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Vera Wong’s Unsolicited Advice for Murderers by Jesse Q. Sutanto

In this oddly heartwarming tale, five people are suspects in a man’s murder—a man who was found dead in Vera Wong’s teahouse. Being the stand-up citizen that she is, Vera decides to take the case into her own hands. She starts her investigation the only way she knows how: by inviting the suspects to their own houses and feeding them delicious food. We learn about the relationship each had with the victim and watch as the story unfolds. This book is a must-read for anyone who loves a good mystery intertwined with lovable characters. Jesse Sutano’s writing is witty and heartfelt, making this book and its protagonist a joy to fall in love with.  —KALANI

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ISBN: 9780593549223
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Published: Berkley - March 14th, 2023

Moorewood Family Rules by HelenKay Dimon

This fast-paced novel is a great choice for anyone who loves a good heist, and is a perfect summer read. After serving 3 years in prison, Jillian Moore is back and ready to take down her dysfunctional family of con artists. With secrets to uncover, killer cousins to avoid, and a budding romance to navigate, Moore enlists the help of a grumpy but sharp-witted bodyguard. HelenKay Dimon's skillful character development contributes to a thrilling read that channels the energy and excitement of Ocean’s 8. This fun and satisfying book left me eager to read more from Dimon.  —Kalani

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ISBN: 9780063240520
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Avon - April 25th, 2023

Counterfeit by Kirstin Chen

Ava is a successful lawyer and mother who seems to have it all, until her old college roommate, Winnie Fang, shows up. Although happy to reconnect with her old friend, Ava becomes increasingly wary of Winnie’s sudden wealth and luxurious lifestyle. It’s not long before Ava discovers that Winnie is involved in a sophisticated counterfeit scheme. Chen skillfully weaves together suspense, drama, and romance to keep readers on the edge of their seats. Her vivid descriptions and well-developed characters make the story come to life, drawing readers into the intricate world of counterfeit goods and the people who profit from them. 


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ISBN: 9780063119550
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - June 13th, 2023

Black Candle Women by Diane Marie Brown

Voodoo? Hoodoo? You do? The Montrose Women definitely do in Diane Marie Brown's newest novel. The women have been living in quiet and peaceful harmony for years, until seventeen-year-old Nickie brings home their worst fear: a boy. Suddenly, the lives of the women are thrown into chaos, bringing forth old and new family secrets, hoodoo magic, and talk of some curse that any person they fall in love with dies. Throughout the book we follow the different perspectives of the Montrose women as they try to sort out their family again. If you are here for family drama plus a sprinkle of that New Orleans style (*chef’s kiss*), this book is for you. —Kalani

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ISBN: 9781525899911
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Published: Graydon House - February 28th, 2023

The Rewind by Allison Winn Scotch

The Rewind is angsty, engrossing, and heartbreaking, with a fun kick of ’90s nostalgia. Allison Winn Scotch takes us on a journey, as former college sweethearts wake up in a bed together after a drunken night, with wedding bands on their fingers. We follow Frankie and Ezra retouching a romance they both vowed to leave in the past, regardless of whether that was the best decision. Definitely worth all the weird stares I got from my housemate after dramatically slamming the book down.   


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ISBN: 9780593546536
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Published: Berkley - November 1st, 2022

The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams

Anyone who loves to read should pick up this book. The Reading List follows two main characters—Aleisha, a student working at her local library over the summer, and Mukesh, a recent widower. Their unlikely friendship grows as they make their way down a carefully curated list of literary classics made for people who might need an escape from their current reality.  This heartwarming story shows how books help us cope with tragedies and hardships we face throughout our lives. —Kalani

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ISBN: 9780063025295
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - August 9th, 2022

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