand the defining moments of her life. In 1967, she is a schoolgirl coping with the disappearance of her mother. In 1977 she is a college coed considering marriage. In 1997, she is a young widow trying to piece her life back together. And in 2017, she yearns to be a grandmother. Then Willa receives a startling phone call. Without fully understanding why, she flies to Baltimore to look after a girl she never met, her granddaughter who is 9 and her dog, Airplane. This impulsive decision will lead Willa into uncharted territory, surrounded by eccentric neighbors who treat each other like family, she finds solace and fulfillment in unexpected places. A bewitching novel of hope and transformation.

American by Day, by Derek Miller 

Wonderful sequel to Norwegian by Night. The competitive interplay between Chief Inspector Sigrid from Norway, and the New York Sheriff Irving Wylie keeps the story rolling along, funny but intense, as they search for her missing brother, Marcus.

Spymaster, by Brad Thor

Across Europe a secret organization has begun attacking diplomats. Back in the United States, a foreign ally demands the identity of a highly placed covert asset. In the balance hang the ingredients for war. Now counter terrorism operative Scot Harvath must take on the leading role he has spent his career avoiding. But, as with everything else he does, he intends to rewrite the rules, all of them. This thriller is more cunning, more dangerous, and deadlier than ever before.

Dear Mrs. Bird, by A. J. Pearce

A charming, irresistible debut set in London during World War II about Emmy Lake, who dreams of becoming a Lady War Correspondent but fumbles her way into a job as an assistant to a completely ferocious advice columnist instead. The problems readers write to Mrs. Bird about,  and the attitudes towards problems like teenagers kissing, wedding night jitters, and having children out of wedlock, feels authentic for the time period as do the attitudes of Keep Calm and Carry On regarding war and the intensifying Blitz.

 

Safe Houses, by Dan Fesperman  

Both a spy thriller and a murder mystery, blending two irresistible storylines: one set against the secrecy and surveillance of the Cold War in which an overheard conversation leads to unintended consequences, and the other an inexplicable multiple murder that sends a small town reeling. The stars of the novel are a mother and a daughter, one a CIA agent, who collaborate across decades to bring down a symbol of oppression and patriarchy. The progressive themes underpinning a riveting plot will resonate with a broad audience and will be especially topical in the current political moment.


MAINE NON-FICTION

   

Seaweed Chronicles:  A World at the Waters Edge , by Susan Hand Shetterly 

 Seaweed is ancient and basic, a testament to the tenacious beginnings of life on earth,” writes Susan Hand Shetterly in this elegant, fascinating book. Why would not seaweeds be a protean life source for the lives that have evolved since? On a planet facing environmental change and diminishing natural resources, seaweed is increasingly important as a source of food and as a fundamental part of our global ecosystem. She takes readers deep into the world of this essential organism by providing an immersive look at life on the rugged shores of her beloved Gulf of Maine, where the growth & harvesting of seaweed is becoming a major industry.

Shetterly is an acclaimed nature writer from Maine, and this is her newest book on one of the most important plants in the world, seaweed! She introduces us to the men and women who farm it, and the increasingly difficult task of protecting this critical natural resource against forces both natural and man‑made. 

 A Senator's Eye: Celebrating Maine, Washington and the Joys of Scraping the Windshield, by Angus S. King Jr.

Maine Sen. Angus S. King Jr., whether hosting a bipartisan BBQ, traveling the country in his RV, riding the back roads of Maine on his Harley, or waxing poetic about his civil war hero Joshua Chamberlain; he prides himself on having an eye & ear for both the historic and the gloriously familiar. In recent years, he has regularly captured his work and daily adventures on his smartphone and shared those pictures on social media to provide a wonderful, rare insider look at the workaday life of a senator, whether he is in D.C. or Maine.

From the formality of the Capitol Rotunda to a glorious sunrise off the coast of Maine, this is a fascinating collection of informal photos, including King's personal insights and captions.

 

Traveling Feast: On the road and at the table with my heroes, by Rick Bass

Bass decided to thank all of his writing heroes in person, one meal at a time, in this rich smorgasbord of a memoir - a soul-nourishing, road-burning act of tribute. Bass strikes out on a journey of thanksgiving. His aim: to make a memorable meal for each of his mentors, to express his gratitude for the way they have shaped not only his writing but his life.


    NOW EVERY DAY IS SENIOR DISCOUNT DAY!
We know you don't look or feel like a Senior, but if you are over 60 years
we now offer 15% off to seniors on all in-store items every day!

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                         GIFT SUGGESTIONS



These Sea Glass Frames make lovely mementos!
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Lovely Tile Coasters by Katie Tuzmen make perfect remembrance gifts
                                                                                                                      
         

Glowing Candles by Portland's own Chandler & Kemp

 
                                       

 Original Oil Paintings by Kate Winn


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